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Situational Analysis - January 25, 2021

It's Monday and National Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day. Coincidentally, it is also National Fun at Work Day. Live it up!

Over the weekend, we lost both Hank Aaron and Larry King. We also lost Rufino Rodriguez, a 65-year old respiratory therapist in UVRMC's NICU who died of COVID-19. Originally a physician in Guatemala, he became a respiratory therapist in the states. He spent more than 30 years helping over 35,000 babies - including one of my daughters. He was a key member of the LifeFlight team picking up tiny babies. His friends and co-workers gathered on his last night, shining lights into his room and the LifeFlight helicopter doing a fly-by outside his hospital window. Rufino, who spent his life helping babies breathe, died, out of breath, from COVID. If you only have time for one thing today, watch this short story on his life and death. I can't help but be moved by it. 



39 days to the end of the 2021 Utah Legislature (3/5/21)
79 days until the end of the Cox/Henderson administration's first 100 days (04/14/2021)
95 days until the Biden/Harris administration's first 100 days are up (04/30/2021)

Today At Utah Policy

images/mugs-300/Lloyd_Austin.pngLloyd Austin confirmed, vaccine trials halted, Russian protests
By Holly Richardson
Lots of news over the weekend. Here are three stories you'll want to know about:Historic appointment - On Friday, the former U.S. Central Command leader, Lloyd Austin was confirmed, becoming the first Black defense secretary in U.S. history. The vote of 93-2 was a strong show of bipartisan support, with only Utah Senator Mike Lee and Senator Josh Hawley of Missouri voting no.
images/Resized_Logos/Tweet.pngTweets of the day: Gov. Cox gives a rundown on Utah's COVID response
By Holly Richardson
Setting the record straight: Governor Spencer Cox responded to a news article yesterday in a series of tweets. In them, he reaffirms his commitment to transparency and then details how many vaccines Utah has gotten, how many shots are now in arms and what the state does and does not know.
Guest opinion: Facts trump speculation
By Tony Graf
On Inauguration Day 2021, Representative Chris Stewart wrote a piece in the Deseret News that we should pursue mutual respect, healing and " boldly investigate questions of election integrity" As it relates to mutual respect and healing, I agree. However, I question our ability to heal as a Party (Republican) and as a nation if we continue to embrace speculation fueled by misinformation, especially as it relates to our recent election. 

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Policy News

images/Resized_Logos/Zions_Bank_Logo_01.pngZions Bank January economic snapshot
 This month's Economic Snapshots provide an overview of state and national trends highlighting indicators such as employment, demographics, housing, consumer sentiment and more. A few of this month's points of interest include the following:
images/Resized_Logos/Parsons_Behle__Latimer.pngParsons Behle & Latimer announces new CEO, new board
 Parsons Behle & Latimer (Parsons) a preeminent Salt Lake City-based law firm is pleased to announce its new Board of Directors and officers for 2021; and with profound gratitude, announces that President and CEO Hal J. Pos will step down from his position on the firm's board of directors, after 25 years of dedicated service and visionary leadership.
images/Resized_Logos/National_School_Choice_Week_logo.pngCelebrating School Choice Week this week
In the midst of a school year like no other, Utah families and educators are gearing up to safely spotlight education options during School Choice Week 2021Utah families, schools, and organizations are hosting 244 virtual or at-home celebrations during the Week. One of these activities will be the launch of a video series highlighting Utah charter school students, teachers, parents, and staff across the state. 
images/Resized_Logos/John_Curtis_logo.pngRep. John Curtis joins Energy and Commerce Committee
Utah's Third Congressional Representative, John Curtis, was recently appointed to the Energy and Commerce Committee. The E&C Committee has wide jurisdiction over critical issues including healthcare, telecommunications, technology, consumer safety, environment, food and drug safety, energy, and interstate and foreign commerce. Established in 1795, the committee is the oldest continuous standing committee in the House of Representatives.
images/Resized_Logos/northern-ute-seal.pngUte Indian tribe of the Uintah and Ouray reservation oppose Biden's leasing/permitting ban
Tribal membersfrom the Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah and Ouray Reservation came out yesterday opposed to the Biden Administration's 60-day leasing and permitting ban. The letter below was sent to acting Secretary of the Interior, Scott de la Vega.

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On This Day In History

(From History.com)

  • 1554 - So Paulo, Brazil is founded.
  • 1759 - Scottish poet Robert Burns is born.
  • 1776 - First national memorial ordered by Congress in honor of Brigadier General Richard Montgomery.
  • 1783 - William Colgate is born. 
  • 1858 - Felix Mendelssohn's "Wedding March" first played, at the wedding of Queen Victoria's daughter Princess Victoria, to crown prince of Prussia.
  • 1882 - Author Virginia Woolf is born.
  • 1890 - Nellie Bly, journalist, completed her around the world trip in 72 days, 6 hours, 11 minutes, and 14 seconds after setting sail east to prove she could circle the globe in less than 80 days
  • 1905 - World's largest diamond is found in South Africa. It weighs 3,106 carats.
  • 1915 - Alexander Graham Bell in NY calls Thomas Watson in San Francisco
  • 1924 - The first Winter Olympics is held in Chamonix, France with 13 total events.
  • 1947 - Al Capone dies of neurosyphilis at age 48.
  • 1961 - JFK becomes the first president to hold a televised news conference. 
  • 1971 - Charles Manson and his followers convicted of murder. 
  • 1981 - Chairman Mao's widow is sentenced to death for her counter-revolutionary crimes. 
  • 1983 - Nazi war criminal Klaus Barbie arrested in Bolivia.
  • 2017 - Mary Tyler Moore dies at age 80.

Wise Words

"Books are the mirrors of the soul."

~Virginia Woold

Lighter Side

Lighter Side

The sky was looking ominous so I asked Siri, "Surely, it's not going to rain today?"

And she replied, "Yes it is, and don't call me Shirley."

That was when I realized I'd left my phone on Airplane mode.

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