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Situational Analysis - January 7, 2021

2021 apparently wants to give 2020 a run for its money. Yesterday was a day, wasn't it? Unprecedented. After rioters stormed the Capitol...our house...the people's house, causing hours-long delays, Congress completed their duty to count the electoral votes at 3:45 am EST, and, as we've known since November, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris won the election.   


13 days to the start of the 2021 Utah Legislature (1/19/2021)
14 days to Joe Biden and Kamala Harris's Inauguration Day (01/20/2021)
58 days to the end of the 2021 Utah Legislature (3/5/21)

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Today At Utah Policy

images/mugs/Spencer_and_Deidre.pngCox/Henderson weigh in on Capitol violence
By Holly Richardson
Governor Cox, on his second full day on the job, addressed the rioting in the nation's Capitol and the protests at the Utah Capitol. Watch here:
images/Resized_Logos/John_Curtis_logo.pngJohn Curtis: Domestic terrorism encouraged by President
By Holly Richardson
Congressman John Curtis tweeted his anger at Wednesday's events. "The United States Capitol is the Temple of Liberty and should be treated with respect & honor. The riots both in and outside the building are unacceptable and un-American. The President owes it to the American people to publicly call for an end to these riots.
images/mugs-300/Mitt_Jan_6.pngMitt Romney: Insurrection incited by Trump
By Holly Richardson
 Senator Mitt Romney addressed the Senate late Wednesday night: "We gather today due to a selfish man's injured pride and the outrage of his supporters whom he has deliberately misinformed for the past two months and stirred to action this very morning. What happened here today was an insurrection, incited by the President of the United States.

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Sen. Mike Lee: Our job is to open and count. That's it.
"Our job is to open and then count. Open and then count. That's it. That's all there is."
Chris Stewart, Burgess Owens condemn violence
Both Chris Stewart and Burgess Owens condemned Wednesday's violence. Both had supported objecting to certified electoral votes.
Orrin Hatch condemns riots, calls for unity
Today, Senator Orrin G. Hatch, Chairman Emeritus of the Hatch Foundation, released the following statement in regards to the gathering crowds and protests at the United States Capitol:"Without any pause, caveat, or equivocation, I condemn the riots taking place at the US Capitol. The Capitol symbolizes the beating heart of American democracy. It's where we convene in the spirit of civility and compromise to hash out our greatest differences and move legislation forward.
Latter-day Saints for Biden-Harris on Wednesday's attacks
For the last decade, we have watched Donald Trump use baseless accusations to undermine the legitimacy of the United States government and to accrue power to himself. A political party more interested in victory over their fellow citizens than in preserving American values and our inspired Constitution has allowed him to stoke fear with little consequence. Now, rather than confront reality, he has encouraged his supporters to attack the United States Senate and House of Representatives.
images/Logos/SL-Chamber-Logo.pngSL Chamber condemns Wednesday's violence
On the eve of the 2020 election, the Salt Lake Chamber issued the following principles to guide America's peaceful and constructive transition of power, calling for:Civil debate around ideas and policies that will guide the future of our country.Voting and access to voting without threat or intimidation.

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On This Day In History

(From History.com)


  • 1789 - Congress set January 7, 1789 as the date by which states were required to choose electors for the country's first-ever presidential election.
  • 1800 - Millard Fillmore elected as the 13th President of the United States under the Whig ticket.
  • 1891 - Zora Neale Hurston, author, pioneering scholar of African-American folklore, is born.
  • 1892 - A massive mine explosion leaves nearly 100 dead in Krebs, Oklahoma.
  • 1896 - Fannie Merrit Farmer self-publishes Boston Cooking-School Cook Book. The book's name would later be renamed The Fannie Farmer Cookbook.
  • 1905 - Nella Morton is born. She became a feminist educator, pushed for full integration for black students at the Biblical Seminary of New York, worked with mentally disabled children and developed curricular theories from 1956 to 1971
  • 1927 - Harlem Globetrotters play their first game.
  • 1950 - 'Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer' is the #1 song on U.S. pop charts.
  • 1953 - President Truman announces U.S. has developed hydrogen bomb.
  • 1955 - Marian Anderson becomes the first African American to sing at the Metropolitan Opera.
  • 1957 - Katie Couric is born.
  • 1979 - Pol Pot overthrown.
  • 1999 - President Clinton's impeachment trial begins.
  • 2015 - 12 people die in shooting at "Charlie Hebdo" offices.


Wise Words

"Doctor, what have we got? A republic or a monarchy?"

"A republic, if you can keep it."
~Benjamin Franklin

Lighter Side

Lighter Side

Q: What would have happened if it had been three Wise Women instead of three Wise Men? 

A: They would have asked directions, arrived on time, helped deliver the baby, cleaned the stable, made a casserole, and brought practical gifts.

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