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Local News Highlights: Daily Briefing

Morning Must Reads for Monday, January 9, 2017

Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 9th day of the year. There are 356 days remaining in 2017.

Utahns want to dump Obamacare. Sen. Mike Lee says the Donald Trump administration is "open" to undoing Bears Ears. Confirmation hearings for Trump's Cabinet appointees.

The clock:

  • 11 days until Donald Trump is inaugurated as the 45th President (1/20/2017)
  • 14 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature (1/23/2017)
  • 59 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature (3/9/2017)
  • 302 days until the 2017 municipal elections (11/7/2017)
  • 666 days until the 2018 midterm elections (11/6/2018)
  • 1394 days until the 2020 presidential election (11/3/2020)

Ten talking points for Monday:

  1. Utahns want to dump Obamacare. Most Utahns want to see Obamacare repealed and replaced by the Republican-controlled Congress [Utah Policy].

  2. Bears Ears battle. Senate President Wayne Niederhauser says he is supportive of Attorney General Sean Reyes' vow to file a lawsuit over the creation of the Bears Ears National Monument, but thinks the better course of action may be to let Congress and Donald Trump's White House take the lead in the fight [Utah Policy]. Here's the video of our conversation with President Niederhauser [Utah Policy]. Sen. Mike Lee says he's spoken with top-level officials in the incoming Trump administration and they're "open" to rolling back Bears Ears [Utah Policy]. Our "Political Insiders" aren't sure Republicans in Congress or President-elect Trump will be able to undo the new monument [Utah Policy].

  3. Confirmation fights set to start. Senate Republicans will hold eight confirmation hearings for Donald Trump's Cabinet appointees over three days this week [New York Times]. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says they will push forward on the hearings even though not all of Trump's nominees have completed their financial disclosures or been vetted fully [Wall Street Journal]. That's an interesting stance by McConnell because in 2009 he demanded that all of the financial disclosures for Barack Obama's nominees be complete before they go through the confirmation process [Twitter].

  4. Here comes President Trump. Which of Donald Trump's campaign promises could he make good on during his first day in office? Quite a few, actually [The Hill].
  5. Here's this week's distraction. Meryl Streep blasted Donald Trump during her acceptance speech at the Golden Globes Awards. Trump fired back on Twitter, of course, saying Streep was a "Hillary lackey" [NBC News].

  6. Latest on Russia. Donald Trump calls for a closer relationship between the United States and Russia [NY Times]. Republican leaders in Congress said they support Trump's desire for better relations with Russia, but they're not sure he will be able to accomplish the goal [Washington Post]. Rep. Meanwhile, Russian leaders are ridiculing the report that Russia launched an elaborate "influence campaign" to skew the presidential election for Trump [New York Times]. Rep. Chris Stewart is scrambling to reverse his assertion that allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election are "BS" following the intelligence reports showing that's what happened [Tribune].

  7. Pushing back against the White House. Sens. Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee want to rein in presidential power following the creation of the Bears Ears monument in southern Utah [Deseret News]. Meanwhile, Rep. Jason Chaffetz pens an op-ed blasting the creation of Bears Ears as part of Barack Obama's "job-killing" agenda [Deseret News].

  8. Gun fight on the Hill. Rep. Lee Perry plans to bring a bill allowing gun owners to carry concealed weapons without a permit to the 2017 session. Gov. Gary Herbert vetoed a similar measure in 2013 [Tribune].

  9. Skyrocketing costs. The costs for four new homeless shelters in Salt Lake City could jump over $50 million, which means SLC residents or private donors will have to cover a big chunk of the bill [Deseret News].

  10. Let it snow. The snow storms that slammed Utah at the end of 2016 left the state with above-average precipitation for the year, which has state water officials cautiously optimistic [Deseret News].

On this day in history:

  • 1861 - Mississippi seceded from the Union, becoming a founding member of the Confederate States of America.
  • 1987 - The White House released a memorandum prepared for President Ronald Reagan in January 1986 that showed a definite link between U.S. arms sales to Iran and the release of American hostages in Lebanon.
  • 2007 - Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveiled the iPhone.

Today At Utah Policy

Poll: Utahns Want Obamacare Repealed, Replaced

As the Republican-controlled U.S. House and Senate begin debating the repeal of President Barack Obama’s signature achievement – the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare – nearly two-thirds of Utahns want the national health care insurance program replaced, a ...

Niederhauser Supportive of Lawsuit Over Bears Ears

Senate President Wayne Niederhauser says he expects "a lot of noise" during the 2017 session about the new Bears Ears National Monument....

