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Situational Analysis | July 10, 2023

It's Monday and Don't Step on a Bee Day. 🐝 Always good advice.

What You Need to Know

  • Gov. Spencer Cox spoke at the Braver Angels conference in Gettysburg on Saturday and called for 'sacrifice and selflessness' to preserve America. “We can never solve any of the other challenges … if we hate each other and continue to fill state houses and halls of congress with performers and people who destroy institutions," he said, He also went on 'Face the Nation' on Sunday and answered questions about transgender youth, guns and social media. 

Rapid Relevance


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Utah Headlines

Political news

  • Opinion: Young conservatives want climate change solutions (Deseret News)
  • Utah Supreme Court set to hear case claiming gerrymandered districts (ABC4)
  • The IUP Panel on the gerrymandering lawsuit and recent SCOTUS rulings (ABC4)
  • Utahns hit the streets to support lawsuit involving redistricting process (Fox13)
  • Ivins mayor, officials say local cities are getting 'hands tied' by Utah Legislature on home design (St. George News)

Election news

  • Edwards officially on Republican Primary ballot (ABC4)
  • Utah Democrats see an opportunity with state Republican infighting (KUER)

General Utah news

  • #SheBelongs ready to spread message of inclusion through soccer on 16-day, three-continent trip (Deseret News)
  • Upgrades made to 2 Utah state parks in effort to provide ‘more fun’ (KSL TV)
  • Investigation underway after parolee dies of suspected overdose at Salt Lake treatment center (KUTV)
  • 'The Sandlot' cast coming to Utah for a weekend of baseball, movie viewing and more (Fox13)
  • 2-year-old boy found dead in Spanish Fork canal after walking off (Fox13)
  • Big Betsy flag stirs emotions of patriotism, healing for Utah veterans (KSL)
  • Utahns share history of Millcreek's Black pioneer farmers (KUTV)


  • Can business reinvent itself? Meet the futurist and thought leader who’s optimistic about what’s to come (Deseret News)
  • Meet the Utahn trying to build the 'go-to platform' for vintage sneakers, clothing (KSL)


  • A record share of Americans is living alone (The Hill)


  • The Ute Tribe’s kids have been failed by the public school system more than any other students in Utah. Part 1 (Salt Lake Tribune)
  • The failure to educate Ute students started with Utah boarding schools — and has continued for decades. Part 2 (Salt Lake Tribune)
  • Experts know how to educate Native kids. Uinta Basin school districts aren’t doing it. Part 3 (Read More)
  • The Ute Tribe has its own high school, where students learn their culture — and are succeeding (Salt Lake Tribune)
  • A Taylorsville teen designs a Duck Tape tuxedo honoring his roots, in hopes of winning a scholarship (Salt Lake Tribune)


  • Bryce Canyon’s 100th birthday a boon for business and stories about fairies, outlaws and lovers (Salt Lake Tribune)
  • 'People's Great Salt Lake Summit' seeks to push elected leaders to do more (Fox13)
  • Brazilian leaders praise a 34% drop in the rate of deforestation in the Amazon (NPR)


  • Utah childhood obesity rate among lowest in US (Standard-Examiner)
  • Studying the link between the gut and mental health is personal for this scientist (NPR)
  • EU probes Novo Nordisk drugs Ozempic and Saxenda after reports of suicidal thoughts (Reuters)


  • Homeless and pregnant: How two Utah moms found homes with their newborns (KUER)

National Headlines


  • In search of a lost cemetery, dig begins at a former Native American school in Nebraska (AP)
  • Oklahoma judge throws out a suit seeking reparations for the Tulsa Race Massacre (NPR)
  • Idaho militia leader Ammon Bundy is due back in court today. But will he show up? (NPR)
  • Deadly flash floods, storms wreak havoc on East Coast (Wall Street Journal)


