Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 349th day of the year. There are 16 days remaining in 2017.
18 days until candidates can declare their intent to gather signatures for the 2018 election (1/2/2018)
38 days until the opening day of the 2018 Utah Legislature (1/22/2018)
83 days until the final day of the 2018 Utah Legislature (3/8/2018)
84 days until the filing period for candidates in the 2018 election opens (3/9/2018)
90 days until the filing deadline for the 2018 elections (3/15/2018)
95 days until the statewide caucus meetings for Utah Republicans and Democrats (3/20/2018)
127 days until the Utah GOP State Convention (4/21/2018)
134 days until the Utah Democratic State Convention (4/28/2018)
193 days until the 2018 Primary Election (6/26/2018)
326 days until the 2018 midterm elections (11/6/2018)
1,054 days until the 2020 presidential election (11/3/2020)
Today's political TL; DR -
Budgets, Alabama, Count My Vote, a tax overhaul and Utah lawmakers are heading toward the exit. Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott chew over the last week in Utah politics [Utah Policy]. Here's a podcast if that's what you prefer [Utah Policy].
Sen. Brian Shiozawa's exit has Republicans and Democrats scrambling to fill the seat. There are 8 Republicans so far who are running to replace Shiozawa. Democrats, on the other hand, are trying to find someone to challenge Kathie Allen for the Democratic nomination because they worry Allen has too much baggage to win an election [Utah Policy].
Bob Bernick says all he wants for Christmas is Mitt Romney to run for Orrin Hatch's Senate seat [Utah Policy].
Sen. Mike Lee says he is still not on board with the GOP tax overhaul package. Lee wants to see a more significant expansion of the child tax credit [Deseret News].
Utah Republicans are fighting over a proposal to pay off the party's $400,000 debt. Several members of the State Central Committee have called a special meeting for Saturday to vote on the bailout, but chairman Rob Anderson says the meeting is not legitimate [Tribune, KUTV].
Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski has hired Ken Bullock to handle intergovernmental relations for the city. Bullock previously resigned from the Utah League of Cities and Towns after a state audit found he improperly charged $57,000 to a credit card which he used as loans for personal purposes. Bullock also had about $130,000 in questionable charges he could not provide receipts for [Deseret News, Tribune].
Utah County legislators are discussing ways to make it easier to remove county officials from office after the controversy involving Utah County Commissioner Greg Graves. Graves has been accused of improper workplace conduct but refuses to resign [Daily Herald].
Local Utah officials testify before a Congressional committee about a proposed new national park and three new national monuments in southern Utah [Deseret News, Tribune].
The Salt Lake Chamber calls on the Utah Legislature to make revamping the tax code a top priority during the 2018 session [Deseret News].
BYU and UVU have entered into an agreement with the Utah Transit Authority to provide free passes to university students and faculty [Daily Herald, Deseret News, Tribune].
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio has put the survival of the GOP tax overhaul plan in serious doubt after announcing he would not vote for the bill unless they can find $80 billion for a larger child tax credit [NBC News].
The GOP tax bill is projected to add $1.4 trillion to the deficit over 10 years, but it might cost much more than that. Many of the assumptions about cost are based on ending individual tax breaks which some argue will never happen. The bill also relies on higher revenue estimates than many say are reasonable [Axios].
House Speaker Paul Ryan is denying reports he may retire from Congress next year [Associated Press].
The FCC voted Thursday to kill Obama-era rules regulating the internet. The rules prevented internet providers from blocking or slowing down some websites. ISPs could also charge more for customers to access certain content online [USA Today].
Republicans and Democrats in Congress are fighting over funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program. Money for the program ran out at the end of September, and it might not be replenished until next year [Politico].
Black women voters powered Democrat Doug Jones to his unlikely victory in Alabama. Now they want the party to start addressing their issues [Associated Press].
Republican Senators are joining the push to lift the veil of secrecy on sexual harassment accusations against members of Congress and force members to pay for their own legal settlements instead of using taxpayer money [Reuters].
On this day in history:
1791 - The Bill of Rights became law when it was ratified by the Virginia General Assembly.
1890 - Sioux Indian leader Sitting Bull was killed in a skirmish with U.S. soldiers along the Grand River in South Dakota.
1933 - The Twenty-first Amendment becomes effective, repealing the Eighteenth Amendment that prohibited the sale, manufacture, and transportation of alcohol.
1939 - Gone with the Wind premiers at Loew's Theater in Atlanta.
1961 - Adolf Eichmann is sentenced to death after being found guilty by an Israeli court of 15 criminal charges, including charges of crimes against humanity.
1973 - The American Psychiatric Association reversed its longstanding position and declared being gay isn't a mental illness.
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