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Situational Analysis - February 9, 2021

Today is Tuesday and National Pizza Day. You can get some sweet deals at Einstein Bros. Bagels, Papa John's, Domino's, Pizza Hut, Little Caesars and Olive Garden (which seems random since it doesn't sell pizza but hey - I don't make the rules.) 

Oh, and the second impeachment trial of former President Trump begins in the US Senate today.

If you only have time for one thing today: Check out this online gallery of the Utah Senate Visual Arts scholarship winners. Their work is stunning. Here is one example by artist Jane Wilson:


Seraph Young




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

Today At Utah Policy

images/mugs-300/Mike_McKell.pngGut-wrenching testimony on SB 127, which would put 'guardrails' on residential treatment centers
By Holly Richardson
Paris Hilton is using her platform and status as a celebrity to shed light on reprehensible practices occurring in some of Utah's residential treatment centers for "troubled kids." Senator Mike McKell is running SB 127 to address some of those egregious and disturbing practices. His bill was up yesterday in the Senate Judiciary, Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice committee and was discussed in an emotional hour-long hearing. 
images/Resized_Logos/Tweet.pngTweets of the day: RTC "guardrails," 2nd impeachment trial
By Holly Richardson
Today's tweets fall into two categories - legislative "guardrails" placed on residential treatment centers and the 2nd impeachment trial of former President Trump. We're barely skimming the surface of what's out there in the Twitterverse on these two topics.
images/mugs-300/LaVarr_Webb.jpgOpinion Briefs: Trump trial is waste of time . . . Romney family program makes sense . . . Don't emasculate Electoral College . . . Chinese coercion defeats COVID
By Holly Richardson
The Trump Trial: Pure Political Theater. In ever-dysfunctional Washington, D.C., the big agenda item this week is the Senate impeachment trial (or, as some call it, the Senate harassment trial). Like much that happens in Congress, it will be pure political theater -- a waste of time and effort. The outcome is a foregone conclusion. It won't change any minds. It won't unify the country. It will simply be an opportunity for Trump-obsessed Democrats to pursue more vengeance and vindictiveness against the hated former president. It's the dumbing-down of impeachment.

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  • Religious Freedom Day declared in West Jordan (West Jordan Journal) - Jan. 16, 1786, the first law in the United States to protect freedom of religion was passed. In 1992, National Religious Freedom Day was approved by the United States Congress. This day is celebrated on Jan. 16 each year. Now, West Jordan passed its own resolution recognizing National Religious Freedom day, also on Jan. 16. 
  • COVID-19 vaccine registration in Salt Lake County, who is eligible? (ABC 4) - Nicholas Rupp, Spokesperson for the Salt Lake County Health Department said the county expects to open registration for those now eligible in the last week of February but those 65 and older will not get vaccinated until those 70 and older have made it through the line. 

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images/mugs-300/Rep._Owens.pngOwens, Allen reintroduce the Education Freedom Scholarships and Opportunity Act
U.S. Rep. Burgess Owens (UT-04) and Rep. Rick Allen (GA-12) this week introduced the Education Freedom Scholarships and Opportunity Act. The bill expands quality elementary, secondary, and career and technical education opportunities for students by providing a federal tax credit to encourage individuals and businesses to donate to nonprofit scholarship funds. Last week, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) introduced the companion bill in the Senate.
images/mugs-300/Mike_McKell.pngSen. McKell sponsors legislation to address congregate care programs
S.B. 127 Human Services Program Amendments, sponsored by Sen. Mike McKell (RDistinct 7, Utah County), received a favorable recommendation in the Senate Judiciary, Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Committee on Monday, February 8, 2021. The legislation increases transparency and proposes to end abusive practices in Utah's congregate care programs.
images/Resized_Logos/Mike_Lee_logo.pngSen. Lee introduces resolution to protect D.C. parents' rights, children's health
U.S. Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) today introduced a congressional Joint Resolution disapproving of the District of Columbia government's recently passed "Minor Consent for Vaccinations Amendments Act of 2020." The law would allow children as young as 11-years old to consent to vaccinations without their parents' knowledge a dangerous violation of parental rights and children's health.
images/mugs-300/Rep._Owens.pngRep. Owens named ranking member on House Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Ed. Subcommittee
 U.S. Rep. Burgess Owens (UT-04) issued the following statement after being selected as Ranking Member of the House Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education Subcommittee for the 117th Congress:"As the son of an educator and a grandfather to 16 school-aged children, I'm thrilled for the opportunity to lead the Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education Subcommittee for the 117th Congress."
images/Resized_Logos/Romney_Senate_logo.pngPolicy leaders and writers express support for Sen. Romney's 'Family Security Act'
Policy leaders and writers expressed support for U.S. Senator Mitt Romney's (R-UT) newly unveiled Family Security Act, which would provide greater financial security for American families by modernizing antiquated federal policies into a monthly cash benefit.             "The plan has some very considerable virtues, starting with the one that Romney highlights: It would substantially reduce poverty and drastically reduce extreme poverty, especially among children. It would simplify government programs and probably make them easier to administerIt would also make it easier for people to start and expand their families."  Ramesh Ponnuru, Visiting Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute

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On This Day In History

(From History.com)

  • 1773 - William Henry Harrison is born. Harrison went on to serve as the ninth U.S. president for a brief 32 days in 1841, the shortest term ever served. Harrison is also credited with the record for the longest inaugural address in history. Delivered on a bitterly cold March morning, it clocked in at one hour and 45 minutes. He contracted pneumonia after his inaugural speech and died in April. 
  • 1825 - The Presidential election is decided in the US House, as no candidate received the majority of electoral votes. John Quincy Adams came out on top.
  • 1874 - American poet Amy Lowell is born. 
  • 1942 - Daylight Savings Time is instituted during World War II. It was repealed in 1945, then standardized again in 1966.
  • 1944 - Alice Walker is born. In 1983, she became the first Black woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction for her book, "The Color Purple."
  • 1950 - Senator McCarthy says there are over 200 communists in the State Department.
  • 1960 - Joanne Woodward earns the very first star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  • 1964 - The Beatles appear on the Ed Sullivan show
  • 1971 - Leroy "Satchel" Paige becomes the first Negro League veteran to be nominated for the Baseball Hall of Fame.
  • 1995 - Bernard Harris becomes the first Black astronaut to take a space walk.

Wise Words

The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any.
~Alice Walker

Lighter Side

Lighter Side

George Clooney, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Matthew McConaughey get together to make a movie.

Clooney says, "I'll direct."

DiCaprio says, "I'll act."

McConaughey says, "I'll write, I'll write, I'll write."

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