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Situational Analysis - January 26, 2021


Welcome to Tuesday! It's First Lady Abby Cox's birthday. Happy, happy, Madam First Lady!

Today's must read article comes from Savannah Hopkinson, who writes that while mothers bore the brunt of pandemic job loss, feminism did not fail them. Society did. "When disaster struck," she writes, "America's only backup system was its societal expectation of mothers, leaving them to bear the brunt of the fallout." More from the article: "As writer Meg Conley put it, "Whether we labor in our homes or outside of them, every mother will wake up every morning remembering that when it comes to their needs, America just can't really be bothered." In September 2020, 865,000 women left the workforce - four times the number of men. An unspoken truth and paradox about American society is that, while we consistently place families at the center of our values, we place little value in giving them enough time to flourish." So if you only have time for one thing today, please go read the entire piece: "A 'new normal' should treat working mothers better than the pandemic did."



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

Today At Utah Policy

images/mugs-300/Michael_Horowitz.pngHorowitz investigates, campaign season has begun and warm more than hearts
By Holly Richardson
 Say what? - The Justice Department's inspector general, Michael Horowitz, said Monday he will investigate whether department officials "engaged in an improper attempt" to overturn President Biden's victory in the 2020 election.
images/Resized_Logos/Tweet.pngTweets of the day: Goings-on at Utah's Capitol Hill
By Holly Richardson
Want a quick snapshot of what's happening on Utah's Capitol Hill during the legislative session? Follow along with these tweets: 
images/Resized_Logos/The_Point_logo.pngGuest opinion: Utahns can help shape the future at The Point
By Alan Matheson
 The events at the U.S. Capitol on January 6 were a harrowing reminder of how fragile democracy can be when trust in our institutions, processes and elected representatives falters. While not fully insulated from the divisiveness, Utahns have benefitted from a general willingness to work together, collaborate on challenging issues and plan ahead for future generations. This "Utah Way" is exemplified in The Point, the 600 acres of state-owned property located at The Point of the Mountain in Draper. 

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Utah's LGBTQ laws rated in Human Rights Campaign's annual state equality index
Yesterday, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the educational arm of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, and the Equality Federation Institute released their 7th annual State Equality Index (SEI). The SEI is a comprehensive report that details statewide laws and policies that affect LGBTQ people and their families and assesses how well states are protecting LGBTQ people from discrimination. Utah falls into the category, "Building Equality".
images/Resized_Logos/CUWCD_logo.jpgSuccess of Central Utah Project shows value of long-term water projects
An analysis conducted by the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute on the Central Utah Water Conservancy District's (CUWCD) Central Utah Project (CUP) demonstrates the value of long-term water projects to communities, tax payers, and the economy.
images/mugs-300/Rep_Blake_Moore.pngRep. Blake Moore gets 2 big committee assignments
Congressman Blake Moore was assigned to the House Armed Services Committee and the House Committee on Natural Resources.Utah's First District includes Hill Air Force Base, the service's second largest base and home to all depot work for the F-35 fighter jets and Intercontinental Ballistic Missile programs. The District also hosts the Ogden Air Logistics Complex and the Utah Test and Training Range, the country's largest overland restricted airspace for military exercises and testing.
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.

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On This Day In History

(From History.com)

  • 1784 - In a letter dated January 26, 1784, Benjamin Franklin writes to his daughter Sarah (Sally) Bache expressing his dismay that the eagle is chosen as an American symbol. To his mind, the turkey would be a more appropriate bird.
  • 1788 - British settlement begins in Australia with 11 ships of convicts. It is now celebrated as Australia Day, although many Aboriginal Australians call it "Invasion Day."
  • 1826 - Julia Boggs Dent is born. She later marries Ulysses S. Grant and becomes the 19th First Lady of the United States.
  • 1837 - Michigan admitted as 26th U.S. state.
  • 1838 - Tennessee passes nation's first prohibition law.
  • 1861 - Louisiana secedes from the Union. 
  • 1880 - Douglas Macarthur is born.
  • 1893 - Bessie Coleman is born. In pursuit of becoming a pilot, Coleman traveled to France after being denied the opportunity in the United States. In France, she learned to fly, returning to the United States as the first female African American and Native American pilot.
  • 1905 - Maria von Trapp is born.
  • 1918 - Ukraine declares its independence.
  • 1925 - Paul Newman is born.
  • 1954 - Ground is broken for Disneyland. 
  • 1958 - Ellen DeGeneres is born. 
  • 1961 - JFK appoints first female presidential physician, Janet Travell.
  • 1962 - Bishop Burke of Buffalo Catholic dioceses declares Chubby Checker's "The Twist" to be impure and bans it from all Catholic schools.
  • 1980 - Mary Decker became the first woman to run a mile under 4 1/2 minutes, running it at 4:17.55
  • 1988 - "Phantom of the Opera" opens in NYC, goes on for 4000+ performances. 
  • 1998 - President Bill Clinton says "I want to say one thing to the American people; I did not have sexual relations with that woman."
  • 2005 - George W. Bush appoints Condoleeza Rice as secretary of state. 
  • 2010 - The World Health Organization rejects claims that it overstated the severity of the swine flu pandemic.
  • 2020 - Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna die in a helicopter crash.

Wise Words

"Societies that treat women badly are dangerous societies. The empowerment of women is not only morally right it is also practical in the positive impact it has on so many social ills."

~Condoleezza Rice, in her book "No Higher Honor: A Memoir of My Years in Washington"

Lighter Side

Lighter Side

A frightened man goes to the secret police and says, "My talking parrot disappeared."

"Why did you come here? Go to the regular police."

"I will. I'm just here to tell you that I disagree with whatever that parrot is going to say."

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