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Situational Analysis - April 2, 2021

Welcome to Friday. Today is Good Friday for most of the world's Christians and thus, Easter is on Sunday. The weather should be just about perfect.

5 things you need to know

  1. Two out of three Utahns favor universal background checks before being allowed to purchase a gun.
  2. In Utah, women lost twice the number of jobs as men as the pandemic shutdown unfolded.
  3. Preliminary CDC data shows that the number of suicides in the United States declined 5.6 percent from 2019 to 2020. It was the third consecutive year of decline.
  4. Arabic coins minted in 1693 showed up in Rhode Island, potentially solving a centuries-old mystery of murderous pirate Capt. Henry Every.
  5. Taiwan's worst train crash in decades kills 51, injures hundreds Friday morning.


12 days until the end of the Cox/Henderson administration's first 100 days (04/14/2021)
22 days until the United Utah Party Organizing Convention (04/24/2021)
28 days until the Biden/Harris administration's first 100 days are up (04/30/2021)
29 days until the in-person Utah GOP Organizing Convention (05/01/2021)
162 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 announces her first initiative - a "Returnship" program
By Holly Richardson
 Lt. Gov. Deidre Henderson announced her first initiative as Lt. Governor, a plan to expand Utah's returnship opportunities. Returnships are internships for adults looking to re-enter the workforce after an extended absence. They are designed as a back-to-work program that provides the experience, training, skills, and mentoring that an individual needs to return to the workforce without starting from the bottom of the career ladder. Returnships can last anywhere from a few weeks to a few months. While all are eligible, this program is likely to be a real boost to women who took a number of years off the educational or career track to raise their families.
images/Resized_Article_Images/Rural_news_1.pngRural news round-up
By Holly Richardson
Today's stories from around the state include a rural budget crisis, an effort to increase diversity in school staff, a Pearl Harbor sailor's remains are finally identified and are coming home, Farmers feeding Utah were in Kanab, San Juan County expecting "hordes of visitors," Logan welcomes a new Encircle facility and the St. George City Council really likes the name 'Dixie'.
images/mugs-300/LaVarr_Webb.jpgCommentary: Listen to the experts, but make policy based on all factors
By LaVarr Webb
Health experts appear to be fighting a losing battle to get politicians to enforce mask mandates and lockdowns to prevent a fourth COVID-19 surge.With virus cases and hospitalization rising in many states, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, recently issued an emotional and dire warning, saying she is scared and has a "recurring feeling  . . . of impending doom."  

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Policy News

images/Resized_Logos/Utah_GOP_logo.pngCandidates for Utah GOP statewide leadership
The following individuals have filed to run for leadership positions within the Utah Republican Party. They are listed in alphabetical order. The election will be held at the UTGOP Organizing Convention on May 1, 2021.
images/Resized_Logos/Utah_Dems_logo.pngUtah Democrats apologize to victims of sexual harassment within the party
Utah Democrats have decided to re-examine the manner in which the party handled allegations of sexual harassment several years ago, in light of the allegations made against members of the Salt Lake County Republican Party. After examination, it is the belief of the Utah Democratic Party that the several women who came forward years ago with allegations were not treated with the dignity and respect they deserve. The party did not give the women involved an opportunity to speak, and therefore failed to complete an investigation.
images/Resized_Logos/Mike_Lee_logo.pngSen. Lee, Rep. Buck question big tech CEOs on actions against Parler
Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Rep. Ken Buck (R-Colo.) on Wednesday sent a letter to the CEOs of Google, Apple, and Amazon questioning a series of actions their companies took against Parler.
images/Resized_Logos/Chris_Stewart_logo_white.pngRep. Stewart's statement on President Biden's $2.3 trillion spending plan
Yesterday, President Biden outlined his $2.3 trillion spending plan. Congressman Chris Stewart (R-UT) released the following statement:
images/Resized_Logos/ABU_logo.pngBetter Utah publishes legislative progress report
Today, Alliance for a Better Utah published its annual Progress Report for the 2021 General Legislative Session. This year, lawmakers were graded for their votes on 66 important bills organized into four categories: Strong Communities, Equal Rights, Good Government, and Sustainable Future. All 104 legislators received overall grades, as well as grades in each of the four categories. 

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On This Day In History

(From History.com)

  • 1917 - Jeannette Pickering Rankin, the first woman ever elected to Congress, takes her seat in the U.S. Capitol as a representative from Montana.
  • 1931 - 17-year-old Jackie Mitchell, the second woman to play baseball in the all-male minor leagues, pitches an exhibition game against the N.Y. Yankees and strikes out both Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig. The next day, the Baseball Commissioner voided her contract, claiming baseball was too strenuous for women. The ban was not overturned until 1992
  • 2005 - Pope John Paul II dies

Wise Words

"As the family goes, so goes the nation and so goes the whole world in which we live."

~Pope John Paul II

Lighter Side

Lighter Side

Why is Easter is the perfect day to get married?

You'll live hoppily ever after. 

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