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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

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Morning Must Reads for Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 3rd day of the year. There are 362 days remaining in 2016.

Utahns want Donald Trump to curtail his use of Twitter. The fight over Bears Ears is just beginning. House Republicans move to gut an independent ethics office. 

The clock:

  • 17 days until Donald Trump is inaugurated as the 45th President (1/20/2017)
  • 23 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature (1/23/2017)
  • 65 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature (3/9/2017)
  • 308 days until the 2017 municipal elections (11/7/2017)
  • 672 days until the 2018 midterm elections (11/6/2018)

Ten talking points for Tuesday:

  1. Utahns want fewer Trump tweets. A new survey shows most Utahns either want President-elect Donald Trump to either stop using Twitter altogether or cut back on his use of the social media platform [Utah Policy].

  2. Bears Ears latest. Utah GOP Chairman James Evans says he's reached out to Donald Trump's team to suggest that Donald Trump could move to lease the Bears Ears area back to Utah for $1/year for 99 years and let the state manage the new national monument [Utah Policy]. Utah AG Sean Reyes says he plans to file a lawsuit over the new monument designation [The Hill]. Supporters of Bears Ears are gearing up for a fight over the monument's future [Tribune]. Rep. Jason Chaffetz wants to see White House documents and communications about the decision to protect Bears Ears [Deseret News]. Here's a deep-dive into how Bears Ears became a monument [Tribune].

  3. Drain the swamp? In a surprise move, House Republicans vote to gut the Office of Congressional Ethics. The move, if approved by the full Congress, would give lawmakers more control over ethics investigations [New York Times].

  4. Happy New Congress! The new Congress gets underway today. House Speaker Paul Ryan is expected to easily win re-election to that post [Wall Street Journal]. Republicans are expected to move quickly on implementing a conservative agenda [Wall Street Journal].

  5. Let's get ready to ruuummmble! Republicans in Congress are expected to move quickly to repeal Obamacare, but getting rid of the law may prove trickier than their rhetoric seems [Politico]. Democrats are planning to aggressively defend the health care law [CBS News].

  6. Swearing in. Even though the inaugural celebration is scheduled for Wednesday, all of Utah's constitutional officers took their oath of office on Monday [Tribune].

  7. Drunk driving crackdown. Rep. Norm Thurston says he wants to lower the blood alcohol level to determine whether a driver is impaired from .08 to .05. The move would make Utah the first state to lower the threshold [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune].

  8. Targeting smut peddlers. Sen. Todd Weiler is planning legislation that would allow Utahns to sue the producers of pornography [Tribune].

  9. School funding fight. The group pushing a tax hike to better fund Utah's schools are pushing forward with their plan in the face of opposition by lawmakers [Tribune].

  10. Tragedy averted. Former Utah lawmaker and Salt Lake County GOP Chairman Chad Bennion is safe after going missing for a few days in southern Utah. Bennion was reported missing after going for a run on Saturday. His car became stuck, and he didn't have cell phone service to call for help [Tribune, Deseret News].

On this day in history:

  • 1777 - The Continental Army commanded by Gen. George Washington defeated the British at Princeton, N.J.
  • 1933 - Minnie Craig becomes the first female Speaker of the North Dakota House of Representatives. Craig was the first woman to hold a speakership in the United States.
  • 1959 - Alaska became the 49th state.
  • 1967 - Jack Ruby, the man who fatally shot accused presidential assassin Lee Harvey Oswald, died in a Dallas hospital.
  • 1990 - Ousted Panamanian leader Manuel Noriega surrendered to U.S. forces, 10 days after taking refuge in the Vatican's diplomatic mission in Panama City.


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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Paul Mero: Hatch should focus on next two years, not re-election

Paul Rolly: Utah officials say they can manage lands better, but look at their record

Op-ed: New homeless shelters won't be enough

Editorial: Monument benefits children if Utah leaders allow it

Happy New Year: No rise in Utah fuel tax

Salt Lake has lowest unemployment among nation's large metro areas

Rolly: LaVell Edwards had a heart big enough for everyone - even the likes of me

Interior looks to put 10 million acres off limits to mining to protect sage grouse habitat

Lawmaker proposes making Utah first state to lower alcohol limit to 0.05

Next anti-smut bill? Measure would let Utahns sue makers of porn movies

Millcreek City leads county into a new era

Inside Obama's decision to name the Bears Ears National Monument

Salt Lake City ranked as nation's second-friendliest city

Former Utah lawmaker Chad Bennion found safe, St. George police report

Rolly: Tooele County commissioners play Santa Claus - for themselves

The party is Wednesday, but Gov. Gary Herbert's real swearing in took place Monday

School funding proponents moving forward with tax-increase initiative as Utah lawmakers prepare to convene

Bears Ears backers say work is needed to ensure designation results in protection - not degradation

Deseret News

Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Guesses for the new year

Op-ed: Utah needs to update its water laws

Jay Evensen: Reasons to be optimistic about 2017

Editorial: Prison planners must be realistic about assessing future capacity demands

Presidential election 'Trumps' biggest stories of 2016 in Utah

School trust lands board to hold special meeting in monument aftermath

Utah lawmaker proposes lowering legal alcohol limit to .05

Rep. Chris Stewart: 'Cold War-esque' relationship with Russia difficult, dangerous

Utah Democrats hope to leverage concern over President-elect Trump as they rebuild party

Early construction work underway near Salt Lake City prison site

Former legislator who disappeared while running is home safe

Utah homicides skyrocket in 2016

Biskupski's first year: Challenges, critics, 'joy' and a 'heartbreaking finish'

Other

Editorial: A potential misstep to preserve Bears Ears (Daily Herald)

'Zion curtain' restaurant liquor law again targeted for repeal (Standard-Examiner)

State trust land in Bears Ears Monument up in the air (Logan Herald Journal)

Valley Democrat, GOP member sound off on Trump's immigration plan (Logan Herald Journal)

Tal Adair leaves mark on Summit County Council (Park Record)

Summit County Council member-elect Glenn Wright readies for new position (Park Record)

National Headlines

Democrats take sides in race for DNC chair (The Hill)

Journalists Exposed By WikiLeaks Will Now Cover Trump White House (Daily Caller)

Claiming mandate, GOP Congress lays plans to propel sweeping conservative agenda (Washington Post)

Hill Democrats outline counter-attack for ObamaCare repeal, prep for president's visit (FOX News)

Trump: Chicago mayor should ask feds to help combat homicides (CNN)

Obama To Make His Presidential Farewell Address In Chicago (NPR)

Federal judge halts transgender protections in Obamacare (CNN)

As minimum wage rises, some employers cut back (Boston Globe)

Cuomo defends decision to commute ex-Weather Underground member (New York Daily News)

Sonny Perdue mum on agriculture secretary rumors (Politico)

Donald Trump's New Year's Eve speech cited Dubai business partner (CNN)

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