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Local News Highlights: Daily Briefing

Morning must reads for Tuesday, December 31, 2017

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 31st day of the year. There are 334 days remaining in 2017.

Lawmakers look to free up extra money in the budget. Speaker Greg Hughes targets the rules for high school athletes who transfer schools. House Republicans break their own rules to advance resolutions on the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments.

The clock:

Ten talking points for Tuesday:

  1. Budget shifting. Legislative leaders say they should be able to free up $30 million in the base budget to shift toward other needs [Utah Policy].

  2. Varsity blues. House Speaker Greg Hughes is set to take on the transfer rules for high school athletes, saying the current process needs to be more transparent [Utah Policy].

  3. I call "shenanigans." House Republicans broke the rules by not holding a committee hearing for resolutions asking President Trump to take action on Bears Ears and reducing the Grand Staircase-Escalante Mounment. That didn't stop them from pushing ahead and bringing the proposals to the floor [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News].

  4. Election bill. Rep. Patrice Arent says the state and county governments should run, and pay for, presidential primary elections, not the individual political parties [Utah Policy].

  5. Popularity contest. Utahns don't have much of a favorable opinion of Congress, barely giving Republicans in Washington a favorable rating, which is not great for a majority Republican state [Utah Policy].

  6. Federalism follies. LaVarr Webb wonders if the new Trump administration will be able to strike a balance between federal and state powers [Utah Policy].

  7. You're fired! President Donald Trump fires acting Attorney General Sally Yates for ordering Justice Department lawyers not to defend his immigration ban [Washington Post]. Yates says Trump's repeated comments about barring Muslims from entering the country led her to believe the executive order was based on religion, which is unconstitutional [New York Times]. Several Congressional staffers helped draft Trump's immigration order without telling Republican leadership what they were doing [Politico]. Senior White House aides say they are just getting started with the changes President Trump is preparing to implement [Los Angeles Times].

  8. Supreme battle. President Donald Trump is set to announce his pick for the Supreme Court on Tuesday evening [Wall Street Journal]. Trump is reportedly down to two possible candidates who have deeply contrasting backgrounds [Politico]. No matter who it is, Senate Democrats say they will filibuster Trump's nominee. That's only happened one other time in modern history [Politico].

  9. Equal opposite reaction. Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper says Utah's efforts to take control of public lands within the state should prompt the Outdoor Retailers Show to move to Denver [Denver Post].

  10. Preparing for change. The Boy Scouts says they will allow transgender children who identify as boys to join the organization. The new policy takes effect immediately [Wall Street Journal].

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Local Headlines

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Online sales tax fight set to resume in Utah Capitol, but this year with a wrinkle

House GOP broke rules on Bears Ears hearing, but keeps pushing bill down fast track

SLC mayor, D.A. at odds over draft bodycam release policy for officer-involved shootings

State leaders call for end of ceaseless accusation against procurement officer

Utah's Mia Love fears Trump's immigration order will close door on innocent people

Questions about California's clout stall plan for Western power grid

Bill to create runoff elections in Utah starts down fast-track toward passage

It's the public's turn to weigh in on Salt Lake County plans for canyon zones

Doctors in the Utah House tussle over opioid bill and who controls prescriptions

Utah protesters urge senators to deny Betsy DeVos nomination

A year after almost legalizing it, Utah Legislature questions whether marijuana is medicine

Utah State president concerned with how Trump's immigration order may affect international students and faculty

Bill to protect teachers from abusive parents and students clears House committee

Plan for at least 60 refugees' Utah relocation 'screeches to a halt'

30 people become Americans at University of Utah, but worry of deportation looms over loved ones

Deseret News

Op-ed: Optimizing Public Land

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House panel passes medical marijuana research bill

Bill setting up runoff elections advances to full Senate

Bill proposes relief for teachers bullied by parents and students

Bill that limits use of physical restraint of students by school employees moves to House

Many Mormons recoil at Trump order on refugees, others cheer promise of security

Mayor proposes order for releasing police body camera videos

House Democrats try to stop floor debate on Bears Ears resolution

Lawmaker revives telemedicine bill that could restrict abortions

Trump order leaves Utah refugee, immigrant advocates scrambling for answers

Utah educators protest Trump's secretary of education pick

National Headlines

Trump's Executive Order on Refugees - Separating Fact from Hysteria (National Review)

Marine Le Pen leads French presidential race in first round of voting (Express)

Trump set to name U.S. high court pick as Democrats plan fight (Reuters)

Aiming to slash federal regulations, Trump signs 'one in, two out' order (Christian Science Monitor)

Trump replaces acting Immigration Enforcement head (The Hill)

Senate Democrats Aim Their Limited Firepower at Trump's Nominees (New York Times)

George HW Bush released from hospital (USA Today)

Congress can now start erasing some of Obama's environmental rules. Here's what they're targeting. (Washington Post)

Trump fires acting AG after she declines to defend travel ban (CNN)

Republicans' Paths to Unraveling the Dodd-Frank Act (New York Times)

Trump order casts further doubt on Boeing's Iran deal (Seattle Times)

Wise Words

"Rank does not confer privilege or give power. It imposes responsibility." Peter Drucker

Lighter Side

High Five
"There are reports that Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway actually punched a guy while trying to break up a fight at Trump's inaugural ball. Though she says it wasn't a punch, it was an "alternative high-five."" Jimmy Fallon

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