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Situational Awareness - September 11, 2020

Good Friday morning. Have a great weekend. Football really is back!


13 days to the 1st Congressional District debate (9/24/2020)
17 days to the Utah gubernatorial debate (9/28/2020)
26 days to the Vice Presidential debate at the University of Utah (10/07/2020)
31 days to the 4th Congressional District debate (10/12/2020)
32 days to the day mail-in ballots can begin to be sent out (10/13/2020)
34 days to the 3rd Congressional District debate (10/15/2020)
38 days to the 2nd Congressional District debate (10/19/2020)
40 days to the Utah Attorney General debate (10/21/2020)
51 days to the 2020 election (11/3/2020)
131 days to inauguration day (01/20/2021)
137 days to the start of the 2021 Utah Legislature (1/25/2021)

Event this evening: Hinckley Report -- Candidates are ramping up their efforts as they make their appeal to voters. Max Roth, anchor with Fox13 News, Amy Donaldson, reporter with the Deseret News, and Bryan Schott, podcaster and former Managing Editor of UtahPolicy.com join host Jason Perry for the Hinckley Report tonight at 7:30 p. m. on PBS Utah.

Today At Utah Policy

images/Logos/utah-democrats-logo-300.jpgCan Democrats pick up a few seats? An analysis of competitive legislative races this year
By Super User
Regardless of the votes in Utah's 75 state House races this November, Republicans will remain in control when the Legislature meets in general session come January.They hold a 59-16 super-majority, and there's no way Democrats pick up 22 new seats in 2020 to reach a majority of 38.But House Minority Leader Brian King, D-Salt Lake, believes "we can get two or three" new seats in this year's elections. With a little luck, upwards of eight or 10.Of course, Republicans see things very differently.
images/mugs-300/LaVarr_Webb.jpgWebb's Wrap: Can Republicans win the sympathy vote with Owens?
By LaVarr Webb
Despite a lot of feel-good TV ads, the contest between Democratic incumbent Ben McAdams and Republican challenger Burgess Owens is going to be a nasty affair. The national Democrats have already weighed in with a brutal ad about Owens' several bankruptcies. The Republican response has been interesting. Rather than try to explain away Burgess' past financial problems, Republicans are going for the sympathy vote, betting that everyone likes a hard-luck story that ends with the underdog overcoming all odds to succeed.
images/articles/clothesline.jpgFriday change of pace: The solar clothes dryer, a climate change solution
By LaVarr Webb
It's Friday, and we all need a break from politics. So let's talk about the how free energy from the sun can help us accomplish life's routine tasks. For example, wanting to do my part to prevent climate change and reduce fossil fuel consumption, I'm going to install a solar clothes dryer at our place in the country. When I told the kids about this project, they thought it sounded pretty cool, but they weren't sure about the technology or how it would work. They've never had any experience with a solar clothes dryer.

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Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report 9-11-20
Outdoors Report -- Salt Lake Tribune: The priorities of the man controlling 2/5ths of Utah's land -- KSL.com: Utah ski resorts preparing for a new season on the slopes in the COVID-19 era Concerts -- "Best Of" SLC Concert Cruise, Saturday, 6 p.m., Downtown Salt Lake City, 200 South Main Street, Salt Lake City, $35-- Moab Music Fest, through September 14, various locations around Moab
Charting a path for reliable, resilient and affordable clean energy
Making our cities more sustainable just became easier. Utah Clean Energy in partnership with Moab, Park City, Salt Lake City, and Rocky Mountain Power, has recently released a roadmap that cities can tailor to power their communities with renewable energy, energy efficiency, and electrified transportation.
Romney discusses latest youth vaping data with FDA commissioner
WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) released the following statement after a phone call with FDA Commissioner Dr. Hahn regarding the newly released data from the 2020 National Youth Tobacco Survey (NYTS) and the latest actions taken by the FDA to curb youth e-cigarette use:
Herbert orders flags lowered in remembrance of Sept. 11, 2001
Gov. Gary R. Herbert has authorized the lowering of the Flag of the United States of America and the Flag of the State of Utah on Friday, Sept. 11, 2020, in observance of Patriot Day.  Gov. Herbert issued the following statement: "On September 11, 2001, our nation suffered a malicious attack predicated upon fear and anger. Thousands lost their lives in one of the most deadly and vicious acts of terrorism witnessed by the modern world. Today, we honor the lives of those who were lost during this dark moment and remember the sacrifice of first responders who so nobly answered the call during a time of great need."
Romney statement on failure to advance COVID-19 relief package
WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) released the following statement after the Senate failed to proceed to debate on a targeted COVID-19 relief package. The motion to proceed on the legislation failed by a 52-47 vote."We have an opportunity to either take steps to build on the important provisions we passed as a part of the CARES Act or we can do nothing.



(From History.com)

1857 - 120 Missouri emigrants are murdered in the Mountain Meadows Massacre in southern Utah by Mormon guerillas.

1971 - Donny Osmond has the #1 hit on the U.S. pop charts with "Go Away Little Girl."

1971 - Former Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev dies. He was one of the most colorful and significant figures of the Cold War.

2001 - America is attacked. Two hijacked airplanes crash into the World Trade Center Twin Towers in New York City. Another plane crashes into the Pentagon and a fourth plane crash lands in Pennsylvania when passengers attack the hijackers. When the day is over, nearly 3,000 people are dead and America is changed forever.

Wise Words

Good: "Be not simply good - be good for something." Henry David Thoreau

Lighter Side

You Know You're From Utah When....

You can pronounce Tooele.  Joke Index 

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