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Situational Analysis - March 18, 2021

Welcome to Thursday! The weekend is in sight, the daffodils are blooming and the sun will be out today. Today is National Awkward Moments Day, a day I can most definitely relate to. Like yesterday, when I wrote that St. Patrick chased the SNACKS out of Ireland instead of the SNAKES. I've never been to Ireland, so I can't comment on the quality of the snacks there....

Today is also the one-year anniversary of the earthquake that dogpiled on the very early days of a pandemic and made Moroni drop his trumpet

And, we have some good news and some bad news. The good news is that Representative Jon Hawkins is finally going home today, after a battle with COVID-19 that kept him in the hospital for months. The bad/sad/life-changing news is that Shawn Bradley is paralyzed after being hit by a car while on his bicycle, back in January. 

If you only have time for one thing: Read CNN Editor-at-large Chris Cillizza's piece about Governor Spencer Cox and the state of the Republican Party. Cillizza wrote about some things Gov. Cox said on a podcast recently. "There's more to being a conservative than just 'owning the libs...I believe in a Republican Party and a conservatism that is about opportunity for everyone. We don't do that with these fake controversies, these false choices we keep presenting people." If you have more than a minute, listen to the governor's interview with Matt Lewis.


27 days until the end of the Cox/Henderson administration's first 100 days (04/14/2021)
43 days until the Biden/Harris administration's first 100 days are up (04/30/2021)
177 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: The earthquake of 2020
By Holly Richardson
Moroni lost his trumpet, the SLC airport was closed and the toilet paper was gone. Although to be honest, that was probably because the pandemic had been declared just 6 days earlier. My daughter and I had caught a late flight out of Colombia to Miami - one of the last for a while. We got up at o'dark-thirty and got on a plane to Denver. When we landed, we found out there had been an earthquake in Salt Lake City and no flights were landing. With so much uncertainty between earthquakes and pandemics, we rented a car and drove home.
images/mugs-300/LaVarr_Webb.jpgChange of pace: My 'neighborhood' has an identity crisis
By LaVarr Webb
My wife and I live in a weird and wonderful place, a remote corner of Utah most people aren't aware of. In fact, this is one of those places that would more naturally fit with another state -- in this case Idaho.
images/Resized_Logos/Holly_R.pngDick Hoyt dies, Sister Jean travels, Vanessa Bryant names names and Monica Lewinsky's quick wit
By Holly Richardson
 News you might have missed: Dick Hoyt passes away, Sister Jean heads to the NCAA tournament, Vanessa Bryant is naming names and Monica Lewinsky's quick wit.

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images/Resized_Logos/Hatch_Foundation.jpgHatch Center hosts webinar on "The China Paradox"
Today, the Hatch Center-the policy arm of the Orrin G. Hatch Foundation-joined World Trade Center Utah, Harris Bricken, the US-China Business Council, and the Deseret News in hosting a webinar: "The China Paradox: Geopolitics, Chinese Economic Policy, and What it Means for US Businesses." 
images/Resized_Article_Images/Bears_Ears_05.jpgUtah delegation, state officials welcome Interior Secretary Haaland's decision to visit Utah
Today, U.S. Senators Mike Lee (R-Utah), Mitt Romney (R-Utah), and Representatives Chris Stewart (R-Utah), John Curtis (R-Utah), Burgess Owens (R-Utah), and Blake Moore (R-Utah), Utah Gov. Spencer Cox, Lt. Gov. Deidre Henderson, Senate President Stuart Adams, House Speaker Brad Wilson and Attorney General Sean Reyes issued the following statement in response to Interior Secretary Deb Haaland's announcement of her upcoming visit to Utah to tour Bears Ears and Grand-Staircase Escalante national monuments.
images/Resized_Logos/Romney_Senate_logo.pngSen. Romney joins 39 other Senators in saying Biden is escalating border crisis by unlawfully freezing funds
Amid the rapidly escalating crisis along the southern border, U.S. Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) today was among 40 Republican U.S. senators, led by Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Ranking Member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security, who sent a letter to GAO Comptroller Gene L. Dodaro highlighting President Biden's suspension of border wall funding and construction without lawful justification, as required by the Impoundment Control Act.
images/Logos/UT_GOED_300x300_logo.pngNew GOED Board members appointed
The Utah Governor's Office of Economic Development (GOED) announces three new Board member nominations by Gov. Spencer J. Cox: Tanner Ainge, Kira Slawson, and Geri Gamber.The new GOED Board members replace departing Board members Mel Lavitt, Peter Mouskondis, and Margaret (Margo) Jacobs.
images/Resized_Logos/Romney_Senate_logo.pngSen. Romney urges Biden to bring Utah to the table on lands and water issues
U.S. Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) joined his Senate and House colleagues from Western states, led by Senator Steve Daines (R-MT), in requesting further clarification regarding President Biden's Executive Order establishing a mandate to put restrictions on 30% of U.S. lands and waters by 2030, and urged the administration to include state and local governments, tribes, and stakeholders in future negotiations and decisions regarding Utah's lands and waters.

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On This Day In History

(From History.com)

  • 1766 - After four months of widespread protest in America, the British Parliament repeals the Stamp Act.
  • 1837 - Grover Cleveland is born. During his tenure as US President, he used his veto power 584 times.
  • 1845 - Johnny Appleseed dies at age 70.
  • 1850 - Henry Wells and William Fargo start their shipping and banking company.
  • 1881 - Barnum & Bailey Circus, travelling as "The Greatest Show on Earth", debuts at (Madison Square Garden, New York City, would last 146 years before closing in 2017.
  • 1933 - Unita Blackwell is born in Lula, Mississippi. She was an American civil rights activist and the first black woman mayor elected in Mississippi. 
  • 1942 - US President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs Executive Order 9102, creating the War Relocation Authority, which was charged with overseeing the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II.
  • 1964 - Bonnie Blair is born. A speed skater, she was one of the most successful Winter Olympians in U.S. history and a 5 time gold medalist.
  • 1970 - Over 100 women stage a sit-in at Ladies Home Journal to protest the way the magazine depicted female interests and perspectives.
  • 1988 - Stephen Curry is born.

Wise Words

"We should all dare to question. Dare to question political parties, presidents, local and state officials. This country was founded on the right to ask questions."

~Unita Blackwell

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Lighter Side

"If somebody said 'N95' to you one year ago, you'd think they were a bingo caller."

~Jimmy Kimmel

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