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Situational Analysis - September 17, 2020

Happy Thursday morning. The good news: We're all one day older and wiser. The bad news: We're all one day closer to being dead.

This Week's Trivia Answer
Trivia wonks totally bombed this week. I'm so disappointed. No one correctly answered David Schneider's tough question: Name the Utah legislator whose name was on a November general election ballot twice, once for his seat in the Legislature (he lost his re-election bid) and once for a seat on the local school board (he won). The answer is Rep. Royal T. Harward, R-Loa, in the election of 1970. The candidates who beat Harward for the legislative seat was a Democrat. "How times have changed," Dave noted, "from when a Republican representing Beaver, Garfield, Wayne and Piute counties loses to a Democrat."

If you have a good trivia question, send it to lwebb@utahpolicy.com. Otherwise, I have one involving the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Wait for it.


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

Today At Utah Policy

County Policy Panel: How Utah counties are reducing the risk of election fraud . . . Pros, cons of ranked-choice voting
By Staff
Editor's Note: This is a new monthly UtahPolicy.com feature where leaders from the Utah Association of Counties answer public policy questions. This month's feature focuses on two election-related questions.Written by panelists Ricky Hatch (Weber County Clerk/Auditor), Sherrie Swensen (Salt Lake County Clerk), Ryan Cowley (Weber County Elections Director), and Curtis Koch (Davis County Clerk/Auditor).
images/mugs-300/LaVarr_Webb.jpgWebb's Wrap: Do those "secret" Trump voters really exist?
By LaVarr Webb
I've written previously that it's quite amazing that the presidential election is even competitive, given all of Pres. Trump's problems and the deep hatred so many people feel toward him. I also have written previously that I don't believe Trump can win just with his very loyal and vocal base.He also needs mainstream Republicans (like me) to vote for him. He needs Republicans and independents who don't like him personally, who are put off by his tone, narcissism and frequent fibbing, but who do like a lot of his policies, his judicial appointments, his unabashed pro-life views, and his genuine accomplishments -- and who also can't stand the thought of Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer taking over the federal government.
images/Logos/wasatch-front-regional-council.jpgFunding for public transit will be big challenge over 30-year horizon
By LaVarr Webb
The year 2050 seems like a long way off. But it's really not. It's definitely within sight. By 2050, I will be long gone, but my grandchildren will just be in their 30s and 40s. They'll have young children of their own. In 2050, most of them will probably still live in Utah, but they will share the state with 5 million other people. And most of them will live along a very crowded Wasatch Front. And here's the thing: If we don't plan for those 5 million people now, while my grandchildren are young, then when they have children of their own the Wasatch Front might be a very miserable place to live, with air pollution, congested highways and urban sprawl in all directions.

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Policy News

Damschen announces $40.6 million in unclaimed cash returned to Utahns
Utah State Treasurer David Damschen has announced that the Utah Unclaimed Property Division reunited a record-breaking $40.6 million in unclaimed property with rightful owners in fiscal year 2020 (July 2019 June 2020).
images/mugs-300/Mitt_Romney.jpgRomney to attend hearing on China's growing influence
WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) Thursday will participate in a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the United States' strategy to counter China's growing influence in the Indo-Pacific region and beyond.
images/mugs-300/john-curtis-rep.jpgCurtis, Cox introduce bill to confront rising threat of meth
 Washington, DC-Rep. John Curtis (R-UT) and Rep. TJ Cox (D-CA) released the following statements on their new bipartisan bill, the Methamphetamine Response Act, to declare methamphetamine an emerging drug threat and require the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) to develop, implement and publicize a national plan to prevent methamphetamine addiction and overdoses from becoming even more of a crisis.



(From History.com)

1394 - King Charles VI of France orders the expulsion of all Jews from his kingdom, the culmination of a series of anti-Semitic orders from French monarchs. Even today, only a tiny percentage of the French population identifies as Jewish.

1787 - The U.S. Constitution is signed by 38 of the 41 delegates present at the conclusion of the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia.

1862 - The bloodiest single day in American military history occurs at the Battle of Antietam in Maryland in the Civil War. Savage and bloody fighting occurred for eight hours, ending with 23,000 casualties, including more than 3,600 dead.

1939 - The Soviet Union declares that the Polish government has ceased to exist and invades Poland.

1983  - 20-year-old Vanessa Williams becomes the first Black Miss America.

Wise Words

Adjectives: "A man's character may be learned from the adjectives which he habitually uses in conversation." Mark Twain

Lighter Side

Mechanical vs. Civil

What's the difference between Mechanical Engineers and Civil Engineers?

Mechanical Engineers build weapons; Civil Engineers build targets. Engineering.com

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