Briefing Local – November 30, 2017

  • POLL: Both Sen. Orrin Hatch and Mitt Romney would win a hypothetical U.S. Senate matchup against Democrat Jenny Wilson [Utah Policy].
  • Will President Donald Trump endorse a possible re-election run by Sen. Orrin Hatch when he visits Utah on Monday? [Utah Policy]
  • Hatch calls President Trump “one of the best presidents” he’s served under [Twitter].
  • Sen. Orrin Hatch says there are still some “kinks” to work out in the GOP tax reform bill that heads to the Senate floor for debate on Thursday [Deseret News].
  • Rep. Chris Stewart introduces a bill allowing the victims of sexual harassment in D.C. to release the names of their perpetrators and the details of taxpayer-funded financial settlements [Deseret News, Tribune].
  • New Congressman John Curtis is assigned to the House Foreign Affairs and Small Business committees [Deseret News, Tribune].
  • A Utah County commissioner switched his political affiliation from Republican to Democrat for a few weeks in what he claims was a “stunt” to protest a new ordinance to increase regulations on gravel pits in the county. He has switched back [Daily Herald].
  • Utah’s population is growing rapidly, but instead of large families fueling the growth, it’s in-migration from job seekers [Tribune].