Briefing Local

  • POLL: 53% of Utahns say they disapprove of President Trump's job performance, which is pretty much where he's been since he was elected [Utah Policy].

  • President Donald Trump will reportedly slash the size of Bears Ears by 85%. Additionally, he'll reduce Grand Staircase-Escalante by half and split it into three separate areas [Utah Policy].

  • Rep. John Curtis says he is optimistic that Congress will be able to pass a new spending bill to avoid a government shutdown [Utah Policy].

  • What happened this week in Utah politics? Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott break it down for you in our weekly video [Utah Policy]. Here's a podcast of the program if you prefer [Utah Policy].

  • United Police Lt. Justin Hoyal announces he's running for Salt Lake County Sheriff [Deseret News, Tribune].

  • San Juan County is suing the federal government to gain control of a path through Recapture Canyon [Tribune].

  • Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski clashes with the Salt Lake City Human Rights Commission over the firing of Yolanda Francisco-Nez, who headed up the city's Office of Diversity and Human Rights [Tribune].

  • A new report says youth suicides in Utah jumped 141 percent from 2011 to 2015 [Deseret News, Tribune].

  • Longtime Salt Lake Chamber president Lane Beattie is retiring after 15 years at the helm [Deseret News].
  • 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].
  • POLL: As Congress debates tax reform, most Utahns agree with Republicans that the package will make the system simpler and fairer. The argument from Democrats that GOP proposals will primarily help the wealthy is not gaining much traction [Utah Policy].

  • Our "Political Insiders" said Minnesota Sen. Al Franken should not resign following accusations from numerous women that he groped them without their permission [Utah Policy].

  • A legislative task force is floating the idea of replacing the Utah Transit Authority board with a three-member commission appointed by the governor [Deseret News, Tribune].

  • Republicans on Utah's Capitol Hill want to tackle tax reform next year, but they're not sure how they're going to proceed [Tribune].

  • Thousands of mail-in ballots were rejected during this month's elections due to a number of errors [Tribune].

  • Sen. Todd Weiler is considering legislation requiring county jails and state prisons to submit annual reports of prisoner deaths [Standard Examiner].

  • Get to know Kurt Bradburn, the man who knocked Sandy Mayor Tom Dolan out of office after 24 years [Deseret News].
  • President Donald Trump will visit Utah on Monday to announce his decision to reduce the size of the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments [Utah Policy].

  • Rep. Dan McCay wants to do away with so-called "secret bills" on Utah's Capitol Hill, which will hopefully cut down on a glut of proposed legislation [Utah Policy].

  • Utah's international exports for the year should top $12 billion [Utah Policy].

  • The Salt Lake City Council may seek a tax increase next year to hire 50 more police officers, which is double what the police department is asking for [Deseret News, Tribune].

  • It could cost more than $10 billion to deal with exploding growth and development around the Point of the Mountain according to a new report to lawmakers [Deseret News, Tribune].

  • An estimated 20 to 25% of businesses that violate Utah liquor laws don't pay their fines on time or at all, meaning the state has to spend resources to collect [Deseret News, Tribune].

  • Newly elected Rep. John Curtis introduces his first bill in Congress to extend recovery programs for endangered fish in the Upper Colorado and San Juan rivers [Deseret News].

  • An outbreak of hepatitis A in Utah has ballooned to 87 cases, and it's showing no signs of slowing down [Tribune].
  • NEW POLL: As Utah prepares for President Donald Trump's visit to Utah next month to announce how much he plans to downsize the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments, a slim majority of Utahns say they support reducing the monuments [Utah Policy].

  • Real Salt Lake quietly cut the tax bill on Rio Tinto Stadium in half because the club claims it is losing money. Those taxes help pay for the bonds that financed the construction of the stadium [Tribune].

  • The Utah Attorney General's office has appealed the order to release the opinion prepared for legislative leaders on this year's 3rd Congressional District special election. Gov. Gary Herbert's office initially blocked the release of the opinion [Deseret News, Tribune].

  • One Utah mayoral race ended up in a tie, so the winner had to be decided by a coin toss [Deseret News].

  • West Jordan voters decided to switch that city's form of government by just 63 votes [Tribune].

  • Former UTA board member Terry Diehl wants the government to pay his attorneys fees for the criminal case brought against him but was dropped before the trial began [Deseret News].

  • The Salt Lake City Council is exploring "creative" ways to bring back the canceled Twilight Concert Series next year, but the effort is likely a long shot [Deseret News].