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Situational Analysis

We've made it to Friday. It's National Dance Like a Chicken Day. Party party. Enjoy your weekend - gardening, perhaps? Hiking? My daughter and I will be exploring our nation's capitol.

News You Need to Know

  1. Big, big news: Masks are gone - at least for the fully vaccinated. In Utah. the mask mandate is schools will be lifted for the last week of school. Does this mean we made it?!?!
  2. The other big, big news is that it is looking more and more like Israel and Palestine are headed to full-blown war. 
  3. Utah's housing market is crazy right now. It can be a boon for home sellers - but only if they don't have to buy a new one. 
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Calendar

  • Salt Lake Chamber Business Women's Forum Webinar: The Science Behind Being a Powerful Speaker. May 18, 11:00-1:00. Register here.
  • Hatch Center: Justice and Mercy: Bringing greater balance to America’s legal system with Senator Mike Lee. May 20, 11:00 am. Register here.
  • Utah Democratic Party organizaing convention: June 26, 2021
  • 250 days of the Cox-Henderson administration: September 11, 2021

Local Headlines

General

  • Why BYU, other church schools rejected tens of millions in COVID-19 relief (Deseret News)
  • Palestinian natives, supporters in Utah speak out as Middle East conflicts escalate (Deseret News)
  • 'Massive' cockfighting ring in Orem uncovered, thousands of chickens found in home (KUTV)
  • Nic Dunn: A culture of mental fitness must be led by example (Deseret News)
  • Post-Traumatic Growth: How To Find Meaning, Resilience & Strength In Adversity (KSL)

Politics

  • Sen. Mike Lee says continued federal COVID-19 aid is ‘throwing gasoline on the fire’ of inflation (Salt Lake Tribune)

COVID Corner

  • Masks out forever? Governor says schools can drop mandate during last week of classes (Deseret News)
  • Parents, teachers weigh in on mask mandate ending in schools (Fox 13)
  • What are Utah restaurants and bars doing now that mask mandates are gone? (Salt Lake Tribune)
  • What Sen. Mike Lee says now about his maskless Rose Garden hug: “The hug was probably not a wise thing at that moment.” (Deseret News)
  • Andy Larsen: Where the CDC went wrong on COVID-19 spread, masks and vaccination benefits (Salt Lake Tribune)
  • Fully Vaccinated People Can Stop Wearing Masks Indoors And Outdoors, CDC Says (NPR)
  • Modi Declared Victory, Then Covid Struck Back With a Vengeance (Wall Street Journal)
  • Just 12 People Are Behind Most Vaccine Hoaxes On Social Media, Research Shows (NPR)
  • We Did It, Fam: Fully Vaccinated People Can Now Ditch Their Masks And Start Returning To Normal (Buzzfeed)
  • Some Of The Funniest Tweets About The CDC Saying Vaccinated People Don't Need To Wear A Mask Anymore (Buzzfeed)
  • Is it now reasonable to discuss the end of the pandemic? Yes, but with caveats. (Washington Post)
  • Are they experimental? Can they alter DNA? Experts tackle lingering coronavirus vaccine fears. (Washington Post)

Economic Development

  • Project to build FrontRunner station in Utah’s fastest-growing community gets underway (Deseret News)
  • Could a tiny Utah town’s expansion dreams get snuffed out by its own residents? Hideout Town Council and its developer will host public informational sessions ahead of the June 22 referendum vote. (Salt Lake Tribune)

Economy

  • Utah unemployment trending down, some counties struggling due to decline in tourism, oil demand (Fox13)

Education

  • DeLaina Tonks: The pandemic has caused a learning recession. Here’s how we get out of it (Deseret News)
  • Which Utah school districts will follow 'last week' no mask direction? (Fox13)

Elections

  • Long-time Poplar Grove resident and west-side advocate Dennis Faris selected to fill vacancy on Salt Lake City Council (Deseret News, Salt Lake Tribune)
  • Arizona still feels red as voters embrace a conservative shade of blue (Deseret News)

Environment

  • What The History Of The Antiquities Act Could Mean For The Future Of Bears Ears (KUER)

