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Situational Analysis - March 17, 2021

Happy St. Patrick's Day, the day that observes the death of the patron saint of Ireland. Virtually all big celebrations this year will be held, well, virtually. 

This morning, there is news that Utah County Commissioner Tanner Ainge is resigning his position because of a hostile work environment to pursue other professional opportunities. All the best to him.And, former President Trump says the US Supreme Court should be "ashamed" that it "lacked the courage" to reverse President Biden's win. Sigh. 

If you only have time for one thing: Catch up on the history of St. Patrick by perusing some of the numerous articles and videos about him from History.com. You might know about his explaining the Holy Trinity though the use of shamrocks and the stories of him chasing snacks out of Ireland, but did you know he was not Irish? Check it out. You could also take a minute to listen to Danny Boy, or anything from Celtic Woman.


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

Today At Utah Policy

images/Resized_Logos/Holly_R.pngNew Dead Sea Scrolls, a couple of impressive 'whiz kids' and Utah's first elected county official
By Holly Richardson
 News you might have missed: New Dead Sea Scrolls discovery, a 15-year-old female chess champion, and a 12-year-old girl heads to college and then hopefully to NASA.
images/Resized_Logos/Tweet.pngTweets of the day
By Holly Richardson
Highest level of White supremacist propaganda in a while, VP Harris speaks to the UN on the status of women, UCLA student advocated for a whites-only America, who might replace Dianne Feinstein and some advice from Daniel Pink on tackling hard tasks.
images/mugs-300/Derek_Brown.pngGOP chair Derek Brown not running for a second term
By Holly Richardson
After much speculation about what most certainly would have been a successful bid for a second term at the helm of Utah's Republican party, Chaiman Derek Brown sent out the following letter announcing that he would not, in fact, be running. Full letter below.

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images/Resized_Logos/Utah_Food_Bank_logo.pngStatewide 'Feed Utah' food drive to take place March 20
On Saturday, March 20, faith-based congregations, organizations and residents throughout Utah will collaborate with Utah Food Bank for the first annual statewide Feed Utah food drive. Residents across the state will receive door hangers during the days leading up to the food drive, and Utah Food Bank asks the public to help by placing a bag of non-perishable food outside their front door by 9am on Saturday, March 20 for pickup by volunteers. Donated food will be distributed to Utah Food Bank and its 203 partner agencies across the state.
images/Logos/GOED_logo.pngOutdoor Adventure Expo coming to Utah
 The Utah Office of Outdoor Recreation, in partnership with Tread Lightly, Visit Salt Lake, and Lodestone Events, invite outdoor enthusiasts to visit the Outside Adventure Expo at the Utah State Fairpark June 25-27, 2021.
images/Logos/GOED_logo.pngNucor announces plans to build TrueCore facility in Utah
he Governor's Office of Economic Development (GOED), Brigham City, and the Economic Development Corporation of Utah (EDCUtah) are pleased to announce that Nucor Corporation (NYSE: NUE) plans to build a TrueCore manufacturing facility in Brigham City, Utah. The new facility is expected to be operational in 2022 and will employ 50 team members.
images/Resized_Logos/Utah_Dems_logo.pngUtah Democrats applaud Deb Haaland confirmation
On Monday, Senators bipartisanly approved the nomination of Deb Haaland to be the next Secretary of the Interior, and Utah Democrats unequivocally support her nomination and confirmation, and condemn Utah's Republican Senators, Mike Lee and Mitt Romney, for their votes against Joe Biden's outstanding appointment. Secretary Haaland will be a champion for public lands, protecting our natural resources from climate change, and for Indigenous communities in Utah and across the United States.
images/Resized_Logos/Cox_seal.pngGov. Spencer J. Cox names nominees to Utah Board of Pardons and Parole
Gov. Spencer J. Cox has nominated Blake Hills and Melissa Stirba to the Board of Pardons and Parole. 

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On This Day In History

(From History.com)

  • 461 - Saint Patrick, Christian missionary, bishop and apostle of Ireland, dies.
  • 1601 - The first recorded St. Patrick's Day parade is held in what is now St. Augustine, Florida.
  • 1842 - LDS Relief Society formed
  • 1910 - Camp Fire Girls is established as the first interracial, non-sectarian American organization for girls.
  • 1917 - Loretta Perfectus Walsh became the first woman to join the navy and the first woman to officially join the military in a role other than a nurse
  • 1902 - Alice Greenough Orr is born. She carried mail at age 15, joined a Wild West show, became a professional rodeo rider in 1921 and earned about $12,000 yearly.
  • 1919 - Nat King Cole is born.
  • 1969 - Golda Meir elected as Israel's first female prime minister. She is still the only woman to have held this post.
  • 1970 - Mia Hamm is born.

Wise Words

"Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life."

~Golda Meir

Lighter Side

Lighter Side

"Let me tell you the one thing I have against Moses. He took us forty years into the desert in order to bring us to the one place in the Middle East that has no oil!"

Golda Meir, first (and only) female Prime Minister of Israel

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