Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 41st day of the year. There are 324 days remaining in 2017.
Chaffetz faces a hostile crowd at a town hall meeting in Salt Lake City. Gov. Gary Herbert is doing damage control trying to keep the Outdoor Retailers Show from leaving Utah. Trump lashes out after a court puts the kibosh on his travel ban.
18 days until President Trump is scheduled to addresses a joint session of Congress (2/28/2017)
27 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature (3/9/2017)
270 days until the 2017 municipal elections (11/7/2017)
635 days until the 2018 midterm elections (11/6/2018)
1362 days until the 2020 presidential election (11/3/2020)
Want to understand what happened this week in Utah politics? Watch our week in review. You won't be sorry [Utah Policy].
Gov. Gary Herbert wants to sit down and talk with organizers of the Outdoor Retailers Show who are threatening to abandon Utah because they're upset over the stance toward public lands coming from state leaders [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News].
It appears backers of a bill to allow Utahns to carry concealed weapons without a permit need to do more to convince Gov. Gary Herbert that he should sign the bill if lawmakers pass it [Utah Policy].
Rep. Chris Stewart says he will stand up to the Trump administration if they try to do something beyond their constitutional authority [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News]. Here's a podcast of our conversation with Rep. Stewart [Utah Policy].
Bob Bernick argues that the Utah GOP can't keep candidates off the ballot no matter what they may argue [Utah Policy].
Rep. Kim Coleman wants to take more steps to protect the accuser in sexual assault cases at colleges and universities [Utah Policy].
SEE YOU IN COURT! President Donald Trump is apoplectic after a panel of 3 federal judges upheld a ban on his executive order temporarily stopping immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries [Washington Post].
Rep. Jason Chaffetz lashes out after White House senior adviser Kellyanne Conway apparently broke the law by hawking for Ivanka Trump's fashion line [Wall Street Journal]. So many people tried to complain about Conway's endorsement of Trump's clothing line that it crashed the Office of Government Ethics website [Politico].
No wonder Mexico doesn't want to pay for the wall. An internal report from the Department of Homeland Security says it would take 3 1/2 years to build and would cost nearly $22 billion [Reuters].
On this day in history:
1763 - France ceded Canada to England under the Treaty of Paris, which ended the French and Indian War.
1846 - Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints – the Mormons – began an exodus west from Illinois.
1949 - Arthur Miller's play "Death of a Salesman" opened on Broadway. (Miller died on the same date in 2005 at age 89.)
1967 - The 25th Amendment to the Constitution, dealing with presidential disability and succession, went into effect.
Today At Utah Policy
Bob Bernick's notebook: Ballot battle By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor Just remember this, dear reader: No matter what the bosses of the Utah Republican Party say or do, they don’t have total control who gets on their party’s taxpayer-paid-for primary ballot....
Herbert appears skeptical on 'permitless carry' gun issue By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor While gun rights advocates believe they have a good chance to bringing “permitless concealed carry” to Utah this legislative session, GOP Gov. Gary Herbert didn’t sound persuaded Thursday....
Stewart talks Trump's 'Muslim ban' By Bryan Schott and Bob Bernick Rep. Chris Stewart says he's worried about some of the perceived ethical lapses coming out of the Donald Trump White House, but he thinks those will fade as he grows into the presidency....
Weekly survey: Will the Outdoor Retailers Show leave Utah? By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor Organizers for the Outdoor Retailers Show say they are considering moving their bi-annual trade show to another state because of the attitude toward public lands from Utah's leaders. Do you think the massive trade show will leave? Let us know what you think....
Colbert dings Hatch, Chaffetz By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor Late night talk show host Stephen Colbert had some harsh words for Sen. Orrin Hatch and Rep. Jason Chaffetz during his monologue on Wednesday night....
Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report Outdoor Notes-- Tribune: DWR instigates statewide antler ban -- Tribune: Optimism high as annual boat show gets set to open -- Tribune: Celebrate bald eagles this Saturday Weekend EventsNew Films-- I Am Not Your Negro: Tribune review -- John Wick: Chapter 2: Tribune review -...
A Little Caffeine "Two students in England were hospitalized after taking part in a caffeine research study where they were accidentally given the equivalent of 300 cups of coffee. This accident resulted from putting a decimal point in the wrong place. And the lab technician responsible said, "I'm sorry, I didn't have my morning coffee." James Corden
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