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Situational Analysis | July 18, 2023

It's Tuesday, it's scorching hot 🥵, but back-to-school sales 📕 are in full swing and Costco has Halloween costumes 🎃 ....relief is on the way! (In a couple of months.....)

What You Need to Know

  • "The war cry was assimilation," said Shaun Chapoose, former chairman of the Ute Business Committee. The Salt Lake Tribune has an excellent, albeit disturbing, series on Native American boarding schools in Utah. Check out today's article containing first-hand accounts of what life was like in the Uintah and Ouray boarding schools. Did you know that a 1928 Senate investigation found "hunger, neglect, abuse and death" and that the provisions for the care of the children were "grossly inadequate"? There are nearly 60 student deaths documented by the Trib. It's likely an undercount. 

Rapid Relevance


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Utah Headlines

Political news

  • Women’s Democratic Club of Utah: SCOTUS decisions favor white male Christian nationalism (Salt Lake Tribune)
  • Utah Supreme Court asks for more arguments in lawsuit over redistricting maps (KSL)

Election news

  • Utah’s 2nd Congressional District – what differentiates the 3 GOP candidates (KSL Newsradio)

General Utah news

  • Thousands in Salt Lake area lose power as temperatures soar (Fox13)
  • St. George issues ‘orange alert’, asking residents to use less energy (KSL TV)
  • Campground site evacuated after wildfire ignites near Flaming Gorge (KUTV)
  • Heat forces adjustments for workers prepping for Days of '47 Rodeo (KUTV)
  • Utah teen hikers rescue dog, carry him to safety (KSL)


  • When women speak, listen (Utah Business)
  • Utah’s return-to-work programs tap into homegrown talent to address workforce needs (Utah Business)
  • ‘Good for the body, good for the earth’: Ivins entrepreneur starts new eco-friendly backpack company (St. George News)
  • Utah Inland Port Authority Board approves plan to create industrial park in Spanish Fork (Fox13)
  • Why the remote-work debate stays so heated (The Atlantic)


  • Utah is young but still needs to get ready for a population that’s growing older (KUER)
  • A guide to making funeral potatoes for Pioneer Day (Deseret News)


  • How students navigate culture shock at the U (The Daily Utah Chronicle)
  • Two brothers work to promote diversity and Native American heritage at SLCC (The Globe)
  • Payson students continue effort to bring Kevin Bacon to high school prom (Daily Herald)
  • College students work to change our relationship with fire (UPR)
  • Davis School District picks new Office of Equal Opportunity leader (Standard-Examiner)
  • West Valley City elementary school burglarized, student mariachi group loses gear worth thousands (Salt Lake Tribune)
  • What’s the timeline for Salt Lake City’s potential school closures? (Salt Lake Tribune)
  • Utah colleges gave out their biggest pay increases in decades. Here’s why they’re still worried. (Salt Lake Tribune)
  • There’s 1 school resource officer for every 2,635 public school students in Utah (Deseret News)


  • State, feds celebrate 'shared stewardship agreement' in Utah's forests (Fox13)
  • Utah national parks say to leave rock cairns alone (ABC4)
  • In Earth’s hottest spots, heat is testing the limits of human survival (Washington Post)
  • Another massive plume of smoke from Canada fires fouls air in Lower 48 (Washington Post)


  • The ‘Utah family miracle’ and why it matters. Utah’s economic success cannot be separated from the strength and stability of its families (Deseret News)


  • Never heard of scrupulosity? Neither have many who suffer from it. It's basically religious OCD and those who suffer it experience incredible anxiety and guilt about how well they uphold their faith’s tenets, rituals and moral values. (RadioWest)
  • Mosquitos test positive for West Nile virus in Davis County (Fox13)
  • Getting older? Here’s why a little extra weight isn’t necessarily a bad thing. (Salt Lake Tribune)
  • BYU researcher developing Alzheimer’s tests for Pacific Islanders (KSL TV)
  • According to experts, body dysmorphia is prevalent among boys and men — and it’s dangerous (Deseret News)
  • The most common eating disorder in the US (binging) is also the least understood (New York Times)
  • 'Hospital-at-home' trend means family members must be caregivers – ready or not (NPR)


