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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

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Morning Must Reads for Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 356th day of the year. There are ten days remaining in 2016.

Gov. Gary Herbert is wary of a possible Bears Ears monument declaration in the final days of the Obama administration. President Obama permanently bans oil drilling in large parts of the Atlantic and Arctic oceans. A non-profit with ties to Donald Trump's family offered access to the new president for a $1 million donation.

The clock:

  • 30 days until Donald Trump is inaugurated as the 45th President (1/20/2017)
  • 33 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature (1/23/2017)
  • 78 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature (3/9/2017)
  • 321 days until the 2017 municipal elections (11/7/2017)
  • 685 days until the 2018 midterm elections (11/6/2018)

Ten talking points for Wednesday:

  1. Waiting for Bears Ears. Gov. Gary Herbert says if President Barack Obama creates a new Bears Ears monument in the waning days of his presidency, it would be an abuse of the Antiquities Act [Utah Policy]. Here's the video of our interview with Herbert [Utah Policy].

  2. Countdown rolls on. The first election under the SB54 compromise is our #5 Utah political news story from 2016 [Utah Policy].

  3. Not a drill. President Barack Obama permanently bans oil drilling in large portions of the Atlantic and Arctic oceans. The announcement makes much of the eastern seaboard off-limits to oil exploration. Administration officials say the moratorium falls under a 1953 law that will make it impossible for President-elect Donald Trump to rescind the ban once he takes office [Washington Post].

  4. Selling access? Donald Trump's family is distancing itself from a newly formed non-profit organization that offered access to the President-elect the day after he takes office for a donation of $1 million. The Trump Organization says the fundraiser had not been approved by the Trump family, but one of Trump's sons is listed on the newly-formed charity's board of directors [New York Times].

  5. Nearly 3 million. Now that all of the vote totals have been certified, Hillary Clinton beat Donald Trump in the popular vote by just under 2.9 million votes [The Hill].

  6. The team of billionaires. Donald Trump's Cabinet is shaping up to be the richest ever with an estimated aggregate net worth of $11 billion [CBS News].

  7. Homeless defection. Salt Lake City Councilwoman Erin Mendenhall says she does not support one of the four sites chosen for a new homeless center because it is too close to a neighborhood of single-family homes [Tribune].

  8. Whoops. A child pornography case reportedly had to be abandoned because Attorney General Sean Reyes tainted the investigation by taking unauthorized pictures at the scene of an arrest with his cell phone [Tribune].

  9. Population boom. New census numbers show Utah is the fastest-growing state in the nation [Deseret News, Tribune].

  10. Federal funding. An audit shows Utah spent more than $4 billion in federal funds last year [Deseret News].

On this day in history:

  • 1620 - The Pilgrims arrived at Plymouth, Mass., following a 63-day voyage from England aboard the Mayflower.
  • 1864 - Union Gen. William T. Sherman completed his Civil War "march to the sea" across the South and arrived in Savannah, Ga.
  • 1988 - Pan Am Flight 103 exploded and crashed in Lockerbie, Scotland, killing everyone aboard and 11 people on the ground for a total death toll of 270.

Today At Utah Policy

Herbert Wary of Possible Surprise Bears Ears Monument Designation

Gov. Gary Herbert says President Barack Obama would be abusing his power if he were to declare a Bears Ears Monument....

Herbert Talks National Monument, Education and Healthcare

Gov. Gary Herbert speaks with Managing Editor Bryan Schott about the possibility of a new Bears Ears National Monument in Utah....

Bernick and Schott on Politics: The Top-10 Utah Political News Stories of 2016 - #5

We've been arguing about it for years, but now it's here.2016 was the first election cycle under the hotly debated SB54 compromise, which allows candidates to get on the primary ballot by gathering signatures....

Podcast: Gov. Gary Herbert

Gov. Gary Herbert speaks with Managing Editor Bryan Schott. ...

Podcast: The Top-10 Utah Political News Stories of 2016 - #5

Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott continue our countdown of the top-10 Utah political news stories for 2016....

Policy News

The ACA Gave a Needed Boost to Utah's Latino Child Health Insurance Rate
The number of uninsured Latino children nationwide and in Utah declined sharply as major provisions of the Affordable Care Act took effect, according to a new report from the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families and NCLR.  Among Utah Latino c...

Salt Lake City Announces Temporary Compost Can Suspension
To conserve resources and reduce air pollution, Salt Lake City’s Waste & Recycling Division will temporarily suspend the collection of brown yard waste cans from January 23 through March 10, 2017....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: MLP aimed at Moab's future economy

Homeless shelter next to City Hall? A look at the rejected shelter sites.

Utah growing faster than any other state

Utah Hispanic activist Tony Yapias, charged with rape, waives evidence hearing

Uintah teachers fear lame-duck ouster of district superintendent

Advocates say residents need legal aid to protect their rights

Simpson Avenue shelter site loses one vote, others push for women-only center

Utah group will submit suggestions to feds on how to revamp health care

Rolly: Utah A.G. Sean Reyes complicated child-porn case, investigator says

Deseret News

Editorial: Online sales tax is more complicated than advocates have said

Latino activist Tony Yapias waives hearing, again declares his innocence in rape case

Utah spent $4.4 billion in federal funds last year, audit shows

Half of Utahns like Trump's Cabinet picks but no one from the state chosen

Census: Utah is nation's fastest-growing state


Summit County budget tops $74 million (Park Record)

National Headlines

Trump plots two-for-one assault on Obama regs (The Hill)

Liberal media enjoys post-Trump election boom (The Hill)

Congress: Obama Admin Fired Top Scientist to Advance Climate Change Plans (Washington Free Beacon)

The Delegitimization Of Donald Trump (U.S. News & World Report)

U.S. Economic Confidence Inches Up to New High (Gallup)

Clinton allies rip into FBI after search warrant unsealed (Politico)

Scott Walker Asks Donald Trump For More Power Over Refugee Resettlement (Huffington Post)

Trump could deliver the 'transformation' Obama only promised (New York Post)

President Obama bans oil drilling in large areas of Atlantic and Arctic oceans (Washington Post)

Trump administration 'hell-bent' on big changes, hedge fund executive says (Boston Globe)

Census Says US Population Grew at Lowest Rate Since Great Depression This Year (Wall Street Journal)

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