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Situational Analysis - Nov. 13, 2020

Welcome to Friday the 13th. It's a bad luck day, so we better be careful, avoid people, and just stay home. Wait, we're doing that anyway.


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

Today At Utah Policy

images/articles/James_Dunnigan.jpgPolicymaker profile: Getting to know James Dunnigan
By Staff
Utah Policy regularly profiles policymakers from across the state. In this edition we profile Utah Representative Dunnigan, Republican, District 39. Occupation: Small business owner, insurance agency. Education:  B.S. Business Management, U of U. Growing up:  Millcreek area, graduated from Cottonwood High School.
images/mugs-300/LaVarr_Webb.jpgWebb Wrap: Hang in there, educators, we appreciate your service . . . Does Utah practice a gentle conservatism?
By LaVarr Webb
COVID-19 is impacting and testing our education system, and all involved with it, like nothing ever before. It has created immense uncertainty, with students bouncing between in-person and remote learning. It has been incredibly hard on teachers, administrators, parents and students. Many events have been cancelled, sports events are unpredictable. Some of life's milestones, like graduations, proms and big games, will never be experienced. Many students are under stress and feeling depressed.
images/mugs-300/Dave-pic.jpgFriday change of pace: Restoring Utah's natural places, our nation & ourselves
By Dave Livermore
Restore: 1. To bring back to a previous right, custom or situation; to reinstate. 2. To return something or someone to a former condition, place or position. -Merriam-Webster I am not a restoration ecologist, but recent events have gotten me thinking about the parallels between the world we are living in and our Utah Chapter's restoration efforts on the ground. I admit that having knee surgery recently has made me pretty focused on how to restore and heal my aging body! But apart from my own recovery, I have also been thinking about the restoration and healing of the lands and waters The Nature Conservancy manages-and the considerable effort that goes into this work.

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Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report 11-13-20
Outdoors Report -- Salt Lake Tribune: With a Biden win, Bears Ears and Grand Staircase monuments may soon be restored With a Biden win, Bears Ears and Grand Staircase monuments may soon be restored  -- Salt Lake Tribune: Solitude postpones ski opener, cites lack of snow -- KSL.com: Visitation at Utah State Parks grew 1.7M in spring, summer months Concerts -- Suk's Serenade for Strings with Biber, Rouse, Takemitsu & Mozart, Utah Symphony, Friday and Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; also Saturday, 1 p.m., Abravanel Hall, 123 West South Temple, Salt Lake City, $17.50-$72
Utah Thrives Podcast: Efosa Ojomo on The Prosperity Paradox
When Clayton Christensen passed away at the beginning of this year, Utah lost one of its most prominent sons. The Harvard business professor had become, as one observer put it, the "the most influential management thinker of his time" and his theory of "disruptive innovation" perhaps the most influential business idea.In this edition of Utah Foundation's Utah Thrives, we hear about Christensen's legacy from Efosa Ojomo, who co-wrote a book with Christensen and who carries on his legacy through ongoing work. Hear about what Ojomo and Christensen learned together, and what it means for us. Listen to the podcast.
U named innovation and economic prosperity university
The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) awarded the University of Utah the Innovation and Economic Prosperity designation, which recognizes universities that promote growth, innovation and economic development in their regions. "This is tremendous recognition of the important role the University of Utah plays as an economic engine for our state," said Ruth V. Watkins, president of the University of Utah. "We are committed to educating the workforce of the future, to building strong industry partnerships and to fostering the new ideas and innovations of students and faculty that solve grand societal challenges. This designation will enhance our efforts in these areas."
Updates added to the Utah state of emergency & public health order
Additional updates were added Thursday to Gov. Gary Herbert's State of Emergency and the Public Health order to provide additional clarification. The revised order clarifies that:   1.  Physical child custody exchanges, court ordered parent time, and at-home child care services (including nannies and babysitters) are permitted;   2.  Business services provided at a place of residence (e.g., house cleaning, plumbing) are permitted; and   3.  The requirement for on-campus college students to get weekly COVID-19 testing applies only to students who are age 18 or older.

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On This Day In History

(From History.com)

1953 - Indiana Textbook Commission member charges that Robin Hood was a communist and demands references removed from school textbooks.

1979 - Philadelphia 76ers center Darryl Dawkins shatters his first backboard when he slam-dunks the basketball over Bill Robinzine of the Kansas City Kings.

1982 - The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is dedicated in Washington, D.C. after a march to its site by thousands of veterans.

2015 - ISIL stages a series of terrorist attacks in Paris, killing 131 and injuring over 400. It was the deadliest day in France since WWII.

Wise Words

Civic Responsibiity: "Duty, Honor, Country. Those three hallowed words reverently dictate what you ought to be, what you can be, what you will be." Douglas MacArthur

Lighter Side

40 for Lying

As A.J. and his platoon of recruits were marching, their sergeant slipped and tumbled down a ravine. The irate sergeant scrambled back up amid guffaws and barked, "Those who laughed, get down and give me 20!" A.J. and some others fell to the ground quickly and did their push-ups. Meanwhile, the sergeant glared at the others. "As for the rest of you, get down and give me 40 for lying!"  Reader's Digest 

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