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Situational Analysis - March 9, 2021
It's Tuesday and National Barbie Day (which seems a bit weird, as it follows International Women's Day.) On this day in 1959, Barbie made her first appearance at the American International Toy Fair in New York City. The iconic-yet-humanly-unrealistic doll has sold a billion dolls since her debut.
36 days until the end of the Cox/Henderson administration's first 100 days (04/14/2021)
52 days until the Biden/Harris administration's first 100 days are up (04/30/2021)
Today At Utah PolicyTweets of the day: Intl Women's Day, OUR, San Juan School District and more
By Holly Richardson
Did I mention it was International Women's Day? O.U.R is in the news, and not in a good way, San Juan School District is rocking it, Chief Justice Roberts dissents and the "QAnon shaman" isn't going anywhere.
Lt. Gov. Henderson speaks on Intl Women's Day, signs declaration
By Holly Richardson
Yesterday, on International Women's Day, Lt. Governor Deidre Henderson spoke to an online gathering of women about "Utah's incredible women" who have come before us and the work that still lies before us.
Thinking about running for office? Here's are the basic elements of a political campaign
By Holly Richardson
Well, the municipal election season is upon us. And some people are even making decisions about running in 2022. So that means it's time for my annual reminder of basic campaign elements that candidates and campaign managers should be thinking about and planning for.One additional observation for this year: I'm frequently asked how soon someone should begin their campaign. I've heard from many candidates lamenting that they started their campaigns too late. I've never had anyone tell me they started their campaign too early. So it's never too early to start a campaign, as long as you understand all the tasks and which ones are public and which go on behind the scenes.
- Sen. Mike Lee cites popular Latter-day Saint hymn in opposition to COVID-19 relief plan - "As the hymn counsels, 'Gird up your loins, fresh courage take. Our God will never us forsake. And soon we'll have this tale to tell. All is well! All is well,'" he said.
- Women were hit hard last year. They'll also be the key to rebuilding economies around the world - As the world starts to recover and move forward from the health and economic crises, leaders and policy makers would do well to put women at the forefront of recovery.
- Meghan Markle's revelation about suicide struggle could reduce stigma, experts say - "It takes so much courage to admit that you need help. It takes so much courage to voice that," Markle said on CBS. She urged others to "know that life is worth living."
- On Women's Day, Utah Lt. Gov. Deidre Henderson says 'there's plenty more to do' - "As our state and nation emerge from this pandemic, we have a tremendous opportunity to rethink our support systems for women and families," Henderson said.
- Salt Lake's homeless have hard time getting to court, so court's coming to them - Initiative is part of broader push to bring services to encampments before sweeps take place.
- How did Utah's economy survive COVID-19? A conversation with Derek Miller - Utah's unemployment rate of 3.5% is the fifth lowest in the nation. Miller is quick to add the disclaimer: "That's not to say everyone is OK. If you lost a job, if you lost a business, that's 10 out of 10 on the pain scale," no matter what the statistics say.
Salt Lake Tribune
- Utah Lt. Gov signs declaration marking March 8 as 'Women's Day' in the state (KJZZ) - Henderson said: "Women in Utah have a long track record of doing, not just talking. And there's plenty more to do."
- Lt. Gov. Deidre Henderson promotes women's equality (Gephardt Daily) - "We need more women leaders in government, business, and our communities," Henderson said in a prepared statement. "But we don't need them simply as experts on women's issues. We need them because their voices are necessary to improve our state, our country, and our world."
- Gender Pay Gap: Utah women earn an average of 30 percent less than men, 2nd worst in the nation (ABC4) - Yesterday, Lieutenant Governor Deidre Henderson mentioned some of the problems Utah women face. "We hear about the low college graduation rates among Utah women, the high domestic violence rates and unequal pay for equal work."
- Lt. Gov. Participates In Town Hall As Part Of International Women's Day (UPR) - LG Henderson says women are needed as leaders in the state not "simply as experts on women's issues," but "because their voices are necessary to improve our state, our country, and our world."
- Utah Lt. Governor signs declaration celebrating 'powerful heritage of Utah women' (Standard-Examiner) - "We know that, nationally, women are bearing the economic burden of this pandemic, with four times more women than men leaving the workforce to care for their families as child care options evaporate and schools shift online," she said. "As our state and nation emerge from this pandemic, we have a tremendous opportunity to rethink our support systems for women and families," Henderson continued.
