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Situational Analysis - November 3, 2020

Election day! It really did finally arrive. Are you ready for a long night? Break out the Diet Dr Pepper and guacamole. No, you don't mix them together


Today is the 2020 general election (11/3/2020)
2 days to legislative leadership elections (11/5/2020)
14 days to the Board of Canvassers meeting (11/17/2020
41 days until the Electoral College meets (12/14/2020)
77 days to inauguration day (01/20/2021)
83 days to the start of the 2021 Utah Legislature (1/25/2021)

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Analysis: Most Utahns downplay divine involvement in elections
By Staff
Five percent of "likely" Utah voters believe God wants Donald Trump to be president. Not exactly a ringing endorsement.However, the same new Y2 Analytics polling survey also finds that 28 percent of Utah voters believe that Trump's election in 2016, and his governance since, must be part of God's overall plan, but that doesn't mean necessarily that God approves of Trump's policies.Half of all Utah voters say God does not get involved in U.S. presidential elections.While 13 percent said they don't believe in God at all. And 3 percent declined to give an answer or said they don't know.
images/mugs-300/LaVarr_Webb.jpgWebb Wrap: It's election day -- go play some golf
By LaVarr Webb
Election day can be a weird day, somewhat anti-climactic for candidates who have been running at a frenetic pace. Candidates can campaign or do honk-and-waves, of course, right up until the bitter end at 8 p.m. But it's mostly a waste of time unless the winning margin is expected to be razor-thin. That might be the case in the 4th District. For candidates feeling comfortable, election day is a great time to go golfing. Recharge. Get some fresh air and exercise. Come back down to earth after months of intense campaigning. While away some hours with family or friends, awaiting vote counting to begin in the evening.
images/articles/Phil_Lyman.jpgPolicymaker Profile: Getting to know Phil Lyman
By Staff
Utah Policy regularly profiles policymakers from across the state. In this edition we profile Rep. Phil Lyman, Republican, District 73. What is your occupation? CPA/Business development. What is your educational background? Accounting - BYU; Masters in Taxation - U of U. Where did you grow up? Blanding. Can you describe a fond memory? Being on stage with President Trump when he reversed the ridiculous Bears Ears Monument Executive Order. And that time Mike Noel used the term "rock lickers."

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Analyzing the impact of the U.S. elections on healthcare
Election Day is here, and the next installment of the Fast Break free webinar series, sponsored by the David Eccles School of business, University of Utah, will focus on "Analyzing the Impact of U.S. Elections on Healthcare" with two incredible experts. The free session is on Thursday, Nov. 12 at noon. Join Sara Singleton, D.C.-based Principal at Leavitt Partners, and Vince Ventimiglia, President of Leavitt Partners Collaborative Advocates, will discuss how the election may impact healthcare moving forward.
Nominees announced for two 2nd District Court vacancies
SALT LAKE CITY - The Second District Judicial Nominating Commission has selected nominees for two vacancies on the Second District Court.  These vacancies result from the retirements of Judge John R. Morris, December 31, 2020 and Judge Thomas L. Kay, January 1, 2021.
Kael Weston & Evan McMullin host joint Facebook Live event
On Monday, Nov. 2, Evan McMullin will join Kael Weston for a special Facebook Live event on the topic of Bridging Divides this election year-and after. It will take more listening and less yelling to start to repair and rebuild our country in 2021. Electing Joe Biden as president is the beginning of that process.
Biden campaign endorses Peterson-Brown ticket in Utah gubernatorial race
Democratic candidate for president Joseph R. Biden has announced his endorsement of Chris Peterson for Utah governor. "In a time of division, we need leaders who will stand up for working people," Vice President Biden said. "As governor of Utah, Chris Peterson will help our country heal and make a positive difference in the daily lives of Utahns. I'm proud of his track record of fighting for consumer protections and access to health care. I stand with Chris and thank him for his service."
Romney & McAdams push for passage of Utah Navajo water bill
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) and Congressman Ben McAdams (D-UT) have urged action on legislation that would secure clean drinking water for Navajo Nation in Utah. Romney and McAdams sent a joint letter to the House Speaker, House Majority Leader, and House Committee on Natural Resources Chair urging passage of the Navajo Utah Water Rights Settlement Act.


On This Day In History

(From History.com)

1883 - California bandit Black Bart makes his last stagecoach robbery. He makes a quick getaway, but drops an incriminating clue that eventually sends him to prison.

1957 - The Soviet Union launches the first animal into space - a part-Siberian husky named Laika - aboard Sputnik 2 spacecraft. She died in space after batteries of her life-support system ran down.

1962 - The Crystals earn a No. 1 hit with "He's a Rebel."

2014 - One World Trade Center officially open in Manhattan, replacing the Twin Towers that were destroyed in terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

Wise Words

Smile: "Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened." Dr. Seuss

Lighter Side

You Owe Me Money

A thief stuck a pistol in a man's ribs and said, "Give me your money." The gentleman, shocked by the sudden attack, said: "You cannot do this, I'm a United States congressman!" The thief said, "In that case, give me my money!"  Reader's Digest 

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