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Situational Analysis | May 24, 2023

It's Wednesday and International Women’s Day for Peace and Disarmament. I vote aye.

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Utah Headlines

Political news

  • Newly-formed state park division out to keep Utahns safe (Fox13)
  • 'Our veterans are killing themselves every day in isolation': Group urges support for veterans (KSL)
  • Why Utah may hire a company to provide age verification for online pornography site users (Deseret News)
  • Kevin Greene: How to fix our outdated immigration system (Deseret News)
  • Utah Supreme Court upholds law making it more difficult to access waterways, much to the dismay of outdoor enthusiasts (Salt Lake Tribune)

General Utah news

  • 2 hikers die in Buckskin Gulch slot canyon from ‘relentless power of flash flooding’ (St. George News)
  • Toddler stable after being shot with small-caliber bullet at Spanish Fork day care (Daily Herald)
  • 30,000 fentanyl pills recovered during I-15 traffic stop (ABC4)
  • Southern Utah drag group sues St. George, alleges discrimination for denying drag show permit (Salt Lake Tribune)
  • Three teenagers severely burned in explosion up American Fork Canyon (KSL TV)


  • Netflix to charge an additional $8 month for viewers living outside US subscribers’ households (AP)
  • Bill Gates: AI will kill off Amazon, Google and drive future humanoid workers (Deseret News)
  • Workers want a four-day week. Why hasn’t it happened? (Washington Post)


  • U of U Executive Education Program ranked 4th in nation (ABC4)
  • Kaysville restaurant owners donate profits to employees graduating from high school (KSL)


  • Utah DWR: Don’t take home baby deer or elk found in the wild (KPCW)
  • At Lake Powell, record low water levels reveal an 'amazing silver lining' (UPR)
  • Despite wet spring, Utah not completely in the clear for wildfires (KSL Newsradio)
  • Timpanogos Cave National Monument delays opening day due to trail damage (ABC4)
  • The first-appointed Great Salt Lake czar heartened by wet winter but says ‘we still have great cause for concern’ (Salt Lake Tribune)


  •  The first social-media babies are growing up - and they're horrified (The Atlantic)
  • Susan Madsen: These mothers have to send their children into abusive situations. We can change that. (Deseret News)


  • Surgeon General warns that social media may harm children and adolescents. The report by Dr. Vivek Murthy cited a “profound risk of harm” to adolescent mental health and urged families to set limits and governments to set tougher standards for use. (New York Times)
  • Papa Murphy’s cookie dough may be linked to salmonella in Utah, other states (KSL Newsradio)


  • Ogden nonprofit helping people transitioning off the streets make their new houses feel like home (Fox13)

National Headlines


  • Space station welcomes 2 Saudi visitors, including kingdom’s 1st female astronaut ( AP) Christian Glass family to receive largest known police settlement in Colorado history (NPR)
  • Nearly 2,000 abused by Catholic clergy in Illinois, state AG’s probe finds (Washington Post
  • A year after Uvalde, officers who botched response face few consequences Washington Post
  • Baby-formula makers face FTC probe for collusion (Wall Street Journal)


  • DeSantis plans to announce 2024 bid Wednesday on Twitter Spaces with Elon Musk, sources tell AP (AP)
  • DeSantis sees a path to the White House — 240 characters at a time (Politico)
  • Ron DeSantis has a problem. It's Florida. (Politico)
  • Trump team knocks DeSantis’ Twitter campaign launch: ‘This way he doesn’t have to interact with people’ (Politico)
  • South Carolina ready to renew abortion ban around 6 weeks of pregnancy after Senate vote (AP)
  • More than 6 in 10 say Biden's mental fitness to be president is a concern, poll finds (NPR)
  • Slim majority wants debt ceiling raised without spending cuts, poll finds (NPR)
  • Trump criminal trial to start next March, with campaign in full swing (Reuters)
  • Trump attacks Fox’s Laura Ingraham over ‘hit piece’ on his poll numbers (The Hill)
  • Trump’s latest liability: Refusing to remain silent (Politico)
  • McCarthy, bracing for defections, eyes a fraught path to a debt limit deal (New York Times)
  • McConnell on possibility of default: ‘Everybody needs to relax’ (The Hill)
  • Harlan Crow refuses to cooperate with Dem senators’ Supreme Court probe (Politico)

