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Situational Analysis - February 12, 2021

Happy Friday and welcome to a long weekend! The Utah legislature is taking Monday off for President's Day, so Utah Policy will as well. We will be back in your inboxes Tuesday morning. 

As we head into Valentine's Day weekend, here's a bit of trivia for you. It was on February 14th that history says Saint Valentine was beheaded in Rome. His crime? Continuing to perform weddings after Claudius the Cruel, Emperor of Rome, outlawed marriages so more men would be willing to become fodder for his war machine. Also on Feb. 14, 1931, The original Dracula film starring Bela Lugosi is released. How romantic. (Hot tip: Your Valentine will probably be more impressed if you DON'T take him or her to watch death by blood sucking monsters. Although the Twilight movies might be ok....)

Also this weekend: Trump's defense lawyers will present their case to the Senate.

If you only have time for one thing today: Read and heed the warnings from the National Weather Service: Avalanche danger is high in the mountains. Both human-triggered and natural avalanches are likely "and can be up to 5 feet deep, several hundred feet wide and likely unsurvivable." Be safe out there.


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

Today At Utah Policy

images/Resized_Logos/Holly_R.pngPope Francis on the state of the world, QANon's true believers and infrastructure attacks
By Holly Richardson
The world is seriously ill - Pope Francis spoke earlier this week in his annual address to the Holy See diplomatic corps about a world that is "seriously ill." "The pandemic shed light on the risks and consequences inherent in a way of life dominated by selfishness and a culture of waste, and it set before us a choice: either to continue on the road we have followed until now, or to set out on a new path," Francis said.
images/mugs-300/LaVarr_Webb.jpgCommentary: Nation's top politicians experienced a violent riot; Will they learn a key lesson from it?
By LaVarr Webb
The tragic events of Jan. 6, when rioters invaded the U.S. Capitol, were poignantly captured in edited videos played by House impeachment prosecutors this week. The footage showing what happened was emotional and harrowing. The breaking glass, the smashed doors, the mob's running battles with Capitol police.Many of the nation's top politicians were terrified, cowering in their offices and other locations, fearful for their lives. Reporters covering the impeachment trial described the footage as "visceral," "shocking," "horrible," "dark," "haunting," "packing enormous emotional punch."
images/Resized_Logos/Tweet.pngTweets of the day: Friday fun
By Holly Richardson
This Friday, we mark the start of the Lunar New Year, see a VERY talented 6-year-old, have a couple of tweets about puppets - and a cat, a dance party, a VERY cool attic find, a Park City-ite shines in Finland and some serious generosity.

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images/Resized_Logos/Chris_Stewart_logo.pngRep. Stewart op-ed: How to turn down the heat on future presidential elections
Rep. Chris Stewart penned an op-ed for the St. George News on turning down the heat on presidential elections "Day-to-day life in this country should not drastically change every time we have an election. Restoring the proper balance between the branches would be like a pressure relief valve on our national discourse." Rep. Chris Stewart 
images/Resized_Logos/John_Curtis_logo.pngRep. Curtis: The left should not dominate the conversation on climate change
Congressman John Curtis penned a joint op-ed with UK Member of Parliament Alicia Kearns. The two members argue that Conservatives should be taking the lead in tackling the greatest environmental challenge of our time- with the opportunity to forge effective and durable climate policies in both of our countries, determine how those solutions can be scaled globally, and drown out the voices of extremism that threaten people's livelihoods and our economies. 
images/Logos/GOED_logo.pngCarvana bringing jobs to Tooele
The Utah Governor's Office of Economic Development (GOED) is pleased to announce that Carvana plans to open an Inspection and Reconditioning Center in Tooele, planning to add nearly 200 new jobs in the state in the next seven years.  "Carvana has changed the car-buying experience, especially during a worldwide pandemic," said Dan Hemmert, GOED's executive director. "This expansion will allow the company to serve the state and the Southwest region better as well as create almost 200 jobs. We wish Carvana the best success as they continue to grow."
images/Logos/GOED_logo.pngRoute to expand its Utah headquarters
The Utah Governor's Office of Economic Development (GOED) is pleased to announce that Route App, Inc. will expand its Utah location, adding up to 3,353 new high-paying jobs in the state in the next 11 years.  "This is a big win for Utah, and we couldn't be more excited for this expansion and the number of high-paying jobs that will be created over the next 11 years," said Dan Hemmert, GOED's executive director. "For a company that was founded in 2018, we are amazed at the growth and the opportunities Route will bring to Utahns."
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.

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On This Day In History

(From History.com)

  • 1789 - Founding Father Ethan Allen dies of a stroke at age 52.
  • 1793 - First Fugitive Slave law passed by Congress. This Act authorized local governments to seize and return escapees to their owners and imposed penalties on anyone who aided in their flight.
  • 1809 - Abraham Lincoln is born. So is Charles Darwin.
  • 1865 - Born a slave, Pastor Henry Highland Garnet became the first Black person to speak in the U.S. Capitol when he delivered a sermon on the abolition of slavery to the House of Representatives. 
  • 1870 - Utah's acting territorial governor signed the suffrage bill into law. Woot!
  • 1884 - Alice Roosevelt Longworth, "Princess Alice," is born. When her father Theodore Roosevelt was asked why he could not discipline her, he explained that he do that or rule the country but he couldn't do both.
  • 1909 - The NAACP is founded.
  • 1912 - The last emperor of China abdicates.
  • 1930 - In Tuskegee, Alabama, the Rosenwald Fund made grants to the Alabama State Board of Health to help meet the cost of a study of syphilis in Black men - and the women they infected - living in rural Georgia and Alabama. Over 400 men were allowed to carry the disease without medical treatment for nearly 40 years.
  • 1938 - Judy Blume is born. 
  • 1948 - First Lt. Nancy C. Leftenant became the first Black nurse accepted in the regular Army Nursing Corps.
  • 1956 - Arsenio Hall is born. He grew up to become the nation's first Black late-night talk show host.
  • 1973 - The release of US POWs from Hanoi begins.
  • 1999 - President Bill Clinton acquitted on both articles of impeachment. 
  • 2000 - Charles Schultz dies at age 77 from colon cancer.
  • 2002 - Former Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic goes on trial for war crimes.
  • 2007 - Gunman kills 5 people at Trolley Square

Wise Words

"There is no grievance that is a fit object of redress by mob law."

~Abraham Lincoln

Lighter Side

Lighter Side

Of no use to one, yet absolute bliss to two. The small boy gets it for nothing. The baby's right, the lover's privilege, the hypocrite's mask. To the young girl, faith; to the married woman, hope; to the old maid, charity. What am I?


A kiss.

Happy Valentine's Day!

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