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Situational Analysis - March 1, 2021

Hello and welcome to March! It's the beginning of Women's History Month in the US. The theme for Women's History Month in 2021 captures the spirit of these challenging times. Since many of the women's suffrage centennial celebrations originally scheduled for 2020 were curtailed, the National Women's History Alliance is extending the annual theme for 2021 to "Valiant Women of the Vote: Refusing to Be Silenced." To learn more about the history of remarkable Utah women, be sure to check out Better Days 2020 and their companion site, Utah Women's History.

It is also the last week of the 2021 legislative session, which adjourns sine die no later than midnight on Friday. Oh, and the US House passed a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief plan at about 3:30 am on Saturday. The legislation will now move to the Senate. 

If you only have time for one thing today: This op-ed on "The true message of Black History Month: Hope never dies" by Theresa Dear is inspiring. Ms. Dear is a strategist at The Human Capital Strategy Group and a national board member of the NAACP and has this to say: "While the story of Black people in America is replete with egregious treatment, prejudice and discrimination, it's also rich with stories of Black innovators, leaders, scholars, allies and mentors who prevailed against injunctions, indignities and injustice. They overcame barriers, elusive opportunities, contrived defeats, overt opposition, saboteurs and obstructionists. Their capacity to persevere reminds us that hope never dies." We can all benefit from her inspiring message as we work to eliminate the chains of racism in this country. 


4 days to the end of the 2021 Utah Legislature (3/5/21)
44 days until the end of the Cox/Henderson administration's first 100 days (04/14/2021)
60 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_20.jpgBills on the docket today on Utah's Capitol Hill
By Holly Richardson
Two more days of committee hearings for this year's legislative session. Bills were still being released on Friday. Chance of them passing this year? Not so good.Here are some bills on the docket today:
images/Resized_Logos/Tweet.pngTweets of the day: #utleg roundup
By Holly Richardson
Food insecurity task force, how are legislators addressing the pink recession, the LG weighs in on a BYU report on racism, targeted racism in Draper, federal funding for a highly controversial "school," rural grants and can they do that?! (Short answer: yes.)  
images/Resized_Logos/Chris_Stewart_logo.pngRep. Stewart reintroduces Fairness for All Act
By Holly Richardson
 Today, Congressman Chris Stewart (UT-02) reintroduced the Fairness for All Act (FFA). This legislation aims to protect everyone's dignity in public spaces. It harmonizes religious freedom and LGBT rights by amending the Civil Rights Act, protecting religious freedom in the workplace, protecting the rights of LGBT individuals, and preserving 1st amendment rights.

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images/Resized_Logos/Romney_Senate_logo.pngSen. Romney continues effort to reauthorize Secure Rural Schools program
U.S Senator Romney (R-UT) this week joined his colleagues, led by Senators Mike Crapo (R-ID), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Jim Risch (R-ID) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR), in introducing legislation to ensure counties do not lose out on essential services due to federal land ownership by reauthorizing the Secure Rural Schools (SRS) program through September 2022. The SRS program, which helps fund essential services in rural communities home to federal land, expired in September 2020; the last payment under the current authorization is scheduled for April 2021. Full text of the bill can be found here.
images/Resized_Logos/John_Curtis_logo.pngBipartisan Curtis amendment for land study passes House with Lands Bill
On Friday,  Representative John Curtis (R-UT), member of the Western Caucus, advocated for his amendment to the Protecting America's Wilderness and Public Lands Act on the House Floor. The Congressman's amendment would require a study of any land impacted by the legislation to determine if these areas contain geothermal resources or minerals needed for battery storage, renewable energy technology, or electric vehicles. The amendment passed with a  221-205 vote, 205 Republicans and 16 Democrats in support.
images/Resized_Logos/Mike_Lee_logo.pngSen. Lee statement on Syria airstrike
 Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) issued the following statement in response to the Biden administration's airstrike in Syria last night:  "The decision to launch an airstrike in Syria without authorization from Congress is concerning, but frankly not surprising. In recent history, presidents of both political parties have shown little restraint in using military force despite the Constitution's explicit delegation of the war-making power to Congress.
images/Resized_Logos/Burgess_Owens_logo.pngRep. Owens statement opposing Democrats' relief bill
 U.S. Rep. Burgess Owens (UT-04) released the following statement outlining his opposition to Nancy Pelosi's $1.9 trillion payoff to progressives."The American Rescue Plan is a trillion-dollar wish list filled with special interest buyouts, progressive spending priorities, and misplaced assistance masquerading as pandemic relief. This bill showcases the worst of Washington funding special interest groups, incentivizing harmful lockdowns, and destroying quality jobs at the expense of American families. My constituents in the Fourth District deserve better "relief" than this."
images/Resized_Logos/Office_of_Auditor.pngState Auditor releases analysis of NCAA athletics revenue subsidization for Utah's degree-granting public colleges and universities
The Office of the State Auditor (Office) today released its Analysis Report on NCAA Athletics Revenue Subsidization for Utah's Degree-Granting Public Colleges and Universities. This report covers fiscal years ended June 30, 2012 through June 30, 2020.

