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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!
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1 days until the Biden/Harris administration's first 100 days are up (04/30/2021)
Today At Utah PolicyWhat 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:
Commentary: 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.
Salt Lake Tribune
Policy NewsLawmakers 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.
Sens 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.
Gov. 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.
Owens 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.
Conservative 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.
On This Day In History
"Wishes are possibilities. Dare to make a wish."
"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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