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Situational Analysis | June 9, 2023

It's Friday and National Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Day. 🍓

What You Need to Know

  • Let the games begin. Candidate filing to replace Rep. Chris Stewart began yesterday and so far, there are 4 official candidates: Greg Hughes, Becky Edwards and Bruce Hough, who have filed to run as Republican candidates and January Walker, who has filed to run as a candidate for the United Utah party. Candidates can file until 5 pm on June 14.

  • According to Adrielle Herring, John Curtis's campaign manager, the most pressing question in CD3 is what is up with the Congressman's goatee?! After conducting extensive research of the district's most important constituent (his wife, Sue), the goatee stays. She loves it. 

  • According to his own announcement on Truth Social, former president Trump has been indicted on multiple charges including willfully retaining national defense secrets in violation of the Espionage Act, making false statements and an obstruction of justice conspiracy. He was fundraising within minutes. He is due to appear in the federal courthouse in Miami on Tuesday, where he is expected to plead not guilty. 

Rapid Roundup


Honoring Living Color

Utah Business aims to bring awareness to the changing business landscape in Utah and create a foundation upon which further recruiting efforts can be built. Are you aware of an individual who has made it their mission to attract and foster diversity and inclusion initiatives throughout the state of Utah? Make your nomination by June 16.


Utah Headlines

Political news

  • Gov. Cox is replacing every member of the Utah Board of Higher Education (Deseret News)
  • As smoke blankets the Northeast, Sen. Mike Lee says wildfires a ‘severe’ problem in the West (Deseret News)
  • Rep. Blake Moore introduces resolution supporting visas for cultural exchanges (Deseret News)
  • After Pride bus controversy, state agencies told to focus on their ‘true missions’ (Deseret News)
  • Special election to replace Chris Stewart in Congress to impact all municipal races in Utah (Fox13)
  • Ryan Sullivan elected Washington County Clerk/Auditor in special election (St. George News)
  • Why Utah and Salt Lake County could fare better than most in a mild recession (KSL TV)

General Utah news

  • Special exhibit brings Natural History Museum of Utah visitors up close and personal with wildlife (KSL)
  • Officer home after shooting in one of policing’s most dangerous calls: domestic violence (KSL TV)
  • Newly discovered beaked dinosaur species found near Emery County (KUTV)
  • Salt Lake County Search and Rescue warn public after rise in fatalities (Fox13)
  • Millions of dollars in grants awarded to local recreation projects throughout Cache, Box Elder and Rich counties (Cache Valley Daily)


  • More startups throw in the towel, unable to raise money for their ideas (Wall Street Journal)


  • Derek Monson: How to promote diversity without creating division. The goals of DEI need not be controversial. But people feel threatened when activists hijack the conversation (Deseret News)
  • Where to find trust again in a world being remade by AI fakery (Deseret News)
  • Jay Fox: UTA’s Pride community engagement event lost in translation (Salt Lake Tribune)


  • Opinion: Fishlake National Forest is vulnerable to irresponsible development. Here’s how we protect it (Deseret News)
  • Utah’s 40-day flood advisory streak comes to an end. Is the state’s flood risk over? (KSL)
  • Utahns of color breaking down barriers to the great outdoors (KSL)
  • Here’s where a water manager puts flood risk now (Salt Lake Tribune)
  • Centennial of Bryce Canyon National Park celebrates history of splendor (Fox13)


  • Walking and yoga can prevent cancer spreading. Here are other benefits (Deseret News)
  • New study: People under 50 with multiple insomnia symptoms at higher risk for stroke (Deseret News)
  • ‘Reanimated’ heart transplant method could save thousands of lives, increase donor hearts (Deseret News)
  • Energy drinks are surging. So are their caffeine levels, as some have nearly the same level as a six-pack of Coke (New York Times)


  • BYU students designed and built a solar-powered concrete house on campus. Now it's in the Parade of Homes (BYU)

National Headlines


  • Companies want to use AI tracking to make you better at your job. AI companies suggest they can help workers boost sales, lower stress and feel more connected. But some workers worry about data collection and privacy. (Washington Post)
  • Texas to install floating barriers in Rio Grande to block migrants (Washington Post)


