National Good Samaritan Day; state investigation into former Juab County Clerk/Auditor; and competitive speed puzzling
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Situational Analysis | March 13, 2023

It's Monday and National Good Samaritan Day. Go do good today.

Also, happy birthday to Senator Mitt Romney yesterday!

What You Need to Know

  • The federal government is trying to contain the fallout from the second-largest bank failure in US history: the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank. While Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said there will be no federal bailout for the bank, she and the heads of the Federal Reserve, and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation issued a joint statement on Sunday making clear that depositors at Silicon Valley Bank will have access to all of their money. “No losses associated with the resolution of Silicon Valley Bank will be borne by the taxpayer,” the statement read. This morning, President Biden addressed the nation. "The banking system is safe," he said. Senator Romney and Governor Cox weighed in over the weekend.

Rapid Roundup


Hatch Foundation to Host Gala Event with U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell and Sec. Elaine Chao in SLC, April 14th

The Hatch Foundation will honor Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and the Honorable Elaine Chao, the 18th U.S. Secretary of Transportation and the 24th Secretary of Labor, with the Titan of Public Service Award at a gala event to be held on Friday, April 14 at 7 p.m. For tickets, click here.


Utah Headlines

Political news

  • 2023 legislative session recap with host Jason Perry and guests Ben Winslow, Holly Richardson and Chris Bleak (Hinckley Report)
  • Was there more partisanship at the Utah Legislature this session? (KUTV)
  • Median bill got less than 10 minutes of floor time (& more fun facts from 2023 legislature) (Salt Lake Tribune)
  • Robert Gehrke on the legislative session (ABC4)
  • The IUP panel on political parties, the legislative session (ABC4)
  • The diversity, equity and inclusion bills the legislature heard — and what passed (UPR)
  • Provo Rep. Clancy breaks down legislative session in constituent sit-down (Daily Herald)
  • Name calling: Which political labels help, and which ones hurt? Americans are much less likely to vote for candidates if they’re labeled “woke” or “election denier” (Deseret News)
  • Utah Rep. Blake Moore questions Secretary Yellen about Biden’s proposed corporate tax increase (Deseret News)

General Utah news

  • 'It is a miracle': 20 years since Elizabeth Smart was found and rescued (KUTV)
  • Woman who started Sandy apartment complex fire was trying to go viral, charges say (KSL)
  • Former Utah Jazz center Felton Spencer dies at 55 (Deseret News)
  • Utah women’s basketball team earns best seed ever for NCAA Tournament: #2 (Deseret News)
  • Utah State punches ticket to NCAA Tournament while UVU heads to NIT (Salt Lake Tribune)
  • Biden admin budgets $316 million to ‘double track’ Utah’s FrontRunner (KUER)


  • First Black-owned bank opening in Utah (KSL)
  • Opinion: China’s threat to Utah is bigger than TikTok. While TikTok and spy balloons are a threat, we need to talk about the danger Utah businesses face (Deseret News)
  • Scam making rounds in Utah about medical cannabis businesses (Herald Journal)


  • Ogden school officials have fielded three book challenges since policy update (Standard-Examiner)
  • What does Utah mean when it says it wants ‘individual freedom’ in education? (KUER)


  • Tons of radioactive waste from Europe arrived in Utah last year (Fox13)
  • Great Salt Lake dust events, Utah ozone issues get monitoring money (Deseret News)
  • Giant seaweed blob twice the width of the US takes aim at Florida (The Hill)


  • New BYU study shows one way adolescents can develop healthy identity and why it matters (Church News)
  • What will happen if we allow words like ‘mother’ and ‘family’ to be erased for the sake of inclusivity? (Deseret News)


  • Looking back, how’d we do handling the pandemic? These leaders give Utah high marks (Deseret News)
  • The day everything changed: The Utah coronavirus story (Deseret News)
  • Science of forgetting: Why we’re already losing our pandemic memories (Washington Post)
  • Primary Children’s Hospital now has a pantry where patients can get needed food (Deseret News)
  • The science behind the gluten-free diet (KSL Newsradio)
  • Rise in infant deaths hits Black families hardest, study finds (Washington Post)
  • Utah Royals co-owner Ryan Smith says team will help cover costs for abortion services for players, staff members if needed (Salt Lake Tribune)


