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Situational Analysis - March 10, 2021

Welcome to Wednesday and a big change in weather from Monday's warmth. Today is National Blueberry Popover Day and National Registered Dietician Nutritionist Day. Coincidence?

Don't miss today's request for nominations for the Common Ground Leader Award! We are looking for those leaders who are bridge builders, not bridge burners. 

If you only have time for one thing: Read this longer piece about the "viral tsumani" of COVID-19. New Year's Eve 2019: Ian Lipkin, a famed Columbia University epidemiologist, is having dinner with his wife and a fellow scientist. He gets a confidential phone call from a highly placed source in China: There's a cluster of pneumonia-like illnesses in the city of Wuhan caused by a novel coronavirus. The source says it's not that big a deal: It doesn't look very transmissible. "I was told not to worry about it," Lipkin recalls. It was something to worry about.....More than a year into this global health emergency, Maria Van Kerkhove, an epidemiologist with the World Health Organization, says simply, "We are humbled by this virus."


35 days until the end of the Cox/Henderson administration's first 100 days (04/14/2021)
51 days until the Biden/Harris administration's first 100 days are up (04/30/2021)

Today At Utah Policy

images/Resized_Logos/CGI_logo.pngSeeking nominations for this year's Common Ground Leader Award!
By Holly Richardson
We hear a lot about the anger and the rancor that some elected officials and other leaders engage in. Their behavior might make headlines but it doesn't usually make for good policy. What does make for good policy is a willingness to come to the table, to listen, to examine and to learn from multiple perspectives. Then, doing the heavy lifting of solving complex problems that need addressing. Many times, those efforts happen in the background and can easily be overlooked. We want to change that. 
Tweets of the day
By Holly Richardson
Some COVID-19 news, the death of a whistle-blower, losing ground on voting rights and Google doodles.
images/mugs-300/Jared_Whitley.pngGuest opinion: Is Mike Lee strong enough to slay the Silicon Monster?
By Jared Whitley
A chorus of international voices slammed Silicon Valley's overlords when they silenced President Donald Trump on social media in January, including heads of state from France, Germany, Mexico, and Australia. To stave off similar political manipulation, Uganda blocked Facebook ahead of its election and India threatened to jail Twitter employees who got out of line. The European Union has threatened fines in the billions for Silicon Valley's tacit support of terrorists. Poland and Hungary are realizing Big Tech is the biggest threat to their national sovereignty since the Soviet Union. 

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images/Resized_Logos/Mike_Lee_logo.pngSen. Lee reintroduces One Agency Act to streamline and improve antitrust enforcement
Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) reintroduced the One Agency Act Tuesday, legislation that would improve antitrust enforcement by putting all antitrust enforcement under one roof, at the Department of Justice. The updated bill will also prohibit the Federal Communications Commission from undertaking duplicative competitive analyses of deals under its purview. It is co-sponsored by Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), and supported by several outside groups.
images/Resized_Logos/Mike_Lee_logo.pngSen. Lee and bipartisan coalition continue to push for larger universal charitable deduction
Today, Senators Mike Lee (R-Utah), Chris Coons (D-Del.), James Lankford (R-Okla.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Tim Scott (R-S.C.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) introduced the Universal Giving Pandemic Response and Recovery Act, a bipartisan proposal to extend and expand the universal charitable deduction. The bill would ensure that Americans who donate to non-profits such as charitable and religious organizations are able to deduct their giving from their federal tax liability at a higher level than the $300 deduction instituted temporarily through two of the COVID-19 relief packages.
images/Resized_Logos/Burgess_Owens_logo.pngRep. Owens rejects pro-union boss, anti-worker legislation
 U.S. Rep. Burgess Owens (UT-04) released the following statement in opposition to H.R. 842, The "Protecting the Right to Organize" Act, a sweeping piece of legislation that will harm workers, discourage business, and aid union bosses.
images/Resized_Logos/RMEF_logo.pngUtah wildlife habitat, migration corridor permanently protected
Nearly 4,900 acres of prime elk habitat in northcentral Utah is now forever protected thanks to a conservation-minded landowner, the USDA Forest Service, Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands (FFSL), and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.
images/Resized_Logos/Blake_Moore_logo.pngCongressmen Blake Moore and Marc Veasey ntroduce the National Medal of Honor Monument Act
On Monday, Congressmen Blake Moore (UT-01) and Marc Veasey (TX-33) introduced the National Medal of Honor Monument Act, bipartisan legislation to pave the way for the creation of a monument in our nation's capital recognizing the Medal of Honor and its fewer than 4,000 recipients.

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On This Day In History

(From History.com)

  • 1452 - Ferdinand II of Aragon is born. He and his wife Isabella funded Columbus' journey in 1492.
  • 1867 - Lillian Wald is born. A pioneering nurse and social activist, she started American community nursing when she established the Henry Street Settlement in NYC.
  • 1876 - The first discernible speech is transmitted over a telephone system when inventor Alexander Graham Bell summons his assistant in another room by saying, "Mr. Watson, come here; I want you."
  • 1898 - Josephine Grove Holloway is born. She founded the first unofficial Girl Scout troop for African American girls and worked for two decades to have her troops recognized by the Nashville Girl Scout Council. 
  • 1903 - Clare Booth Luce, playwright and politician, is born.
  • 1906 - An explosion in a complex series of mines kills 1,060 in France.
  • 1913 - Harriet Tubman dies of pneumonia at about age 91. She earned the nickname "Moses" for her role as a conductor on the Underground Railroad. During the American Civil War, Tubman volunteered as a cook and nurse but quickly became a scout and spy for the Union. In this role, she freed hundreds of slaves. She was buried with military honors at Fort Hill Cemetery in Auburn.
  • 1917 - Turkish troops begin evacuation of Baghdad.
  • 1928 - James Earl Ray is born.
  • 1940 - Chuck Norris is born. I hear it was the doctor who cried.
  • 1951 - FBI director J. Edgar Hoover declines post of baseball commissioner.
  • 1959 - Tibetans surround the summer palace of the Dalai Lama in defiance of Chinese occupation forces.
  • 1964 - Simon and Garfunkel record the first version of "The Sound of Silence."
  • 1969 - James Earl Ray pleads guilty to killing Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • 1972 - 3000 delegates and 5000 observers attend the first Black political convention in Gary, Indiana.
  • 1982 - President Ronald Reagan declares sanctions against Libya.
  • 1983 - Carrie Underwood is born.
  • 1988 - Disco sensation Andy Gibb dies at age 30.
  • 1997 - The PalmPilot is released.
  • 2019 - Ethiopian Airlines flight ET302 crashes just after take-off from Addis Ababa, killing all 157 on board.

Wise Words

"Because I am a woman, I must make unusual efforts to succeed. If I fail, no one will say, 'She doesn't have what it takes. They will say, 'Women don't have what it takes.'" 

~Clare Boothe Luce

Lighter Side

Lighter Side

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'Swarm outside!

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