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Situational Analysis - October 6, 2020
Happy Tuesday morning. In case you were wondering, the Chinese National ping pong championships are complete.
1 day to the vice presidential debate at the University of Utah (10/07/2020)
Today At Utah PolicyNew survey: Trump handily beats Biden in Utah; Cox far ahead of Peterson
Pres. Donald Trump leads his Democratic opponent, former Vice Pres. Joe Biden, in Utah by 10 percentage points, and while Trump will certainly take the state's six Electoral College votes, he remains relatively unpopular in the state, a new Y2 Analytics poll finds.Just one example: 62 percent of likely Utah voters say Trump is a dishonest man -- nearly two-thirds of all voters.The poll was not taken for UtahPolicy.com, although Y2 has been the political newsletter's polling firm the past few years.
Webb's Wrap: An historic VP debate . . . Food tax defense . . . Utah gets a D? . . . Trump's SUV ride
By LaVarr Webb
The VP debate. Vice presidential debates are usually inconsequential, but the one tomorrow at the University of Utah between Mike Pence and Kamala Harris will be meaningful. The reason is that their presidential running mates are both getting up there in years. Trump is 74 and Biden is nearly 78. In addition, Trump has COVID-19, and Biden often appears to be rather feeble.
Policymaker Profile: Getting to Know Brady Brammer
Utah Policy regularly profiles policymakers from across the state. In this edition we profile Utah Representative Brammer, Republican, District 27. Occupation: Attorney. Education: B.A. in American Studies (BYU), MPA (BYU), JD (BYU). Growing up: Raised in Orem, Utah. Fond memory: Anytime my kids are laughing and getting along.
Salt Lake Tribune
Policy NewsPeterson campaign calls for a reset on COVID-19 policy
Democratic candidate for governor Chris Peterson on Monday called for substantial revisions to Utah's coronavirus pandemic response. In remarks prepared for a press conference, Peterson said Utah saw 1,387 new cases reported on Sunday-the second highest number on record. Over the past week, Utah has had an average of 1,000 cases per day, an increase of 19% from the average two weeks earlier. Utah's rolling seven-day average is now double Governor Herbert's September 1st goal of 500 cases per day. And Utah has a 14.1% positivity rate in coronavirus testing. Public health experts estimate that a positive rate of testing below 3% is necessary for progress toward a suppression level.
Utah Economic & Energy Summit is Oct 26
Join us for the 2020 Utah Economic & Energy Summit, presented by the Governor's Office of Economic Development, Governor's Office of Energy Development, World Trade Center Utah and Salt Lake Chamber, on October 26, 2020 at The Grand America Hotel. The Summit will include plenary sessions, awards presentations, the first-ever Economic Summit Startup Pitch, and breakout sessions in three tracks: economic development, energy, and global trade. Additionally, during the Summit Governor Herbert will be recognized for his economic accomplishments since 2009.
Sen. Mitt Romney endorses Trent Staggs for Salt Lake County Mayor
US Senator Mitt Romney endorsed Salt Lake County Mayoral Candidate Trent Staggs on Friday. In the following statement Senator Romney said: "Trent Staggs has the integrity, compassion, and experience needed to lead Salt Lake County toward a brighter future. Salt Lake County's budget and programs are in need of serious reform. Trent has proven he can get results on the issues that matter such as air quality, homelessness, smart growth, fiscal responsibility, and more.
5G and the future of Utah's Inland Port
Utah's transportation infrastructure has also allowed the state to become a crossroads for information infrastructure. In a virtual chat, Jack Hedge from the Utah Inland Port Authority, and Andrew Scott, the CEO of QuayChain, will discuss what Utah's information infrastructure will mean for Utah's logistics network and a regional port system. The event will be hosted by the 5G Open Innovation Lab.
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
1866 - Brothers John and Simeon Reno stage the first robbery of a moving train in American history, stealing $13,000 from a train in Jackson County, Indiana.
Focus: "Don't be afraid to give up the good to go for the great." John D. Rockefeller
A Mathematician, an engineer, and a physicist were traveling through Scotland when they saw a black sheep through the window of the train.
"Aha", says the engineer, "I see that Scottish sheep are black."
"Hmm", says the physicist, "You mean that some Scottish sheep are black".
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