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Situational Analysis | March 20, 2023

It's Monday and International Day of Happiness. How will you celebrate?

What You Need to Know

  • The International Criminal Court on Friday issued an arrest warrant for Russian President Vladimir Putin and Russian children’s commissioner Maria Lvova-Belova for the war crime of deporting Ukrainian children to Russia. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Ukraine is investigating the forced removal of more than 16,000 children from the country, while Russian officials dismissed the warrant out of hand. 

  • Former President Donald Trump said on Saturday he expects to be arrested Tuesday in connection with Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s investigation of hush money payments Trump allegedly made to adult film star Stormy Daniels ahead of the 2016 election.

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Utah Headlines

Political news

  • Silicon Valley Bank collapse and Utah (Hinckley Report)
  • Utah ranks among the least federally-dependent states in America (Cache Valley Daily)
  • House leadership on the legislative session (ABC4)
  • Equality Utah on the legislative session (ABC4)
  • Utah’s executive ethics commission has investigated 2 complaints since 2013. Critics say reporting process a hurdle. (Salt Lake Tribune)
  • Is bipartisanship dead? Not when it comes to regulating social media, Cox says (KSL)
  • Lynn G Robbins: Let’s restore the lost art of civic virtue. The Founding Fathers lived by public civic virtue. Our country can’t survive without it (Deseret News)
  • Utah GOP will choose between Rob Axson or Mike Bird as the new state party chair (Deseret News)
  • Mike Lee part of a new international organization founded by Jordan Peterson (Deseret News)

General Utah news

  • Flooding brings floods of visitors, Gunlock State Park at capacity (St. George News)
  • Springville police shoot, kill man after exchange with officers (Daily Herald)
  • I-80 back open after elk herd relocated from Salt Lake City golf course to mountains (Fox13)
  • Volunteers take part in largest service project ever at Sand Mountain OHV Area (Fox13)
  • Susan R. Madsen: Ranking the best and worst states for women. Improving women’s economic and social well-being helps families, workplaces and society at large. (Salt Lake Tribune)
  • Recent study ranks Utah among top ten for instances of white supremacist propaganda (KSL Newsradio)
  • Aaron Shill: Utah State cheerleader’s emotion is worthy of more than a meme (Deseret News)


  • Utah County parents express opposition to idea of closing several schools (Fox13)


  • Feds want the Supreme Court to end Navajo fight for Colorado River water (KUER)
  • LDS Church says it plans more Great Salt Lake, water conservation measures (Fox13)
  • At Great Salt Lake symposium, Gov. Cox urges scientists to ease up on ‘doom and gloom’ messaging (Deseret News)
  • Why does Logan have ‘the worst wintertime air’ on the Wasatch Front? (Salt Lake Tribune)
  • What is the Spiral Jetty without the Great Salt Lake? (Deseret News)
  • Communities team up to offer rain barrels as a way to save water (Deseret News)


  • Changing the narrative: How a Utah man's kids are helping their dad live his dream (KSL)
  • Brady and Andrea’s mission: rescue kids abandoned because of Down syndrome (Deseret News)
  • How FamilySearch is using the future to discover the past with AI (Deseret News)


  • USU UWLP reports on health implications of social belonging for Utah women (Cache Valley Daily)
  • Frozen organic strawberries recalled due to Hepatitis A virus investigation (KUTV)

National Headlines


  • How do you take a picture of happiness? We asked photographers to surprise us (NPR)
  • Bruce Willis’ wife Emma Heming marks his birthday with moving message about grief (KSL Newsradio)
  • Miami Beach sets spring break curfew after 2 fatal shootings (AP)
  • The start of the Iraq War 20 years later in photos (NPR)
  • Bank shares plummet as Credit Suisse rescue fails to quell contagion fears (Reuters)
  • Fear, burnout and insubordination: Insiders spill details about life at the highest levels of FBI. A discrimination case has pulled back the curtain on the tense atmosphere at the bureau’s legal office. (Politico)


