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Hello and welcome to March! It's the beginning of Women's History Month in the US. The theme for Women's History Month in 2021 captures the spirit of these challenging times. Since many of the women's suffrage centennial celebrations originally scheduled for 2020 were curtailed, the National Women's History Alliance is extending the annual theme for 2021 to "Valiant Women of the Vote: Refusing to Be Silenced." To learn more about the history of remarkable Utah women, be sure to check out Better Days 2020 and their companion site, Utah Women's History.

It is also the last week of the 2021 legislative session, which adjourns sine die no later than midnight on Friday. Oh, and the US House passed a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief plan at about 3:30 am on Saturday. The legislation will now move to the Senate. 

If you only have time for one thing today: This op-ed on "The true message of Black History Month: Hope never dies" by Theresa Dear is inspiring. Ms. Dear is a strategist at The Human Capital Strategy Group and a national board member of the NAACP and has this to say: "While the story of Black people in America is replete with egregious treatment, prejudice and discrimination, it’s also rich with stories of Black innovators, leaders, scholars, allies and mentors who prevailed against injunctions, indignities and injustice. They overcame barriers, elusive opportunities, contrived defeats, overt opposition, saboteurs and obstructionists. Their capacity to persevere reminds us that hope never dies." We can all benefit from her inspiring message as we work to eliminate the chains of racism in this country. 

Countdown

4 days to the end of the 2021 Utah Legislature (3/5/21)
44 days until the end of the Cox/Henderson administration's first 100 days (04/14/2021)
60 days until the Biden/Harris administration's first 100 days are up (04/30/2021)

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Some love for the Romney/Cotton minimum wage bill

by Holly Richardson
Policy leaders and writers expressed support for U.S. Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) and Tom…

Sen. Lee, colleagues urge CDC to help reopen schools

by Holly Richardson
Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) on Friday led his colleagues in sending a letter to Center for…

Sen. Romney continues effort to reauthorize Secure Rural Schools program

by Holly Richardson
U.S Senator Romney (R-UT) this week joined his colleagues, led by Senators Mike Crapo…

Bipartisan Curtis amendment for land study passes House with Lands Bill

by Holly Richardson
On Friday, Representative John Curtis (R-UT), member of the Western Caucus, advocated for…

Sen. Lee statement on Syria airstrike

by Holly Richardson
Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) issued the following statement in response to the Biden…

Rep. Owens statement opposing Democrats' relief bill

by Holly Richardson
U.S. Rep. Burgess Owens (UT-04) released the following statement outlining his opposition…

State Auditor releases analysis of NCAA athletics revenue subsidization for Utah's degree-granting public colleges and universities

by Holly Richardson
The Office of the State Auditor (Office) today released its Analysis Report on NCAA…

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"Each time a woman stands up for herself, she stands up for all women."

~Maya Angelou