Morning must reads for Thursday, February 16, 2017
Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 47th day of the year. There are 318 days remaining in 2017.
A fight may be brewing over a bill establishing a runoff in some primary elections. Some Republicans are urging Rep. Jason Chaffetz to start investigating Donald Trump's White House. A Colorado group takes out newspaper ads to lure the Outdoor Retailers Show away from Utah.
12 days until President Trump is scheduled to addresses a joint session of Congress (2/28/2017)
21 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature (3/9/2017)
264 days until the 2017 municipal elections (11/7/2017)
629 days until the 2018 midterm elections (11/6/2018)
1356 days until the 2020 presidential election (11/3/2020)
Here are the stories making news in politics this morning:
There may be a fight in the Legislature brewing over a bill establishing a runoff for some primary elections. The current legislation calls for a runoff if candidates reach 35%, but some Republicans in the House think that number is too low [Utah Policy].
Rep. Jason Chaffetz wants an investigation into who leaked classified information that led to the resignation of National Security Adviser Gen. Michael Flynn [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Politico].
A Colorado group takes out half-page newspaper ads in Utah lobbying the Outdoor Retailers Show to abandon Salt Lake City over the attitude toward public lands shown by state leaders [Utah Policy].
Rep. Brad Daw wants to allow cities and counties to boost sales taxes to fund road projects [Utah Policy, Tribune].
The Senate advances a bill that would remove the requirement to have a certain number of Democrats on some state boards and commissions [Utah Policy, Tribune].
Some Congressional Republicans are pushing Rep. Jason Chaffetz to unleash Oversight Committee investigations on the Donald Trump White House [Politico].
Andrew Puzder withdraws as President Donald Trump's nominee for Labor Secretary [Washington Post].
Gov. Gary Herbert says he supports a proposal to eliminate the U.S. Department of Education and hopes to discuss the Bears Ears National Monument with the Trump administration when he visits Washington next week [Associated Press].
Rep. Mike Winder's proposal to give teachers in low-income schools a salary boost barely passes a House committee [Tribune, Deseret News].
What?! When Donald Trump made surprise calls to the Air Force general in charge of the F-35 jet program to discuss the ballooning cost of the program, the CEO of Boeing was listening in on the call. The only problem is the F-35 is manufactured by Boeing's chief rival, Lockheed [Bloomberg].
U.S. intelligence officials are withholding some information from President Trump because they are fearful it could be leaked or that the White House is compromised [Wall Street Journal].
On this day in history:
1923 - The burial chamber of King Tutankhamen's recently unearthed tomb was unsealed in Egypt.
1948 - NBC-TV aired the first nightly newscast, "The Camel Newsreel Theatre," which consisted of Fox Movietone newsreels.
1959 - Fidel Castro became premier of Cuba a month after the overthrow of Fulgencio Batista.
Today At Utah Policy
Threshold for runoff elections could derail bill addressing plurality By Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott Many politicos believed the SB54 plurality fight was over with this legislative session after the Utah Republican Party’s Central Committee voted last Saturday to drop its federal lawsuit against the dual-pathway to the primary ballot law.Not so fast....
Downtown Rising action plan Local leaders unveiled the 2017 Downtown Rising Action Plan at the Eccles Theater, one of the signature projects identified in the original Downtown Rising plan, launched in 2007....
Free Enterprise Utah supports freedom of contract A group of Utah business leaders has formed a new coalition, Free Enterprise Utah, to stand-up for the freedom of businesses and employees to define their relationship without government interference....
Migration "A recent study found that the number of monarch butterflies migrating to Mexico from the U.S. has dropped by 27 percent. Apparently the butterflies are afraid if they go from the U.S. to Mexico, they won't be allowed back in." Conan O'Brien
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