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Situational Analysis - April 9, 2021

We made it to another Friday. I hope you have lovely plans for the weekend. I know I do. 

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News you need to know

  1. Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh and husband of Queen Elizabeth II "passed away peacefully" at Windsor Castle. The couple celebrated their 73rd wedding anniversary in November 2020. He was 99. 
  2. The CDC declares racismCDC declares racism 'a serious public health threat.' Rep. Sandra Hollins worked on a resolution saying the same thing, but it lacked enough support to pass.
  3. Be smart out there. Search and rescue crews for Zion National Park have been out on three dehydration calls in the last week. And it's not even mid-April.
  4. The SC shooter who killed five people was former NFL player Phillip Adams who then killed himself. 
  5. Russia has more troops at the Ukraine border than at any time since they "annexed" Crimea in 2014. 
  6. And speaking of Russia, Putin opponent Alexei Navalny is not getting appropriate health care and Amnesty International says Russia may be slowly killing him. (Of course, that would be after they tried to swiftly kill him.) 


5 days until the end of the Cox/Henderson administration's first 100 days (04/14/2021)
15 days until the United Utah Party Organizing Convention (04/24/2021)
21 days until the Biden/Harris administration's first 100 days are up (04/30/2021)
22 days until the in-person Utah GOP Organizing Convention (05/01/2021)
155 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: Friday fun
By Holly Richardson
Cherry trees on Utah's Capitol Hill, finding fossils, dragons and cities, and Shaq likes to make people happy. 
images/Resized_Article_Images/Rural_news_1.pngRural news round-up
By Holly Richardson
Restoring trust in Hildale, closing a wetlands preserve because of bad actors, Hyde Park mayor dies, new Golden Spike artist chosen, Kacey Bates becomes lieutenant in Summit County Sheriff's office and will oversee the jail, Tooele Tech is growing, church steeples and their Utah connection and finally, Chief Sanpitch gets a statue.
images/mugs-300/LaVarr_Webb.jpgCommentary: Timely UVU conference focuses on 'functional federalism'
By LaVarr Webb
I've been writing about balanced federalism a great deal lately. I'm doing it because I believe this fundamental and venerable tenet of American constitutional government is part of the solution to the difficult problems facing the nation, including (and especially) the burgeoning federal debt. 

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Policy News

images/Logos/SL-Chamber-Logo.pngWEBINAR: Developing effective employment policies for the new way we work
Employment law is radically different than it was a year ago, and many businesses may need to update their policies to better reflect the new work environment we are in. Salt Lake based SixFifty worked with the law firm Wilson Sonsini to update over 50 employment policies that account for the COVID pandemic, vaccines, and a workforce that's more remote, mobile, and diverse.
images/Logos/GOED_logo_1.pngGOED announces Sunwest Bank to grow in Utah
The Utah Governor's Office of Economic Development (GOED) is pleased to announce that Sunwest Bank will be expanding its office in Utah, adding up to 63 new high-paying jobs in the state in the next five years. 
images/Logos/GOED_logo_1.pngGOED announces Denali Therapeutics adding a Utah office
The Utah Governor's Office of Economic Development (GOED) is pleased to announce that Denali Therapeutics, Inc. plans to open an office in Utah, potentially adding up to 100 new high-paying jobs in the state in the next 10 years. 
images/Resized_Article_Images/letter_1.pngTen Utah student body presidents endorse carbon dividends climate plan
Student government presidents from colleges and universities across Utah are calling on Congressional leaders to act on climate change and support the bipartisan solution known as carbon dividends. In a letter sent to Utah's Congressional leaders today, ten Utah student body presidents--who represent more than 180,000 Utah students--called for lawmakers to recognize and respond to the urgency of the climate challenge and champion solutions that both protect the environment and strengthen the economy.
images/Resized_Logos/Utah_Foundation_Logo_01.jpgAre Californians to blame for Salt Lake's rising housing and rental rates?
The Utah Foundation has released a series of Significant Statistics on the relative importance of housing affordability among Utah voters, noting the steep increases in housing prices and rental prices.

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On This Day In History

(From History.com)

  • 1865 - Civil War Ends and the Black Hawk Indian War begins in Utah. It was the longest and most destructive conflict between pioneer immigrants and Native Americans in Utah History
  • 1917 - Irene Morgan Kirkaldy is born. She defied a bus driver in 1944 who ordered her to give up her seat and move to the segregated back then kicked the sheriff when arrested. Her actions led to a SCOTUS decision that outlawed segregated seating on interstate bus lines. She was awarded the Freedom Medal by President Clinton who said she "took the first step on a journey that would change America forever"
  • 1939 Marian Anderson sings an Easter Sunday concert for more than 75,000 at Lincoln Memorial
  • 1945 - Anti-Nazi theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer is hanged at Flossenburg, only days before the American liberation of the POW camp.
  • 1959 - NASA introduces America's first astronauts.
  • 1996 - The Equal Opportunity Employment Commission files a lawsuit on behalf of over 300 women who had been sexually harassed at the Mitsubishi Motors plant in Normal, Illinois.
  • 2003 - Baghdad falls to US forces
  • 2018 - Senator Tammy Duckworth becomes the first US Senator to give birth while in office. 

Wise Words

"We are not to simply bandage the wounds of victims beneath the wheels of injustice, we are to drive a spoke into the wheel itself."

~Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Lighter Side

Lighter Side

On Mike Pence's book deal: 

"I'm sure there will be a lot of talk about religion, his hopes and dreams, and then maybe a chapter about how his boss tried to murder him."


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