Filing period for municipal elections opens today; Rep. Stewart announces resignation; two more jumping into GOP presidential race
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Situational Analysis | June 1, 2023

Welcome to June! It's Thursday and today is both the Global Day of Parents and International Children's Day

It's also the first day to file for municipal office (unless your community uses ranked choice voting - that filing period is in August). Good luck!

What You Need to Know

  • Rep. Stewart has officially announced his intention to resign "as soon as an orderly transition" can be assured. Potential candidates are quickly lining up, with several already confirming they are running, or are seriously considering it, including former state Rep. Becky Edwards, current state Senators Todd Weiler, Mike Kennedy, Kathleen Riebe and Salt Lake County councilwoman Aimee Winder Newton.

  • The House voted 314 to 117 on Wednesday to pass the Fiscal Responsibility Act, a bill suspending the debt ceiling until January 2025 in exchange for billions of dollars of spending cuts in the coming years. Seventy-one Republicans and 46 Democrats voted against the measure, but the Senate is expected to send it to President Joe Biden’s desk before the expected June 5 deadline to avoid default. All four Utah Congressmen voted for the bill. Senator Lee says he will vote no.

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

  • Adult filmmakers ask judge to delay Utah law requiring porn sites verify user ages (Fox13)
  • Bills on landscaping, crops and dedicating water to Great Salt Lake to be resurrected (Fox13)
  • Utah to study how it hands out bar licenses (Fox13)
  • Utah voters react to Rep. Chris Stewart’s resignation announcement (ABC4)

General Utah news

  • Escape plans, defensive space, emergency bags: Utahns urged to prep for upcoming wildfire season (KUTV)
  • Not just Californians: New report outlines who is moving to Utah (KSL)


  • Utah teen makes final round of 2023 Scripps National Spelling Bee (ABC4)
  • Utah State School Board faces heated debate over social, science standards (KUTV)
  • Utah’s rural high school students outpace urban kids in earning college credit (Salt Lake Tribune)


  • Utah County reports more than $10 million in flood damage (Fox13)
  • Local beekeepers scramble to make do after long, harsh winter (Fox13)
  • Two Utah sites will get over $19 million in federal funds to restore public lands. Here’s where it’s going. (Salt Lake Tribune)
  • EPA awards $65M contract for uranium mine cleanups on Navajo Nation (KSL)
  • Heavy runoff restoring scenery after years of drought (KSL TV)


  • US births in 2022 didn’t return to pre-pandemic levels (AP)
  • How a declining birthrate could impact every American (Deseret News)
  • U.S. Census shows that older adults outnumber children for the first time in a century (Deseret News)
  • Utah Food Bank launches summer food program to feed local kids (KSL)


  • A whooping cough outbreak has been detected in the south end of Cache Valley, according to the Bear River Health Department. (ABC4)
  • Multiple trials underway to create a breast cancer vaccine (Deseret News)
  • New study says teens with severe obesity can benefit from weight loss surgery (Deseret News)

National Headlines


  • Danny Masterson convicted of 2 counts of rape, ‘That ‘70s Show’ actor faces 30 years to life (AP)
  • ‘The Little Mermaid’ smashes at the box office despite getting review-bombed (Deseret News)


  • Prosecutors have tape of Trump discussing holding onto classified doc after leaving office (AP)
  • The first debt ceiling fight was in 1953. It looked almost exactly like the one today (NPR)
  • How Jim Jordan and Marjorie Taylor Greene helped McCarthy get his debt deal through (Politico)
  • Sen. Tommy Tuberville’s (R-Ala.) national security adviser has resigned after a Washington Post story suggested he was largely behind the senator’s controversial hold on hundreds of military nominations. (The Hill)

Ukraine 🇺🇦

  • Latest Russian missile bombardment of Ukraine’s capital kills at least 3 people, including a child (AP)
  • European summit in Moldova tackles Ukraine war, regional conflicts (AP)
  • Russian public appears to be souring on war casualties, analysis shows (New York Times)
  • Ukraine and allies plan to hold a peace summit without Russia (Deseret News)


  • US questions Sudan parties' commitment to truce as clashes continue (Reuters)
  • Iran plans to escalate attacks against U.S. troops in Syria, documents show (Washington Post)
  • Nepali sherpa saves Malaysian climber in rare Everest 'death zone' rescue (Reuters)

News Releases

Rep. Stewart’s resignation statement

Today, Rep. Chris Stewart (R-UT) announced his planned resignation from the U.S. House of Representatives.

