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Situational Analysis | July 21, 2023

It's already Friday and Invite an Alien to Live With You Day (to mark Mork and Mindy's 4-yr relationship).

We're also heading into a three-day weekend. There won't be a Utah Policy newsletter on Monday, but if you're running the Deseret News marathon, I'll be at the support station close to Hogle Zoo at O'-dark-thirty. Come say hi!

What You Need to Know

  • Patricia T. Holland, a former counselor in the Young Women General Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and wife of Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, died yesterday at age 81. Pat Holland grew up in Enterprise, Washington County, Utah and moved to St. George while she was in high school. She graduated from then-Dixie College and was trained in piano and voice at Julliard. At a January devotional for young adults, she gave advice that applies to all: "Please stop running to the point of exhaustion. Be quiet. Be still. Simplify. Be meek and lowly of heart and pray. I testify that miracles will come when we slow down, when we calm down and when we kneel down."

Rapid Relevance


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Utah Headlines

Political news

  • Biden admin cuts funding to Wuhan lab. Stewart, Romney support move (Deseret News)

Election news

  • The first Ogden mayoral debate highlights the struggle with affordable housing (KUER)
  • Ahead of DeSantis’ visit to Utah, a new poll shows him losing ground to Trump among the state’s GOP voters (Deseret News)

General Utah news

  • Police asking public for help locating missing West Jordan man with autism (Fox13)
  • Moab Times-Independent publisher donates paper to the Salt Lake Tribune. (Salt Lake Tribune)


  • Downeast founder to take over as president and CEO of World Trade Center Utah (KSL Newsradio)
  • The rise and fall of the chief diversity officer. Diversity executives hit the exits as company priorities shift; 'everything is a battle.' (Wall Street Journal)
  • Unlawful gag clauses found in multiple Utah home builder contracts (KSL TV)


  • Think Utah’s boring? Here are 102 things to see and do (Deseret News


  • Blake Moore and Morgan Brummund: The spirit of the American West is rooted in conservation (Salt Lake Tribune)
  • American White Pelican colony abandons Great Salt Lake nesting site (UPR)
  • Utah’s state parks are innovating to get residents outdoors — and make money. Yurts, tiny homes, Conestoga wagons and, yes, spider festivals are all on the state parks’ menu of offerings (Deseret News)
  • Homes become ‘air fryers’ in Phoenix heat, people ration AC due to cost (AP)


  • Utah needs more services for its older population. How to pay for them is the question (KUER)

National Headlines


  • Giant ripples in the fabric of space and time, light-years in scale, have been discovered for the first time, according to new research announced by astronomers (National Geographic)
  • Florida’s public schools will now teach students that some Black people benefited from slavery because it taught them useful skills, part of new African American history standards approved Wednesday. (NBC News)
  • Afghanistan may have $1 trillion worth of electric-vehicle metals. U.S. rivals are angling to exploit them. (Washington Post)
  • Investigation finds Commanders hid revenue, Snyder harassed team employee (Washington Post)
  • The atomic bombings left Oppenheimer ruined: ‘I have blood on my hands’ (Washington Post)
  • The polygon and the avalanche: How the Gilgo Beach suspect was found (New York Times)
  • ‘I’m dead.’ A Tour de France duel turns into a soul-crushing smackdown. (Wall Street Journal)
  • New York to pay $13 million to protesters arrested during George Floyd protests (Reuters)


  • Gretchen Whitmer would like you to meet ‘Governor Barbie.' It’s part of a social media stunt by the pink-loving politician. But does it represent a shift for women in politics? (New York Times)
  • Trump prosecutions consume campaign funds and messaging as charges mount (Washington Post)
  • GOP centrists pan Trump impeachment erasure as McCarthy denies any deal (Politico)
  • Trump rips 2024 challengers: ‘Christie dead as his stomach band’ (The Hill)
  • Ex-staffer pulls back the curtain on Santos (Politico)
  • On immigration, terrorists, and fentanyl, DHS Sec. Alejandro Mayorkas has something to say (Politico)
  • Biden video sharing Marjorie Taylor Greene's speech slamming his accomplishments hit more than 30M views in 12 hours (The Hill)
  • Democrats rally around election proposal as counterpoint to GOP plan. Measure would expand early voting, voting by mail (Roll Call)

