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Situational Analysis - April 15, 2021

It's Thursday and the weather is, well, not welcoming. But we need the water, right? Normally, today would be tax day, but you get another month this year. Phew!

News you need to know

  1. Bernie Madoff, who operated the largest Ponzi scheme in history, died in prison yesterday. He was 82.
  2. Kim Potter, the former officer who shot and killed Daunte White, has been arrested and charged with 2nd-degree manslaughter.
  3. GOP Rep. Kevin Brady of Texas-the former House Ways & Means Committee chairman who led the push for Trump's 2017 tax cuts-announced Wednesday he will not seek a 14th term in 2022.
  4. The Deseret News has restructured ther leadership team and Robin Ritch takes the helm, the first woman to do so in the company's 171-year history.
  5. President Joe Biden will (finally!) address a joint session of Congress on April 28.


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

Today At Utah Policy

images/Resized_Logos/Romney_Senate_logo.pngRomney, Bennet, Curtis, Garamendi reintroduce bipartisan, bicameral emergency wildfire cleanup bill
By Holly Richardson
U.S. Senators Mitt Romney (R-UT) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) with Congressmen John Curtis (R-UT) and John Garamendi (D-CA) today introduced the bipartisan, bicameral Making Access to Cleanup Happen (MATCH) Act, legislation to expedite disaster cleanup, save taxpayers money, and prevent further disasters. The MATCH Act was first introduced last Congress.
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.

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Policy News

images/Resized_Logos/Cox_seal.pngStudents help Gov. Cox and Lt. Gov. Henderson celebrate their first 100 days in office
The Cox-Henderson administration marked its first 100 days in office by visiting students from Morgan Elementary, Morgan Middle School and Morgan High School. Gov. Spencer Cox, Lt. Gov. Deidre Henderson and First Lady Abby Cox met with students from all three schools and talked about government, service and community to reflect the core values of the administration.
images/Resized_Logos/Mike_Lee_logo.pngSen. Lee introduces SHUSH Act
Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah)hasintroduced the Silencers Helping Us Save Hearing Act of 2021, or SHUSH Act, a bill to eliminate the unnecessary regulation of suppressors. The SHUSH Act is cosponsored by Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and John Cornyn (R-Texas), and the House companion legislation is sponsored by Rep. Bob Good (R-Va.).
images/Resized_Logos/Mike_Lee_logo.pngSen. Lee, colleagues introduce bill to subject MLB to antitrust laws
Sens. Mike Lee (R-Utah), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Josh Hawley (R-Neb.), and Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.)have introduceda bill to remove the antitrust exemption that has been in place for Major League Baseball to subject them to existing law. Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.), with over 20 cosponsors, has producedcompanion legislation in the House.
images/Resized_Logos/Utah_Taxpayers_logo.pngUtah's Truth in Taxation law highlighted in major property tax reform in Kansas
With overwhelming bipartisan majorities, the Kansas Legislature recently passed a comprehensive property tax transparency bill (SB 18) modeled specifically from Utah's longstanding "Truth in Taxation" law, paving the way for major tax relief for Kansas Taxpayers in the future.
images/Resized_Logos/Blake_Moore_logo.pngCongressman Blake Moore introduces the Forest TECH Improvement Act
Today, Congressman Blake Moore (UT-01) introduced the Forest TECH Improvement Act to create a five-year pilot program to study and accelerate the deployment and integration of advanced technologies, such as drones, for reforestation activities. This will enable us to meet our national goals under the Trillion Trees Initiative, which seeks to plant and conserve one trillion trees by 2030. According to a study published in Science Magazine, meeting this goal would sequester 205 gigatons of carbon, or about two-thirds of all manmade emissions in the atmosphere today.  

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On This Day In History

(From History.com)

  • 1452 - Leonardo da Vinci is born.
  • 1865 - Abraham Lincoln dies.
  • 1892. - Corrie ten Boom is born.
  • 1895 - Josephine Blatt makes hip-and-harness lift of 3564 lb (record)
  • 1896 - May Edward Chin is born. She was the first Black woman doctor in Harlem and worked with George Papanicolaon on the Pap smear to identify cervical cancer.
  • 1912 - Titanic sinks in the North Atlantic.
  • 1926 - Norma Merrick Sklarek is born. Called the "Rosa Parks of Architecture," she became the first African-American woman licensed to practice architecture in New York in 1954.
  • 1955 - Ray Kroc opens the first McDonald's in Des Plaines, Illinois.
  • 1983 - Corrie ten Boom, Dutch author of The Hiding Place and Holocaust survivor, dies at 91
  • 1998 - Pol Pot, the architect of Cambodia's killing fields, dies at age 72 of apparently natural causes while serving a life sentence imposed against him by his own Khmer Rouge.
  • 2013 - Three people killed, hundreds injured in Boston Marathon bombing.

Wise Words

Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow; it empties today of its strength.

~Corrie ten Boom

Lighter Side

Lighter Side

Speaking of the war in Afghanistan: "Twenty years is a long time. Those are 17th-century European numbers. That's the kind of war you fight because the Spanish contessa rejected your proposal to unite the kingdoms and eloped with the Duke of Saxony." 


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