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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

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Morning Must Reads for Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Good Wednesday and happy Utah Statehood Day from Salt Lake City. Today is the 4th day of the year. There are 361 days remaining in 2017.

Utahns would like to see Sen. Mike Lee appointed to the Supreme Court. Utah's members of Congress vote to gut an ethics office, but Republicans back off the plan. Senate Democrats vow to keep the heat on Donald Trump. 

The clock:

  • 16 days until Donald Trump is inaugurated as the 45th President (1/20/2017)
  • 22 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature (1/23/2017)
  • 64 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature (3/9/2017)
  • 307 days until the 2017 municipal elections (11/7/2017)
  • 671 days until the 2018 midterm elections (11/6/2018)

Ten talking points for Wednesday:

  1. Lee Appointment? Most Utahns would like to see Sen. Mike Lee appointed to the Supreme Court by Donald Trump [Utah Policy].

  2. First-day debacle for Congress. All four of Utah's members of Congress voted in favor of a plan to eviscerate the Office of Congressional Ethics [Utah Policy]. After a public outcry, plus a critical tweet from Donald Trump, Congressional Republicans backtracked on the plan [Politico].

  3. Land transfer news. Rep. Rob Bishop pushed through a rule change that would make it easier for the federal government to transfer control of public lands to the states [Utah Policy].

  4. Bears Ears opinions. Mike Weinholtz says President Obama did the right thing by creating the Bears Ears monument [Utah Policy]. LaVarr Webb argues Rep. Rob Bishop's PLI proposal is the best mechanism for overturning the monument designation [Utah Policy].

  5. Inaugural news. The Utah GOP has tickets to the inauguration if you want them [Utah Policy]. Both Bill and Hillary Clinton say they will attend the inauguration out of respect and duty for the American democratic process [New York Magazine].

  6. Repeal and...? Republicans are ready to make their dreams come true and repeal Obamacare, but some Republicans in Congress are nervous because there's no plan to replace what they are getting rid of [CNN]. President Obama plans to meet with Congressional Democrats to plot a strategy to save the healthcare law [Wall Street Journal].

  7. Get your popcorn! New Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is already staking out how he will oppose Senate Republicans and Donald Trump. Schumer says Democrats will fight Trump's Supreme Court nominees "tooth and nail" [Politico]. Schumer also warns Trump that conducting his presidency through Twitter will fail if he leaves the bigger policy discussions to right-wing hardliners in Congress [Wall Street Journal]. Meanwhile, Congressional Republicans are planning to crush any Democratic opposition to Trump's cabinet picks [Politico].

  8. Heck of a goodbye gift. Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson gets a $180 million retirement package as he leaves the company to become Secretary of State under Donald Trump [Wall Street Journal].

  9. Shelter backlash. About 100 Salt Lake City residents show up to voice their displeasure about the selection of four proposed new homeless shelter sites [Tribune].

  10. Who's not paying their taxes? Turns out many developers aren't paying their property taxes, instead using their delinquency as an inexpensive short-term loan [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1893 - President Benjamin Harrison granted amnesty to all people who had abstained from practicing polygamy since Nov. 1, 1890. It was part of a deal for Utah to achieve statehood.
  • 1896 - Utah was admitted to the United States as the 45th state.
  • 1965 - The "Great Society" is proclaimed by President Lyndon B. Johnson during his State of the Union address.
  • 1974 - President Richard Nixon refused to hand over tape recordings and documents subpoenaed by the Senate Watergate Committee.

Today At Utah Policy

Most Utahns Would Like to See Mike Lee on the Supreme Court

Sen. Mike Lee is reportedly under consideration by President-elect Donald Trump as a possible Supreme Court nominee. Most Utahns think that's a pretty good idea....

Bishop Pushes Through Rules Change That will Make It Easier to Sell Off Federal Land

The House GOPapproves a provision authored by Rep. Rob Bishop that changes howCongress calculates the cost of transferring federal lands to state and local authorities, a move that opens the wayfor Republican lawmakersto accomplish their longstanding goal ofceding federal co...

Keep PLI Going to Resolve Monument Designation

One element of the president’s Bears Ears monument designation that has been given little attention is the reduced size of the monument, compared to the proposal pushed by the Bears Ears Coalition....

Guest Opinion: President Obama Listened to Tribes While Utah Pols Failed

Thank you, President Obama, for designating Bears Ears National Monument in Utah for all Americans....

