Morning must reads for Thursday, February 9, 2017

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 40th day of the year. There are 325 days remaining in 2017.

The so-called “permitless carry” bill may not be on solid legislative ground this year. Greg Hughes fires back over funding for homeless programs. Chaffetz meets with Utah Muslim leaders.

The clock:

  • 19 days until President Trump is scheduled to addresses a joint session of Congress (2/28/2017)
  • 28 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature (3/9/2017)
  • 271 days until the 2017 municipal elections (11/7/2017)
  • 636 days until the 2018 midterm elections (11/6/2018)
  • 1363 days until the 2020 presidential election (11/3/2020)

Ten talking points for Thursday:

  1. It’s unclear whether backers of a bill allowing the carrying of concealed weapons without a permit have changed the measure enough to avoid a veto by Gov. Gary Herbert [Utah Policy].
  2. Speaker Greg Hughes is not happy with Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams call for more funding for homeless programs [Utah Policy].
  3. The Senate gives final legislative approval to a resolution calling for a reduction in the size of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune].
  4. Rep. Jason Chaffetz meets with Utah Muslims while voicing his support for President Donald Trump’s travel ban on people from seven predominantly Muslim nations [Deseret News, Tribune].
  5. If you’re planning on attending Thursday evening’s town hall meeting hosted by Rep. Jason Chaffetz, you better get there early. Organizers say it’s going to be packed [Tribune].
  6. The public corruption trial for former Attorney General John Swallow got underway on Wednesday. The courtroom proceedings are expected to last 16 days [Tribune, Deseret News].
  7. The legislative audit of the University of Utah’s athletic department cost taxpayers $203,000. Lawmakers sought the audit after the University canceled a previously scheduled basketball game against BYU [Deseret News].
  8. Lawmakers advance two bills to alleviate Election Day headaches [Tribune].
  9. Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch said during a closed-door meeting that President Donald Trump‘s attacks on the judicial branch are “demoralizing and disheartening” [Wall Street Journal]. So far, none of the judges Trump has gone after on Twitter have responded, which is what you should expect from an independent judiciary [Associated Press].
  10. Following a long and often contentious debate, the Senate confirms Sen. Jeff Sessions as Attorney General [Washington Post].

On this day in history:

  • 1825 – After no presidential candidate won the necessary majority, the House of Representatives elected John Quincy Adams the sixth president of the United States.
  • 1861 – The Provisional Congress of the Confederate States of America elected Jefferson Davis president and Alexander H. Stephens vice president.
  • 1950 – Sen. Joseph McCarthy, R-Wis., charged the U.S. State Department was infested with communists, touching off the infamous “McCarthy era.”
  • 1964 – The Beatles appeared on television’s The Ed Sullivan Show. An estimated 73 million people watched.