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Situational Analysis | May 31, 2023

Good Wednesday morning to ya. Today is National Utah Day, so get out there and celebrate.

What You Need to Know

  • Congressman Chris Stewart, the longest-serving member of the Utah House delegation, is reportedly resigning due to family health concerns, setting up a special election process that will take months to complete. It's not unlikely that more than 10 candidates will throw their hats into the ring. 

  • Salt Lake City councilwoman Amy Fowler is resigning from her seat following a DUI charge earlier this months. Her resignation will be effective Monday, July 3.

Rapid Roundup


Chase 53 Years of Tradition — Run Utah's Oldest Road Race This Pioneer Day

Experience tradition on July 24th while racing down the historic pioneer route into Salt Lake Valley and through the Days of ‘47 Parade in the Deseret News Marathon. Full marathon, half marathon, 10K and 5K are available.


Utah Headlines

Political news

  • Rep. Moore discusses why he supports new debt ceiling agreement (KSL Newsradio)
  • ‘Not a finer person than Chris Stewart,’ says Jason Chaffetz, who also left the U.S. House early (Salt Lake Tribune)
  • Voters react to Rep. Chris Stewart's likely resignation, potential for new representative (KUTV)
  • Testing the waters: What it means to have an exploratory committee (UTPOL Underground)
  • Political nicety: Meet Mike Mower (UTPOL Underground)
  • Carol Spackman Moss has seen a thing or two (UTPOL Underground)

General Utah news

  • Police are investigating human remains that were found by shed hunters on Memorial Day in the Dry Hollow area in Garfield County. (KSL)
  • Former BYU president Kevin Worthen headed to Yale for a year (Deseret News)
  • An Alpine man hired to be the chief financial officer at several companies in Utah is now accused of taking about $1.5 million from them and spending it on trips, jewelry and his daughter's wedding. (KSL)
  • Family reflects on 1-year anniversary of Dylan Rounds' disappearance (Fox13)
  • Patriot Front member from Utah sentenced to jail in child porn case (Fox13)


  • Chick-fil-A is facing Twitter backlash after hiring a vice president of diversity, equity and inclusion (Deseret News)
  • From home kitchen to food truck: Dumpling business offers blend of experimental flavors (KSL)
  • BYU alum brings potato doughnuts to Provo with new restaurant (Daily Herald)


  • Salt Lake Walmart employee gives paycheck to provide ‘Peace and Hope’ for women in Uganda (Deseret News)


  • When Orem schools close, the city wants more control over what happens to the land (Salt Lake Tribune)
  • With pandemic-era meal waivers gone, schools turn to partnerships to feed students (KUER)
  • 6 money tips new graduates should know (Washington Post)
  • Most in US say don’t ban race in college admissions but its role should be small: AP-NORC poll (AP)


  • Popular Timpanogos Cave Trail partially closed after damage from winter avalanches (KUTV)
  • Utah, feds inch closer to Emery County land exchange (KSL)
  • A public comment period begins for a quarry in Parley’s Canyon (KSL Newsradio)
  • Judge to decide fate of Utah Lake islands project (Fox13)


  • U.S. Census shows that older adults outnumber children for the first time in a century (Deseret News)


  • More energy and less sleep: New study shares the effects of coffee (Deseret News)
  • Orem woman opens mental health urgent care clinic to address unmet need (Fox13)


  • Utah housing market 'hypersensitive' to higher mortgage rates (KUTV)
  • Challenges facing Asian, Pacific Islander homeowners in US (Fox13)

National Headlines


  • The Carter family is sharing that former First Lady Rosalynn Carter has dementia. (Carter Center)
  • Tara Reade, who accused Biden of assault, says she has moved to Russia in order to feel safe (New York Times)
  • Top 10 complaint types that greatly vexed consumers in 2022 (Deseret News)


  • Ahead of House debt ceiling vote, Biden shores up Democrats and McCarthy scrambles for GOP support (AP)
  • Nevada Republican governor approves abortion protections in cross-party move (AP)
  • Trump pledges to end birthright citizenship on first day in office (The Hill)
  • Trump slams his former press secretary Kayleigh McEnany (The Hill)
  • DeSantis bashes Trump for swinging left as 2024 campaign swing begins (Reuters)
  • Christie expected to announce presidential bid next week (The Hill)
  • Justice tops Manchin by 22 points in new poll on Senate race (The Hill)
  • ‘Numbers Nobody Has Ever Seen’: How the GOP Lost Wisconsin (Politico)
  • Rep. Dan Bishop (R-N.C.) is the first Republican to publicly support ousting Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) over the debt ceiling deal. (The Hill)

Ukraine 🇺🇦

  • WHO records over 1,000 attacks on Ukraine healthcare during war, a violation of international humanitarian law (Reuters)
  • Ukraine and allies plan peace summit without Russia (Wall Street Journal)


  • Special Report: Dozens of babies die in orphanage as Sudan war takes grim toll on Khartoum (Reuters)
  • U.S. to Turkey: It’s time for Sweden to join NATO (Washington Post)

News Releases

Granite School District summer open sites

Granite School District is participating in the Seamless Summer Option (SSO) food service program during the summer of 2023. Meals will be provided to all children free of charge and are the same for all children regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability, and there will be no discrimination during the meal service. Free meals will be provided to all children 18 years of age and under. All meals must be consumed at the summer meal service site. Adult meals can be purchased for $3.35. (Read More for Details)

EPA awards Salt Lake County $1M for property assessment, cleanup, and revitalization in Magna Township

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded Salt Lake County a $1 million community-wide coalition grant for the assessment of brownfields properties in Salt Lake City and Magna Township.The first of these projects will be Magna Main Street, and the Guadalupe neighborhood and the Poplar Grove intersection in Salt Lake City, including former auto repair shops, a former dry cleaner, an abandoned commercial building, and other vacant properties. (Read More)


Number of the Day

Number of the Day, May 31, 2023 (1)


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
  • Municipal election filing period — June 1-6 (unless using ranked choice voting)
  • 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,
  • Bellwether International Symposium on Bridging the Religious Divide with the Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy — June 16, 9:00 am-3:30 pm, Little America, Register here
  • Municipal election filing period for cities using ranked choice voting — August 8-15

On This Day In History

  • 1531 - The women of Amsterdam revolt, with hundreds storming a construction site that was building a wool office on the site of a treasured chapel. 
  • 1859 - Big Ben rings out over London for the first time.
  • 1889 - The South Fork Dam in Pennsylvania collapses, causing the Johnstown Flood and killing more than 2,200 people.
  • 1907 - The first taxis begin running in New York City.
  • 1921 - The Tulsa Race Massacre begins. Thousands of white citizens in Tulsa, Oklahoma descended on the city’s predominantly black Greenwood District, burning homes and businesses to the ground and killing hundreds of people.
  • 1924 - Patricia Harris is born. A lawyer and ambassador, she was the first African-American woman to hold a Cabinet position (Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare) (1979-83), serve as an Ambassador (Luxembourg, 1965), and head a law school (Howard University, 1969)
  • 1955 - US Supreme Court orders school integration "with all deliberate speed"
  • 1962 - “Architect of the Holocaust,” Adolf Eichmann, executed for his crimes against humanity.
  • 2005 - Deep Throat revealed: Mark Felt of the FBI

Quote of the Day

"I have lived through the massacre every day. Our country may forget this history, but I cannot."

Viola Fletcher in 2021, 100 years after surviving the Tulsa Race Massacre as a 7-yr-old

On the Punny Side

Remember when plastic surgery was a taboo subject?

Now you mention Botox and nobody raises an eyebrow.


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