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Situational Analysis - April 26, 2021

Hello Monday. Enjoy the rain as you begin the last week of April. Today is National Dissertation Day, an annual reminder that the best dissertation is a done dissertation. 

News you need to know

  1. Amelia Powers Gardner won the special election to replace Tanner Ainge as Utah County Commissioner. She is the first woman to do so. Her win sets up another special election for clerk/auditor.
  2. President Joe Biden officially recognized the mass killings of 1.5 million Armenians as a genocide. Turkey was not happy, but then again, virtually no countries raise their hands and say "Hey! We wiped out an entire population! Feel free to call it the genocide it is!" The declaration is a big deal and 100+ years in the making.
  3. Former Salt Lake County GOP chair Scott Miller says he's being "Kavanaughed" and has rescinded his resignation (note: that's not actually a thing). Since he cannot, in fact, rescind his resignation, he has rescinded his apology. A "high-ranking elected official" had persuaded him to "apologize and move on. "I didn't want to do it," Miller said. "I acquiesced to the experience of that elected official. And I shouldn't have. I shouldn't have listened to him."
  4. U.S. health officials lifted an 11-day pause on COVID-19 vaccinations using Johnson & Johnson's single-dose shot on Friday, after scientific advisers decided its benefits outweigh a rare risk of blood clot. The government uncovered 15 vaccine recipients who developed a highly unusual kind of blood clot out of nearly 8 million people given the J&J shot. All were women, most under age 50. The vaccine will now come with a warning. 
  5. A cheerleader's Snapchat rant leads to 'momentous' Supreme Court case on student speech. The dispute could determine how First Amendment protections apply to the off-campus activities of 50 million public school students. Stay tuned.


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)
61 days until theUtah Democrat party organizing convention (06/26/21)
138 days until half-way through the Cox/Henderson's administration's 500-day plan (09/11/2021)




Today At Utah Policy

images/Resized_Article_Images/Dominga.pngCross the ocean, cross the street or cross the room: We all can serve
By Holly Richardson
Originally published in the Deseret News Photo Credit: Steven Wood "A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal."- Steve Maraboli
Katharine and Robert Garff to be honored as 42nd "Giant in Our City"
By SL Chamber
The Salt Lake Chamber today announced that Katharine and Robert Garff will be honored with the 42nd Giant in our City award. The award recognizes those with exceptional and distinguished service, as well as extraordinary professional achievement, and is widely known as the most prestigious business award given in Utah. 
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.

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Policy News

images/Resized_Logos/GREENbike_logo.pngGREENbike offers $1 annual pass for essential workers in 2021
GREENbike, Salt Lake City's nonprofit bike-share program, is now offering a discounted $1 annual pass (reduced from $75) to all essential workers in 2021. For its 2021 discount, the bike-share program has expanded the categories of workers eligible for the pass to include those who lost their job in 2020 due to COVID-19.
images/Resized_Logos/Mike_Lee_logo.pngSen. Lee, Rep. Smith Lead Letter to CDC on Face Mask Guidance for Kids
Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Rep. Jason Smith (R-MO) led30of their colleagues in sending a bicameral letter to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) requesting information on how the agency determined its guidance for children aged two years and older to wear face masks to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. The Members of Congress wrote in part:
images/Resized_Logos/Romney_Senate_logo.pngSen. Romney Joins Colleagues in Introducing Legislation to Advance U.S. Strategic Competitiveness with China
 U.S. Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) joined Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Senator Todd Young (R-IN) in introducing the Endless Frontier Act, legislation to advance and solidify the United States' leadership in scientific and technological innovation through increased investments in the discovery, creation, and manufacturing of technology critical to U.S. national security and economic competitiveness.
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.

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On This Day In History

(From History.com)

  • 1777 - Sybil Ludington rides 40 miles on horseback through the night to alert American militia of British attack.
  • 1927 - Anne McLaren is born. She became a leading figure in developmental biology and became a pioneer in human IVF (in vitro fertilization).
  • 1933 - Carol Burnett is born.
  • 1954 - Polio vaccine trials begin, involving 1.8 million children.
  • 1984 - President Reagan visits China.
  • 1986 - A test gone wrong triggers the world's worst nuclear disaster at Chernobyl.
  • 1989 - Lucille Ball dies at age 78.

Wise Words

"Comedy is tragedy - plus time."

~Carol Burnett

Lighter Side

Lighter Side

"H&M added a section for sustainable items, Lowe's offered a free garden-to-go kit and Subway recycled last week's tuna."

~Jimmy Fallon, on companies observing Earth Day

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