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Situational Analysis - Nov. 19, 2020

Welcome to Thursday. Vastly downsized Thanksgiving next week means I don't need to start thawing the quail yet.  


4 days to the State Board of Canvassers meeting 11/23/2020 at noon

26 days until the Electoral College meets (12/14/2020)

47 days to Utah inauguration day (1/4/2021).

62 days to the start of the 2021 Utah Legislature (1/19/2021)

63 days to presidential Inauguration Day (01/20/2021)

107 days to the end of the 2021 Utah Legislature (3/5/21)

Today At Utah Policy

Next Congress & president should tackle immigration reform
By LaVarr Webb
One issue I hope the next Congress and the new president can quickly address is comprehensive immigration reform. The nation badly needs a sensible immigration system that is compassionate, but that also requires immigrants to follow the law. While Pres. Trump has been harshly criticized for his tough immigration rhetoric and policies, it is Congress that has been derelict for many years in creating a sensible system. Today's immigration system is a hodgepodge of laws and court decisions that together make little sense.
images/mugs-300/LaVarr_Webb.jpgWebb Wrap: Utah's big voter turnout . . . Vaccine distribution in Utah . . . Legislative fundraising . . . 10 trends to watch in coming year
By LaVarr Webb
Utah is going to end up with 90%-plus voter turnout for the election just completed. That is truly remarkable. It wasn't many years ago when turnout was very low. Former Gov. Jon Huntsman even convened a commission (I was a member) to consider ways to boost voting and civic engagement. I guess we were successful. Two things seem to increase turnout: 1. Citizens passionate about candidates or causes and, 2. Ease of voting. This year we had plenty of both. Donald Trump turned out both sides: His ardent supporters and his ardent critics. Nothing was going to keep his adoring base from voting for him; and nothing was going to keep those who hate him from trying to remove him from office.
images/Logos/campaign-guru-logo.jpgWinning the political game: How to work with news reporters
By Press Release
(Note: This essay is from the archives, but is still relevant) Even in a day of social media and direct-to-consumer communications, the traditional news media have a big impact on politics and public policy. And dealing with news reporters is hard for some public officials. Politicians and reporters live in two very different worlds, but they are thrown together in the realm of public policy. Some reporters pride themselves in taking an adversarial approach to their jobs, treating all public officials with skepticism and suspicion.

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'Stay Safe to Stay Open' statewide tour to visit Draper
Join Mayor Trent Walker of Draper City and the South Valley Chamber of Commerce to learn about the "Stay Safe to Stay Open" statewide van tour. This effort continues reaching out to businesses across Utah and encouraging them to take the pledge to follow public health best practices to combat the coronavirus. Mayor Walker, along with representatives from the South Valley Chamber of Commerce and Utah's business community will discuss plans to support businesses, increase consumer confidence, and strengthen Utah's economy.
Learn what 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!
Better Utah responds to Agriculture Department audit
In response to a state audit of the Department of Agriculture which showed improper use of public resources and expressed concerns about how medical cannabis licenses were handed out, Katie Matheson, communications director from Alliance for a Better Utah, issued the following statement: "While this is a tough example of how an individual's-or group of individuals'-worst impulses can rob the public of both resources and trust, it's also a great example of a functioning government rooting out corruption within its own ranks. During this stressful time, Utahns need to trust the government that serves them, and we applaud Governor Herbert and the State Auditor's Office for their swift work on this matter and helping maintain that trust.

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On This Day In History

(From History.com)

1863  At the dedication of a military cemetery, four months after the single bloodiest battle of the Civil War, Pres. Abraham Lincoln delivers the Gettysburg Address, one of the most memorable speeches in American history. 

1942  Soviet Red Army launches a counterattack against the Germans at Stalingrad, turning the tide of the war in the Soviet Union, forcing the Nazis to retreat.

1969  Brazilian soccer legend Pele scores his 1,000th goal as a professional player against Vasco da Gama in Rio de Janeiro.  

2003  An arrest warrant is issued for Michael Jackson on charges of sexual misconduct with a minor. He was acquitted two years later.

Wise Words

Action: "Well done is better than well said." Benjamin Franklin

Lighter Side

Panicking Golden Doodle

A poodle and a collie are walking together when the poodle suddenly unloads on his friend. "My life is a mess," he says. "My owner is mean, my girlfriend ran away with a schnauzer, and I'm as jittery as a cat."

"Why don't you go see a psychiatrist?" suggests the collie.

"I can't," says the poodle. "I'm not allowed on the couch."  Reader's Digest 

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