Family

  • Why birthrates are dropping and how that poses a worldwide challenge (Deseret News)
  • Summer activities and in-person camps planned for National Ability Center (ABC4)

Housing

  • A whopping 8 out of 10 Utahns are concerned about the crushing housing market (Deseret News)
  • ‘It’s insane. It’s crazy. It’s unprecedented’: Inside Utah’s place in the West’s raging housing market (Deseret News)
  • Where are Americans moving to? In the West the in-migration is coming to Heber City (Deseret News)

 

National Headlines

 

General

  • Removing Masks Becomes the First Bipartisan Activity of Biden’s Washington (New York Times)
  • 'If you don't marry, come over': JFK love letters to Swedish mistress fetch $88K (CNN)

Political

  • Marjorie Taylor Greene accused of 'verbal assault' on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (BBC)

Economy

  • What do Republicans want on the economy? They're not sure anymore (NBC)
  • America's vanishing workforce: There were a record 8.1 million job openings available going into April. (Politico)

Liz Cheney

  • What Voters in Wyoming Say About Liz Cheney’s Lonely Stand (New York Times)
  • House Republicans expected to vote to make Elise Stefanik conference chair after Cheney ouster (CNN)

International

Israeli/Palestinian Conflict

  • Lies on Social Media Inflame Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (New York Times)
  • Heavy artillery fire on Gaza escalates violence as clashes between Arabs and Jews rock Israeli cities (CNN)
  • Israel launches more strikes on Gaza as fears of a ground invasion grow (CNN)
  • Israel-Gaza violence: Rockets and shelling continue as people flee (BBC)
  • Despite U.S. envoy's visit, Israel not ready for de-escalation in Gaza (Axios)

 

Policy News

Utah Senate Requests Public Comment on Judicial Nominee

by Press Release
The Utah Senate Judicial Confirmation Committee is seeking public comment on attorney…

Lee, McClintock Introduce Bill to Repeal Jones Act

by Holly Richardson
Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA) have introduced the Open America’s…

Owens Introduces Legislation to Combat Critical Race Theory

by Press Release
U.S. Rep. Burgess Owens (UT-04) introduced two pieces of legislation in response to the…

Lee, Good Introduce Resolution Recognizing “National Pregnancy Center Week”

by Holly Richardson
Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) today introduced a resolution designating the week of November 8 as…

Rep. Stewart’s Suicide Prevention Act Passes in the House

by Holly Richardson
Congressman Chris Stewart (R-UT) and Doris Matsui’s (D-AZ) Suicide Prevention Act passed…

Romney, Curtis Condemn Attempted Land Grab

by Holly Richardson
U.S. Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) and Congressman John Curtis (R-UT) today introduced the…

Sen. Romney: We Can’t Look Away from China’s Existential Threat

by Senator Mitt Romney
When President James Garfield was shot in 1881, the wound should not have been fatal.…

Business Headlines

  • Someone bought Banksy art for $12.9 million ... using cryptocurrency (Deseret News)
  • Victim of 'Elon Musk' Bitcoin scam loses home deposit (BBC)
  • Dogecoin rallies on Elon Musk tweet, anticipated Coinbase listing (CNBC)
  • McDonald's raising hourly wages at company-owned restaurants (Axios)
  • Rumor: Apple to Announce Third-Generation AirPods and HiFi Apple Music Tier on May 18 (Mac Rumors)
  • The Gateses’ Public Split Spotlights a Secretive Fortune (New York Times)
  • He’s a Dogecoin Millionaire. And He’s Not Selling. (New York Times)
  • PSA: You can probably try Gmail’s new integrated Chat now (The Verge)
  • World’s largest crypto exchange Binance is reportedly under investigation (The Verge)
  • Gig-economy jobs and how to manage the irregular income (Washington Post)

Lighter Side

Lighter Side
“Everyone is excited about the news (lifting mask mandates) while the adults who secretly got braces are like, ‘I thought I had more time.’” — JIMMY FALLON

Wise Words

Wise Words

"Everybody has talent, it's just a matter of moving around until you've discovered what it is."

~George Lucas