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Local News Highlights: Daily Briefing

Morning must reads for Thursday, February 2, 2017

Good Thursday morning and Happy Groundhog Day from Salt Lake City. Today is the 33rd day of the year. There are 332 days remaining in 2017.

Lawmakers rush to pass a resolution on Bears Ears because they think Trump will undo the monument. The fight over SB54 may not be over yet. The House advances a bill to reduce Democratic representation on some state boards. 

The clock:

Ten talking points for Thursday:

  1. Utah lawmakers are rushing to pass a resolution calling on President Donald Trump to rescind the Bears Ears National Monument by Friday. The reason for the rush? They think Trump might do it, and soon [Utah Policy].

  2. Lawmakers want to put the fight over SB54 to bed for good with a bill that establishes runoff elections. However, some Republicans are set to try and repeal SB54 altogether [Utah Policy].

  3. The Utah House advances a bill that could reduce the number of Democrats on some state boards of commissions [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News].

  4. Some Utah Senators are upset with how the House railroaded two resolutions dealing with the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments, saying it could turn the public hearings in the Senate into "freakshow circuses" [Utah Policy].

  5. Of all the political figures in Utah, a new poll shows Mitt Romney is the most popular in Utah [Utah Policy].

  6. A House committee spends nearly three hours debating polygamy, then decides to hold Rep. Mike Noel's bill that changes the definition of bigamy in Utah [Deseret News, Fox 13].

  7. Rep. Jason Chaffetz said late Wednesday he would not move forward with a bill to sell off thousands of acres of public lands in 10 Western states [Denverite]. Chaffetz is taking heat from residents of Washington, D.C. for a myriad of problems after he pledged to block D.C.'s right-to-die law [DCist].

  8. Stunning. President Donald Trump blasted Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on a phone call when Turnbull brought up a deal the U.S. made with Austraila to take in more than 1,000 refugees from his country [Washington Post]. Trump also threatened to send troops to Mexico to stop "bad hombres down there" during a phone call with that country's president [Politico].

  9. Two Republican Senators say they will not vote to confirm Betsy DeVos, President Trump's nominee for Education Secretary. That means the final vote on DeVos's nomination could be a tie in the Senate, which would require Vice President Mike Pence to cast the deciding vote. If one more Republican defects, DeVos would be defeated [Politico].

  10. President Donald Trump wants the Senate to invoke the "nuclear option" to do away with the filibuster if Democrats try to block his Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch [Wall Street Journal].

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Utah lawmaker pushing 'stand your ground' bill

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As Ogden home slips on slope, homeowner seeks compensation and answers (Standard-Examiner)

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Trump honors fallen Navy SEAL (Associated Press)

Trump White House Puts Iran 'On Notice' After Missile Launch (Wall Street Journal)

Trump to Mexico: Take care of 'bad hombres' or US might (Associated Press)

Matthew McConaughey urges Hollywood to 'embrace' Trump (The Hill)

Dems in bind over Trump court pick (The Hill)

Supreme Court pick Neil Gorsuch tours Capitol as Democrats count votes (CNN)

Rex Tillerson Is Confirmed as Secretary of State (New York Times)

LA federal judge orders a temporary halt to part of Trump's travel ban (Los Angeles Times)

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Sheryl Sandberg Explains Why Silicon Valley Won't Confront Trump (BuzzFeed)

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