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Situational Analysis - April 5, 2021

It's Monday and hope you enjoyed the warm weather because change is a-comin'. For all you Trekkies out there, today is also First Contact Day - or will be in 2063, when we get to meet the Vulcans. There is a full day of celebration planned, including panels with Jean-Luc Picard, Data and Will Riker (or, Patrick Stewart, Brent Spiner and Jonathan Frakes). The free virtual event begins at 1 pm MDT.

5 things you need to know

  1. Lt. Governor Henderson has a special relationship with Dr. and Senator Martha Hughes Cannon, who is taking her time heading to Statuary Hall.
  2. On Friday, a man rammed his vehicle into a police barricade in DC, killing Capitol police officer William "Billy" Evans. The attacker is also dead.
  3. Over 500,000,000 Facebook users had their data leaked online, including Mark Zuckerberg's personal cell phone number.
  4. Gonzaga had a pretty good game Saturday and will play Baylor tonight for the championship. (Just kidding - it was an amazing buzzer-beater win in overtime, with a 50-foot three pointer by Jalen Suggs. Imagine being that guy!)
  5. Half of Republicans surveyed believe false accounts of deadly U.S. Capitol riot. Six in 10 believe the election was stolen.


9 days until the end of the Cox/Henderson administration's first 100 days (04/14/2021)
19 days until the United Utah Party Organizing Convention (04/24/2021)
25 days until the Biden/Harris administration's first 100 days are up (04/30/2021)
26 days until the in-person Utah GOP Organizing Convention (05/01/2021)
159 days until half-way through the Cox/Henderson's administration's 500-day plan (09/11/2021)

Today At Utah Policy

images/Resized_Logos/Tweet.pngTweets of the day
By Holly Richardson
Military build-up, food insecurity, Gaetz's days are numbered, MLK's last speech and water in the desert.
images/Resized_Logos/Hatch_Foundation.jpgHatch Foundation teams up with Senators Scott, Coons for HBCU internship program
By Holly Richardson
Last week, the Hatch Foundation introduced a new initiative: the bipartisan American Promise Scholarship. This program connects high-achieving students from historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) with a Senate internship to be split between the offices of Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) and Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) in Washington, DC.
images/mugs/Deidre_Henderson.pngLt. Gov. Henderson announces her first initiative - a "Returnship" program
By Holly Richardson
 Lt. Gov. Deidre Henderson announced her first initiative as Lt. Governor, a plan to expand Utah's returnship opportunities. Returnships are internships for adults looking to re-enter the workforce after an extended absence. They are designed as a back-to-work program that provides the experience, training, skills, and mentoring that an individual needs to return to the workforce without starting from the bottom of the career ladder. Returnships can last anywhere from a few weeks to a few months. While all are eligible, this program is likely to be a real boost to women who took a number of years off the educational or career track to raise their families.

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Anthony's Fine Art Exhibition: Remembering the Salt Lake Temple
images/Resized_Logos/John_Curtis_logo.pngRep. Curtis joins Congressional Bike Caucus, tours bicycling infrastructure in District
Today, Representative John Curtis (R-UT) released the following statement after joining the Congressional Bike Caucus this month, signaling his commitment to support biking as a bipartisan approach to address car emissions and transportation issues in American cities.
images/Resized_Logos/KUER_logo.pngKUER names Pamela McCall local host of 'Morning Edition'
KUER 90.1 announced today that newscaster and radio host Pamela McCall has been named the station's next local host of Morning Edition. The veteran of public and commercial news organizations will be the voice of NPR Utah's most-listened-to program, which in recent months has climbed to No. 3 in Salt Lake City's morning drive.
images/Resized_Logos/Utah_GOP_logo.pngCandidates for Utah GOP statewide leadership
The following individuals have filed to run for leadership positions within the Utah Republican Party. They are listed in alphabetical order. The election will be held at the UTGOP Organizing Convention on May 1, 2021.
images/Resized_Logos/Utah_Dems_logo.pngUtah Democrats apologize to victims of sexual harassment within the party
Utah Democrats have decided to re-examine the manner in which the party handled allegations of sexual harassment several years ago, in light of the allegations made against members of the Salt Lake County Republican Party. After examination, it is the belief of the Utah Democratic Party that the several women who came forward years ago with allegations were not treated with the dignity and respect they deserve. The party did not give the women involved an opportunity to speak, and therefore failed to complete an investigation.

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On This Day In History

(From History.com)

  • 1588 - Thomas Hobbes is born. He was an English philosopher known for his work "Leviathan." 
  • 1614 - American Indian princess Pocahontas and daughter of chief Powhatan marries English colonist John Rolfe.
  • 1792 - George Washinton vetoes his first bill.
  • 1876 - 'Arsenal Hill' exploded (now Capitol Hill) 
  • 1887 - Helen Keller learns w.a.t.e.r from teacher Anne Sullivan.
  • 1901 - Hattie Alexander is born.  She became a pediatrician and microbiologist who identified and studied antibiotic resistance caused by random genetic mutations in DNA. She was the first woman elected president of the American Pediatric Society.
  • 1911 - 100,000 to 500,000 people march in New York City to attend the funeral of seven unidentified victims of the Triangle Shirtwaist Company fire in late March
  • 1937 - Colin Powell is born.
  • 1955 - Winston Churchill retires as prime minister.

Wise Words

"Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate and doubt, to offer a solution everybody can understand."

~Colin Powell

Lighter Side

Lighter Side

What do you call a line of rabbits jumping backwards?

A receding hare-line.

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