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Situational Analysis - October 9, 2020

Welcome to Friday. Time to escape hard-hitting politics to something much tamer - football.


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

Hinckley Report tonight: VP debate breakdown
Vice presidential candidates took the stage at Kingsbury Hall on Wednesday. Panelists break down the debate, and identify big takeaways for Utah voters. Salt Lake Mayor Mendenhall requests to move back to orange amid new COVID-19 cases. Local elections continue to stir the pot among voters across the state. Glen Mills, anchor and senior political correspondent with ABC4 Utah; Lindsay Whitehurst, reporter with the Associated Press; and Robert Gerhke, columnist with the Salt Lake Tribune, join host Jason Perry this tonight at 7:30 p.m. on PBS Utah.

Today At Utah Policy

Would you vote for a candidate with character flaws?
By Staff
Here is a moral and political dilemma for you: When do you vote for a candidate even if that person has a huge character flaw you really dislike? A new Y2 Analytics poll, when broken out along these lines, gives us some insight into the thinking of large numbers of Utah voters. Religion plays a big part of Utah life. Just under two-thirds of all Utahns are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. And large numbers of Utah non-Mormons also see themselves as religious in some manner. In fact, only 25 percent of Utahns told Y2 that they are not religious in any form or are atheists.
images/mugs-300/LaVarr_Webb.jpgWebb's Wrap: Total control by Democrats? Grab some popcorn and watch the fun
By LaVarr Webb
A real possibility exists that the Democrats will win the presidency and the Senate on Nov. 3 and control all of Washington, D.C. If that happens, a lot of Republicans will be devastated (especially those who get booted out of office). But after wiping away their tears, they can console themselves by considering how much fun it will be to watch the Democrats try to govern and keep their unruly factions together. When they have absolute control, Democrats will fight among themselves nearly as much as they have against Republicans. That will be even more true if Democrats eliminate the Senate filibuster. That would create a political playground for the Democrats, where they could do anything they wish.
images/mugs-300/Carl_Albrecht.jpgPolicymaker Profile: Getting to know Carl Albrecht
By Staff
(Note: Utah Policy regularly profiles policymakers from across the state. In this edition we profile Utah State Rep. Albrecht, Republican, District 70.) Occupation: Retired electric utility executive. Education: B.S. Degree. Growing up: Bicknell in Wayne County, 350 population. Parents were business people: motels, restaurants, sawmill, uranium mine development, postmaster. Loved to hunt and fish on the Boulder Mountains. Enjoyed basketball, baseball and track in high school, and chasing girls.

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Guest opinion: Do Dems really want to pack Supreme Court? Probably not
(Note: This essay was written in response to an item in WebbWrap) I'm not at all convinced the Democrats want to pack the Court if Judge Barrett is confirmed. Their reluctance to take a public yes-or-no stand is exactly the approach I'd take if I wanted to avoid her confirmation by convincing a couple Republicans to vote down the nomination in order to avoid Court packing.
Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report 10-8-20
Outdoors Report  -- Salt Lake Tribune: Algae in skis? Salt Lake company believes its technology could change the snow-sports industry New Films -- The Wolf of Snow Hollow: Tribune review -- The Trial of the Chicago 7: Tribune review Concerts -- Encore Saxophone Quartet, Onstage Ogden, Friday, 6 and 8:30 p.m., The Monarch, 451 25th Street, Ogden, $10-$25



(From History.com)

1635 - Religious dissident Roger Williams is banished from the Massachusetts Bay Colony after speaking out against civil authorities punishing religious dissension and confiscation of Native American land.

1967 - Socialist revolutionary and guerilla leader Che Guevara, age 39, is executed by the Bolivian Army. 30 years later, his remains are reburied in Cuba in a ceremony attended by Fidel Castro.

1974 - Oskar Schindler, a German businessman and formerly a member of the Nazi Party, dies at age 66. He is credited with saving 1,200 Jews during the Holocaust.

1992 - A bowling-ball-sized meteorite weighing 28 pounds crashes into a 1980 orange Chevy Malibu in Peekskill, New York.

Wise Words

Pace of Nature: "Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience." Ralph Waldo Emerson

Lighter Side


As the lawyer awoke from surgery, he asked, "Why are all the blinds drawn?" The nurse answered, "There's a fire across the street, and we didn't want you to think you had died." Lawyer Jokes 

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