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Situational Analysis - February 11, 2021

We've made it to Thursday and past the mid-point of Utah's legislative session. Porn peddler Larry Flynt died yesterday at age 78. Unfortunately, his death probably will not make a single dent in the "industry." 

Today, the House impeachment managers will wrap up their case against former President Donald Trump. In spite of terrifying video of just how close the mob got to legislators, some Republicans have dug in their heels. Senator Lindsey Graham tweeted: "The 'Not Guilty' vote is growing after today. I think most Republicans found the presentation by the House managers offensive and absurd." Ok, Boomer. 

If you only have time for one thing today:  Today is International Women and Girls in Science Day - take a minute to check out this article profiling 8 women in STEM who have made history. You'll meet Katalin Kariko, a leading scientist in RNA research and a senior VP behind the development of the Pfizer vaccine, Nita Patel who has been leading an all-woman team working on a COVID-19 vaccine at Novavax, teenage scientist and innovator Gitanjali Rao, and Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer A Doudna, the first all-woman team to win a Nobel Prize for Chemistry. There's also Andrea Ghez, who won the Nobel Prize in Physics for her work on black holes, Sarah Gilbert, who is the architect behind the AstraZeneca vaccine and Celine Gounder, an infectious disease physician, epidemiologist, filmmaker, and medical journalist. 


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

Today At Utah Policy

images/mugs-300/Candice_Pierucci.pngIn-depth with Rep. Candice Pierucci
By Holly Richardson
 I talked with Rep. Pierucci yesterday about some of the big bills she has been working on, including exempting military retirement pay from being taxed and putting guardrails on no-bid contracts during an emergency.  
images/Resized_Logos/Tweet.pngTweets of the day: Impeachment
By Holly Richardson
Today's tweets are a round-up of what's happening with the impeachment trial for former President Trump.
images/mugs-300/Victoria_Petro-Eschler.pngGuest opinion: The January rail bridge fire burned more than wood
By Victoria Petro-Eschler
The recent rail bridge burning on the westside has become more than a literal smoldering environmental disaster. Indeed, this episode is a metaphorical burning of bridges with the Salt Lake City citizenry.On Thursday, January 7, a 120 foot wooden rail bridge located in the Poplar Grove area, crossing the Jordan River burned. Salt Lake City Fire Department responded with quick expertise to a dangerously complex situation. They are owed thanks and praise. Unfortunately, that is the only bright spot in the city's response to this crisis.

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images/Logos/SL-Chamber-Logo.pngBusiness community responds to executive order restricting energy leases
The Salt Lake Chamber has issued the following statement regarding the executive order placing a moratorium on new oil and gas development leases on federal lands:"The Biden Administration's recent action to impose an open ended moratorium on new federal oil and gas leasing will have negative consequences for Utah's economy. Now is not the time to stall job creation or energy production during a pandemic and the Chamber calls for a better, more deliberate and inclusive process to reach these decisions.
images/Resized_Logos/NWHM_logo.pngWebinar: Where are the women?!
Why are so few women taught in K-12 U.S. history? That's exactly what we want to know and we invite you to be a part of the conversation! Did you know that out of 737 history makers taught in schools in every state, only 24%, or 178 are women? And only 15 women are taught in 10 states or more! Join an amazing line-up of thought leaders, historians and education specialists as we examine why so few women are included in the curriculum and how educators can expand U.S. history to be more inclusive and accessible.
images/Resized_Logos/Romney_Senate_logo.pngSenate overwhelmingly supports Romney measure to rescue federal TRUST funds
During consideration of the budget resolution last week, the Senate adopted an amendment introduced by U.S. Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) aimed at restoring and strengthening endangered federal trust funds. The measure, cosponsored by 11 Republicans and Democrats, is based on Romney's TRUST Act, which would create a process for Congress to develop solutions to save the government's biggest, most important programs related to transportation, health care, and financial security.
images/Resized_Logos/Mike_Lee_logo.pngSens. Lee, King introduce bill to strengthen American manufacturing
 U.S. Senators Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Angus King (I-Maine) on Monday introduced the Reinforcing American-Made Products Act, a bill that strengthens American manufacturing by creating one national "Made in USA" labeling standard.
images/Resized_Logos/Romney_Senate_logo.pngSen. Romney announces committee assignments, including Foreign Relations and Budget
U.S. Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) announced his four committee assignments for the 117th Congress. His committee assignments include Foreign Relations; Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP); Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs; and Budget. 

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On This Day In History

(From History.com)

  • 1644 - First Black legal protest occurred in America when eleven Black people petitioned for freedom in New Netherlands (New York). The Council of New Netherlands freed the eleven petitioners because they had "served the Company seventeen or eighteen years" and had been "long since promised their freedom on the same footing as other free people in New Netherlands."
  • 1805 - Sacagawea gives birth to a son, Jean Baptiste Charbonneau. He came with her two months later when she left with Lewis and Clark on their journey to the Pacific Ocean and back to the Louisiana Territory. 
  • 1840 - Jonathan Jasper Wright is born in Pennsylvania. He was a Black lawyer who was elected as a judge on the Supreme Court of South Carolina and served during Reconstruction. 
  • 1847 - Thomas Edison is born.
  • 1916 - Emma Goldman, a crusader for women's rights and social justice, is arrested for lecturing and distributing materials about birth control.
  • 1958 - Ruth Carol Taylor, a journalist and nurse, became the first Black flight attendant in the United States when she joined Mohawk Airlines on this day.
  • 1977 - Clifford Alexander, Jr. is confirmed as the first Black Secretary of the Army. He will hold the position until the end of President Jimmy Carter's term.
  • 1989 - Rev. Barbara Harris became the first woman bishop in the American Episcopal Church and in the Anglican Communion worldwide.
  • 1990 - Nelson Mandela released from prison after TWENTY-SEVEN years. 
  • 2012 - Whitney Houston dies

Wise Words

"I have walked that long road to freedom. I have tried not to falter; I have made missteps along the way. But I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. I have taken a moment here to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come. But I can only rest for a moment, for with freedom come responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not ended."

~Nelson Mandela

Lighter Side

Lighter Side

A boy asks his father, "Dad, are bugs good to eat?"

"That's disgusting. Don't talk about things like that over dinner," the dad replies.

After dinner the father asks, "Now, son, what did you want to ask me?"

"Oh, nothing," the boy says. "There was a bug in your soup, but now it's gone."

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