Morning must reads for Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 53rd day of the year. There are 312 days remaining in 2017.
Utah could change the way public lands are managed. Trump plans a crackdown on undocumented immigrants.
15 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature (3/9/2017)
258 days until the 2017 municipal elections (11/7/2017)
334 days until the opening day of the 2018 Utah Legislature (1/22/2018)
379 days until the final day of the 2018 Utah Legislature (3/8/2018)
623 days until the 2018 midterm elections (11/6/2018)
1350 days until the 2020 presidential election (11/3/2020)
Here are the stories making news in politics this morning:
Rep. Mike Noel wants to change the way public lands are managed in Utah, including requiring a positive vote by 2/3rds of the legislature before any lands are sold [Utah Policy].
Sen. Mike Lee says he wants to probe into China granting President Donald Trump a trademark on his name shortly after he became president [Utah Policy]. Lee also says Congress is working to undo many last-minute executive orders implemented by Barack Obama before he left office [Deseret News].
Former Labor Secretary Tom Perez, who is running to head the Democratic National Committee, visits Utah to boost local Democrats [Utah Policy]. Here's a podcast of our interview with Perez [Utah Policy].
LaVarr Webb argues that Donald Trump's penchant for causing chaos could be the catalyst for shaking up Washington [Utah Policy].
A new television ad campaign aims to build support for the Bears Ears national monument [Utah Policy].
A Senate committee holds a bill providing a mechanism for removing elected officials who are mentally incapacitated. The measure is in response to Salt Lake County Recorder Gary Ott who seemingly is suffering from diminished capacity [Deseret News, Tribune].
The Utah House approves a measure allowing Utahns as young as 18 to carry concealed weapons [Tribune].
Rep. Jason Chaffetz says he believes the investigation into the Trump administration's ties to Russia is better handled by another Congressional Committee, not his Oversight panel [Deseret News]. Chaffetz says President Donald Trump is poised to take action on overturning the Bears Ears National Monument created by Barack Obama last year [Deseret News]. Chaffetz wants to launch an investigation into a message posted on Twitter from Bryce Canyon National Park welcoming the Bears Ears Monument [Tribune].
President Donald Trump is pushing a stricter enforcement of immigration laws, including more aggressive detention and deportation of undocumented immigrants who commit crimes [New York Times].
The Trump administration could roll back protections for transgender students established under the Obama administration, including a directive to require public schools to allow students to use bathrooms and locker rooms that match their identities [Washington Post].
On this day in history:
1819 - Spain ceded Florida to the United States.
1924 - Calvin Coolidge delivered the first presidential radio broadcast from the White House.
1980 - In one of the most dramatic upsets in Olympics history, the underdog U.S. hockey team made up of collegians and second-tier professional players, defeated the defending champion Soviet team, regarded as the world's finest, 4-3, at the Winter Games in Lake Placid, N.Y.
Today At Utah Policy
Help could be on the way for Utah's Democrats By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor Utah's Democratic Party is in sad shape. They haven't won a statewide election in nearly two decades, and their numbers on Utah's Capitol Hill are near an all-time low. But, one candidate to head the national party says he aims to change that....
Podcast: A conversation with Tom Perez By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor Former Labor Secretary Tom Perez, who is running to be the next Chair of the Democratic National Committee, visited Utah this week....
Lee raises some concerns about Trump, Promises study By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor U.S. Sen. Mike Lee said Tuesday he has “a number of questions” about President Donald Trump getting from the Chinese government an exclusive trademark on the Trump name....
How to disrupt a Republican town hall By Golden Webb The Obama-tied group Organizing for Action is distributing a training manual to thousands of liberal activists that offers instructions and tips on how to confront GOP lawmakers holding town hall meetings and other functions in their home districts d...
Virginia, South Dakota join Utah's war on pornography By Golden Webb Last year, Gov. Gary Herbert signed a nonbinding measuredeclaringpornography a public health hazard, much to the scorn of The New York Times, Huffington Post, and other media outlets (both national and local), which responded to Herbert's move by pooh-poohing the ideathatpor...
Luncheon with the Ambassador of Austria World Trade Center Utah, in partnership with the Governor's Office of Economic Development and the Salt Lake Chamber, is delighted to welcome His Excellency Dr. Wolfgang Waldner, Ambassador of Austria....
GOED's Ben Hart named UACTE Champion of the Year Benjamin Hart, managing director of Urban and Rural Business Services at the Governor’s Office of Economic of Development, has been named the Utah Association for Career and Technical Education Champion of the Year. Education leaders recognized Hart at an awards ceremo...
Let it Go "He [Trump] said Hillary Clinton's name 11 times during this press conference. Why is he still talking about Hillary Clinton? The election is over! Even lovesick teenage boys are like, "Move on, man. Let her go." Conan O'Brien
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