Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 342nd day of the year. There are 23 days remaining in 2017.
25 days until candidates can declare their intent to gather signatures for the 2018 election (1/2/2018)
45 days until the opening day of the 2018 Utah Legislature (1/22/2018)
90 days until the final day of the 2018 Utah Legislature (3/8/2018)
91 days until the filing period for candidates in the 2018 election opens (3/9/2018)
97 days until the filing deadline for the 2018 elections (3/15/2018)
102 days until the statewide caucus meetings for Utah Republicans and Democrats (3/20/2018)
134 days until the GOP State Convention (4/21/2018)
200 days until the 2018 Primary Election (6/26/2018)
333 days until the 2018 midterm elections (11/6/2018)
1,061 days until the 2020 presidential election (11/3/2020)
Today's political TL; DR -
Sen. Orrin Hatch is holding a fundraiser for his re-election committee in January, fueling speculation that he is readying to run for an eighth term next year [Utah Policy].
It was a week chock full of political news for Utah. Bryan Schott and Bob Bernick break down what happened and why for you [Utah Policy]. Here's a podcast version if you prefer [Utah Policy].
Reps. Brad Last and Mike Schultz get promotions in House leadership following the resignation of Rep. Dean Sanpei [Utah Policy].
Utah drops from the top spot in the rankings for "Best states for business" [Utah Policy].
National Republicans launch an attack website to go after Mayor Ben McAdams in next year's Congressional race against Rep. Mia Love [Fox 13].
Two more lawsuits are filed over President Donald Trump's decision to slash Bears Ears National Monument [Deseret News].
Sen. Orrin Hatch and Rep. Mia Love said it was the right decision for Minnesota Sen. Al Franken to resign following allegations of sexual misconduct [Deseret News].
Rep. Mia Love says Texas Republican Blake Farenthold should resign from Congress following news that more than $80,000 in taxpayer money was used to settle a sexual harassment claim against him [CNN].
The investigation into Utah County Commissioner Greg Graves found that Graves displayed threatening behavior in the workplace but could not confirm allegations of sexual misconduct [Daily Herald, Deseret News, Tribune].
Sen. Daniel Thatcher wants LDS Church leaders to take a stand on his proposed hate crimes legislation [Tribune].
Gov. Gary Herbert's office gives the State Board of Education a sneak preview at their "Utah Education Roadmap," which will be released next year [Deseret News].
Congress avoids a shutdown...for two weeks. Congressional leaders send a stopgap spending bill to fund the government until just before Christmas to President Trump's desk [New York Times].
Sen. Al Franken announces he will resign from Congress amid multiple women accusing him of sexual misconduct [New York Times].
Arizona Rep. Trent Franks says he will resign from Congress after two female staffers alleged he sexually harassed them. Franks bizarrely claims he discussed "fertility issues and surrogacy" with the staffers, but denies any harassment [CNN].
The House is launching an ethics investigation into Texas Republican Blake Farenthold who paid more than $80,000 in taxpayer funds to settle a sexual harassment claim against him [Politico].
Former WSJ reporter Neil King says the number of sexual harassment claims against members of Congress could be between 20 and 30 [Twitter].
A British publicist who arranged the June 2016 meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and a Russian lawyer sent multiple follow-up emails to one of the Russians involved in the meeting. Trump Jr. previously claimed there was no follow-up following the meeting [CNN].
An executive with a Russian social media company made several overtures to Donald Trump's presidential campaign [Washington Post].
Conservatives are ramping up their attacks on special counsel Robert Muller as his investigation into Russian election meddling seems to be intensifying [The Hill].
The House ethics committee clears California Republican Devin Nunes of allegations he disclosed classified information related to the Russia investigation [Politico].
Former Congressman and current MSNBC contributor Harold Ford Jr. was fired by Morgan Stanley after a woman claimed he sexually harassed her [Huffington Post].
President Trump's approval rating drops to 32%, which is a new low [CNN].
Drain the swamp? Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke spent more than $14,000 on helicopters to ferry himself and his staff to events around Washington, D.C. [Politico].
Controversial former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio says he's considering running for the U.S. Senate [Daily Beast].
The UK and the European Union reach an agreement on the Brexit talks [New York Times].
Bitcoin prices are skyrocketing, and investors on Wall Street cannot wait to short the cryptocurrency [Axios].
On this day in history:
1941 - The U.S. declares war on Japan following the sneak attack on Pearl Harbor.
1980 - Former Beatle John Lennon is murdered in front of The Dakota in New York City.
1987 - President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev signed the first treaty between the two superpowers to reduce their massive nuclear arsenals.
1993 - President Bill Clinton signed the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA),
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