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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)
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)
76 days to the start of the 2021 Utah Legislature (1/19/2021)
121 days to the end of the 2021 Utah Legislature (3/4/21)

Trivia Question Answer
Political trivia guru Ron Fox asked this question on Monday: Who was the man named governor of the territory of Utah who was confirmed by the Senate and his commission signed and sent to him, and he refused to take the appointment?

Several readers got the answer right, but Mac Haddow got it first. Late in 1854, Pres. Franklin Pierce offered Col. Edward J. Steptoe the governorship of the Utah Territory to replace Brigham Young. Steptoe did not receive the actual letter from Pierce until March 1855. By that time he had already decided to turn down the offer. Instead, he was promoted to major of the newly formed 9th Infantry Regiment.

Today At Utah Policy

Republicans may lose some moderate, reform-minded legislators
By Staff
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.
images/mugs-300/LaVarr_Webb.jpgWebb 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
By Staff
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.

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images/Logos/slchamber-outlook.jpgUtah 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."


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On This Day In History

(From History.com)

1912 - Democrat Woodrow Wilson wins a landslide victory over Republican incumbent William Howard Taft.

1941 - The Japanese minister of war orders the Combined Japanese Fleet to bomb Pearl Harbor, along with Malaysia, the Dutch East Indies, and the Philippines. A little over a month later, Pearl Harbor is attacked.

1994 - George Foreman, age 45, becomes boxing's oldest heavyweight champion when he defeats 26-year-old Michael Moorer in Las Vegas.

2009 - Army major Nidal Malik Hasan, goes on a shooting rampage at Fort Hood in Texas, killing 13 and wounding 30.

Wise Words

Mother Nature: "Nature always wears the colors of the spirit." Ralph Waldo Emerson

Lighter Side

Reason For Leaving

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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