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Situational Analysis - April 23, 2021

It's Friday and we made it through another week! It's also National Cherry Cheesecake Day, so celebrate in style.

News you need to know

  1. First Lady Abby Cox has launched a podcast with four of her friends to talk with "fascinating people with unique perspectives" as they work "to bring courage, compassion and connection back into our homes and communities." Make sure to check it out. 
  2. Holly the dog became an Internet sensation when she joined the track meet in Logan. She crossed the finish line first, but officially it was Gracie Laney's team who took first place in that event.
  3. Voting is open to replace Utah County Commissioner Tanner Ainge. Delegates will have until 3 pm on Saturday to place their votes electronically.
  4. Lake Powell's water level is hitting historic lows amid a 20-year drought. 
  5. The House of Representatives approved a bill to make Washington, D.C. the 51st state. Approval came by a 216-208 vote along strict party lines. Republicans say that the Founding Fathers never wanted DC to be a state. Things change, though, They also didn't want women or Black people to vote.

Countdown

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)
141 days until half-way through the Cox/Henderson's administration's 500-day plan (09/11/2021)

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Today At Utah Policy

images/Resized_Logos/Utah_Foundation_Logo_01.jpgUtah Foundation Video: What Worries Utahns?
By Utah Foundation
The Utah Foundation's newest video examines Utahns' top 12 priorities and how the top priorities have changed over time. The video draws on the Utah Priorities Project, which contains a wide array of reports, briefs and other products.
images/mugs-300/LaVarr_Webb.jpgFriday change-of-pace: Lessons from a robin & a square yard of dirt
By LaVarr Webb
Yesterday morning I was sitting at my computer in my office and a motion outside the window caught my eye. I looked out and saw a robin hopping across the lawn with something in its mouth.
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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Policy News

images/Resized_Logos/CMES_logo.pngCenter for Methane Emissions Solutions Launches Ad Campaign Urging Senator Romney to Vote to Restore Rules that Cut Methane Waste
Today, the Center for Methane Emissions Solutions (CMES) launched a digital ad campaign in the Salt Lake Tribune. The ads are aimed at Senator Mitt Romney, urging him to restore rules to cut methane pollution and support Senate Joint Resolution 14. 
images/Resized_Logos/Romney_Senate_logo.pngRomney, Colleagues Propose Bill to Support Role Agricultural Community Plays in Confronting Climate Change
U.S. Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) joined Senators Mike Braun (R-IN), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) in introducing the bipartisan Growing Climate Solutions Act, legislation to break down barriers to farmers and foresters interested in participating in carbon markets so they can be rewarded for climate-smart practices. The bill has garnered broad, bipartisan support from over 60 leading agricultural and environmental organizations.
images/Resized_Logos/USBE_logo.pngOgden's Shadow Valley Elementary Named U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School
The U.S. Department of Education today released the names of the 2021 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools, District Sustainability Awardees, and Postsecondary Sustainability Awardees.
images/Resized_Logos/SLCounty.jpegSalt Lake County Commits to Cut a Minimum of 5% of its Water Use, Challenges Residents to Conserve 5% Amid Drought
There's a new normal being created this year with water conservation to enable the long-term success of residents and the environment across Salt Lake County.
images/Resized_Logos/Mike_Lee_logo.pngCongressional delegation seeks answers from DOI regarding inadequate funding allotment for Utah's public lands projects
U.S. Senators Mike Lee (R-UT), Mitt Romney (R-UT), and Representatives Chris Stewart (R-UT), John Curtis (R-UT), Burgess Owens (R-UT), and Blake Moore (R-UT) today wrote to Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland requesting an explanation regarding a recent announcement of deferred maintenance awards which allocated Utah a disproportionately low amount of funding compared to its proportion of federal lands and its contribution to the federal government.

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On This Day In History

(From History.com)

  • 1564 - William Shakespeare is born.
  • 1616 - William Shakespeare dies at age 52
  • 1791 - James Buchanan (15th president) is born.
  • 1872 - Charlotte E. Ray became the first Black female lawyer in the United States.
  • 1928 - Shirley Temple Black is born. The cheerful and curly-haired child actor, singer and dancer was later appointed U.S. Ambassador to Ghana (1974) and Czechoslovakia (1988).
  • 1933 - Annie Easley is born. She became a computer scientist, mathematician, and rocket scientist and one of the first Black Americans to work as a computer scientist at NASA,
  • 2005 - First YouTube video gets uploaded.
  • 2007 - Barbara Hillary became the first Black woman and the oldest person (at age 76) to reach the North Pole.

Wise Words

"I've led three lives: the acting part, wife and mother - which is a career - and international relations. I'm proud of my career, the first one, and I'm proud of the other two, too."

~Shirley Temple Black


Lighter Side

Lighter Side

"Of course, Earth Day is like prom in that every year has a theme. This year's is 'Restore Our Earth.' Yes, we have to, or pretty soon the theme's going to be 'Enchantment Under the Sea.'"

- STEPHEN COLBERT


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