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Situational Analysis - January 13, 2021

It's Wednesday already. It's also National Korean American Day, commemorating the arrival of the first Korean immigrants to the United States in 1903 and their many contributions to this nation.

Congresswoman Cori Bush has introduced H.Res. 25, which invokes Section 3 of the 14th Amendment and would initiate investigations for removal of the members of Congress who "attempted to overturn the results of the elected and incited a white supremacit attempted coup." She has 47 co-sponsors. 


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

Today At Utah Policy

images/Resized_Logos/Holly_R.pngNews at the US Capitol, COVID and Capitol/capitol/capital
By Holly Richardson
 Impeachment and censure and Amendments, oh my - Today, as the news changes almost faster than we can type, here are three things to look for: The U.S. House will begin debate today on a single charge of impeachment: "incitement of insurrection." As of Tuesday, five House Republicans said they will support impeachment: Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, New York Rep. John Katko, Illinois Rep. Adam Kinzinger, Rep. Fred Upton of Michigan and Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler of Washington. No House Republicans supported Trump's first impeachment.
images/Resized_Logos/Joint_Chiefs_logo.pngMilitary Joint Chiefs issue statement condemning 'sedition and insurrection' at U.S. Capitol
By Holly Richardson
The Joint Chiefs of Staff for the U.S. military issues a memo to all service members, reminding them that the "violent riot" in D.C. was a direct assault on Congress, the Capitol and our Constitutional process. They reminded service members that Joe Biden was duly elected and will become their Commander in Chief. on January 20.
Guest Opinion: Forget the 25th Amendment. Focus on the 14th.
By John English
 As of Tuesday, January 12, six days have transpired since the President of the United States incited an angry mob to storm the Capitol, with many proffering chants to kill Vice-President Mike Pence. If Pence won't invoke the 25th Amendment over that, nothing will. The current path being explored for removing Donald Trump from office is impeachment. The House has already prepared an article.

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images/Logos/SL-Chamber-Logo.pngSL Chamber introduces 2021 legislative priorities
The Salt Lake Chamber hosted the annual Utah Economic Outlook and Public Policy Summit with the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute to release its 2021 legislative priorities. It was the first policy summit to present a framework for both short- and long-term goals of Utah's business community for the coming legislative season. 
images/Resized_Logos/John_Curtis_logo.pngCurtis, colleagues introduce concurrent resolution to condemn and censure Trump
Today, Representative John Curtis (R-UT) and Republican colleagues introduced a concurrent resolution to censure the President of the United States, Donald J. Trump, for attempting to unlawfully overturn the 2020 Presidential election and for violating his oath of office on January 6th, 2021.
images/Resized_Logos/Romney_Senate_logo.pngMitt Romney names Liz Johnson as new Chief of Staff
U.S. Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) has named Liz Johnson to serve as his next Chief of Staff. A 12-year veteran of the U.S. Senate, Johnson has served for the past two years as the senator's Communications Director. Matt Waldrip, a longtime Romney aide who ran his 2018 Senate campaign and served as Chief of Staff since January 2019, is departing the Senate office for a new position outside government.
images/Resized_Logos/Rowland_Hall_logo.jpegRowland Hall wins international marketing award for 'How to Talk to Kids about Race' podcast
Rowland Hall, Utah's oldest independent coeducational college-preparatory day school, won a silver 2020 InspirED School Marketers Brilliance Award this week for "How to Talk to Kids about Race," the third episode of the school's princiPALS podcast. This is Rowland Hall's fifth Brilliance Award since 2017.
images/new/RentCafe.pngSandy among top 20 booming U.S. suburbs with most newly built apartments
 The pandemic brought a newfound appreciation for suburban America, especially among renters working from home. With more apartment-dwellers embracing life outside of the big cities, RentCaf, a nationwide apartment search website, wanted to see which suburbs are well equipped to receive new residents.

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On This Day In History

(From History.com)

  • 1128 - Pope Honorius II recognizes the Knights Templar
  • 1832 - American author Horatio Alger is born.
  • 1842 - A British army doctor reaches a sentry post in Afghanistan, the sole survivor of a massacre of 4,500 soldiers and 12,000 camp followers trying to withdraw through the Khyber Pass.
  • 1850 - Charlotte Ray is born. She became the first Black female lawyer and the first woman admitted to the bar in Washington, D.C.
  • 1885 - Alfred C. Fuller, who founded the Fuller Brush Company, is born.
  • 1898 - Juanita Brooks is born. She became a famed historian best known for her research on the Mountain Meadows Massacre.
  • 1907 - Sabine Zlatin is born. During World War II, Zlatin and her husband rescued children from intern camps and eventually established a home for refugees. However, in 1944, Klaus Barbie and Nazi soldiers captured all 44 children and adults who lived and worked there except Zlatin and killed them. During a war crimes trial in 1987, Zlatin testified against Barbie.
  • 1910 - The world's first public radio broadcast occurred from the Metropolitan Opera House.
  • 1926 - Melba Lison is born. She became a self-taught jazz trombonist and was a member of Dizzy Gillespie's tour of the Middle East in 1956.
  • 1929 - Wyatt Earp dies peacefully in Los Angeles at age 80
  • 1941 - James Joyce dies at age 58.
  • 1950 - Soviets boycott United Nations Security Council Meeting.
  • 1966 - Lyndon Johnson appoints Robert Weaver as the head of HUD, making him the nation's first Black cabinet member.
  • 1968 - Johnny Cash performs at Folsom Prison.
  • 1970 - Shonda Rhimes is born.
  • 1981 - Barbara Sonntag of Colorado sets the American speed crocheting record of 4,412 stitches in 30 minutes, or approximately 147 stitches per minute. 
  • 1982 - A plane crashes into the Potomac River, less than a mile from the end of the runway, killing 78 people.
  • 1990 - Douglas Wilder of Virginia becomes the nation's first Black governor
  • 1999 - Michael Jordan retires for the second time.

Wise Words

"We obey the current law and use peaceful means to change it.We peacefully accept the results of elections. We will not participate in the violence threatened by those disappointed with the outcome. In a democratic society we always have the opportunity and the duty to persist peacefully until the next election."

~Dallin H. Oaks

Lighter Side

Lighter Side

A politician was a guest speaker at the golf club dinner. As the politician stood up to speak, a few of the men saw it as an opportunity to sneak off to the bar. An hour later, with the politician still talking, another man joined them. "Is he still talking?" they asked him. "Yes," the other man answered. "What on Earth is he talking about?"

"I don't know. He's still introducing himself." 

(Reader's Digest)


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