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Situational Analysis | March 10, 2023

Good Friday morning. It's National Blueberry Popover Day. Sounds important. 

Daylight Saving Time begins on Sunday - we lose an hour of sleep (boo) and gain an hour of sunlight (yay!)

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Utah Headlines

Political news

  • Speaker Brad Wilson: Tax cuts, education, housing costs and stewardship — What Utah did in 45 days (Deseret News)
  • Lawmakers passed a record number of bills, spent less time than ever debating them (KSL)
  • Utah lawmakers pass over 100 education-related bills, USBE member says it’s ‘too many’ (KSL Newsradio)
  • Disability services list will not see any relief due to failed bill (KSL Newsradio)
  • Utah lawmakers pass bill that could jeopardize millions in federal transit funds. The bill stands to strip collective bargaining rights from some UTA employees. (Salt Lake Tribune)
  • Vital aqueducts in Utah get a $50 million boost from lawmakers. Utah also invests in water reuse projects, cloud seeding amid drought (Deseret News)
  • Romney, Lee say Biden’s budget wrong for country (Deseret News)
  • After Mitt Romney criticizes Tucker Carlson’s Jan. 6 coverage, the Fox News host calls him ‘weak’ and ‘vicious’ (Deseret News)
  • Utah Rep. Chris Stewart claims ‘Twitter Files’ show FBI violated First Amendment (Deseret News)
  • Congress investigates COVID-19 lab leak theory, Utah congressmen weigh in (Deseret News)

General Utah news

  • Abby Cox and Tracy Gruber: Utah offers a new type of internship for a new type of intern. A plan to help young people who have been in foster care or juvenile justice system (Salt Lake Tribune)
  • ‘It’s really convenient': How to use Utah mobile driver’s licenses at the airport (KSL)
  • One dead, two seriously injured in Utah house explosion (KSL TV)
  • Homeowners prepare sandbags as snow starts to melt (KSL TV)


  • A year ago he taught Utahns to be ‘alphas’ in business and life. Dozens of clients now say his companies cost them millions (Deseret News)
  • Shaun White, Martha Stewart and ‘Fixer Upper’ stars drop some knowledge at Qualtrics summit (Deseret News)
  • Women at center of three days of corporate tech talk at X4 Summit in Salt Lake City. An estimated 10,000 people attended the event in downtown Salt Lake City. (Salt Lake Tribune)
  • Diversity, equity, inclusion … and faith? BYU business school event explores the role of religion in the workplace (Deseret News)
  • Special batch of beer made by Utah women helps others in the industry (Fox13)


  • University of Utah gets $100M to move military reserve center from historic Fort Douglas (Deseret News)
  • School districts in Utah anxious to increase access to full-day kindergarten (ABC4)
  • Davis school officials have pulled 33 books from libraries under new policy (Standard-Examiner)
  • What does Utah mean when it says it wants ‘individual freedom’ in education? (KUER)


  • Deeda Seed and Lynn de Freitas: Salt Lake City needs to protect the south shore of the Great Salt Lake (Salt Lake Tribune)
  • La Niña, which worsens hurricanes and drought, is gone. This particular La Niña was unusual and one of the longest on record. (Salt Lake Tribune)


  • Opioids are the leading cause in child poisoning deaths (Deseret News)


  • 'Buyers are there' in Utah, but mortgage rates rise above 7% (KUTV)

National Headlines


  • MrBeast faces criticism after donating 20,000 pairs of shoes to South African children (Deseret News)
  • This year, some Americans will be able to renew their passports online. Here are the qualifications (Deseret News)
  • Sexual assault reports increase at US military academies (AP)
  • Teens are stealing more cars. They learn how on social media. (New York Times)
  • ‘High risk’ of dangerous flooding as major storm bears down on California (Washington Post)


  • Health data breach hitting Congress ‘could be extraordinary’ (AP)
  • Trump Lawyer Jenna Ellis Disciplined After Admitting to Election Falsehoods (Wall Street Journal)
  • Permanent daylight saving time: The clock is ticking in Congress (Washington Post)
  • Mitch McConnell suffers concussion in fall, will remain hospitalized (Washington Post)
  • Santos accused of orchestrating credit card skimming operation (The Hill)
  • A vulnerable Trump, with real support for DeSantis in new grassroots survey (Politico)

Ukraine 🇺🇦

  • Ukrainians who fled war face end of temporary US sanctuary (AP)
  • Ukraine rebounds from Russian barrage, restores power supply (AP)
  • Why Russia has such a strong grip on Europe's nuclear power (New York Times)
  • Traumatic stress, an invisible wound, hobbles Ukrainian soldiers (Washington Post)


  • Poisoned schoolgirls, jailed journalists. The fight against censorship in Iran continues (Deseret News)
  • A former member of the Jehovah’s Witnesses shot dead six people at a hall belonging to the congregation in the German city of Hamburg before killing himself (AP)
  • Fake bombs and failed coup: Moldova smolders on border of Russia's war (Reuters)
  • Saudi Arabia and Iran agree to re-establish ties in major regional shift (New York Times)
  • Mexican cartel delivers ‘kidnappers’ — five bound men — and an apology (Washington Post)
  • The Rohingya endure crisis after crisis (Washington Post)

News Releases

UVU professor’s documentary ‘Right to Read’ premieres at International Film Festivals

Dr. Jenny Mackenzie, assistant professor of digital cinema production at Utah Valley University (UVU) and Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker, has directed a new documentary film titled “The Right to Read,” which premiered at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival and will go on to SXSW-EDU.