  • Utah’s about to become more renter-friendly (KSL Newsradio)
  • Salvation Army going out with cold water to help homeless people amid heat wave (KSL Newsradio)

National Headlines


  • Iowa judge blocks state’s new abortion law (Politico)
  • American detained by North Korea after crossing DMZ is a U.S. soldier (Washington Post)
  • Shoppers increased retail spending in June (Wall Street Journal)
  • Tribes object. But a federal ruling approves construction of the largest lithium mine in Nevada (NPR)


  • Jon Huntsman Jr. may support a third party for president, says he's not eyeing VP role (KSL)
  • The battle for the House is currently dominated by GOP fundraising. It’s a stark contrast from the dynamics four years ago. (Politico)
  • Georgia Supreme Court rejects Trump bid to head off potential indictment (Politico)
  • GOP debates impeaching Merrick Garland after McCarthy surprise (The Hill)
  • GOP senators rattled by radical conservative populism (The Hill)
  • A radical idea for fixing polarization: Proportional representation (The Atlantic)
  • Measure to censure Rep. Santos introduced in House (Roll Call)
  • House GOP seeks billions in cuts to rail, water infrastructure spending (Washington Post)
  • Trump documents hearing could set off long fight over classified evidence (New York Times)
  • House Republicans propose planting a trillion trees as they move away from climate change denial (AP)

Ukraine 🇺🇦

  • Ukraine aims to sap Russia’s defenses, as U.S. urges a decisive breakthrough (Washington Post)
  • Crimea looms in the crosshairs as Ukraine’s counteroffensive bogs down (Washington Post)
  • Russia strikes Ukraine grain port after exiting airport deal (Reuters)
  • A current war collides with the past: How WWII endures in Ukraine (New York Times)
  • Russia fires drones and missiles at Southern Ukraine (New York Times)
  • What is war to a grieving child? Every day, Ukrainian children lose fathers in Russia’s assault on their country. A grief camp is fighting to protect their youth. (New York Times)
  • Nicholas Kristof: How to break a country. A road trip through Eastern Europe underscores how Putin has diminished Russia (New York Times)


  • Iran reinstates ‘morality police’ to patrol hijab compliance (Deseret News)
  • ‘All around us, people were being killed’: Darfur faces a new wave of ethnic cleansing (Washington Post)
  • The best of frenemies: Saudi Crown Prince clashes with UAE president (Wall Street Journal)
  • Europe tries to bridge its migration divide (Wall Street Journal)

Number of the Day 

Number of the Day, July 18, 2023


Guest opinion: Five ways to reduce political animosity

by Jared Whitley

Political animosity seems to be at an all-time high in the US, indeed a recent UVU study finding that Utah isn’t immune to the trend. Anger begets anger rather than reconciliation, creating a vicious cycle. It’s hard to feel like you should compromise with someone when all you see of them is riots and threats, but we’ve come up with five ways we think we can reduce animosity among the left and the right in America. 

One, unite on government accountability. Two, say "populist" instead of "far-". Three, unite on corporate accountability, four, remember that if America loses, China wins and five, somehow make it the 90s again.

It is very difficult to feel like you should compromise with someone when they’re shrieking at you. It’s amazing that American political life isn’t even more contentious – a fight like this one in the Taiwanese parliament hasn’t broken out in Congress, well, ever. It’s a testament to the strength of the American spirit that things aren’t even worse. At least for now. (Read More)

News Releases

Sutherland Institute announces key findings in family study

Sutherland Institute announced today a new report titled “The Utah Family Miracle: Five Policy Ideas to Keep Utah Families Strong and Stable.” 

