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Situational Awareness - September 9, 2020

Good windy Wednesday morning. Hope your trees are still rooted. Only disaster left to experience this year is an invasion of cockroaches.


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

Today At Utah Policy

images/mugs-300/Devin-Thorpe.jpgIs there a path for victory for a nice Democrat in the 3rd District?
By LaVarr Webb
Politics, especially today, is rough-and-tumble, and often downright nasty. So that raises a question: Can a really nice guy, a true idealist and one of the most altruistic people you'll ever meet, win a seat in Congress? Devin Thorpe, a Democrat running in the 3rd Congressional District, is trying to find out. And he actually thinks he has a path to victory if arch-conservatives peel enough votes away from incumbent Congressman John Curtis.
images/mugs-300/LaVarr_Webb.jpgWebb's Wrap: Eliminating the filibuster rule could dramatically change federal governance . . . Coronavirus relief & avoiding a government shutdown
By LaVarr Webb
If the Nov. 3 election produces Democratic control of the U.S. Senate, it's possible the Democrats will discard the filibuster rule. That fundamental change could dramatically speed up lawmaking in the nation's capital - for better or for worse. The rule currently requires, in effect, three-fifths majorities (60 votes) to get much of anything done in the Senate. Assuming Democrats maintain control of the House and win the presidency, jettisoning the filibuster rule could produce a flood of liberal legislation on a wide variety of topics.
Planning process for State Prison site kicks off on Monday
By Staff
The large project to redevelop the State Prison site in Draper will take a significant step forward on Monday, Sept. 14, with officials announcing the formal beginning of the planning process for the 700-acre site. It is expected that the new prison in the northwestern quadrant of Salt Lake City will be finished in mid-2022, and prisoners will be moved. Demolition of the old prison buildings in Draper will immediately commence and the prison site will transform into a development project called The Point. Eventually, it could become a major economic engine for the state.

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Good reads in Utah State magazine
  *   To the polls: Four Aggie women reflect on why voting matters to them, including Logan Mayor Holly Daines, USU senior Alana Manesse, U. of U. Law Professor RonNell Anderson Jones, and Utah Supreme Court Justice Paige Peterson.   *   The future of travel: Electric vehicles, bicycles, and hyperloops? How will we travel in the 21st century? USU transportation experts weigh in.   *   A conversation with Sydnee Dickson, state superintendent of public instruction, on shaping the future of education.   *   The urban world: By 2050, nearly 70 percent of the world's population is projected to live in cities. What could they be like?
Envision Utah makes progress on key initiatives
Your Air, Your Future. The Your Air, Your Future website has gone live. The site contains, all in one place, a set of actions that individuals, businesses, governments, and other organizations can take to reduce emissions, as well as links to additional information, rebates, and grants. Please study it, take any actions that make sense within your realm of influence, and share it broadly. See also Salt Lake Tribune story about it this morning.



(From History.com)

1850 - California becomes the 31st state in record time, without ever having been a territory.

1942 - During World War II, a Japanese floatplane drops incendiary bombs on an Oregon state forest - the first and only attack on the U.S. mainland in the war. No significant damage was done.

1956 - Elvis Presley appears on the Ed Sullivan Show for the first time, winning 60 million viewers or 83 percent of the TV viewers at the time. The show became the most-watched TV broadcast of the 1950s.

1976 - Chinese communist leader Mao Zedong dies. He led the Chinese people through a long revolution and ruled the communist government from 1949 until his death. He was one of the most significant communist figures of the Cold War.

Wise Words

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

Lighter Side

Only in Utah: Sluffing

Sluffing: If Ferris Bueller had been a student in a Utah high school, he'd have been sluffing when he skipped an entire day's worth of classes. Only In Your State 

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