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Situational Analysis - February 3, 2021

Made it to the middle of the week! Today is National Missing Persons Day. Approximately 2,300 people are reported missing every day? Everyone of those missing persons has people who love them and are desperate to find them. 

If you only have time for one thing today: If you've ever been a non-traditional student, or thought about becoming a non-traditional student, well, the Lt. Governor has a message for you: Do it. LG Deidre Henderson is interning in the LG's office as she finishes up her degree in history. She felt some shame and imposter syndrome about not having a degree, but then she realized that there are many people in her situation. "I just decided to be open about it and to be transparent about it and to hopefully encourage other women or men who are in a similar situation, where they're wanting to go back, but maybe feeling awkward about it, too, to help inspire them to just do it," she told NPR. Read or listen to the entire article here.


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

Today At Utah Policy

images/Resized_Logos/Holly_R.pngVaccine czar, more Biden cabinet confirmations, bills on Utah's Capitol hill and women-owned businesses being left out.
By Holly Richardson
 Mitt Romney as vaccine czar? - Hal Boyd writes in the Deseret News that while "Romney may have missed his opportunity to become president of the United States...he could still help heal the nation" by overseeing efforts to get hundreds of millions of vaccines into hundreds of millions of arms? Why? Because of Romney's many years of jumping in and solving big problems, from his years at Bain to the 2002 Winter Olympics. His colleagues have described him as a guy who thrives when solving a big problem, writes Boyd, and "well, we currently have a big one - American lives are hanging in the balance."
images/Resized_Logos/Tweet.pngTweets of the day: Actions have consequences, and more
By Holly Richardson
Today's tweets start with two centarian's experiences with COVID, what powerhouse Astrid Tuminez is up to, some actions and some maybe consequences and then some news will leave you scratching your head.
Guest opinion: We must stop playing politics like chess
By Ammon Gruwell
Have you ever tried playing chess without taking any of your opponent's pieces? This question is ridiculous to anyone who has the slightest notion of how chess is played. Chess isn't a collaborative effort or even a race to a goal, but rather a zero-sum systematic dismantling and entrapment of your opponent. The rules of the game dictate this behavior, and playing any other way leads to swift and utter defeat. Successful players are ruthless because the incentives are overwhelming. No amount of encouraging opponents to "play nice" will ever change the game.

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Policy News

Webinar, Feb 10: Developing an effective COVID-19 vaccination policy
Mark your calendars! The Salt Lake Chamber's Roadmap to Recovery Coalition is sponsoring a webinar on Developing an Effective COVID-19 Vaccination Policy. Throughout the past year many businesses have focused on preventing the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace. Now that vaccines have been developed, employers are faced with new questions. Can employees be required to be vaccinated? And do businesses need a formal vaccine policy?
images/Resized_Logos/Romney_Senate_logo.pngRomney and Sinema reintroduce legislation to support Navajo Nation during pandemic
 U.S. Senators Mitt Romney (R-UT) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) reintroduced bipartisan legislation which would invest $1.3 billion in strengthening the Sanitation Facilities Construction Program to support water and sanitation projects for tribal communities."With some of the highest COVID-19 infection rates in the country, the Navajo Nation faces a dire situation-due in large part to a lack of water infrastructure and sanitation facilities," Senator Romney said. 
images/Resized_Logos/Mike_Lee_logo.pngSen. Lee votes no on budget resolution
 Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) issued the following statement Tuesday after voting against the motion to proceed on a budget resolution:"The $2 trillion dollar Biden stimulus package that the Democrats are starting to ram through this week has nothing to do with recovery from COVID and everything to do with bailing out and rewarding interest groups. A $15 minimum wage is great for Big Tech companies like Amazon, but it is a job killer for small businesses. According to the Congressional Budget Office, a $15 minimum wage would force 1.3 million people out of work. How does killing jobs help the economy?
images/Resized_Logos/Kris_Nicholl.pngSandy City Council member Kris Nicholl announces her candidacy for mayor
Kris Nicholl announced her candidacy for Sandy City Mayor. Kris Nicholl has served on the Sandy City Council since 2012. Prior to her time on the Council, she served on the Planning Commission for 3 years.
images/Resized_Logos/USBE_logo.pngState Board of Ed. responds to requests for member removal
 In response to recent inquiries regarding Board Member removal, Utah State Board of Education leadership, consisting of Chair Mark Huntsman, and Vice Chairs Laura Belnap and Cindy Davis,  issued the following statement:

