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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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News you need to know

  1. The big news in Utah politics is that Treasurer Dave Damschen is resigning at the end of the month to become the head of the Utah Housing Corporation. 
  2. The big news in Utah sports is that Kyle Beckerman is the new head coach of the UVU men's soccer program. The former Major League Soccer veteran, Real Salt Lake star, and U.S. Men's National Team member is kind of a big deal.
  3. The big news in police shootings is that the officer who shot and killed Daunte WrightDaunte Wright had intended to deploy her Taser but shot her service pistol instead. His death has resulted in angry protests, which have resulted in the use of tear gas and stun guns.
  4. The big news in religious observances is that Ramadan began last night. 
  5. And, the big news in COVID-19 vaccines is that the FDA and CDC just called for an immediate pause to using the Johnson & Johnson vaccine while they investigate safety issues related to blood clotting.

Countdown

days until the end of the Cox/Henderson administration's first 100 days (04/14/2021)
11 days until the United Utah Party Organizing Convention (04/24/2021)
17 days until the Biden/Harris administration's first 100 days are up (04/30/2021)
18 days until the in-person Utah GOP Organizing Convention (05/01/2021)
151 days until half-way through the Cox/Henderson's administration's 500-day plan (09/11/2021)


Today At Utah Policy

images/mugs-300/LaVarr_Webb.jpgCommentary: 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.
images/Resized_Article_Images/Ramadan.pngLearning 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.
images/Resized_Mugshots-300/Derek_Miller_headshot.pngWhy 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.

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images/Resized_Logos/Project_Elect_logo_1.pngOrganization 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. 
images/Resized_Logos/Utah_GOP_logo.pngUtah 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.
images/Resized_Logos/Cox_seal.pngGov. 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."
images/Resized_Logos/State_Treasurers_Seal.pngUtah 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.
images/Resized_Logos/Mike_Lee_logo.pngAfter 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.

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On This Day In History

(From History.com)

  • 1743 - Thomas Jefferson is born.
  • 1866 - Butch Cassidy is born in Beaver, Utah.
  • 1870 - Metropolitan Museum of Art opens in New York City.
  • 1909 - Eudora Welty is born. She became a writer and photographer, winning the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1973 and was later awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
  • 1919 - Madalyn Murray O'Hair is born. She was an outspoken atheist behind the 1962 Supreme Court's 8-1 ruling that organized Bible reading in public schools was unconstitutional. In 1995, she was kidnapped and later murdered by a former employee.
  • 1933 - Ruth Bryan Owen becomes the first woman to represent the US as a foreign minister when she is appointed as an envoy to Denmark and Iceland.
  • 1970 - Apollo 13 oxygen tank explodes. "Houston, we've had a problem."

Wise Words

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~Thomas Jefferson


Lighter Side

Lighter Side

"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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