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Situational Analysis | June 26, 2023

It's Monday and International Day in Support of Victims of Torture

What You Need to Know

  • The Utah GOP held their convention on Saturday, with a single winner emerging: Celeste Maloy. She will face up to five additional candidates in the primary, as long as those candidates are successful in gathering enough verified signatures by the July 5 deadline. The signature-gathering candidates are Scott Hatfield, Remy Bubba Kush, Scott Reber, Becky Edwards and Bruce Hough. 

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Utah Headlines

Political news

  • Supreme Court rules against Navajo Nation in Colorado River case (UPR)
  • Expert says Utah wetlands are in danger following recent Supreme Court decision (Fox13)
  • Patrick Deneen: Populism is rising around the world. Did liberalism fail? (Deseret News)
  • Hal Boyd: A low point for an American ideal, and signs of recovery (Deseret News)

Election news

  • Previewing the Utah Democratic Party special election convention (ABC4)
  • Fairfield, one of Utah County’s smallest towns, prepares for contested mayoral race (Daily Herald)
  • What the race to replace Rep. Chris Stewart means for the nation — and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (Deseret News)
  • GOP candidates clash on Ukraine support — and little else — at final debate to replace Rep. Chris Stewart (Salt Lake Tribune)

General Utah news

  • One dead, several injured in 3-car collision in Spanish Fork Canyon (KSL)
  • Surveillance video shows person stealing Pride flag from several Utah homes (KSL TV)
  • Popular local corn dog truck out of commission after catching fire on I-15 (Fox13)
  • Officials taking harder stance on West Davis construction site trespassers (Standard Examiner)


  • A Utah camera shop is helping bring memories back to life (Salt Lake Tribune)
  • Paperbox Lofts is SLC’s newest neighborhood, complete with a car vending machine (Salt Lake Tribune)
  • Utah drink company aims to fight obesity, diabetes (KSL)
  • Diners are losing patience with restaurant service — and there’s no quick fix (Wall Street Journal)


  • What big shows are coming up in Utah? (Deseret News)
  • Life is sweeter as a beekeeper. Then you get stung (Deseret News)
  • Refugees in Cache Valley celebrate culture and community with food, dancing (UPR)


  • Frederick M. Hess: Rethinking schools post-pandemic (Deseret News)
  • Utah scientists work in Africa to reduce malaria (KSL TV)
  • Pow Wow honors Native American tribes in Nebo School District (KSL TV)


  • Utah ranked in top 10 states for hiking (Deseret News)
  • Coping with poor air quality (KSL Newsradio)
  • Tribune Editorial: The BLM Public Lands Rule is a common-sense solution (Salt Lake Tribune)
  • ‘Remarkable and unique’: How do these trembling trees impact Southern Utah? (St. George News)
  • A vast lake has captivated California where farms stood a year ago (New York Times)


  • Use these parenting strategies to help kids with ADHD thrive in the summertime (Deseret News)
  • Why kids from no-screen homes sometimes go screen crazy (Wall Street Journal)
  • Holly Richardson: How the ‘Swedish death cleaning’ helped me declutter (Deseret News)
  • Is the secret to a happy marriage learning to be alone? (Deseret News)


  • E-cigarette poison control calls for children are on the rise (Deseret News)
  • Utah mom says mothers need to reach out for help with depression, anxiety (KSL TV)
  • Covid isn’t over, but even the most cautious Americans are moving on (Washington Post)
  • The next big advance in cancer treatment could be a vaccine (AP)


  • More Gen Zers applying for homes in SLC than any other U.S. city (KSL Newsradio)
  • Saratoga Springs amends city code for internal accessory dwelling units (Daily Herald)
  • The US is short more than 4 million homes: analysis (The Hill)
  • Robert Gehrke: New docs shed light on the collapse of two Draper homes (Salt Lake Tribune)

National Headlines


  • What Taylor Swift’s featured artists have said about The Eras Tour and Swift herself (Deseret News)
  • 12 people hospitalized after apparent ‘over-chlorination’ of Houston lazy river pool (KSL TV)
  • Man who gave up seats on Titan submersible says OceanGate CEO was ‘dismissive’ of concerns (ABC4)
  • A woman fatally shot an Uber driver. Police say she wrongly thought she was being kidnapped (AP)
  • Flight Cancellations and Delays Mount as Thunderstorms Hit East Coast (Wall Street Journal)
  • Human Remains Found in Area Where Actor Julian Sands Went Missing (New York Times)


