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Situational Analysis - Nov. 12, 2020

Welcome to Thursday. I'm so old that I remember when we almost always knew the winners in virtually all races by at least the wee hour on election night. But that was well before computers, sophisticated software and instant digital/mobile communications made everything faster and more efficient.


5 days to the Salt Lake County Board of Canvassers meeting (11/17/2020
11 days to the State Board of Canvassers meeting 11/23/2020 at noon
33 days until the Electoral College meets (12/14/2020)
54 days to Utah inauguration day (1/4/2021).
69 days to the start of the 2021 Utah Legislature (1/19/2021)
70 days to presidential Inauguration Day (01/20/2021)
114 days to the end of the 2021 Utah Legislature (3/5/21)

Trivia quiz answer

Monday's question was from Dave Buhler: "Who was on the first Utah governor/lieutenant governor ticket to be elected in tandem, and what was the year? Doug Foxley was quick to get the answer right: The ticket was Norm Bangerter and Val Oveson in 1984. Doug has a good question for next Monday.

Today At Utah Policy

Analysis: Democratic hold on the country is very fragile
By LaVarr Webb
How strong is the Democratic mandate to run the country? The closer I look at the 2020 election results, the more delicate the Democrats' victory looks. Democrats can revel in winning the presidency and defeating the hated Donald Trump. Joe Biden won the White House. But if he doesn't govern in a centrist way, he will certainly not be listening to what the voters said. There's a reasonable chance that Biden does want to be a centrist president. If so, he might be successful. But he'll have to fight the left wing of his own party.
images/mugs-300/LaVarr_Webb.jpgWebb Wrap: Trump brought out his base and hurt Utah Democrats . . . I need to get out of my bubble so I can hate my kids' music
By LaVarr Webb
I don't know who's going to win the 4th District. I don't know where those final votes are coming from. But I'm surprised that incumbent Democrat Ben McAdams didn't win rather easily. He has always been well liked and his approval ratings have usually been the best of the congressional delegation. McAdams is a Democrat and a centrist in a Republican-leaning congressional district, but he fits the district well. He had an enormous amount of money. The race was the nastiest in decades, but both sides were about equally nasty. Republican opponent Burgess Owens wasn't a really strong candidate. He campaigned as a culture warrior focused on broad conservative themes, rather than as a practical problem-solver.
images/articles/lavarr-b-webb.jpgUinta Mountain lakes, arctic greyling & war
By LaVarr Webb
Yesterday was Veteran's Day, and I thought a lot about my own father, LaVarr B. Webb, who served in World War II in Italy. When the United States entered the war, my father was married with two little girls and a third on the way. So he didn't immediately volunteer to go to war. But as the war went on, and more men were needed, he was drafted and he willingly left his young family to serve in the Army. He was sent to Italy toward the end of the war in Europe. He did not see heavy fighting, but he did see the horrors and destruction of war. When the war in the European theater ended with the surrender of Germany, he was put on a troop ship headed for the invasion of Japan.

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What the 2020 elections portend for the U.S./China relationship and Utah business
The presidential election holds important implications for the future of US-China relationships. Utah businesses need to know what they can expect. Join World Trade Center Utah, Dorsey & Whitney and the US-China Business Council for a post-election discussion covering the US-China trade relationship, data privacy, national security policies (including CFIUS ) and what onshoring trends could mean for industries that are important to Utah.
Learn what the research shows about upward mobility at Envision Utah's Common Good Awards
Join us for Envision Utah's annual Common Good Awards on December 3. We normally love to get together to mix and mingle in person, but due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we've decided it best to host our event online. But don't worry-we've still got an amazing speaker and two stellar Common Good Awards winners. And you can still even get a lunch out of the event!
United Utah calls on GOP leaders to urge Trump to concede
The United Utah Party issued the following statement: The election for president is essentially over.  It was not a close election in the popular vote.  Former Vice-President Joe Biden received over 5 million votes across the nation more than President Donald Trump.  Nor is it a close election in the electoral vote as, according to Fox News, Biden already has won 20 more votes than needed. The gap between the two candidates in Pennsylvania is nearly 50,000 votes. In 2016, President Trump beat Hillary Clinton by 44,000 votes and claimed victory.  In fact, even though the 2016 election across the nation was closer than this election, by this point Clinton had conceded, and Trump had claimed victory and met with President Obama.
Democrats' Eleanor Roosevelt luncheon is Nov. 30
I'm excited to announce that the 27th Annual Eleanor Roosevelt Luncheon will be taking place on Monday, Nov. 30, at 12 noon. Eleanor Roosevelt said, "My message to women is to get in the game and stay in the game." Utah women have always been in the game. From Seraph Young, the first woman to vote in the modern United States, to the 27 Eleanor Roosevelt Award winners, we have a long history of women leading the way.
Remembering the service of our veterans
Veterans Day is when we try to express--using words--a sense of gratitude that is actually impossible to describe. For those, like me, who have not served in our armed forces, it is impossible to fully appreciate their sacrifice. There are so many different types of people who have served, and we honor all of them. One type of service is that given by our active duty and reserve members like former North Ogden Mayor, Major Brent Taylor, who served in Afghanistan, and paid the ultimate price exactly two years ago.

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On This Day In History

(From History.com)

1864 - Union General William T. Sherman orders the destruction of the business district of Atlanta, Georgia, before he embarks on his infamous march to the sea.

1799 - A meteor shower, thought to be the Leonids show and the first ever recorded, is witnessed and noted by Andrew Ellicott, an early American astronomer, from a ship off the Florida Keys

1954 - Ellis Island, the gateway to America, shuts its doors after processing more than 12 million immigrants since opening in 1892.

1982 - Yuri Andropov assumes power in the Soviet Union following the death of Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev two days earlier.

Wise Words

Harmony: "Harmony makes small things grow, lack of it makes great things decay." Sallust

Lighter Side

Belt Buckle

Q: Why does a pilgrim's pants always fall down?

A: Because they wear their belt buckle on their hat.  Reader's Digest 

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