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Situational Analysis - January 14, 2021

We've made it to Thursday. Today is National Ratification Day commemorating the ratification of the Treaty of Paris in 1784 and officially ending the American Revolution.

If you only have time for one news item today, take a look at the heightened security for Tuesday's inauguration, from National Guard members sleeping in the Capitol, to layers of eight-foot steel fencing to the number of agencies and private companies involved (50-60), to shuttered Metro stations and all line-of-sight roads blocked. They're not messing around because of ongoing threats and people like Louis Capriotti who was arrested on Tuesday for promising to "surround the White House and ...kill any Democrat that steps on the lawn." Nice. 


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

Today At Utah Policy

images/new/Eagle.pngZip-tie guys, rules don't apply and a bald eagle in Pleasant Grove
By Holly Richardson
Zip-tie guy - Attorney Leah Wilson says that it's hard to believe that zip-tie guy (Eric Munchel) was dumb enough to "create evidence for the prosecutors in this case just to show their friends and post on social media." It's provided "mountains of evidence" for federal prosecutors to use in their prosecution.
images/new/definition.pngDefinitions you need to know
By Holly Richardson
 Definitions - Have questions about some of the words being thrown around the last week? Me too. Here's a brief primer, in alphabetical order:
images/Resized_Logos/UALHD_logo.jpegLocal public health mobilizes for COVID-19 vaccine
By Jill Parker
Utah's 13 local health departments have now received the COVID-19 vaccine and are mobilizing to get it into the arms of residents from Logan to St. George."Our common goal is to ensure easy access for everyone who chooses to receive the vaccine no matter where they live," said Lloyd Berentzen, President, Utah Association of Local Health Departments. "Each local health district is accustomed to working with their state and local officials and community partners to meet the health needs of their residents."

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Policy News

images/Resized_Logos/Utah_Foundation_Logo_01.jpgNew Utah Foundation report looks at shift to telework, impacts on air quality
The events of the past year have forced a major shift to telework in Utah, with important implications for traffic, air quality and growth. Today, Utah Foundation releases The Way Home: The Shift to Telework and its Air Quality Ramifications, which focuses on how remote work relates to air quality in Utah, provides new insights gained during 2020, and looks toward the future interplay of remote work and air quality. It is the second installment in Utah Foundation's Utah Telework Series.
images/mugs-300/Rep_Blake_Moore.pngRep. Blake Moore's statement on impeachment vote
Representative Blake Moore released the following statement:"Last Wednesday, when I voted against the majority of my party on my third day in office, I realized that I can make hard and seemingly unpopular decisions. Voting to strip electoral votes from sovereign states is a dangerous precedent, and I did not hear anything that justified such a high bar. I am committed to being level-headed and objective in my representation of the First District as I uphold my oath to defend the Constitution. 
Dr. Angela Dunn answers COVID-19 questions with the SL Trib
Sean Means from the Salt Lake Tribune interviewed Dr. Angela Dunn and takes readers questions. Watch the entire interview here. 
New safety protocols for the opening of the 2021 legislative session
Out of an abundance of caution, public participation in legislative proceedings will be temporarily conducted virtually. The decision comes after the Utah Highway Patrol raised concerns with legislative leadership about protests planned at the Capitol, coinciding with the opening of the 45-day annual general session. The legislative session will begin as planned on January 19, 2021. 
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. 

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On This Day In History

(From History.com)

  • 1639 - The first colonial constitution is adopted in Connecticut.
  • 1741 - Benedict Arnold is born. Once a loyal Continental soldier became perhaps the best known traitor of the war. 
  • 1806 - Matthew Maury is born. He became an American naval officer and one of the founders of oceanography.
  • 1875 - Albert Schweitzer is born. He went on to become a well-known theologian, musician, philosopher and Nobel Prize-winning physician.
  • 1900 - Marion Martin is born. She was elected to the Maine House of Representatives in 1930, the Maine Senate in 1934, and was the first woman to head the Department of Labor and Industry.
  • 1940 - Julian Bond is born. The civil rights leader was elected to the Georgia state House in 1964 but his colleagues refused to seat him. It wasn't until the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the exclusion was unconstitutional in December of 1966 that Bond was sworn in a month later.
  • 1942 - FDR orders "enemy aliens" from Italy, Germany and Japan to register with the United States Department of Justice, which led to full-scale internment of Japanese-Americans the very next month.
  • 1943 - Franklin D. Roosevelt becomes the first President of the United States to travel by airplane while in office when he flies from Miami to Morocco to meet with Winston Churchill.
  • 1943 - Shannon Lucid is born. The American astronaut is a biochemist who spent 188 days in space aboard the space station Mir in 1996. At the time, it was a record spaceflight for a U.S. astronaut. She was recognized in 2002 as one of the 50 most important women in science. 
  • 1952 - NBC broadcasts the first episode of "Today," hosted by Dave Garroway.
  • 1963 - "Segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever," Governor George Wallace was inaugurated as the Alabama governor. 
  • 1973 - Elvis Presley performs "Aloha from Hawaii," the first live concert transmitted by satellite around the world. 
  • 2016 - Alan Rickman dies. He played Snape in the Harry Potter films.

Wise Words

Teach them how to say goodbye

(From "One Last Time" in the musical Hamilton)

If I say goodbye, the nation learns to move on
It outlives me when I'm gone
Like the scripture says
Everyone shall sit under their own vine and fig tree
And no one shall make them afraid
They'll be safe in the nation we've made
I wanna sit under my own vine and fig tree
A moment alone in the shade
At home in this nation we've made
One last time


Lighter Side

Lighter Side

During Operation Desert Storm, I was a legislative affairs officer for Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf. Often I was required to transport gifts, sent to him from patriotic Americans, from Washington, D.C., to his home base in Florida. On one trip I "escorted" a four-foot teddy bear dressed in fatigues with a name tag reading "Bear," General Schwarzkopf's nickname. As I boarded the plane, I explained my mission to the flight attendant and asked if she could store the bear in first class. She was honored to do so, and I disappeared into the coach section.

Then, just before takeoff, an announcement came over the intercom: "Colonel Preast, would you please come up to first class? We have an extra seat here for you to sit next to your teddy bear."

(Reader's Digest)

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