  • Biden begins Europe trip by meeting Sunak and King Charles (Wall Street Journal)
  • Can America’s guardian Angel help save it? It’s no coincidence that David Blankenhorn’s Braver Angels met at Gettysburg this week. His peacemaking work is infused with the spirit of Lincoln (Deseret News)
  • It's hot. For farmworkers without federal heat protections, it could be life or death (NPR)
  • Fresh spending showdown looms as US Congress returns to Washington (Reuters)
  • State Senator Roland Gutierrez Seeks to Unseat Ted Cruz, Widening Democratic Field. The state senator, who represents Uvalde, Texas, vowed to make his passionate appeals for gun control a centerpiece of his campaign. (New York Times)

Ukraine 🇺🇦

  • Garry Kasparov: Ukrainians die as America dawdles (Wall Street Journal)
  • Putin hosted Russian mercenary leader Prigozhin at the Kremlin after a failed rebellion (AP)
  • How many Russians have died in Ukraine? Data shows what Moscow hides: nearly 50,000 men (AP)


  •  Hunger haunts Ethiopia's Tigray region after years of war (Reuters)
  • President Recep Tayyip Erdogan made Turkey’s E.U. bid a condition of supporting Sweden’s NATO membership. (New York Times)
  • Turkey and Hungary’s refusal to admit Sweden threatens NATO unity (Washington Post)
  • U.S. drone strike kills Islamic State leader in Syria, Defense Department says (Politico)

Number of the Day 

Number of the Day, July 10, 2023


News Releases

Republican Becky Edwards qualifies for CD2 primary

Former Utah legislator Becky Edwards has officially qualified for the Republican Primary ballot in the special election to replace Congressman Chris Stewart. The Lieutenant Governor’s Office has verified 7,000 signatures out of the 12,500 submitted by Edwards’ campaign, meeting the required number for qualification. (Read More)

A peek into RMU’s College of Optometry’s first class of students

Rocky Mountain University of Health Profession’s (RMU) commitment to addressing the evolving needs of the healthcare industry is evident in its recent launch of the Doctor of Optometry (OD) program. With the aging American population presenting a growing demand for optometrists specialized in common age-related eye conditions like cataracts, macular degeneration, myopia, and more, RMU has proactively responded to this pressing need. The U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics projects a 10 percent growth in optometrist employment over the next decade, surpassing the average for all occupations.  (Read More)


Tweet of the Day

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  • Legislative School Security Task Force — July 17, 2:00 pm,
  • Legislative Court Reform Task Force — July 19, 1:00 pm,
  • Senate Judicial Confirmation Committee — July 27, 11:00 am.
  • Interim Days — Aug 7-10,
  • Municipal election filing period for cities using ranked choice voting — Aug. 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
  • Legislative Education and Mental Health Coordinating Council — Aug 23,
  • Municipal/Special election primary — Sept. 5
  • Interim Day — Sept. 18, Utah Tech University,
  • Interim Day — Oct 10-11,
  • Interim Day — Nov 14-15,
  • General election — Nov. 21

On This Day In History 

  • 1804 - Emma Hale (Smith) is born.
  • 1850 - Millard Fillmore sworn in as the 13th US president
  • 1856 - Nikola Tesla is born. The Serbian-American physicist, electrical engineer and inventor, developed alternating current and the Tesla Coil,
  • 1875 - Mary McLeod Bethune is born. An educator and founder of the National Council of Negro Women, she served as Minority Affairs Advisor to Franklin Delano Roosevelt
  • 1910 - Mary Ingraham Bunting is born. A microbiologist, she was president of Radcliffe College (1959-72), oversaw the integration of Radcliffe into Harvard, founded the Bunting Institute at Radcliffe which helped women return to careers after family obligations and the first woman on the Atomic Energy Commission
  • 1925 - The Scopes Monkey Trial begins, pitting evolution against creation
  • 1942 - Himmler orders sterilization of all Jewish woman in Ravensbruck Camp
  • 2012 - The American Episcopal Church becomes the first to approve a rite for blessing gay marriages

Quote of the Day

"Adults ask little boys what they want to do when they grow up. They ask little girls where they got that pretty dress."

—Mary I. Bunting

On the Punny Side

How many mystery writers does it take to screw in a lightbulb?

Two - one to screw it most of the way and the other to give it a surprise twist at the end.


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