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Situational Analysis | May 3, 2023

It's Wednesday and World Press Freedom Day. The number of journalists killed in 2022 was up almost 50% from 2021, and global risks are increasing as journalists do their work.

What You Need to Know

  • 3rd District Court Judge Andrew Stone placed a hold on the new Utah law that would have required all abortions to be performed in hospitals starting today. The decision allows the state’s four clinics to continue providing abortions while Judge Andrew Stone takes more time to weigh the merits of a lawsuit filed by the Planned Parenthood Association of Utah, which argued the law would “functionally eliminate” abortion access by limiting the procedure to hospitals.

  • The suspect accused of killing 5 people in Texas was captured hiding under laundry after a 4-day manhunt. Five separate 911 calls were made in the 10-20 minutes between neighbors asking the suspect to stop shooting so close to their home and when he entered their home and began killing people. The wife of the suspect was also arrested this morning.

Rapid Roundup


Thank you to Utah’s leaders for tax relief on Social Security benefits.

For too long, state taxes have reduced the hard-earned Social Security benefits Utah seniors count on. But now, Governor Cox and Utah legislators have passed tax relief that will reduce state taxes on Social Security. AARP Utah fought hard for this new law to make sure our seniors keep more of what they’ve earned. Click here to learn more & thank our leaders.


Utah Headlines

Political news

  • Gov. Cox answers the question: What makes Utah the best state in the country, according to U.S. News and World Report? (Deseret News)
  • 'We are not helpless': Utah Gov. Spencer Cox hopeful for Utah, worried for nation (KSL)
  • Opposition group files initiative in new attempt to halt new Utah state flag (Fox13)
  • Utah Department of Corrections director to retire (Fox13)
  • Salt Lake City Council approves new process, regulations for homeless resource centers (KSL)
  • Erin Mendenhall proposes $445M budget with new plans for Great Salt Lake, e-bikes and air quality (Salt Lake Tribune)
  • From mushrooms to school vouchers, here is how Utah’s newest laws will change the state (Salt Lake Tribune)

General Utah news

  • 80 years later, descendants and survivors remember those who died at Topaz, Utah (KUER)
  • Utah says porn sites must verify users are adults. Here’s how one of the biggest sites responded (Deseret News)
  • The narrative is Utah leads the nation in pornography consumption. But data tell a different story (Deseret News)
  • Why this online travel guide ranks Utah’s ‘Mighty 5' poorly among 63 national parks (Deseret News)
  • Editorial Board: Could AI destroy the planet (Deseret News)
  • Ute Tribe sues cattle farm over alleged water theft (KSL)
  • ‘It’s been a long time coming’: historic Black church getting an upgrade in Salt Lake City (Salt Lake Tribune)


  • Utah business groups among hundreds calling for immigration overhaul (KSL)
  • Breeze Airways celebrates second anniversary with June sales on selected flights from Provo (Fox13)


  • In Utah, major educational gaps exist for incarcerated people. Here’s what’s being done (KSL)
  • Fear Factory pays off 2 elementary schools' lunch balances (KSL)
  • Record-breaking enrollment at U of U this fall (ABC4)
  • Longtime USU professor arrested for allegedly stealing from university (Cache Valley Daily)
  • It's not just math and reading: US history scores for 8th graders plunge (New York Times)
  • Schools ended universal free lunch. Now meal debt is soaring (NPR)


  • Brian Moench: This Utah spring, it’s what we’re not hearing that’s the problem. Global bird populations have plummeted 30% (Salt Lake Tribune)
  • Flooding turns backyards into swamps in Weber County (Fox13)
  • How will especially wet winter and spring impact wildfire season? (Fox13)
  • Hyrum Dam might be too outdated to handle record runoff water, officials say (KSL)


  •  Half of parents think children’s mental health worse due to social media, survey finds (The Hill)


  • The Mediterranean diet does more than lower risk of diabetes (Deseret News)
  • Air pollution can negatively impact your heart, reports say (Deseret News)
  • Expanded protections for nursing mothers went into full effect last week, giving more U.S. workers the right to break time and a private space to pump breast milk. (New York Times)

National Headlines


  • Oklahoma woman: Sex offender controlled my daughter’s family (AP)
  • Religious violence can feel like a faraway problem. It’s not. (Deseret News)
  • How a former youth pastor ended up on the FBI’s ‘Most Wanted’ list (Deseret News)
  • Vermont becomes first state to waive residency requirement for medical aid in dying (Vermont Public Radio)
  • Tiny dolls appeared in mailbox with a note: ‘We’ve decided to live here’ (Washington Post)
  • Amid anti-trans bills targeting youth, Dwyane Wade takes a stand for his daughter (NPR)
  • Job openings near two-year low as layoffs jump (Wall Street Journal)


  • U.S. senators reintroduce bill mirroring Utah’s efforts to regulate teen social media use (Deseret News)
  • Why foreign companies on U.S. farmland are facing new scrutiny (Deseret News)
  • Biden sending 1,500 troops for Mexico border migrant surge (AP)
  • Voter turnout for the 2022 elections was the 2nd highest for midterms since 2000 (NPR)
  • Failed secretary of state candidate and election-denier Jim Marchant joins Nevada Senate race (Politico)
  • Overhaul of Supreme Court ethics runs into GOP opposition (AP)

