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Situational Analysis - March 5, 2021

We made it! It's Friday, March 5th and the last day of the Utah legislature. It's also National Cheese Doodle Day - good snacking for politics, right? It's also National Day of Unplugging, a day to disconnect from technology, electronics and social media. Not happening if you're following Utah politics today. But maybe tomorrow?

Nationally, the first member of the previous administration was arrested in connection with the riot on Jan. 6. He worked in the office that gets Freedom of Information Act requests. Yikes. Also, all 628 pages of the COVID-19 relief bill were read on the Senate floor - but only one Senator stuck around to hear it. Kind of. 

If you only have time for one thing today: Rep. Jon Hawkins video-called into the House yesterday, the first time during the session. He has been in ICU for weeks as a result of COVID-19. Watch this emotional video as he talks about heading to a long-term care facility to learn to "walk, swallow - basically all those things we take for granted."

Jon Hawkins



Today's the day - the 2021 Utah legislative session ends no later than midnight tonight.
39 days until the end of the Cox/Henderson administration's first 100 days (04/14/2021)
55 days until the Biden/Harris administration's first 100 days are up (04/30/2021)

Today At Utah Policy

images/Resized_Logos/Tweet.pngTweets of the day: #utleg roundup
By Holly Richardson
Skipping the "Friday fun" tweets this week for another #utleg roundup. Lots of bills moving in the last days of the session. Some highlights from yesterday: Infrastructure, SB54 repeal is dead, two new state parks,a new flag, BINGO and porn (filtering).
images/mugs-300/LaVarr_Webb.jpgCommentary: 2050 is around the corner and now is the time to prepare
By LaVarr Webb
2050 seems so far off in the future that we don't even need to think about it, right? Won't an asteroid strike earth, or won't the Second Coming of Jesus happen, or won't a pandemic wipe out the population (oops that's hitting a bit close to home) before 2050 arrives?
images/Resized_Article_Images/Glossary.pngA glossary of terms you might hear today
By Holly Richardson
In more or less alphabetical order, here are some terms likely to be heard on this final day of the legislative session including sine die (and the way we're really supposed to pronounce it).

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Policy News

images/Resized_Logos/Romney_Senate_logo.pngSen. Romney to serve as ranking member of subcommittee on China
 U.S. Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) announced his subcommittee assignments for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He will serve as Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy. He will also serve on the Subcommittee on Europe and Regional Security Cooperation and on the Subcommittee on Near East, South Asia, Central Asia, and Counterterrorism, which he chaired last Congress.
images/Resized_Logos/John_Curtis_logo.pngReps Curtis and Smith introduce bipartisan Adoptee Citizenship Act of 2021
 Today, Representative John Curtis (R-UT) and Adam Smith (D-WA) introduced the bipartisan Adoptee Citizenship Act of 2021 to provide U.S. citizenship to international adoptees brought to the U.S. as children but were never granted citizenship. The legislation would close a loophole in the Child Citizenship Act of 2000 (CCA), which has prevented internationally-adopted children, who are now adults, from receiving US citizenship despite being raised by American parents.
images/Resized_Logos/Burgess_Owens_logo.pngRep. Owens on his opposition to HR1, the "For the People Act"
 U.S. Rep. Burgess Owens (UT-04) released the following statement outlining his opposition to the "For the Politicians Act," a massive power grab that weakens election security and keeps Washington bureaucrats in power.
images/mugs-300/Rep_Blake_Moore.pngReps Moore and Westerman pen op-ed on how productivity protects natural resources
Originally published in the Deseret News Over the past few months, countless constituents have approached us with the same question: How can we ensure that our public lands are managed in a way that works for everyone?
ACG Utah presents its DealMakers of the Year awards to Ryan and Ashley Smith and Luci
This year, the Association of Corporate Growth (ACG) Utah will celebrate Utah business leaders and their enterprises who not only survived 2020 but were frontrunners in business leadership and growth. With a focus on "Celebrating Utah Deal Makers," ACG Utah will celebrate the recipients of its M&A Award and Growth Capital Award at its virtual 17th Annual DealSource Summit and Ski Event, scheduled March 4-5. M&A Award recipients are Ryan and Ashley Smith for their acquisition of the Utah Jazz; and the recipient of the Growth Capital Award is Lucid. Lucid CEO and Co-founder Karl Sun will accept the award on behalf of Lucid. 

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On This Day In History

(From History.com)

  • 1616 - The astronomical work 'de Revolutionibus' by Nicolaus Copernicus is placed on Catholic Forbidden index.
  • 1770 - The Boston Massacre occurred when British troops fired on protestors at the Customs House. Five colonists died: Crispus Attucks, a Black man, Patrick Carr, Samuel Gray, Samuel Maverick and James Caldwell.
  • 1836 - Samuel Colt manufactures first pistol, 34-caliber "Texas" model.
  • 1846 - Emma McVicker is born. She was an advocate for early childhood education and was the first woman appointed to statewide office in Utah when she became the superintendent of schools in 1900.
  • 1853 - Piano company Steinway & Sons founded by Heinrich Steinweg (later Henry Steinway) in New York City.
  • 1868 - The impeachment trial of Andrew Johnson begins, the first in US history.
  • 1885 - Louise Pearce, one of the foremost pathologists of the early 20th century, was born today. She found a cure for trypanosomiasis, aka African sleeping sickness in 1919.
  • 1904 - Nikola Tesla describes the process of the ball lightning formation in Electrical World and Engineer.
  • 1931 - Geraldyn Cobb is born. An aviation pioneer, she became the first woman to pass qualifying exams for astronaut training in 1959. However, she was denied entrance into the program because she lacked military jet experience.
  • 1933 - Germany's Nazi Party wins majority in parliament with 43.9%.
  • 1946 - Winston Churchill delivers his famous Iron Curtain speech in Fulton, Missouri.
  • 1953 - Joseph Stalin dies. He is remembered as the man who helped save his nation from Nazi domination and the mass murderer who oversaw the death of between 8 milion and 20 million Russians.
  • 1963 - Hula Hoop patented.
  • 1981 - U.S. government grants Atlanta $1 million to finance mental health and social programs in the wake of a mysterious series of abductions and slayings involving at least 22 Black youths.
  • 1995 - Graves of Tsar Nicholas II and family found in St Petersburg.
  • 2013 - Venezuelan Vice-President Nicols Maduro assumes the presidency after the death of Hugo Chvez.

Wise Words

"From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic an "iron curtain" has descended across the continent. Behind that line lie all the capitals of the ancient states of Central and Eastern Europe."

~Winston Churchill, March 5, 1946

Lighter Side

Lighter Side

What's Irish and comes out in Spring?

Paddy O'Furniture

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