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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

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Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 335th day of the year. There are 31 days remaining in 2016.

Donald Trump will bring his victory tour to Utah. Trump tweets he will step down from his business empire to focus on running the country. Trump and Mitt Romney meet again in New York City.

The clock:

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

Ten talking points for Wednesday:

  1. Republican sources confirm Donald Trump will be bringing his "victory tour" to Utah prior to his inauguration [Utah Policy].

  2. Rep. Brian King wins another term as the House Minority Leader [Utah Policy]. In a podcast interview, King says Republicans will have to "get over" his sometimes infuriating style of legislating [Utah Policy].

  3. Donald Trump tweeted early Wednesday morning that he will be "leaving my great business in total" once he takes office and will provide more details in December [Wall Street Journal].

  4. Donald Trump announces he's made a deal with Carrier to keep 1,000 jobs in Indiana instead of moving to Mexico [Wall Street Journal].

  5. Donald Trump and Mitt Romney meet again over a dinner of frogs legs to discuss the Secretary of State post [CBS News, Huffington Post, Politico, CNN, Tribune, Deseret News].

  6. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, Chair of the House Oversight Committee, says he's not too bothered by Donald Trump's alleged conflicts of interest, despite calls from Democrats to launch an investigation. Says Chaffetz, "It's sort of ridiculous to go after him when his financial disclosure is already online." [Huffington Post].

  7. Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman confirms what we reported in October, that he was interested in running for Senate in 2018 [Utah Policy, Wall Street Journal, Tribune, Deseret News].

  8. A group of Utah business leaders plan to launch a signature-gathering effort to put an income tax increase to boost school funding on the 2018 ballot [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News].

  9. State attorneys say government immunity laws invalidate a lawsuit against Utah school districts over a law that prohibits any sort of positive discussion of homosexuality [Tribune].

  10. A new study shows Utah needs to build more state liquor stores to keep up with demand [Deseret News, Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1782 - Preliminary peace articles formally ending the American Revolutionary War were signed in Paris.
  • 1982 - Michael Jackson's "Thriller," the best-selling album of all time, was released by Epic Records.
  • 1993 - President Bill Clinton signed into law the Brady bill, which requires a five-day waiting period for handgun purchases and background checks of prospective buyers.
  • 2004 - Ken Jennings lost on the game show "Jeopardy!" after winning 74 games and $2.5 million.
  • 2010 - Pentagon leaders called for scrapping the 17-year-old "don't ask, don't tell" ban after releasing a survey about the prospect of openly gay troops. 

Today At Utah Policy

Donald Trump Victory Tour Coming to Utah

Donald Trump's victory tour will be making a stop in Utah....

King Wins Another Term as House Minority Leader

Utah House Democrats gave Rep. Brian King, D-Salt Lake City, another two-year term as Minority Leader on Tuesday night....

Podcast: House Minority Leader Brian King

House Minority Leader Brian King won a second term leading the Democratic House Caucus on Utah's Capitol Hill Tuesday night....

Hatch: Romney Would Be 'Loyal' to Trump

Despite Mitt Romney's vocal opposition to Donald Trump during the general election campaign, Sen. Orrin Hatch believesthe former Massachusetts governorwould faithfully "carry the ball" for Trumpif selected by the president-elect to serve asthe nextsecretary of state....

Utah Business Leaders Launch Our Schools Now Campaign to Improve Student Performance

Prominent business and community leaders committed to improving education in Utah launched a ballot initiative campaign at Washington Elementary in Salt Lake City, Utah....

Trump Launches Victory Tour

Donald Trump is kicking off his "victory tour" of states he carried during the 2016 election, starting in Ohio on Thursday....

Weekly Survey: Should we Keep or Abolish the Electoral College?

Donald Trump will occupy the White House for the next four years despite losing the popular vote to Hillary Clinton by more than 2 million votes. Do you think it's time America abolished the Electoral College, or does it still serve a purpose? Vote now....

Huntsman Weighing a Senate Run in 2018

As previously reported, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman is seriously considering a run for U.S. Senate from Utah in 2018....

Policy News

Rep. Stewart's Veterans Tricare Choice Act Passes the House
Rep. Chris Stewart’s (R-Utah) Veterans TRICARE Choice Act, unanimously passed the House, giving Veterans more healthcare options....

Confidence Remains Strong as Utahns Wait to See How Election Result Will Affect Economy
The Zions Bank Utah Consumer Attitude Index increased 3.0 points to 114.7 in November....

Hatch Statement on Announcement of Intent to Nominate Rep. Tom Price to Head HHS and Seema Verma to Lead CMS
U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee which oversees the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), issued the following statement after President-elect Donald Trump announce...

New Report Calls for Strategic Reforms to Improve Regulation in Utah
The Salt Lake Chamber released a new report which outlines suggestions on how the state can improve Utah’s premier business climate through regulation reform. ...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Threat of jail may get Utah crime lab's attention

Editorial: In school funding, lawmakers give and lawmakers take away ...

Utahns more confident about the economy

Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman open to seeking Sen. Orrin Hatch's seat in 2018

Utah business leaders will gather signatures to put education funding on '18 ballot

New study names Utah communities most in need of new liquor stores

State attorneys: Immunity laws protect Utah schools from LGBT discrimination lawsuit

Utah House Speaker Greg Hughes meets with Trump staff; no plans for administrative post

Romney applauds Trump, notes that the president-elect did what he couldn't

Deseret News

Op-ed: Pay-to-play system is corrupting state government

Hatch committee to vet HHS, Medicare services nominees

Consumer attitudes rising after election

Former Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. confirms he's considering running for Senate in 2018

Utah House Democrats name their legislative leaders

Report: Utah population, more drinking drive demand for new liquor stores

Antitrust lawsuit spins new possibilities for Utah, depleted uranium disposal

Business leaders push for vote to increase taxes for education

Trump, Romney have second meeting over dinner about secretary of state post


Op-ed: Rocky Mountain Power's rooftop solar rate adjustment needs more study (Standard-Examiner)

Editorial: If you live in Weber County, here's your chance to ask a $7.4 million question (Standard-Examiner)

Summit County election results finalized (Park Record)

National Headlines

Trump to begin 'thank you tour' with Ohio event this week (The Hill)

Islamic State says Ohio State attacker was its 'soldier,' school seeks unity as classes resume (Washington Post)

'Ready for Michelle' PACs urge 2020 run (The Hill)

After Democrats' Losses, Nancy Pelosi Becomes a Symbol of What Went Wrong (New York Times)

Donald Trump and Mitt Romney continue their high-stakes courtship over frog legs in Manhattan (Los Angeles Times)

After Trump pledged to keep Carrier jobs in U.S, company says it won't move nearly 1,000 to Mexico (Washington Post)

Steven Mnuchin Is Donald Trump's Expected Choice for Treasury Secretary (New York Times)

Trump to pick billionaire Wilbur Ross as Commerce secretary (Politico)

Standing Rock Protesters Warned Of Fines As North Dakota Tightens Grip (Huffington Post)

Law Professor: Trump Can't Hold Lease On His Hotel Near White House (NPR)

EPA Begins Process to Regulate Toxic, Widely Used Chemicals (Associated Press)

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