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Situational Analysis - February 16, 2021

It's a very snowy Mardi Gras Tuesday, which means it's also National Pancake Day. Shrove Tuesday, as it is called in the UK is the traditional feast day before the start of Lent and is the perfect opportunity to use up extra eggs and fat. Here in the US, IHOP has cancelled it's usual "free pancake day" because of COVID-19, but do not despair - you can get an IOU by signing up to be part of the MyHOP email club by March 31. 

Over the weekend, the Senate wrapped up its impeachment trial of former President Trump and did not reach the two-thirds majority they needed to convict. The vote was 57-43, or 10 votes shy. Also, we passed the 151st anniversary of Utahn Seraph Young becoming the first woman to vote in an election, Susan B. Anthony's birthday in 1820 and YouTube's birthday in 2005. 

If you only have time for one thing today: Read this story of Phillis Wheatley, shared this weekend by Lt. Governor Henderson. Wheatley was the first African American woman ever to be published. In 1775, she wrote and mailed a poem to General George Washington expressing support for him and American Independence. Washington wrote back to Wheatley to thank her for "the elegant lines" she wrote, and invited her to visit him in Cambridge at the headquarters of the Continental Army. He also made sure that her poem was printed in newspapers throughout the colonies. Despite being a slave owner himself, he "accepted Wheatley, a Black woman, and appreciated her talents." Her letter helped challenge Washington's views on slavery and by the end of his life, he lamented slavery as a "subject of regret" ultimately freed all of his slaves. I am sure that Ms. Wheatley would be immensely proud of the way Amanda Gorman is following in her footsteps. 


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

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images/new/Covid.pngA round-up of COVID stories you might have missed
By Holly Richardson
Impeachment proceedings have dominated the news over the last week, but the world is still dealing with a pandemic. Here are some news stories you might have missed: Virus mutations in a live host, the toll of writing pandemic obituaries, the 'shadow pandemic' devastating Africa's girls, why the pandemic could be much more widespread than we realize and some magical thinking on how to treat it.
images/Resized_Logos/Tweet.pngTweets of the day: Impeachment acquittal
By Holly Richardson
News about Saturday's impeachment vote to acquit But first, a well-deserved honor
images/mugs/LaVarr_Webb.jpgCommentary: Government won't shut down the 2nd Amendment -- but Big Tech could
By LaVarr Webb
A large and growing issue in America and, really, around the world, is the incredible power and wealth concentrated in a handful of tech companies that dominate nearly every aspect of life.Have these companies, including Google, Amazon, Facebook and Twitter, grown so massive that they are monopolistic and too-powerful gatekeepers in the flow of news, information and commerce?

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images/Resized_Logos/Utah_GOP_logo.pngThe Utah GOP's statement on impeachment votes
The Utah Republican Party released the following statement on the impeachment votes from US Senators Lee and Romney:"Ronald Reagan famously reminded us that "within our tent, there will be many arguments and divisions over approach and method ... [but] unity of thought does not require unanimity of thought." The violence at the US Capitol on January 6 was horrific and inexcusable. Utah's United States Senators each experienced those events firsthand, and then relived them during the Democratic House Managers' relentless video-driven impeachment presentation. In the end, each of our senators voted differently. 
images/Resized_Logos/Mike_Lee_logo.pngSen. Lee on impeachment vote
Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah issued the following statement after the Senate's acquittal of former President Donald Trump."The House managers' burden in this trial was to prove first, that the Senate should exercise its impeachment jurisdiction in a case against a former president; and second, that he committed the high crime of inciting an insurrection. The House managers did not clear either hurdle.
images/Resized_Logos/Romney_Senate_logo.pngSen. Romney on impeachment vote
Senator Romney released the following:"After careful consideration of the respective counsels' arguments, I have concluded that President Trump is guilty of the charge made by the House of Representatives.
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. 

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On This Day In History

(From History.com)

  • 600 - Pope Gregory the Great decrees saying "God bless You" is the correct response to a sneeze.
  • 1838 - Kentucky passes law permitting women to attend school under certain conditions. Way to be forward-thinking, Kentucky.
  • 1840 - American Charles Wilkes discovers Shackleton Ice Shelf in Antarctica.
  • 1870 - Leonora O'Reilly, is born. She was a labor organizer, founding member of the Woman's Trade Union League and helped found the NAACP.
  • 1878 - Silver dollars made legal.
  • 1883 - Ladies Home Journal begins publishing.
  • 1905 - Louise Larson is born. She became the first Chinese American and first Asian American reporter in a mainstream daily paper (The Los Angeles Record) and also wrote for the San Francisco News, the Chicago Times and the LA Times magazine over her 51-year career.
  • 1923 - Archeologist Howard Carter opens the tomb of King Tut. He had been searching since 1891.
  • 1951 - New York City Council passes bill prohibiting racial discrimination in city-assisted housing developments. 
  • 1957 - LeVar Burton is born. An actor for all seasons, he played in Roots, Star Trek: The Next Generation and as the host of Reading Rainbow.
  • 1959 - Fidel Castro sworn in as prime minister of Cuba.
  • 1968 - The first 9-1-1 call is placed.
  • 1984 - Bill Johnson becomes the first American to win Olympic gold in downhill skiing.

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"There never will be complete equality until women themselves help to make laws and elect lawmakers."

~Susan B. Anthony

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