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Situational Analysis - January 5, 2021

Happy Tuesday morning! Today is National Keto Day and National Whipped Cream Day. Bacon with whipped cream, anyone?

It's also the day after inauguration when the real work begins for the Cox/Henderson administration. They'll be diving into the budget this week. It's also the day that (blessedly) the runoff elections in Georgia will be over. There is no question the counting will be meticulous. 


days until a joint session of Congress to certify the presidential election (January 6, 2021)
15 days to the start of the 2021 Utah Legislature (1/19/2021)
16 days to presidential Inauguration Day (01/20/2021)
60 days to the end of the 2021 Utah Legislature (3/5/21)

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Today At Utah Policy

images/mugs-300/spencer-cox.jpgGovernor Cox: Civic charity needed; best days ahead
By Holly Richardson
In his first speech as Utah's 18th governor, Spencer Cox was not shy about the divisiveness we are seeing in Utah and around the nation. "We are facing a crisis of empathy, a scourge of contempt.""Conflict and passionate debate around ideas can be healthy," he said. "But contempt and contention will rot the souls of our nation and her people. And this division isn't just ugly or unfortunate. It is dangerous.
images/Resized_Mugshots/Deidre_H_inauguration.pngLt. Governor Henderson: Answerable courage, all voices needed in #OneUtah
By Holly Richardson
After Deidre Henderson was sworn in as Utah's 9th Lt. Governor, she broke new ground and became the first L.G. to speak at inauguration.She spoke of the "answerable courage" that her 11th great-grandfather, William Bradford had deemed necessary to meet the demands of settling a new land, that pioneers faced as they crossed the plains and settled in Utah and that Utahns today have shown in the face of the year that was 2020.
images/Resized_Logos/UHP_logo.pngA touching moment in yesterday's inauguration: Herbert reports "10-42"
By Holly Richardson
One of the most touching moments in yesterday's inauguration ceremonies might have easily been overlooked. After the swearing-in was over, the speeches given and the last prayer concluded, former Governor Gary Herbert signed off as the Commander and Chief of Utah's Highway Patrol.

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images/Resized_Mugshots/John_Curtis.jpgCurtis: I have faith in America's election system
Today, Congressman John Curtis (R-UT) released the following statement ahead of the process to certify the Electoral College results:
images/Resized_Logos/United_Utah_Party_Logo.pngUnited Utah Party launches petition for Sen. Lee to certify election
The United Utah Party has launched a petition calling on Senator Mike Lee to vote to certify President-elect Joe Biden's victory in the Electoral College.  "On Wednesday, eleven Republican senators will vote to disregard the will of the people as expressed through a free and fair election," said Hillary Stirling, United Utah Party Chair. "The people of Utah need to know that Senator Lee will not join this anti-democratic movement but will instead uphold those democratic principles that have made our republic enduring and strong." 
Utah Tourism Industry Association welcomes new executive director
The Utah Tourism Industry Association (UTIA) announced the appointment of Natalie Randall as its new executive director. Randall will assume her new role January 19, 2021.UTIA is the umbrella organization and advocate for Utah's visitor economy. UTIA works hand in hand with the Utah Office of Tourism, county destination marketing organizations, Ski Utah, and other industry organizations as well as guides, outfitters, restaurants, attractions and lodging properties around the state.
Cox, Henderson sign first executive order
In their first official action, Gov. Spencer Cox and Lt. Gov. Deidre Henderson signed an executive order dealing with occupational licenses in front of the historic Territorial Statehouse in Fillmore. Executive Order 2021-01 requires state agencies to review all occupational licenses to ensure they are truly necessary and are not outdated or incomplete. The review orders these agency reviews must be completed by June 30. 2021.
images/Logos/SL-Chamber-Logo.pngSL Chamber congratulates Cox, Henderson on their inauguration
Derek Miller, president and CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber and Downtown Alliance, congratulated Spencer Cox and Deidre Henderson upon their inauguration today as Utah's new Governor and Lt. Governor, and said the Chamber is eager to work with the new administration on behalf of businesses, a strong economy, and the individuals and families who depend on them.

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On This Day In History

(From History.com)


  • 1531 - Pope Clement VII forbids King Henry VIII from remarrying. We all know the rest of the story.
  • 1643 - The first divorce was granted in the American colonies.
  • 1781 - Benedict Arnold captures and destroys Richmond, Virginia. 
  • 1858 - The U.S. Patent Office issues patent No. 19063 is issued to Ezra J. Warner of Waterbury, Connecticut for a can opener.
  • 1893 - Sigrid Schultz, war correspondent for the Chicago Tribune, interviewed Hitler, reported on German-Russian non-aggression pact, wrote articles on German concentration camps.
  • 1895 Rebecca Lancefield is born, pioneer microbiologist, published effects of streptococcal infections(1919), president of Society of American Bacteriologist (1943), elected to the National Academy of Sciences (1970).
  • 1920 - New York Yankees acquire Babe Ruth from the Boston Red Sox for $125,000.
  • 1925 - Nellie Tayloe Ross is inaugurated as Wyoming's 14th governor and the first woman Governor in U.S. history. Wyoming has not elected another woman governor since. 
  • 1933 - Construction begins on the Golden Gate Bridge
  • 1943 - George Washington Carver dies at the Tuskegee Institute. 
  • 1949 - President Truman delivers his Fair Deal speech.
  • 1972 - President Nixon launches space shuttle program.
  • 1998 - Sonny Bono is killed in a skiing accident in South Lake Tahoe, California.




Wise Words

"We will succeed together, as One Utah. Let's go."

~Spencer J. Cox, Utah's 18th governor

Lighter Side

Lighter Side

My New Year's resolution is to stop procrastinating. 

I'll start tomorrow 

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