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Situational Analysis - September 21, 2020

Happy Monday morning. It's the last day of summer. Last chance to work on your tan.


3 days to the 1st Congressional District debate (9/24/2020)
8 days to the Utah gubernatorial debate (9/29/2020)
8 days to the first presidential debate (9/29/2020)
16 days to the vice presidential debate at the University of Utah (10/07/2020)
21 days to the 4th Congressional District debate (10/12/2020)
22 days to the day mail-in ballots can begin to be sent out (10/13/2020)
24 days to the 3rd Congressional District debate (10/15/2020)
24 days to the second presidential debate (10/15/2020)
28 days to the 2nd Congressional District debate (10/19/2020)
30 days to the Utah Attorney General debate (10/21/2020)
31 days to the third presidential debate (10/22/2020)
45 days to the 2020 election (11/3/2020)
120 days to inauguration day (01/20/2021)
126 days to the start of the 2021 Utah Legislature (1/25/2021)

Monday Trivia Quiz

Last week's question was tough This one, from Gordon Jones, should be easier:

What Salt Lake City mayor once sang in the Mormon Tabernacle Choir (now Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square)?

Please submit your answers by end of day Wednesday to lwebb@utahpolicy.com.

Today At Utah Policy

images/mugs-300/dave-hansen.jpgInsights from an old political warrior - Dave Hansen
By LaVarr Webb
Dave Hansen is feeling a little weird. He isn't running a political campaign this fall. There have been very few autumns over the past 50 years when Hansen hasn't been deeply involved in getting someone elected. The rough and tumble of elective politics has been a way of life for Hansen for nearly his entire life. He hasn't kept track of how many campaigns he's managed, but they number in the dozens. However, even an old political warrior has to slow down at some point and play more golf.
images/mugs-300/LaVarr_Webb.jpgWebb's Wrap: Presidential election upended with Supreme Court vacancy . . . More policy wonks . . . Trust in fed gov is paltry
By LaVarr Webb
"Blockbuster!" "Bombshell!" are way overused, especially as Democrats use those words to describe Trump's daily peccadilloes. But both words are justified in describing the impact of the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the 2020 presidential election campaign. It is insane that a presidential race where the stakes were already sky high could become so dramatically more consequential. Pundits are arguing over the impact of this development, whether it helps or hurts Trump, whether it diverts attention away from COVID-19, whether it will energize the base of either or both political parties.
Campaign tip: A thousand little things add up to an election win
By LaVarr Webb
The final six weeks of a political campaign is organized chaos. Campaign staffs and candidates are running themselves ragged, concentrating on myriad details and activities.It's worse than drinking out of the proverbial fire hose. Among the tasks that must be executed:Churning out daily email and social media messages and mailers to targeted voters, producing TV and radio ads, making fundraising calls, preparing for debates, building coalitions and running campaigns within those coalitions, responding to media requests and issuing press releases, developing a grassroots network of supporters in every voting precinct,

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Utah State School Board candidates to debate
On Wednesday, Sept. 30, the Utah Education Debate Coalition will continue its virtual State School Board Debate Series - this time for the general election. These debates give candidates running for the Utah State Board of Education - 15 members that represent over 150,000 people each - time to discuss their stances on important issues, and for voters to meet, learn more about the individual candidates, and ask questions that matter to them.
Gov. Herbert lowers flags in honor of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Gov. Gary R. Herbert has ordered the lowering of the flag of the United States of America and the flag of the State of Utah on Saturday, Sept 19. 2020, following the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The governor has issued the following statement:
Governor Herbert renews state of emergency
With COVID-19 cases hitting record highs, Gov. Gary R. Herbert issued an Executive Order on Saturday that will again place Utah under a State of Emergency. The previous order was scheduled to expire Saturday. Under the new State of Emergency, the governor will only take certain executive actions, such as suspending statutes, if asked to do so by the Public Health and Economic Emergency Commission. For more information on this policy, see the governor's letter to legislative leadership HERE.
Democrat Chris Peterson calls on governor to replace Cox as head of COVID task force
Democratic candidate for Governor Chris Peterson has called on Governor Herbert to remove Spencer Cox as head of the Utah COVID-19 Community Task Force. Peterson made the request after Utah saw its highest daily confirmed case count on Thursday.
Gov. Herbert recognizes Clean Energy Week
Gov. Gary Herbert has issued a state proclamation<https://nationalcleanenergyweek.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/09.21.2020-Clean-Energy-Week-in-Utah.pdf> recognizing September 21-25, 2020 as Clean Energy Week in his home state. In the proclamation, Gov. Herbert notes the economic importance of clean energy and says, "Utah's diverse energy sector, including the renewable energy sector and energy efficiency, is a growing part of the economy and has been a key driver of Utah's economic success." Utah is now one of 21 states, and Washington, D.C., to formally recognize National Clean Energy Week 2020.



(From History.com)

1780 - During the American revolution, Benedict Arnold, an American general, offers to hand over West Point, an American fort, to the British in return for a large sum of money. The plot is foiled and Arnold flees to the enemy side and leads British troops. He later moves to England and dies in 1801. His name becomes synonymous with the word "traitor."

1792 - The monarchy is abolished in revolutionary France. The Legislative Assembly votes to eliminate the monarchy and establish the First Republic. 

1942 - The B-29 Superfortress bomber makes its debut flight in Seattle. It was the largest bomber used in WWII by any nation. The bomber is used against Japanese forces in the South Pacific and also conducted a long series of bombing raids against Tokyo. The B-29's most lethal missions came in August 1945 when they dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

1999 - An earthquake in Taiwan kills thousands of people, causes billions of dollars in damage, and leaves an estimated 100,000 homeless.

Wise Words

Persuasion:  "Reacting in anger or annoyance will not advance one's ability to persuade." Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Lighter Side

Roll Call

I was in juvenile court, prosecuting a teen suspected of burglary, when the judge asked everyone to stand and state his or her name and role for the court reporter.

"Leah Rauch, deputy prosecutor," I said.

"Linda Jones, probation officer."

"Sam Clark, public defender."

"John," said the teen who was on trial. "I'm the one who stole the truck."  Reader's Digest 

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