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Situational Analysis - March 29, 2021

Happy Monday! A big drop in temperature is coming today. My daffodils are wimpering at the weather whiplash. Today is World Piano Day - the 88th day of the year. Clever. 

Also, chag sameach to all our friends observing Passover this week.

5 things you need to know

  1. The Salt Lake County GOP chair resigned Sunday morning.. 
  2. The military and police forces in Myanmar continue to kill protestors.
  3. Iran and China signed a strategic cooperation agreement outlining their economic, political and trade relations for the next 25 years.
  4. Fox News was hit with a $1.6 B defamation lawsuit from Dominion Voting, arguing that Fox "sold a false story of election fraud in order to serve its own commercial purposes."
  5. The boat is afloat. The bow has been dislodged and engineers are hopeful that the Suez Canal will reopen to other traffic today.


16 days until the end of the Cox/Henderson administration's first 100 days (04/14/2021)
26 days until the United Utah Party Organizing Convention (04/24/2021)
32 days until the Biden/Harris administration's first 100 days are up (04/30/2021)
33 days until the in-person Utah GOP Organizing Convention (05/01/2021)
166 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: Weekend SLCo GOP roundup
By Holly Richardson
A lot happened on Twitter over the weekend. Here's a recap.
images/Resized_Logos/SLCounty_GOP.pngWhat happened in the Salt Lake County GOP over the weekend??
By Holly Richardson
 What happened in the Salt Lake County GOP this weekend?? Here's a brief timeline:
images/mugs-300/Derek_Miller.jpgUtah's economy needs a 'rural renaissance'
By Holly Richardson
Originally published in the Deseret NewsWhile regular attention is paid to Utah's cityscapes, including recent recognition of three of the top 10 economic metro areas in the country, the state has much to offer with its rural opportunity and talent. That talent is already on display with our new Sanpete County-born-and-bred governor, but this is only the tip of the iceberg. I believe the private sector, working with community leaders, can help usher in a rural renaissance for our state and the Intermountain region.

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Policy News

images/Resized_Logos/Mike_Lee_logo.pngSens. Lee, Crapo, and Risch introduce MORE PILT Act
Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) on Thursday introduced the Making Obligations Right by Enlarging Payments in Lieu of Taxes Act, or MORE PILT Act. Sens. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Jim Risch (R-Idaho) joined as original cosponsors of the bill.
images/Resized_Logos/Mike_Lee_logo.pngSen. Lee, colleagues urge HHS to expand ethical sources of fetal tissue
 Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) on Friday led 15 of his colleagues in sending a letter to the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) requesting that the agency evaluate its ability to expand the existing organ donation network to include preterm and stillborn infant donors, so as to provide an ethical alternative to aborted fetal tissue. Under no circumstance should scientific research and experimentation use cells or tissues derived from abortion.
images/Resized_Logos/Mike_Lee_logo.pngSen. Lee reintroduces Poverty Improvement Act
Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) today reintroduced the Poverty Measurement Improvement Act, a bill that would improve the accuracy of poverty measurement in the United States by requiring the Census Bureau to supplement its existing poverty data with additional data from other federal agencies.
images/Resized_Logos/Utah_Foundation_Logo_01.jpg2020 a standout year for home sale price escalation
Utah Foundation's 2020 Utah Priorities Project found that housing affordability is a top issue to Utah voters. This is due in part to increasing housing prices.Based on data collected by Redfin (a real estate brokerage that publishes national housing data), Utah's housing prices skyrocketed in 2020. 
images/Resized_Logos/CCL_logo.jpegCitizens' Climate Lobby holding virtual townhall Mon. March 29
All faiths, all ages, and people all across the political spectrum are invited to an online Town Hall with Citizens' Climate Lobby (CCL) Monday March 29th from 6-7:30pm. We'll be continuing discussions about local solutions to our clean air problems here in Utah. You will hear presentations from local leaders including BYU Professor Ben Abbott, Representatives Kera Bierkeland (HD 53) and Mike Kohler (HD 54), Mayor Celeste Johnson of Midway, and Mayor Kelleen Potter of Heber City. Our panel will be moderated by Utah high school and college students. 

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On This Day In History

(From History.com)

  • 1806 - Construction is authorized for the Great National Pike, better known as the Cumberland Road, which became the first United States federal highway.
  • 1848 - Niagara Falls stops flowing for 30 hours due to an ice jam
  • 1865 - Appomattox, the final campaign in the Civil War, begins.
  • 1885 - Frances Bolton is born. She created an endowment to build a school of nursing at Case Western Reserve in 1923 after working with the Visiting Nurse Association and seeing the homes of the desperately poor. She helped remove color lines in nursing, and as a Republican Congresswoman from Ohio, she worked for racial equality and equal pay. She also is the only woman to have served in Congress simultaneously with her son, who represented a district to the east of his mother's. 
  • 1929 - President Herbert Hoover has a phone installed at his desk in the Oval Office of the White House, the first president to do so.
  • 1951 - Julius and Ethel Rosenberg are convicted of espionage for their role in passing atomic secrets to the Soviets. They were executed on June 19, 1953 in Sing Sing Prison in New York. Both maintained their innocence to the end.
  • 1973 - The last US soldiers leave Vietnam.
  • 1974 - Chinese farmers discover the Terracotta Army near Xi'an, 8,000 clay warrior statues buried to guard the tomb of China's 1st emperor, Qin Shi Huang.
  • 1993 - Catherine Callbeck becomes the first woman in Canada to be elected as premier.

Wise Words

"Prejudice [must be put down] wherever it raises its head, whether we are victims or not. [An] attack on any group endangers everyone's freedom."

~Congresswoman Frances Bolton in an address before the UN General Assembly regarding the practices of apartheid in South Africa.

Lighter Side

Lighter Side

Spring cleaning never killed anyone but why take a chance??

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