  • Utah among 18 states where it’s cheaper to build than buy a home (KSL)

National Headlines


  • ‘Everything’ wins best picture, is everywhere at Oscars (AP)
  • Racial bias often creeps into home appraisals. Here's what's happening to change that (NPR)
  • Podcaster and husband shot in Washington home by stalker. The couple had previously filled out paperwork for a restraining order against the perpetrator, also found dead on the scene (Deseret News)
  • In military academies, 1 in 5 female students said they experienced sexual assault (NPR)


  • US government moves to stop potential banking crisis (AP)
  • Pence says Trump ‘endangered my family’ on Jan. 6 (AP
  • Inside Pence world’s decision to go hard at Trump at the Gridiron (Politico)
  • Colorado GOP picks election-denying former state legislator to lead party (Washington Post)
  • McCarthy and Jeffries forge relationship amid partisan fire (The Hill)
  • Harris to travel to Ghana, Tanzania and Zambia this month (The Hill)

Ukraine 🇺🇦

  • Russian advance stalls in Ukraine’s Bakhmut, think tank ISW says (AP)
  • Ukraine keeps up defense of Bakhmut as Zelenskyy lauds the soldier who was executed by Russians (Wall Street Journal)
  • Defending Ukraine’s ‘highway of life’ — the last road out of Bakhmut (Washington Post)


  • When peace talks don’t actually bring peace in Ethiopia. In spite of a cease-fire in the Tigray region of Ethiopia, there are ongoing reports of extrajudicial killings, sexual assaults and human trafficking (Deseret News)
  • What is Holi about? I attended the festival in New Delhi and here’s what I found (Deseret News)

News Releases

Lt. Gov. Deidre Henderson has requested state investigation of former Juab County Clerk/Auditor Alaina E. Lofgran for potential misconduct

Last month, Lt. Gov. Henderson asked Attorney General Sean Reyes to investigate the former Juab County clerk/auditor for alleged misconduct that occurred before Alaina E. Lofgran’s term in office expired at the end of 2022. 

Current Juab County officials reported the potential election offenses to the lieutenant governor in February. A subpoena was served on March 6, 2023. The investigation is ongoing.

“Trust in elections is a hallmark of our system of government. All reports of election violations are treated with utmost urgency,” Henderson said. “So far, the allegations and evidence warrant a state investigation that could involve criminal charges. I want to thank Juab County officials who immediately brought these problems to light and have cooperated fully.” 


Number of the Day

Number of the Day, Mar 13, 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 

  • 1884 - US adopts Standard Time
  • 1861 - Jefferson Davis signs bill authorizing the use of slaves as soldiers in the Confederate Army.
  • 1901 - Benjamin Harrison, 23rd President of the United States, dies at age 67
  • 1905 - Mata Hari first performs her dance act in Paris.
  • 1906 - Susan B. Anthony dies at age 86.
  • 1933 - Joseph Goebbels becomes Nazi Germany's Minister of Information and Propaganda.
  • 1944 - Susan Gerbi is born. A biochemist, she helped devise a method to map the start site of DNA replication and researched the role of hormones in certain cancers.
  • 1957 - John Lee becomes the first Black commissioned officer in the US Navy.
  • 1964 - Kitty Genovese is murdered outside her apartment building in Queens, New York. There were lots of witnesses (almost 40)but no one came to her aid.
  • 1969 - Walt Disney releases the movie The Love Bug nationwide. Feel old now?
  • 1986 - Susan Butcher won the first of 3 straight and 4 total Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Races in Alaska.
  • 2020 - Breonna Taylor is killed

Quote of the Day

“Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it whether it exists or not, diagnosing it incorrectly, and applying the wrong remedy.”
― Ernest Benn

On the Punny Side

I can’t believe I got fired from the calendar factory.

All I did was take a day off!


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