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Situational Analysis - November 6, 2020

Welcome to Friday. Wow. What a week it has been. And now we have to worry about this: A 'God of Chaos' Asteroid Could Hit Earth in 2068 (Popular Mechanics). Well, at least I won't be around.


11 days to the Board of Canvassers meeting (11/17/2020
38 days until the Electoral College meets (12/14/2020)
74 days to the start of the 2021 Utah Legislature (1/19/2021)
75 days to Inauguration Day (01/20/2021)
119 days to the end of the 2021 Utah Legislature (3/5/21)

Today At Utah Policy

images/Logos/utah-state-seal.jpgState government is a model of stability compared to the feds
By LaVarr Webb
Politics at the national level is messy, chaotic and uncertain. But in Utah, there could hardly be more stability, continuity and tranquility. Utah has a new governor, but he's very familiar because he's currently the lieutenant governor. And in demeanor and approach, he's much like the current governor. Meanwhile, Utah has new legislative leaders, but they are also very familiar because they're also the old legislative leaders.
images/mugs-300/LaVarr_Webb.jpgWebb Wrap: What happens with the Trump base? . . . Love affair between Trump & Fox News is over
By LaVarr Webb
I always say a vote of 50% plus 1 equals political success. You don't need more than that. I like politicians who are willing to use up their political capital to do hard, but needed, things, even if it means they don't enjoy 80% approval ratings. All they need is 50% plus 1 for political success. Still, when an election winner barely squeaks by with just over half the vote, it's worth considering why the other nearly half of voters didn't vote for you. I hope Joe Biden, if he wins the presidency, takes that into account. He needs to understand why all those working-class, middle-America voters supported Pres. Trump. It's quite remarkable that nearly half of America wanted Trump, despite his flaws, quirks, a raging pandemic and a collapsed economy.
images/articles/hiker-sunset.jpgFriday change of pace: The joy of walking
By LaVarr Webb
When people tell me to "Go take a hike" (it does happen frequently), I assume they're looking out for my health, rather than insulting me. When I was young, I did a lot of walking, but it seemed it was always to get somewhere. My parents had 10 kids and for many years just one car which was in high demand. So I didn't have a lot of motorized transportation to get where I wanted to go. So I walked a lot. To visit my friends, go to a store, get to the best fishing hole or to scare up a pheasant. Walking itself wasn't the point. Walking was a means to an end. I loved to hike in the mountains, but even hiking was generally done with a destination or goal in mind-a fishing lake or mountain pass, a spectacular view, or to rack up high miles to brag about.

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Policy News

Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
 Outdoors Report  -- KSL.com: Utah wildlife officials consider removing cap on bull elk hunting permits, other hunting adjustments -- KSL.com: Utah DWR closes area near Santaquin to target shooting after bullets strike new homes -- KSL.com: 2020 got you stressed? Take a heavy dose of nature -- KSL.com: The exploration of Main Drain: Utah's deepest cave
Gov. Herbert statement on rising COVID-19 cases in Utah
Thursday the Utah Department of Health reported 2,807 cases of COVID-19, 19 new ICU admissions, and seven new deaths. Gov. Gary R. Herbert released the following statement: "Unfortunately, today's record high case numbers are not surprising, and if projections out of the Utah Department of Health are correct, we will see much higher numbers in the coming weeks. We will continue to see dramatic increases until we choose to act differently. Medical professionals have warned us again and again. We must change our behavior, if we are to expect a different outcome. To that end, I have held emergency meetings with legislative leadership this week. We anticipate sharing more early next week about the additional steps we will take to end the surge in infections."
Gov. Herbert, Gov.-Elect Cox and Lt. Gov.-Elect Henderson outline transition plans
Two days after Utah voters selected Spencer Cox as their next governor, he and his running mate Deidre Henderson announced their transition team, key staff appointments and processes for upcoming state government reviews. Standing with Gov. Gary Herbert and Lt. Gov.-elect Henderson at the Utah State Capitol on Thursday, Cox thanked Herbert for the opportunity to serve as his lieutenant governor and for the support of his successful candidacy.
Leaders re-elected for Utah Senate's majority leadership team
The Utah Senate Majority Caucus elected their leadership team for the 64th Legislature (2021/22) on Thursday. They are as follows: Majority Leadership Team   *   Sen. J. Stuart Adams, R - District 22, was elected to serve as Senate President   *   Sen. Evan Vickers, R - District 28, was elected to serve as Majority Leader   *   Sen. Daniel Hemmert, R - District 14, was elected to serve as Majority Whip   *   Sen. Ann Millner, R - District 18, was elected to serve as Majority Assistant Whip
Homeless Service Providers Embracing Innovation in Face of Pandemic
Utah Foundation has released the next installment in its Homelessness Series. Widening the Doors of Hope: Addressing Coronavirus-Related Challenges Among Homeless Service Providers explores the coping strategies and innovations that providers are adopting to withstand the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.


On This Day In History

(From History.com)

1860 - Abraham Lincoln is elected president, becoming the first Republican to win the presidency. He received only 40% of the popular vote, but defeated three other candidates.

1861 - Jefferson Davis is elected president of the Confederate States of America, winning with no opposition.

1917 - Vladimir Lenin and his Bolshevik Party revolutionaries launch a nearly bloodless coup against Russia's ineffectual Provisional Government and form the world's first Marxist state.

1962 - The United Nations adopts a resolution condemning South Africa's racist apartheid policies and calling on members to end economic and military relations with the country.

Wise Words

Promises to Keep: "The woods are lovely, dark and deep. But I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep." Robert Frost

Lighter Side


Working on Capitol Hill, my husband was under constant pressure. After one late-night session, he came home exhausted and went straight to bed. When I turned out the light, he sat up in a panic. "Is everything OK in the house?" he asked.

"Yes, honey," I answered. "I locked the doors and turned down the heat."

"That's good," he said, lying back down, his eyelids heavy. "What about the Senate?"  Reader's Digest 

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