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Situational Analysis - March 30, 2021

Hello Tuesday. Today is National Take a Walk in the Park Day. If you go, you might want to take a coat! It's also National Pencil DayHymen Lipman received the first patent for attaching an eraser to the end of a pencil on this day in 1858. Before that time, pencils and erasers existed separately. Did you know that during World War II, the Cumberland Pencil Company out of Kenswick, England produced pencils that contained secret maps? The pencils were designed to work but they were hollow with graphite on the ends. Between the graphite, the makers had stowed maps to aid captured military personnel in their escape to freedom. At night, when the factory closed, workers would assemble them under secrecy. The miniature maps detailed escape routes from prisoner of war camps and also included a miniature compass. Throughout the war, these small tools were issued to members of the Royal Airforce and sent to POW camps. Now you know.

5 more things you need to know

  1. Former SLCounty GOP chair who resigned on Sunday is still running for state GOP chair.
  2. CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky had to fight back tears as she warns of 'impending doom' with new COVID-19 surge.
  3. The trial of Derek Chauvin began yesterday. He is the police officer who kept his knee on George Floyd's neck for 9 minutes and 29 seconds.
  4. President Biden's approval rating on the COVID-19 response hits 72%.
  5. Beverly Cleary died over the weekend, just shy of her 105th birthday.


15 days until the end of the Cox/Henderson administration's first 100 days (04/14/2021)
25 days until the United Utah Party Organizing Convention (04/24/2021)
31 days until the Biden/Harris administration's first 100 days are up (04/30/2021)
32 days until the in-person Utah GOP Organizing Convention (05/01/2021)
165 days until half-way through the Cox/Henderson's administration's 500-day plan (09/11/2021)

Today At Utah Policy

images/Resized_Logos/Holly_R.pngMore anti-Asian hate. When will it be enough?
By Holly Richardson
Last week, my son who is Asian and who was adopted from Kazakhstan as a toddler, was driving home from work when a white man in a big truck pulled alongside him, pulled on the corners of his eyes, called my son a racial slur and told him to "go back where he came from." Nice. The anti-Asian hate is not subsiding.
images/Resized_Logos/Tweet.pngTweets of the day
By Holly Richardson
All three police officers are gone from Mantua, The Point holds a board meeting and rural Utah gets a boost in more ways than one.
images/mugs-300/LaVarr_Webb.jpgCommentary: Gender 'equality' rankings often don't include key factors
By LaVarr Webb
I saw another reference the other day from a liberal group noting that Utah is the "worst state in the nation for women's equality."We see frequent news stories, opinion essays and rankings from various organizations portraying Utah very negatively on women's issues. In one frequently-cited study by WalletHub, for example, Utah ranked dead last in the nation for "women's rights."

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images/Resized_Logos/multicultural-affairs.logo.pngUtah Division of Multicultural Affairs highlights stories of women community health workers
In Utah, across the country, and throughout history, Community Health Workers have been at the forefront of public health emergencies, much like the Coronavirus pandemic. They advocate for change, improve access to the quality of care, and increase cultural awareness of services delivered. A Community Health Worker's role is intersectional and known by many names. They can be health educators, resource connectors, liaisons, trainers, interpreters, but at their core, they are effective advocates for a community's needs, because often, they come from the communities they serve.
images/Resized_Logos/State_seal.pngIn honor of Women's History Month, here is LG Henderson's inaugural address
Lt. Governor Henderson recently tweeted: In honor of #WomensHistoryMonth I'm posting my inaugural address. We're all better off when voices of men and women are heard in the public square. I'm grateful for those who paved paths so the journeys of so many of us would be a little smoother.
images/Resized_Logos/Mike_Lee_logo.pngSen. Lee visits US-Mexico border, calls for end to crisis
 Last week, Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) joined a congressional delegation trip with 17 of his colleagues to help shed light on the humanitarian crisis caused by the recent surges in illegal immigration along the U.S.-Mexico border. The senators toured immigration processing facilities along the border, attended a roundtable with local leaders, and heard firsthand accounts of the journeys of migrant men, women, and children.
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.

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On This Day In History

(From History.com)

  • 1839 - Mary Elizabth Bowser is born. A former slave, Bowser served as an undercover agent for Ulysses S. Grant by working as a servant in the home of Confederate President Jefferson Davis. Because of the racial prejudice of the day, the assumption that slaves were illiterate and not intelligent, and the way slave servants were trained to seem invisible, Mary was able to glean considerable military intelligence by simply doing her job. 
  • 1867 - US buys Alaska from Russia for $7,200,000 ($109 million in 2018), roughly 2 cents an acre. At the time, it was mocked as "Seward's Folly." It's not mocked anymore. 
  • 1870 - The 15th Amendment to the US Constitution is adopted, guaranteeing men the right to vote regardless of race. In the late 1870s, however, the Southern Republican Party vanished with the end of Reconstruction, and Southern state governments effectively nullified the 14th and 15th Amendments, stripping Southern African Americans of the right to vote for another century.
  • 1981 - Ronald Reagan is shot and wounded in an assassination attempt by John Hinckley.

Wise Words

"To the lover of wilderness, Alaska is one of the most wonderful countries in the world."

~John Muir

Lighter Side

Lighter Side

What do you get when you dump your Easter eggs on a hill?

A spring roll!

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