Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 338th day of the year. There are 27 days remaining in 2017.
29 days until candidates can declare their intent to gather signatures for the 2018 election (1/2/2018)
49 days until the opening day of the 2018 Utah Legislature (1/22/2018)
94 days until the final day of the 2018 Utah Legislature (3/8/2018)
95 days until the filing period for candidates in the 2018 election opens (3/9/2018)
101 days until the filing deadline for the 2018 elections (3/15/2018)
106 days until the statewide GOP caucus meetings (3/20/2018)
138 days until the GOP State Convention (4/21/2018)
204 days until the 2018 Primary Election (6/26/2018)
337 days until the 2018 midterm elections (11/6/2018)
1,065 days until the 2020 presidential election (11/3/2020)
Today's political TL; DR -
POLL: Only 33% of Utahns say they would vote for President Donald Trump if he runs for re-election in 2020. 47% say they would vote for his opponent, whoever that might be [Utah Policy].
President Donald Trump is reportedly pressuring Sen. Orrin Hatch to run for another term in the Senate in order to block Mitt Romney from jumping into the race [Utah Policy].
Former White House strategist Steve Bannon is considering an endorsement of an eighth term by Sen. Hatch because he does not want Mitt Romney to run in 2018 [Utah Policy].
President Donald Trump visits Utah today. While he's here he will meet with LDS Church leaders and speak at the Capitol where he will announce he's reducing the size of the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments [New York Times, ABC News, Tribune].
Thousands of Utahns rallied at the State Capitol on Saturday to protest Trump's impending decision on public lands. A much smaller rally in support of Trump's decision also took place in San Juan County [Deseret News].
After Trump makes his public lands announcement on Monday, groups opposed to the move plan to quickly file lawsuits to stop the changes. Rep. Chris Stewart says there will be a "dramatic" announcement about public lands coming following the president's visit to Utah, possibly as soon as today [Deseret News].
Our "Political Insiders" are split on whether they think the GOP tax plan will become law by Christmas [Utah Policy].
Rep. Mia Love proposes legislation to end the use of taxpayer funds to settle sexual harassment claims against members of Congress [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune].
Some Utah tech companies are worried if the FCC nixes net neutrality, it could stifle innovation and leave them at a competitive disadvantage [Deseret News].
Brigham Young University may have given preference to male applicants when making enrollment decisions [Tribune].
Congress must approve a spending measure by Friday to avoid a government shutdown [New York Times].
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he's confident Congress will meet the Friday deadline to avoid a shutdown [CNN].
Following the passage of the GOP tax plan last week, the House and Senate must now meet to hash out the differences between the two versions [Wall Street Journal].
Even though polling shows the GOP tax proposals is unpopular with Americans, Sen. Mitch McConnell says the issue will be a political winner for Republicans in 2018 [Washington Post].
President Trump's lawyer, John Dowd, says he authored a tweet sent out by President Donald Trump on Saturday that said he fired former national security adviser Michael Flynn for lying to the FBI [ABC News].
North Korea warns that U.S. war games in South Korea could trigger a nuclear war [NBC News].
Former Access Hollywood correspondent Billy Bush says there is no doubt that it's President Trump's voice on the infamous tape that surfaced in the last months of the 2016 campaign. Trump has recently suggested the tape may have been altered [New York Times].
Taxpayers footed the bill for an $84,000 sexual harassment settlement involving Texas Republican Rep. Blake Farenthold [New York Times].
On this day in history:
1783 - At Fraunces Tavern in New York City, General George Washington bids farewell to his officers.
1861 - The 109 Electors of the Confederate States of America unanimously elect Jefferson Davis as President and Alexander H. Stephens as Vice President.
1881 - The first edition of the Los Angeles Times is published.
1978 - Following the murder of Mayor George Moscone, Dianne Feinstein becomes San Francisco's first female mayor.
1991 - American Terry Anderson is released after seven years in captivity as a hostage in Beirut.
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