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Situational Analysis - February 23, 2021

Welcome to National Banana Bread Day and National Dog Biscuit Day. Happy Tuesday.

Yesterday, Utah's legislative leaders unveiled a new tax proposal that would provide additional relief to veterans, senior citizens and families, the US Supreme Court refused to hear a a challenge to Pennsylvania's presidental election results, denied Trump's bid to keep his tax returns private and Merrick Garland began his confirmation hearing to be the US Attorney General.

If you only have time for one thing today: Check out this story by ABC4 and their "In Focus" discussion on "Safe/Not Safe." Coming from a family who lost a loved one to violence, Denae Shanidiin understands how ordinary places like a hiking trail, childhood home, grocery store, or gas station can be triggering or uncomfortable for someone who survived trauma. She partnered with local photographer Jonathan Canlas to create the Safe/Not Safe photo series that profiles Utahns of color in places where they feel unsafe and then in places where they go to find refuge. Powerful photo documentary.


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

Today At Utah Policy

images/Resized_Capitol_Photos/Utah_State_Capitol_10.jpgMore bills to watch
By Holly Richardson
We've come to the point in the legislative session where it's becoming clear that some bills just won't see the light of day. Bills like HJR13, the Joint Resolution declaring racism a moral and public health crisis can't get scheduled for a committee hearing. HB278, the bill to change the name of Dixie State, passed out of the House without difficulty and is now stuck in Senate rules, along with HJR 8 and HCR 4. There are a myriad of ways for bills to die and we are starting to see them play out as we approach the end of the session.
images/Resized_Logos/Tweet.pngTweets of the day: #utleg roundup and a bit of national news
By Holly Richardson
Don't miss the winners of the "She Started It" campaign, some tax relief, getting rid of the signature path to the ballot, bill are STILL being introduced in the Utah legislaure, flags at half-staff, gender bias (shocking, I know), Texans leaving Texas and Mars.
images/mugs-300/LaVarr_Webb.jpgCommentary: SB54 battle could spark new ballot initiative and split GOP
By LaVarr Webb
A number of Republicans in the Utah Legislature are planning to essentially repeal SB54, the Count My Vote compromise that allows candidates to gather signatures to get on the primary election ballot.In addition to turning the nomination process over to a few thousand party delegates, shutting out hundreds of thousands of other voters, the move to undo SB54, embodied in SB205, sponsored by Sen. Dan McCay, could have two important political consequences:

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images/Resized_Logos/Cox_seal.pngGov. Cox signs a joint letter to President Biden on the oil and gas ban
The following joint letter signed by Gov. Spencer Cox and 16 other Republican governors was sent to President Biden opposing the oil and gas leasing ban.Gov. Cox joined Gov. Mark Gordon, Wyoming; Gov. Kay Ivey, Alabama; Gov. Mike Dunleavy, Alaska; Gov. Doug Ducey, Arizona; Gov. Asa Hutchinson, Arkansas; Gov. Brad Little, Idaho; Gov. Eric Holcomb, Indiana; Gov. Tate Reeves, Mississippi;  Gov. Mike Parson, Missouri; Gov. Greg Gianforte, Montana; Gov. Pete Ricketts, Nebraska, Gov. Doug Burgum, North Dakota; Gov. Kevin Stitt, Oklahoma; Gov. Kristi Noem, South Dakota; Gov. Bill Lee, Tennessee; and Gov. Greg Abbot, Texas in signing the letter.
images/Resized_Logos/Cox_seal.pngGov. Cox lowers flags in honor of 500,000 American lives lost to COVID-19
In coordination with a proclamation from President Biden, Gov. Spencer Cox has ordered the lowering of the flag of the United States of America and the flag of the state of Utah in memory of the 500,000 American lives lost to COVID-19 and to highlight the magnitude of loss for so many families across the country."This week we join all Americans in mourning those we've lost to COVID-19, including the 1,853 Utahns who have died," Gov Cox said. "May God bless their loved ones and all of us with comfort and healing at this difficult time."
images/Resized_Logos/USSYP_logo.pngSkyline and Park City seniors names Utah's US Senate Youth Program scholarship winners
The United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP)  announced that high school students Ms. Aarushi Verma and Ms. Caroline Blair Waldmann will join Senator  Mike Lee and Senator Mitt Romney in representing Utah during the 59th annual USSYP Washington Week, to be held March 14-17, 2021. Aarushi Verma, a senior at Skyline High School, and Caroline Waldmann, a senior at Park City High School, were selected from among the state's top student leaders to be part of the 104 national student delegation. They will each also receive a $10,000 college scholarship for undergraduate study.
images/Resized_Logos/Chris_Stewart_logo.pngRep. Stewart: Constitution alone is not enough to protect religious liberty
 Congressman Chris Stewart (UT-02) penned an op-ed in Deseret News on how religious freedom protects all, from the religious to the non-religious, and why we must protect it."Whether you attend services on Saturday, Sunday or not all at-whether you worship in a church, a coffee shop or out in nature-freedom of religion protects all." Rep. Chris Stewart 
images/Resized_Article_Images/Jacobsen_Construction.pngSalt Lake based Jacobsen Construction opens new headquarters
In a promising sign of economic stability and pandemic recovery in Utah, nationally-ranked general contractor Jacobsen Construction Company, Inc. is opening a newly-built modern headquarters near the Salt Lake City International Airport, a significant milestone in the history of the nearly century-old company.The new headquarters was constructed by Jacobsen, for Jacobsen - fulfilling a long-held dream to put employees in the same kind of inspiring, impeccably built surroundings that they have made possible for so many clients over the years.

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On This Day In History

(From History.com)

  • 1455 - Johannes Gutenberg prints his first Bible.
  • 1836 - The siege on the Alamo begins.
  • 1850 - Cesar Ritz is born. His hotels and restaurants inspired singers, songwriters and chefs around the world.
  • 1868 - W.E.B. DuBois is born. An American sociologist, historian, civil rights activist, Pan-Africanist, he was awarded the Spingarn medal by the NAACP in 1920 and the Lenin Peace Prize by the USSR in 1959.
  • 1900 - Elinor Warren, a composer, and gifted pianist, was born on this day. Some of her major works with orchestra are "The Harp Weaver" and "The Legend of King Arthur."
  • 1940 - Woody Guthrie writes This Land Is Your Land.
  • 1945 - U.S. Marines raise the American flag on Iwo Jima.
  • 1954 - 1st mass inoculation against polio with the Jonas Salk vaccine takes place at Arsenal Elementary School in Pittsburgh
  • 1968 - The US Equal Opportunity Commission rules that a candidate's gender (female) or marital status (single) could not be a required qualification for employment as a flight attendant.
  • 1979 - Frank E. Peterson, Jr. is named the first Black general in the Marine Corps.
  • 1991 - President George H. W. Bush gives Iraq a 24-hour deadline to withdraw from Kuwait or face a ground war.
  • 1998 - Osama bin Laden publishes a fatwa declaring jihad against all Jews and Crusaders.
  • 2020 - The first major COVID-19 outbreak in Europe hits Italy with 152 cases and three deaths, prompting emergency measures, locking down 10 towns in Lombardy.

Wise Words

"This land is your land and this land is my land
From California to the New York island
From the redwood forest to the Gulf Stream waters
This land was made for you and me."

~Woody Guthrie

Lighter Side

Lighter Side

Did you hear that Frosty the Snowman's wife went to the hairdresser?

She got a perm-afrost!


Why do snowmen hate ranch dressing?

Because someone's always rubbing their noses in it!

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