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On This Day In History

(From History.com)

  • 1565 - Rio de Janeiro is founded.
  • 1642 - Georgeana (York) in Maine becomes the first incorporated American city.
  • 1692 - Salem Witch Hunt begins
  • 1780 - Pennsylvania becomes the first US state to abolish slavery (for newborns only).
  • 1781 - Articles of Confederation are (finally!) ratified after nearly four years of wrangling.
  • 1790 - First US census authorized.
  • 1803 - Ohio becomes the 17th state in the Union
  • 1845 - President John Tyler signs a resolution annexing the Republic of Texas.
  • 1864 - Rebecca Lee becomes the first Black woman in the US to receive a medical degree.
  • 1872 - Yellowstone Park established
  • 1875 - A Civil Rights bill is enacted by Congress, giving Blacks the right to equal treatment in "inns, public conveyances, theaters and other places of public amusement." It is overturned by the US Supreme Court in 1883.
  • 1879 - The telephone makes it to Utah.
  • 1880 - Gillette Hayden, a pioneering dentist and periodontist, is born. She founded the American Academy of Periodontology and served as its president.
  • 1896 - 80,000 Ethiopians destroy 20,000 Italians in Ethiopia, killing two generals and capturing General Matteo Albertone in the Battle of Adowa.
  • 1910 - Two trains are swept into a canyon by an avalanche in Wellington, Washington, killing 96 people. 
  • 1924 - Harry Belafonte is born.
  • 1932 - Lindbergh baby kidnapped.
  • 1941 - Captain America created by cartoonists Joe Simon and Jack Kirby is first published by Timely Comics.
  • 1954 - US explodes Castle Bravo, a 15 megaton hydrogen bomb at Bikini Atoll, which accidentally became the most powerful nuclear device ever detonated by the US.
  • 1960 - San Antonio, Texas, becomes the first major Southern city to integrate lunch counters.
  • 1961 - President Kennedy establishes the Peace Corps with Executive Order #10924
  • 1966 - Soviet probe crashes into Venus
  • 1967 - U.S. House expels Rep. Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Civil rights leaders say Powell was ousted because of his race. 
  • 1971 - Bomb explodes in US Capitol building.
  • 1973 -  Pink Floyd release their album "Dark Side of the Moon", since sold over 45 million copies.
  • 1987 - Congress passes a resolution designating March as Women's History Month.
  • 2020 - Turkey launches major offensive against Syrian government in northern Syria after 36 Turkish soldiers killed in air and artillery strikes 3 days earlier

Wise Words

"Each time a woman stands up for herself, she stands up for all women."

~Maya Angelou

Lighter Side

Lighter Side

How excited was the gardener about spring?
So excited he wet his plants.

Does February like March?
No, but April May


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