Briefing Local – October 31, 2017

  • POLL: Utahns mostly say they don’t like the idea of changing the Utah Constitution to allow lawmakers to call themselves into a special session. Right now, only the governor has the power to do that [Utah Policy].
  • An international student at the University of Utah was killed Monday after an attempted carjacking went bad on Monday. The campus was on lockdown for most of the evening as police conducted a manhunt for the shooter who still remains at large [Deseret News, Tribune].
  • Sens. Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee say they stand behind special counsel Robert Mueller and support his investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election [Tribune].
  • Salt Lake County election officials say voters are not returning mail-in ballots in the numbers they had hoped, which makes them worry there could be long lines on election day [Utah Policy].
  • LaVarr Webb says establishment Republicans must be wary of President Trump’s populist base if they oppose Trump’s administration [Utah Policy].
  • Utah Gov. Gary Herbert is urging Utahns to donate to help Puerto Rico recover from the devastation from Hurricane Maria [Deseret News, Tribune].
  • Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski is joining with other mayors across the country asking the Supreme Court to rule against a Colorado baker who refused business to a same-sex couple who wanted a wedding cake because of his religious objections [Deseret News]. 
  • Rep. Mia Love tells a Utah County group that racial divisions in the U.S. are deeper than they were 8 years ago [Daily Herald].
  • Sens. Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee are rising to the defense of a federal judicial nominee who is getting questions because of her religious affiliation [Deseret News].
  • Backers of a ballot initiative to expand Medicaid will hold required public meetings on their proposal this week [Deseret News].
  • Insurers are telling Utahns not to give up on finding health insurance as open enrollment on the federal exchanges is set to begin [Deseret News].