Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 167th day of the year. There are 198 days remaining in 2017. Today is the 147th day of Donald Trump's presidency.
Utah Democrats and Republicans gather Saturday to pick their nominees in Utah's 3rd CD. Jared Kushner is reportedly under investigation for his financial dealings. Trump picks an event planner to head up a federal housing program in New York.
The Utah Republican 3rd District nominating convention at Timpview High School is tomorrow (6/17/2017).
The Utah Democratic State Convention at Weber State University is tomorrow (6/17/2017)
60 days until the 2017 Utah primary election (8/15/2017)
144 days until the 2017 election (11/7/2017)
220 days until the opening day of the 2018 Utah Legislature (1/22/2018)
265 days until the final day of the 2018 Utah Legislature (3/8/2018)
508 days until the 2018 midterm elections (11/6/2018)
1,237 days until the 2020 presidential election (11/3/2020)
Today's political TL; DR -
Understand what happened this week in Utah politics and why with our week-in-review. You won't be sorry [Utah Policy].
Bob Bernick says the potential three-way GOP primary race in Utah's 3rd Congressional District is almost unprecedented in Utah politics [Utah Policy].
Once thought to be a frontrunner to head up the Federal Trade Commission under President Trump, Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes is now reportedly out of the running [Utah Policy].
Utah Republicans and Democrats are set to select their nominees in the race to replace Rep. Jason Chaffetz on Saturday [Deseret News, Daily Herald].
Seems fishy. Kari Cutler, who fills a number of roles in South Salt Lake government, steps down as the head of Mayor Cherie Wood's political arm after questions arise about whether public funds were being used for campaign purposes [Tribune].
Utah's credit rating remains high as the state is ready to start borrowing money for construction and transit projects [Tribune].
A Utah Muslim leader, Imam Yussuf Abdi, is stranded in Kenya after U.S. airline workers told him he's been blocked from returning to the country [Utah Policy, Deseret News].
The Utah State Board of Regents has selected a 24-member committee to head up the search for a new president of the University of Utah [Deseret News].
State Medicaid officials are being asked to provide more funding for organizations so that they can keep employees from leaving to take higher-paying jobs elsewhere [Deseret News].
The University of Utah is taking steps to increase student safety on campus, including mandatory sexual assault awareness training [Tribune].
President Donald Trump has tapped Lynne Patton, who planned Eric Trump's wedding and other events for the Trump family, to oversee federal housing programs in New York. Patton has zero housing experience and claims she earned a law degree from Quinnipiac University, but the school says she dropped out after two semesters [New York Daily News].
Bombshell! Special counsel Robert Muller is investigating the financial dealings of President Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner [Washington Post].
President Donald Trump gets loose on Twitter again, calling the investigation into Russia's meddling in the 2016 election the "single greatest witch hunt in American political history." Trump also returned to attacking one of his favorite targets, Hillary Clinton [New York Times].
President Trump's aides worry his near non-stop complaining about the probe into Russia's involvement in the 2016 election may be making things worse for him [Politico].
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein issued a statement warning against taking reports at face value that quote anonymous administration officials [Politico].
Officials for Trump's transition team have bene ordered to save any records relating to the Russia investigation [Politico].
Vice President Mike Pence has hired an outside lawyer to help him deal with the special counsel investigation into Russia [Washington Post].
This is hardly shocking. Senate leaders say they're probably going to miss their self-imposed deadline to vote on an Obamacare repeal measure by the end of the month [Politico].
President Donald Trump is set to announce new restrictions on Cuba Friday [The Hill].
Remember Evan McMullin? He's been "locked in a near-daily battle with Trump and his supporters" since his Quixotic presidential bid in 2016 [The Atlantic].
Opinion: Unshackle regional banks to jump-start economic growth By LaVarr Webb, Publisher Regional banks need regulatory relief from the Dodd-Frank Act, which unfairly treats moderately-sized regional banks like the gigantic Wall Street financial institutions, says Zions Bancorporation Chairman and CEO Harris Simmons....
Weekly survey: Dabakis' failed bid to join the UTA Board By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor This week the Salt Lake City Council rejected Sen. Jim Dabakis' nomination to the Utah Transit Authority board. Dabakis had promised to be a reformer in the embattled organization. Do you think the council made the right move? Vote now in our weekly survey....
Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report Outdoor Notes--Tribune:Utah Hike of the Week: Mary Jane Canyon near Moab--Tribune:Looking for a Utah hiking trail? Here are some websites--Tribune:Summer is duckie season on the flat water of the Colorado River near Moab--Tribune:Fishing is spotty right now, but should be ex...
Hatch lauds president's executive order to expand apprenticeships Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), the former Chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, issued the following statement in support of President Trump’s executive order, which seeks to expand apprenticeships to train people for millions of unfilled jobs....
Rep. Mia Love receives Climate Leadership Award Representative Mia Love has been awarded the Climate Leadership Award from Citizens’ Climate Lobby for “extraordinary leadership and bold commitment to environmental stewardship.” Rep. Love is part of the bipartisan House Climate Solutions Caucus....
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