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Situational Analysis - February 18, 2021

Hello Thursday - we've almost made it to the weekend! 

In case you missed it, Rush Limbaugh passed away from lung cancer yesterday, Jason Chaffetz says he's open to challenging Mitt Romney in 2024 and a Texas mayor resigns after a fiery message on Facebook telling people "No one owes you or your family anything...Sink or swim, it's your choice!" and "Only the strong will survive!"

If you only have time for one thing today: Check out this preview of RootsTech Connect, the world's largest family history conference to be held virtually Feb 25-27. This free online conference already has 315,000 registered participants from around the world - 10X the typical in-person attendance. There are 13 keynote speakers, speaking from locations around the world and often in their native languages, 1100 classes offered in as many as 40 languages and the ability to find relatives attending RootsTech worldwide. If you can make the time to attend next week, it will be worth your time. 


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

Today At Utah Policy

images/Resized_Logos/Cox_seal.pngMaternal Mental Health Month in Utah
By Holly Richardson
Governor Cox has declared February Maternal Mental Health Month in Utah and yesterday, a virtual press conference was hold to mark both the announcement and the strides that Utah has made in awareness and more importantly, available and accessible resources.
images/Resized_Logos/Tweet.pngTweets of the day: #utleg roundup
By Holly Richardson
Wednesday's Utah Legislature, in tweets: Veteran recognition, emergency powers, consent, prescriptive authority, porn filters, birth control and BYU police.
images/Resized_Logos/Utah_Foundation_Logo_01.jpgBeating the Odds: Post-secondary success for adult, first-generation and lower-income students
By Holly Richardson
Boosting post-secondary educational attainment is critical to Utah's future and the Utah Foundation has released a report exploring how to increase success in students who traditionally have been less likely to complete higher ed degrees. Key findings include:

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images/Resized_Logos/John_Curtis_logo.pngRep. Curtis has 2 broadband bills introduced in a package of 28 bills
Today, Representative John Curtis (R-UT), member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, released the following statement after two of his bills were introduced in a comprehensive package of 28 bills that aim to turbocharge public and private investment by promoting new and upgraded infrastructure deployments, boosting competition, streamlining permitting processes, facilitating broadband deployment on federal lands, and closing the digital divide in both rural and urban areas.
images/mugs-300/Rep_Blake_Moore.pngRep. Moore on Natural Resources subcommittee assignments
Today, Congressman Blake Moore issued the following statement on his assignments to serve as Vice Ranking Member on the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations as well as on the National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands Subcommittee. 
images/Resized_Logos/EI_Summit_logo.pngVirtual Summit: Utah's annual Entrepreneur and Investor Summit
This year's summit will be presented virtually on February 25 and 26.BioUtah in partnership with the University of Utah's Partners for Innovation, Ventures, Outreach & Technology (PIVOT) Center and BioHive, has announced its agenda and distinguished keynote speaker, J.P. Morgan's Monica DiCenso, for the 2021 Virtual Entrepreneur & Investor Life Sciences Summit. Ms. DiCenso is the managing director and head of Global Investment Opportunities Group at J.P. Morgan Private Bank.
images/Logos/SL-Chamber-Logo.pngBlack History Month: An evening with Professor William Smith
On Tuesday, February 23, from 4-5 pm, you are invited to join Dr. William Smith as he discusses "The history of racial justice and racial battle fatigue." Dr. Smith is a professor of Education Culture and Society at the University of Utah, will honor us with the opportunity to discuss the history of racial justice in our country and the impact that has on people of color. Our conversation will be hosted by Shawn Newell, Vice President of Industrial Supply, and Co-Chair of the Salt Lake Chamber's Diversity Council and James Jackson III, President and Founder of the Utah Black Chamber.You can register for this no-cost event here. 
images/Logos/UIPA_logo.pngUtah Inland Port Authority 'in complete compliance,' says audit
An independent audit concluded the Utah Inland Port Authority (UIPA) has complied with all state requirements for financial reporting, budget, and the Open and Public Meetings Act. Squire & Company, PC reported that the financial statements audited "present fairly, in all material respects, the respective financial position of the governmental activities and the general fund" of UIPA.UIPA is required by law to provide an annual audit of its financial statements and state compliance by a Certified Public Accountant in accordance with generally accepted auditing standards. The report is designed to provide citizens, taxpayers, customers, and investors and creditors with a general overview of the finances of the Authority."We embrace these independent audits to make sure we're meeting our financial requirements, as well as meeting the public expectations of a public agency," said Jill Flygare, Chief Operating Officer for UIPA. "A key objective of ours is to be a responsible custodian of public resources and this audit confirms we are on track."The Authority's revenues totaled $3.4 million for the budget year ending in June 2020, resulting in a net position of $2.4 million.

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On This Day In History

(From History.com)

  • 1879 - Sculptor Frdric-Auguste Bartholdi is awarded a patent for his design for the Statue of Liberty.
  • 1885 - Mark Twain publishes The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
  • 1901 - Winston Churchill makes his maiden speech in the British House of Commons.
  • 1916 - Mabel Stark, one of the world's first female tiger trainers, is mauled in California.
  • 1931 - Toni Morrison is born. The Pulitzer Prize winning novelist was the first Black American to win the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1993.
  • 1934 - Activist and poet, Audre Geraldine Lorde is born.
  • 1965 - Church deacon Jimmie Lee Jackson is beaten and shot during a peaceful march in Marion, Alabama. His death 8 days later inspires the Selma to Montgomery marches.
  • 2001 - Dale Earnhardt, Jr. killed in crash at the Daytona 500.
  • 2010 - WikiLeaks publishes the first documents leaked by Chelsea Manning.
  • 2011 - Green River serial killer Gary Ridgeway pleads guilty to 49th murder.

Wise Words

"It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences."

~Audre Lorde



Lighter Side

Lighter Side

What does a gingerbread man put on his bed?
A cookie sheet!

Why did the girl keep her trumpet out in the snow?
She liked playing cool jazz.

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