- Dropping mask mandate in April is too soon, Salt Lake County mayor says (KSL-TV) - Mayor Wilson explained that her concern is for teens, children and other people who may still be unvaccinated.
- A new lab study shows troubling signs that Pfizer's and Moderna's COVID-19 shots could be far less effective against the variant first found in South Africa (Business Insider) - The sample size was small, and the antibody response is just one aspect of the immune response, so it remains unclear how well the vaccines work against the variant first found in South Africa in real life.
- 'Russia is up to its old tricks': Biden battling COVID-19 vaccine disinformation campaign (USA Today) - "We will fight (the disinformation) with every tool we have," White House press secretary Jen Psaki said during a press briefing on Monday.
- CDC releases highly anticipated guidance for people fully vaccinated against Covid-19 (CNN) - New guidelines say people fully vaccinated against Covid-19 can safely visit with other vaccinated people and small groups of unvaccinated people in some circumstances, but there are still important safety precautions needed.
- Vaccine response may be weaker in elderly; Merck drug shows promise in reducing virus level (Yahoo! Finance) - Researchers studied 91 vaccine recipients under the age of 60 and 85 recipients over age 80. Seventeen days after the second of two doses, nearly one-third (31%) of the elderly recipients did not have any antibodies capable of neutralizing the virus.
- It's not just you. Your pets are also putting on the pounds during the pandemic (CNN) - Pets are often celebrated for matching their owner's mannerisms. Walking at the same pace? A sign of good training. Cuddling and watching TV together? Adorable. Stress-eating together because you're both home all day due to a harrowing pandemic? Less endearing.
- A year into the pandemic, the coronavirus is messing with our minds as well as our bodies (The Conversation) - "As we see it, SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, is a sort of zombie virus, turning people not into the undead but rather into the unsick. By interfering with our bodies' normal immune response and blocking pain, the virus keeps the infected on their feet, spreading the virus."
- Biden's coronavirus stimulus plan expected to become law this week (Deseret News) - The $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan act includes additional stimulus checks, extends unemployment insurance and gives billions to state and local governments in coronavirus assistance.
- Health department says COVID-19 vaccines are 'our path back to normal' as federal mask guidelines loosen for vaccinated (Deseret News) -"Think of it as you can get some of your social life back if you've been vaccinated."
- Relief bill is most significant legislation for Black farmers since Civil Rights Act, experts say (Washington Post) - $5 billion would go to farmers of color, who have lost 90 percent of their land over the past century because of systemic discrimination and a cycle of debt.
- Health experts worry about variant-driven surge as states lift restrictions (Washington Post) - As authorities relax restrictions meant to curb the coronavirus and the race to vaccinate the public remains underway, experts say the United States sits at a potential inflection point, with highly contagious variants threatening an additional surge.
- 5 travel shows that ease the pain of still being stuck at home (Washington Post) - From pasta on the Amalfi Coast to Carnival in the Caribbean, we're living vicariously through our TV screens.
- Vaccinated Americans, Let the Unmasked Gatherings Begin (but Start Small) (New York Times) - The C.D.C. on Monday released long-awaited advice for immunized people, a glimpse at the next stage of the coronavirus pandemic.
Policy NewsRep. Curtis leads bipartisan transit bill to increase FrontRunner frequency and reliability
Today, Representative John Curtis (R-UT), introduced the bipartisan Transit Revitalization and Infrastructure Needs (TRAIN) Act to expand the Utah Transit Authority (UTA) FrontRunner service. The TRAIN Act would make a technical fix to the US Department of Transportation's Core Capacity federal grant program to allow eligibility for the FrontRunner expansion project, which would ultimately increase the frequency and reliability of FrontRunner trains. Additionally, the TRAIN Act would expand grant funding eligibility to include electrifying transit systems.
Reps Moore, Bustos to co-chair bipartisan military depot caucus
Today, Congressman Blake Moore (UT-01) and Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) announced that they will co-chair the bipartisan House Military Depot and Industrial Facilities Caucus."Since my first day in Congress, I have been committed to prioritizing Hill Air Force Base, the Ogden Air Logistics Complex, and the First District of Utah's defense community at large,"said Congressman Blake Moore.