Ukraine 🇺🇦

  • Zelensky says White House told him nothing about Discord intelligence leaks (Washington Post)
  • Officials: US to send Ukraine $300 million in military aid (AP)
  • Russian government says Kremlin hit by Ukraine rones (Wall Street Journal)


  • Sudan's warring generals extend theoretical truce but keep fighting (Reuters)
  • U.N. struggling to strike balance in Afghanistan amid humanitarian crisis (Washington Post)
  • Showtime! UK readies pomp for King Charles III’s coronation (AP)

News Releases

Utah ranks #1 best state overall by U.S. News and World Report

Utah has been named the No. 1 best state overall for 2023 by U.S. News and World Report. The study analyzed more than 70 metrics in eight categories: health care, education, economy, infrastructure, opportunity, fiscal stability, natural environment, and crime and corrections. Utah’s success was showcased as it measured in the top 15 in six of the eight categories, with No. 1 in economy and fiscal stability. (Read More)

Salt Lake County provides over $25 million in support to affordable housing

Today, Salt Lake County provided funding to 17 projects that will build critically needed affordable housing within the County. This funding assures that more than 1,500 affordable units will be preserved and/or newly constructed by the end of 2026. The funding was made possible through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). (Read More)

Utah Valley University to honor more than 8,517 graduates at 2023 commencement

Utah Valley University’s (UVU) 2023 commencement and convocation ceremonies, honoring 8,517 students receiving a total of 9,629 degrees and certificates, will take place on Thursday, May 4, at 6:30 p.m. in the UCCU Center on UVU’s Orem Campus. Eighty-seven percent of the graduates are from Utah. (Read More)

Romney leads Senate hearing on State Department budget request

U.S. Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy, along with Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), the Subcommittee’s Chair, today led a hearing to consider the State Department’s FY 2024 Budget Request for East Asia and the Pacific. The 2022 NDAA included legislation from Romney requiring the Administration to create a grand China strategy. During today’s hearing, he urged witnesses to follow through on creating a strategy that is more comprehensive than principles that have been publicly outlined by officials, as well as bipartisan and lasting in nature. (Read More)

Peter Reichard joins Sutherland as Chief Development Officer

Sutherland Institute is pleased to announce the addition of former Utah Foundation president Peter Reichard as Chief Development Officer. In this role, Reichard will oversee development efforts crucial to Sutherland’s expanding research, content and influence. (Read More)

Churchill Junior High School’s $15,800 donation is largest of any Utah public school participating in the Souper Bowl of Caring Campaign

It was a day of screams and celebrations on the east bench of the Wasatch Front, Friday, April 21, 2023. Students of Millcreek’s Churchill Junior High capped off “Charger Week” with an assembly to celebrate raising nearly $16,000 for Tackle Hunger’s Souper Bowl of Caring last February. Proceeds from the three-week long event benefit the Granite Education Foundation (GEF), a community organization involved in a myriad of community programs, including providing for school food banks and families in the Granite School District. (Read More)

Sen. Lee dismantles the left’s intimidation campaign against the Supreme Court

Sen.  Mike Lee (R-UT) delivered a powerful speech during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, lamenting the baseless attacks against Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. In his remarks, Sen. Lee said, “The Left simply cannot accept the fact that one of our greatest American success stories—that of a humble citizen who rose from poverty in the segregated South to become not only one of the Supreme Court’s longest-serving justices, but also one of the most influential jurists our country has ever known—is the story of a Black man who happens to be a conservative.“ (Read More)


Number of the Day

Number of the Day, May 3, 2023


Tweet of the Day

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  • Mount Liberty College Spring Youth Seminar on The Virginian — May 6, 9 am-7 pm, Register Here
  • Taxes Now Conference with the Utah Taxpayers Association — May 8, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm, Grand America Hotel, 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 

  • 1469 - Italian philosopher and writer Niccolo Machiavelli is born.
  • 1894 - Phyllis Greenacres is born. She became a psychoanalyst, interested in physical maturation and psychological development in children, which led to a study of gifted infants.
  • 1898 - Golda Meir is born. She became the first (and only) female prime minister of Israel.
  • 1915 - John McCrae writes the poem “In Flanders Fields.”
  • 1971 - The Nixon administration arrests 13,000 anti-war protesters in 3 days
  • 1980 - Cari Lightner, age 13, is hit and killed by a drunk driver. Her mom, Candy Lightner, founded Mothers Against Drunk Drivers in Cari’s honor.
  • 1992 - Exxon executive is murdered four days after being kidnapped from his driveway in New Jersey.
  • 2007 - Three-year-old Madeleine McCann goes missing in Portugal. She has never been found. A formal suspect was named on April 22, 2022.

Quote of the Day

"Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost." 

—Thomas Jefferson

On the Punny Side

If April showers bring May flowers, what do May flowers bring?



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