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Situational Analysis - February 10, 2021

Welcome to Wednesday. Today is National Cream Cheese Brownie Day and National Umbrella Day. Celebrate accordingly.

Most of the national news yesterday focused on the Senate trial of Donald Trump, impeached for a second time in January. The US Senate voted that the trial could proceed, with 56 Senators voting aye and 44 - all Republican - voting no. Here at home, the state legislature is in full swing here at the mid-point of the legislative session. As a reminder, if you want to watch any of the committee hearings or floor debate, go to le.utah.gov to tune in.

If you only have time for one thing today: Laughter is the best medicine, they say, and so, you simply must watch this video of an attorney presenting to the court as a cat. A sad kitten, to be precise. "I'm here live," he says, as the kitten's mouth moves. "I'm not a cat." I laughed until I cried. 


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

Today At Utah Policy

images/Resized_Article_Images/SB_80.pngGuest opinion: Reaching 'equity, diversity and inclusion' needs more than signing a compact
By Kate Pavlovna
I turned up the volume on my laptop and sat in shock as I listened to a state Senator tell three highly educated presenters attorneys, professors, CEOs that they were beautiful, that Black kids were adorable, and that he did not believe there was any discrimination in Utah.
images/Resized_Logos/Tweet.pngTweets of the day: Impeachment, Mars, Ida and Shirley, cultural norms and vaccine websites
By Holly Richardson
There are many - so, so many tweets about the impeachment trial underway that it was hard to stop at two, but here you go. Also, saying hello to Mars, Ida B Wells and Shirley Chisolm have something to say, Whitewashing history, requiring ties and creating a working vaccine website for $50.
images/Resized_Article_Images/Gobo_Fango.pngGobo Fango and Julia Chinn: their stories are worth knowing
By Holly Richardson
The Gobo Fango story - Gobo Fango died in Idaho on this day in 1886. Born in what is now South Africa around 1855, he was a member of a Xhosa tribe embroiled in war against British and Boer settlers.. As a result of those wars and a concurrent famine, his young mother was forced to flee with three-year-old Gobo and a baby daughter. Unable to travel with both children, she put Gobo in the crotch of a tree, out of reach of wild animals, on the farm of Henry and Ruth Talbot. The sons of Ruth and Henry took him home with them, where the family kept him as an indentured servant. (Did I mention he was three??) 

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images/Resized_Logos/Cox_seal.pngGov. Cox's office chillin' on Fridays
The Cox/Henderson administration has some chill. At least on Fridays. :) In an "official" declaration, Gov. Cox noted that "Casual Friday" began in Hawaii in the 1950's and gained traction on the mainland in the 1990's, and "Whereas, Fridays signify the beginning of the weekend and should be considered a fun, productive day at work; and Whereas the Office of the Governor is a fun and productive work environment and should have a fun, productive day at work" no ties and no high heels should be worn on Casual Friday. Blue jeans are permissable. 
images/Logos/SL-Chamber-Logo.pngChamber supports liability protection for businesses
The Salt Lake Chamber joined business leaders across America to call for liability protection as part of any new coronavirus relief package. According to Derek Miller, president and CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber, "A temporary and targeted approach to ensuring protection against liability associated with working to sustain the economy throughout COVID-19 is needed to prevent valiant businesses from coming under legal assault through frivolous lawsuits."
Webinar, Feb 10: Developing an effective COVID-19 vaccination policy
REMINDER: This webinar is tomorrow, Feb. 10!Mark your calendars! The Salt Lake Chamber's Roadmap to Recovery Coalition is sponsoring a webinar on Developing an Effective COVID-19 Vaccination Policy.Throughout the past year many businesses have focused on preventing the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace. Now that vaccines have been developed, employers are faced with new questions. Can employees be required to be vaccinated? And do businesses need a formal vaccine policy?
images/Resized_Logos/Chris_Stewart_logo.pngRep. Stewart introduces bill to combat global gender-based violence
Congressman Chris Stewart (UT-02) joined Reps. Meng (D-NY), Frankel (D-FL), Diaz-Balart (R-FL), and Houlahan (D-PA) in introducing the Safe from the Start Act. This bipartisan bill would help improve U.S. efforts to combat gender-based violence in humanitarian emergencies across the globe. Following the bill's introduction, Congressman Stewart issued the following statement:  
images/mugs-300/Rep._Owens.pngOwens, Allen reintroduce the Education Freedom Scholarships and Opportunity Act
U.S. Rep. Burgess Owens (UT-04) and Rep. Rick Allen (GA-12) this week introduced the Education Freedom Scholarships and Opportunity Act. The bill expands quality elementary, secondary, and career and technical education opportunities for students by providing a federal tax credit to encourage individuals and businesses to donate to nonprofit scholarship funds. Last week, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) introduced the companion bill in the Senate.

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On This Day In History

(From History.com)

  • 1763 - The French and Indian War ends.
  • 1846 - Mormon exodus begins, leaving Nauvoo and heading to the Rocky Mountains. 
  • 1870 - The Utah Territorial Legislature passes a bill allowing women to vote and they do it unanimously. Go, Utah!
  • 1883 - Edith Clarke is born. She became the first woman to earn an M.S. in electrical engineering from MIT (1919), first woman professor of electrical engineering (1947), and she invented the Clarke Calculator, a graphical device for solving power transmission line equations.
  • 1886 - Gobo Fango dies in Idaho. And boy, is there a story.
  • 1907 - Grace Hamilton is born. She was the first African-American in the Deep South's state government, serving in the Georgia General Assembly from 1966-84 and is credited with Andrew Young's victory in Georgia's Congressional election in 1980.
  • 1940 - Roberta Flack is born.
  • 1957 - Laura Ingalls Wilder died
  • 1957 - The Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) is founded. Martin Luther King Jr. invited about 60 black ministers and leaders to Ebenezer Church in Atlanta where they organized the SCLC. King served as the first president.
  • 1989 - Attorney Ron Brown was elected chairman of the DNC, the first Black person to hold the post. He later became the Secretary of Commerce. He died in 1996 when the plane he and 32 others were in crashed while on a diplomatic mission in Croatia. 
  • 1992 - Famed author Alex Haley dies.
  • 1996 - Garry Kasparov loses the first game of a six-game match against Deep Blue, an IBM computer. However, he ended up winning overall, with 3 wins and 2 ties.
  • 2011 - Jerry Sloan resigns as head coach of the Jazz.
  • 2014 - Shirley Temple dies at age 85.

Wise Words

"In all of us there is a hunger, marrow-deep, to know our heritage - to know who we are and where we have come from. Without this enriching knowledge, there is a hollow yearning...In every conceivable manner, the family is link to our past, bridge to our future."

~Alex Haley

Lighter Side

Lighter Side

Did you hear about the cheese factory that exploded in France?

There was nothing left but de Brie.

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