Sen. Romney joins bipartisan, bicameral delegation in condemning proposed restrictions on Hong Kong's electoral system
U.S. Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT), Ranking Member of the East Asia Subcommittee on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, joined Senator Ed Markey (D-MA), Chairman of the East Asia Subcommittee on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Representative Ami Bera, M.D. (D-CA), Chairman of the Asia Subcommittee on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Representative Steve Chabot (R-OH), Ranking Member of the Asia Subcommittee on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Representative James McGovern (D-MA), co-Chairs of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, and Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Representative Chris Smith (R-NJ), co-Ranking Members of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, in issuing the following joint statement in response to the Chinese government's decision to schedule a March 11 vote in the National People's Congress that would impose new restrictions on Hong Kong's electoral system.
Utah Congressional delegation sends letter to Biden re: national monuments
U.S. Senators Mike Lee (R-UT), Mitt Romney (R-UT), and Representatives Chris Stewart (R-UT), John Curtis (R-UT), Burgess Owens (R-UT), and Blake Moore (R-UT) sent a letter Friday to President Biden regarding the administration's review of the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments. The letter requests the administration's support in finding a permanent legislative solution for determining appropriate boundaries for the monuments, as well as statutory protections to prevent abuses under the Antiquities Act.
SL County to hold online community engagement for West General Plan
As part of the process developing the West General Plan, Salt Lake County invites residents to join and participate in one of four meetings to be held this month, where they will learn more about the Plan and have the opportunity to give additional feedback.
On This Day In History
- 1454 - Amerigo Vespucci is born in Florence.
- 1497 - Nicolaus Copernicus makes his 1st recorded astronomical observation
- 1522 - Martin Luther begins preaching his "Invocavit Sermons" in the German city of Wittenberg.
- 1776 - Adam Smith publishes "The Wealth of Nations."
- 1841 - Supreme Court rules on Amistad slave ship mutiny case, ruling that the African slaves who seized control had been illegally forced into slavery and were thus free under American law and should be granted free passage back to Africa. President Martin Van Buren appealed the decision. Twice.
- 1861 - Margaret Murray Washington is born. Throughout her career, Margaret Murray Washington was an advocate for women and the founder of several schools. Her focus and programs paralleled those of her husband, Booker T. Washington in many ways.
- 1862 - The battle between the North's U.S.S. Monitor and the South's C.S.S. Virginia marks a turning point in naval warfare. The battle between the two ironclad warships resulted in little damage to either ship and signaled the end of the wooden warship era.
- 1864 - Ulysses S. Grant is appointed commander of the Union Army
- 1895 - Dr. Rebecca Crumpler, the nation's first Black female doctor, dies.
- 1891 - Great Blizzard of 1891 begins in England and lasts until March 13; Kills 200 people and 6,000 animals.
- 1910 - Sue Lee is born. She became a labor organizer in San Francisco and led a 15-week strike against National Dollar Stores garment factors for better wages and working conditions.
- 1918 - Russian Bolshevik Party becomes the Communist Party
- 1928 - Graciela Olivrez is born. She was the first woman and first Latina graduate from Notre Dame Law School, and one of first two women on the board of Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund.
- 1935 - Porky Pig makes his Warner Brothers debut
- 1945 - Tokyo is firebombed with 334 US B-29 Superfortresses and 120,000 fire bombs
- 1954 - President Eisenhower criticizes Senator Joe McCarthy's approach to rooting out communists in a letter to a friend.
- 1959 - The Barbie doll makes its debut
- 1996 - Comedian George Burns dies at age 100
- 1997 - Rapper Notorious B.I.G. is shot to death at a stoplight in Los Angeles.
- 2012 - Jerry Lee Lewis marries for the seventh time. The 76-year-old married his caregiver Judith Brown, who was 62 at the time.
"Women in Utah have a long history of doing, not just talking - and there's plenty more to do."
~Utah's Lt. Governor, Deidre Henderson
What did the tree say to spring?
What a re-leaf!
What did the dirt say to the rain?
If this keeps up my name will be mud.
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