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Situational Analysis | July 31, 2023

Good morning! It's Monday and Shredded Wheat Day - remember those??

What You Need to Know

  • President Biden will be coming to Utah next week as part of a tour of the Southwest. He visited Utah in 2016 as VP and in 2017 as a guest of the Wasatch Speaker Series. It's also interim week at the Utah legislature

Rapid Relevance

On the Hill today


Honoring Healthcare Heroes

Utah Business and Roseman University of Health Sciences are proud to honor those who have made it their mission to improve the state of health in our state.
Do you know a Healthcare Hero who deserves to be recognized for their contributions to the community? Nominate them here before nominations close on August 14.


Utah Headlines

Political news

  • Senate passes $886 billion defense spending bill, Sen. Romney says it contains ‘wins’ for Utah (Deseret News)
  • The IUP Panel on the race for the White House (ABC4)
  • Prosecutors launch fundraiser to save colleagues in Afghanistan (ABC4)

General Utah news

  • Group helps refugee families in Utah prepare for school year, but more backpack donations needed (Fox13)
  • Utah refugees need help with back to school supplies (KSL)
  • 'I'm on top of the world': Reo's owner shares story of what led her to missing dog (KSL)
  • Weber County jail employee arrested, suspected of distributing drugs to inmates (Salt Lake Tribune)
  • The Mountain Meadows Massacre, Pt. 1: Too Late, Too Late (RadioWest)


  • Here’s why Utah SkyWest workers know a layoff is coming — and Pluralsight employees didn’t. A federal law that is supposed to protect against surprise mass job losses applies doesn’t apply to all layoffs. (Salt Lake Tribune)
  • Tart cherry production: Little tasty fruit is grown big time in Utah (Deseret News)
  • Utah ice cream maker starts a side project: Gourmet chocolate bars (Salt Lake Tribune)
  • Customers want instant gratification. Workers say it’s pushing them to the brink (AP)
  • A ‘rolling recession’ or a ‘richcession’ might spare the US economy from a full-scale downturn (AP)
  • The Yellow trucking company meltdown, explained. With 30,000 jobs at stake, it's poised to be the largest trucking bankruptcy in the history of the U.S. (NPR)
  • How the US economy is sticking the soft landing (Wall Street Journal)


  • Perspective: Harry Potter’s birthday and the reality of fiction (Deseret News)
  • New Salt Lake space hopes to offer community for artists of color (KSL)
  • Perspective: Recovering persuasion in an age of argument (Deseret News)
  • Ardis E. Parshall: For these pioneers, Utah was NOT the right place (Salt Lake Tribune)
  • Muslims celebrate Muslim American Heritage Month with halal food festival (Fox13)
  • CAPSA CEO cited by Gov. Spenser Cox for exemplary service to northern Utah (Cache Valley Daily)


  • Here’s why Alpine School District can cut its property tax rate — and still get more money (Salt Lake Tribune)
  • Christine Cooke Fairbanks: Why Utah students would benefit from the ‘success sequence’ (Salt Lake Tribune)
  • These two Utah school districts took opposite paths when the pandemic hit. Juab says it “took care of kids,” while Wasatch says it “didn’t change anything.” Here’s how that affected learning in the two districts. (Salt Lake Tribune)


  • Environmentalists seek to elevate the Great Salt Lake in local policy decisions (Fox13)
  • State managers unveil Fremont Island’s future: A public treasure, largely left alone (Salt Lake Tribune)
  • UK to grant hundreds of new oil and gas licenses in the North Sea (AP)



  • New Huntsman Cancer Institute operating rooms designed with patients in mind (KSL)
  • Yoga is a form of exercise that can boost self-love (KSL Newsradio)
  • Utah cancer advocates celebrate Medicare, Medicaid; emphasize need for early detection screening (ABC4)
  • Program aims to improve outcomes of preterm births (KSL)
  • Hot summer temperatures can make you anxious and irritable and dull your thinking. Here's what researchers think is going on. (NPR)
  • Promising new Alzheimer's drugs may benefit whites more than Blacks (Reuters)
  • Study: Older dementia patients go to ER twice as often as other seniors (Washington Post)


  • Homebuilders ‘only game in town’ as sales of existing homes slow down (Deseret News)

National Headlines


  • Erratic winds challenge firefighters battling two major California blazes (AP)
  • As work begins on the largest US dam removal project, tribes look to a future of growth along the California-Oregon border (AP)


