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Situational Analysis - September 22, 2020

Happy Tuesday morning. Autumn has officially arrived. Sweaters are in vogue.


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

Today At Utah Policy

images/mugs-300/LaVarr_Webb.jpgWebb's Wrap: Governor has found the right balance in coronavirus battle
By LaVarr Webb
Gov. Gary Herbert and the state pandemic leadership will announce today whether mask mandates will be imposed and whether parts or all of the state will be placed under more stringent guidelines to reduce the spread of COVID-19. These are difficult decisions and I'm glad I'm not the governor having to make them. He will be harshly criticized no matter what he does. Some people will call him a dictator if he imposes restrictions, and other people will say he is responsible for people dying if he doesn't.
images/mugs-300/Gil-Miller.jpgGuest opinion: Voters have opportunity to hold judges accountable
By Gil A. Miller, Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission Chair
Accountability has a certain meaning to a forensic accountant like me. Over the years, I have spent countless hours investigating the actions of companies and testifying about them in state and federal court. The experience has convinced me of the important debt we owe to others to account for our actions that affect them.
images/Logos/SL-Chamber-Logo.pngNew Chamber dashboard tracks economic recovery
By Press Release
The Salt Lake Chamber's Roadmap to Recovery Coalition, in partnership with the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute, has released a new economic tool for the business community - the Road to Recovery Dashboard - to track the state's path to a full and complete economic recovery from the COVID-19 recession.

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Policy News

images/articles/Cox-Peterson.jpgThursday forum features candidates for governor
The Salt Lake Chamber invites you to join a Meet the Candidates Virtual Forum with Utah's gubernatorial candidates on Thursday, Sept. 24, 4-5 p.m. The discussion featuring Republican Spencer Cox and Democrat Chris Peterson will focus on the long-term economic vision and strategies for the state, business policy priorities, as well as the immediate economic recovery from COVID-19.
Curtis, Lowenthal lead National Clean Energy Week resolution
Represenatives John Curtis (R-UT) and Alan Lowenthal (D-CA) led a bipartisan resolution marking Sept. 21-25, as National Clean Energy Week. The week kicks off an annual awareness campaign to recognize the value of clean energy, which includes good-paying jobs, economic growth, energy independence, consumer choice, lower energy prices, and a cleaner environment, with a goal of advancing bipartisan support of our nation's clean energy sector. They are joined by 70 other bipartisan members of the House of Representatives.
images/mugs-300/Chris_Stewart.jpgStewart's suicide hotline bill heads to president's desk
Congressman Chris Stewart's (UT-02) National Suicide Hotline Designation Act and Suicide Prevention Act has passed the House. The National Suicide Hotline Designation Act has now passed the Senate, House, and will now head to the president's desk to become Law. The Suicide Prevention Act will now be taken up in the Senate. Following passage of these two bills, Congressman Stewart issued the following statement:



(From History.com)

1776 - Nathan Hale, a Connecticut schoolteacher and captain in the Continental Army, is executed by the British for spying.
1862  - Abraham Lincoln issues a preliminary Emancipation Proclamation which sets a date for freedom of more than 3 million slaves in the United States and recasts the Civil War as a fight against slavery.
1914 - German U-9 submarine sinks three British cruisers in the North Sea in just over an hour. Some 1,400 British sailors lost their lives and the British were alerted to the deadly effectiveness of the submarine.
1980 - The Iran-Iraq war begins when Iraqi Pres. Saddam Hussein invades Iran's oil-producing province of Khuzestan.
1994 - The sitcom "Friends," about six young adults living in New York City, debuts on NBC and becomes a huge hit for 10 seasons.

Wise Words

Composure:  "Anger is a wind which blows out the lamp of the mind." Robert Green Ingersoll

Lighter Side


An engineer, a statistician, and a physicist are out hunting. They spot a buck, and each take turn to try and bag it.

The physicist goes first. He pulls out his lab book and quickly calculates the trajectory of the bullet, assuming it is a perfect sphere in a vacuum. The bullet falls 20m short of the deer.

The engineer goes second. He pulls out his engineering pad and book of projectile assumptions. After a few minutes he's ready. He takes aim and he fires. The bullet lands 20m passed the deer.

The statistician triumphantly leaps in the air shouting, "We got it!"  Engineering.com 

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