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Wednesday, December 7, 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."

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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.

The clock:

  • 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:

  1. House Speaker Greg Hughes makes some major changes in legislative committee assignments for 2017 [Utah Policy].

  2. Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman is reportedly no longer in the running to be Secretary of State [Utah Policy].

  3. Time Magazine names Donald Trump their "Person of the Year" for 2017 [Tribune].

  4. A new poll shows Utahns like Sen. Orrin Hatch, but balk at the idea of him running for an eighth term in office [Tribune].

  5. 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].

  6. 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].

  7. 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].

  8. 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].

  9. 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].

  10. 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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Utah Treasurer Damschen Announces County-by-County Unclaimed Property Data for First Time in Utah History
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Hatch, Wyden, Isakson, Warner Introduce Bill to Address Chronic Illness
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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Jonathan Johnson: PSC should reject Rocky Mountain's solar plan

Editorial: Heroin plague increases the need for a needle exchange program in Utah

Editorial: Shared management plan for San Rafael Swell area worth study

Growing Moab begins work on new sewer plant

Utah's most prominent deadbeat: the state GOP

Salt Lake City Council questions rush on $350M add to airport rebuild tab

New partnership with U. aims to crank up Utah's manufacturing sector

Poll: Utahns like Hatch, but balk at extending 40-year tenure

Deseret News

Boyd Matheson: Economic Twinkies won't nourish the economy

Richard Davis: Pearl Harbor, the Age of America and President Trump

Editorial: We can honor Pearl Harbor by living like those of 'the civic generation'

Rep. Jason Chaffetz names new chief of staff, legislative director

Utah receives $6 million boost from EPA to reduce air pollution

Utah oil sands project hits delay

New manufacturing resource center launched in Utah

Congress passes Hatch bill to expand rural health care services

Herbert set to release budget with more money for schools, public safety

Salt Lake airport requests $350M more for its renovation


Utah County pushes back 2017 budget by one week to discuss 2 percent raise for elected officials (Daily Herald)

Cold weather challenges Ogden orgs who help homeless, low-income populations (Standard-Examiner)

Cache County Council authorizes eminent domain in ranch road dispute (Logan Herald Journal)

Park City mayor plans immigration letter to congressional delegation (Park Record)

National Headlines

After blowback, NYT public editor walks back criticism of reporters (The Hill)

After ObamaCare: Insurers look to GOP for help (The Hill)

Ohio governor tells electors not to vote for him over Trump (Washington Post)

Law Firm Offering Free Legal Advice To Electors Who Don't Want To Vote For Trump (Huffington Post)

Why Joe Biden won't rule out running for president again (Washington Post)

Pentagon plays down report on cost-cutting study (Washington Post)

Democrats: McConnell Fix for Miners' Health Care Inadequate (New York Times)

Trump announces Japanese corporate giant is investing $50 billion in the U.S. (Washington Post)

Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes: Democrats, not Donald Trump, are the real 'threat to the First Amendment' (Recode)

Tribe's leader asks Dakota pipeline protesters to go home (The Hill)

Donald Trump Invites Tech Leaders to a Meeting (Wall Street Journal)

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Wise Words

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