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Situational Analysis - January 18, 2021

It's the 3rd Monday in January, the day all 50 states recognize the contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Enjoy this special lunchtime edition of Utah Policy.

Dr. King was arrested on numerous times, but on April 12, 1963, it was for disobeying a judge's order prohibiting "parading, demonstrating, boycotting, trespassing and picketing." A group of white Alabama clergymen issued a statement reiterating their call to stop marching, and called the peaceful protests "unwise and untimely." They continuted to recommend that King and his supporters take their case to the courts. In response, Dr. King wrote his "Letter from a Birmingham Jail." If you only have time to read one thing today, read that letter. If you have time for two things, also watch his "I Have a Dream" speech.


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

Today At Utah Policy

images/Resized_Mugshots-300/MLK.pngLessons from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
By Holly Richardson
Today, we pause to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his legacy of leadership and service.I find it particularly moving that incoming president Biden and vice-president Harris have called for this day to be a Day of Service in America. What a great step in turning down the volume in today's political discourse.
NRA bankrupt, 29% approval, vetting 25K, veterans clean Capitol grounds
By Holly Richardson
NRA bankrupt - The National Rifle Association (NRA announced on Friday that it is declaring bankruptcy, leaving New York and reincorporating in Texas. It is currently under investigation by the New York attorney general, Letitia James. "The N.R.A. has been racked by infighting and discontent, including the bitter departures of its president, Oliver L. North, and its top lobbyist, Chris Cox.
images/Resized_Logos/Tweet.pngTweets of the day
By Holly Richardson
Wow. This is quite a sight. From Governor Spencer Cox:Today was our best-case scenario as many agitating groups cancelled their plans and those that came were peaceful. I join Utahns everywhere in gratitude for the men and women of the National Guard and Law Enforcement who came to protect the People's House. ?? pic.twitter.com/1KeckBPFyd- Spencer Cox (@SpencerJCox) January 18, 2021

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images/mugs-300/Rosemary_Lesser.pngDr. Rosemary Lesser picked for Utah House seat
Utah Democrats in Ogden chose retired OB/GYN and Air Force veteran Dr. Rosemary Lesser to fill the vacancy in House District 10 left by the passing of Lou Shurtliff."As a veteran and a doctor, Dr. Lesser will be an excellent addition to the Legislature. Her knowledge and expertise have benefitted Weber County for many, many years and she will be of immense value to the people of District 10," said Jeff Merchant, chairman of the Utah Democratic Party. Dr. Lesser has served several medical missions in Mali and has been active in the Utah Democratic Party for a number of years.
images/Resized_Logos/wbcutah.pngJan 19 Webinar: Women's Biz Center hosts free home-based biz makeover
COVID-19 has taught us what women owners of home-based businesses have known all along; you can work from home! Even though our home office may be at the dining room table, there are several ways to look professional while keeping your overhead down and your family near.
images/Resized_Logos/Day_of_Service.pngBiden/Harris MLK fundraiser nearing $50K for Utah Food Bank
The Utah Biden/Harris Inauguration Day of Service Committee announced today that a new matching grant could help push its Martin Luther King Day fundraiser for Utah Food Bank close to $50,000. The committee also announced that Salt Lake City and County Mayors Mendenhall and Wilson have endorsed the statewide effort.
images/Resized_Logos/Cox_seal.pngGov. Cox statement on MLK Day
Gov. Spencer J. Cox issued the following statement in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: "As we remember the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., we must recommit ourselves to the ideals he advocated for: civil rights and an end to discrimination.
images/Resized_Logos/Cox_seal.pngGov. Cox, Lt. Gov. Henderson declare state of emergency
Utah Gov. Spencer Cox and Lt. Governor Henderson signed an executive order declaring a state of emergency ahead of potential protests at the Utah State Capitol this weekend.The precaution comes after the siege of the U.S. Capitol that occurred on Jan. 6, 2021 in Washington, D.C., which resulted in five deaths including a U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian D. Sicknick and significant damage to the historic building.

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On This Day In History

(From History.com)

  • 1778 - Captain Cook reaches Hawaii.
  • 1788 - The First Fleet carrying 736 convicts from England to Australia arrives at Botany Bay to set up a penal colony.
  • 1803 - President Thomas Jefferson requests $2500 from Congress to fund the Lewis and Clark expedition.
  • 1827 - Joseph Smith and Emma Hale are married
  • 1882 - A.A. Milne's birthday. The U.S. celebrates National Winnie the Pooh Day in his honor each year on Jan. 18.
  • 1904 - Cary Grant is born.
  • 1911 - The first landing of an aircraft on the deck of a ship takes place in San Francisco Harbor.
  • 1912 - Robert Scott reaches the South Pole only to find that Roald Amundsen had beat him by a month. Scott and his team all died on their way back to base camp.
  • 1967 - U.S. performs nuclear test at the Nevada Test Site
  • 1974 - The "$6 Million Man" starring Lee Majors premieres on ABC.
  • 1980 - Pink Floyd's album "The Wall" hits #1.

Wise Words

"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."

"We know through painful experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor, it must be demanded by the oppressed."

~Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Letter from a Birmingham Jail

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