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Situational Analysis - April 16, 2021

Good morning! It's Friday and the second half of the month already. Today is National Wear Your Pajamas to Work Day - or in other words, the same as every other day in the last 13 months....

News you need to know

  1. There was ANOTHER mass shooting, this time at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis. Eight people were killed before the gunman killed himself.
  2. Jeff Bezos has stepped down as CEO of Amazon. His final letter to shareholders is worth the read. "The world wants you to be typical in a thousand ways, it pulls at you. Don't let it happen," he urges.
  3. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler and others introduced legislation to expand the Supreme Court. Nancy Pelosi is having none of it.
  4. In January, Utah Jazz owner Ryan Smith announced that the franchise would provide a scholarship to "to an underrepresented or minority" students. Yesterday, the Internet lost its mind and decided it was "reverse racism." (That's not a thing, btw.) ? Governor Cox tweeted "if you're outraged by a private individual trying to help disadvantaged minority kids go to college, then I'm definitely not your guy."


days until the United Utah Party Organizing Convention (04/24/2021)
14 days until the Biden/Harris administration's first 100 days are up (04/30/2021)
15 days until the in-person Utah GOP Organizing Convention (05/01/2021)
148 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.jpgOpinion briefs: In our quest for sustainability, how about 'sustainable' federal finances? . . . A small federal pre-emption of state regulations
By LaVarr Webb
One glaring omission in sustainability goals. We hear a great deal about "sustainability" these days. The goal of sustainability is being applied to every aspect of our lives. We talk about sustainable energy and natural resources. Sustainable homes, sustainable work places, sustainable communities, sustainable work processes. Most businesses, universities and non-profits have offices of sustainability. Sustainability is part of the mission of most government agencies.
images/Resized_Logos/Romney_Senate_logo.pngRomney leads bipartisan coalition in introducing the TRUST Act
By Holly Richardson
U.S. Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) today led his colleagues in introducing the Time to Rescue United States' Trusts (TRUST) Act, bipartisan and bicameral legislation which would create a process to rescue the endangered federal trust funds and rein in the national debt. Romney initially introduced the legislation last Congress. A one-pager of the legislation is available here.
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.

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COVID Corner

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How the Justice Department came to investigate Rep. Matt Gaetz (Washington Post)

Policy News

Second *FREE* Bilingual Covid-19 Vaccination clinic this Saturday in Ogden
Second Ogden Covid-19 vaccination clinic this Saturday (tomorrow) at the 2nd Baptist Church in Ogden
images/Resized_Logos/Mike_Lee_logo.pngSen. Lee introduces 4 bills to improve U.S. aviation industry
Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) has this week introduced four bills to improve and encourage innovation in the U.S. aviation industry:the Aviation Empowerment Act, the Flight Sharing Freedom Act, the Screening Partnership Reform Act,andthe Air Traffic Control Safe Operations and Readiness Act.Details about the bills can be found below:
images/Resized_Logos/Mike_Lee_logo.pngLee, colleagues introduce Head Start Improvement Act
Sens. Mike Lee (R-Utah), Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala.), Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), and Rick Scott (R-Fla.) today introduced the Head Start Improvement Act, a bill to improve the Head Start program by eliminating bureaucracy and giving money directly to states through block grants. Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.) has sponsored companion legislation in the House. 
images/Resized_Logos/Stewart_logo.jpgRep. Stewart's statement on the House Intelligence Committee's first hearing
Today, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence held its first public hearing of the 117th Congress. Congressman Chris Stewart (R-UT) released the following statement:
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.

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On This Day In History

(From History.com)

  • 1908 - Natural Bridges National Monument established
  • 1912 - Harriet Quimby becomes the first woman to fly an airplane across the English Channel.
  • 1921 - Marie Maynard Daly is born. She became a biochemist and the first Black women in the US to earn a PhD in chemistry. 
  • 1958 - Rosalind Franklin, English chemist and co-discoverer of the structure of DNA, dies of ovarian cancer at 37.
  • 1947 - Multimillionaire and financier Bernard Baruch coins the term "Cold War."
  • 1971 - Selena Quintanilla Perez is born. Selena popularized the Tejano sound of Mexico in the 1990s. She was killed by the president of her fan club in 1995.
  • 1973 - Lelia Smith Foley becomes the first Black woman to be elected mayor of a US city when she became the mayor of Taft, Oklahoma. 
  • 2007 - Virginia Tech shooting leaves 32 dead.

Wise Words

"I saw the need in the community for leadership, so I decided to pitch my hat."

~Lelia Foley-Davis, the first Black female mayor in the US

Lighter Side

Lighter Side

"Used to be when politicians broke the law, they stuffed an envelope full of $100 bills and met their contact in a parking garage. Now they just Venmo a buddy with an emoji of an envelope stuffed with cash."


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