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Situational Analysis - April 14, 2021

Welcome to Wednesday. Half-way through this week! It's National Gardening Day, America's favorite pasttime! Don't plant your tender plants quite yet though - the last averge frost-free date in Utah is right around Mother's Day.

Happy Day 100 to Governor Spencer Cox and Lt. Governor Deidre Henderson! 

News you need to know

  1. Officer Kim Potter and Police Chief Tim Gannon have both resigned, two days after the death of 20-year-old Daunte Wright in Brooklyn Center.
  2. Former Senate President Wayne Neuderhauser is the new homeless chief.
  3. Today is day 100 of the Cox/Henderson administration. Here's what LG Henderson had to say about it
  4. Biden says all US troops will be out of Afghanistan by Sept. 11
  5. And, Matt Gaetz's house of cards continues to collapse as more people talk to investigators about their experiences with him.


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

Today At Utah Policy

images/mugs/Deidre_Henderson.pngLt. Gov Henderson talks with Utah Policy about the administration's first 100 days
By Holly Richardson
Lt. Governor Henderson recently sat down with Utah Policy's Holly Richardson to talk about the first 100 days of the Cox-Henderson administration. From vaccines to rural outreach and from diversity to the legislative session, she had a chance to share some highlight of the last 3-plus months.
images/Resized_Logos/Mike_Lee_logo.pngSen. Lee introduces bipartisan bill to help military families
By Holly Richardson
Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) today introduced the Military Spouse Licensing Relief Act, bipartisan legislation that would give military spouses with valid professional licenses in one state reciprocity in the state where their spouse is currently serving on military orders.
images/mugs-300/LaVarr_Webb.jpgCommentary: Utah is doing great, so should it decline federal relief money?
By LaVarr Webb
 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.

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images/Resized_Logos/Cox_seal.pngFormer Senate President Wayne Niederhauser to serve as state homeless services coordinator
Gov. Spencer Cox announced former Utah Senate President Wayne Niederhauser as his choice to serve as the new state homeless services coordinator. As outlined in HB 347, this position serves as the chief administrative officer of the Office of Homeless Services. 
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.

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On This Day In History

(From History.com)

  • 1775 - The first American abolition society is founded in Philadelphia.
  • 1818 - Webster's American Dictionary of the English Language is printed.
  • 1865 - John Wilkes Booth shoots Abraham Lincoln in the head. 
  • 1866 - Anne Sullivan Macy is born today. She was Helen Keller's teacher. 
  • 1935 - 'Black Sunday' Dust Bowl storm strikes, kicking up millions of tons of dirt.
  • 1939 - John Steinbeck's novel, "The Grapes of Wrath" is published.
  • 1975 - Operation 'Baby Lift' concludes after flying 2,600 South Vietnamese orphans to the US.
  • 1983 - Ronald Reagan signs $165 billion Social Security rescue.
  • 2003 - The Human Genome Project is completed with 99% of the human genome sequenced to an accuracy of 99.99%.

Wise Words

"We as a society must make an ironclad commitment to providing a safety net for those who can't make one for themselves."

~Ronald Reagan

Lighter Side

Lighter Side

"And today if you had a Johnson & Johnson appointment in New York, they gave out Pfizer instead. Yeah, it's like going to a restaurant and hearing, 'We're out of Coke; is Dom Prignon OK?'" -


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