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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 Day. Hymen 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
- Former SLCounty GOP chair who resigned on Sunday is still running for state GOP chair.
- CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky had to fight back tears as she warns of 'impending doom' with new COVID-19 surge.
- 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.
- President Biden's approval rating on the COVID-19 response hits 72%.
- 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 PolicyMore 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.
Tweets 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.
Commentary: 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."
Salt Lake Tribune
- Just-resigned Salt Lake County GOP chairman says he is still in the race to become head of Utah Republican Party - Scott Miller stepped down from the Salt Lake County GOP on Sunday after allegations of harassment and bullying behavior from more than a half dozen Republican women.
- Three old streams bring one sparkling new attraction to Salt Lake City's west side - Three Creeks Confluence Park showcases Red Butte, Emigration and Parleys waterways near the Jordan River Parkway Trail.
- Exclusive: Utah's power brokers helped Draper pharmacist with customs holdup on drug import - State officials including Senate President Stuart Adams wanted to make the antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine available to Utahns as an off-label treatment for COVID-19.
- Utah Sen. Mitt Romney said he will not vote for new federal gun laws - The Utah senator argues that firearm policies should be developed at the state level.
- These are the safest cities in Utah - In order, the top ten are, #1, Spanish Fork, then Syracuse, Kaysville, Bountiful, North Ogden, Pleasant Grove, Clinton, Springville, Farmington, and Saratoga Springs.
- What questions do you have for Mayor Erin Mendenhall? - Readers can submit questions for the mayor here. The Editorial Board will bring a few of them to her during Tuesday's Editorial Board meeting.
- Sen. Mike Lee calls migrant camps at southern border 'unacceptable' - Says he encountered smugglers and cartel members yelling at him and other senators across the border.
- Former US Surgeon General defends Birx in tweets following CNN special report (CNN) - "Fascinating to see zero support for Birx- the lone female doc in the room- even among women. In fact, women seem to be the most critical of her. It took more courage for her to stay than to leave, and people who weren't there have no clue how much worse it could've been w/o her," tweeted Dr. Jerome Adams.
- Vaccine passports: New details on how they would work (FOX 8) - According to reports, the passport would come as a scannable code that users could easily bring up on their smartphone. Printable paper copies would also be available to those without that technology.
- One dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccines was 80% effective in preventing Covid in CDC study of health workers (CNBC) - Two doses are better than one, the CDC said, adding that the vaccines' effectiveness jumped to 90% two weeks after the second dose.
- Coronavirus likely came from animal, not a lab, WHO draft report finds (CNN) - Survey of experts in relevant fields concludes that new variants could arise in countries with low vaccine coverage.
- New Covid vaccines needed globally within a year, say scientists (The Guardian) - Survey of experts in relevant fields concludes that new variants could arise in countries with low vaccine coverage.
- My BMI qualified me for the coronavirus vaccine. Why did I hesitate to schedule an appointment? (CNN) - "At first, I thought that I would not sign up for a vaccine appointment because there is nothing wrong with me. I didn't want to take a slot from someone who actually needed it."
- Biden, health officials sound alarm as signs of covid surge proliferate (Washington Post) - Daily case counts are rising, younger people replaced seniors in some U.S. hospitals, and the United States moved beyond the milestone of 30 million cases since the outbreak began.
- Biden handed Harris a political grenade. Can she defuse it? (Politico) - The VP is being asked to solve the riddle on the southern border. She has a vision. The question is: can she make it work?
- Biden Pushes Mask Mandate as C.D.C. Director Warns of 'Impending Doom' (New York Times) - The administration is stepping up the pace of vaccinations and expanding access to shots, but it remains in a race against a virus on the upswing.
- Kamala Harris will play 'diplomatic' role in migration crisis, White House says (Fox News) - Vice president to be 'focused on addressing root causes in the region,' Psaki says.
- US ratchets up pressure on Myanmar's military after its bloodiest weekend since the coup (Vox) - Reports indicate Myanmar's junta killed about 140 people over the weekend. The Biden administration is responding with trade restrictions.
- White House dramatically increased tax proposal as it sought to address tensions over next big spending plan (Washington Post) - Biden aides see next major legislative effort as comparable to LBJ's Great Society but face divisions among key allies.
- Biden administration launches major push to expand offshore wind power (Washington Post) - Initiative by Commerce, Energy, Interior and Transportation departments aims to tackle climate change while boosting union jobs.
- Biden's Lesson From Past Green Stimulus Failures: Go Even Bigger (New York Times) - As vice president, Joe Biden oversaw a "green jobs" stimulus package that produced notable failures. This time, with more money and more demand for clean technology, will be different, Democrats say.
- Trump launches 'the official website of the 45th President' (The Hill) - The website, 45office.com, is meant to allow supporters to request their participation in events, submit letters and ask for personalized greetings.
- 'Active and dangerous scene': Mount Rushmore closed, 400 homes evacuated as multiple wildfires spread in South Dakota (USA Today) - The fires are burning timber with very high potential for spread due to elevated winds.
Policy NewsUtah 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.
In 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.
Sen. 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.
Sens. 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.
Sen. 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.
On This Day In History
- 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.
"To the lover of wilderness, Alaska is one of the most wonderful countries in the world."
What do you get when you dump your Easter eggs on a hill?
A spring roll!
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