Ukraine 🇺🇦

  • Head of Belarus' Red Cross admits to deporting Ukrainian children (Kyiv Independent)
  • Zelensky fires ambassador to UK after ‘gratitude’ critique (The Hill)
  • Russian strikes and naval drills unsettle Black Sea as UN prepares to meet (New York Times)
  • Russia hits Ukraine's grain for fourth day, practices seizing ships (Reuters)


  • Netanyahu defiant as vote to limit Israel courts looms amid rising protests (Washington Post)
  • This French mayor, tired of poop on his streets, is making dogs get passports and will DNA test poop left behind (Washington Post)

Number of the Day 

Number of the Day, July 21, 2023


News Releases

Romney, Casey pandemic preparedness bill passed out of Senate Health Committee

U.S. Senators Mitt Romney (R-UT) and Bob Casey (D-PA), members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, applauded the passage of their pandemic preparedness and response bill out of Committee. With lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness and Response Act (PAHPA) strengthens the United States’ ability to address future public health crises by investing in public health programs, promoting public health data and information sharing, strengthening lab security, and pursuing new research. The bill passed the Committee by a 17-3 vote.  (Read More)

Romney secures measures to fill gaps in public health data, bolster Utah’s wastewater monitoring technology

U.S. Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT), member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, applauded the passage of the bipartisan Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness and Response Act (PAHPA), which passed today by a vote of 17-3. Romney served as a lead negotiator of PAHPA along with his HELP colleague Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) and Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Ranking Member and Chair of HELP, respectively.  (Read/Watch More)

SUWA: Attacks on Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and Utah’s public lands in House FY24 Appropriations Bill

Yesterday, the House Appropriations Committee passed the FY2024 Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Bill, which now heads to the full House of Representatives. The Bill – filled with anti-environmental policy measures – contains two provisions that would dramatically and negatively impact Utah’s public lands. (Read More)


Tweet of the Day

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  • 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. le.utah.gov
  • Interim Days — Aug 7-10, le.utah.gov
  • 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, le.utah.gov
  • Municipal/Special election primary — Sept. 5
  • Interim Day — Sept. 18, Utah Tech University, le.utah.gov
  • Interim Day — Oct 10-11, le.utah.gov
  • Interim Day — Nov 14-15, le.utah.gov
  • General election — Nov. 21

On This Day In History 

  • 1656 - Elizabeth Key wins a lawsuit freeing herself from slavery in Virginia. 
  • 1853 - Central Park is created on Manhattan Island
  • 1861 - The first Battle of Bull Run is fought, the first major land battle of the Civil War and one that brought spectators out to watch some 5000 soldiers die.
  • 1864 - Francis Clara Folsom is born. She became the youngest First Lady in U.S. history when she married sitting President Grover Cleveland when she was 21. It was the only wedding of a president that took place in the White House. She also has the unique distinction of being both the 23rd and 25th First Lady of the United States.
  • 1925 - John T. Scopes found guilty of teaching evolution in the “Scopes monkey trial” in Dayton, Tennessee, fined $100 and costs
  • 1938 - Janet Reno is born. She became the first woman to serve as U. S. Attorney General, 1993 – 2001, under President Clinton.
  • 1951 - Robin Williams is born.
  • 1966 - British physician, Dr. Ian Donald, pioneered the first use of ultrasound for medical diagnosis.
  • 1974 - The US House Judiciary Committee approves two Articles of Impeachment against President Richard Nixon.
  • 1998 - Alan Shepard, American astronaut and 1st American in space, dies of leukemia at 74
  • 2007 - The seventh and final Harry Potter book is released. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows sells 11 million copies in 24 hours.
  • 2011 - NASA’s final space shuttle mission comes to an end

Quote of the Day

"We must have the courage to be imperfect while striving for perfection."

—Patricia Holland

On the Punny Side

What do you call a red-headed baker?

A ginger breadman.


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