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Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Salt 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."
Morning Must Reads for Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 342nd day of the year. There are 24 days remaining in 2016.
A big shake-up in House committee assignments. Donald Trump named "Person of the Year." Utahns are wary of giving Sen. Orrin Hatch an eighth term in Washington.
- 12 days until the Electoral College meets to cast their votes for president and vice president (12/19/2016)
- 44 days until Donald Trump is inaugurated as the 45th President (1/20/2017)
- 47 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature (1/23/2017)
- 92 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature (3/9/2017)
- 335 days until the 2017 municipal elections (11/7/2017)
- 699 days until the 2018 midterm elections (11/6/2018)
Ten talking points for Wednesday:
- House Speaker Greg Hughes makes some major changes in legislative committee assignments for 2017 [Utah Policy].
- Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman is reportedly no longer in the running to be Secretary of State [Utah Policy].
- Time Magazine names Donald Trump their "Person of the Year" for 2017 [Tribune].
- A new poll shows Utahns like Sen. Orrin Hatch, but balk at the idea of him running for an eighth term in office [Tribune].
- Gov. Gary Herbert is set to release his 2017 budget proposal on Wednesday morning. The plan includes more money for Utah's public schools and investments in public safety [Deseret News].
- Jeff Sessions, Donald Trump's pick for Attorney General, could be a major roadblock for efforts to legalize marijuana use during the next four years [Politico].
- With Hillary Clinton's popular vote lead over Donald Trump soaring to more than 2.6 million votes, Congressional Democrats are exploring ways to reform the Electoral College [Wall Street Journal].
- Donald Trump's transition team reportedly requested a security clearance for Michael Flynn, the son of Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, who will serve as Trump's national security advisor [CNN]. The younger Flynn was fired from the transition team after pushing fake news stories alleging that aides to Hillary Clinton were involved in a child prostitution ring [Washington Post].
- Hospital groups say they could lose $165 billion if the Affordable Care Act is repealed. The repeal would also trigger "an unprecedented public health crisis" [Washington Post].
- The Salt Lake City Council is questioning the request for an additional $350 million to cover cost overruns in the Salt Lake City Airport reconstruction project [Tribune, Deseret News].
On this day in history:
- 1787 - Delaware became the first state to ratify the Constitution.
- 1941 - Japan launched a sneak attack on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, catapulting the United States into World War II.
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