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Situational Analysis - March 8, 2021

Welcome to Monday and the start of a brand-new week. Today is International Women's Day. Will you #ChooseToChallenge gender bias and inequities?? 

Over the weekend, the U.S. Senate passed the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill on a party-line vote of 50-49. It goes back to the House for concurrence and is expected to be on the president's desk this week. 

In Utah, the 2021 legislative wrapped up Friday night. Lots of news coverage in today's newsletter. 

If you only have time for one thing today: Read about "Bloody Sunday," March 7th, 1965. On that day, 600 people were marching towards Selma, Alabama when they were attacked on the Edmund Pettus Bridge, named for a Confederate brigadier general, Grand Dragon of the Alabama Ku Klux Klan, and U.S. senator who stood against Black rights. Law enforcement officers beat the unarmed marchers with billy clubs and sprayed them with tear gas. The late John Lewis had his skull cracked and 54-year-old Amelia Boynton was left unconsious. President Lyndon B. Johnson stepped in and by August, he signed the Voting Rights Act of 1965.


37 days until the end of the Cox/Henderson administration's first 100 days (04/14/2021)
53 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: Final #utleg general session roundup
By Holly Richardson
Wrapping up the 2021 legislative session.
images/Resized_Article_Images/International_Womens_Day.pngInternational Women's Day
By Holly Richardson
Today is International Women's Day. It has been observed for more than a century since it began in the United States in 1909. The observance went international in 1911 and the date was moved to March 8 in 1913, where it remains today. 
images/mugs-300/LaVarr_Webb.jpgAnalysis: GOP hopefuls are testing the water against Mike Lee in 2022
By LaVarr Webb
 Sen. Mike Lee is clearly favored to win re-election next year. But he's going to have competition, not just from a Democratic opponent, but also for the Republican nomination. The field is certainly not set, but indications are that Lee will face more than just token opposition.For example, Ally Isom, a Republican from the party's more moderate wing, is seriously considering challenging Lee. She has an impressive resume and a strong array of relationships and contacts. Former state Rep. Becky Edwards, North Salt Lake, who served five terms in the Utah House, is also said to be considering the race.

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images/Resized_Logos/Romney_Senate_logo.pngSen. Romney on his no vote for the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 package
Senator Mitt Romney spoke about the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 spending package and wondered why the U.S. is sending money to states that have seen a rise in revenue during the past year. 
Sen. Lee announces committee assignments for the 117th Congress
U.S. Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) announced his committee assignments for the 117th Congress last week."I am proud to once again serve the people of Utah on committees with such a wide range of responsibilities. With the First Amendment under attack, a new immigration crisis threatening stability along our border, and monopolistic technology corporations dominating the economy and even our politics, the work of the Senate Judiciary Committee has never been more important. 
images/Resized_Logos/Mike_Lee_logo.pngSen. Lee introduces bills on Government Spectrum Valuation, Drone Integration and Zoning Act
Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT)  introduced the Government Spectrum Valuation Act, a bill designed to estimate the value of electromagnetic spectrum assigned to each federal agency as a first step towards meeting the nation's spectrum needs."So much of the technology we depend on in modern life depends on radio frequency spectrum," said Sen. Lee. "Unfortunately, this fixed resource is becoming increasingly in demand and congested; and we do not currently have a way of making sure that federal spectrum is being efficiently allocated and managed. This bill will provide us with data that we need to better manage federal spectrum, and to better facilitate a strategy for operating our current technologies and future innovations."
images/Resized_Logos/Mike_Lee_logo.pngSen. Lee statement on passage of COVID-19 package
Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) issued the following statement on the passage of the COVID spending package in the Senate:"For more than a year now, Congress has fought back against the COVID pandemic the same way the American people have: together. 
images/Resized_Logos/Romney_Senate_logo.pngRomney, 10 other GOP Senators push for targeted $650 billion COVID-19 relief plan
A group of 11 Republican Senators introduced a $650 billion COVID-19 relief plan as a substitute amendment to the $1.9 trillion budget reconciliation bill.  The amendment, which was built on the COVID-19 relief plan that was unveiled last month by a group of Republican Senators, was not adopted by a vote of 48-51. 

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On This Day In History

(From History.com)

  • 1841 - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. is born. He served on the US Supreme Court justice from 1902-1932.
  • 1884 - Susan B. Anthony addresses the U.S. House Judiciary Committee arguing for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution granting women the right to vote.
  • 1915 - Selma Fraiberg is born. She pursued groundbreaking studies of infant psychiatry and normal child development, and wrote The Magic Years, a classic translated into 10 languages. 
  • 1917 - February Revolution begins, leading to the end of czarist rule in Russia.
  • 1917 - US Senate introduces the Cloture Rule, requiring a two-thirds majority to end debate, at the urging of Woodrow Wilson.
  • 1930 - William Howard Taft, 27th US President (Republican: 1909-13) and Chief Justice, dies at 72.
  • 1934 - Edwin Hubble photo shows as many galaxies as Milky Way has stars.
  • 1945 - Phyllis Mae Daley, the first of four Black nurses to serve active duty in WWII, receives her commission as an ensign in the Navy Nurse Corps.
  • 1945 - Lilia Ann Abron is born. An entrepreneur and chemical engineer, she was the country's first Black woman to earn a PhD in chemical engineering.
  • 1950 - The iconic VW bus goes into production.
  • 1951 - Monica Helms is born. She became a transgender activist, author, veteran of the United States Navy and creator of the Trans Pride Flag.
  • 1957 - Egypt opens the Suez Canal.
  • 1958 - Author William Faulkner says US schools have degenerated and become babysitters.
  • 1978 - The first-ever radio episode of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams, is transmitted on BBC Radio 4.
  • 1993 - MTV's highest rated series premieres. The show? Beavis and Butt-Head.
  • 1999 - The US Supreme Court upholds the murder convictions of Timothy McVeigh. The same day, Joe DiMaggio dies of lung cancer at age 84.
  • 2014 - Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 vanishes with more than 200 people aboard. 
  • 2017 - Fearless Girl sculpture is revealed across from the Charging Bull statue on Wall Street.

Wise Words

"Our survival as a human community may depend as much upon our nurture of love in infancy and childhood as upon the protection of our society from external threats."

~Selma Fraiberg

Lighter Side

Lighter Side

What do you get if you cross poison ivy with a four-leaf clover?
A rash of good luck!

Why would you never iron a four-leaf clover?
Because you shouldn't press your luck!

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