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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

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Morning Must Reads for Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 363rd day of the year. There are three days remaining in 2016.

The Obama administration says they are close to announcing their response to Russian election hacking. Rep. Jason Chaffetz is cleared of charges he misused campaign funds. Utah alcohol sales hit a new high this year.

The clock:

  • 23 days until Donald Trump is inaugurated as the 45th President (1/20/2017)
  • 26 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature (1/23/2017)
  • 71 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature (3/9/2017)
  • 314 days until the 2017 municipal elections (11/7/2017)
  • 678 days until the 2018 midterm elections (11/6/2018)

Ten talking points for Wednesday:

  1. Interesting times. LaVarr Webb says after a remarkable 2016 presidential election, the political chaos could continue well into 2017 [Utah Policy].

  2. Countdown continues. Gov. Gary Herbert winning a third election for governor in Utah is our #2 Utah political news story from 2016 [Utah Policy].

  3. Punishing election hacks. The Obama administration is close to announcing how they plan on retaliating against Russia for interfering with the 2016 presidential election [Washington Post]. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, says Russian attempts to influence the election are "unprecedented," and Republicans are ignoring the evidence [The Atlantic].

  4. Middle-East peace. Secretary of State John Kerry plans to outline a last-ditch plan for peace between Israel and Palestine before a new administration takes the reins in Washington [New York Times].

  5. Supermajority looming? Republicans could realistically win a supermajority in the U.S. Senate in 2018 [Washington Post].

  6. A new gilded age? Even though a populist wave swept across the globe in 2016, the richest people in the world increased their fortunes by nearly $250 billion [Bloomberg].

  7. Inauguration protests. The planners of for Donald Trump's inauguration next month say they're bracing for a wave of protests because Americans are still deeply divided over the results of the election [New York Times].

  8. Chaffetz cleared. Rep. Jason Chaffetz has been exonerated of any wrongdoing stemming from a complaint that he misused campaign funds [Tribune].

  9. Booze news. Alcohol sales in Utah this year hit a new high of $406 million, which is a 7.8 percent jump [Tribune, Deseret News]. Sen. Jerry Stevenson hints that lawmakers may take a look at dumping "Zion Curtains" from restaurants in Utah [Fox 13].

  10. Are you listening Utah? Colorado voters approved two measures to change their presidential nominating process. The first dumps their presidential caucus for primary elections while the second allows any registered voter to participate in any presidential primary they choose regardless of party affiliation [The Hill]. 

On this day in history:

  • 1832 - John C. Calhoun became the first vice president of the United States to resign, stepping down over differences with President Andrew Jackson.
  • 1864 - Iowa was admitted as the 29th state.
  • 1945 - Congress officially recognized the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag of the United States.

Today At Utah Policy

Bernick and Schott on Politics: The Top-10 Utah Political News Stories of 2016 - #2

Gov. Gary Herbert won another term in 2016, becoming just the third Utahn to win three elections for governor....

The Political Fun Will Continue in 2017

The year 2016, which featured one of the most unpredictable and tumultuous elections in U.S. history, is almost over. I’ve been watching politics for some 45 years, and I’ve never witnessed anything quite as remarkable as the 2016 presidential election....

Weekly Survey: Utah Political New Year's Resolutions

Let us know what New Year's Resolution you'd like to see for someone or something in Utah politics. ...

Podcast: The Top-10 Utah Political News Stories of 2016 - #2

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

Policy News

Treasurer Damschen Reminds Utahns to Give the Gift of Higher Education
Utah State Treasurer David Damschen reminded Utah residents they can give the gift of higher education this holiday season by opening or investing in a Utah Educational Savings Plan. ...

As Markets Remain Resilient in the Wake of Federal Reserve Rate Increase, Consumer Outlook Closes Year on a Strong Note
The Zions Bank Utah Consumer Attitude Index increased 5.1 points to 119.8 in December. The increase resulted from a more positive outlook on the economy over the next six months....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Leaking gas is wasting our resources and our lungs

Utah animal advocates want to beef up requirement on shelter for dogs in bad weather

Chaffetz cleared of allegations that he misused campaign funds

Utah alcohol sales reach new highs in 2016

Rolly: Ex-mayor's bid to clear snow from his street hits a roadblock: the city crews he used to oversee

Utah in 2016: Trump prevails, Shurtleff walks, the homeless linger, Mormon videos are leaked and more

Deseret News

Derek B. Miller: Farewell to Obama's Jedi mind-trick foreign policy

Richard Davis: Are you better or worse off?

Editorial: Helping students enter college ready warrants praise

Poll: Utahns support deporting undocumented immigrants with criminal records

Consumer attitudes at post-recession high

'A festival of light': Jewish community celebrates Hanukkah with governor at Capitol

Shoring up a legacy of mining


Open enrollment for health insurance up in Utah, will continue through January (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

In North Carolina, Some Democrats See Their Grim Future (Politico)

Inside Trump's dalliance with Democrats (Politico)

Top 15 Democratic presidential candidates in 2020 (The Hill)

Turkey's president Recep Tayyip Erdogan claims US-led coalition forces have 'supported ISIS' (The Sun)

Israel intensifies battle with U.S. over U.N. resolution on settlements (Washington Post)

Kerry Plans Middle East Speech as Israel Retaliates Over UN Snub (Bloomberg)

Obama administration is close to announcing measures to punish Russia for election interference (Washington Post)

San Francisco grapples with growing crime, blight after years of liberal policies (FOX News)

Trump Tower was evacuated, but now everything is 'all clear' (AOL News)

House GOP aiming to prevent another Democratic sit-in (Associated Press)

Consumer confidence hits highest level since 2001 (The Hill)

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Courage to Continue
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