Briefing Local

  • Bettors in the political futures markets are bullish on the prospect of a Mitt Romney run for Senate in 2018 [Utah Policy].

  • A staffer for Sen. Orrin Hatch says they expect President Donald Trump to reduce the size of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument by 50%. Bears Ears could be shrunk to between 100,000 and 300,000 acres [Deseret News, Tribune].

  • Associates of Mitt Romney say he clearly wants to run for U.S. Senate in 2018, but his campaign is in a "holding pattern" until Sen. Orrin Hatch decides on his political future [Deseret News].

  • Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke suggests that the Bureau of Land Management could move their headquarters to Salt Lake City [Tribune].

  • Some members of the Salt Lake County Council were caught off guard by Mayor Ben McAdams's decision to file suit against opioid manufacturers [Deseret News, Tribune].

  • The stickers given to voters by Provo mayoral write-in candidate Odell Miner are causing problems for Utah County elections officials [Daily Herald].

  • Damage control. Attorney General Sean Reyes pens an op-ed describing his part in a disputed legal opinion about the just completed special election in Utah's 3rd Congressional District [Deseret News].

  • Utah may have given more than $1 million in tax credits for renewable energy to people who did not earn them [Tribune].

  • A legislative audit says high turnover of staff at the Utah State Board of Education is harming educational oversight efforts [Deseret News].

  • An audit concludes problems at assisted living facilities and child care centers are not always remedied by the state [Tribune].

  • Salt Lake City's Redevelopment Agency is considering a plan to bring nearly 900 affordable housing units to the city [Tribune].
  • POLL: Most Utahns say Confederate monuments should not be taken down [Utah Policy].

  • Sen. Orrin Hatch says Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore should step aside after allegations he pursued sexual relationships with teenagers [Utah Policy].

  • If Mitt Romney runs for Senate in 2018 and wins, he'll set a record in the modern era for longest gap between a losing Senate bid and a victory [Utah Policy].

  • Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke says even if President Donald Trump dramatically reduces the size of the Bears Ears National Monument, it will still be larger than the combined size of Zion and Bryce national parks [Tribune].

  • John Curtis is sworn in as Utah's newest member of Congress [Deseret News, Tribune].

  • A group of Utah politicians wants to convince Mitt Romney to jump into the 2018 U.S. Senate race [Deseret News, Tribune].

  • Salt Lake County officials announced plans to sue the manufacturers of opioids [Deseret News, Tribune].

  • A Senate committee advances the nomination of Paige Petersen to become the newest Utah Supreme Court Justice [Deseret News, Tribune].

  • LaVarr Webb argues the tax reform plan under consideration in Congress would give the U.S. economy a boost if it passes [Utah Policy].

  • Salt Lake City is considering hiring 27 new police officers to deal with the increased workload from Operation Rio Grande [Tribune].

  • The family of former Salt Lake County Recorder Gary Ott is embroiled in a court battle with his former secretary/caregiver/fiancee over his estate [Deseret News].

  • A new study says nearly 1,800 fewer people would die on the nation's roads if every state adopted Utah's lowest in the nation DUI threshold [Deseret News].

  • The new arena at the Utah State Fairpark needs about $1.1 million in upgrades and repairs [Deseret News].
  • Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott help you make sense of what happened this week in Utah politics [Utah Policy]. Here's a podcast if you prefer [Utah Policy].

  • Gov. Gary Herbert disputes a report that he's reached a deal with lawmakers to release a legal opinion on the procedure for the 3rd CD special election. Legislative leaders say Herbert wants assurances they won't sue him once the opinion is made public [Utah Policy].

  • Bob Bernick says changing the Count My Vote ballot initiative to include the current dual-track system puts opponents of the proposal in a tough spot [Utah Policy].

  • Updated election results confirm John Curtis won Tuesday's special election to fill Utah's vacant seat in Congress [Deseret News].

  • Sen. Orrin Hatch takes the wraps off his plan to overhaul the nation's tax code [Deseret News].

