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Situational Analysis - May 3, 2021

Welcome to Monday! As we begin the month of May, there are lots of things to observe and celebrate, including National Cystic Fibrosis Awareness MonthNational Photography MonthNational Salsa Month, National Strawberry Month, and National Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.

Today also begins Teacher Appreciation Week. Go thank one of our heroic teachers! They've been nothing short of incredible.

News you need to know

  1. The GOP convention was held Saturday and delegates elected a new leadership team of Carson Jorgenson, chair, Jordan Hess, vice-chair, Olivia Horlacher, secretary and Mike Bird Treasurer.
  2. Hundreds of rowdy delegates booed Senator Mitt Romney, who reminded them he has been Repulican his entire life and was, in fact, the 2012 Republican nominee for President. Hundreds also applauded him.
  3. The attempt to pass a resolution censuring him failed.
  4. In other news, the Utah Army National Guard has promoted its first woman to the rank of brigadier general. General Charlene Dalto has been in the military for 38 years. She works as a nurse in her civilian life. 
  5. And, a "real life river monster" was pulled out of the Detroit river on Friday. She weighed 240 pounds, was nearly 7 feet long and is believed to be 100 years old! She was released back into the river after being weighed and measured - and photographed, because that's one heck of a fish story!


54 days until the Utah Democratic party organizing convention (06/26/21)
131 days until half-way through the Cox/Henderson's administration's 500-day plan (09/11/2021)




Today At Utah Policy

images/mugs-300/JaredWhitley.jpeg.jpgUtah Policy wins Top of the Rockies award
By Holly Richardson
Utah Policy received an award from the 2021 Top of the Rockies Contest sponsored by the Society of Professional Journalists' Colorado Pro Chapter. It is a regional, multi-platform contest for reporters and news organizations in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming.Contributor Jared Whitley won second place in the "Personal/Humor" category in the small newsrooms division. Congratulations, Jared!
images/Resized_Article_Images/Tasha_Lowery.pngGuest opinion: Working for civility, respect and kindness
By Tasha Lowery
I went to a conference last week with city leaders from all over our amazing state. We came from big cities and small towns, from falling snow and from 85 degree heat. But despite our differences, we were all there because we love our communities and we want to serve them.One beautiful morning, we had the privilege of hearing Arthur Brooks speak on the culture of contempt. Contempt is worse than dislike or hate because it means you no longer see the person on the other side. It's a place of no return, a cold, hard ugly thing that makes dialogue and compromise impossible. It's judgement and arrogance and we get there for many reasons- exhaustion, anger, hurt, fear. It's a place that makes booing someone not only possible but completely acceptable. And it makes us all less.
images/mugs-300/LaVarr_Webb.jpgCommentary: Have we reached a point where deficit spending doesn't matter?
By LaVarr Webb
 I'm a grumpy old guy, and I've written many times that I'm worried about deficit spending and the federal debt rising to unfathomable levels. Pres. Joe Biden is recommending another $6 trillion in spending, boosting the debt even higher.Biden is not planning to borrow the entire $6 trillion, of course. He wants to raise taxes on the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans to pay for some of it. 

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images/Resized_Logos/Chris_Stewart_logo_white.pngReps. Stewart and Correa Introduce Legislation to Address Suicide in Young Adults
Congressman Chris Stewart (R-UT) reintroduced bipartisan legislation with Congressman Lou Correa (D-CA) and Senators Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) and John Kennedy (R-LA). The bill, The Improving Mental Health Access for Students Act, will help address suicide amongst teens and young adults by increasing access to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and Crisis Text Line.
images/Resized_Logos/Cox_seal.pngGov. Spencer J. Cox names Monica Diaz to the Third District Juvenile Court
Gov. Spencer J. Cox has nominated Monica Diaz to fill the Third District Juvenile Court judicial vacancy. "As director of the Utah Sentencing Commission, Monica Diaz demonstrated a thorough knowledge of the Constitution, respect for the law and expertise in policy," Gov. Cox said. "These experiences - as well as her legal work as both a prosecutor and a public defender - will serve her well as a Juvenile Court judge. I'm proud to recommend her to this important position."
images/Resized_Logos/Envision_Utah_Logo_01.jpgMay 6 luncheon: Post-pandemic and beyond - what will Utah's new future look like?
What will Utah be like 1 year after COVID-19? What about 10, or even 30 years? Tune in on May 6 from 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. as local nonprofit Envision Utah dives into the future with the help of an expert panel. The discussion will focus on questions like:
images/Resized_Logos/Chris_Stewart_logo_white.pngLawmakers 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.
images/Resized_Logos/Mike_Lee_logo.pngSens 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.

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On This Day In History

(From History.com)

  • 1469 - Italian philosopher and writer Niccolo Machiavelli is born.
  • 1894 - Phyllis Greenacres is born. She became a psychoanalyst, interested in physical maturation and psychological development in children, which led to a study of gifted infants.
  • 1898 - Golda Meir is born. She became the first (and only) female prime minister of Israel.
  • 1915 - John McCrae writes the poem "In Flanders Fields."
  • 1940 - Henry Ossian Flipper, American soldier, former slave and first African American to graduate from the United States Military Academy at West Point, dies at 84.
  • 1971 - The Nixon administration arrests 13,000 anti-war protesters in 3 days
  • 1980 - Cari Lightner, age 13, is hit and killed by a drunk driver. Her mom, Candy Lightner, founded Mothers Against Drunk Drivers in Cari's honor.
  • 1992 - Exxon executive is murdered four days after being kidnapped from his driveway in New Jersey.
  • 2007 - Three-year-old Madeleine McCann goes missing in Portugal. She has never been found.

Wise Words

"One who deceives will always find those who allow themselves to be deceived."

~Niccolo Machiavelli

Lighter Side

Lighter Side

"Since the coronavirus outbreak, my 47-year-old son has been washing his hands religiously. In fact, he said, "I've been washing my hands so much, I found the answers to an old eighth-grade math quiz."

-Susan Freeman, in Reader's Digest

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