  • Trump’s potential arrest hangs over Capitol Hill (The Hill)
  • Trump’s call for protests gets muted reaction by supporters (AP)
  • McCarthy tells Trump supporters not to protest if ex-president is indicted (Washington Post)
  • As advocates push for child marriage bans, some states resist (Washington Post)

Ukraine 🇺🇦

  • Putin visits Mariupol in first known trip to Ukrainian territory taken by Russia during war (Wall Street Journal)
  • China’s Xi makes 1st Moscow visit as Putin wages Ukraine war (AP)
  • Inch by bloody inch in Ukraine war, Russia is closing in on Bakhmut.
    Sending unarmed “diggers” into the front lines and near certain death, Russian troops are making slow but inexorable progress. (New York Times)


  • South Korea has the world's lowest fertility rate, a struggle with lessons for us all (NPR)
  • Turkey, Hungary to approve Finland’s NATO membership (Politico)
  • The children of the Iraq war have grown up, but some wounds don't heal (New York Times)
  • Macron cabinet faces no-confidence vote as fury grows over pensions (New York Times)

News Release

Gov. Cox signs 45 more bills of the 2023 General Legislative session

Utah Gov. Spencer J. Cox signed 45 bills Friday. Gov. Cox has signed 394 pieces of legislation from the 2023 General Legislative Session to date. Information on bills signed today can be found here.

Congressman Blake Moore questions Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen on President Biden’s budget proposal

On Friday, March 10th, Congressman Blake Moore questioned Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen on President Biden’s budget proposal at a Ways and Means Committee hearing. His questions covered adoption tax credit audits and corporate tax rates. (Read More)

Congressmen Moore & Panetta reintroduce the Range Access Act

Today, Congressmen Blake Moore (R-UT) and Jimmy Panetta (D-CA) reintroduced the bipartisan Range Access Act for the 118th Congress to promote and expand access to safe recreational target shooting practice. This bill would require the Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to ensure that each National Forest and BLM district has at least one designated public recreational shooting range that does not require a user fee, thus promoting wildlife conservation efforts and supporting local economies. 

By making it easier to recreate, this bill will enhance Pittman-Robertson funding that flows toward state wildlife and fish management agencies. Under the Pittman-Robertson Act, an excise tax is levied on the purchase of ammunition, firearms, and archery equipment that funds critically important conservation programs. Since being enacted in 1937, more than $15 billion has been transferred to states. (Read More)


Number of the Day

Number of the Day, Mar 20, 2023


Tweet of the Day

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  • 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 

  • 1852 - Harriet Beecher Stowe’s novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin is published and becomes the best-selling book of the 19th century.
  • 1854 - Republican Party is founded in Ripon, Wisconsin, where former members of the Whig Party meet to establish a new party to oppose the spread of slavery into the western territories.
  • 1906 - Pop Chalee is born in Castle Gate, Utah. She was a Taos Pueblo artist who became known for her paintings of enchanted forests.
  • 1917 - After trying to stay out of WWI, multiple American ships were sunk. On this day, President Woodrow Wilson met with his cabinet who agreed that war was inevitable. 
  • 1925 - Romana Acosta Bañuelos is born. She became the thirty-fourth Treasurer of the United States, where she served from 1971 to 1974 as the first Hispanic in that role. She was also the owner of a multimillion-dollar business, Ramona’s Mexican Food Products, Inc.
  • 1965 - LBJ sends federal troops to Alabama to protect a civil rights march.
  • 1968 - LBJ signs a bill removing gold backing from US paper money.
  • 2003 - A US-led coalition launches a ground invasion of Iraq after an ultimatum for Saddam Hussein and his sons to leave Iraq expires

Quote of the Day

"It is imperative that we return to our roots of civility. The Founders would never have reached consensus without them, and neither can we survive going forward without them."

—Lynn G. Robbins

On the Punny Side

I pulled a muscle while panning for gold.

It was a miner injury.


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