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Situational Analysis - November 5, 2020
Welcome to Thursday. My inbox is strangely quiet. I was hearing daily from friendly people like McAdams, Wilson, Cox, Peterson, Gingrich, Trump, McSally, Tillis, Ernst, Rubio, Cruz, Trump Jr., Scott, Collins, Coryn and others, all just seeking a little financial support. Now I never hear from them. Was it not true friendship? Were they just after my money?
Today legislative leadership elections will be held (11/5/2020)
Today At Utah PolicyRepublicans may lose some moderate, reform-minded legislators
As of Wednesday evening, it appears that three moderate GOP Utah House members from Salt Lake County may have lost their re-elections, unofficial vote tallies show. But Salt Lake County Clerk Sherrie Swensen says that "thousands and thousands" of last-minute mail-in ballots are left to be counted. The updated counts in Salt Lake County came in around 4 p.m. "We are not even close to getting final vote numbers" on some of those close GOP contests in the county, she said.
Webb Wrap: What does the 2020 election mean for America? . . . Macdonald refutes Webb on federalism . . . Transition plans and legislative leadership to be announced today
By LaVarr Webb
It's going to take some smart analysis to really figure out what happened in the 2020 election and where it leaves us as a country. It's not particularly surprising that a Democratic president would be elected by a razor-thin margin (assuming Biden wins), while Republicans maintain control of the Senate and even pick up a handful of seats in the House. But what is surprising is that this outcome so completely defied all predictions, expectations and polling data. It upended the assumptions of the mainstream news media and the political establishment.
Legislative session to begin a week earlier, but 45-day length remains the same
Because of the passage of Constitutional Amendment F on Tuesday, and a previously passed law, the 2021 Utah general legislative session will start Jan. 19. That's a week earlier than it would have started, Jan. 25, under the unamended Utah Constitution. Jan. 19 is a Tuesday, and the preceding Monday is a federal holiday -- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The 2021 general session, and all future sessions (unless changed, again, by a constitutional amendment) will remain 45 days, not counting any federal holidays within that period.
Salt Lake Tribune
Policy NewsUtah executives more confident as economy stabilizes and firms adopt remote work
Utah business executives show renewed confidence in economic outlook despite continued uncertainty emanating from the coronavirus, according to the Salt Lake Chamber's CEOutlook survey for the third quarter of 2020. Respondents also noted positive expectations for Utah's economy looking forward to the end of the year with greater adoption of remote work, including 80% expecting this structural change to endure. The findings were released Wednesday as part of the Salt Lake Chamber's statewide economic survey of Utah business executives conducted in partnership with the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute at the University of Utah.
Cicero Group celebrates Cicero associate Blake Moore's win
Cicero Group, a data-driven management consulting firm is pleased to celebrate Congressman-Elect Blake Moore's successful campaign for Utah's First Congressional District seat. "Blake's decisive victory is a win for Utah and we're beyond ecstatic for him and his family," said Dr. Trent Kaufman, CEO of Cicero Group. "He is joining a tough political environment, but his fortitude, work ethic and genuine nature will serve as a shining example of Utah values. I'm proud of his achievement and wish him well in Washington D.C."
On This Day In History
1912 - Democrat Woodrow Wilson wins a landslide victory over Republican incumbent William Howard Taft.
Mother Nature: "Nature always wears the colors of the spirit." Ralph Waldo Emerson
Sadly, no one is safe from receiving the dreaded pink slip. Recently, a job application came across my desk at the federal personnel office in Washington, D.C. It was written on a standard form, which includes the question "Why did you leave your previous employment?" The applicant, a former U.S. Congressman, responded, "The express wish of 116,000 voters." Reader's Digest
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