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Situational Analysis - April 27, 2021

Happy Tuesday. It's National Tell a Story Day, an ancient practice that goes back to before writing was invented. What family lore lives on in your family??

News you need to know

  1. The US Census has released numbers. Guess which state grew the fastest over the last decade? Yep. Utah. However, it was not enough to get a 5th Congressional seat. There was a demographic shift, though, from the Northeast and Midwest to the South and West. Oregon, Montana, Colorado, North Carolin and Florida each gained one seat, while Texas gained two. California, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, West Virginia, Pennslvania and New York each lose one seat. This will have definite implications in the mid-term elections.
  2. Utah's population increased by 504,487, for a total of 3,275,252. That means the size of Congressional districts will be approximately 818,000 people, Utah Senate districts 113,000 and House districts aroud 44,000.
  3. The Utah County GOP elected new leadership by acclamation on Saturday. The new chair is Skyler Beltran.
  4. The U.S. Justice Department plans to investigate the Louisville Police Department, a little over a year since officers shot and killed Breonna Taylor.
  5. Enough signatures were gathered in California to force a recall election of Governor Gavin Newsom, a contest that could land on the ballot as early as this summer or as late as December. Newsom's approval ratings are still above 50%.

Finally, 3 podcast episodes you don't want to miss: First Lady Abby Cox's visit with Dr. Angela Dunn and Boyd Matheson's visits with Bill Kristol and Dana Perino. Great conversations.

Countdown

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)
60 days until theUtah Democrat party organizing convention (06/26/21)
137 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/mugs-300/LaVarr_Webb.jpgCommentary: Future of GOP depends on Trump stepping aside
By LaVarr Webb
The Republican Party is struggling to find its identity after the Trump presidency. House Republicans are holding a retreat in Orlando, Florida, this week to plot a way forward. Trump was not invited to the retreat, but he clearly hovers like a colossus over the future of the Republican Party. I've written previously that Republicans can't win with Trump as the party's standard-bearer, but they also can't win without him.
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. 

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Policy News

images/Resized_Logos/Better_Utah_Institute_logo.pngBetter Utah Institute releases gamified civic engagement toolkit
Today, the Better Utah Institute released a Civic Engagement Toolkit, which can be found on their website here. Through an engaging and gamified series of surveys, games, and quizzes, the toolkit educates Utahns on what civic engagement is and how they can make a positive change in their community by advocating for the issues they care about.  
images/Resized_Logos/AFP-Utah_logo.pngAmericans for Prosperity-Utah releases 2021 legislative scorecard
Americans for Prosperity-Utah (AFP-UT) today announced the release of its 2021 legislative scorecard-highlighting the key votes legislators took during this year's legislative session to tackle the most critical issues Utahns face daily. AFP-UT's scorecard serves as a comprehensive guide to provide transparency between constituents and their elected representatives. It highlights the important issues of furthering economic opportunity, criminal justice reform, health care, and education.
images/Resized_Logos/WGU_logo.pngUtah higher ed leaders join Gov Cox, LG Henderson to celebrate legislation that expands state-based grant funding to adult learners
Western Governors University (WGU) President Scott Pulsipher joined Governor Spencer Cox, Lt. Governor Deidre Henderson, Representative Lowry Snow (R-St. George), and other stakeholders today at a ceremonial bill signing in Cedar City to commemorate education-related legislation that passed in the 2021 General Session-including the creation of the Adult Learners Grant Program (HB 328), which provides financial support to adult Utahns who pursue postsecondary credentials and degrees through eligible online programs. 
images/Resized_Logos/Bank-of-Utah-logo.jpegBank of Utah to sponsor 'Spring into Service Scavenger Hunt' in May
 Bank of Utah is inviting families and individuals to join them in a Spring into Service Scavenger Hunt to do good works around their communities May 3 21. Using social media, the local bank will offer a way to sweeten community service efforts of individuals with a $10 cash donation to their favorite charity.
images/Resized_Logos/Chris_Stewart_logo_white.pngRep. Stewart: There is no virtue in woke CEOs' signaling
Today, Rep. Chris Stewart (R-UT) wrote an op-ed in Newsweek on the fundamental shift in America's political factions: Democrats now represent the interests of big corporations, and Republicans are the proud defenders of the American worker.

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On This Day In History

(From History.com)

  • 1759 - Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin is born. She was an English writer and feminist who wrote "A Vindication of the Rights of Woman"
  • 1822 - Ulysses S. Grant is born (18th US president)
  • 1882 - Ralph Waldo Emerson, American essayist & philosopher dies of pneumonia at 78
  • 1903 - Maggie L. Walker was named president of Richmond's St. Luke Bank and Trust Company, becoming the first African American woman to head a bank.
  • 1906 - Alice Dunnigan is born. She became the first African-American journalist accredited to cover Congress and the White House, the Supreme Court, and State Department. She documented Klan actions when no "white" newspaper covered them, and was the first journalist of color to travel with President Truman on his train.
  • 1927 - Coretta Scott (King) is born. 
  • 1994 - South Africa holds its first multiracial elections.
  • 2015 - Loretta Lynch is sworn in as the 83rd US Attorney General and the first Black woman to hold that position.

Wise Words

"That which we persist in doing becomes easier to do, not that the nature of the thing has changed but that our power to do has increased."

~Ralph Waldo Emerson


Lighter Side

Lighter Side

"The ratings for the Oscars plummeted from 23 million last year to less than 10 million this year. How can something so woke put so many people to sleep?"

~Jimmy Kimmel


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