Ukraine 🇺🇦

  • Russia extends arrest of US journalist Evan Gershkovich by 3 months, his parents barred from hearing (AP)
  • Ukraine investigating role of Belarus in transfers of children, prosecutor says (Reuters)
  • In Ukraine, brutality lingers (The Atlantic)
  • What’s next for Russia after spilling so much blood for Bakhmut? (New York Times)
  • Wagner chief's feud with Russian military cracks Putin's image of control (Wall Street Journal)
  • Russia’s Wagner boss says more than 20,000 of his troops died in Bakhmut battle (AP)


  • Sudanese stuck in war zone after U.S. destroyed their passports (Washington Post)
  • As protesters die in Peru, a nation’s security forces face little scrutiny (New York Times)

News Releases

Utah AG and Division of Consumer Protection sue over illegal robocalls

Utah Attorney General Sean D. Reyes, representing the Utah Division of Consumer Protection, a division within the Utah Department of Commerce, sued Avid Telecom, its owner Michael D. Lansky, and Vice President Stacey S. Reeves today for allegedly initiating and facilitating billions of illegal robocalls to millions of people and violating the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, the Telemarketing Sales Rule, and other federal and state telemarketing and consumer laws. Avid Telecom sent or transmitted more than 7.5 billion calls to telephone numbers on the National Do Not Call Registry between December 2018 and January 2023 – more than 72 million of which went to numbers in Utah. (Read More)

Bipartisan group of former governors asks Utah Supreme Court to reject extreme partisan gerrymandering

A bipartisan group of former governors, represented by the States United Democracy Center and former Utah state legislator David R. Irvine, P.C., is urging the Utah Supreme Court to hold that extreme partisan gerrymandering violates the state constitution. The group filed a friend-of-the-court brief in League of Women Voters of Utah v. Utah State Legislature, supporting a challenge to congressional maps adopted by the Utah legislature. (Read More)

Western Caucus members introduce legislation to stop the Biden administration’s land grab

Last week, Rep. John Curtis (UT-03), Western Caucus Chairman Dan Newhouse (WA-04), and Rep. Russ Fulcher (ID-01) introduced legislation alongside 10 of their Western Caucus colleagues to direct the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to withdraw the proposed rule titled “Conservation and Landscape Health.” This rule undermines FLPMA’s multiple-use requirement for BLM lands and would hinder access to public lands for energy and critical mineral development, grazing, forest management, and recreation. With more than 90% of BLM’s 245 million acres located in the West, the rule would have an outsized effect on Western states and their residents. (Read More)


Number of the Day

Number of the Day, May 24, 2023


Tweet of the Day

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  • 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

  • 1775 - John Hancock is unanimously elected President of the Continental Congress.
  • 1844 - Samuel Morse taps out "What hath God wrought" in the world's first telegraph message.
  • 1878 - Lillian Moller (Gilbreth) is born. She completed a doctoral degree at Brown University with 4 young children at home. Her dissertation, Psychology of Management, was foundational to the field of organizational psychology. She is remembered as the “mother of modern management,” who balanced a trailblazing professional career while raising twelve children.
  • 1883 - Brooklyn Bridge is opened.
  • 1898 - Helen Taussig is born. A pediatric cardiologist and first woman full professor at Johns Hopkins (1959), she helped create the Blalock-Taussig shunt, a surgical technique which corrected “blue baby” syndrome, and contributed to the ban on thalidomide in the 1960s.
  • 1943 - Final entry in the Stroop Report, detailing the destruction of the Jewish Warsaw Ghetto, compiled by Nazi officers, later used as evidence in the Nuremberg trials
  • 2021 - Constitutional crisis deepens in Samoa after Speaker of the House shuts out Fiame Naomi Mata’afa from being sworn in as the country's first woman leader in 56 years
  • 2022 - Mass shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas.

Quote of the Day

"If we merge mercy with might, and might with right, then love becomes our legacy and change our children’s birthright.

So let us leave behind a country better than the one we were left.....

For there is always light, if only we’re brave enough to see it.

If only we’re brave enough to be it."

—Amanda Gorman

On the Punny Side

What is the medical diagnosis for owning too many dogs?



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