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Situational Analysis - Nov. 9, 2020
Welcome to Monday. Cold and gloomy weather today to match the mood of many Republicans.
8 days to the Board of Canvassers meeting (11/17/2020
Monday Trivia Quiz
This question is from Dave Buhler, and should be easy: Who was on the first Utah governor/lieutenant governor ticket to be elected in tandem, and what was the year? Send your answer by end of day Wednesday to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Today At Utah PolicyGuest opinion: Donald disappoints in his defeat
By Mike Winder
President Donald Trump became one of the few incumbents in modern history to lose re-election, and he has nobody to blame but himself. It is true that the mainstream media never gave him the benefit of the doubt and always gave Joe Biden a pass; but Trump really should have won this. He had a record to run on, as there were many good things in the Trump presidency: Taxes were cut, overregulated businesses were unshackled, historic unemployment rates were reached, great judges and justices were appointed, ISIS was defeated, troops brought home, and historic Middle East peace deals reached.
Webb Wrap: Please wear your mask . . . McConnell in charge . . . Eskelsen for education secretary?
By LaVarr Webb
Gov. Herbert's emergency declaration Sunday night imposing a statewide mask mandate is the right thing to do and I hope Utahns will comply willingly. Wearing a mask and social distancing are not difficult things to do. No one's freedom is being compromised. Herbert is not closing businesses or shutting down the state. He is taking prudent, but minimal, action to deal with a real crisis. It is selfish, in fact, not to wear a mask when out in public and around other people. If you resent being required to wear a mask, do it anyway. Do it for your family, for your friends and neighbors, and for those who may have medical emergencies and need a hospital bed.
Guest opinion: Election insights & observations from Utah's GOP national committeeman
By Bruce R. Hough
The Biden campaign had it right. Rope-a-Dope as a campaign strategy worked. Mohammed Ali faced George Foreman in the "Rumble in the Jungle" and retreated in a defensive posture against the boxing ring ropes taking Foreman's punches. The elasticity of those ropes largely dissipated the force of the blows and, in the case of Joe Biden, his basement was his defensive posture, and the media mainly served as the ropes that protected him from the punches thrown by Donald Trump. In other words, his campaign strategy was "don't get yourself in trouble by going on offense, and let your opponent do all the work."Words matter. My mom and dad taught me that actions speak louder than words. I want to believe that still. In the case of this president and this campaign, words and messaging mattered more. Some people literally could not "pull the lever" for someone who did not publicly communicate presidentially, notwithstanding his accomplishments. Some of those accomplishments are more partisan than others, but many are unmistakably bipartisan.
Salt Lake Tribune
Policy NewsHerbert mandates mask wearing statewide
For at least two weeks all Utahns must wear masks when out in public, and all businesses must require mask wearing by employees and visitors, all in an attempt to stem the spread of COVID-19, Gov. Gary Herbert announced Sunday night. Other measures will be taken, including no gathering of folks outside of their immediate family. Businesses who violate the mask mandate order can be fined by the state Labor Commission. And any person or group that tries to organize "illegal" gatherings can be fined up to $10,000 per incident.
UEA responds to governor's emergency announcement
Utah Education Association President Heidi Matthews issued the following statement:"We express appreciation to Gov. Gary Herbert for his call to strengthen measures addressing the rapid spread of COVID-19 in our community. Unfortunately, the governor's emergency announcement did not go nearly far enough in tackling the serious issues facing students and educators in our public schools.
Yuval Levin provides post-election analysis for Sutherland
The Sutherland Institute is hosting a virtual post-election analysis and discussion with AEI scholar Dr. Yuval Levin.Dr. Levin is the author of the recently published book A Time To Build: From Family and Community to Congress and the Campus, How Recommitting to Our Institutions Can Revive the American Dream.
UIRA finds COVID-19 impacts on Utah manufacturing may last three years
Utah Industry Resource Alliance (UIRA), under CARES Act funding, has released an in-depth economic study of the impacts of the COVID-19 induced recession on Utah's manufacturers: "Using Market Demand to Manage Production Levels: COVID-19 Market Demand Analysis and Forecast for Utah Manufacturers 2021-2025." "The COVID-19 recession was sudden and steep," said economist Dr. Tulinda Larsen, Executive Director Utah's Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Initiative and author of the study. "Utah's manufacturers can expect a return to growth may take 2 to 3 years, but Utah manufacturers exhibit the resiliency required to rebound from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic."
Salt Lake Chamber congratulates recently-elected federal, state & local officials
Derek Miller, president and CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber, congratulated the new slate of candidates who will lead Utah into the future, including the state's new governor-elect, Spencer Cox. "We congratulate our new Governor-Elect, Lt. Governor Spencer Cox, on his election as governor. We recognize him for championing Utah's values and being a model of civility in the recently-concluded election. Governor-Elect Cox ran a dynamic campaign that focused on every corner of our state. He engaged the electorate and provided an example of how constructive campaigns can be successful, particularly as they are consistent with our values. It's clear that Utah welcomed that approach and knows the Lt. Governor's record of leadership and his vision for the future.
Utah Senate's minority leadership team for the 64th Legislature
The Utah Senate Minority Caucus has elected its leadership team for the 64th Legislature (2021/22). They are as follows: Senate Minority Leadership Team Sen. Karen Mayne, D District 5, was elected as Minority Leader Sen. Luz Escamilla, D District 1, was elected as Minority Whip Sen. Jani Iwamoto, D District 4, was elected as Assistant Minority Whip Sen. Gene Davis, D District 3, was elected as Minority Caucus Manager
On This Day In History
1860 - Albert Einstein receives the Nobel Price in physics.
Good Counsel: "Live as brave men; and if fortune is adverse, front its blows with brave hearts." Marcus Tullius Cicero
.......was spotted on a billboard ad for the law office of Larry L. Archie: "Just because you did it doesn't mean you're guilty." Reader's Digest
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