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Situational Analysis - Nov. 17, 2020

Welcome to Tuesday. No, those weren't swans falling from the sky last night. It was the Leonid meteor shower.


Today is the Salt Lake County Board of Canvassers meeting (11/17/2020
6 days to the State Board of Canvassers meeting 11/23/2020 at noon
28 days until the Electoral College meets (12/14/2020)
49 days to Utah inauguration day (1/4/2021).
64 days to the start of the 2021 Utah Legislature (1/19/2021)
65 days to presidential Inauguration Day (01/20/2021)
109 days to the end of the 2021 Utah Legislature (3/5/21)

Today At Utah Policy

Utah cities face unexpected, unique challenges in COVID-19 era
By Staff
A UtahPoliy.com Q&A series from the Utah League of Cities and Towns: Utah's cities and towns are facing new challenges due to the coronavirus pandemic.  While we work to protect the physical health of our residents and economic health of our cities, what unexpected and perhaps unique challenges or impacts of COVID-19 have local leaders faced in their cities?
images/mugs-300/LaVarr_Webb.jpgWebb Wrap: 2022 cycle begins . . . could Mike Lee have opposition?
By LaVarr Webb
So, the question is, will he face a serious challenge from within his own party? Probably not, but that won't stop me from speculating. In 2016, a couple of prominent Republicans considered running against Lee in his first re-election. A handful of business leaders thought about recruiting a candidate. None of those threats materialized, and Lee cruised to his second term. I'm hearing similar rumblings as the 2022 cycle begins. Lee doesn't enjoy great approval ratings and there is talk that he might be vulnerable. Lee is a pro-Trump ideological conservative and he has rankled some more moderate Republicans.
images/mugs-300/Cheryl_Acton.jpgPolicymaker Profile: Getting to know Cheryl Acton
By Staff
Utah Policy regularly profiles policymakers from across the state. In this edition we profile Utah Representative Acton, Republican, District 43. Occupation: Writer. Education: B.A., English Growing up: All over the Kansas City area. Fond memory:  Coin flip victory at my special election in 2017, followed by general election victory in 2018.

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images/mugs-300/Leslie-Reberg.jpgLeslie Reberg is honored with Eleanor Roosevelt award
For the last 27 years, the Utah Democratic Party has honored a woman who embodies the qualities of courage, compassion, and dedication of legendary Democratic Eleanor Roosevelt. This year the award goes to Leslie Reberg. Leslie has been a fixture in Utah politics for 34 years, working on 18 campaigns and only missing two election cycles. There have been wins and there have been losses, but nothing has stopped Leslie from working hard to elect good people who make Utah a better place.
Governor appoints Margaret Plane to Utah Court of Appeals
Gov. Gary R. Herbert has appointed Margaret Plane to the Utah Court of Appeals. "I am pleased to have the opportunity to appoint Margaret Plane to the Utah Court of Appeals," Gov. Herbert said. "She has demonstrated superior intellect and expertise. I am confident in her skills and know that she will serve well in this new position. I am proud to make this appointment."
Utah Senate requests public comment on judicial nominee
SALT LAKE CITY - The Utah Senate Judicial Confirmation Committee is seeking public comment on attorney Margaret Plane who was appointed by Governor Gary Herbert as a judge for the Utah Court of Appeals. Those who desire to comment should contact Utah Senate Judicial Confirmation committee staff, Jerry Howe at the Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel, by 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 2, 2020, at the Utah State Capitol, House Building, Suite W210, PO Box 145210, Salt Lake City, Utah 84114-5210. All statements should include the respondent's name, telephone number and mailing address.
What the 2020 elections portend for the US-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.
Better Utah Institute, Action Utah join forces
Two Utah nonprofits, Better Utah Institute and Action Utah, have announced they will join forces to form a single organization under the Better Utah Institute name, management, and mission. Through the rest of this year, Action Utah will begin moving its bounty of resources and programming into the Better Utah Institute fold. Under this new format, Better Utah Institute will perpetuate and grow many of Action Utah's programs, building on the good work Action Utah has done over the past four years and strengthening Better Utah's ongoing work to inform Utahns and inspire civic engagement.

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On This Day In History

(From History.com)

1558 - 25-year-old Elizabeth ascends to England's throne after her half-sister, Mary I, dies. Elizabeth faces danger and opposition, but she is an activist queen who reigns for 45 years and sees the flowering of the English Renaissance with England becoming a major world power.

1777 - Congress submits the Articles of Confederation to the states for ratification after 16 months of debate. Bickering between Virginia and Maryland delays final ratification for nearly four years. The Articles are superseded by the U.S. Constitution in 1789.

1869 - The Suez Canal opens, connecting the Mediterranean and the Red seas. It is celebrated in an elaborate ceremony attended by French Empress Eugenie, wife of Napoleon III.

1958 - The Kingston Trio brings folk music to the top of the U.S. pop charts as "Tom Dooley" hits #1 on Billboard.

Wise Words

Life Currency:  "Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you." Carl Sandburg

Lighter Side

Unsolved mysteries

"Why do they lock gas station bathrooms? Are they afraid someone will clean them?"  George Carlin  Reader's Digest 

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