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Situational Analysis - Dec. 3, 2020

Welcome to Thursday. Bad news: Days keep getting shorter (and colder). Good news: Days start getting longer 19 days from now (but still cold).


11 days until the Electoral College meets (12/14/2020)
32 days to Utah inauguration day (1/4/2021).
47 days to the start of the 2021 Utah Legislature (1/19/2021)
48 days to presidential Inauguration Day (01/20/2021)
93 days to the end of the 2021 Utah Legislature (3/5/21)

Today At Utah Policy

images/mugs-300/spencer-cox.jpgA closer look at the Cox/Henderson leadership appointments
By Staff
The Cox/Henderson team has announced additional key cabinet members to serve with the new administration. They have pulled from the legislature, the current administration, the state school board, academia and local government. Jen Robison will be leaving her role as senior policy advisor to Aimee Winder Newton to become Henderson's chief of staff. Jen has many years of experience working in and around government. She was the political director for Better Days 2020 and the chair of the committee commissioning the Martha Hughes Cannon statue that will stand in Statuary Hall in Washington DC when Covid-days are over. She has a bachelor's degree in Political Science and a master's degree in Public Administration.
images/mugs-300/LaVarr_Webb.jpgWebb Wrap: Nasty ads in Georgia are 'civic pollution' . . . Are centrists back in vogue? . . . Trump complicates 2024
By LaVarr Webb
Civic pollution. Boyd Matheson, Opinion Editor of the Deseret News, just interviewed pollster Scott Rasmussen on his Inside Sources podcast. Rasmussen is still in the field, currently polling in Georgia and has some strong words for "political elites" who are ignoring what voters are actually saying. Rasmussen recently penned an article in the DNews addressing this issue. He says: From my perspective, election polling is the least important and least interesting part of our work. The more important task is lifting up the voice of the voiceless so they can be heard in the halls of power. Unfortunately, Election 2020 showed once again that the political elites have no idea how large segments of the American public view the world.
County spotlight: Jail contracting -- Counties are the answer
By Lincoln Shurtz & Zeke Lee, Utah Association of Counties
Utah can become the correctional model for the country - not for its harshness, but for its differences. By 2050, the state's population is estimated to be 5 million. Increases in population lead to increased crime and anticipating that growth is paramount in order to not overwhelm the corrections system.

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Policy News

President Adams statement on Hemmert appointment
SALT LAKE CITY - President J. Stuart Adams issued the following statement regarding the announcement that Sen. Dan Hemmert will be the Executive Director of Utah Governor's Office of Economic Development: "Sen. Hemmert is one of the most decent human beings and public servants I've had the honor of working with. Dan has been an outstanding majority whip, senator, colleague and friend, always collaborating to find the best policy for all Utahns. I'm very proud of our work, especially this past year, as he led the Public Health and Economic Emergency Commission providing essential COVID-19 input and recommendations.
Charter schools association lauds Cox-Henderson staff selections
Lehi, Utah-The Utah Association of Public Charter Schools (UAPCS) lauded Governor-elect Spencer Cox's selection of Brittney Cummins as his Senior Advisor for Education. UAPCS also praised LG-elect Deidre Henderson's choice of Jennifer Robison as her chief of staff.
Commissioner Lee: Protect Bridal Veil Falls for enjoyment of all
(PROVO) Utah County Commissioner Bill Lee has released the following statement regarding his position on protecting Bridal Veil Falls:My guiding principle has always been to protect Bridal Veil Falls for public use, and my record proves that. That's why two years ago I rejected a proposal that would have privatized partial use of the property surrounding the Falls.
images/mugs-300/Chris_Stewart.jpgStewart introduces legislation to protect Utah's rural counties
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Chris Stewart (R-UT) and U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) and Steve Daines (R-MT) have introduced the More Opportunities for Rural Economies (MORE) Grants Package. This bipartisan and bicameral legislative package helps level the playing field for rural communities in areas with large amounts of federal land.
images/mugs-300/jenny-wilson.jpgMessage to Salt Lake County residents
The Salt Lake County Council has finalized its 2021 budget. It is a balanced budget and addresses the unique future needs of the pandemic as well as the uncertainty 2021 provides. Additionally, Salt Lake County will continue to provide services throughout the county with minor adjustments, if any.
Utah Senate requests public comment on judicial nominees
SALT LAKE CITY - The Utah Senate Judicial Confirmation Committee is seeking public comment on attorneys Denise Porter and Ronald Russell who were appointed by Governor Gary Herbert as judges for the 4th District Court.

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On This Day In History

(From History.com)

1947 - Tennessee Williams' "A Streetcar Named Desire" opens on Broadway, starring Marlon Brando, Jessica Tandy and Kim Hunter. The play and subsequent movie are immediately controversial for their frank depiction of sexuality and brutality.

1967 - The first human heart transplant operation is performed on 53-year-old Louis Washkansky in Cape Town, South Africa.

1984 - An explosion at a Union Carbide pesticide plant in Bhopal, India, kills at least 2,000 people and injures 200,000 when toxic gas envelops the city. It is the worst industrial accident in history.

1989 - Meeting off the coast of Malta, Pres. George Bush and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev issue statements suggesting that the Cold War is coming to an end.

Wise Words

On You: "You must be the change you wish to see in the world." Mahatma Gandhi

Lighter Side

All The Symptoms

Ann: I herd that you are a hypochondriac. Stan: Well, my doctor says I'm not, but I spent 3 days reading about it on the internet and I have all the symptoms.  Reader's Digest 

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