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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Best of Utah 2016 logoSalt Lake City Weekly highlighted 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 Tuesday, November 6, 2016

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 341st day of the year. There are 25 days remaining in 2016.

LaVar Christensen keeps his seat by 5 votes following a recount. Joe Biden teases a possible 2020 presidential run. Congressional leaders are not very fond of Donald Trump's plan to slap a tariff on companies that move overseas.

The clock:

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

Ten talking points for Tuesday:

  1. Rep. LaVar Christensen picks up two votes in the recount of his race, bringing his margin of victory to a massive five votes [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News].

  2. Rep. Rob Bishop speaks with President-Elect Donald Trump's transition team about possibly undoing some national monument designations [Utah Policy, Tribune].

  3. Vice President Joe Biden hints he may run for president in 2020. That would be quite a stretch as Biden would turn 78 years old shortly after the 2020 election [Wall Street Journal].

  4. Donald Trump's deal with Carrier to save 1,000 jobs is getting high marks from Americans in a new poll [Politico].

  5. Congressional leaders are looking askance at Donald Trump's plan to slap a 35% tariff on companies that move jobs overseas, pushing for corporate tax overhaul to make it more attractive for corporations to stay in the U.S. [New York Times].

  6. A Texas presidential elector pens a blistering op-ed explaining that he will not cast his ballot for Donald Trump because he is "not qualified for the office" [New York Times]. Harvard University law professor Lawrence Lessig says he will provide legal support for electors who want to oppose Donald Trump [Politico]. Utah's six electors say they're getting pressure to dump Trump, but they won't [Tribune].

  7. The Pentagon buried an internal study that highlighted $125 million in wasteful spending because leaders were fearful that Congress would slash their budget [Washington Post].

  8. New York City wants the federal government to pay for protecting President-Elect Donald Trump while he's there. The first bill comes to $35 million [New York Times].

  9. The rivalry between Jon Huntsman and Mitt Romney is bubbling up again with both men in the mix for Secretary of State [Tribune, Deseret News].

  10. Salt Lake City leaders lay out their plan to develop infrastructure in the area around the new prison near the airport [Deseret News, Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1768 - Encyclopedia Britannica was first published.
  • 1790 - Congress moved from New York City to Philadelphia.
  • 1865 - The 13th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified, abolishing slavery in the United States.
  • 1877 - The Washington Post published its first edition.
  • 1975 - The U.S. Senate authorized a $2.3 billion emergency loan to save New York City from bankruptcy. 

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Salt Lake County mayor revises his office as Bays departs

Recount confirms Christensen's win, stretches margin from 3 votes to 5

Rivalry revived: Romney vs. Huntsman for secretary of state

Utah charter lobbyist says procurement code's lease exception protects schools

Utah's Bishop asks Trump to consider revoking national monuments

Census: Salt Lake County no longer needs to offer voting help in Spanish

Salt Lake City launches major push to develop area near new prison

Utah's six official electors pressured to reject Trump, but won't

Deseret News

Editorial: What to consider about proposed tax hikes for schools

Editorial: The GOP should think twice before exercising the 'Nuclear Option' for Supreme Court nominees

Recount upholds victory for GOP Rep. LaVar Christensen

'It's time': Salt Lake leaders launch plan to develop area near new prison

With Huntsman in mix for secretary of state, will Romney be passed over?


Members of Utah delegation say Trump's past F-35 comments nothing to fret over (Standard-Examiner)

Eminent domain proceedings return in longstanding ranch road dispute (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

China hawks rally to Trump (Politico)

Dems resigned to Pelosi as they brace for Trump (Politico)

Voter turnout numbers push past 2012 (The Hill)

Could bipartisanship rise with Trump government? (The Hill)

Biden says, 'I'm going to run in 2020' (FOX News)

Trump's Meeting With Al Gore Gives Environmental Activists Hope (New York Times)

Trump nominates Carson to lead U.S. housing, urban policy (Washington Post)

North Carolina Gov. McCrory concedes he lost reelection bid (Los Angeles Times)

High court hears arguments in two redistricting cases (Washington Post)

Trump Takes On China in Tweets on Currency, South China Sea (Bloomberg)

Fed Officials Eyeing Rate Hike See Path Tied to Fiscal Policies (Bloomberg)

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