I Have Questions with Bryan Schott: Senate President Wayne Niederhauser

Utah Senate President Wayne Niederhauser talks with Managing Editor Bryan Schott about the 2017 Legislature, how best to boost funding for Utah's schools and the Bears Ears monument....

Lee: Trump Is 'Open' to Repealing Bears Ears

Sen. Mike Lee says high level officials in the Trump administration tellhim they're open to the idea of the president-elect reversing Pres. Obama's recent land grab in Utah's San Juan County. Such a move would break all precedent, but Donald Trump doesn't seemthe type who'd ...

Political Insiders Not Sure Bears Ears can be Undone

Even before President Barack Obama created the new Bears Ears National Monument, Utah's members of Congress and other Utah Republicans have been arguing that the designation can and should be undone....

Podcast: Senate President Wayne Niederhauser Previews the 2017 Legislature

Utah Senate President Wayne Niederhauser talks with Managing Editor Bryan Schott about the 2017 Legislature, how best to boost funding for Utah's schools and the Bears Ears monument....

Policy News

Westminster Hosts a Lecture 'Hack My Org: How to (Finally) Kill Bureaucracy'
Westminster College’s Center for Innovative Cultures presents a lecture by Gary Hamel, “Hack My Org: How to (Finally) Kill Bureaucracy,” on Jan. 26, 2017, at 6 p.m., in the Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business auditorium....

USTAR Names Second Round of Awardees for TAP Program
The Utah Science Technology and Research initiative has awarded 26 early stage companies grants in the second round of its Technology Acceleration Program....

Press Release: Low-Income Cancer Patients and Survivors Need Continued Access to Meaningful Health Insurance
The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network sent a letter to Governor Gary Herbert expressing concerns that proposed changes to federal financing of the Medicaid program currently being discussed in Congress could impact cancer patients and survivors in Utah ...

Third-largest Cereal Company in USA Expands Operations in Salt Lake City
POST Consumer Brands, the nation’s third-largest cereal company, is expanding their distribution operations to Salt Lake City....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Utah's Silicon Slopes owe a lot to Hatch's support

Op-ed: Utah pork producers seek opportunities in trade, regulatory reform

Op-ed: Any ACA repeal must restore funds for hospitals

Holly Richardson: Women still lacking in Utah political offices

Jackie Biskupski: SLC's new paid parental leave policy recognizes and supports the evolution of the American family

Editorial: Homeless site process was poor

Editorial: Our Schools Now is full speed ahead

Utah anti-porn bill draws attention of Stephen Colbert

Prodded by a federal judge, Bureau of Land Management approves stalled drilling permits on Utah's West Tavaputs

It's crunch time as Swallow trial nears

Utah's Chris Stewart walks back 'BS' comment on Russian hacking, says information was withheld

Utah lawmaker proposes to allow gun owners to carry concealed weapons without a permit

Utah Sens. Orrin Hatch, Mike Lee push to rein in presidential power in wake of Bears Ears

Deseret News

Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Brilliant advice from the sidelines

Patricia Jones: Take the time to visit Utah's state Capitol during legislative sessions

Hal Boyd: Bring the popcorn for a Hatch vs. Huntsman Jr. race

Boyd Matheson: You say goodbye and I say hello

Editorial: Outdoor Retailer show comes to town with a warm welcome

Company aims to bring jobs, hope to struggling Uinta Basin economy

Swallow attorneys seek to shield potential witnesses in court document

Questions surround school trust lands in Bears Ears National Monument

Councilman brings unique perspective on life

Group rallying support against Trump's 'dangerous' agenda makes Salt Lake stop

Forest Service, BLM begin outreach over future plans for Bears Ears

Mitt Romney endorses Trump's education pick in Washington Post opinion piece


Feeling trepidation about a Trump presidency, Utah groups band together (Daily Herald)

Utah senator drafting bill to open pornography producers to lawsuits (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Trump's Cabinet nominees get their day before Senate, as partisan wrangling intensifies (FOX News)

Colorado prepares for Obamacare repeal under Trump administration (Denver Post)

Jared Kushner, a Trump In-Law and Adviser, Chases a Chinese Deal (New York Times)

President Obama to offer 'admonitions' in farewell address (CNN)

New York City is buzzing with rumors that Hillary Clinton is running for mayor (Reuters)

Pentagon Chief: 'Virtually Zero' Russian Support Against IS (New York Times)

Indiana mayor Buttigieg enters DNC chair race (CNN)

Fiat Chrysler Announces Plans to Invest $1 Billion in the U.S. (Bloomberg)

December jobs have America looking pretty great: Trump's challenge (CNBC)

Trump confidants could face tangle of potential conflicts as presidential advisers (Washington Post)

Rex Tillerson Holds as Much as Half a Billion Dollars in Assets (Wall Street Journal)

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