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Friday, December 2, 2016

Best of Utah 2016 logoSalt Lake City Weekly highlighted UtahPolicy.com Managing Editor Bryan Schott in their annual "Best of Utah" edition as "Best Political Schott in the Dark."

The editors said "If you have even one iota of interest in how this state and its cities are run, you should subscribe to or at least visit Utah Policy's site, where Schott curates local news and headlines five days a week in the Morning Must Reads. He also weighs in on the issues of the day with longtime political reporter Bob Bernick in more than 300 "Bernick and Schott on Politics" videos."

Local News Highlights: Daily Briefing

Morning Must Reads for Friday, December 2, 2016

Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 337th day of the year. There are 29 days remaining in 2016.

Staffers for Clinton and Trump trade barbs at a post-election discussion. Trump goes to Ohio on his victory tour. Chaffetz says he's not ready to stop investigating Clinton.

The clock:

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

Ten talking points for Friday:

  1. Tax hikes and Mitt Romney and Donald Trump coming to Utah, oh my! Here's a video rundown of what happened this week in Utah politics [Utah Policy]. If you would prefer your recap in podcast form, we gotcha covered, too [Utah Policy].

  2. Bob Bernick wonders what the opposition to a tax hike to improve Utah's schools might look like [Utah Policy].

  3. Tom campaign staffers for Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton get together to rehash the election. It did not go well. Amid a shouting match that took over what was supposed to be a congenial discussion, Clinton staffers accused the Trump campaign of catering to white supremacists in order to win [Washington Post, Wall Street Journal].

  4. Donald Trump goes to Ohio to crow about his deal with Carrier to keep 1,000 jobs from going to Mexico [Politico]. During his speech, Trump took time to take a swipe at Evan McMullin, who he "trounced" in Utah [Tribune]. Sen. Bernie Sanders argues Trump got played by Carrier who just showed corporations how they can beat the president-elect [Washington Post].

  5. Donald Trump taps retired Marine Gen. James "Mad Dog" Mattis to be Secretary of Defense [Politico]. Trump says he will name "almost all" of the rest of his Cabinet picks sometime next week [Politico].

  6. Donald Trump says he will make his pick for the Supreme Court public "pretty soon" [Politico].

  7. This is troubling. Donald Trump is reportedly considering naming ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State [The Hill].

  8. Donald Trump's campaign moves to block the Michigan recount [Politico].

  9. Rep. Jason Chaffetz says he is not ready to abandon his investigation of Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server [The Hill]. Chaffetz says he will turn his attention to possibly investigating Donald Trump after the president-elect is sworn in [Tribune].

  10. The fight over Rocky Mountain Power's request to charge fees to owners of rooftop solar arrays is heating up [Deseret News]. 

On this day in history:

  • 1804 - Napoleon crowned himself emperor of France.
  • 1823 - During his annual address to the U.S. Congress, President James Monroe proclaimed a new U.S. foreign policy initiative that became known as the "Monroe Doctrine."
  • 1859 - Abolitionist John Brown was hanged for his raid on the federal arsenal at Harper's Ferry, W.Va.
  • 1954 - The Senate voted to condemn Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy, R Wis., for "conduct that tends to bring the Senate into dishonor and disrepute."
  • 1961 - Cuban leader Fidel Castro declared himself a Marxist-Leninist who would lead Cuba to Communism.
  • 1982 - Doctors at the University of Utah Medical Center performed the first implant of a permanent artificial heart in a human. Barney Clark lived 112 days with the device.


Today At Utah Policy


Bob Bernick's Notebook: Who Will Oppose a Tax Hike for Schools?

Utah’s Republican legislators don’t like citizen initiative petitions....

Love Recommends Prosecution for Planned Parenthood Affiliate

Rep. Mia Love reveals that she and other GOP members of a congressional panellookinginto the sale of fetal tissue have recommended prosecutors investigateone Planned Parenthood affiliate and referredeight morehuman tissue companies and abortion clinics for criminal or regula...

