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Situational Analysis - Nov. 20, 2020

Welcome to Friday. Cross your fingers. The University of Utah might actually play a football game tomorrow.


3 days to the State Board of Canvassers meeting 11/23/2020 at noon
25 days until the Electoral College meets (12/14/2020)
46 days to Utah inauguration day (1/4/2021).
61 days to the start of the 2021 Utah Legislature (1/19/2021)
62 days to presidential Inauguration Day (01/20/2021)
106 days to the end of the 2021 Utah Legislature (3/5/21)

Today At Utah Policy

images/mugs-300/Jennifer_Dailey-Provost.jpgPolicymaker Profile: Getting to know Jennifer Dailey-Provost
By Staff
Utah Policy regularly profiles policymakers from across the state. In this edition we profile Utah Representative Dailey-Provost, Democrat, District 24 in Salt Lake County. What is your occupation? Research assistant, PhD student in Public Health.What is your educational background? BS, Marketing - U of U; MBA - Westminster College.Where did you grow up? Pocatello, ID.Can you describe a fond memory? Spending my childhood exploring our farm and surrounding land, wandering for miles. Summers camping in central Idaho.
images/mugs-300/LaVarr_Webb.jpgWebb Wrap: Trump deserves kudos for speedy vaccine development . . . Utah public education performance
By LaVarr Webb
It is exciting that COVID-19 vaccinations could begin in Utah within a few weeks. You can read all about the state's phased distribution and prioritization plan HERE. It will understandably take months for everyone who wishes to get vaccinated. But the state has a good plan, coordinated with the massive federal vaccination operation. It is almost miraculous that two drug companies, with more to come, have developed effective vaccines in only eight months. Such development usually would take several years. Pres. Trump has taken enormous criticism over his handling of the coronavirus pandemic. But he should get credit for the rapid development of helpful therapies and the vaccines. His critics didn't think it could be done.
images/Logos/campaign-guru-logo.jpgWinning the political game: Two tips for newly elected leaders
By LaVarr Webb
With a number of new elected officials taking office in the new year, and acknowledging that politicians get a lot of advice from a variety of sources, here are two simple suggestions from me: 1.  Pick your priorities and focus on them. Don't spread yourself too thin. Don't be in a hurry to do too much, too fast. Civic-minded people have a tendency to want to right every wrong and fight every evil. You can't do it all, and you won't be effective if you try. You will also neglect other important priorities like family and profession.

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Leadership Tip: Responsibility
"The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between, the leader is a servant." -Max DePree
Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report 11-19-20
 Outdoors Report -- KSL.com: Ready to ski or snowboard in Utah this winter? Plan ahead and prepare for changes, resorts say -- KSL.com: Repairs from March earthquake underway at Great Salt Lake State Park Concerts -- USU String Chamber Music Recital, Friday, 7:30 p.m., Russell/Wanlass Performance Hall, Utah State University, 4030 Old Main Hill, Logan, $10 -- Barlow Ballet's "Nutcracker," Friday and Saturday, various times, Covey Center for the Arts, 425 West Center Street, Provo, $22 -- "MENDED," SLCC Dance Company, Friday and Saturday, 7 p.m., Grand Theatre , 1575 South State Street, Salt Lake City, $5
Gov. Herbert statement on call with Pres.-elect Joe Biden
Gov. Herbert released the following statement on Thursday: "Today, I joined President-elect Biden, Vice President-elect Harris, and a bipartisan group of governors represented on the executive committee of the National Governors Association for a video conference call. We had a good discussion about how states and the federal government can work together in the nationwide fight against COVID-19. I wished the president-elect every success and am grateful for his efforts to engage the nation's governors in these important discussions."
Curtis, Phillips Introduce legislation to boost wind energy
Rep. John Curtis (R-UT) and Rep. Dean Phillips (D-MN), members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, have introduced bipartisan legislation to reduce barriers on the deployment of wind energy to international partners. "Most carbon emissions come from outside the United States, and a vital component of combatting climate change is the U.S. exporting clean energy resources and technology," said Curtis. "The bipartisan Worldwide Wind Turbine Act does exactly that by bringing together energy companies and U.S. international aid programs to share clean energy technology with the developing world."
Diverse leaders join to address skyrocketing COVID-19 cases
Top community leaders Gail Miller from the Larry H. Miller Group of Companies, Ryan Smith from Qualtrics, Dr. Marc Harrison from Intermountain Healthcare, and Keith McMullin from Deseret Management Corporation -- along with their respective organizations -- are joining together to address the skyrocketing cases of COVID-19 in Utah and subsequent hospitalizations that are overwhelming hospitals and health systems.
Utah Corrections director takes new job as Board of Pardons & Parole director
After nearly 14 years of service with the Utah Department of Corrections (UDC), Executive Director Mike Haddon will be transitioning to work as the executive director for the Utah Board of Pardons and Parole. "Mike is truly an exceptional leader. He has served the state of Utah well in his role at the Department of Corrections, and I have no doubt that he will continue to render extraordinary service in this new role," said Gov. Gary Herbert. The state is lucky to have him."
Leader McCarthy seeks Bishop's help one last time
WASHINGTON - Congressman Rob Bishop has once again been appointed as one of the conferees to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). As a senior member on the House Armed Services Committee, and the only Utahn on any armed services committee, he has been asked by Republican Leader McCarthy to assume this responsibility.
Stewart named negotiator for defense bill
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Chris Stewart (UT-02), a senior Member of the House Budget Committee, was chosen to serve on a conference committee for the House and Senate versions of the Fiscal Year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (FY21 NDAA).  This committee is charged with getting national defense policy signed into law to ensure that Department of Defense has the resources and authorities needed to defend the United States and our national security interests.
Companies prosper under new World Trade Center Utah division
Salt Lake City, Utah - World Trade Center Utah (WTC Utah) now offers a full range of products and services to help Utah companies enter and expand in global markets as well as to find capital to help finance that growth. Companies ready to go global or expand their current international efforts are able to connect with WTC Utah at each stage and gain a partner dedicated to catalyzing their success as part of the organization's new Global Business Services Division.

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On This Day In History

(From History.com)

1820 - The American whaler Essex, while hunting sperm whales off the South American coast, is rammed twice by an enraged bull whale and sunk. 20 crew members escape in small boats, but only five survive.

1942 - Joe Biden is born in Scranton, Pennsylvania. He becomes a U.S. senator from Delaware, vice president under Barack Obama, and is now the president-elect.

1945 - 24 high-ranking Nazis go on trial in Nuremberg, Germany, for atrocities committed during World War II. 12 were sentenced to death; seven to prison terms and three were acquitted. Another committed suicide and one was deemed incompetent to stand trial.

1982 - Cal wins an improbable last-second football victory over Stanford, completing five lateral passes around members of Stanford's marching band who had entered the field early to celebrate what they thought was a victory.

Wise Words

Leadership: "Motivation is the art of getting people to do what you want them to do because they want to do it." Dwight D. Eisenhower

Lighter Side

Permanent Insult

"The easiest time to add insult to injury is when you're signing somebody's cast."  Demetri Martin  Reader's Digest 

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