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Situational Analysis - September 24, 2020

Happy Thursday morning. Lotsa debates in next few weeks. There really must be an election.


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

Political Trivia Answer

Congrats to Ryan Curtis who was first to identify Conrad Harrison as the answer to this question posed by Gordon Jones: "What Salt Lake City mayor once sang in the Mormon Tabernacle Choir (now Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square)?"

Harrison, by the way, was Jones' father-in-law. Con, as his friends called him, was a great guy. I knew him back in the '70s in Salt Lake City. He was a musician, a journalist, Salt Lake City water commissioner, an elected city commissioner, and was appointed mayor when Jake Garn left for the Senate. He ran unsuccessfully for mayor against Ted Wilson in the next election.

We'll have a new trivia question on Monday.
--LaVarr Webb

Correction: Due to a misreading of a financial disclosure document, a story analyzing Utah State Senate races on Wednesday incorrectly stated that District 6 candidate Erika Larsen and her husband own Gourmandise. We regret the error.

Today At Utah Policy

How to reduce public lands tensions: Boost PILT
By LaVarr Webb
Contention over public lands has a long and storied history in Utah. Monumental battles have been fought over wilderness designation, RS2477 roads, restrictions on grazing and mineral extraction, designation of national monuments, and even control and ownership of the land itself. Today, many Utahns enjoy the use of public lands for recreation, and not many people in urban Utah believe the federal government will or should relinquish ownership of any large portions of the millions of acres of land it controls. The days of the Sagebrush Rebellion are long over.
images/mugs-300/LaVarr_Webb.jpgWebb's Wrap: Statewide Dem candidates face big hurdle: too many Republicans . . . The Democratic agenda? . . . School choice
By LaVarr Webb
I watched some of the Hinckley Institute interviews conducted Wednesday by Jason Perry with the two gubernatorial candidates. Both Democrat Chris Peterson and Republican Spencer Cox are smart, articulate, and well-spoken. Cox, given his years as lieutenant governor and as a legislator, clearly has the advantage of much experience and familiarity with state issues. But Peterson also has done his homework and had good, sensible answers to Perry's questions. He's obviously more liberal than Cox, but he's certainly not pushing a leftist agenda.
images/Logos/EDCUtah_454X417.pngEDCUtah reports FY2020 economic development successes & honors leaders
By Press Release
During its annual meeting held virtually September 22, the Economic Development Corporation of Utah (EDCUtah) celebrated significant successes of the past fiscal year and delineated COVID-related support it provided the state. In addition, the organization recognized community members Jay Francis, Ogden Mayor Mike Caldwell, and the Salt Lake City International Airport for their outstanding leadership in economic development.

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Policy News

State Senate District 8 debate this evening
Better Utah Institute and League of Women Voters of Utah will hold a debate between the candidates for Senate District 8, Senator Kathleen Riebe and Dr. Brian Zehnder, via Zoom on Thursday, September 24, 6:30 p.m. It is open to the general public and press. More information about debates, including RSVP information, can be found HERE.Members of the public are invited to submit questions for consideration by the debate moderator.
images/mugs-300/john-curtis-rep.jpgCurtis champions bipartisan resolution on clean energy
Rep. John Curtis (R-UT), a member of the House Natural Resources Committee, spoke on the House floor Wednesday to advocate for National Clean Energy Week. National Clean Energy Week (NCEW) is 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. Earlier this week, the Congressman led 71 other bipartisan members of the House of Representatives in a resolution to declare this week as "National Clean Energy Week."
images/mugs-300/burgess-owens.jpgFreedomWorks endorses Burgess Owens in Utah 4th District
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- FreedomWorks for America is proud to endorse Republican Burgess Owens in Utah's fourth congressional district. Noah Wall, FreedomWorks for America Executive Director, said:
Romney presses health officials for status update on vaccine progress
WASHINGTON - During a Senate Health Committee hearing Wednesday, U.S. Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) pressed health officials for a status update on the progress for a COVID-19 vaccine. Here is his exchange with Dr. Fauci: https://youtu.be/JNygFXDKF9Q



(From History.com)

622 - The prophet Muhammad completes his Hegira, or "flight" from Mecca to Medina to escape persecution. Muhammad then builds the followers of his Islam religion into an organized community and Arabian power.

1789 - The Judiciary Act is passed by Congress and signed by Pres. George Washington, establishing the Supreme Court of the United States. Washington appoints six justices and all are confirmed two days later.

1890 - The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints officially renounces polygamy by issuing a manifesto asking all members to obey anti-polygamy laws of the nation.

1964 - The Warren Commission report is delivered to Pres. Lyndon Johnson concluding that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone in the assassination of Pres. John F. Kennedy on Nov. 22, 1963.

Wise Words

Citizen Perspective:  "Loyalty to the Nation all the time, loyalty to the Government when it deserves it." Mark Twain

Lighter Side

Power of Assumption

A chemist, a physicist, and a chemical engineer are rafting down a river. They crash the raft onto the bank. They have a supply of canned goods but no can opener.

The chemist tries to erode the can. That doesn't work.

The physicist uses his glasses to focus the sunlight to burn a hole in the can. That doesn't work either.

The chemical engineer stands up and proclaims: "I've got it! Assume the can is open!"  Engineering.com

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