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Situational Analysis - February 5, 2021

We made it to Friday! Today is National Wear Red Day, a day to bring attention to women's cardiac health. Did you know that heart attacks in women have different symptoms than heart attacks in men? Heart disease kills one woman approximately ever 80 seconds. If you see a lot of red on Capitol Hill today, you know why.

If you only have time for one thing today: This piece by S.E. Cupp is a must-read. The attacks on AOC after revealing that she had been sexually assualted reveal a deep moral rot, she says. "This kind of unconscionable moral rot has infected America deep in its core. It's in our partisan politics, our self-destructive culture wars, our hysterical media and our addiction to hate. It's in the reactions to Ocasio-Cortez's moving account of her trauma: "move on," "she's lying," "she just wants attention." Is it that impossible to separate her politics from her person? It's becoming clearer with every passing day that amid all the things posing an imminent threat to our way of life - disease, climate change, war - it's truly our inability to see each other as people before politics that's going to destroy us."

Countdown

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


Today At Utah Policy

images/mugs-300/Harris_vote.pngVP Harris breaks tie, the 'weird worship of one dude,' Rep. Greene off all committees and an apology
By Holly Richardson
VP Harris casts her first tie-breaking votes - After 14 hours of debate, going most of the night, the U.S. Senate voted on a budget resolution that is a key step to fast-tracking Biden's "rescue plan," splitting 50-50 along party lines. VP Harris cast the deciding vote. The $1.9 trillion proposal now returns to the House where lawmakers will vote on whether or not to approve the changes made in the Senate. Many proposed Republican amendments were rejected, but Dems did agree to limit payouts to high earners and did not move forward with a minimum wage increase.
images/Resized_Logos/Tweet.pngTweets of the day: Friday fun
By Holly Richardson
Our non-political Friday fun tweets. BTW - don't forget to follow us @utahpolicy!
images/mugs-300/LaVarr_Webb.jpgCommentary: Wild week of the cougar
By LaVarr Webb
It's easy to romanticize living in a remote country location, far from even a small town. It's peaceful, beautiful and it's great to work hard outdoors, be close to nature, and enjoy wildlife and farm animals.But every once in a while, Mother Nature reminds us who's really in charge and makes us feel a bit out-of-place. It happens most often with the weather, and that's to be expected. With big snows, horrendous winds, and single digit temperatures, we have to be prepared for anything, especially because grocery stores, emergency services and law enforcement are 70 miles away.

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images/Resized_Logos/Mike_Lee_logo.pngSen. Lee introduces Working Families Flexibility Act
Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) today introduced the Working Families Flexibility Act, a bill that would give employees more flexibility on how to use their overtime benefits. Sen. Lee was joined by Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), along with eleven of their colleagues.
images/Resized_Logos/Romney_Senate_logo.pngRomney proposes measures to support Utah and national priorities
U.S. Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) today filed 11 amendments to the Senate budget resolution for fiscal year 2021 aimed at addressing the range of challenges Utah and the nation face, including providing greater financial security for American families, ensuring clean water for Utah's Navajo Nation, supporting energy leasing on federal lands, and bolstering U.S. national security.
images/Resized_Logos/John_Curtis_logo.pngRep. John Curtis on the vote to Rep. Greene's committee assignments
Today,  Representative John Curtis (R-UT), released the following statement ahead of the floor vote on H. Res. 72 - Removing a certain Member from certain standing committees:
images/Logos/utah-democrats-logo-300.jpgUtah Dems want GOP congressmen to share their secret ballot votes on Liz Cheney
Wednesday night by secret ballot, House Republicans voted 145-61 to retain Liz Cheney in her position as chairwoman of the House Republican Caucus. Rep. Cheney came under fire by the Q-Anon wing of the party for her vote to impeach the president for his incitement of a violent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. Now, the Utah Democratic Party calls upon Utah's four Republican congressmen to be forthright with their constituents: How did they vote?
images/Resized_Logos/Mike_Lee_logo.pngSen. Lee introduces ARTICLE ONE to reclaim Congressional power
Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) today introduced the ARTICLE ONE Act, a bill that would reclaim significant legislative powers delegated to the executive branch by the National Emergencies Act of 1976.When Congress passed this act in 1976, it gave the president of the United States the ability to exercise unilateral power like a king. Now, more than 40 years later, there are 37 ongoing national emergencies that have no congressional approval or expiration date. And just last week, the majority leader pointed out that the president "can do many, many things under the emergency powers . . . that he could do without legislation," and suggested that "[i]t might be a good idea for President Biden to call a climate emergency."

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On This Day In History

(From History.com)

  • 146 BC - The Punic Wars between Rome and Carthage come to an end after more than 100 years of fighting. 
  • 1884 - Willis Johnson, a Black inventor, patented the egg beater. 
  • 1917 - Immigration Act passed after President Wilson had vetoed it the week previously. The law required a literacy test for immigrants and barred Asiatic laborers, except for those from countries with special treaties or agreements with the United States, such as the Philippines.
  • 1919 - Mary Pickford joins Charlie Chaplin, Douglas Fairbanks and D.W. Griffith to form United Artists (UA).
  • 1934 - Hank Aaron is born.
  • 1941 - Hitler scolds Mussolini, tells him to fight harder.
  • 1950 - Natalie Cole is born.
  • 1958 - Clifton R. Wharton is confirmed as minister to Rumania, the first Black diplomat to head a U.S. Embassy in Europe. 
  • 1990 - Barack Obama becomes the first Black student named as president of the Harvard Law Review.
  • 1994 - White supremacist Byron De La Beckwith is convicted of killing Medgar Evers, more than 30 years after the crime.
  • 2012 - Josh Powell kills himself and his two sons by blowing up their house.

Wise Words

"Indeed, we're strongest when the face of America isn't only a soldier carrying a gun but also a diplomat negotiating peace, a Peace Corps volunteer bringing clean water to a village, or a relief worker stepping off a cargo plane as floodwaters rise."

~General Colin Powell


Lighter Side

Lighter Side

I speak without a mouth and hear without ears. I have no body, but I come alive with wind. What am I?

An echo.


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