  • Supreme Court rules in favor of Black Alabama voters in unexpected defense of Voting Rights Act (AP)
  • Supreme Court sides with Jack Daniel's in trademark dispute with dog toy maker (NPR)
  • Delayed justice: 3 states remove all time limits on child sex abuse lawsuits (AP)
  • Donald Trump's Republican rivals are feeling the pressure to defend him (New York Times)
  • Democratic lawmakers claim indictment news shows Trump ‘not above the law’ (The Hill)
  • The gloves come off against Trump as GOP rivals step up attacks (Washington Post)
  • The presidential candidate who has his own supporters scratching their heads (New York Times)
  • Taking on the accreditation monster requires the right tool (Real Clear Education)

Ukraine 🇺🇦

  • Before-and-after satellite images show profound toll of Ukraine dam collapse (AP)
  • As floodwaters receded in some areas, Ukrainian officials warned of explosive devices that were washing ashore. (New York Times)
  • Russia reports heavy fighting in southern Ukraine, Kyiv silent on counterattack (Reuters)
  • Shadow men: Inside Wagner, Russia's secret war company (Wall Street Journal)


  • U.N. suspends food aid to Ethiopia over diversion of supplies, a day after U.S. does the same (AP)
  • Cuba to host secret Chinese spy base focusing on US (Wall Street Journal)
  • Sudan’s rapid decline into war evokes Somalia’s catastrophic collapse (Washington Post)

News Releases

Romney, colleagues introduce legislation to increase transparency around social media platforms

U.S. Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT), Ranking Member of the Homeland Security Emerging Threats and Spending Oversight Subcommittee, along with Senators Chris Coons (D-DE), Dr. Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), John Cornyn (R-TX), and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), today introduced the bipartisan Platform Accountability and Transparency Act (PATA), a bill that would require social media companies to share more data with the public and researchers. (Read More)

Romney, colleagues applaud committee passage of bill to end China’s unfair international advantages

U.S. Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) and Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Ranking Member and Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia, joined by Senators Dan Sullivan (R-AK), John Cornyn (R-TX), and Tim Scott (R-SC), applauded today’s unanimous committee passage of the Ending China’s Developing Nation Status Act. This bipartisan legislation establishes U.S. policy to oppose the granting of “developing nation” status to China in future treaties and international organizations. The bill also directs the Secretary of State to pursue changing the status of China to “developed nation” in treaties or organizations where a mechanism for change exists. Romney first introduced this legislation at the end of last Congress. (Read More)

USBE announces summer food service program sites

The Utah State Board of Education (USBE) has announced the sites for the 2023 Summer Food Service Program. The institutions listed below are sponsors of the Summer Food Service Program or Seamless Summer Option. Sponsors are school districts, charter schools, or other community organizations throughout the state that host summer meals sites. (Read More)


Number of the Day

Number of the Day, June 9, 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

  • 1856 - Mormon handcart pioneers leave Iowa City for Salt Lake City.
  • 1869 - Charles E. hires sells his first root beer
  • 1921 - Phyllis Wallace is born. An economist, she was the first African-American woman full professor at the Sloan School of Management at MIT and a pioneer in the study of gender and race discrimination in the workplace.
  • 1943 - "Pay-as-you-go" (withholding) US income tax deductions authorized
  • 1949 - Georgia Neese Clark of Kansas becomes first woman treasurer of US
  • 1954 - “Have you no sense of decency?” Sen. Joseph McCarthy is asked in a hearing by Joseph Welch, special counsel for the US Army. This marked the end of McCathy’s conspiracy of the “Red Scare” infiltrating all levels of the US
  • 1964 - CIA report challenges President Lyndon B. Johnson’s ‘domino theory’ of foreign policy which was being used as the basis by which decisions were made about Southeast Asia
  • 1978 - The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints ends the 148-year policy of excluding Black men from priesthood
  • 2013 - Edward Snowden publicly makes his identity known as the leaker of NSA documents

Quote of the Day

"Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young."

—Henry Ford

On the Punny Side

What did the drummer name her twin daughters?
Anna 1, Anna 2.


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