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Monday, November 28, 2016

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Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 333rd day of the year. There are 33 days remaining in 2016.

The ACLU of Utah says they've seen more donations since Donald Trump won the White House. Trump claims he would have won the popular vote had millions of illegal ballots not been cast. The battle over Trump's Secretary of State gets ugly. 

The clock:

  • 21 days until the Electoral College meets to cast their votes for president and vice president (12/19/2016)
  • 53 days until Donald Trump is inaugurated as the 45th President (1/20/2017)
  • 56 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature (1/23/2017)
  • 101 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature (3/9/2017)
  • 344 days until the 2017 municipal elections (11/7/2017)
  • 708 days until the 2018 midterm elections (11/6/2018)

Ten talking points for Monday:

  1. The ACLU of Utah says they've seen a boost in donations and people offering to help in the wake of Donald Trump's win [Utah Policy].

  2. Donald Trump claims, without a shred of truth, that millions of ballots were cast illegally, which is why Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by more than 2 million [Bloomberg]. Trump also alleges widespread voter fraud in Virginia, New Hampshire and California [Politico].

  3. The internal battle over who will be Donald Trump's secretary of state is getting ugly. Sources say Trump wants Mitt Romney to publicly apologize for trashing Trump during the election [Utah Policy]. Trump's former campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, says appointing Romney to the Secretary of State post would be a "betrayal" to Trump's supporters [Politico]. MSNBC reports Monday morning that Trump was "furious" at Conway for her comments about Romney [Mediaite].

  4. The recount in Wisconsin is getting underway [CBS News]. Hillary Clinton's campaign explains why they are participating in the recount, which is being pushed by the Green Party's Jill Stein [Medium]. Clinton's team is also returning fire at Trump, who is incensed about the recount [Politico].

  5. Donald Trump's plans to spend liberally to improve the military and infrastructure is rankling many fiscal conservatives in Washington [Wall Street Journal].

  6. The death of former Cuba dictator Fidel Castro has Cubans wondering what the future holds for them [Time]. Utahns say Castro's death should be celebrated [Deseret News].

  7. The Utah Senate announces new committee assignments for the next two years. Most notably, Sen. Lyle Hillyard has been replaced as the chair of the budget committee after 12 years [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News].

  8. Many Utah teachers resort to a second job in order to make ends meet [Tribune].

  9. Sen. Curt Bramble and Rep. Keven Stratton are planning legislation requiring doctors to tell women seeking an abortion that a drug-induced abortion may be reversed [Deseret News].

  10. Looking for a Christmas present for the politically-minded? Check out this "Make America Great" hat ornament. No matter your political persuasion, the online reviews are hilarious [USA Today].

On this day in history:

  • 1520 - Ferdinand Magellan entered the Pacific Ocean on his way around the world. He was the first European to sail the Pacific from the east.
  • 1943 - President Franklin D. Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Soviet leader Josef Stalin met in Tehran during World War II.
  • 1990 - Margaret Thatcher resigned after more than 11 years as prime minister of Britain.
  • 1995 - President Bill Clinton signed a bill that ended the federal 55 mph speed limit.
  • 2001 - Enron Corp., once the world's largest energy trader, collapsed after would-be rescuer Dynegy Inc. backed out of an $8.4 billion deal to take it over.

Today At Utah Policy

What does a Donald Trump Presidency Mean for the ACLU Utah? (with video)

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Consistency Needed in Application of 10th Amendment

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Utah Senate Announces New Committee Posts

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Podcast: Brittney Nystrom, Executive Director, ACLU Utah

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Report: Trump Wants Romney to Apologize

What will it take for Mitt Romney to get the Secretary of State post in a Donald Trump administration? How about a public apology?...

Policy News

UCAIR, Chevron, Zions Bank Award $45K to Clean Air Innovators
Utah Clean Air Partnership (UCAIR), Chevron, and Zions Bank announced the winners of their “Bright Skies” Utah Clean Air Innovation Contest at a recent public awards ceremony....

Utah's Economy Under a Trump Administration
Join World Trade Center Utah Dec. 14 from 8:30 to 10 a.m. for a panel discussion on how Utah's economy including tax policy, international business, energy, and healthcare might change over the next four years....

ACLU of Utah Appeals Salt Lake County and City Decision to Withhold Abdi Mohamed Shooting Footage
The ACLU of Utah, with cooperating attorney David Reymann of Parr Brown Gee & Loveless, P.C., filed an appeal with the Utah State Records Committee regarding the decision by Salt Lake County and Salt Lake City to withhold records related to the shooting of a young black ...

Gov. Herbert Statement on the Death of Trooper Eric Ellsworth
Gov. Gary R. Herbert issued the following statement following the death of Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Eric Ellsworth who was killed in the line of duty on Friday, Nov. 18:...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Paul Rolly: LaVar Christensen's return to the House means painful days for Utah legislators

Op-ed: Benefits of Dakota pipeline have been lost in protest debate

Op-ed: Facts show Utah schools don't need a big tax increase

Editorial: Don't let charters cherry-pick profitable students

Editorial: Impending move of Utah State Prison provides opportunities and risks

After unusual election, lawmakers draft pile of bills seeking to make changes

Airport expansion costs soar another $350 million to $2.9 billion

Hillyard replaced after 12 years as budget chairman

Utah faces two-pronged challenge: developing the current and new prison sites

Coal crush: Iconic Carbon Power Plant being dismantled this week

Utah looks to build upscale redrock resort near Glen Canyon

Deseret News

Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Utah politicos' heartfelt expressions of gratitude

Op-ed: A new economic dialogue can emerge from our fiery election season

A. Scott Anderson: Now is the time to reform the U.S. health care system

Editorial: Herbert can accomplish much in education this term

Utah high school graduation rates rise again, to 85 percent in 2016

Governor helps serve Thanksgiving dinner at the Rescue Mission of Salt Lake

Utah Senate announces new committee leadership

Will Chaffetz committee continue to probe Clinton?

Lawmakers consider 'abortion reversal' bill

Fidel Castro's death should be celebrated, Utahns say

Millcreek leaders have hands full prepping for new city


Cache County sets new record for voter turnout in 2016 election (Logan Herald Journal)

Public shares concerns with Cache County Council regarding proposed tax increase (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

Federal agencies push 'midnight' rule-making flurry under Obama (Christian Science Monitor)

Priebus: Trump will require 'some movement' from Cuba for relationship (The Hill)

Fed braces for Trump administration shake-up (The Hill)

In Tweet Flurry, President-Elect Donald Trump Calls Election Recount Efforts 'Sad' (NBC News)

Sheriff on pipeline protests: 'My job is to enforce the law' (Chicago Tribune)

Tug of War Delays Some of Donald Trump's Key Hires (Wall Street Journal)

Trump douses White House hopes of Cruz, Rubio and others (Politico)

Tim Ryan says Dems no longer 'a national party,' challenging Nancy Pelosi as House minority leader (Washington Times)

Cities Vow to Fight Trump on Immigration, Even if They Lose Millions (New York Times)

Devotion, despair fill teeming North Dakota camp (Boston Globe)

Future is dim for consumer agency (Detroit News)

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