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Here’s what you need to know for Wednesday morning

Utah Election Coverage

Utah election roundup: Park City could have a new mayor. [Tribune]

🗳 City councilor is expected to lead West Valley City, as tight races emerge in Sandy, Midvale. [Tribune]

🗳 Two new west faces ready to join Salt Lake City City Council. [Tribune]

🗳 Election night follow-up: New leadership in Davis County and Moab mayoral races. [Tribune]

🗳 Classified choice voting. Passing fashion, or here to stay? [Tribune]

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national

🗳 Republican Glenn Youngkin wins the race for governor in Virginia. Joe Biden won Virginia in 2020 by 10 points.

  • Former President Donald Trump performed a victory lap after Youngkin’s victory, even though he did not show up to the state to campaign for him. [New York Post]

🗳 Other key election results:

  • The race for governor of New Jersey is surprisingly close. Democratic Gov. Phillip Murphy is running for another term, but gets a solid challenge from Republican Jack Ciattarelli. [NYT]

  • Democrat Shontel Brown and Republican Mike Carey each win vacant congressional seats in Ohio. [Politico]

  • Florida’s Democratic primary for a congressional seat is heading for a recount. [Politico]

  • Democrat Eric Adams picked up an easy victory in the New York mayoral race. [WSJ]

  • Michelle Wu became the first woman and person of color to be elected mayor of Boston. [NBC News]

  • Minneapolis voters reject a voting measure to fund the city’s police department. [Fox News]

Tuesday’s election results hold very bad omen for Democrats as they approach the midterms of 2022. [AP]

⚖️ The Supreme Court challenges a New York gun law. Judges will decide whether Americans have a constitutional right to carry loaded and concealed firearms outside the home. [WSJ]

🏛 Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced that Democrats had reached agreement on a bill to cut prescription drug prices. [The Hill]

Democrats hope to reach a final deal on President Biden’s spending plan before Thanksgiving. [CNN]

💉 The CDC has approved immunizations for children aged 5 to 11, clearing the way for medical providers to begin administering the vaccines immediately. [WaPo]

Facebook is ending the use of its facial recognition software. The company claims to have deleted the data of more than a billion people. [WaPo]

Protest or futile gesture?

Far-right social media is inundated with messages urging “patriots” to participate in two upcoming actions designed to cripple the economy and bring the forces of tyranny to their knees.

Today it’s a call for a “nationwide shutdown” not to go to work protesting masks, vaccines or COVID testing. There is not a lot of information online about who is hosting the event.

Social media post calling for a national strike on November 3, 2021

The publication calls on several professions to join the walkout, such as law enforcement, paramedics and retail. However, only one “firefighter” should participate instead of all of them (are they pulling straws?). Obviously, the proofreaders decided to join the closing early.

The biggest event will take place next weekend, with calls for a four-day nationwide strike against employers who are forcing the COVID-19 vaccine on employees.

Post on social networks calling for a national strike from November 8 to 11 to protest against employee vaccination warrants.

It is not known how effective either of these events will be. Whether the previous right-wing boycotts of Nike, Whole Foods, Diet Coke, Keurig, Kellogg Grains, Major League Baseball, NFL, Walmart, Netflix, Starbucks, Oreos or CNN (to name a few) are a guide, it will be more hype than impact.

Wednesday Morning Utah News Summary

Utah

  • Forest Service OKs right of way for the Utah Oil Railroad. [Tribune]

  • Find out which Utah companies are leading the way in values, direction, innovation, benefits and more. [Tribune]

  • The Ogden officer who shot and injured the man was not wearing a body camera, the chief said. [Tribune]

  • Prices outside of Park City: More affordable housing needed in resort town. [FOX13]

  • The Bluffdale mayoral candidate remains under investigation as the vote draws to a close. [KUTV]

COVID-19[feminine

  • L’Utah signale 1 250 nouveaux cas de coronavirus. [Tribune]

  • What we know about when 5-11 year olds can get vaccinated in Utah. [Tribune]

  • A Latter-day Saint missionary has brought the first case of the coronavirus to Tonga. [Tribune]

Washington

  • My condiments for you: Senator Mike Lee sends an original from Utah to Apple CEO Tim Cook. [Deseret News]

  • One of Mitt Romney’s arguments against eliminating filibustering in the Senate? Donald Trump could be elected president in 2024. [Deseret News]

Education

  • Doctors in Utah explain how to approach mental health issues with children. [KUTV]

  • UVU and USU receive funding for new technology program partnership. [Daily Herald]

  • Masks are required at Parley’s Park Elementary School after reaching the COVID threshold. [Park Record]

Election day

  • “Safe and Secure”: How Utah County makes sure every vote counts. [ABC4]

  • Unified Police Department hired to secure SLCo ballots. [ABC4]

Opinion

  • Scott Williams: Utah shouldn’t bet on unproven nuclear power without public input. [Tribune]

  • Opinion: Honor the will of the people, the legislators. [Deseret News]

  • Opinion: “Pushing Too Much In Too Small A Pipe” means it’s time to build an Inner Harbor. [Deseret News]

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