Here Comes a Tax Hike! - Bernick and Schott on Politics #308

President-Elect Donald Trump is coming to Utah. How will he be received? Will any Utah political figures who trashed Trump during the election show up?...

Legislator Proposes Carbon Tax Bill for 2017 General Session

Representative Joel Briscoe will propose a carbon tax during the 2017 legislative session....

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....

Podcast: Bernick and Schott on Politics #308

Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott break down the week in Utah politics....

Policy News


Bears Ears Coalition & Interior Department Ignore Invitations to Collaborate with Utah Lawmakers
Representatives Rob Bishop (UT-01) and Jason Chaffetz (UT-03) have asked the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition, as well as the Department of the Interior, for proposed co-management language to be added to the Utah Public Lands Initiative Act (PLI)....

Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
Outdoor Notes-- Tribune: Would new Hawaii national park reservation system work at crowded Utah parks? -- Tribune: Anglers begin catching recently stocked cutthroat trout in Mill Creek Weekend EventsNew Films-- Man Down: Tribune reviewConcerts -- Christmas Concert, Utah Wind...

Rep. Love Introduces 'Fair Calculations in Civil Damages' Bill
Rep. Mia Love, (R) UT and Rep. Joe Kennedy III (D) MA, along with U.S. Sens. Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), introduced legislation to address the widespread practice of using discriminatory tactics when calculating future earnings potential in personal inj...

WTC Utah Sponsored Article: Utah's Economy Under the Trump Administration
How will the Trump administration impact Utah businesses? No one knows exactly what will happen to the economy when Trump begins governing. But some Utah experts are willing to make some informed speculation. ...

Congressman Stewart Offers Constituents Tickets to the Presidential Inauguration
President-elect Donald Trump will be sworn in as the President of the United States on Friday, January 20, 2017, in Washington, D.C....

Consumer Alert: 'Blessing Loom' Gift Scam Resurfaces Online Social Media
Francine A. Giani, Executive Director of the Utah Department of Commerce, announced that the Division of Consumer Protection has received reports of a social media gifting scam where consumers are invited to participate in a “Blessing Loom” program whereby paying...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Those who fund social services know we can't afford Medicaid expansion

Editorial: The new Centro Civico Mexicano will be good for the whole community

Nation's worst drivers: Utahns

Trees helped more than hurt by transit project, Provo mayor says

Waste district to implement fee for new homeowners

Run, Orrin, Run: Senators, Utahns urge Hatch to seek eighth term

Chaffetz says he will probe Trump administration wrongdoing in due time

Mormon leader pushes for refugee relief at European summit

Trump talks about how he 'trounced' Evan McMullin in Utah

Deseret News

Jay Evensen: Beware of the depopulation explosion

Greg Bell: Republicans in Washington; Democrats in Utah

Op-ed: Supreme Court and Sen. Hatch

Editorial: Make potential Olympic bid, Sports Commission, accountable

Rooftop solar controversy unwinds before utility regulators

Report outlines how to get more Utah students to eat school breakfast

Utah gets grant to explore carbon storage sites for capturing power plant pollution

Other

Weber County GOP exec blasted for comments criticizing county employees (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Trump picks retired Marine Gen. James Mattis for secretary of defense (Washington Post)

Trump basks in victory on 'thank you tour' (The Hill)

GOP in talks about helping insurers after ObamaCare repeal (The Hill)

Rep. Keith Ellison Faces Critics Hoping to Derail His Bid to Run the DNC (Wall Street Journal)

Secretary of State David Petraeus? Supporters Make Their Case (New York Times)

President Obama: 'Michelle will never run for office' (Yahoo News)

Donald Trump is assembling the richest administration in modern American history (Washington Post)

Democrats in Congress press Obama administration over conflicts at Trump's D.C. hotel (Washington Post)

Trump Commerce pick found profits, controversy in Rust Belt (Associated Press)

Goldman's Gary Cohn on List for Trump Energy Secretary, Ponders Firm Exit (FOX Business)

Carrier Will Receive $7 Million in Tax Breaks to Keep Jobs in Indiana (Wall Street Journal)

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