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Situational Analysis - January 4, 2021
Happy Monday morning! Today is the 125th anniversary of Utah statehood - a great day for an inauguration. Spencer J. Cox will be sworn in as Utah's newest Governor and Deidre M. Henderson will be sworn in as the new Lt. Governor in the Tuacahn Amphitheater in Ivins, Utah. Live-streaming will be available via multiple channels.
1 days until Senate runoffs in Georgia (January 5, 2021)
Today At Utah PolicyMore Utah leaders pay tribute to outgoing Gov. Herbert
UtahPolicy.com invited a number of Utah leaders to express their feelings about the leadership of Gov. Gary Herbert, who leaves office today after more than 11 years as governor.Stuart Adams, President, Utah Senate: "Gov. Herbert has been a dedicated leader and public servant to the state of Utah. During his time in office, he has been a strong advocate for all Utahns.
Utah leaders pay tribute to Gov. Gary Herbert
Note: UtahPolicy.com invited a number of Utah leaders to express their feelings about the leadership of Gov. Gary Herbert, who leaves office on Jan. 4 after more than 11 years as governor. Following are some initial responses.
Senator Mike Lee honors Governor Gary Herbert
By Holly Richardson
Senator Mike Lee honored retiring Governor Gary Herbert from the floor of the U.S. Senate. Governor Herbert "has served the state of Utah with enthusiasm, dedication and spirit, and I am grateful to have worked alongside him throughout his tenure," he said.
Salt Lake Tribune
Policy News4-part series on the 'sausage making' of Utah statehood
Dr. Leo Lyman has spent almost half a century diving deep into the "sausage making" of Utah becoming a state. He is a professor emeritus of history, the author of eight books and multiple peer-reviewed articles and a fellow of the Utah State Historical Society.His book Statehood Finally! explores the behind-the-scenes political wrangling and compromise and what's a good sausage-making without intrigue and betrayal?
United Utah Party announces new leadership
Richard Davis, the Chair of the United Utah Party since its creation in 2017, is stepping down as party chair at the end of the year. He will be succeeded by Hillary Stirling, who is currently serving as United Utah Party Vice Chair. The new United Utah Party Vice Chair will be Jim Bennett, who is currently serving as the party's communications director.
Cox/Henderson choose Tom Ross to lead CCJJ
Gov.-elect Spencer Cox and Lt. Gov.-elect Deidre Henderson nominated Bountiful Police Chief Tom Ross as executive director of the Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice (CCCJJ)."Chief Ross has a deep knowledge of criminal justice issues and a track record of leadership that will serve Utahns well," Cox said. "I look forward to working with him as he engages with the commission in the important work of criminal justice policy."
So 2020: Octopus punches fish
OK, so this video was taken a couple of years ago but it so epitomizes most of us getting to the end of 2020. We are tired and after nine months of working/studying/supervising from home, we just don't want anyone in our space anymore.(H/T Peri Kinder)
Congressman Stewart wraps up 2020's accomplishments
Almost 5000 letters to constituents, 615 casework requests, 29 military academy nominations, 19 bills sponsored and 16 townhalls. See video below.
On This Day In History
Don't miss anything from the holiday weekend!
January - National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month
"I believe in a future for woman...I do not believe that she was made merely for a wife, a mother, a cook, and a housekeeper. These callings, however honorable--and no one doubts that they are so--are not the sum of her capabilities.
It is woman's destiny to have a voice in the affairs of the government. She was designed for it. She has a right to it.
The women of Utah understand what suffrage means. They are not as ignorant as some suppose. They enjoyed the elective franchise for seventeen years, and voted again and again.
I believe in woman suffrage. I have always believed in it. I look upon it as another step, another impulse of humanity toward perfection.
They tell us that woman suffrage in the Constitution will imperil Statehood. I don't believe it. But if it should, what of it? There are some things higher and dearer than Statehood. I would rather stand by my honor, by my principles, than to have Statehood."
Excerpt from a speech made by Orson F. Whitney at the Utah State Constitutional Convention, 1895.
My New Year's resolution is to stop procrastinating.
I'll start tomorrow
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