Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City.
More proposed Utah GOP bylaw changes. Salt Lake City leaders approve a sales tax hike. Mueller threatens to subpoena Trump.
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HERE ARE THE STORIES DRIVING WEDNESDAY
GOP civil war continues
Some Utah GOP hardliners have proposed bylaw changes that could result in some members being kicked out of the party [Utah Policy].
Utah’s economy tops again
Utah once again was tops in the annual “Rich States, Poor States” rankings [Utah Policy].
OTHER UTAH HEADLINES
- The Salt Lake City Council votes to approve a $25 million sales tax hike [Deseret News, Tribune (paywall)].
- Federal regulators have given Utah three years to reverse rising pollution levels in parts of seven counties [Daily Herald, Tribune (paywall)].
- Attorney General Sean Reyes’s office is looking for private law firms to handle possible litigation against opioid manufacturers [Deseret News].
- The Utah Transit Authority is accelerating the name change to Transit District of Utah [Deseret News].
- Former Democratic Rep. Carl Duckworth, husband of current Rep. Sue Duckworth. dies after a protracted battle with cancer [Deseret News, Fox 13, Tribune (paywall)].
- Gov. Gary Herbert appoints Paul Garver as the new executive director of the Department of Human Resource Management [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune (paywall)].
- Attorney General Sean Reyes signed on to a pro-fracking letter despite concerns from his chief deputy that the move was mostly political [Tribune (paywall)].
- The Salt Lake Chamber unveils an initiative to address the lack of affordable housing in Utah [Utah Policy, Deseret News].
- Special counsel Robert Mueller threatened to subpoena President Trump to appear before a grand jury if he did not agree to a sit-down interview with federal investigators [Washington Post].
- Special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigators want to ask President Trump an incident at the 2016 GOP convention where the Trump campaign pushed a change in the GOP platform about Russian aggression against Ukraine [Politico].
- President Trump’s lawyers for the Russia investigation do not have the required security clearances to discuss some of the sensitive issues that would come up during an interview federal investigators [Bloomberg].
- Special counsel Robert Mueller asks for a two-month delay in sentencing for former national security adviser Michael Flynn [CNN].
- Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein hits back at conservative members of the House who have drafted articles of impeachment against him saying the Justice Department “is not going to be extorted” [New York Times].
- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she plans on running for speaker if Democrats retake control of the House in November [Boston Globe].
- A lobbyist helped arrange a controversial $100,000 trip to Morocco for embattled EPA head Scott Pruitt last year [Washington Post].
- President Trump’s personal doctor says Trump’s bodyguard and lawyer “raided” his office shortly after Trump took office and took the President’s personal medical files [NBC News]. Trump’s doctor also says Trump dictated a letter released during the presidential campaign saying Trump would be the “healthiest individual every elected to the presidency” [CNN].
- Teachers in Arizona said they would end their walkout if the legislature passes a budget by Thursday that increases funding for schools [CNN].
- Facebook announced on Tuesday they are building a Tinder-like dating app that will live inside their already existing platform [Washington Post].
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
- 1536 – Anne Boleyn, Queen of England, is arrested and imprisoned on charges of adultery, incest, treason, and witchcraft.
- 1611 – The King James Version of the Bible is published for the first time in London by printer Robert Barker.
- 1670 – King Charles II grants a permanent charter to the Hudson’s Bay Company to open up the fur trade in North America.
- 1863 – Confederate Gen. Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson was mistakenly shot by his own soldiers. He died eight days later.
- 1945 – The Soviet Union announces the fall of Berlin in World War II.
- 1986 – The city of Chernobyl is evacuated six days after the nuclear disaster.