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Situational Analysis - April 13, 2021
It's Tuesday, the cherry trees on Utah's Capitol Hill are in full bloom and so is allergy season. Also, Ramadan Mubarak to all who are observing this holy month.
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Today At Utah PolicyCommentary: Utah is doing great, so should it decline federal relief money?
By Holly Richardson
The federal government is flat broke, but is still borrowing and spending historic, unfathomable amounts of money. It is showering individuals, businesses, local governments and state governments with "free" cash.In nearly 50 years of watching politics I've never seen such reckless spending, and I strongly oppose it. Especially because the economy would recover without the stimulus.
Learning about Islam during Ramadan
By Holly Richardson
I have had the opportunity to interact with people of many faiths and I have been blessed to learn from each of them. My friends in the Muslim community are teaching me about the five pillars of Islam during this holy month of Ramadan.
Why nuking the filibuster is bad governance
By Derek Miller
(Originally published in the Deseret News)The U.S. Senate was established by the Founding Fathers as the great deliberative body where members could form collegial relationships and reach across the aisle to pass legislation for the wider benefit of the country. Times have changed.
Salt Lake Tribune
Policy NewsOrganization to support the political service of women members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints launched
Project Elect: Women in Public Service is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization launching today with the primary goal of supporting women members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as they seek public office. Recognizing that the experiences and perspectives of women of faith are not being adequately represented in local, state, and national politics, Project Elect will recruit and encourage women Latter-day Saints as they campaign for and participate in public service.
Utah GOP statement on Treasurer Damschen's resignation
The Utah Republican Party is grateful for State Treasurer David Damschen's service to the state of Utah, and we wish him well in his new role with the Utah Housing Corporation. He has truly raised the bar through his exceptional service to the state of Utah and our country. He recently served as the President of the National Association of State Treasurers and was later awarded the Harlan Boyles/Edward T. Alter Distinguished Service Award for his exemplary service.
Gov. Cox thanks Treasurer Dave Damschen for his service
Gov. Spencer Cox issued the following statement about the resignation of State Treasurer David Damschen at the end of April:"As State Treasurer for the past five years, David Damschen has safeguarded individual property rights and greatly contributed to Utah's tremendous economic success. We're grateful for his commitment to public service and wish him every success as CEO of the Utah Housing Corporation."
Utah Treasurer David Damschen resigns from office to succeed Utah Housing Corporation President and CEO Grant Whitaker
Utah State Treasurer David Damschen today announced his resignation as state treasurer effective April 30. The Utah Housing Corporation (UHC) Board of Trustees has selected him to succeed Grant Whitaker as president and CEO of UHC, where he will begin his service on May 3. Whitaker is retiring after 42 years with the organization, including 12 years at its helm.
After urging from Lee and Klobuchar, Apple agrees to send witness to hearing on app stores and mobile app competition
U.S. Senators Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Ranking Member and Chairwoman of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Competition Policy, Antitrust, and Consumer Rights, yesterday announced that both Apple and Google have agreed to send witnesses to a subcommittee hearing on app stores and mobile app competition scheduled for Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 2:30 PM. In a letter sent on Friday, April 9th, 2021, Lee and Klobuchar criticized Apple's initial decision to withhold witnesses from testifying and asked Apple CEO Tim Cook to reverse course.
On This Day In History
"I cannot live without books."
"Congress returned after a two-week recess. 'Not much, just hung out,' said Matt Gaetz before anyone could talk."
- SETH MEYERS
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