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Situational Analysis - March 26, 2021

Hello there Friday. Today is Epilepsy Awareness Day, a day to recognize the 50 million people worldwide who are affected by this neurological disorder. Epilepsy impacts the central nervous system and causes seizures and other symptoms. The types of seizures vary depending on the cause and type of epilepsy, and sometimes no known cause can be found. Epilepsy is not contagious and any age group can develop it. Wear purple today to show your support for people with epilepsy and those who love and support them.

5 things you need to know

  1. President Joe Biden held his first press conference. The left liked it, the right hated it and a lot of people found it refreshingly boring.
  2. Five people are dead after "tornadic thunderstorm" carves a 100-plus mile path through Alabama on Thursday afternoon.
  3. Governor Spencer Cox and first lady Abby Cox received their first COVID vaccine yesterday. "This is so cool," said the Gov.
  4. The cargo ship is still stuck in the Suez Canal. Some say it will be freed this weekend while others are saying it could be weeks before it's on its way.
  5. Captain Kristin "Beo" Wolfe is one of four female fighter pilots stationed at Hill AFB (out of 100). She's also the first female commander of the F-35A Demo Team.


19 days until the end of the Cox/Henderson administration's first 100 days (04/14/2021)
29 days until the United Utah Party Organizing Convention (04/24/2021)
35 days until the Biden/Harris administration's first 100 days are up (04/30/2021)
36 days until the in-person Utah GOP Organizing Convention (05/01/2021)
169 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
A volcano with tourists, Alan Turing, pics of a black hole and tanker memes. Gotta have tanker memes.
images/Resized_Article_Images/Rural_news_1.pngRural news round-up
By Holly Richardson
From record-breaking numbers of visitors to Utah's national parks, to hungry college students and from city council meetings to a social media influencer from Ephraim, check out this weeks round-up of news stories from some of Utah's rural news outlets.
images/mugs-300/LaVarr_Webb.jpgCommentary: With 400 million guns out there, banning one model won't help
By LaVarr Webb
I've written previously that I'm a gun owner. I even own an AR-15, one of those scary-looking "assault" weapons that Pres. Biden wants to ban. I like that gun a lot, and it's a very useful weapon to have on the ranch.

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COVID Corner

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Policy News

images/Resized_Logos/John_Curtis_logo.pngRep. Curtis questions major tech CEOs during House E&C hearing
Today, Representative John Curtis (R-UT) gave the following remarks at the member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Google CEO Sundar Pichai, and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey all testified before the virtual hearing on combating online misinformation and disinformation.
images/Resized_Logos/Burgess_Owens_logo.pngRep. Owens opening statement at hearing on educational equity
Today, Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education Subcommittee Republican Leader Burgess Owens (R-UT) delivered the following opening statement, as prepared for delivery, at a subcommittee hearing to discuss educational equity post-COVID-19:
images/Resized_Logos/Chris_Stewart_logo_white.pngRep. Stewart's statement on President Biden's first press conference
Today, President Biden held his first solo press conference since taking office. Congressman Chris Stewart (R-UT) released the following statement:
images/Resized_Logos/State_Treasurers_Seal.pngTreasurer Damschen recognizes students for winning Utah's Fall 2020 Stock Market Game
Utah State Treasurer David Damschen applauds the winners of the Fall 2020 Stock Market Game. More than 2,900 students from across the state participated, competing in elementary, middle school and high school divisions. The top three teams within each division are represented by 21 students in total.
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. 

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On This Day In History

(From History.com)

  • 1874 - Robert Frost is born
  • 1926 - Sandra Day O'Connor is born. She became the first female U.S. Supreme Court Justice.
  • 1940 - Nancy Pelosi is born.
  • 1953 - Dr. Jonas Salk announces the polio vaccine. The previous year, there were 58,000 new cases in the US alone. Mass vaccinations have nearly eradicated the disease.
  • 1830 - The Book of Mormon was first offered for sale in E. B. Grandin's bookstore in Palmyra, New York.

Wise Words

"Two roads diverged in a wood, and I -- I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference."

~Robert Frost

Lighter Side

Lighter Side

"During his first press conference today, President Biden said, quote, 'I got elected to solve problems.' Um, OK, so what do you know about boats and canals then?" 



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