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Situational Analysis - March 25, 2021

It's Thursday, March 25 and snow is in the forecast, Just another spring day in Utah. It's also National Tolkien Reading Day, a day to spend some time with the Lord of the Rings (or any of his 30-some books). This particular date was chosen because March 25 is the day that Sauron fell after the One Ring was destroyed in the fires of Mt. Doom.

5 things you need to know

  1. The state GOP Organizing convention is just over a month away. So far, there are three people who have filed to run for chair: Scott Miller, current SL County GOP chair, Stewart Peay, current Utah County GOP Chair and Carson Jorgensen. Three have also filed for vice-chair: Jordan Hess, Ryan Davis and Austin Cox, who is running with Peay. The filing deadline is next Thursday, April 1 at 5 pm.
  2. Utah Rep. Jon Hawkins had to relearn how to swallow, walk, talk, eat and breathe after COVID-19 almost killed him. Watch his story here.
  3. The Boulder, Colorado shooting suspect appears in court for the first time today. You can watch it if you want to.
  4. Brazil is in rough shape with COVID-19 raging. And, it's young people who are now gettng severely ill and dying. 
  5. There's a giant ship blocking the Suez Canal, snarling global shipping and spawning all manner of memes. Here's just one example. There are so, so many more.

Suez meme


20 days until the end of the Cox/Henderson administration's first 100 days (04/14/2021)
30 days until the United Utah Party Organizing Convention (04/24/2021)
36 days until the Biden/Harris administration's first 100 days are up (04/30/2021)
37 days until the Utah GOP Organizing Convention (05/01/2021)
170 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
Harmful toxins in the Virgin River, national jobless claims down, reproductive problems and super bugs
images/mugs-300/LaVarr_Webb.jpgCommentary: A speech I wish a new president would deliver
By LaVarr Webb
"As I begin my new administration, I pledge to address the challenges facing our nation. For that reason, today I'm announcing an historic federalism summit. I invite the nation's governors and top legislative leaders from every state to meet with me and the leaders of Congress so that we can forge a close partnership to jointly solve America's most difficult problems.
images/Resized_Article_Images/Letter.pngLetter to the editor: GA killings not racially motivated
By Lt. Colonel Raymond Takashi Swenson
 As a Japanese American, I frankly do not see the massage parlors that were attacked recently by a violent wacko as in any way representative of the Asian American community.  I was a prosecutor for five years in the Air Force, including three years in Japan, and I roundly condemn murder of any human being.  But trying to use that murderer's actions as a reason to indict other Americans, to claim that he is somehow a thought leader for a movement of Americans who hate people of Asian descent, is disgusting and engenders hatred toward the vast number of honest and good Americans. 

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Policy News

images/Resized_Logos/Rowland_Hall_logo.jpegRowland Hall hires NYU's Dr. Chandani Patel as Director of Equity and Inclusion
After a summer of unprecedented discussions on diversity and inclusion, Rowland Hall leaders felt it wasn't enough for students to talk about these events in class. The institution decided to apply these discussions and find resources to invest in a new director of equity and inclusion position. 
images/Resized_Logos/Utah_Foundation_Logo_01.jpgUtah Foundation: Measuring the miles - road usage charges in Utah
Utah has joined about a dozen states in exploring a new kind of revenue for road maintenance that charges drivers for miles driven, rather than fuel consumed. While many states have conducted research and pilot projects on road usage charges, Utah and Oregon are the only two states with currently operating programs.
images/Resized_Logos/Mike_Lee_logo.pngSen. Lee, colleagues introduce US-UK free trade resolution
 Sens. Mike Lee (R-Utah), James Lankford (R-Okla.), Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), Mike Braun (R-Ind.), and Rick Scott (R-Fla.) today introduced a resolution recognizing the mutual history and special relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom, and expressing the Sense of the Senate that the United States President should lay the groundwork for a mutually advantageous future trade agreement between the U.S. and the U.K.
images/Resized_Logos/Peay_Cox_logo.pngUtah County Chair Stewart Peay, Austin Cox announce campaign for Utah Republican Party Chair, Vice Chair
 Today, Utah County Republican Party Chair Stewart Peay announced his intent to run for Chair of the Utah Republican Party, while Republican campaign strategist Austin Cox announced he would run to serve as Peay's Vice Chair.
images/Resized_Logos/Romney_Senate_logo.pngRomney, colleagues condemn China's human rights abuses against Uyghurs
U.S. Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT), Ranking Member of the Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia, today joined Senators Chris Coons (D-DE), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Edward Markey (D-MA), Bill Hagerty (R-TN), and Tim Kaine (D-VA), in introducing a resolution condemning the government of the People's Republic of China (PRC) for its treatment of the Uyghurs and other ethnic minorities in Xinjiang and calling for an international investigation into the abuses and crimes committed there.

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On This Day In History

(From History.com)

  • 1634 - The first colonists arrive at Maryland's western shore and establish the first settlement of St. Mary's. Last week, archeologists announced that they had found the ruins of St. Mary's.
  • 1807 - The British Parliament passed the Abolition of the Slave Trade Act making the slave trade illegal in the British colonies. However, trade continued in the Caribbean until 1811. Watch the 2007 movie Amazing Grace for a look at the work William Wilberforce put into the effort.
  • 1862 - George Sutherland is born. He was a Utah Senator, a U.S. Senator and the only Supreme Court Justice to come from Utah. He was a strong proponent of women's political rights for his entire life. Conservative Utah think tank Sutherland Institute is named for George.
  • 1911 - The Triangle Shirtwaist Company factory sweatshop in New York City burns down, killing 146 workers, almost all of them women. 
  • 1931 - Ida B. Wells Barnett dies of kidney failure at age 68.
  • 1934 - Gloria Steinem is born.
  • 1949 - Lillian E. Fishburne is born. She became the first African-American female to hold the rank of Rear Admiral (RDML) in the United States Navy (1998).
  • 1967 - Debi Thomas is born. In 1988, she became the first Black athlete to ever win a medal in the Olympic Winter Games when she won the bronze in figure skating.

Wise Words

"To my mind the right of women to vote is as obvious as my own right."

~George Sutherland

Lighter Side

Lighter Side

"Do you know how stressful it is to parallel-park when there's someone behind you? Imagine blocking a whole hemisphere." 


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