  • Trump returns to Michigan with hopes of repeating the battleground success he found in 2016 (AP)
  • Stymied by Congress, Biden Seeks to Rally Voters on Abortion (New York Times)
  • As Legal Fees Mount, Trump Steers Donations Into PAC That Has Covered Them (New York Times)
  • DeSantis voters: Angry at Fauci, anxious about ‘Cinderfella,’ tiring of Trump (Washington Post)
  • The super PAC frenzy redefining campaign operations (Politico)
  • The one issue Republican presidential candidates don’t want to talk about (Politico)

Ukraine 🇺🇦

  • With Russia revolt over, mercenaries’ future and direction of Ukraine war remain uncertain (AP)
  • Zelenskiy discusses Russian turmoil with Biden, Trudeau, Duda (Reuters)
  • Darmir Marusic: 5 questions about Ukraine’s counteroffensive, answered (Washington Post)
  • Prigozhin’s Wagner mutiny is over. What happens now? (Politico)


  • What we know about what’s happening in Russia (Deseret News)
  • China tries to gain U.S. cooperation over upcoming Taiwan elections (Wall Street Journal)
  • Taliban leader claims women are provided with a ‘comfortable and prosperous life’ in Afghanistan (AP)
  • Drug abuse is soaring in Sao Paulo's downtown. Users, residents and shop owners are all suffering (AP)
  • North Korea holds rallies denouncing U.S., warns of nuclear war (Reuters)

News Releases

Congressman Blake Moore’s Statement on IRS Whistleblower Testimony on Hunter Biden’s Tax Crimes

Congressman Blake Moore released the following statement regarding IRS whistleblower testimony on Hunter Biden’s tax crimes.

“On Thursday, the House Committee on Ways and Means voted to release the testimony of two credible IRS employees who spent several years investigating Hunter Biden for tax crimes. After experiencing frustration of how this investigation was being handled, they brought their cases to the Committee, which is the only committee that can legally take their testimony and release it to the House of Representatives, making it public record." (Read more)


Number of the Day

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Tweet of the Day

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  • United Utah special election convention — June 27, 7:00 p.m., Hunter Library
  • Democratic special election convention — June 28
  • Municipal election filing period for cities using ranked choice voting — August 8-15
  • 'Titan of Public Service' gala recognizing Senator Mitch McConnell and former Transportation and Labor Secretary Elaine Chao, hosted by the Orrin G. Hatch Foundation — Aug 22, 7 p.m., Register here
  • Municipal/Special election primary — Sept 5
  • General election — Nov 21

On This Day In History

  • 1884 - Coney Island opens its first roller coaster.
  • 1922 - Carolyn Sherif is born. She became a social psychologist and pioneer researcher in group psychology, self-system and gender identity.
  • 1934 - FDR signs the Federal Credit Union Act, establishing credit unions.
  • 1945 - United Nations charter is signed by 50 countries
  • 1948 - Start of the Berlin airlift
  • 1956 - Congress approves the National Highway Act
  • 1968 - The U.S. flag is raised on Iwo Jima.
  • 1981 - U.S. Supreme Court upholds male-only draft registration as constitutional
  • 1997 - Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, the 1st book in J. K. Rowling's best-selling series, is published
  • 2000 - Researchers release the first draft of the human genome.
  • 2003 - Former U.S. Sen. Strom Thurmond dies. In 1954, he ran for the U.S. Senate on a pro-segregation platform. He served in the Senate for a record 46 years.
  • 2015 - Same-sex marriage legalized in the U.S.
  • 2020 - New York Times says Russia secretly offered bounties to Taliban-linked forces to kill U.S. and coalition troops in Afghanistan

Quote of the Day

"Torturers must never be allowed to get away with their crimes, and systems that enable torture should be dismantled or transformed."
—U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres

On the Punny Side

I can’t believe I just got sacked from the keyboard factory. They said I wasn’t putting enough shifts in.


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