  • Gov. Gary Herbert says he expects a "grand compromise" when President Donald Trump announces his plan for reducing the size of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments [Tribune].

  • Some election-night ties have been broken with a new round of vote totals released Thursday [Tribune].

  • Representative-elect John Curtis looks back on his time as Provo Mayor as he readies to head to Washington to take a seat in Congress [Daily Herald].

  • The third phase of Operation Rio Grande, which will focus on providing jobs for the homeless, gets underway [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune].

  • Gov. Gary Herbert says he's pleased organizers of the Count My Vote initiative have changed their proposal to include the current dual-track path to the ballot [Deseret News].
  • POLL: A slight majority of Utahns agree with President Trump when he claimed "both sides" were to blame for the violence at a neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville, Virginia this summer [Utah Policy].

  • National Democrats add Rep. Mia Love's seat to the list of their targeted seats in next year's election [Utah Policy].

  • Our "Political Insiders" are divided along party lines whether there should be a law requiring social media companies to remove "fake news" posts [Utah Policy].

  • Sen. Mike Lee pulls his support for Roy Moore, the GOP nominee for Senate in Alabama, after a report that he had a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old girl [Tribune].

  • Gov. Gary Herbert is rapidly changing Utah's judiciary because he's been able to fill a high number of vacancies on the bench [Fox 13].

  • Backers of the ballot initiative to legalize medical marijuana say they hope to have all of the signatures they need to get on the ballot by January. Lawmakers could see the first results of state-mandated research into the efficacy of medical marijuana during the 2018 session [Deseret News].

  • Voters approved hundreds of millions of dollars in public school bonds on election day this year. Backers of the Our Schools Now ballot initiative say that gives them hope voters will approve another tax hike next year to boost school funding [Tribune].

  • Provo is moving to fill the vacancy left by Mayor John Curtis as he leaves to take a seat in Congress [Tribune].

  • Pleasant Grove Mayor Mike Daniels is accused of violating state law after he penned an op-ed in the city's newsletter urging residents to vote against a proposition that appeared on November's ballot [KSL].

  • The state says their Express Pass website is back online after they fixed a security flaw that potentially exposed the personal information of thousands of Utahns [Deseret News, Tribune].

  • A group of Republican members of Congress wants President Trump to either shrink or completely eliminate the 27 national monuments under review by the Interior Department, including Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante [Tribune].

  • LaVarr Webb says Congress should take a hard look at eliminating the tax exemption given to credit unions [Utah Policy].

  • Conservative Thomas Dyches explains why he has soured on the death penalty [Utah Policy].
  • SCOOP #1: The organizers of Count My Vote have changed their ballot initiative to include the current dual-track system for candidates to get on the ballot. That means they're no longer trying to eliminate the caucus/convention system in Utah [Utah Policy].

  • SCOOP #2: Legislative leaders say they've reached an agreement with Gov. Gary Herbert to release a legal opinion from Attorney General Sean Reyes about the process Herbert set up for the 3rd Congressional District special election. Previously, Herbert had blocked the release of that opinion [Utah Policy].

  • John Curtis says he will be sworn in as Utah's newest member of Congress on Monday [Deseret News, Tribune].

  • Sore loser? Democrat Kathie Allen has apologized for a tweet she posted on election night ripping Utah County voters for only caring about Mormons and Republicans. She has since deleted the tweet and apologized [Utah Policy].

  • Gov. Gary Herbert taps Ron Gordon as his new special counsel [Utah Policy].

  • Newly elected Representative John Curtis names Corey Norman as his chief of staff. Curtis is also seeking applicants to fill other positions in his office [Utah Policy].

  • Sen. Lincoln Fillmore is proposing legislation that will equalize school funding levels across the state [Deseret News].

  • Utah lawmakers propose extra pay for special ed teachers in Utah public schools [Deseret News].

  • Federal law enforcement officials pick Utah to take part in a program designed to fight painkiller addiction and abuse [Deseret News, Tribune].

  • Some parts of Utah got no precipitation last month [Tribune].