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Situational Analysis - January 12, 2021

It's Tuesday and the Utah legislative session starts one week from today. Today is National Shop for Travel Day. If only.

Don't miss this interview with First Lady Abby Cox as she chats with Brooke Walker of KSL's Studio 5. Mrs. Cox looks back at 2020 and looks forward to some of the initiatives she will be working on. 


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

Today At Utah Policy

images/Resized_Mugshots-300/Derek_Miller_01.jpgUtah business community sets priories for new year
By Derek Miller
In 2020, our mantra rightly became "Utah Leads Together." From its founding, Utah has been made stronger through adversity and the way we confront it together. We know how to succeed, and this new year brings us renewed opportunity to focus on short term recovery and long term prosperity to emerge from the pandemic in as strong a position as possible.
images/Resized_Mugshots-300/John_Dougall.jpgSedition, wage gap and 'Grandpa Rainbow' saves a village
By Holly Richardson
More on sedition - State Auditor John Dougall responded to requests for "additional information" on his strong stance towards the events that unfolded at the Capitol last week. Here is his response, as posted on Facebook:
images/mugs-300/LaVarr_Webb.jpgImpeaching a defeated and humiliated Trump is the wrong thing to do
By LaVarr Webb
In the next day or two, Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives are likely to impeach Pres. Trump for the second time. It is a silly thing to do a few days before Trump leaves office.This "instant impeachment" as some people are calling it, will further tear at the fabric of the country. Impeachment is supposed to be a thoughtful, deliberative process. This one will have no hearings, little debate, little due process. Trump won't have time to mount a fair defense. Impeachment will essentially be an indictment with no opportunity for a trial. We wouldn't stand for that in the justice system.

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Policy News

images/mugs-300/CoxHenderson_SUU.pngCox/Henderson propose their FY 2022 budget
Gov. Spencer Cox and Lt. Gov. Deidre Henderson unveiled their FY 2022 budget priorities, featuring major investments in education, infrastructure, open space and a tax decrease. The $21.7 billion budget includes $250 million to assist the state's public health partners, households, businesses and schools affected by the coronavirus;
images/mugs-300/Sui_Lang_Panoke.pngSui Lang Panoke to lead diversity, equity and inclusion efforts for Zions Bank
 Sui Lang L. Panoke has been named senior vice president of diversity, equity and inclusion for Zions Bank. In this role, she is responsible for directing a strategic vision and comprehensive DEI strategy, and delivering a plan of action to promote diversity, equity and inclusion across the bank and the communities it serves.With two decades of experience as a speaker, consultant and advocate for social, racial and economic equality, Panoke's social impact work has focused on diversifying political leadership and democratizing the media landscape by amplifying the voices of women, people of color, and emerging young leaders.
images/mugs-300/john-curtis-rep.jpgCurtis criticizes impeachment timeline, supports consequences
Congressman John Curtis released the following statement on Monday:"I remain firm in my condemnation of the violence in our Nation's Capitol last week and believe there should be consequences for those that played a role, including the President. I would support an impeachment process with hearings, witnesses, and testimony and I would support an appropriately worded censure but unfortunately, a 48-hour impeachment process has no chance of reaching a thoughtful conclusion, holds no consideration for the millions people who have voted for him, and will do nothing to unite the country or answer the many questions needing resolution."
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.

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On This Day In History

(From History.com)

  • 1820 - Caroline Severance is born. She co-founded the American Woman Suffrage Association and was the first woman to register to vote in California (1911).
  • 1876 - Jack London is born.
  • 1888 - The "Schoolchildren's Blizzard" kills 235 people, many of them children on their way home from school across the Northwest Plains. The storm came without warning, with a temperature drop of 100 degrees in 24 hours. 
  • 1904 - Henry Ford sets a land speed record of 91.37 mph.
  • 1916 - Ruth R. Benerito is born. The American chemist revolutionized both the textile and the laundry industry with her creation of a wrinkle, stain, and flame resistant fabric.
  • 1920 - James Farmer is born. The American civil rights activist co-founded the Congress of Racial Equality and worked alongside Martin Luther King Jr.
  • 1922 - Ira Hamilton Hays is born. During World War II, Hays and five other U.S. Marines raised the American flag on Mount Suribachi at Iwo Jima during the six week siege on the island. Photographer Joe Rosenthal captured the event on film and the photo would later be used to create the Marine War Memorial at Arlington, Virginia.
  • 1932 - Hattie Wyatt Caraway (D-Arkansas) is the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate. She becomes the first woman to chair a Senate Committee and the first to serve as the Senate's presiding officer
  • 1964 - Jeff Bezos is born.
  • 1966 - Batman premiered on TV, starring Adam West
  • 1967 - The first person is cryogenically preserved. Upon his death, psychology professor Dr. James H. Bedford of California achieved half his dream of being placed in cryogenic suspension. It remains to be seen whether or not he will see the other half of his dream and survive to be re-animated.
  • 1986 - Dr. Franklin R. Chang-Diaz launches into space aboard the space shuttle Columbia 7 and the first Hispanic person in space.
  • 2010 - Massive earthquake strikes Haiti

Wise Words

"There is not going to be any unity without dignity - if people feel fragmented, injured, unheard and unseen. We need to acknowledge others' dignity." 

~Donna Hicks, author of "Dignity: The Essential Role it Plays in Resolving Conflict."

Lighter Side

Lighter Side

Have you heard about Murphy's Law?

Yes. Anything that can go wrong will go wrong.

How about Cole's Law?


It's julienned cabbage in a creamy dressing.

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