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Friday, December 9, 2016

Best of Utah 2016 logoSalt 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."

Local News Highlights: Daily Briefing

Morning Must Reads for Friday, December 9, 2016

Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 344th day of the year. There are 22 days remaining in 2016.

The federal government could shut down due to a fight over health benefits for retired coal miners. Donald Trump taps a critic of hiking the minimum wage as labor secretary. Mia Love lays the groundwork for a possible leadership role in Congress.

The clock:

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

Ten talking points for Friday:

  1. What happened this week in Utah politics? We've got you covered with our video week-in-review [Utah Policy].

  2. The opponents of a proposed tax hike for public schools are painting themselves into a corner politically [Utah Policy].

  3. The federal government is on the verge of a shutdown because a stopgap spending measure is in trouble after Senate Democrats want to extend health benefits for retired coal miners. The measure must be passed by midnight on Friday to avoid the shutdown [New York Times].

  4. Mitt Romney was spotted near Trump Tower during his visit to New York on Thursday. A witness says Romney was hustling away from the building "like he didn't want to be seen." Romney is still reportedly in the running to be Donald Trump's secretary of state [New York Post].

  5. Donald Trump taps Andrew Puzder, CEO of the Carl's Jr. fast-food franchise, to be secretary of labor. Puzder is an outspoken critic of calls to raise the minimum wage [Wall Street Journal].

  6. Washington Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers is rumored to be at the top of Donald Trump's list for interior secretary. McMorris Rodgers is currently the chair of the House GOP Conference. If she gets the job, Utah Rep. Mia Love is among those who may make a bid for the #4 position in House leadership [Politico].

  7. Republican members of Congress are set to launch an intensive probe of Russian meddling in the 2016 election and potential cyber threats to the U.S. military [Washington Post]. Donald Trump is reportedly only getting only one intelligence briefing per week [Huffington Post].

  8. Conflict of interest anyone? President-Elect Donald Trump will remain as an executive producer for the latest season of the television show "The Apprentice." The title is not ceremonial, either as Trump will pull a reported five-figure salary from the show [NBC News].

  9. Overstock.com chairman of the board and former gubernatorial candidate Jonathan Johnson smells a rat in the deal struck between Utah and Amazon.com to collect sales tax for online purchases [Tribune]. Amazon will get to keep 18% of the sales tax they collect from Utah residents under terms of the agreement [Deseret News].

  10. Gov. Gary Herbert says Utah education leaders need to get on the same page to come up with a long-term plan for improving education in the state [Deseret News].

On this day in history:

  • 1958 - Retired Boston candy manufacturer Robert H. W. Welch, Jr., established the John Birch Society, a right-wing organization dedicated to fighting what it perceived to be the extensive infiltration of communism into U.S. society.
  • 1974 - White House aide John Ehrlichman testified at the Watergate trial that U.S. President Richard Nixon was responsible for a cover up.
  • 1990 - Solidarity founder Lech Walesa was elected president of Poland.
  • 2000 - The U.S. Supreme Court ordered a temporary halt in the Florida presidential vote count.


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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Finland can teach the left and right about schools

Editorial: Bishop is wrong to call for national monuments to be undone

UTA reverses push to make van poolers pay for car washes

Memo to Utah GOP: Forget passing bills; try paying them

Online petition asks Salt Lake City mayor to open more shelter space for the homeless

Utah air, environmental regulators hope they can bank on guv's proposed budget

LGBT activist plans ad blitz targeting Mormon church's tax-exempt status

Utah lawmakers, one a fellow former astronaut, remember John Glenn

More change coming to Salt Lake City's RDA - a big boss is leaving

DABC reduces Lamb's Grill liquor violation fine to $2,500

Alta, Moab residents will pay highest rates for Utah's forthcoming Amazon sales tax

Deseret News

Jay Evensen: A rogue Electoral College? Let's hope not

Editorial: Regulatory climate as important as tax incentives for businesses

This is how long it takes Utahns to commute to work

Utah elections director describes John Swallow as a 'con artist' in new court documents

Gov. Herbert: Education groups need to 'quit the fighting,' unite on long-term strategy

Out in the cold: Addicted, mentally ill choosing streets over shelter, advocates say

Amazon.com entitled to keep 18 percent of sales taxes collected in Utah

Other

Former West Weber resident hopes to develop Weber County's first agri-community (Standard-Examiner)

Weber County OKs contracts to steer fight against intergenerational poverty (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Trump era confronts organized labor with gravest crisis in decades (Washington Post)

State of Georgia accuses Homeland Security of attempted hack (The Hill)

Senate Democrats dig in as shutdown approaches (The Hill)

Do Trump's Cabinet picks want to run the government - or dismantle it? (Washington Post)

Reid predicts death of filibuster (Politico)

Hillary Clinton attacks 'fake news' in post-election appearance on Capitol Hill (Washington Post)

Portland to tax CEOs who earn 'too much,' a first for income inequality fight (Christian Science Monitor)

Obama's mighty EPA falls into Pruitt's hands (Politico)

Fast-food CEO, Trump's pick for Labor, on racy TV ads (Washington Post)

Why Obamacare could be the messiest battle of 2017 (CNN)

Stock benchmarks just did something they haven't done in nearly 20 years (MarketWatch)

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