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Situational Analysis - March 11, 2021

It's Thursday and the one-year anniversay of the day the world turned upside down

Maybe lost in the news of the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 bill, which enjoys broad support by members of the public, by the way, is the news that Merrick Garland was approved as the U.S. Attorney General on a 70-30 vote. Utah's senators split their votes, with Romney voting for and Lee voting against. 

Also, President Biden will address the nation tonight.

If you only have time for one thing: Take a minute to record your thoughts about the last year. Write, record, make a video, post on social media - doesn't matter the format as much as it does capturing your experience of living through a one-in-a-hundred-years event.


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

Today At Utah Policy

images/Resized_Logos/Holly_R.pngLooking back at one year of a wretched pandemic
By Holly Richardson
 What a year. 365 days ago, the World Health Organization declared SARS-CoV-2 - aka COVID-19 - to be a pandemic with 121,564 cases worldwide, 4,373 deaths and "alarming levels of spread and severity." On that day, the NBA suspended its season when Rudy Gobert tested positive for the virus, Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson announced they were also sick with the virus and then-President Trump announced a ban on travel into the US.
images/Resized_Logos/Align_logo.pngGuest opinion: Don't waste opportunity for bipartisan action on emissions
By Kraig Westerbeek
Every day, over 42,000 members of the Smithfield Foods Family here in the U.S. come to work with a simple mission in mind: "Good food. Responsibly." We're proud to deliver some of the nation's favorite brands to dinner tables across the country, but more importantly, we're passionate about doing it the right way. Part of our effort is constantly innovating how we do business so that we can better respond to a changing climate. 
images/Resized_Article_Images/electric_vehicle_1.pngGuest opinion: Hydrogen as a fuel source is not that simple
By Lauren Barros, Tom Moyer
There is a lot to like in the op-ed, Realizing Utah's clean energy potential, written by Rep. Melissa Ballard in Utah Policy on March 3rd 2021.  It is great to see her support of the bipartisan progress being made on environmental issues, both in the Utah Legislature and in Congress.

Utah Headlines

Deseret News

Salt Lake Tribune


COVID Corner

National Headlines

Policy News

images/Resized_Logos/Chris_Stewart_logo.pngRep. Stewart reintroduces legislative package to protect Utah's rural communities
Today, Congressman Chris Stewart (R-UT) reintroduced the More Opportunities for Rural Economies (MORE) Grants Package. This bipartisan and bicameral legislative package, also reintroduced by U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) and Steve Daines (R-MT), helps level the playing field for rural communities in areas with large amounts of federal land.
images/Resized_Logos/Mike_Lee_logo.pngSen. Lee, colleagues introduce bill to protect faith-based child welfare providers
 Senator Mike Lee today joined Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) and 21 of their colleagues in introducing the Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act, a bill to protect organizations that provide adoption and foster care services from discrimination based on their religious or moral beliefs.
images/Logos/SL-Chamber-Logo.pngSlight uptick in executive confidence with vaccine distribution beginning in Utah
According to the Salt Lake Chamber's CEOutlook, Utah executives registered a slight improvement in confidence with job growth trending upward in the fourth quarter of 2020. Another continuing trend was the positive expectations for Utah's economy going through the first half of 2021. Sentiment, however, was mixed, providing a positive outlook for industry but negative profit expectation for the next year, likely demonstrating continued uncertainty around the coronavirus pandemic and broader macro-economic trends across the country relating to interest rates, debt, and stimulus debates.    
images/Resized_Logos/Utah_Juvenile_Justice_logo.pngDavis Technical College announces opening of new program for incarcerated youth
The Division of Juvenile Justice Services (JJS) invites you to celebrate Davis Technical College Opening a new program for incarcerated youth on March 18.
images/Resized_Logos/St_George_Chamber.pngSt. George Chamber of Commerce to honor women at awards ceremony
The St. George Area Chamber of Commerce is honoring women in Washington County who are changing the world where they stand. These women are so good at what they do that we just have to let the community know! The Movers. The Shakers. The Humanitarians. The Entrepreneurs. The Influencers. These women are in their element, doing what they do best, and breaking down barriers. The Element Award recognizes women who exhibit significant leadership and have demonstrated courage in the face of adversity.

Business Headlines

On This Day In History

(From History.com)

  • 1779 - Congress establishes the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • 1903 - Dorothy Schiff, owner and publisher of the New York Post, is born. She sold the Post for an estimated $30 million to Rupert Murdock in 1976.
  • 1904 - Hilde Bruch is born. She escaped from Nazi Germany in 1933 to England and then America. Her pioneer work made her the leading expert in eating disorders, especially anorexia nervosa.
  • 1918 - US Army mess cook Private Albert Gitchell of Fort Riley, Kansas becomes the first documented case of a new flu. It's the start of a worldwide pandemic that killed 50-100 million/
  • 1921 - Charlotte Friend, a microbiologist in the 1950s at Sloan-Kettering Institute, was born today. She discovered a link between defective maturation and tumor growth in mice -- discoveries that were critical in establishing the role of viruses in some cancers.
  • 1941 - FDR signs the Lend-Lease Bill which lends money to Britain for their war effort.
  • 1968 - Otis Redding is the first person in the US to posthumously receive gold record for his single "Sittin' On the Dock of the Bay"
  • 1985 - Mikhail Gorbachev replaces Konstantin Chernenko as Soviet leader.
  • 1997 - The ashes of Star Trek creator, Gene Roddenberry are launched into space.
  • 2006 - Michelle Bachelet is inaugurated as the first female president of Chile.
  • 2011 - 8.9 earthquake hits Japan, triggering a tsunami killing thousands of people and causing the second worst nuclear accident in history at Fukushima nuclear plant.
  • 2018 - Superhero movie "The Black Panther" becomes the fifth Marvel movie to earn $1 billion worldwide.
  • 2020
    • COVID-19 declared a pandemic by the head of the World Health Organization Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, with 121,564 cases worldwide and 4,373 deaths.
    • NBA suspends 2019-20 season until further notice after Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tests positive for COVID-19.
    • President Trump announces 30-day ban on travel to the US.
    • Dow Jones drops 20%
    • Harvey Weinstein is sentenced to 23 years in prison for a criminal sex act and rape in New York 

Wise Words

"You can always edit a bad page. You can't edit a blank page."

~Jodi Picoult

Lighter Side

Lighter Side

Why did one bee tease the other bee?

Because he was acting like a bay-bee!

What do you call a girl with a frog on her head?


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