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Situational Analysis | April 27, 2023

Good morning! It's Thursday and National Take Your Child to Work Day!

What You Need to Know

Rapid Roundup


Utah Headlines

Political news

  • ‘Forever grateful’ for pioneer women, Washington City honors Covington as new statue is unveiled (St. George News)
  • Sharlee Mullins Glenn: 5 people shot for being in the wrong place. What are we doing about it? (Deseret News)
  • Linda Bettinger: Education, not legislation, the answer to social media woes (Salt Lake Tribune)
  • Former Vice President Mike Pence hosting roundtable discussion in Utah (KUTV)
  • Red tape is hurting American clean energy production, Rep. Blake Moore argues (KSL)

General Utah news

  • Teenage girl fatally shot by brother inside Salt Lake City home, police say (KUTV)
  • Longtime Salt Lake elementary school teacher charged with sexually abusing student (KSL)
  • ‘There is no excuse’: Advocates call for better sexual violence prevention, community support (KSL TV)


  • Zions pushes back on Moody’s report as U.S. banking industry faces ongoing challenges (Deseret News)
  • Utah looking to Peru for new trade opportunities (KSL)


  • West Jordan school installing wellness rooms for teachers and students alike (Fox13)


  • Mobile cameras installed along Utah rivers and streams to monitor water levels (ABC4)


  • Cohabitation doesn’t help your odds of marital success (Deseret News)
  • Utah still has the highest population of children in the US — but they’re growing up (KSL)
  • Utah’s prison is trying to launch a nursery to keep moms and babies together. The Utah Legislature withheld funding for the new prison’s nursery (Salt Lake Tribune)


  • EyeCare4Kids brings free vision screenings to children (Deseret News)
  • FDA accelerates approval of a new ALS drug (Deseret News)
  • Gen Z and mental health: A lesson in generational despair (Deseret News)
  • U of U study finds causes of long COVID symptoms (ABC4)
  • Powerful new obesity drug poised to upend weight loss care (AP)
  • Popular keto and paleo diets aren’t helping your heart, report says (Washington Post)

National Headlines


  • JJ died of asphyxiation and may have put up struggle, doctor in Daybell trial says (KSL)
  • Hoping for a new life, migrants endure what may be the most dangerous 60 miles in the world (Deseret News)
  • New evidence suggests Jack Teixeira, the suspected Pentagon leaker, showed interest in mass killings and had what prosecutors called a "virtual arsenal of weapons" stored at his places of residence. (Washington Post)
  • US economy grew at weak 1.1% rate in Q1 in sign of slowdown (AP)
  • Disney sues Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, claiming 'government retaliation' (NPR)


  • Supreme Court on ethics issues: Not broken, no fix needed (AP)
  • Supreme Court seems to tilt strongly toward grandmother in property rights case (NPR)
  • Montana lawmaker silenced but not silent, vows to fight on (AP)
  • Founder of the We Build The Wall group linked to Steve Bannon is sentenced to 4 years for stealing hundreds of thousands from donors (NPR)
  • Trump can’t stop Pence from testifying to Jan. 6 grand jury, court rules (Washington Post)

Ukraine 🇺🇦

  • Ukrainian journalist's death leads to investigation and criticism (NPR)
  • Russia digs in as Ukraine prepares to attack (Reuters)
  • A symbol of loss in almost every Ukrainian kitchen (New York Times)


  • Americans stuck in Sudan to make ‘life or death decisions’ express anger at US government (KSL Newsradio)
  • Sudan's rival generals share a troubled past: genocide in Darfur (NPR)
  • Americans and other foreigners struggle to flee Sudan amid fierce fighting (Washington Post)

News Releases

Curtis: Bipartisan bill targets Hong Kong’s intrusive data demands and defends business integrity

This week, Rep. John Curtis (R-UT) and Rep. Scott Peters (D-CA) re-introduced the bipartisan Hong Kong Business Integrity and Transparency Act to establish regular reporting on instances where Hong Kong authorities demand data, content takedowns, or assistance with law enforcement from U.S. companies. (Read More)

Romney leads hearing on security lessons learned from Boston Marathon bombing

U.S. Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT), Ranking Member of Homeland Security’s Emerging Threats and Spending Oversight Subcommittee, along with Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH), the Subcommittee’s Chair, today led a hearing focused on the Boston Marathon bombing and its impacts on emergency preparedness and homeland security in the decade since the attack. (Read More)

Lee & Romney partner to protect Research Park

Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Mitt Romney (R-UT) reintroduced the University of Utah Research Park Act, a bill to protect and preserve Research Park, a vital center for research and development that serves both the University and the local workforce. Research Park is on a parcel of land transferred to the University by the Bureau of Land Management in 1968. The bill would preserve the University of Utah’s nearly 600-acre research park which is home to over 50 companies and organizations, employing nearly 14,000 people and generating millions in economic activity annually. (Read More)

Rep. Stewart on the Limit, Save, Grow Act

Today, Rep. Chris Stewart (R-UT) voted in favor of the Limit, Save, Grow Act. This plan to limit federal spending, save taxpayer money, and grow the economy will lead to trillions of dollars in savings to taxpayers. “This bill is a win for the American people,” said Rep. Stewart. (Read More)

United Utah Party announces State Convention on April 29th, 2023

The United Utah Party is excited to announce its State Organizing Convention on April 29th, 2023. This year’s convention will be held in person at Lehi High School, as well as broadcast virtually via Zoom. The theme for this year’s convention is “Uniting for the Future,” where party leadership and fellow Uniters will discuss and vote on important decisions, including the party platform for the next two years. (Read More)


Number of the Day

Number of the Day, Apr 27, 2023


Tweet of the Day

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  • United Utah Party State Convention — April 29, 10:00 am-12:00 pm, Lehi High School with keynote speakers Teri McCabe and Jay Mcfarland
  • One Utah Summit — May 1-2, Davis Conference Center, Register here
  • Mount Liberty College Spring Youth Seminar on The Virginian — May 6, 9 am-7 pm, Register Here
  • Below the Belt screening and discussion (a film on endometriosis) — May 10, 7 pm, UVU Noorda Theater, Register here
  • YWCA Leader Luncheon featuring Dr. Bernice A. King — May 12, 11:30-2:00, Grand America. Register here
  • Interim Day — May 16-17, Utah State Capitol,
  • Utah Democratic Convention May 19-20, SUU (More information here)
  • Intellectual Property Rights webinar with the Orrin G. Hatch Foundation — June 1, 10:00 am, Register here
  • Interim Day — June 13-14, Utah State Capitol,

On This Day In History 

  • 1759 - Mary Wollstonecraft is born. She was an English writer and feminist who wrote “A Vindication of the Rights of Woman”
  • 1822 - Ulysses S. Grant is born (18th US president)
  • 1861 - President Abraham Lincoln suspends writ of habeas corpus during the Civil War
  • 1903 - Maggie L. Walker was named president of Richmond's St. Luke Bank and Trust Company, becoming the first African American woman to head a bank.
  • 1906 - Alice Dunnigan is born. She became the first African-American journalist accredited to cover Congress and the White House, the Supreme Court, and State Department. She documented Klan actions when no “white” newspaper covered them, and was the first journalist of color to travel with President Truman on his train.
  • 1940 - Himmler orders establishment of Auschwitz Concentration Camp
  • 2015 - Loretta Lynch is sworn in as the 83rd US Attorney General and the first Black woman to hold that position.

Quote of the Day

"No man chooses evil because it is evil; he only mistakes it for happiness."

—Mary Wollstonecraft

On the Punny Side

What did the sushi say to the bee?



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