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Situational Analysis - April 21, 2021

Welcome to mid-week. It's Wednesday and National Kindergarten Day in honor of Friedrich Wilhelm August Frobel who is credited with starting the very first Kindergarten in Germany in 1837. Also as a heads-up: tomorrow is National Take Our Kids to Work Day.

Yesterday's formatting was a bust. The consistent message I heard back from you is that it was tl:dr (too long, didn't read). Back to short snippets it is.

News you need to know

  1. The news that is dominating outlets everywhere is the guilty verdicts for former police officer Derek Chauvin on the charges of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. The statutory maximum sentence for second-degree murder, with no prior criminal history is 30 years.
  2. He is the first white police officer in Minnesota's history to be held accountable for killing a Black man. For context, Minnesota became a state in 1858. There have been 208 police-involved deaths in Minnesota since 2000. 55 were Black, 10 were Asian, 9 were Hispanic, 15 were Native American and 119 were white.
  3. Tucker Carlson claims that jurors were intimidated into finding Chauvin while Ted Cruz is saying that comments made by President Biden and Rep. Maxine Waters are grounds for a mistrial.
  4. Minutes before the verdict was announced, police in Columbus, Ohio, shot four times and killed a 15 year-old Black girl who was wielding a knife.
  5. Charles Geschke, Adobe co-founder who helped spark desktop publishing, died last week at age 81. He and John Warnock built one of the world's largest software companies. He also made headlines after being kidnapped in 1992 and spending five days in captivity.


days until the United Utah Party Organizing Convention and the Utah County GOP convention (04/24/2021)
days until the Biden/Harris administration's first 100 days are up (04/30/2021)
10 days until the in-person Utah GOP Organizing Convention (05/01/2021)
143 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: To balance federal/state power, state legislators must rise to their constitutional role
By LaVarr Webb
How Freedom is Protected. In Federalist 51, James Madison wrote: "In the compound republic of America, the power surrendered by the people is first divided between two distinct governments (federal and states), and then the portion allotted to each (is) subdivided among distinct and separate departments (executive, legislative and judicial). Hence, a double security arises to the rights of the people. The different governments will control each other, at the same time that each will be controlled by itself."
images/Logos/SL-Chamber-Logo.pngUtah's economic recovery is taking shape
By SL Chamber
The Salt Lake Chamber's Roadmap to Recovery Coalition, in partnership with the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute, has updated the Economic Dashboard with current data for April, indicating where Utah sits in the overall recovery. Clear indicators show Utah climbing back from recession lows and heading into positive growth on several fronts. This comes at a time when The Wall Street Journal reports that Salt Lake City is the "hottest job market" in America.
images/Resized_Logos/Romney_Senate_logo.pngSens. Romney, Sinema introduce bill to reduce student loan debt, make college more affordable
By Holly Richardson
 U.S. Senators Mitt Romney (R-UT) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) introduced the Earn to Learn Act, legislation to reduce student loan debt and make college more affordable for students. The bipartisan bill establishes a college matched-savings program that helps qualifying low-income students, including adult learners, pay for tuition, books, fees, and other education-related expenses.

Utah Headlines

Deseret News

Salt Lake Tribune


COVID Corner


National Headlines

The top stories across virtually every website I checked this morning have the Chauvin verdict as their top story, and usually multiple stories. Here are some other national stories of interest.

Policy News

images/Resized_Logos/John_Curtis_logo.pngRep. Curtis on upcoming Derek Chauvin verdict: 'There's work to do ahead'
Today, Representative John Curtis (R-UT) released the following statement:
images/Resized_Logos/CCJJ_logo.pngNominees announced for 8th District Juvenile Court vacancy
The Eighth District Judicial Nominating Commission has selected nominees for a vacancy on the Eighth District Juvenile Court.  The vacancy results from the retirement of Judge Keith Eddington, June 1, 2021.
images/Resized_Logos/Mike_Lee_logo.pngSen. Lee introduces State Grazing Management Authority Act
Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) has introduced the State Grazing Management Authority Act, a bill to allow states to manage grazing programs on federal allotments. 
images/Resized_Logos/Tanner_LLC_logo.pngTanner LLC named top national CPA firm
Tanner LLC has been named by Accounting Today as one of the Fastest Growing Accounting Firms for 2021. The publication's annual recognition honors CPA firms across the country for their overall superior performance on dozens of criteria.
images/Resized_Logos/Smiths_logo.gifSmith's offers free telenutrition service to promote healthy eating
 Smith's in partnership with Kroger Health, the healthcare division of The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR), is offering free telenutrition service to help customers shop for, prepare and enjoy healthy fresh and non-perishable foods during the COVID-19 crisis.

Business Headlines

On This Day In History

(From History.com)

  • 753 BC - According to legend, today is the day that twins Romulus and Remus establish Rome
  • 1898 - Spain declares war against the United States.
  • 1910 - Mark Twain dies
  • 1939 - Sister Helen Prejean is born. A leading American advocate for the abolition of the death penalty and Roman Catholic sister, she founded the group SURVIVE, to help families of victims of murder and related crimes. She served as the National Chairperson of the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty from 1993 to 1995.

Wise Words

"There's no such thing as being apolitical. If we sit back and do nothing, leaving all the policy making to others, that is, in fact, a position of support for the status quo, which is a very political stance to take."

~ Sister Helen Prejean

Lighter Side

Lighter Side

"This is the 50th anniversary (of 4/20) because, back in 1971, a group of California high school students used to gather to smoke pot every day at 4:20 p.m. Admirable punctuality for a group of kids who were always high." 


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