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  • POLL: Most Utahns say Alabama Republican Roy Moore should drop out of the U.S. Senate race because of allegations he sexually harassed teenagers when he was in his 30's [Utah Policy].

  • Sen. Orrin Hatch says he intends to run for another term in 2018, but won't make a final decision until the end of this year or early next [Utah Policy].

  • An overwhelming number of Utahns support a possible bid to host the 2026 or 2030 Winter Olympic Games [Deseret News].

  • Rep. Chris Stewart says Congress should release the names of his colleagues who have been accused of sexual misconduct and any settlements made with taxpayer money should be disclosed [Deseret News].

  • Utah lawmakers are getting pressure from industry groups to repeal the toughest in the nation DUI law, but they may not be willing to back down on the regulations [Fox 13].

  • Rep. Mia Love says she will put pressure on the Trump White House to allow Haitian nationals to stay in the United States after the administration announced they would end temporary immigration protections for that group [Deseret News].

  • The FEC is not willing to back off their campaign finance complaint against former Attorney General John Swallow [Deseret News].

  • Utah graduate students rally against a GOP plan to tax tuition waivers as income [Tribune].

  • Animal rights activists crash Gov. Gary Herbert's annual turkey pardoning [Tribune].
  • Utah legislative leaders are struggling to cut down on the staggering number of bills filed for the upcoming legislative session. One unnamed lawmaker has opened a whopping 82 bill files ahead of the 2018 session [Utah Policy].

  • The Sutherland Institute's Boyd Matheson opts against running for U.S. Senate in 2018. That clears the path for Mitt Romney to run should Orrin Hatch retire next year [Utah Policy].

  • Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox returns to Utah after a week in Puerto Rico helping with relief efforts following Hurricane Maria [KSL].

  • A group of Utahns rally against the GOP-led tax reform plans currently winding through Congress, saying they would harm big families and students [Deseret News, Tribune].

  • Utah is on the hook for $349,000 in attorneys fees in order to settle a lawsuit against the controversial "ag-gag" law, which a judge struck down as unconstitutional [Deseret News].

  • Kane County officials would like to see the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument shrunk significantly into two much smaller areas [Tribune].

  • The committee exploring whether Utah should bid to host the 2026 or 2030 Winter Olympic games met for the first time on Monday. The group says Utah should not vie to host the games again unless that effort can be profitable [Tribune].

  • Utah wins an award for having one of the top state government websites [Deseret News, Tribune].

  • Transportation officials say Thanksgiving travelers should expect big delays along the Wasatch Front Wednesday evening [Tribune].
  • It was a busy week in Utah politics. Understand what happened and why with our week-in-review [Utah Policy]. Here's a podcast if you prefer [Utah Policy].

  • Bob Bernick says revamping Utah's nomination system will allow the moderate middle to break away from the extremes on both sides [Utah Policy].

  • All four of Utah's members of the U.S. House vote for the GOP tax reform package that passed on Thursday [Deseret News, Tribune].

  • Early in the 2018 Utah Legislature lawmakers will vote on a massive legislative package to clean up Utah's public education law [Deseret News].

  • House Speaker Greg Hughes is urging other counties in Utah to sue opioid manufacturers after Salt Lake County filed a similar suit this week [Deseret News, Tribune].

  • Lawmakers want to make sure the millions of dollars they're spending to remedy Salt Lake City's homeless problem is going where it needs to [Tribune].

  • Sen. Orrin Hatch is co-sponsoring a bill that will boost the federal database for firearm purchases [Tribune].

  • Iconic journalist Bob Woodward speaks in Salt Lake City. He says the current political climate is the "final exam for democracy" [Deseret News, Tribune].
  • Gov. Gary Herbert gives his tacit approval to the new Count My Vote ballot initiative but stops just short of endorsing the measure [Utah Policy].

  • The 4th CD race between Rep. Mia Love and Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams could be a barnburner. Another national analyst has shifted their rating of the race toward McAdams, demonstrating the real threat he poses to Love's prospects for re-election [Utah Policy].

  • Sen. Orrin Hatch gets into a shouting match with Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown after Brown claimed Hatch's tax reform bill was written to favor the wealthy at the expense of the lower and middle class. Hatch responded by calling Brown's claim "bullcrap" [Utah Policy].

  • Rep. Mia Love cautions against using recent allegations of sexual harassment by both Republicans and Democrats as a partisan political weapon [Utah Policy].

  • Our "Political Insiders" say Alabama Republican Roy Moore should drop out of the U.S. Senate race amid mounting allegations of sexual misconduct [Utah Policy].

  • Former U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz suggests a kind of "political death penalty" for public figures who engage in sexual misconduct. Chaffetz famously withdrew his support for President Donald Trump after the "Access Hollywood" tape surfaced, but a few weeks later said he would vote for Trump [Utah Policy].

  • Rep. Jeremy Peterson wants Utah to join a group of states who will award their electoral votes to the winner of the national popular vote. The plan will only go into effect if enough states join the compact to give the presidency to the popular vote winner [Deseret News].

  • Utah's four U.S. House members say they don't agree with a provision in the Republican tax reform proposal that would tax tuition waivers for graduate students as income, but they voted for the plan anyway [Tribune].

  • The GOP tax plans currently under consideration in Congress threaten affordable housing programs that would have a big impact on Salt Lake City [Tribune].

  • Congress is taking issue with a proposal that would significantly hike entrance fees at some national parks [Tribune].

  • South Salt Lake promised to complete an outside audit into whether public funds were being shifted to Mayor Cherie Wood's re-election campaign in three weeks. That was more than four months ago [Tribune].

  • The ACLU saw a 400% jump in membership in the past year following the election of Donald Trump [Fox 13].

  • Utah officials are trying to contain a hepatitis A outbreak that has sickened at least 75 people since late spring [Tribune].

  • Carbon County officials are rethinking two big tax hike proposals after public outcry. One plan would hike the municipal services levy by more than 700% [Deseret News].

  • The number of hate crimes is on the rise in Utah [Tribune].

  • Utah's jobless rate is 3.3 percent, meaning just over 51,000 Utahns are seeking work [Deseret News].
  • Former Governor Mike Leavitt briefs members of the Utah House GOP on the new Count My Vote initiative, saying there won't be any negotiations with the legislature to try and head off ballot drive [Utah Policy].

  • Legislators rejected a proposal that would have required lobbyists to undergo anti-harassment training [Associated Press, Tribune].

  • Lawmakers want an audit of the downtown homeless shelter and other service providers after reports of "appalling" conditions [Deseret News].

  • Lawmakers will consider legislation next year to crack down on the number of days Utahns are allowed to set off fireworks during the summer [Tribune].

  • Rep. Norm Thurston is proposing legislation to protect First Amendment rights from being hindered by local governments [Deseret News].

  • Former Lt. Gov. Greg Bell is named the new chairman of the Utah Transit Authority board [Deseret News].

  • The Utah Senate confirms Paige Petersen to the Utah Supreme Court [Deseret News].

  • The Salt Lake City Council pulls the plug on funding for the defunct Wingpointe golf course [Tribune].