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On This Day In History

(From History.com)

  • 1821 - Elizabeth Blackwell is born. She became the first fully accredited female doctor in the U.S. (1849)
  • 1870 - The 15th Amendment passes and is sent to the states for ratification. It grants suffrage to Black men upon ratification.
  • 1874 - Gertrude Stein is born. You probably know her as the poet with the phrase "A rose is a rose is a rose is a rose.
  • 1874 - Blanche Kelso Bruce, born a slave, is elected to a full six-year term in the U.S. Senate by the Mississippi legislature. He is the first Black senator to serve a full term.
  • 1878 - Hattie Wyatt Caraway is born. She was the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate (1932, D-AR) and the first woman to preside over the Senate (1943).
  • 1889 - Belle Starr, the "Bandit Queen" outlaw, is killed with two shotgun blasts to the back..
  • 1920 - The Negro Baseball League is founded.
  • 1924 - Woodrow Wilson dies at the age of 67.
  • 1930 - Ruth Ross is born. She became a magazine editor and helped found "Essence" (1970), the first magazine to celebrate the intellect and beauty of Black women and published articles from leading Black scholars and writers. However the magazine feared advertising losses and fired her so the magazine could become "less black."
  • 1944 - U.S. troops capture the Marshall Islands.
  • 1953 - Jacques Cousteau's "The Silent World" is published.
  • 1956 - Autherine Lucy becomes the first Black American to attend the University of Alabama. By Lucy's 3rd day, she had been threatened by angry white mobs and had to lock herself in a classroom. The University eventually expelled her. In 1988, they apologized.
  • 1959 - "The Day the Music Died," when Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P Richardson are killed in a plane crash in Iowa.
  • 1964 - School officials reported that 464,361 Black and Puerto Rican students - about 45% - boycotted New York City public schools after civil rights leaders called for a one-day boycott to protest segregation and over-crowding of non-White schools.
  • 1981 - The US Air Force Academy drops its ban on applicants with sickle cell trait, following class action lawsuits by cadets who were forced to resign or who were not admitted based on that trait alone. Sickle cell trait is more common in certain ethnic groups, predominately Black but also Hispanic people, people from South Asia and the Middle East and Caucasians from southern Europe.
  • 1994 - President Clinton ends trade embargo with Vietnam.
  • 1998 - A U.S. Marine jet severed a ski-lift cable, sending a tram crashing to the ground and killing 20.
  • 1988 - Thomas Reed, president of the Alabama chapter of the NAACP was arrested after and and 11 others attempted to strike a Confederate flag from the top of the state capitol.
  • 2002 - New England Patriots defeat the heavily favored St. Louis Rams in their first Super Bowl win.
  • 2005 - Alberto Gonzales becomes the first Hispanic U.S. Attorney General.

Wise Words

"Let me tell you something about the truth: the truth exonerates and it convicts. It disinfects and it galvanizes. The truth has always been and will always be our shield against corruption, our shield against greed and despair. The truth is our saving grace. Not only are you here...to tell it, to write it, to proclaim it, to speak it, but to be it. Be the truth! Be the truth!"

~Oprah Winfrey at USC Annenberg Commencement, 2018

Lighter Side

Lighter Side

Q: Where did the storm tropper go to warm up during the arctic blast of cold weather?
A: The Darth Mall.

Q: How do you search Google on freezing cold days?
A: The Winternet.

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