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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.

Countdown

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 Policy

images/Resized_Logos/Tweet.pngTweets 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.
images/Resized_Mugshots/Deidre_H_inauguration.pngLt. 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.
images/mugs-300/LaVarr_Webb.jpgThinking 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.

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images/Resized_Logos/John_Curtis_logo.pngRep. 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.
images/Resized_Logos/Blake_Moore_logo.pngReps 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.
images/Resized_Logos/Romney_Senate_logo.pngSen. 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.
images/Resized_Article_Images/Bears_Ears.pngUtah 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.
images/Resized_Logos/SLCounty.jpegSL 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.

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On This Day In History

(From History.com)

  • 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.

Wise Words

"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


Lighter Side

Lighter Side

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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