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Situational Analysis - November 4, 2020

Welcome to Wednesday. The dust settles. Meanwhile, I dreamed last night that those noxious McAdams/Owens ads just keep running forever . . . What a horrible nightmare.


1 day to legislative leadership elections (11/5/2020)
13 days to the Board of Canvassers meeting (11/17/2020
40 days until the Electoral College meets (12/14/2020)
76 days to inauguration day (01/20/2021)
82 days to the start of the 2021 Utah Legislature (1/25/2021)

Today At Utah Policy

Post-election priority: Unleashing the forces of disruptive innovation on the federal government
By LaVarr Webb
I am hopeful that when the dust is settled from the wild and crazy 2020 election, that smart politicians at the state level, especially governors and state legislators, will tackle one of the most important issues facing the country - dysfunction at the federal level of government. That might sound strange that state leaders should focus on federal dysfunction, but I believe only the states can bring the federal government under control, especially its profligate deficit spending that threatens the nation's future.
images/mugs-300/LaVarr_Webb.jpgWebb Wrap: Lessons of the 2020 presidential election - so far
By LaVarr Webb
Wow. What an incredible election. It was - and still is -- mesmerizing. We may not know the outcome of the presidential election until later today, or even later in the week, or even much longer than that, depending on legal maneuverings. It is par for the course for the insane year of 2020, one of the most turbulent years in my lifetime. What else would we expect? In the wee hours of Wednesday morning, the presidential race was too close to call, with six or seven states still undecided. Litigation is highly likely no matter which candidate is eventually declared the winner. Whether Biden or Trump wins, there are some remarkable lessons from the presidential race.

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On This Day In History

(From History.com)

1922 - The entrance to King Tut's tomb is discovered in Egypt's Valley of the Kings by British archaeologist Howard Carter.

1948 - T.S. Eliot wins the Nobel Price in literature.

1995 - Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin is assassinated after attending a peace rally in Tel Aviv.

2008 - Barack Obama is elected as America's first Black president, defeating Republican John McCain.

Wise Words

Be Kind: "A gentle word, a kind look, a good-natured smile can work wonders and accomplish miracles." William Hazlitt

Lighter Side

Sunscreen Mishap

My father, a Navy man, had the good fortune to be stationed in Hawaii-but the bad fortune to have fair skin. One day, after spending many hours under the hot sun, he reported back to duty with a terrible sunburn. Expecting sympathy, he was, instead, reprimanded by his superiors and then written up for "destruction of government property."  Reader's Digest 

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