It's National Peach Cobbler Day; Justin Pearson is returned to the Tennessee House; Utah interim schedule and study topics released
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Situational Analysis | April 13, 2023

Good Thursday morning to ya. It's National Peach Cobbler Day, which seems strange, as it's nowhere near peach harvest time. 🤷🏻‍♀️

What You Need to Know

  • Is Major League Baseball coming to Utah? It will if Utah leaders have anything to say about it. Yesterday, a coalition of business and political leaders announced a plan to position Salt Lake City as an "ideal market" for America's favorite pastime. The 100-acre Rocky Mountain Power District on Salt Lake's west side is the proposed site of a future stadium.

  • Justin Pearson, the second Black Democrat expelled from the Tennessee House, was returned to the House by the Shelby County commissioners. Both Justin Jones and Justin Pearson plan to run in special elections later this year. 

Rapid Roundup


Utah Headlines

Political news

  • Utah audit finds former county commissioners showed 'disregard for transparency' (KUTV)
  • SLC Mayor Erin Mendenhall responds to multiple criticisms from chief opponent Anderson (KUTV)
  • Utah lawmakers' interim topics include water, workforce, housing and drag shows (Fox13)
  • New audit still finds flaws in how Utah prison delivers healthcare (Fox13)
  • Is Sen. Mitt Romney signaling a reelection run? FEC filing may offer clue (Deseret News)
  • Utah governor visits YWCA to sign series of family support, domestic violence bills (KSL)
  • Holly Richardson: Jacinda Ardern didn’t let politics change her. Instead, she changed politics (Deseret News)

General Utah news

  • Dozens of residents evacuated as Emigration Creek overflows in Salt Lake County (KUTV)
  • A Utah snowpack for the records means flooding. And it is here already (Deseret News)
  • How does Utah remember its history of Japanese American internment? (KUER)
  • KSL at Night: US Special Forces reportedly have been in Ukraine (KSL Newsradio)


  • As the war in Ukraine continues, Utah business leaders lend a hand (KSL Newsradio)


  • Salt Lake City School District to hire new superintendent within 3 months (KUTV)
  • American Preparatory Academy wants a waiver to skip Utah’s School Climate Survey (KUER)


  • Ogden Bay repair project will aid the Great Salt Lake (Fox13)
  • Gas well ruptures in Grand County (Salt Lake Tribune)
  • Why the EPA proposed stricter electric vehicle requirements (Deseret News)


  • Advocates speak out against proposed process for Salt Lake City's homeless shelters (KSL)

National Headlines


  • 'They're searching': Jurors hear phone call between Lori and Chad Daybell (KUTV)
  • Editorial Board: When a prayer meeting on Zoom becomes a crime, religious freedom is in jeopardy (Deseret News)
  • States confront medical debt that’s bankrupting millions (AP)
  • Mary Quant, the mother of the miniskirt, dies at 93 (New York Times)
  • Leaker of U.S. secret documents worked on military base (Washington Post)


  • FBI used undercover ‘employee’ to monitor Catholic clergy and parishioners, House GOP says (Deseret News)
  • Most Americans believe Trump intentionally did something illegal, but many think charges were politically motivated (Deseret News)
  • After calls to resign, Feinstein seeks Judiciary replacement (AP)
  • Arizona House expels GOP lawmaker over unproven claims (AP)
  • Judge rebukes Fox attorneys ahead of defamation trial: 'Omission is a lie' (NPR)
  • 100 days in power: House GOP honeymoon may be over (The Hill)

Ukraine 🇺🇦

  • Father of girl who drew anti-war art extradited to Russia (AP)
  • Serbia denies it sent weapons to Ukraine, as leaked document claims (Washington Post)
  • New leaked documents show broad infighting among Russian officials (New York Times)

News Releases

Senate and House of Representatives announce 2023 interim schedule and study items

Today, the Legislative Management Committee approved the interim committee schedule, assignments and study items for 2023. Interim meetings provide legislators the chance to review and study policy items for the next general session. Interim proceedings will be live-streamed, recorded and shared publicly on Meetings are open to the public. Utahns can provide input either virtually or in person. All interim committee meetings will be held at the Capitol complex with the exception of September interim. September interim meetings will be held in St. George, allowing the opportunity for citizens in Southern Utah to participate in person. (Read More)

Salt Lake Chamber roots for potential MLB expansion to Salt Lake City

Derek Miller, president and CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber, issued the following statement regarding the recent announcement of a potential MLB expansion to the Salt Lake City market:

“Salt Lake City is primed and ready to welcome Major League Baseball to our great city and state. Utah has a long history of successfully hosting global sporting events, such as the 2002 Olympic Winter Games and, most recently, the 2023 NBA All-Star Game; this expansion would be no different. We also have a large, enthusiastic and ever-growing fanbase of sports fans with the Salt Lake Bees, Utah Jazz, Real Salt Lake, Utah Utes and BYU Cougars, just to name a few. (Read More)

Summer P-EBT benefits help purchase food for school children during summer months

P-EBT (Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer) is a federal food assistance program created by Congress as part of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. This program is open to students participating in the National School Lunch Program in public schools, charter schools, and private schools.Children enrolled in a Provision 2 or Community Eligibility Provision school lunch program as of May 1, 2023 will be eligible for the benefit without a free or reduced-price meal benefit determination.

The deadline is quickly approaching for families to become eligible to receive assistance purchasing food for their children over the summer. Eligible children must be registered for free or reduced-price school lunches by May 1, 2023, to qualify for the Summer P-EBT program. (Read More)


Number of the Day

Number of the Day, Apr 13, 2023


Tweet of the Day

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  • UVU Conference on Domestic Violence — April 14, 9:00 am-4:00 pm, Register here
  • Teen Girls Experiencing Increased Sadness and Violence with Utah Women and Leadership Project — April 25, 12:00-1:15 pm via Zoom, Register here
  • United Utah Party State Convention — April 29, 10:00 am-12:00 pm, Lehi High School with keynote speakers Teri McCabe and Jay Mcfarland
  • Mount Liberty College Spring Youth Seminar on The Virginian — May 6, 9 am-7 pm, Register Here

On This Day In History 

  • 1743 - Thomas Jefferson is born.
  • 1860 - First Pony Express reaches Sacramento, California
  • 1866 - Butch Cassidy is born in Beaver, Utah.
  • 1870 - Metropolitan Museum of Art opens in New York City.
  • 1919 - Madalyn Murray O’Hair is born. She was an outspoken atheist behind the 1962 Supreme Court’s 8-1 ruling that organized Bible reading in public schools was unconstitutional. In 1995, she was kidnapped and later murdered by a former employee.
  • 1933 - Ruth Bryan Owen becomes the first woman to represent the US as a foreign minister when she is appointed as an envoy to Denmark and Iceland.
  • 1970 - Apollo 13 oxygen tank explodes. “Houston, we’ve had a problem.”
  • 1990 - The Soviet government officially accepts blame for the Katyn Massacre of World War II, when nearly 5,000 Polish military officers were murdered and buried in mass graves in the Katyn Forest.
  • 2017 - U.S. military drops "Mother of All Bombs" on ISIS tunnel complex

Quote of the Day

"Do not worry about your difficulties in Mathematics. I can assure you mine are still greater."

—Albert Einstein

On the Punny Side

I've started investing in stocks. Beef, Chicken, and Vegetable.

One day I hope to be a bouillonaire.


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