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Situational Analysis - March 19, 2021

It's Friday and we are nearly two-thirds of the way through March. How did that happen?! It's also National Let's Laugh Day and National Chocolate Caramel Day. How will you celebrate?

Remember the state-wide food drive tomorrow, Saturday March 20. Have a bag on your porch by 9 am.

The US Senate narrowly confirmed Xavier Becerra to lead the Department of Health and Human Services on Thursday, with just one Republican-Sen. Susan Collins-voting in favor. William Burns, meanwhile, was unanimously confirmed to lead the CIA. Burns sailed through a largely amicable confirmation hearing last month, where he told senators he would focus on four main priorities as director: challenges from China, boosting the spy agency's technological prowess, strengthening its workforce, and boosting partnerships within the U.S. intelligence community and abroad.

Utah has opened up vaccine eligibility to all Utahns 16 and older beginning Wednesday and nationally, 100,000 million vaccines are in arms, well before the 100-day target President Biden set.

If you only have time for one thing: Read Savannah Hopkinson's piece on why #StopAsianHate is personal to her. "I was not born in the United States, but everything I know about race is a result of my time here. Being kicked off a playground because my presence was "scaring the other kids." Being told it was great that I could understand my mom's accent. Constantly having people approach me and ask if I spoke English, or even approaching me assuming I didn't and immediately jumping into a different language. Kids laughing at my 'weird' food. People making games out of guessing what ethnicity I looked like. Attending college information meetings and being told I stood a good chance because I could "get the minority benefits," as if I hadn't spent years working just as hard or harder to prove myself....Ethnicity is not a virus. Hate is." Just don't read the comments.

Holly's Hot Tip: If you're having a bad day, don't go buy a gun and shoot a bunch of people. Thanks for coming to my TED talk. 

Countdown

26 days until the end of the Cox/Henderson administration's first 100 days (04/14/2021)
42 days until the Biden/Harris administration's first 100 days are up (04/30/2021)
176 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: Friday fun
By Holly Richardson
Birds as artists, wax figures, Britannia portrayed as a woman of color, Utah sunsets, the world's happiest country and an island for sale for way less than a million. 
images/Resized_Article_Images/Rural_news_1.pngRural news round-up
By Holly Richardson
 Rural round-up - From an event for World Down Syndrome Day to collecting baby basket items and from state of the city addresses to a blistering op-ed aimed at Utah legislators, here is a round-up from rural publications around the state.
images/mugs-300/LaVarr_Webb.jpgCommentary: Romney is a solid conservative on public lands issues
By LaVarr Webb
Conservative Republicans in Utah have been angry at Sen. Mitt Romney for voting to boot former Pres. Trump out of office. He has also taken moderate positions on other issues that a lot of conservatives don't like.But on one key issue important to conservatives public lands Romney has been a champ. Utah Republicans ought to be pleased with Romney's efforts to protect Utah's interests on public lands and energy.

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Policy News

images/Resized_Logos/ABIC_logo.jpegFRIDAY: Bipartisan immigration summit features Sens Romney, Bennet, Sinema and Kelly and more
With the House having approved the Dream and Promise Act of 2021, the American Business Immigration Coalition - Intermountain Chapter, will host an immigration summit this Friday, March 19 at 11:30 MST / 2:30 EST featuring bipartisan elected officials, business leaders, CEOs, and university presidents at the Intermountain Rising: Unlocking Our Regions Economic Potential Through Bipartisan Immigration Reform.
images/Resized_Logos/Mike_Lee_logo.pngSen. Lee, colleagues call for Judiciary Hearing on Obama-Biden's FTC deal with Google
Today, U.S. Senators Mike Lee (R-Utah), Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), and Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) sent letters to Federal Trade Commission Acting Chair (FTC) Rebecca Slaughter and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) calling for a public Judiciary Hearing into recent revelations that the Obama-Biden FTC failed to enforce antitrust law in an 2011 investigation of Google and instead let the company off with a slap on the wrist. The senators call for testimony from Google executives and relevant FTC officials, including the former Commissioners who now represent big tech firms.
images/Resized_Logos/Carson_Jorgensen.pngCarson Jorgensen announces he is running for Chair of the Utah GOP
Mr. Carson Jorgensen, a successful 6th generation rancher, father of 4 daughters, and husband to Amy, announces his candidacy for State Chair for the Utah GOP.  
images/Resized_Logos/John_Curtis_logo.pngRep. Curtis leads bipartisan coalition with legislation to combat surveillance of Uyghurs and others
Today, Representative John Curtis (R-UT) led a bipartisan coalition to re-introduce the Foreign Advanced Technology Surveillance Accountability Act. This bipartisan legislation would combat foreign adoption of advanced technology surveillance equipment, such as those used by China against the Uyghurs in Xinjiang.
images/Resized_Logos/Utah_Taxpayers_logo.pngUtah Taxpayers Association releases 2021 legislative scorecard
The Utah Taxpayers Association has released its 2021 Legislative Scorecard. This year the Association's annual scorecard ranks Utah's 104 legislators on 14 crucial taxpayer related bills from the 2021 legislative session. The bills that were rated covered key taxpayer issues such as cutting taxes, preventing tax increases, promoting equity in Utah's tax code and ensuring economic success in the state for years to come.

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On This Day In History

(From History.com)

  • 1589 - William Bradford is born. He was the Governor of Plymouth colony for 30 years and is the 11th great-grandfather of Utah's Lt. Governor, Deidre Henderson. 
  • 1875 - Margaret Foley is born. She became a labor organizer, suffragist, and social worker, and an out-spoken suffrage activist who would loudly confront anti-suffrage speakers. She made a solo balloon flight over Lawrence, Massachusetts, tossing suffrage literature from the basket.
  • 1916 - The first US air combat mission begins.
  • 1931 - Nevada legalizes gambling.
  • 1954 - Jill Abramson is born in New York City. She became the first female executive editor of the New York Times.
  • 1964 - Geraldine Mock departs from Columbus, Ohio in her single-engine Cessna 180 christened the "Spirit of Columbus" in an ambitious adventure. She earned the nickname the "Flying Housewife" and became the first woman to fly around the world solo when she returned to Columbus on April 17, 1964.
  • 1979 - C-Span launches and begins broadcasting live from the US House of Representatives. Did you know it had been around that long? Neither did I.
  • 2003 - War in Iraq begins.

Wise Words

"All great and honorable actions are accompanied with great difficulties [that must be] overcome with answerable courage."

~William Bradford 


Lighter Side

Lighter Side

"The N.C.A.A. March Madness basketball tournament began today, and it's extra exciting because there was no tournament last year. So this is my first chance in two years to get furious at 19-year-olds I hadn't heard of five minutes ago."

Seth Meyers


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