Morning must reads for Friday, February 10, 2017

Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 41st day of the year. There are 324 days remaining in 2017.

Chaffetz faces a hostile crowd at a town hall meeting in Salt Lake City. Gov. Gary Herbert is doing damage control trying to keep the Outdoor Retailers Show from leaving Utah. Trump lashes out after a court puts the kibosh on his travel ban.

The clock:

  • 18 days until President Trump is scheduled to addresses a joint session of Congress (2/28/2017)
  • 27 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature (3/9/2017)
  • 270 days until the 2017 municipal elections (11/7/2017)
  • 635 days until the 2018 midterm elections (11/6/2018)
  • 1362 days until the 2020 presidential election (11/3/2020)

Ten talking points for Monday:

  1. Rep. Jason Chaffetz faces a raucous crowd during a town hall meeting in Salt Lake City [Washington Post, Deseret News, Tribune, Daily Herald]. Chaffetz says he plans to hold more town hall meetings, but he hopes emotions will calm down [Utah Policy].
  2. Want to understand what happened this week in Utah politics? Watch our week in review. You won’t be sorry [Utah Policy].
  3. Gov. Gary Herbert wants to sit down and talk with organizers of the Outdoor Retailers Show who are threatening to abandon Utah because they’re upset over the stance toward public lands coming from state leaders [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News].
  4. It appears backers of a bill to allow Utahns to carry concealed weapons without a permit need to do more to convince Gov. Gary Herbert that he should sign the bill if lawmakers pass it [Utah Policy].
  5. Rep. Chris Stewart says he will stand up to the Trump administration if they try to do something beyond their constitutional authority [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News]. Here’s a podcast of our conversation with Rep. Stewart [Utah Policy].
  6. Bob Bernick argues that the Utah GOP can’t keep candidates off the ballot no matter what they may argue [Utah Policy].
  7. Rep. Kim Coleman wants to take more steps to protect the accuser in sexual assault cases at colleges and universities [Utah Policy].
  8. SEE YOU IN COURT! President Donald Trump is apoplectic after a panel of 3 federal judges upheld a ban on his executive order temporarily stopping immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries [Washington Post].
  9. Rep. Jason Chaffetz lashes out after White House senior adviser Kellyanne Conway apparently broke the law by hawking for Ivanka Trump‘s fashion line [Wall Street Journal]. So many people tried to complain about Conway’s endorsement of Trump’s clothing line that it crashed the Office of Government Ethics website [Politico].
  10. No wonder Mexico doesn’t want to pay for the wall. An internal report from the Department of Homeland Security says it would take 3 1/2 years to build and would cost nearly $22 billion [Reuters].

On this day in history:

  • 1763 – France ceded Canada to England under the Treaty of Paris, which ended the French and Indian War.
  • 1846 – Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints – the Mormons – began an exodus west from Illinois.
  • 1949 – Arthur Miller’s play “Death of a Salesman” opened on Broadway. (Miller died on the same date in 2005 at age 89.)
  • 1967 – The 25th Amendment to the Constitution, dealing with presidential disability and succession, went into effect.