Briefing Local – October 27, 2017

  • Mia Love, Ben McAdams, Gary Ott, Donald Trump and Game of Thrones. You’ll find all of that and more in our rundown of the week that was in Utah politics. Watch! [Utah Policy]. Here’s a podcast if that’s what you prefer [Utah Policy].
  • Sen. Mike Lee says criminal sentencing reform will likely pass the Senate once the bill makes it to the floor [Utah Policy].
  • Republican John Curtis launches his latest TV campaign ad with just two weeks to go before the November election [Deseret News].
  • Speaker Greg Hughes says Utah should be a priority after President Donald Trump declared the opioid epidemic a national health emergency [Fox 13, Deseret News].
  • Researchers at the University of Utah and the University of North Carolina say online giants Facebook, Twitter, and Google played a critical role in Donald Trump’s presidential campaign [Politico].
  • Weber County leaders want voters to consider whether the current form of government needs to be changed in order to better deal with the growing population there [Deseret News].
  • Luis Miranda, the father of Lin-Manuel Miranda who created the Broadway smash “Hamilton,” visits Utah to launch the educational program being developed around the musical’s engagement in Utah next year [Deseret News, Tribune].
  • Most Utah school districts are testing for lead in drinking water at public schools, but there are some exceptions [Deseret News].
  • A plan to build a private medical school in Utah County is drawing fire because the construction would cover part of Provo’s East Bay Golf Course [Tribune].