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Welcome to Thursday. After a night's sleep, do you still think the fly won the debate?

Welcome to Thursday. After a night's sleep, do you still think the fly won the debate?


4 days to the 4th Congressional District debate (10/12/2020)
5 days to the day mail-in ballots can begin to be sent out (10/13/2020)
7 days to the 3rd Congressional District debate (10/15/2020)
7 days to the second presidential debate (10/15/2020)
11 days to the 2nd Congressional district debate (10/19/2020)
13 days to the Utah Attorney General debate (10/21/2020)
14 days to the third presidential debate (10/22/2020)
26 days to the 2020 election (11/3/2020)
103 days to inauguration day (01/20/2021)
109 days to the start of the 2021 Utah Legislature (1/25/2021)

Trivia Question Answer

Douglas Devore asked: Savvy Utah politicos know there are 29 counties in the state, but that hasn't always been the case. How many counties did Utah have when it became a state in 1896? (27) Bonus question: When were the additional counties created and by whom? (Duchesne was created in 1915 and Daggett in 1918. Both came into existence by gubernatorial proclamation after popular election.)

Three readers got the answer mostly right. None included  the dates when the additional counties were added. Rep. Mike Winder answered first: "There were 27 counties at statehood. Daggett and Duchesne were created by popular vote and by gubernatorial proclamation after Utah became a state."

Kari Malkovich provided additional history: "In 1849, there were 7 counties --  Davis, Iron, Sanpete, Salt Lake, Tooele, Utah, and Weber.  In 1851-52 three additional counties were added: Juab, Millard, and Washington.  All other counties were established between 1854 and 1894 by the Utah Territorial Legislature except Daggett and Duchesne. They were created by popular vote and by gubernatorial proclamation after Utah became a state."

Carl Stark said: "There were 27 counties. Daggett and Duchesne counties were created after Utah became a state. They were created by a popular vote and a gubernatorial proclamation."

Today At Utah Policy

images/mugs-300/LaVarr_Webb.jpgWebb's Wrap: VP defends Trump better than Trump does himself
By LaVarr Webb
It's rather interesting that Pres. Trump's vice president defends and explains Trump's policies and successes better than Trump does himself. The debate Wednesday night between Republican VP Mike Pence and Democratic VP nominee Kamala Harris was hyped as perhaps the most important VP debate ever. Many pundits have noted the age of the two presidential candidates and Trump's COVID-19 illness, and speculated that one of the VP candidates may likely ascend to the presidency. Certainly, they will be among frontrunners for party nominations in the future, should they choose to run.
images/articles/winder-buttons.jpgWinder adds Trump & Biden buttons to his extensive collection
By Staff
Mike Winder is a politician who is also a political junkie and a political history buff. He even has a remarkable political button collection to prove it. He has a few buttons from each major party's presidential nominees from the past 150 years. His first button was a Richard Nixon pinback picked up while on a high school trip to the nation's capital. Since then, state Rep. Winder (R-West Valley City) has picked up hundreds of buttons and is now considered to have one of the finest political memorabilia collections in the state.
images/Logos/UCCAC-logo.pngUtah takes bold step in addressing climate and clean air solutions
By Press Release
In an unprecedented move in the conservative state of Utah, more than 100 of the state's most prominent leaders came together virtually on Wednesday to sign the inaugural Utah Climate and Clean Air Compact - a compassionate, pragmatic, first-of-its kind directive encouraging broad support and productive conversations and action on climate and clean air solutions.

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Leadership Tip: Meetings
The American economist and social theorist Thomas Sowell is attributed with saying, "People who enjoy meetings should not be in charge of anything." Not liking meetings is understandable, but since some meetings are unavoidable, what how do great leaders make meetings effective? According to Smartdraw.com, great leaders go beyond the agenda and employ diagrams or mind maps to document discussion points, decisions, and action items.
United Utah Party candidates announce legislative agenda
The United Utah Party has 18 candidates running for the Utah State Legislature, which is the largest slate of candidates of any party other than the Democrats or Republicans. The UUP candidates have drafted a statement that explains their legislative priorities as a caucus for the 2021 legislative session. "Our UUP candidates want to hit the ground running in bringing about much needed reform to our state government - campaign finance limits, term limits, and ranked-choice voting," said Richard Davis, United Utah Party Chair. "But they also want to find solutions to pressing problems such as homelessness and education finance."
Nominees announced for Utah Court of Appeals vacancy
The Appellate Judicial Nominating Commission has selected nominees for a vacancy on the Utah Court of Appeals.  The vacancy results from the retirement of Judge Mary Kate Appleby, January 1, 2021. The nominees for the vacancy are: Jennifer Brown, judge, Fourth District Court; Rita Cornish, shareholder/attorney, Parr Brown Gee & Loveless; Nicole Deforge, shareholder, Fabian VanCott; Amy Oliver, assistant director, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission; Margaret Plane, special counsel, Park City Municipal Corporation; Derek Pullan, judge, Fourth District Court; Ryan Tenney, assistant attorney, United States Attorney's Office.
images/articles/Stewart-Weston.jpgMeet the candidates in the 2nd Congressional District
The Salt Lake Chamber invites you to join us for the Meet the Candidates Virtual Forum with the candidates for Utah's 2nd Congressional District, incumbent Republican Chris Stewart and Democratic challenger Kael Weston. The discussion will focus on the long-term economic vision and strategies for the state, business policy priorities, as well as the immediate economic recovery from COVID-19.



(From History.com)

1871 - The Great Chicago Fire begins in a barn. After burning two days it kills 200-300 people, destroys over 17,000 buildings, leaves 100,000 homeless and causes an estimated $200 million (roughly $4 billion in 2020 dollars) in damage.

1918 - In WWI, U.S. Corporal Alvin C. York reportedly kills over 20 German soldiers and captures an additional 132 at the head of a small detachment in the Argonne Forest near the Meuse River in France. The exploits later earned York the Medal of Honor.

1957 - Jerry Lee Lewis, an early rock-and-roller, records "Great Balls of Fire" in Memphis, Tennessee.

1970 - Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn wins the Nobel Prize in literature. He was a leading writer and critic of Soviet internal oppression.

Wise Words

Good Deeds: "It takes many good deeds to build a good reputation, and only one bad one to lose it." Benjamin Franklin

Lighter Side

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A lawyer dies and goes to Heaven. "There must be some mistake," the lawyer argues. "I'm too young to die. I'm only 55." "Fifty-five?" says Saint Peter. "No, according to out calculations, you're 82." "How'd you get that?" the lawyer asks. Answers St. Peter, "We added up your time sheets." Lawyer Jokes 

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