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Situational Analysis - Nov. 10, 2020

Welcome to Tuesday. Good news: We're one day closer to Thanksgiving. Bad news: It's not going to take much turkey and cranberry sauce if it's just my wife and I without extended family.


7 days to the Board of Canvassers meeting (11/17/2020
34 days until the Electoral College meets (12/14/2020)
55 days to Utah inauguration day (1/4/2021).
70 days to the start of the 2021 Utah Legislature (1/19/2021)
71 days to presidential Inauguration Day (01/20/2021)
115 days to the end of the 2021 Utah Legislature (3/5/21)

Today At Utah Policy

images/mugs-300/Blake_Moore.jpgNext stop for Blake Moore: The U.S. Congress
By Staff
Close associates and friends of Blake Moore told him he would win big on election night, but the newly elected Congressman for Utah's District 1 was not so sure. "You just don't want to believe it until you see it," he said. He should have believed his friends. The Republican carried 68.3% of the vote compared to Democratic rival Darren Parry's 31.7%.
images/mugs/LaVarr_Webb.jpgWebb Wrap: Trump should gracefully concede . . . Can Biden resist the leftward pull? . . . Money wasted in many campaigns
By LaVarr Webb
I was among the nearly 60% of Utah voters who cast a ballot for Pres. Trump. The president won a lot more votes in Utah than I expected, and I suspect a lot of Utahns, like me, had to hold their noses a bit as they marked their ballots. I've written many times of my concerns about Trump's demeanor and character, but I had even deeper concerns about the Democrats taking over the entire federal government and what that might mean for the country. I also believe, and still do, that Trump accomplished a great deal and the country was on a good path until the COVID-19 pandemic hit. Unfortunately, Trump's successes were overshadowed by the daily (even hourly) senseless sideshows he created.
images/mugs-300/JaredWhitley.jpeg.jpgGuest opinion: Is America divided beyond repair?
By Jared Whitley
"Breaking up is like knocking over a Coke machine. You can't do it one push. You gotta rock it back and forth a few times and then it goes over." - Jerry Seinfeld, 1997 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YzBrI71FC44) While no one knows exactly how the most disputed American election ever will resolve, everyone knows one thing: the outcome will leave half the country outraged. People are so anxious about our political instability that the nation's biggest retailer stopped selling guns before Election Day.

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images/Charts/us-employment-high.jpgEconomic analysis: Resilience emerges in the labor market
The US labor market showed surprising strength in the October report just released, with 638,000 jobs added last month. The unemployment rate also reflected strength, dropping to 6.9% in October, from 7.9% in September. And labor force participation increased to 61.7%, at the high end of expectations. While the economy remains constrained by the COVID-19 pandemic, the October jobs report reflects an encouraging resilience in the US workforce.
Curtis on presidential race: Time to heal wounds & come together
Washington, DC-Congressman John Curtis (R-UT) has released the following statement regarding the presidential election: "2020 continues to be the year of unpredictability. I'd like to be clear about my feelings on two things concerning the presidential race. First, President Trump should be entitled to every legal opportunity to make his case. Second, until a judicial decision determines wrongdoing, Joe Biden should be acknowledged as the President-Elect.
Updated state of emergency and public health order
Following the announcements of new restrictions designed to curb the spread of COVID-19 in Utah, Gov. Gary R. Herbert and the Utah Department of Health have released updated orders which clarify several points of confusion.Under the new orders:  1.  Bars and restaurants may not serve alcohol after 10:00 p.m. but are permitted to remain open.  2.  Athletic events run by private companies, such as dance and karate classes, are permitted to continue if certain attendance, mask wearing, and physical distancing requirements are enforced.View the State of Emergency order HERE. View the Public Health order HERE.
United Utah Party calls for non-partisan AG elections
The United Utah Party has issued the following statement: The United Utah Party would like to congratulate Sean Reyes upon his reelection to the office of Utah Attorney General. Unfortunately, as his first act since his victory, Mr. Reyes has chosen to leave the state to join in a challenge to the integrity of the electoral process.
Leadership Tip: Share the spotlight
There's a difference between a leader and a boss. While both are in charge, a leader shares the spotlight and is comfortable crediting others. While it might seem counterintuitive, being humble takes more confidence than basking in glory. Your employees will appreciate it, and your clients will, too. Source: Entrepreneur.com


On This Day In History

(From History.com)

1775 -  The U.S. Marine Corps is created as landing forces for the Continental Navy by the Continental Congress during the American Revolution.

1903 -  Mary Anderson, from Birmingham, Alabama, receives a patent award for the windshield wiper. She never profited from her idea.

1969 - Sesame Street, a pioneering TV show featuring the Muppets, makes its broadcast debut. It became the most widely viewed children's program in the world, airing in more than 120 countries and teaching education basics to generations of young children.

2001 - In the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, Pres. George W. Bush addresses the U.N. to ask the international community to combat terrorism around the world.

Wise Words

Still True: "There is a certain enthusiasm in liberty, that makes human nature rise above itself, in acts of bravery and heroism." Alexander Hamilton

Lighter Side

Long Tour of Duty

I work in a courthouse, so when I served jury duty, I knew most of the staff. As I sat with other prospective jurors listening to a woman drone on about how long the process was taking, a judge and two lawyers passed by, giving me a big hello. A minute later, a few maintenance workers did the same.

That set off the malcontent: "Just how long have you been serving jury duty?"  Reader's Digest 

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