“It has been one of the great honors of my life to serve the good people of Utah in Congress,” said Rep. Stewart. “My wife and I have made so many dear friends and memories throughout our journey. I can say with pride that I have been an effective leader for my beloved home state, and I’m honored to have played an important role in guiding our nation through some troubled times. But my wife’s health concerns have made it necessary that I retire from Congress after an orderly transition can be ensured.

“My family and I have been very blessed by this experience. Thank you to all those who have supported and sacrificed to help us. The fight goes on. God bless all of you, and God bless our nation.”

Romney praises Rep. Stewart’s record of public service

U.S. Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) released this statement following today’s announcement by Representative Chris Stewart (R-UT) on his retirement from Congress: “Congressman Stewart has dutifully served our state and Utahns in the Second Congressional District for more than a decade. A former Air Force pilot, Chris has consistently worked to safeguard the role Utah plays in our country’s national defense. He has been a terrific partner on advancing Utah priorities—advocating for greater local input in public lands management and legislation to protect the Great Salt Lake. Ann and I are praying for Chris, Evie, and the Stewart family.”

Utah House delegation reacts to Stewart announcement

Today, Congressman Chris Stewart (UT-02) announced his planned resignation from the U.S. House of Representatives. The Utah delegation, consisting of Reps. John Curtis (UT-03), Burgess Owens (UT-04), and Blake Moore (UT-01) released the following statement:

“We are deeply saddened by the announcement of our dear friend, Rep. Chris Stewart. Throughout our time in this institution, he has warmly embraced each of us and played a vital role in our collective achievements for the people of Utah. As the Dean of our delegation, Chris has been an invaluable source of guidance, and we know that his wisdom will remain accessible during the remainder of his time here and after his departure. Utah is losing a dedicated public servant, and his presence will be greatly missed within these chambers. As he transitions to prioritizing time with Evie, we extend our thoughts and support to him and his entire family.”

Curtis stands for fiscal responsibility, votes for spending reduction bill

“Since coming to Congress, I have not voted for a single omnibus spending bill or debt ceiling increase,” said Rep. Curtis. “While not perfect, this is the first bill I have been presented that gets Washington to spend less than it did last year and move towards balancing our budget.” (Read More)

Moore’s statement on the Fiscal Responsibility Act

“When I ran for Congress, I committed to use my role in Congress to reverse Washington’s dangerous debt culture. Tonight, I will vote for the Fiscal Responsibility Act, a significant step toward reversing our federal spending trajectory. While there is much more work to be done, this historic legislation could reduce our national deficit by $2.1 trillion over 6 years." (Read More)

Salt Lake County receives federal award to expand affordable connectivity program

Salt Lake County is pleased to announce that it has received nearly $170,000 from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to promote enrollment in the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP). The primary goal of this program is to help provide Salt Lake County residents with subsidized, or even free, access to the internet. (Read More)

Record number of female cadets graduated from UVU Police Academy

This year, six out of 28 cadets, or 21% of the total graduating cohort at the Utah Valley University Police Academy were women, a significant statistic because it is twice the number of any year since the academy’s inception in 1996. (Read More)

The geography of Utah’s migration

An analysis by demographers at the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute details how residents move in and out of each county in Utah, forming a pattern of migration flows unique to their region and time. Each of Utah’s 29 counties experience in-migration and out-migration, and a closer look at county-level patterns reveals geographic ties and trends unique to each county. Utah sends and receives the most out-of-state migrants to and from Clark County, NV; Maricopa County, AZ; King County, WA; and Los Angeles County, CA. Four counties send and receive 75% of out-of-state migrants: Salt Lake, Utah, Davis, and Washington counties. (Read More)


Number of the Day

Number of the Day, June 1, 2023


Tweet of the Day

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  • 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

  • 1779 - Benedict Arnold is court-martialed
  • 1801 - Brigham Young is born
  • 1843 - Sojourner Truth leaves NY to begin her career as an antislavery activist
  • 1868 - James Buchanan, 15th US President, dies at age 77
  • 1909 - Ida B. Wells delivers her speech, “Lynching, Our National Crime” at the National Negro Conference (the forerunner to the NAACP)
  • 1942 - News of Holocaust death camp killings becomes public for the first time
  • 1980 - CNN launches
  • 1990 - George H.W. Bush and Mikhail Gorbachev agree to end production of chemical weapons
  • 1993 - Connie Chung becomes the second woman to co-anchor the evening news, 17 years after Barbara Walters became the first in 1976

Quote of the Day

"I wanted to be scared again...I wanted to feel unsure again. That's the only way I learn, the only way feel challenged."

Connie Chung

On the Punny Side

The mayor in my city just passed a law that male best friends have to have lunch together at least once a week.

Well, it’s not a law - it’s a mandate.


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