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Situational Analysis - March 16, 2021

It's Tuesday and National Freedom of Information Day, a day celebrated on James Madison's birthday. Madison vigorously argued that, because it served the American people, the United States government should keep no secrets from them. FOIA is meant to allow every person the right to get information to federal agency records that are not protected by one of nine exemptions, or special law enforcement record exclusions. 

Yesterday, Deb Haaland was confirmed as Secretary of the Interior, the first Native American Cabinet secretary in U.S. history. "Her confirmation is as symbolic as it is historic. For much of its history, the Interior Department was used as a tool of oppression against America's Indigenous peoples. In addition to managing the country's public lands, endangered species and natural resources, the department is also responsible for the government-to-government relations between the U.S. and Native American tribes."

If you only have time for one thing: Read this piece by Laura Tohe, the poet laureate of the Navajo Nation, "On Deb Haaland, Native American history and renewed hope." "Most Americans are probably familiar with Crazy Horse, Geronimo and Disney's distorted version of Pocahontas. They may have heard of gold medalists Jim Thorpe and Billy Mills for their athletic footprints and the Navajo Code Talkers, who devised a military code based on the Navajo language to help defeat the Japanese during World War II. Beyond that, the remaining slate of nationally known Native Americans remains sparse, stereotyped and invisible. And almost entirely male. That's changing with Deb Haaland." 


29 days until the end of the Cox/Henderson administration's first 100 days (04/14/2021)
45 days until the Biden/Harris administration's first 100 days are up (04/30/2021)
179 days until half-way through the Cox/Henderson's administration's 500-day plan (09/11/2021)

Today At Utah Policy

images/Resized_Logos/Tweet.pngTweets of the day
By Holly Richardson
Coverage for babies with birth defects, deadly hikes, Guam brings out some interesting comments, a Utah Coronavirus Stimulus summary, a legislative summary and veterans can get vaccinated.
images/mugs-300/LaVarr_Webb.jpgOpinion briefs: Get ready for public lands battles . . . Will progressives end filibuster to achieve liberal fantasies?
By LaVarr Webb
Knives out on public lands? The U.S. Senate confirmation of Rep. Deb Haaland as Interior secretary signals a return to public land battles in Utah.Both Utah senators voted against Haaland's confirmation. Sen. Mitt Romney issued a statement saying he met with Haaland and discussed key public lands issues important to Utah.
images/Resized_Logos/Romney_Senate_logo.pngRomney: The right way to boycott the Beijing Olympics
By Holly Richardson
As the Beijing Olympic Games approach, it is increasingly clear that China, under the control of the Chinese Communist Party does not deserve an Olympic showcase. Because it is too late to move the Winter Games scheduled for Beijing next February, some have proposed, understandably, that the United States boycott the Games.

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images/Resized_Logos/Utah_Juvenile_Justice_logo.png3/18: Davis Technical College & Juvenile Justice Services open house
The Division of Juvenile Justice Services (JJS) invites you to celebrate Davis Technical College Opening a new program for incarcerated youth.
Salt Lake City's average rent was $1,263 in February
Salt Lake City's average rent reached $1,263 in February, after a?1.7% increase since last year. Renters make up 48% of Salt Lake City's population. Utah's capital?is a diverse and vibrant place to live in, with apartment rents?below the national average of $1,399.
images/Resized_Logos/Romney_Senate_logo.pngSen. Romney votes against Interior Secretary nominee
U.S. Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) today released the following statement after voting against the nomination of Representative Deb Haaland to be Secretary of Interior:      
images/Resized_Logos/Blake_Moore_logo.pngReps Moore, Bustos lead bipartisan call for military arsenals, depots and ammunition plants to be included in efforts to strengthen nation's supply
Today, Reps. Blake Moore (UT-01) and Cheri Bustos (IL-17), Co-Chairs of the bipartisan House Military Depot, Arsenal, Ammunition Plant and Industrial Facilities Caucus, led a call for the Organic Industrial Base (OIB), or military arsenals, depots and ammunition plants, to be included in President Joe Biden's ongoing efforts to strengthen the nation's supply chains.
images/Resized_Logos/UUP_logo.pngUnited Utah Party to hold convention on April 24
 All Uniters are invited to participate in our conventions as delegates (registration required). Our conventions are also open to observers. However, we do ask that you RSVP so that we can accommodate all who would like to attend. This year, our state convention will be held virtually via Zoom. Please RSVP and register no later than April 10th.Call for Candidates for Party OfficeAs part of our state organizing convention, we will elect our state party officers of Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer. We invite any qualified Uniter interested in running for these positions to apply no later than April 10th. 

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On This Day In History

(From History.com)

  • 597 BC - Babylonians capture Jerusalem, replace Jehoiachin with Zedekiah as king.
  • 1751 - James Madison is born.
  • 1802 - President Thomas Jefferson signs the Military Peace Establishment Act establishing the Army Corps of Engineers and the United States Military Academy known as West Point.
  • 1827 - Editors Samuel E. Cornish and John B. Russwurm publish the first issue of Freedom's Journal in New York City. The newspaper is the first in the United States owned and operated by African Americans.
  • 1846 - Rebecca Cole is born. She was a physician, organization founder and social reformer, the second African-American woman to become a doctor in the United States.
  • 1850 - Nathaniel Hawthorn's The Scarlet Letter, is published.
  • 1900 - Eveline Burns is born. An economist and technical expert and an immigrant to the U.S., she helped design social security and wrote "The American Social Security System," the standard text in this field. 
  • 1926 - The first liquid-fueled rocket is launched in Massachusetts, traveling for 2.5 seconds and reaching an altitude of 41 feet.
  • 1968 - As many as 500 Vietnamese villagers killed by U.S. soldiers in My Lai Massacre.

Wise Words

"If men were angels, no government would be necessary."

~James Madison

Lighter Side

Lighter Side

What did the limestone say to the geologist?

Don't take me for granite!

What do you call a duck that gets all A's?

A wise quacker.

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