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Situational Analysis | May 15, 2023

It's Monday, we are halfway through May. It's also Peace Officers Memorial Day. "Thank you" seems far too little for your sacrifices.

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Utah Headlines

Political news

  • Speaker Brad Wilson on why he’s considering a run for U.S. Senate (ABC4)
  • The IUP Panel on the special session, gun control and Title 42 (ABC4)
  • Attorney to Hurricane council on tallying ballots: Hand counting is less accurate (Salt Lake Tribune)
  • After disruptions and accusations of being ‘woke,’ St. George mayor axes public comment at meetings. St. George Mayor Michele Randall after what she sees as growing divisiveness from residents who are more interested in stoking culture wars than in commenting on city issues. (Salt Lake Tribune)
  • Political pundits weigh in on St. George decision to end public comment at council meetings (Salt Lake Tribune)
  • Perspective: Why ending the filibuster would be a bad idea (Deseret News)
  • The conservative case for climate action (Deseret News)
  • Poll: Will Utah voters support Trump despite his indictment? (Deseret News)

General Utah news

  • Kouri Richins had 'financial motive' to kill her husband, says Eric's family (KPCW)
  • 2 people found dead inside Salt Lake City office building (Fox13)
  • Convention organized by autistic adults, for autistic adults seeks to provide answers, activities, connection (Fox13)
  • Tabitha’s Way: Food pantry lending help to those in need (KSL Newsradio)
  • Pickleball popularity has spiked in Utah the last few years. Here's why (KSL)
  • How a conversation between a mother and son led to building houses in Ukraine and a meeting with Zelenskyy (Deseret News)


  • Utah’s Beehive Cheese is buzzing as 2nd generation takes over the reins (Deseret News)
  • Vice Media, once worth $5.7 billion, files for bankruptcy (NPR)
  • Why employees hate hot-desking. The shared workspace trend is growing, but researchers say many companies are doing it wrong (Wall Street Journal)


  • Weber, Davis school districts part of federal suit against Facebook, TikTok, other social media giants (Standard-Examiner)
  • Utah got $1 billion in pandemic relief to support K-12 kids. Here’s where the money’s going. (Salt Lake Tribune)
  • BYU students win top prize for 2,000 mpg ‘supermileage’ vehicle (KSL TV)
  • Supporting minority teens in Utah: Overcoming challenges and finding solutions (KSL)
  • How WGU is working to fill the teacher shortage with Utah students (Deseret News)


  • Biden proposal would let conservationists lease public land much as drillers and ranchers do (AP)
  • Utah’s snowy winter cost a lot of overtime, then came the spring flooding (KUER)
  • Long popular in Asia, floating solar is catching on in the US (Salt Lake Tribune)
  • ‘It is a lot of balls in the air that we are juggling’: Inside Utah's battle with record runoff (Deseret News)


  •  Hey kids, get off your screens! Says the Utah man who scaled the 7 summits and sailed the 7 seas (Deseret News)
  • Motherhood through the eyes of 4 generations (Deseret News)
  • Perspective: An unexpected journey to motherhood (Deseret News)
  • Perspective: The divine attention of a mother (Deseret News)


  • Find a hobby that brings you joy (KSL Newsradio)
  • Utah sisters launch company to spread awareness about mental health (KSL TV)
  • Teens in crisis: The concerning increase in sadness, depression among teen girls (KSL)

National Headlines


  • A Texas woman was fatally shot by her boyfriend after she got an abortion, police say (AP)
  • Hospitals create police forces to stem growing violence against staff (NPR)
  • Is Twitter’s new CEO heading toward a glass cliff? (AP)
  • Fixing instead of replacing: Average age of vehicles on US roads hits a record high (AP)
  • Why some companies are saying ‘diversity and belonging’ instead of ‘diversity and inclusion’ (New York Times)
  • The war on poverty is over. Rich people won. (The Atlantic)


  • AI presents political peril for 2024 with threat to mislead voters (AP)
  • How Wall Street is preparing for possible US debt default (Reuters)
  • Trump pushes back on DeSantis ‘culture of losing’ comment: ‘Ron is not a winner’ (The Hill)
  • GOP fears Trump’s problems with suburban women will only get worse (The Hill)
  • The religious landscape is undergoing massive change. It could decide the 2024 election (Politico)

