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Situational Analysis - April 8, 2021

Hello Thursday! Today is National Zoo Lovers Day. Did you know that the Vienna Zoo is the oldest existing zoo and was opened to the public in 1765. The United State's first public zoo, Central Park Zoo, opened in 1874 in New York, more than a century later. If you head off to Hogle Zoo today, remember that they still require masks.

News you need to know

  1. There was ANOTHER mass shooting, this time in South Carolina. A local doctor, his wife and two of their grandchildren are among the victims.
  2. Ryan Gabriel, a Black sociology professor at BYU, asked students at a Tuesday devotional to help "end the sin of racism" - and to stop trying to not see race. "To pretend that race is unimportant by saying, 'I don't see race' - or to falsely diminish the impacts of racism on the lives of Heavenly Father's children - does nothing to stop racism." 
  3. The seven female Cabinet heads in the Cox-Henderson administration weigh in on why having women in leadership matters. "We are here because our governor believes that improving outcomes across this great state requires inclusion and diversity of all voices. We are respected for our skills and talents first." When women are "purposefully at the table,...performance improves."
  4. Thom Carter, the governor's energy advisor, writes that "keeping it in the ground" isn't really an option. "All power, whether traditional or renewable, is impacted by what comes out of the ground. Advocating for renewable energy sources also means maintaining, if not expanding, our mining infrastructure."
  5. Mitch McConnell said on Tuesday that it was "quite stupid" for corporations to weigh in on the Georgia voting law, but clarified "I'm not talking about political contributions...That's fine. It's legal. It's appropriate. I support that." 
  6. US Interior Secretary Deb Haaland is in Utah, meeting with tribal members and elected officials as she tours Bears Ears and Escalante Grand Staircase to discuss the potential restoration of two national monuments. It seems like there has to be a better way to deal with national monuments than the whiplash of conflicting executive orders
  7. In a new video, UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta H. Fore thanks Latter-day Saint Charities for its $20 million donation. The grant contributes to UNICEF's historic efforts in leading the procurement and supply of 2 billion COVID-19 vaccines for nearly 200 participating COVAX countries and economies by the end of 2021.


6 days until the end of the Cox/Henderson administration's first 100 days (04/14/2021)
16 days until the United Utah Party Organizing Convention (04/24/2021)
22 days until the Biden/Harris administration's first 100 days are up (04/30/2021)
23 days until the in-person Utah GOP Organizing Convention (05/01/2021)
156 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
Dark Skies, handcuffing babies, Daily Universe to stop printing weekly paper, the Utah County Commission "reconsiders" and Secretary Haaland is in town.
images/Resized_Logos/National_League_of_Cities_logo.pngWomen in government
By Holly Richardson
 Kaysville councilmember Tamara Tran gets profiled in a national publication and Utah's female cabinet members speak up about the importance of diversity in representation.
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. 

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images/Resized_Logos/UB-Icon-01.pngStartup Summit coming May 13th
Join Utah Business and In The Event on May 13th, 2021 for three exclusive panel discussions on everything startups; from early-stage to funding and growth, industry experts from Limitless Flight, Kickstart Fund, Album VC, VentureCapital.org, and Chatbooks will share their secrets to success in three live-streamed panels and a special VIP in-person (but social distanced!) networking event later that evening from 6:00 8:00 pm. The keynote speaker is Brock Blake, founder and CEO of Lendio.Register here for your free tickets to the summit.
images/Resized_Logos/Smiths_logo.gifSmith's associates remove 140,000 plastic bags from the environment during one day event
In honor of Earth Month, Smith's Food & Drug, a division of The Kroger Co., are encouraging customers to return thin-filter plastic materials to their local store to be recycled into park benches for the local community. Smith's associates in 141 stores will engage with customers, during an in-store volunteer event on April 7, to explain the importance of recycling plastic and bring awareness to the recycling service available.    
images/Resized_Logos/Chamberwest_logo.jpegChamberWest to hold Women in Business spring conference
ChamberWest is holding its annual Women in Business Spring Conference on Tuesday, April 13. The in-person option is sold out but online registration is still available. 
images/Resized_Logos/SEUHD_logo.pngGrand County keeping mask mandate until June 15
The Southeast Utah Public Health Department, in conjunction with the Grand County Council issued the following press release:
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.

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On This Day In History

(From History.com)

  • 573 - Buddhists celebrate birth of Gautama Buddha.
  • 1820 - The famous ancient Greek statue, Venus de Milo is discovered on the Aegean island of Milos.
  • 1918 - Betty Bloomer Ford is born.
  • 1935 - FDR signs Emergency Relief Appropriation Act, authorizing work-relief programs.
  • 1974 - Hank Aaron breaks Babe Ruth's all-time home run record.
  • 1990 - 18-year-old Ryan White, national symbol of the AIDS crisis, dies.
  • 1993 - Astronaut Ellen Ochoa becomes the first Hispanic woman in space.
  • 2013 - Margaret Thatcher, Britain's Iron Lady, dies at age 87.

Wise Words

"If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman."

`Margaret Thatcher

Lighter Side

Lighter Side

"The pardon request [from Matt Gaetz] was reportedly seen as a nonstarter at the White House, which is - that's saying a lot, considering Donald Trump once wanted to nuke a hurricane." 


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