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Situational Analysis - September 30, 2020

Happy Wednesday morning. I don't know what the TV ratings were for the presidential debate, but it probably beat out reruns of the 1960s The Virginian, which is what I usually watch on Tuesday nights.


7 days to the vice presidential debate at the University of Utah (10/07/2020)
12 days to the 4th Congressional District debate (10/12/2020)
13 days to the day mail-in ballots can begin to be sent out (10/13/2020)
15 days to the 3rd Congressional District debate (10/15/2020)
15 days to the second presidential debate (10/15/2020)
19 days to the 2nd Congressional District debate (10/19/2020)
21 days to the Utah Attorney General debate (10/21/2020)
22 days to the third presidential debate (10/22/2020)
34 days to the 2020 election (11/3/2020)
111 days to inauguration day (01/20/2021)
117 days to the start of the 2021 Utah Legislature (1/25/2021)

Today At Utah Policy

Poll: Most Utahns want mask-wearing in businesses
By Staff
Sixty percent of Utahns say they would be more likely to visit a grocery store, restaurant or other business if the employees AND visitors had to wear face masks inside, a new UtahPolicy.com poll finds.It is yet another example where Utahns in general, and businesses in particular, would be wise to wear masks, or require mask-wearing, while in public, even though some conservatives and Republicans keep fighting requirements (as this poll also shows).
images/mugs-300/LaVarr_Webb.jpgWebb's Wrap: Trump and Biden grapple in the gutter
By LaVarr Webb
Well, someone tried to hold a debate last night and a mud wrestling match broke out. I felt like I needed to take a shower after watching Trump and Biden grapple in the gutter. The Utah gubernatorial debate earlier in the evening was much nicer. Both Republican Spencer Cox and Democrat Chris Peterson were moderate with common-sense positions. There was very little ideological or partisan sparring.
images/mugs-300/amy-coney-barrett.jpgAnalysis: Utah GOP senators in thick of Barrett confirmation battle
By LaVarr Webb
Democrats are not going to be able to prevent a conservative takeover of the U.S. Supreme Court. That's a monumental development. Democratic senators have few options to prevent Trump nominee Amy Coney Barrett from joining the high court. They can't attack Barrett personally, like they did Brett Kavanaugh. They can't attack her credentials, scholarship or intelligence. They can't attack her religious views or they look bigoted. Their only line of attack is speculating how she might vote on future cases involving Obamacare or abortion. Such speculation isn't much basis to oppose a judicial nominee.

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Utah Economic Recovery Task Force business impact survey
The Utah Economic Recovery Task Force is part of a statewide economic recovery initiative designed to identify COVID-19 impacts on businesses and to support initiatives that will catalyze Utah's economic recovery.If you are a business owner, executive, or in senior leadership within your organization, we invite you to provide feedback. We also invite businesses to forward this survey invitation to your clients. The survey is available in English and Spanish.
Damschen invites Utah women to attend virtual financial empowerment conference on October 9
Utah State Treasurer David Damschen encourages all Utah women to attend the 2020 Virtual Women in the Money: Utah Financial Empowerment Conference on Friday, October 9, 2020 from 8 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. The virtual conference will feature expert speakers and exhibitors who will provide valuable information and resources to assist Utah women on their pathway to financial security and success. Author and nationally syndicated columnist for The Washington Post, Michelle Singletary, and former executive director of the Utah Governor's Office of Management and Budget, Kristen Cox, will provide conference keynote addresses, and personal and family finance experts will offer more tailored information and training during smaller workshops. Prizes will be awarded to the attendees with the highest levels of participation during the conference.
Seraph Young Ford honored as first woman to cast ballot in an American election
Statement by National Security Advisor Robert C. O'Brien: Today, I was honored to pay my respects to Seraph Young Ford, the first woman to cast a ballot in an American election. We all admire the courage of this great American. On February 23, 1870, Young cast her historic ballot for municipal elections in Salt Lake City, Utah, after the Utah Territory became the second territory in the Nation to extend voting rights to women. The grand-niece of Brigham Young, Ford moved from Utah to Maryland in the late 1870s. After her death in 1938, she was buried in Arlington National Cemetery, where she rests with her husband, a Union Army veteran.



(From History.com)

822 - Joseph Marion Hernandez, from Florida, becomes the first Hispanic and the first non-white person to serve in Congress or at any of the highest levels of the three branches of government.

1927 - Babe Ruth hits his 60th home run of the 1927 season and sets a home run record that would stand for 34 years.

1954 - The USS Nautilus, the world's first nuclear submarine, is commissioned by the U.S. Navy. It was constructed under the direction of Navy Captain Hyman G. Rickover.

1955 - James Dean, a 24-year-old actor on his way to stardom, is killed in Cholame, CA, when his Porsche hits another car at an intersection.

Wise Words

Potential: "Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go." T. S. Eliot

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