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Situational Analysis - April 22, 2021

Happy Thursday! Today is Earth Day and National Take Our Kids to Work Day. Utah's DEQ has some ideas on how you can observe Earth Day. Check them out.

News you need to know

  1. President Biden is expected to recognize the massacre of Armenians as genocide. It's a big deal. Turkey is not impressed, as they have spent more than 100 years denying that a genocide occurred. 
  2. As the head of ALEC, Utah Senate President Stuart Adams wants to lead a multi-state effort to rein in social media companies. Legal experts say that's unconstitutional.
  3. The Senate voted 51-49 yesterday to confirm Vanita Gupta as associate attorney general, the third ranking official at the Department of Justice. Sen. Lisa Murkowski was the only Republican to vote for Gupta's confirmation.
  4. The NRA launched a $2 million campaign to oppose Biden gun-control agenda, even as its leaders are called to testify in the second week of a bankruptcy trial.
  5. House Republicans' recently unveiled their Energy Innovation Agenda: "Our solutions promote innovation, invest in clean energy infrastructure, and outline initiatives in natural solutions and conservation," said House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy.


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)
days until the in-person Utah GOP Organizing Convention (05/01/2021)
142 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."

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images/Resized_Logos/The_Mtn_Pact_logo.pngIt's Time for President Biden to Restore Protections for Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments
In response to Secretary of Interior Deb Haaland's visit to Utah, and as we celebrate Earth Week, Anna Peterson, Executive Director of The Mountain Pact released the following statement encouraging swift action by President Biden to restore and expand protections for Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments: 
images/Resized_Logos/Romney_Senate_logo.pngSen. Romney: U.S. Withdrawal from Afghanistan Will Have Serious Consequences
U.S. Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) today released the following statement after attending a Senate briefing with Administration officials on Afghanistan and the recently announced withdrawal of U.S. troops.
images/Resized_Logos/Mike_Lee_logo.pngLee and Republican Coalition Issue Joint Statement on Earmark Ban Victory
Following a vote by Senate Republicans to keep the ban on earmarks, Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT), Steve Daines (R-MT), Cynthia Lummis (R-WY), James Risch (R-ID), Rick Scott (R-FL), Tommy Tuberville (R-AL), Josh Hawley (R-MO), Rand Paul (R-KY), Rob Portman (R-OH), Mitt Romney (R-UT), Pat Toomey (R-PA), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Mike Braun (R-IN), and Joni Ernst (R-IA) issued the following joint statement:
images/Resized_Logos/Chris_Stewart_logo_white.pngRep. Stewart Introduces the Ensuring Access to Domestic Mineral Production Act
Congressman Chris Stewart (R-UT) recently introduced the Ensuring Access to Domestic Mineral Production Act. This legislation ensures America's economic and national security.
images/Resized_Logos/Romney_Senate_logo.pngRomney Secures Measures to Counter China Threat
U.S. Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) today secured seven of his amendments in the bipartisan Strategic Competition Act of 2021 aimed at developing a strategy to encourage China to play by the rules of the international community. One of his amendments would mandate a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Beijing Olympics in light of the Chinese Communist Party's ongoing human rights abuses, including the Uyghur genocide. The bill passed the Committee by a voice vote and now awaits consideration by the full Senate.     

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On This Day In History

(From History.com)

  • 570 - Muhammad, Arabic prophet and founder of Islam is born in Mecca, Hejaz, Arabia.
  • 1500 - The Portuguese discover and then claim Brazil.
  • 1925 - Saltaire fire
  • 1945 - Hitler admits defeat.
  • 1857 - Sarah B. Cochran is born. She was an American coal magnate, philanthropist and women's suffrage supporter in southwestern Pennsylvania.
  • 1891 - Laura Gilpin is born. An early photographer, she won acclaim for mastery of the platinum printing process in the early 1920s. Her early work with autochromes of still-life and portraits allowed her to record 35 years of vanishing rural America.
  • 1904 - Robert Oppenheimer, American theoretical physicist known as the father of the atomic bomb (Manhattan Project), is born in NYC, New York.
  • 1970 - The first Earth Day is celebrated.
  • 1976 - Barbara Walters becomes the first female US nightly news anchor.
  • 1994 - Former President Nixon dies.
  • 1994 - 7,000 Tutsi slaughtered by Hutus in the stadium at Kibuye, Rwanda.
  • 2000 - In a pre-dawn raid, federal agents seize six-year-old Elin Gonzlez from his relatives' home in Miami, Florida.
  • 2004 - Pat Tillman killed by friendly fire in Afghanistan.

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~Native American proverb

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