  • Who’s in, who’s out: A look at which candidates have qualified for the 1st GOP presidential debate (AP)
  • Donald Trump’s defamation lawsuit against CNN over ‘the Big Lie’ dismissed in Florida (AP)
  • Trump attorney calls him ‘the most ethical American I know’ in wake of superseding indictment (The Hill)
  • Dozens of former Trump Cabinet officials won’t publicly support his 2024 reelection bid (The Hill)
  • Trump crushing DeSantis and G.O.P. rivals, Times/Siena poll finds (New York Times)
  • DeSantis’s campaign faces troubling signs in his home state as Trump dominates. Multiple polls show Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis would lose the state to former president Donald Trump if a GOP primary were held today. (Washington Post)
  • DeSantis rocked by Black Republican revolt over slavery comments (Politico)
  • After ‘terrorizing’ Congress, interns get selfies with all 100 senators (Washington Post)
  • GOP splits further over Tuberville’s military blockade as it stretches through summer (Politico)
  • What role will parents’ rights play in the 2024 presidential election? (Deseret News)
  • US Senate votes to expand radiation-exposure compensation, from Guam to original A-bomb test site (AP)

Ukraine 🇺🇦

  • Missiles strike Zelensky’s hometown a day after his warning to Russia (New York Times)
  • 'People call us the Ghosts of Bakhmut' (BBC)
  • Russian investigators call children as witnesses against their mother accused of discrediting army (AP)


  • A New Hampshire nurse and her child have been kidnapped in Haiti (NPR)
  • French embassy in Niger is attacked as protesters waving Russian flags march through capital (AP)
  • The country that bombs its own people: Myanmar (New York Times)
  • At least 40 killed in blast at Pakistan political convention (Washington Post)

Number of the Day 

Number of the Day, July 31, 2023


News Releases

Lee amendment to NDAA passes Senate

The Senate adopted Sen. Mike Lee’s (R-UT) amendment to the FY24 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which requires the Secretary of State, in coordination with the Secretary of Defense, to review the ten countries with the largest U.S. armed forces presence and provide an assessment of the protections our servicemembers receive under the bilateral Status of Forces Agreements we hold with each country. (Read More)


Tweet of the Day

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  • Sutherland Institute Congressional Series with Rep. Chris Stewart — Aug 3, 10:30 am-12:00 pm, Hinckley Institute, U of U
  • Interim Days — Aug 7-10, le.utah.gov
  • Municipal election filing period for cities using ranked choice voting — Aug. 8-15
  • Sutherland Institute Congressional Series with Sen. Mitt Romney — Aug 21, 10:00-11:30 am, Hinckley Institute, U of U
  • Sutherland Institute Congressional Series with Rep. John Curtis — Aug 22, 9:00-10:30 am, Center for Constitutional Studies, UVU
  • Sutherland Institute Congressional Series with Sen. Mike Lee — Aug 22, 3:00-4:30 pm, Hinckley Institute, U of U
  • '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
  • Sutherland Institute Congressional Series with Rep. Blake Moore — Aug 29, 10:00-11:30 am, Olene S. Walker Institute of Politics & Public Service, Lindquist Hall, Weber State
  • Sutherland Institute Congressional Series with Rep. Burgess Owens — Aug 30, 12:00-1:30 pm, Hinckley Institute, U of U
  • 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 

  • 1715 - A hurricane off the coast of Florida sinks 10 Spanish treasure ships, carrying literally tons of gold and silver coins.
  • 1777 - Marquis de Lafayette, age 19, accepts a commission as a major-general in the Continental Army - without pay.
  • 1875 - President Andrew Johnson dies
  • 1912 - Milton Friedman is born. The American economist won a Nobel Prize in Economics in 1976.
  • 1924 - Geraldine Hoff Doyle is born. She is thought to be the model for the World War II “We Can Do It” poster which came to symbolize Rosie the Riveters, the women who worked in factories to support the war effort
  • 1965 - J.K. Rowling is born.
  • 1970 - Black Tot Day: the last day of the officially sanctioned rum ration in the Royal Navy (started 1740)
  • 1975 - Labor leader Jimmy Hoffa is officially reported missing
  • 1980 - Harry Potter is born.
  • 2017 - Anthony Scaramucci is removed as White House Communications Director after less than 2 weeks.

Quote of the Day

"If I had my way, I'd remove January from the calendar altogether and have an extra July instead."

—Roald Dahl

On the Punny Side

What do you call group of fat babies?

Heavy infantry.


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