The film will be screened on Wednesday, March 15, at 7 p.m. at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, with a reception before the screening at 6 p.m. Tickets are free and are available on the Utah Film Center’s website. (Read More)

Romney statement on President Biden’s budget

“President Biden’s proposed budget is designed to satisfy his base, not to actually become law. Raising corporate taxes would cause companies and good jobs to leave America, as they have in the past. Rather than aggressively beefing up the number of border agents and drug enforcement personnel to counter the fentanyl crisis, he balloons the number of IRS agents. And while talking tough about China, he allows our Navy to fall even further behind. Let’s put the President’s political foray aside and work on a bipartisan plan that can become law and that will work for America.”  

Sutherland Institute and American Enterprise Institute to Co-host FREE Forum in Salt Lake City

Sutherland Institute and the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) will be co-hosting FREE Forum Salt Lake City. The FREE Initiative (Family, Religion, Education and Entrepreneurship), started by AEI Senior Fellow Ian Rowe, highlights the impact that these four pillars have on children and their opportunity for success. The event on March 23 will feature expert speakers and panel discussions outlining the importance of these institutions, and policy and societal initiatives Utahns can take to best support our next generation. (Read More)


Number of the Day

Number of the Day, Mar 10, 2023


Tweet of the Day

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  • Teaching Your Child Consent with the Utah Women and Leadership Project — Mar. 16, 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm, Virtual, Register Here
  • Family, Religion, Education & Entrepreneurship Forum with Sutherland Institute & AEI — March 23, 8:00 am - 2:00 pm, Hyatt Regency, Register Here
  • Sutherland Institute Annual Gala honoring Lowry Snow & Ian Rowe — Mar. 23, 7 pm, Hyatt Regency, More Information Here
  • MWEG Spring Conference with keynote speaker Becky Edwards — Mar. 25, 9:00 am - 3:30 pm at UVU or virtual, Register Here
  • Advancing Women Through “Developmental Relationships”: A Dialogue with Global Experts with the Utah Women and Leadership Project — April 4, 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm, Register here
  • Hatch Foundation Gala with special guest Sen. Mitch McConnell and Sec. Elaine Chao — April 14, 7:00 pm, Grand America, Register Here
  • Mount Liberty College Spring Youth Seminar on The Virginian — May 6, 9 am - 7 pm, Register Here

On This Day In History 

  • 1452 - Ferdinand II of Aragon is born. He and his wife Isabella funded Columbus’ journey in 1492.
  • 1867 - Lillian Wald is born. A pioneering nurse and social activist, she started American community nursing when she established the Henry Street Settlement in NYC.
  • 1876 - The first discernible speech is transmitted over a telephone system when inventor Alexander Graham Bell summons his assistant in another room by saying, “Mr. Watson, come here; I want you.”
  • 1898 - Josephine Grove Holloway is born. She founded the first unofficial Girl Scout troop for African American girls and worked for two decades to have her troops recognized by the Nashville Girl Scout Council.
  • 1913 - Harriet Tubman dies of pneumonia at about age 91. She earned the nickname “Moses” for her role as a conductor on the Underground Railroad. During the American Civil War, Tubman volunteered as a cook and nurse but quickly became a scout and spy for the Union. In this role, she freed hundreds of slaves. She was buried with military honors at Fort Hill Cemetery in Auburn.
  • 1940 - Chuck Norris is born. I hear it was the doctor who cried.
  • 1951 - FBI director J. Edgar Hoover declines post of baseball commissioner.
  • 1959 - Tibetans surround the summer palace of the Dalai Lama in defiance of Chinese occupation forces.
  • 1972 - 3000 delegates and 5000 observers attend the first Black political convention in Gary, Indiana.
  • 1997 - The PalmPilot is released.
  • 2019 - Ethiopian Airlines flight ET302 crashes just after take-off from Addis Ababa, killing all 157 on board.

Quote of the Day

“Leaders are not just born. Sure, some people are born with strong competencies and strengths for leading in certain situations, but it is very clear that leadership can also be developed. That means everyone can strengthen their skills and abilities to lead and influence.”

—Dr. Susan Madsen

On the Punny Side

I hate spring cleaning.

Darn things bounce all over the place.


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