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Situational Analysis | June 8, 2023

It's Thursday and World Oceans Day. I always love some Vitamin Sea. 

What You Need to Know

  • Rep. Chris Stewart has sent a letter of resignation to Governor Spencer Cox, starting the process of his replacement. The Governor and the legislature announced that Utah's municipal elections will be pushed back several weeks so that the special Congressional election can be held at the same time. The primary will be on Sept. 5 and the general election will be moved to Nov. 21.

  • Ukraine has launched its counteroffensive against Russia. NATO-trained units will serve as the tip of the spear. Britain’s Defense Ministry said in its Thursday update that “heavy fighting continues along multiple sectors of the front,” where it described a “highly complex operational picture” unfolding.

Rapid Roundup


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Utah Headlines

Political news

  • Salt Lake City lays out timeline to replace outgoing councilwoman (KSL)
  • Clinton councilwoman dies at 73 (KSL)
  • Sen. Mitt Romney frustrated over passport delays, renews call for Salt Lake City office (Deseret News)
  • Editorial Board: Population decline is a ticking time bomb (Deseret News)
  • Former Gov. Herbert on field of 2024 GOP presidential candidates (Inside Sources)
  • Todd Weiler: We have a solution to looming social security shortfall (Salt Lake Tribune)
  • Absence of road rage law in Utah sparks calls for stronger legislation (KUTV)
  • Park City Council considers adding child care funding to city budget (KPCW)

General Utah news

  • Utah tops nation with most road rage drivers (KSL Newsradio
  • Suspect in fatal Eagle Mountain road rage crash booked on manslaughter charges after turning himself in (KUTV)
  • Road divot turns into a landslide as road washes away in Zion National Park (ABC4)


  • The change agent. Life lessons from a corporate turnaround artist who believes in people (Deseret News)
  • Survey finds workers worried about jobs, but also contemplate quitting (KUTV)
  • Research shows bias toward women in Utah workplaces (Daily Herald)
  • Helicopter parents show up in the workplace. Anxious parents are filling out job applications, appearing at interviews and mediating work conflicts; ‘my mom doesn’t think it’s a good idea’ (Wall Street Journal)
  • To fill offices, Google issues ultimatum while Salesforce tries charity (Washington Post)


  • A paradox: Thinking about death may make your life better (Deseret News)
  • Utah nonprofit reports spike in stolen Pride flags around Wasatch Front (KUTV)
  • 'A Bolder Way Forward' seeks to holistically achieve gender equality in Utah (UPR)


  • After Bible pulled from some schools, lawmaker wants to rework his ‘sensitive materials’ law (KSL)
  • Rep. Ivory decries ‘rogue’ Davis School District committee behind Bible decision (Standard-Examiner)
  • Clergy and GOP lawmakers rail against Bible being removed from Davis County schools (Salt Lake Tribune)
  • Good4Utah: Lone Peak High alum goes viral on social media for original graduation song (ABC4)


  • Poll: Drought, record snowpack muddling the waters with Utahns’ views (Deseret News)
  • 'A breach of trust': Navajo leaders criticize federal ban on oil, gas drilling near tribal sites (KSL)
  • Utah County crews blow up dangerous ice bridge, avalanche debris crossing Provo River (KUTV)
  • After 100 years, Bryce Canyon’s popularity and preservation remain a balancing act (KUER)
  • Bad news for health: The number of extreme heat days in Utah could double by 2050 (KUER)


  • How kangaroo mother care improves your infant’s survival (Deseret News)
  • ‘This is the worst I’ve ever seen’ — Chemotherapy drug record shortage puts patients at risk (Deseret News)
  • Study: How you treat your menopause symptoms could be affecting your health (Deseret News)
  • Suicide rates are rising in Cache Valley. County officials want to change that. (UPR)

National Headlines


  • Perspective: The PGA Tour betrayed both its players and fans (Deseret News)
  • Tom Holland says he’s on a break from acting, prioritizing his mental health (KSL TV)
  • Kilauea, one of the world’s most active volcanoes, begins erupting after 3-month pause (AP)


  • House Republicans pull back contempt charge against FBI director Wray over Biden doc (AP)
  • Democrats and Republicans are skeptical of US spying practices, an AP-NORC poll finds (AP)
  • Federal prosecutors tell Trump that he is a target in classified files probe (NPR)
  • GOP warns of pushback ahead of looming Trump indictment (The Hill)
  • Supreme Court justices, minus Thomas, and Alito, file financial disclosure reports (NPR)
  • House is paralyzed as far-right rebels continue mutiny against McCarthy (New York Times)
  • GOP’s booming support for guns is turning off millennial, Gen Z Republicans. About a quarter of young Republicans in one poll said they strongly or somewhat supported an assault weapons ban. (Politico)
  • Social conservatism highest since 2012: Gallup (The Hill)

Ukraine 🇺🇦

  • Drone footage of collapsed dam shows ruined structure, devastation and no sign of life (AP)
  • Russia attacks Ukraine’s future by forcibly removing its children (Wall Street Journal)
  • Cross-border fighting heighten anxiety for Ukrainian villagers (New York Times)


  • UNICEF concerned by Taliban move to bar international groups from Afghan education sector (AP)
  • Cuba to host secret Chinese spy base focusing on U.S. (Wall Street Journal)
  • USAID cuts food aid supporting millions of Ethiopians amid charges of massive government theft (Washington Post)

News Releases

Executive, legislative branches set new election schedule to fill Congressman Stewart’s vacancy

On Tuesday, June 6, 2023, Rep. Chris Stewart of Utah’s Second Congressional District informed Gov. Spencer J. Cox that he will resign from the U.S. House of Representatives effective Sept. l5, 2023.

