Reyes gets good approval ratings from Utahns. Miller talks about challenges and opportunities as he prepares to take over the Salt Lake Chamber. The White House tries to calm fears as the trade war with China heats up.
Thanks for subscribing to Utah's must-read daily political news roundup. Encourage your co-workers, friends, and family to join our growing list of readers by subscribing to our newsletter here.
11 days until the signature-gathering deadline for statewide ballot initiatives (4/16/2018)
16 days until the Utah GOP State Convention (4/21/2018)
23 days until the Utah Democratic State Convention (4/28/2018)
32 days until the final day a veto override session may begin (5/7/2018)
82 days until the 2018 Primary Election (6/26/2018)
216 days until the 2018 midterm elections (11/6/2018)
299 days until the first day of the 2019 Utah Legislature (1/28/2019)
945 days until the 2020 presidential election (11/3/2020)
Do you like podcasts? Subscribe to "Bernick and Schott on politics" while you're on the go. Hosts Bryan Schott and Bob Bernick have more than 60 years combined experience covering Utah politics, so they bring you knowledge and insight that's unprecedented. You can subscribe using iTunes, Google Play, and Stitcher.
Utahns give Attorney General Sean Reyes positive job approval ratings, but about 1/4 of Utahns don't know who he is. Reyes needs to improve those numbers if he wants to run for governor in 2020 [Utah Policy].
Miller says 2020 could shape Utah's economic future for years to come
Incoming Salt Lake Chamber President and CEO Derek Miller says there are three projects slated for 2020 that will have a tremendous impact on Utah's economy for decades [Utah Policy].
Here's a podcast of our conversation with Miller [Utah Policy].
Other Utah headlines
Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox and Utah Supreme Court Justice Thomas Lee say they did not violate ethics rules when they used Utah Jazz owner Gail Miller's courtside seats [Tribune].
Lehi police drop their investigation into claims by Entrata's Dave Bateman that Sen. Todd Weiler tried to bribe an employee to make false sexual harassment claims against him [Fox 13].
Sen. Jim Dabakis reflects on his time in the Utah Legislature [City Weekly].
Salt Lake and Utah County officials may bring back the proposed sales tax hike for transportation that was previously rejected by voters [Deseret News].
Utah and Idaho officials have filed an application to control of 400,000 acre-feet of water in Bear Lake [Deseret News, Tribune].
Utah's snowpack is in a dismal state at the end of a very dry year [Deseret News].
President Trump is finding that a lot of the easy promises he made on the campaign trail are much more complicated to put into action [Washington Post].
The White House is trying to downplay fears of a trade war with China as that country prepares to retaliate for U.S. tariffs on Chinese products [New York Times].
Facebook admits that nearly all of its 2 billion users had information scraped from their profiles by outside companies [Washington Post].
Special counsel Robert Mueller is questioning Russian oligarchs who are traveling to the U.S. [CNN].
A federal judge appears to not be buying Paul Manafort's argument that special counsel Robert Mueller's appointment to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 election is not valid [Washington Post].
The White House is backing away from a plan to immediately withdraw troops from Syria, instead instructing military commanders to come up with a plan to wrap up U.S. military operations in a few months [New York Times].
Incoming national security adviser John Bolton is running into ethics conflicts just days ahead of him taking that job [CNBC].
Bizarre story. A Las Vegas political adviser is being accused by his ex-fiancee of enslaving and abusing her [Las Vegas Review Journal].
Woah! The average house price in San Francisco is now $1.6 million [Bloomberg].
On this day in history
1614 - In Virginia, Native American Pocahontas marries English colonist John Rolfe.
1768 - The first U.S. Chamber of Commerce was founded in New York City.
1792 - President George Washington exercises his authority to veto a bill, the first time this power is used in the United States.
1922 - The American Birth Control League, forerunner of Planned Parenthood, is incorporated.
1951 - Ethel and Julius Rosenberg are sentenced to death for spying for the Soviet Union.
5 workforce wins from the 2018 session By Salt Lake Chamber The 2018 Legislative Session is behind us, but the positive impacts for our economy and business community will be felt for years to come....
Weekly survey: Herbert vs. medical cannabis By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor Last week Gov. Gary Herbert announced he would "actively oppose" the ballot initiative to legalize medical cannabis in Utah because he was worried it would have unintended consequences. Do you think Herber's opposition will make any difference? Vote now in our weekly survey....
"According to a new article from The Washington Post, Trump has been privately insisting that the United States military should pay for the Mexican border wall. And I've got to say, ladies and gentlemen, it only took until he was 71 years old, but Trump finally stopped avoiding the military!" James Corden
Webb Publishing, LLC, 44 West Broadway #2502, Salt Lake City, UT 84101