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Situational Analysis - April 7, 2021

It's Wednesday already. Today is National No Housework Day. I'll take it. 

There are nine Republicans running to replace Tanner Ainge on the three-member Utah County Commission. They are: Amelia Powers Gardner, Steve White, Rod Mann, Chris Herrod, Christopher Forbush, Ethan Allen, Robert Stevens, Howard Stone and Walter Parcell. Voting by Utah County GOP central committee members will conclude April 24th. 

5 things you need to know

  1. Did you know that an octupus can leave big red welts if it slaps you? Australian Lance Karlson found that out the hard way
  2. No federal vaccine passport, says White House press secretary Jen Psaki. That doesn't mean that other countries won't require proof of vaccination to enter (as some already do). 
  3. Speaking of bystander intervention, passersby stopped a rape because they acted.
  4. Florida Congressman Alcee Hastings died yesterday. Flags at all state facilities in Utah are at half staff in his memory. 
  5. The keto diet may help you avoid Alzheimer's. No, really. A new study out of BYU found growing evidence the brains in humans with Alzheimer's disease can't use glucose well. But they can use ketones. 


7 days until the end of the Cox/Henderson administration's first 100 days (04/14/2021)
17 days until the United Utah Party Organizing Convention (04/24/2021)
23 days until the Biden/Harris administration's first 100 days are up (04/30/2021)
24 days until the in-person Utah GOP Organizing Convention (05/01/2021)
157 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/Genocide.png'Ethnic cleansing' in Ethiopia
By Holly Richardson
Trigger warning for violence, including sexual violence. This is a tough topic. Since November, an "ethnic cleansing" is underway in the northern region of Ethiopia when Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who ironically received the Nobel Peace Prize, launched a major military operation against the ruling party in the area, the Tigray People's Liberation Front. This "cleansing" hits close to home for our family, as two of our children were adopted from that area almost 20 years ago. Our hearts are broken. 
images/Resized_Logos/Tweet.pngTweets of the day
By Holly Richardson
Lingering COVID effects impact at least one-third of survivors, Utah interim committees named, Paris Hilton was in Utah again yesterday, recreating internment camp art and a boost for women entering or re-entering the workforce.
images/Logos/SL-Chamber-Logo.pngSalt Lake Chamber: 6 ways Utah employers can build workforce resilience, prevent suicide and foster mental fitness
By SL Chamber
Originally published on KSL.comFor large and small businesses alike, happy employees are just good business. Unfortunately, mental health in the United States has been steadily worsening for many years-even prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to Mental Health America, 19% of adults experienced a mental illness in 2017-2018, with suicide ideation among adults ever increasing.

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images/Resized_Logos/Utah_Clean_Energy_logo.pngMarket-based climate solutions gaining momentum in Utah
Over 100 Utah business, policy, and community leaders convened on March 24, 2021 for a briefing hosted by the Utah Climate and Clean Air Compact exploring market-based solutions to climate and air quality. The briefing featured former Republican Congressman Ryan Costello of Pennsylvania and representatives from the bipartisan Climate Leadership Council who are the lead authors of the "Baker-Shultz" Carbon Dividends Plan. The Plan is a market-based climate solution gaining traction nationally that would put a price on greenhouse gas emissions and refund all of the proceeds to American families.
images/Resized_Article_Images/Bears_Ears.pngUtah and western local officials call for the swift restoration of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments
Utah and Western Local Officials Call for the Swift Restoration of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National MonumentsWith Secretary of Interior Deb Haaland visiting Utah this week as part of the Biden administration's review of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments as outlined in the executive order President Biden signed on his first day in office, The Mountain Pact network of local elected officials released the following statements: 
images/Resized_Logos/Chris_Stewart_logo_white.pngReps. Stewart and Moore issue statement on corporate responses to Georgia voting law
Today, Congressmen Chris Stewart (UT-02) and Blake Moore (UT-01) released the following statement on corporate responses to Georgia's recent voting law."As members of Congress, it is our honor and privilege to protect Americans' freedom of speech. Diversity of thought is what drives our democracy and allows our nation to be the most free and inclusive in the world. Private citizens and corporations alike enjoy the ability to make decisions based on their convictions-a right we will always fight to uphold. 
images/Resized_Logos/Blake_Moore_logo.pngRep. Moore Joins Reps. Smucker & Bacon in introducing the Improving Adoption Outcomes & Affordability Act
Reps. Lloyd Smucker (PA-11), Don Bacon (NE-2), and Blake Moore (UT-1) are announcing the introduction of the Improving Adoption Outcomes & Affordability Act of 2021, H.R. 2375.The Improving Adoption Outcomes and Affordability Act would authorize the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) to award grants to state or local governments, public or private adoption agencies, and faith-based organizations for the purpose of enhancing medical support services and mental health resources for mothers considering adoption.
images/Logos/GOED_logo_1.pngGOED announces 2021 impacted small business catalyst grant
To help support Utah's small businesses, nonprofits, and organizations, $15 million is designated for the 2021 Impacted Small Business Catalyst Grant. The program, managed by the Governor's Office of Economic Development (GOED), begins accepting applications on April 20, 2021, at 9 a.m. (MDT).

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On This Day In History

(From History.com)

  • 1805 - Lewis and Clark begin their journey to the Pacific Ocean, accompanied by Sacagawea and her two-month old baby, Jean-Baptiste Charbonneau.
  • 1860 - First Pony Express comes to Utah.
  • 1890 - Marjory Stoneman Douglas is born. She was a writer, suffragist, women's rights advocate, environmentalist and championed the culture of first Americans. She also created "Friends of the Everglades" with a million acres established in 1978 as the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Wilderness Area. She lived to be 108.
  • 1891 - Martha Eliot is born. She became a pediatrician who researched and proved the beneficial effects of cod liver oil and sunbaths to prevent rickets. She wrote provisions for dependent and crippled children in the 1935 Social Security Act, and was the only woman to sign the constitution of the new World Health Organization in 1947.
  • 1954 - President Eisenhower delivers his Cold War "domino theory" speech, when he suggested the fall of French Indochina to the communists could create a "domino effect" in Southeast Asia. This theory dominated US thinking about Vietnam for at least the next decade.
  • 1961 - Thurl Bailey is born.
  • 1987 - The National Museum of Women in the Arts opens in Washington, D.C. It is the first museum devoted to women artists. 
  • 2003 - US troops capture Baghdad.

Wise Words

"Speak up. Learn to talk clearly and forcefully in public...Speak simply and not too long...Be a nuisance where it counts."

~Marjory Stoneman Douglas

Lighter Side

Lighter Side

"You get a shot! And you get a shot! And you get a shot! Thanks, President Joe-prah!" 


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