The new report – written by Sutherland Visiting Scholar Brad Wilcox and two co-authors, in partnership with the Institute for Family Studies – unveils how marriage and family structure are significant contributors to Utah’s best-in-the-nation status for things like economic opportunity, happiness, and strong civic and social life. The report explores the significance of data showing that trends in marriage and family structure are on the decline. It also offers five concrete policy recommendations to Utah policymakers that will maintain and build upon Utah’s success as a national leader for strong families and a vibrant economy.  (Read More)

Owens: DCA Act compromise is a win for the free market and American consumers

Today, Congressman Burgess Owens (UT-04) delivered the following remarks, as prepared for delivery, before the House Committee on Rules, advocating for his compromise solution to the DCA perimeter rule debate. The Owens Amendment adds 7 within-and beyond-perimeter flights to increase supply and competition, lower ticket prices, and save consumers hard-earned dollars.  (Read More)

BioHive welcomes new Chair and Vice Chair to Board

BioHive, a public-private non-profit representing Utah’s collective of life sciences and healthcare innovation companies, announced today the appointment of Jared Bauer as Chairman of the Board and Cindy Dunkle as Vice Chair. Bauer will succeed Chris Gibson (CEO of Recursion), who has served as Chairman since BioHive’s inception in 2021. (Read More)

WSU’s respiratory therapy program honored for credentialing success rate

The Department of Respiratory Therapy at Weber State University was awarded the Distinguished Registered Respiratory Therapist Credentialing Success Award on July 14 by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care. The award highlights the program’s success of having at least 90% of its students earn their RRT credential for more than three years. (Read More)

First Lady Abby Cox to host conference focused on educator mental health

Now in its second year, and as part of her Show Up initiative, Utah First Lady Abby Cox will host “Show Up for Teachers” – a conference for Utah educators focused on their emotional and mental well-being — on Wednesday, July 19. Over 2600 educators and community leaders are expected to be in attendance – more than twice the amount in attendance in 2022. (2022 videos here and here.)

Keynote speakers will include Arthur C. Brooks and Michael Bonner, and 48 breakout sessions will feature leading presenters on topics such as classroom management, personal finance, goal-setting, stress management, conflict resolution and more. (Read More)


Tweet of the Day

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  • Show Up for Teachers Conference — July 19, 8:00 am-4:30 pm, Mountain America for Teachers, Register here
  • Legislative Court Reform Task Force — July 19, 1:00 pm,
  • One-day civil rights symposium for high school juniors and seniors — July 21, Mount Liberty College, Register here
  • 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 

  • 64 - Nero’s Rome burns
  • 1817 - Jane Austen, English novelist (Pride and Prejudice), dies at 41
  • 1863 - Kelly Miller is born. He was the first Black graduate student admitted to John Hopkins University but civil rights barriers prevented him from attaining his Master’s degree there. He returned to Howard University and earned a master’s and a law degree.
  • 1892 - Doris Fleischman Bernays is born. She became the first married woman to gain a U.S. passport in her maiden name (1925), was a writer and editor for the “New York Tribune,” and a publicist.
  • 1908 - Mildred Ryder is born. She adopted the name “Peace Pilgrim” in 1953. She was the first woman to walk the Appalachian Trail in one season and walked more than 25,000 miles promoting peace for 28 yrs.
  • 1918 - Nelson Mandela is born
  • 1925 - Hitler’s “Mein Kampf” is published. Its original title was the catchy "Four and a Half Years (of Struggle) Against Lies, Stupidity and Cowardice.” It was a blueprint of his agenda for a Third Reich and a clear exposition of the nightmare that will envelope Europe from 1939 to 1945.
  • 1969 - Senator Ted Kennedy drives car off bridge at Chappaquiddick Island. He makes it out. His passenger, 28-year-old Mary Jo Kopechne, did not.
  • 1976 - 14-yr-old Nadia Comaneci scores a perfect 10.0, the first gymnast to do so.
  • 1986 - Video of Titanic wreckage is released
  • 1992 - Tim Berners posts the first photograph on the World Wide Web. 

Quote of the Day

“Life seems but a quick succession of busy nothings.”

—Jane Austen in Mansfield Park, 1814

On the Punny Side

Why was the pediatrician always losing his temper?

He had little patients.


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