Situational Analysis – February 11, 2021

We’ve made it to Thursday and past the mid-point of Utah’s legislative session. Porn peddler Larry Flynt died yesterday at age 78. Unfortunately, his death probably will not make a single dent in the “industry.” 

Today, the House impeachment managers will wrap up their case against former President Donald Trump. In spite of terrifying video of just how close the mob got to legislators, some Republicans have dug in their heels. Senator Lindsey Graham tweeted: “The ‘Not Guilty’ vote is growing after today. I think most Republicans found the presentation by the House managers offensive and absurd.” 

If you only have time for one thing today:  Today is International Women and Girls in Science Day – take a minute to check out this article profiling 8 women in STEM who have made history. You’ll meet Katalin Kariko, a leading scientist in RNA research and a senior VP behind the development of the Pfizer vaccine, Nita Patel who has been leading an all-woman team working on a COVID-19 vaccine at Novavax, teenage scientist and innovator Gitanjali Rao, and Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer A Doudna, the first all-woman team to win a Nobel Prize for Chemistry. There’s also Andrea Ghez, who won the Nobel Prize in Physics for her work on black holes, Sarah Gilbert, who is the architect behind the AstraZeneca vaccine and Celine Gounder, an infectious disease physician, epidemiologist, filmmaker, and medical journalist. 

Countdown

22 days to the end of the 2021 Utah Legislature (3/5/21)
62 days until the end of the Cox/Henderson administration’s first 100 days (04/14/2021)
78 days until the Biden/Harris administration’s first 100 days are up (04/30/2021)