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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."
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 PolicyTweets 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).
Commentary: 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?
A 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).
- How religious freedom's PR crisis affects the Equality Act debate - A recent survey found that 44% of U.S. adults believe their rights are threatened by religious liberty claims
- Healthcare in America is failing the people who need it most. It's time for change - The U.S. would do well to follow the lead of other developed nations and begin working to envision and create its own unique iteration of universal health care.
- The untold story of President Nelson's selection of counselors - President Nelson noted that "upon my demise, he (Oaks) is the next president of the church. "That's the kindest thing I could do to the church and for him to give that exposure."
- Bill restricting governor, mayor, health officials' emergency powers is nearly through Utah Legislature - The bill has been the subject of heavy negotiation between House and Senate leadership, as well as Gov. Spencer Cox and the Utah Department of Health.
- Vaccine eligibility drops to 50 and older as Salt Lake, other counties move to moderate risk - All Utahns 50 and older, as well as those with some less severe medical conditions, will be able to start scheduling COVID-19 vaccination shots Monday.
- Sen. Mitt Romney backs effort to slow down 'massively misdirected' COVID-19 relief bill - The Utah Republican also plans to introduce a number of amendments to the bill, including one that would direct billions of dollars to state and local government to only those that need pandemic-related assistance.
- Protests at person's home off-limits as Legislature restricts demonstrators - HB291 would make "targeted residential picketing" - a protest "specifically directed or focused toward a residence, or one or more occupants of the residence" - a class B misdemeanor, which is punishable under Utah law by up to six months in jail or fines of up to $1,000.
Salt Lake Tribune
- Trump appointee arrested in connection with Capitol riot (Politico) - Frederico Klein worked for a time in the State Department's Office of Brazilian and Southern Cone Affairs before being transferred to the office that handles Freedom of Information Act requests.
- State Department aide appointed by Trump stormed the Capitol, beat police with a riot shield, FBI says (Washington Post) - Federal agents arrested Federico G. Klein, 42, a former State Department aide, on multiple felony charges related to the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. He is the first member of the previous administration arrested in relation to the insurrection.
- A guide to what you can expect to get from the $1.9 trillion Senate stimulus (CNN) - Senators narrowed the eligibility for stimulus checks and removed a provision to increase the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour.
- Opinion: Why Democrats may look back on the $1.9 trillion Covid relief bill with regret (CNN) - Because this is the first major legislative initiative of Biden's presidency, the Democrats' unwillingness to compromise may have poisoned the well when it comes to future bipartisan action.
- Cuomo Aides Rewrote Nursing Home Report to Hide Higher Death Toll (New York Times) - The "intervention" in June was the earliest action yet known in an effort by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo that concealed how many nursing home residents died in the pandemic.
- Capitol Police Call For Extension Of National Guard Help (NPR) - U.S. Capitol Police requested a 60-day extension for a portion of the National Guard troops currently in Washington, D.C., Thursday as the threat of a possible attack from militia groups looms over the city.
- Texas family detention centers expected to transform into rapid-processing hubs (Texas Tribune) - The Ellis-Island-style hubs that will screen migrant parents and children with a goal of releasing them into the United States within 72 hours.
- Biden limits eligibility for stimulus payments under pressure from moderate Senate Democrats (Washington Post) - Change comes as Senate prepares to move forward on Biden's $1.9 trillion relief bill.
- Biden celebrates House passing HR 1, Dems' campaign bill, vows work to 'refine and advance' legislation (Fox News) - Biden called the right to vote "sacred and fundamental," adding that it is "the right from which all of our other rights as Americans spring."
- Senate votes to open debate on Biden's $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill (Washington Post) - Democrats move forward without GOP support after flurry of 11th-hour negotiations.
- 'I...really struggled through this one': A Republican senator chose history over oil and gas (Washington Post) - Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska voted to confirm Rep. Deb Haaland's nomination as the first Native American interior secretary.
- What is this new voting rights act about? (Deseret News) - The new law would add new requirements that would weaken restrictive voter ID laws, create an automatic voter registration program, and expand early and mail-in voting, among other things.
- Texas is 'open 100%,' but has it really crossed the pandemic finish line? (Deseret News) - The real answer doesn't make for a good campaign slogan. It isn't a politician's dream. It won't make the agitators happy right now, and no, it can't be legislated.
Policy NewsSen. 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.
Reps 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.
Rep. 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.
Reps 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.
On This Day In History
- 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.
"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
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