As a result, the executive and legislative branches have developed a timeline to fill the vacancy. In order to minimize the amount of time that the House seat will be vacant and to accommodate this year’s municipal elections, primary elections throughout the state will be held on Sept. 5, 2023, and the general election on Nov. 21, 2023. (Read More)

WGU and Latinos In Action partner to improve lives through education

Western Governors University (WGU) and Latinos In Action (LIA) announced a new partnership to increase access to affordable, competency-based, online educational opportunities for Latino youth and their families in Utah and across the nation. The agreement establishes a pathway for LIA associates – including LIA graduates, employees, and their parents – to career-ready bachelor’s and master’s degrees, certificates, and credentials. LIA associates are also eligible to apply for the WGU Community Outreach Partnership scholarship, valued up to $5,000 per recipient ($1,250 per term for up to four academic terms). (Read More)

Romney, King, Cotton introduce legislation to promote military service

U.S. Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT), joined by Senators Angus King (I-ME) and Tom Cotton (R-AR), today introduced the Military Service Promotion Act of 2023, legislation aimed at addressing the current military recruitment crisis by enhancing military recruiter access to high schools and colleges. While current law requires high schools to provide access to military recruiters, this bill requires schools to respond to requests from recruiters within 60 days; requires recruiter access to high school career fairs and similar events; gives the military access to college student drop-out information; and requires the Department of Defense to look at expanding the U.S. Army’s Future Soldier Preparatory Course, which helps prepare those interested in joining the Army for the required physical fitness and aptitude testing. (Read More)

Romney: The demand for consular services in Utah is enormous

At a Foreign Relations Committee hearing today to examine the State Department’s Consular Affairs services and programs, U.S. Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) criticized the inability for State to handle passport renewal requests and urged the Administration to open a passport agency in Salt Lake City to accommodate the needs of Utahns. As a rapidly expanding center for global commerce and with thousands of missionaries traveling abroad every year from Salt Lake City, Utahns are in desperate need of expanded consular services. However, Utah is essentially a passport service desert with no feasible options for same-day, in-person services. (Read More)

Reps Moore and Kuster reintroduce legislation in support of BridgeUSA programs

Today, Representatives Blake Moore (R-UT) and Annie Kuster (D-NH) reintroduced a resolution for the 118th Congress expressing congressional support for BridgeUSA programs—formerly the Exchange Visitor J-1 Visa Program—which are vital to the economy and national interests of the United States. Across the nation, and in states like Utah and New Hampshire, participants in these programs fill vital workforce needs, strengthen America’s tourism industry and cultural diversity, and advance our important diplomatic efforts domestically and abroad. Approximately 300,000 participants from over 200 countries and territories visit the United States on a J-1 cultural exchange visa each year. (Read More)

Utah’s consumer sentiment steady in May

Utah’s consumer sentiment was essentially unchanged in May (71.0) compared to April (70.5), according to the Kem C. Gardner Institute’s Survey of Utah Consumer Sentiment. A similar survey by the University of Michigan found sentiment fell from April (63.5) to May (59.2) among Americans as a whole. (Read More)


Number of the Day

Number of the Day, June 8, 2023


Tweet of the Day

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  • 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
  • Municipal/Special election primary — Sept 5
  • General election — Nov 21

On This Day In History

  • 1845 - Andrew Jackson, 7th US president, dies at 78
  • 1874 - Apache chief Cochise dies
  • 1900 - Estelle Griswold is born. A birth control advocate and pioneer, she was the defendant in the Supreme Court case Griswold v. Connecticut which legalized contraception for married couples in 1965
  • 1903 - Jessie Bernard is born. She was an American sociologist who focused on women, sex and marriage.
  • 1949 - George Orwell’s “1984” is published. It was not meant to be a guide.
  • 1967 - Israel attacks the USS Liberty in international waters
  • 1978 - A Nevada jury rules that Howard Hughes’ “Mormon Will” is a forgery.
  • 1979 - NBA approves Jazz move from New Orleans to Utah
  • 2020 - Former astronaut Kathy Sullivan is the first woman to reach the deepest point of the ocean - Challenger Deep in the Marianas Trench. She was also the first American woman to spacewalk.

Quote of the Day

"When Vladimir Putin rolled into Ukraine, the former president called him a genius. I know the difference between a genius and a war criminal."

—Mike Pence

On the Punny Side

I used to be a programmer for autocorrect.

They fried me for no raisin.


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