Love, Chaffetz, Stewart and Bishop Voted in Favor of Gutting House Ethics Office (Updated)

Both Reps. Mia Love and Jason Chaffetz voted for a GOP plan to gut the Office of Congressional Ethics. That effort has since been abandoned....

Weekly Survey: Will Republicans Undo Bears Ears?

Last week, President Barack Obama created the Bears Ears National Monument in southern Utah. Utah Republicans have declared war on the designation, vowing to undo the new monument. Do you think they'll be successful? Vote now in our weekly survey....

Real Women Run Offers Training For Women Looking Use Their Voice in 2017 and Beyond

Real Women Run has two upcoming events for those who want to use their voice to work for change in their community, work on political campaigns, or are considering running for office: the Real Women Run Winter Training on January 14 from 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM ...

Policy News

Utah Republican Party Offering Tickets to Presidential Inauguration
The Utah Republican Party is pleased to announce that they have ticket availability for the upcoming Presidential Inauguration for President-Elect Donald J. Trump and Vice President-elect Michael R. Pence on January 20, 2017....

Hatch Welcomes Senator Cassidy to Senate Finance Committee
Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) welcomed U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy (R-La.) to serve on the Senate Finance Committee in the 115th Congress....

Hatch Statement on Announcement of Intent to Nominate Robert Lighthizer to Head Trade Post
U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee which oversees trade policy, issued the following statement after President-elect Donald Trump announced his intent to nominate Robert Lighthizer to serve as the United States Trade Representative (U...

National Outdoor Products Company to Expand in Salt Lake City
Salt Lake City and Economic Development Corporation of Utah announced that Big Agnes, an outdoor products company that produces award-winning sleeping bags, pads, and tents, is expanding their operation along the Wasatch Front....

Governor Appoints Kent Holmberg to the Third District Court
Gov. Gary R. Herbert has appointed Kent Holmberg to fill a judicial vacancy on the Third District Court....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Hatch has Trump's ear, will continue to champion disabled rights

Mormons in Congress mirror percentage in U.S. population

Who can save the Bonneville Salt Flats? Maybe a President Trump

Federal land managers approve ATV trail within what is now Bears Ears National Monument

Unpaid taxes act as easy loans for many Utah developers

Did public get enough say on SLC homeless shelters?

Utah's GOP members vote to gut ethics office, then reverse course

Robert Gehrke: Time for Herbert to step away from manager role to take political capital out for a spin

For wheelchair users and pedestrians, Utah's winter wonderland quickly loses luster

About 100 residents blast SLC's shelter-site choices, which Biskupski says could change

Deseret News

Richard Davis: Is the Democratic Party doomed to lose?

Op-ed: Education spending and student results

Editorial: Optimism emerges despite the election's political hangover

Trump's tweets wearing on Utahns, new poll finds

Family of mom, 2 daughters killed by DUI driver suing Wendover casino under Utah law

Is Simpson Ave. homeless site a done deal? Maybe not, after scathing public hearing

'A tremendous spirit here:' Millcreek celebrates its city status as first mayor, council sworn in

Stream access case headed back to Utah Supreme Court


Nathan Ivie sworn in to first term as Utah County Commissioner, Bill Lee to serve as chairman (Daily Herald)

New and returning members of Cache County Council swear in for four-year terms (Logan Herald Journal)

Editorial: Sales tax on Amazon bill is good for the community (Park Record)

Doug Clyde prepares to represent the East Side on the Summit County Council (Park Record)

Park City mayor undecided on re-election bid (Park Record)

Amazon tax could provide relief for Park City merchants (Park Record)

National Headlines

GOP Congress storms into Trump era (The Hill)

Schumer regrets Dems triggering 'nuclear option' (The Hill)

U.S. Conservatives Outnumber Liberals by Narrowing Margin (Gallup)

A New Celebrity Video Urges Congress to Obstruct Donald Trump (Variety)

President Obama to host a goodbye party at the White House on Friday (Washington Post)

House Republicans reverse course on gutting congressional ethics office after a firestorm of criticism (Los Angeles Times)

George W. Bush, Laura Bush to attend Trump inauguration (CNN)

Cuomo enlists Bernie Sanders to unveil free public college proposal (Politico)

Ford cancels Mexico plant. Will create 700 U.S. jobs in 'vote of confidence' in Trump (CNNMoney)

Trump has a secret weapon on jobs and trade (CNN)

Sullivan lawyer Jay Clayton seen as Trump's top choice for SEC (CNBC)

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