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Situational Analysis - March 31, 2021

It's Wednesday, the last day of March and that means it's National Crayon DayNational Tater Day and National Clams on the Half Shell Day. Taters for dinner it is. Boil them, mash them, stick them in a stew...

5 things you need to know

  1. G. Gordon Liddy, a former FBI agent, Army veteran and the mastermind behind the Watergate burglary, died Tuesday at age 90.
  2. Rep. Matt Gaetz is under investigation for an alleged sexual relationship with a minor which may have violated federal sex-trafficking laws. In 2017, he was the only member of Congress to vote against a law that gave the federal government more power and money to fight human trafficking.
  3. The two remaining Utah County commissioners want to move the entire budget office out from under the clerk/auditor's office and put it under their control. They forgot to ask current clerk/auditor Amelia Powers Gardner what she thought of the plan.
  4. Two three wildfires are already burning in Utah - and it's not even April. 
  5. Jen Shah, from the "Real Housewives of Salt Lake City" was arrested and charged with conspiracy to commit money laundering and telemarketing and wire fraud.


14 days until the end of the Cox/Henderson administration's first 100 days (04/14/2021)
24 days until the United Utah Party Organizing Convention (04/24/2021)
30 days until the Biden/Harris administration's first 100 days are up (04/30/2021)
31 days until the in-person Utah GOP Organizing Convention (05/01/2021)
164 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
Donald Trump is being sued by Capitol Police officer and a former contestant on "The Apprentice," online haters score high in this, Boeing and Utah, lessons learned in a year of shutdown and gender parity set back an entire generation.
images/Resized_Logos/Holly_R.pngRounding out Women's History Month with some of Utah's remarkable women
By Holly Richardson
A woman who made a career change in her 50's, three women working on behalf of the Shoshone Nation, Tech-Moms help women in or rejoining the workforce, postpartum mood disorders and four women profiled by ABC4. 
images/Resized_Logos/Hatch_Foundation.jpgOrrin Hatch: America is facing a civics crisis. Here's how we fix it.
By Orrin G. Hatch
 Originally published in the Washington TimesAt the close of the 1787 Constitutional Convention, when asked what form of government the convention had provided for our new nation, Benjamin Franklin replied, "A republic - if you can keep it."Can we keep it? This question is more relevant today than ever before.

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Policy News

images/Resized_Logos/Office_of_Auditor.pngState Auditor announces the release of a review of Banjo, Inc. and its public safety application
The Office of the State Auditor (Office) today announces the release of its review of the State's contract with Banjo, Inc. (Banjo). Attorney General Reyes requested the Office review the contract for Banjo's public safety application Live Time. The circumstances surrounding Live Time posed several complex technical and social issues, including concerns regarding privacy and potential algorithmic bias. We recognize the compelling law enforcement interests underlying the associated procurement, particularly the possibility of leveraging technology to accelerate the safe rescue of abducted children.
images/Resized_Logos/John_Curtis_logo.pngRep. Curtis, Sen. Romney introduce bill to advance the Bonneville Shoreline Trail
Today, Representative John Curtis (R-UT) and Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) released the following statements about their legislation to enable the construction of high priority sections of the Bonneville Shoreline Trail (BST) to enhance recreation opportunities near Utah's most urban areas. The Bonneville Shoreline Trail Advancement Act, also supported by Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT), Rep. Chris Stewart (R-UT), Rep. Blake Moore (R-UT), and Rep. Burgess Owens (R-UT) will adjust management boundaries to allow the advancement of the BST while also designating nearby U.S. Forest Service land for permanent protection.
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.

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On This Day In History

(From History.com)

  • 1776 - Abigail Adams writes to her husband John who is helping to frame the Declaration of Independence and cautions, "Remember the ladies"
  • 1888 - The National Council of Women of the U.S. is organized by Susan B. Anthony, Clara Barton, Julia Ward Howe, and Sojourner Truth, among others, the oldest non-sectarian women's organization in the U.S.
  • 1889 - Eiffel Tower is completed. Parisians did not love it.
  • 1918 - The first daylight saving time begins in the United States. This is where the madness started
  • 1927 - Cesar Chavez is born. A former migrant farmworker, Cesar Chavez founded the National Farm Workers Association. The organization would later become the United Farm Workers of America and under Chavez's guidance, it would gain higher wages and benefits for workers.
  • 1980 - Jesse Owens, four-time Olympic Gold Medalist, dies of lung cancer at age 66.
  • 1998 - American politician Bella Abzug dies.
  • 1998Toni Morrison wins the Pulitzer prize for her novel, Beloved.

Wise Words

"Remember the Ladies, and be more generous and favorable to them than your ancestors. Do not put such unlimited power into the hands of the husbands. Remember all men would be tyrants if they could."

~Abigail Adams

Lighter Side

Lighter Side

Now that the rush to free the Ever Given has succeeded, the blame game can commence. The boat's shipping company, Taiwan-based Evergreen Marine, has blamed a strong gust of wind, but Jimmy Kimmel was skeptical "they finished this canal in 1869, in 150 years this is the first time they had wind?"


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