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Situational Analysis - March 31, 2021
It's Wednesday, the last day of March and that means it's National Crayon Day, National 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
- G. Gordon Liddy, a former FBI agent, Army veteran and the mastermind behind the Watergate burglary, died Tuesday at age 90.
- 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.
- 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.
- Two three wildfires are already burning in Utah - and it's not even April.
- 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 PolicyTweets 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.
Rounding 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.
Orrin 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.
Salt Lake Tribune
- Virtual driver's license? Pilot program to start in Utah (ABC4) - According to the Driver License Division, Utah's mobile driver's license will be the first in the nation and "will incorporate the industry standards established for privacy, security, interoperability, and authenticity."
- Utah Food for Families to distribute food boxes every Tuesday (ABC4) - Officials say over 500 boxes were distributed in 2 hours yesterday. The boxes were packed with fresh meats, milk, yogurt, cheese, potatoes, vegetables and fruit.
- Utah Federation of Republican Women issues statement on 'ignored' sexual harassment claims (KUTV) - UFRW says they are "deeply disappointed and saddened to hear of the harassment and abuse that was aimed at Republican women in the 2020 election cycle; both candidates and campaign professionals."
- 2 BYU mental health studies show how stress before age 5 impacts children as they grow up (KSL) - Traumatic childhood events may shape girls' delinquency behaviors and parenting practices by fathers, according to two new mental health studies from Brigham Young University.
- Lifting mask mandates so soon will make someone look foolish in the end (Deseret News) - Either all those politicians who thought they could negotiate matters of science, or all those health officials warning of another surge - or the wide swath of American people who can't make even the smallest of sacrifices for public health.
- Salt Lake County senior centers, closed for COVID-19, set to reopen in April (Deseret News) - Services put in place after the centers were shut down at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic a year ago will still be offered.
- COVID-19 variant identified in Britain found on Utah Navajo Nation (KUTV) - The person who tested positive for the variant on the Navajo Nation had been fully vaccinated.
- Canceled, duplicate appointments could be clogging up vaccine scheduling in Logan (KUTV) - Some residents around Logan say they had a hard time scheduling second dose appointments for the COVID-19 vaccine. The Bear River Health Department says the appointments are there, it just might not look like it.
- 2021 Tour of Utah, normally a jammed day in Park City, canceled based on coronavirus worries (Park Record) - The decision is more evidence that the economic impact of pandemic will stretch well into 2021.
- French President Macron under pressure to lock down as Covid-19 hospitalizations soar (CNN) - Today, more than 28,000 people are being treated in hospital for Covid-19 in France, including 5,072 in intensive care units (ICU), according to French health ministry data. It's the first time since April last year that ICU patient numbers have surpassed 5,000.
- Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines may block infection as well as disease (Science News) - Studies suggest fully vaccinated people pose a low risk for transmitting the coronavirus
- Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine safe and effective in children as young as 12, say companies (Washington Post) - The vaccine was 100 percent effective at preventing symptomatic illness within the trial and it triggered immune responses that were even more robust than those seen in young adults
- At least 19 states report rise in Covid hospitalizations (NBC) - Amid growing concern over a fourth wave, states from New York to Washington are now reporting a rise in hospitalizations. Many of the infections are being seen in young people.
- Biden senses public shift with infrastructure plan (CNN) - At no time since the 1980s has unchained capitalism seemed so threatened. Biden sees a chance to act now.
- Rep. Matt Gaetz faces Justice Dept. investigation over alleged relationship with teen girl (Washington Post) - The investigation into Gaetz began some time last year, when Trump was still in office, after a criminal case against a different Florida politician led investigators to allegations that the congressman had a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl and paid for her travel.
- Rep. Matt Gaetz denies relationship with 17-year-old and claims extortion attempt (CNN) - The Florida Republican said that the claims were being pushed by people who are targets of an "ongoing extortion investigation" and that his father has been wearing a wire to "catch these criminals."
- Scoop: Matt Gaetz eyes early retirement to take job at Newsmax (Axios) - Many Republicans turned to the network after Fox News called Arizona early for President Biden. Some critics now say Fox is not conservative enough for their tastes,
- White House unveils $2 trillion infrastructure and climate plan, setting up giant battle over role of government (Washington Post) - Ahead of speech in Pittsburgh, Biden administration releases sprawling effort to revamp U.S. transit, broadband, housing and more
- Young witnesses to George Floyd's death testify they felt helpless as they watched him die and feared Derek Chauvin (Washington Post) - In deeply emotional testimony, Darnella Frazier, who was just 17 when she came across Floyd being restrained by the police, testified of the lingering anxiety and guilt she feels about Floyd's death and not doing more to intervene.
- Two Capitol Police Officers Sue Trump Over January Riot (New York Times) - Former President Donald J. Trump "inflamed, encouraged, incited, directed, and aided and abetted" the Capitol Riot on Jan. 6, the officers' lawsuit said.
- Supreme Court Arguments May Be Turning Point for N.C.A.A. (New York TImes) - The justices will consider whether limits on payments to student-athletes violate antitrust laws.
- New York police arrest man over attack on Asian woman in hate crime case (Reuters) - Police identified the suspect as Brandon Elliot, 38, who was already on lifetime parole for murdering his mother.
- Capitol riot suspect wore 'I Was There' shirt when arrested (AP) - Garret Miller's shirt had a photograph of former President Donald Trump, and it said "Take America Back" and "I Was There, Washington D.C., January 6, 2021," federal prosecutors noted in a court filing Monday.
- Some Capitol riot suspects apologize as consequences sink in (AP) - Confronted with compelling video and photographic evidence in court, dozens of rioters have apologized and expressed regret as the consequences of their actions have started to sink in. The ramifications include potential job losses, financial ruin and possible time behind bars.
- TikTok star on cellphone with fiancee as tree limb kills her (AP) - Rochelle Hager, 31, of Waterville, Maine, was an executive chef who posted popular TikTok videos and was engaged to be married this fall.
Policy NewsState 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.
Rep. 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.
Utah 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.
On This Day In History
- 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.
- 1998 - Toni Morrison wins the Pulitzer prize for her novel, Beloved.
"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."
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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