Ukraine 🇺🇦

  • Russia says two commanders killed as Kyiv wages Bakhmut offensive (Reuters)
  • ‘Bakhmut trap’: Ukrainian advances vindicate defense of besieged city (Wall Street Journal)
  • Wagner chief offered to give Russian troop locations to Ukraine, leak says (Washington Post)
  • Alleged leaker fixated on guns and envisioned ‘race war’ (Washington Post)
  • France to give Ukraine more armored vehicles and light tanks, Macron and Zelenskyy say after surprise summit (Politico)


  • Opposition parties win big in Thailand election on promises of reform (AP)
  • Powerful cyclone floods homes, cuts communications in western Myanmar; at least 6 dead, 700 injured (AP)
  • Auschwitz museum begins emotional work of conserving 8,000 shoes of murdered children (NPR)


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News Releases

Utah economy could falter if debt ceiling agreement not reached

The Salt Lake Chamber, in partnership with the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute, has updated the Economic Dashboard for April to help business leaders see where Utah’s economy stands. “Persistent interest rate hikes from the Fed to fight inflation have put severe pressure on our regional banks and the customers and communities they serve,” said Derek Miller, president and CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber. “While Utah remains in an enviable position with growth in most industries, failure at the national level to raise the debt ceiling and curtail federal government spending puts Utah’s economic fortunes at risk. In addition, mounting pressure from the state’s record low unemployment underscores the need to reach a bipartisan immigration solution that secures the border and increases channels for legal immigration. Inaction on these issues places our country and state in serious jeopardy.” (Read More)

Owens co-sponsors the EARN IT Act to protect victims of child sexual abuse

Rep. Burgess Owens (UT-04) co-sponsored the bipartisan and bicameral Eliminating Abusive and Rampant Neglect of Interactive Technologies (EARN IT) Act. This legislation will allow victims of child sexual abuse material (CSAM) to hold online platforms accountable in both state and federal court for distributing images and videos of child sexual abuse. The bill will provide state prosecutors the ability to enforce their child sexual abuse laws. Additionally, the law will enhance reporting to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) Tipline and modernize language to ensure these crimes are referred to as child sexual abuse, rather than child pornography. (Read More)

Romney talks Title 42 expiration, need for debt ceiling negotiations

U.S. Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) joined KSL’s Inside Sources with Boyd Matheson to discuss the Biden Administration’s mishandling of the crisis at our southern border, the expiration of Title 42 authorities, and need to complete the border wall. He also urged President Biden to sit down and negotiate on the debt ceiling to avoid cataclysmic economic consequences—like a recession, the stoppage of Social Security and Medicare payments, and a disruption of the global financial system. (Read More)


Number of the Day

Number of the Day, May 15, 2023


Tweet of the Day

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  • Interim Days — May 16-17, Utah State Capitol,
  • Utah Democratic Convention May 19-20, SUU (More information here)
  • Northern Utah Conference to End Sexual Violence — May 31, USU Eccles Center, 8:30 am-4:00 pm, Register here
  • Intellectual Property Rights webinar with the Orrin G. Hatch Foundation — June 1, 10:00 am, Register here
  • Bolder Way Forward Launch — June 9, 9 am-1 pm, Zions Technology Campus, Register here
  • Interim Days — June 13-14, Utah State Capitol,

On This Day In History 

  • 1869 - The National Woman Suffrage Association forms in New York, founded by Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton
  • 1897 - The Scientific-Humanitarian Committee is founded in Berlin by Magnus Hirschfeld, the first-ever LGBT rights organization.
  • 1901 - Dorothy H. Andersen is born. She was the American physician who was the first person to identify and describe cystic fibrosis
  • 1937 - Madeleine Albright, American politician and diplomat and 1st female U.S. Secretary of State (1997-2001), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia
  • 1938 - Diane Nash is born. A civil rights activist, and a leader and strategist of the student wing of the Civil Rights Movement, her efforts included the first successful civil rights campaign to integrate lunch counters, the Freedom Riders,  co-founding the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), and co-initiating the Alabama Voting Rights Project and working on the Selma Voting Rights Movement
  • 1970 - Anna Mae Hays and Elizabeth P. Hoisington officially receive their ranks as U.S. Army Generals, becoming the first women to do so.
  • 1988 - Soviets begin withdrawal from Afghanistan.

Quote of the Day

"There is a source of power in each of us that we don't realize until we take responsibility."

—Diane Nash

On the Punny Side

When Tom Hanks writes his memoir it should be called...

'T. Hanks - For the Memories'.


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