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Situational Analysis - January 11, 2021

It's Monday and the Utah legislative session starts next week. Today is also National Clean Off Your Desk Day. Coincidence? I think not. 

Lots of news over the last few days. If you only have time for one thing today, take 7 minutes and watch former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's message about Wednesday's assault on the U.S. Capitol. 



8 days to the start of the 2021 Utah Legislature (1/19/2021)
9 days to Joe Biden and Kamala Harris's Inauguration Day (01/20/2021)
53 days to the end of the 2021 Utah Legislature (3/5/21)
93 days until the end of the Cox/Henderson administration's first 100 days (04/14/2021)
109 days until the Biden/Harris administration's first 100 days are up (04/30/2021)

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Today At Utah Policy

images/mugs-300/Hillary_Stirling.pngGuest Opinion: On Unity
By Hillary Stirling
Last Friday, LaVarr Webb published a piece that struck me as rather curious. While I disagree with many of his conclusions, he does raise a few worthwhile points, one of which is the question of how unity is found in such a fractured nation. The United Utah Party works to bring together people who might have policy disagreements but who want to move forward as a state and nation. To be clear, however, the people who even can be brought together are those who are law-abiding. What happened on Wednesday was not a policy disagreement; it was a violent insurrection, and there must be accountability for it.
images/mugs-300/LaVarr_Webb.jpgCan we be unified and civil? Not likely - and both sides are to blame
By LaVarr Webb
After the Wednesday invasion of the U.S. Capitol and an incredibly hostile and divisive presidential election, many leaders and individuals are calling for a new era of unity and civility.But don't hold your breath. The underlying causes of political strife and disagreement aren't going to allow the nation to heal. A big part of the problem is that leaders on both the left and right love to talk about unity and civility, but what they really mean is, "We'll have unity and healing if you surrender and do what I want."
images/mugs/mitt-romney-5.jpgRomney: Calling upon our better angels
By Holly Richardson
Originally published in Deseret Magazine            I didn't think it would happen here.The divisiveness, the resentment, the suspicion, the anger that pervades so many countries seemed foreign to the people I had met during my campaigns only a decade or so ago. What impressed me most about my fellow Americans was the optimism, the sense of purpose and the willingness to help one another. The Great Recession had not made us bitter; it seemed to have made us more determined to pull together and cheer each other on.    

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WEBINAR, Monday, Jan 11: Hope and help for mental illness
The Hatch Center is pleased to host a discussion on mental health and the public policies shaping the future, featuring: Congressman Chris Stewart, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, Huntsman Foundation Director David H. Huntsman, social health ambassador Heidi Swapp, and licensed therapist David Kozlowski, with Hatch Center Executive Director Matt Sandgren as moderator.WHEN: Jan 11, 2021, 11:00 am Register here.
images/Resized_Logos/2021_Policy_Forum.pngTues, Jan 12: 2021 Utah economic outlook and public policy summit
 Join the Salt Lake Chamber and Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute for the 2021 Economic Outlook & Public Policy Summit on January 12, 2021, the state's premier economic forecasting and public policy event that is attended by policy and academic thought leaders from across the state. 
images/Logos/UHPP_Logo.jpgTuesday, Jan 12: Utah Health Policy Project presents virtual conference
 Utah Health Policy Project is presenting a virtual conference on Health Policy Solutions. The event will take place on Tuesday, January 12, from 8:30-2:30 pm. Register here.
Coalition of Religious Communities previews the 2021 legislative session
On Wednesday, January 13, 2021, at 10:30 AM, the Coalition of Religious Communities will broadcast its preview of the 2021 session of the Utah Legislature on Facebook Live on the Crossroads Urban Center Facebook Page.
images/Logos/PPC_Logo.pngPioneer Park Coalition applauds new public safety partnership
In response to public safety concerns across Salt Lake City, The Pioneer Park Coalition coordinated with law enforcement leaders on the local, state, and federal level to host the historic "Utah Public Safety Summit". The summit included U.S. Attorney John Huber, Utah Department of Public Safety Commissioner Jess Anderson, Chairman of The Other Side Academy Joseph Grenny, Utah Transit Authority Police Chief Fredd Ross, Former Utah Department of Public Safety Commissioner Keith Squires, and Salt Lake City Police Chief Mike Brown. 

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On This Day In History

(From History.com)


  • 1755 - Alexander Hamilton is born. He became the Founding Father with the best musical about his life. 
  • 1807 - Ezra Cornell is born. He founded th Western Union Telegraph Company and co-founded Cornell University.
  • 1878 - Delivery of milk in glass bottles begins in Brooklyn, New York.
  • 1885 - Alice Paul is born. She later founded the National Women's Party, was instrumental in the passage of the 19th Amendment in 1920 and 1923, began the campaign for the Equal Rights Amendment.
  • 1908 - Theodore Roosevelt make the Grand Canyon a national monument.
  • 1922 - Doctors give insulin to a diabetic patient for the first time.
  • 1935 - Amelia Earhart makes the first solo flight from Hawaii to North America.
  • 1964 - U.S. Surgeon General announced definitive link between cancer and smoking
  • 1989 - President Reagan gives his farewell address.
  • 2010 - Miep Gies, who hid Anne Frank, dies at 100.



Wise Words

"Doctor, what have we got? A republic or a monarchy?"

"A republic, if you can keep it."
~Benjamin Franklin

Lighter Side

Lighter Side

On January 9, 1493, explorer Christopher Columbus, sailing near the Dominican Republic, sees three "mermaids"-in reality manatees-and describes them as "not half as beautiful as they are painted."



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