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Situational Analysis - April 29, 2021

It's Thursday and World Wish Day, a day established by the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Jersey Mike's Subs collected donations throughout March and just gave Make-A-Wish Utah a check for $200,000! Way to go, Jersey Mike's and everyone who donated!

News you need to know

  1. President Joe Biden addressed a joint session of Congress last night and laid out an ambitious agenda. Republicans weren't impressed
  2. The address featured, for the first time, two women behind the president, and a very sparse, masked and socially-distanced audience. At least two Senators looked like they were sleeping. Or at least concentrating with their eyes closed: Mitt Romney and Ted Cruz.
  3. Michael Collins, the Apollo 11 command module pilot and first astronaut to orbit the far side of the moon alone, has died at age 90. He was called the "loneliest man in history" because of the time he spent on the far side, cut off from all human contact. 
  4. The Utah Republican Party convention is this Saturday. A delegate has sponsored a resolution to censure Senator Romney for his vote on impeachment. Multiple elected officials have also endorsed a variety of candidates as they jockey for position. Stay tuned.
  5. Derek Miller writes that unity is impossible without diversity. What a beautiful concept.

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)
58 days until theUtah Democrat party organizing convention (06/26/21)
135 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

What Utah's delegation had to say about Biden's speech
By Holly Richardson
Both of Utah's Senators and two of the four Representatives issued press statements last night following President Biden's speech. Here they are:
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.

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Policy News

images/Resized_Logos/Chris_Stewart_logo_white.pngLawmakers introduce legislation to protect Great Basin and Mormon Pioneer National Heritage Areas
Congressman Steven Horsford (D-Nev.), Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.), and Mitt Romney (R-Utah), and Congressman Chris Stewart (R-Utah) have introduced the Great Basin National Heritage Area and Mormon Pioneer National Heritage Area Extension Act. This bicameral, bipartisan legislation would reauthorize federal funding for both National Heritage Areas (NHAs), ensuring their continued ability to promote conservation, expand recreation opportunities, and preserve the unique heritage of the Western United States.
images/Resized_Logos/Mike_Lee_logo.pngSens Lee and Thune Introduce Bill to Strengthen National Guard Resources and Readiness
Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT) and John Thune (R-SD) today introduced theGuarding Readiness Resources Act, a bill to ensure that National Guard unitsreceive the reimbursement required by law forthe use of federalequipmentto supportstate missions.
images/Resized_Logos/Cox_seal.pngGov. Cox names Kirt Slaugh acting state treasurer
Gov. Spencer Cox has named Kirt Slaugh as acting state treasurer. The appointment, effective May 3, 2021, follows the resignation of David Damschen, who announced on April 12 that he was leaving his office to become president and CEO of the Utah Housing Corporation. 
images/Resized_Logos/Burgess_Owens_logo.pngOwens to Serve on Congressional Escort Committee for State of the Union
Rep. Burgess Owens (UT-04) has been selected to serve on the Congressional Escort Committee ahead of tonight's State of the Union address.Owens will join a bipartisan group of members to escort the President to the House Chamber for his first joint address to Congress. 
images/Resized_Logos/Conservatives_against_discrimination.pngConservative Voices Reiterate the Need for Federal LGBTQ Protections Following the President's Address
Tonight, members of the Conservatives Against Discrimination Leadership Council are sharing their call for a bipartisan solution that delivers federal protections for LGBTQ Americans following President Joe Biden's address to a joint session of Congress. 

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On This Day In History

(From History.com)

  • 1854 - First African American college is chartered in Pennsylvania.
  • 1945 - U.S. Army liberates Dachau concentration camp.
  • 1992 - Riots erupt in Los Angeles after police officers are acquitted in Rodney King trial
  • 2004 - World War II monument opens in Washington, D.C.

Wise Words

"Wishes are possibilities. Dare to make a wish."


Lighter Side

Lighter Side

"That's right, the Capitol took center stage tonight, and I got to be honest, it was nice to see someone behind the podium who wasn't wearing deer antlers and a pelt." 

- JIMMY FALLON


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