Briefing Local

  • A new nationwide poll shows both Sens. Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee's approval ratings have dipped in Utah. Hatch's disapproval rating is one of the highest in the Senate [Utah Policy].

  • Gov. Gary Herbert has fallen out of the ranks of "most popular" governors in the nation after his approval rating took a slight hit in Utah [Utah Policy].

  • Sen. Orrin Hatch says the views about gays and Muslims held by controversial Alabama Republican Roy Moore give him pause, but Hatch will support Moore if he wins the special election in Alabama [Utah Policy].

  • Former Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz says he's "disappointed" with comments made about him by former Speaker of the House John Boehner [Utah Policy].

  • Police arrest the suspected gunman in the murder of a University of Utah student on Monday night. The shooting prompted a lockdown on the campus and a massive manhunt [Deseret News, Tribune].

  • Gov. Gary Herbert nominates Paige Petersen to fill the spot on the Utah Supreme Court being vacated by the retirement of Justice Christine Durham [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune].

  • Rep. Rob Bishop recently visited Puerto Rico to take stock of the devastation following Hurricane Maria [Tribune].

  • The University Hospital nurse who was arrested for refusing to draw blood from an unconscious patient has reached a financial settlement with Salt Lake City and the University of Utah over the incident [Tribune].

  • Enrollment in Utah's charter schools is slowing down, while overall enrollment in public schools is now more than 650,000 students [Tribune].

  • Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox picks Kirsten Rappleye as his new chief of staff and Justin Lee to head up the state elections office [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune].

  • A new report shows alcohol use by Utah high school seniors is on the rise [Deseret News].
  • 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].
  • Mia Love, Ben McAdams, Gary Ott, Donald Trump and Game of Thrones. You'll find all of that and more in our rundown of the week that was in Utah politics. Watch! [Utah Policy]. Here's a podcast if that's what you prefer [Utah Policy].

  • Sen. Mike Lee says criminal sentencing reform will likely pass the Senate once the bill makes it to the floor [Utah Policy].

  • Republican John Curtis launches his latest TV campaign ad with just two weeks to go before the November election [Deseret News].

  • Speaker Greg Hughes says Utah should be a priority after President Donald Trump declared the opioid epidemic a national health emergency [Fox 13, Deseret News].

  • Researchers at the University of Utah and the University of North Carolina say online giants Facebook, Twitter, and Google played a critical role in Donald Trump's presidential campaign [Politico].

  • Weber County leaders want voters to consider whether the current form of government needs to be changed in order to better deal with the growing population there [Deseret News].

  • Luis Miranda, the father of Lin-Manuel Miranda who created the Broadway smash "Hamilton," visits Utah to launch the educational program being developed around the musical's engagement in Utah next year [Deseret News, Tribune].

  • Most Utah school districts are testing for lead in drinking water at public schools, but there are some exceptions [Deseret News].

  • A plan to build a private medical school in Utah County is drawing fire because the construction would cover part of Provo's East Bay Golf Course [Tribune].
  • POLL: Most Utahns say they expect to have adequate health insurance at this time next year, which means they don't expect Congress to make changes to the Affordable Care Act [Utah Policy].

  • Sen. Orrin Hatch's office says President Donald Trump has indicated he will reduce the size of the Bears Ears National Monument. President Trump will travel to Utah in December to officially announce his decision on Bears Ears [Utah Policy].

  • Most of our "Political Insiders" say Rep. Mia Love should win another term in Congress in 2018, despite a strong challenge from Ben McAdams [Utah Policy].

  • Former House Speaker John Boehner blisters former Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz, calling Chaffetz an "a**hole" [Utah Policy]. The entire interview with Boehner is worth a read [Politico].

  • Here's another report that Sen. Orrin Hatch plans to retire when his term is up and that Mitt Romney plans to run for his seat [Utah Policy].

  • PODCAST: On this week's "Beg to Differ," Bryan Schott and Mike Winder take an early look at the 2020 Utah gubernatorial race and speak with Salt Lake County GOP Chairman Jake Parkinson [Utah Policy].

  • Utah County is working to avoid the kinds of ballot snafus that hit the 3rd CD primary election in August [Daily Herald].

  • The fledgling United Utah Party held their first Salt Lake County convention. Just 35 people showed up [Tribune].

  • Backers of the Count My Vote ballot initiative hold public hearings on their proposal around the state [Deseret News, Tribune].

  • Residents in the polygamist enclave of Hilldale are preparing for elections next week, but many wonder if the vote will be fair [Tribune].

  • The "safe space" for homeless Utahns on Rio Grande Street closes to those without a special ID [Tribune].

  • A new study estimates the cost of upgrading roads to create a direct route between Tooele and Herriman at more than $300 million [Tribune].
  • Bob Bernick profiles Mark Thomas, the new chief of staff for the Utah Senate [Utah Policy].

  • Sen. Mike Lee says in a televised interview that he's "certain" President Donald Trump has lied, but he doesn't think that should distract conservatives from accomplishing their policy goals [Utah Policy].

  • President Trump's voter fraud commission is gathering data on Americans, but security experts say it's unlikely they'll be able to keep that personal information safe [Utah Policy].

  • The Utah Transit Authority adopts a tentative budget for next year that includes borrowing $88.5 million, even though the agency has $2 billion in debt. One out of every three dollars the UTA spends goes toward debt service right now [Deseret News, Tribune].

  • Count My Vote organizers will hold a series of public hearings on their proposed ballot initiative to end the convention system for nominating candidates in favor of direct primaries [Deseret News, Tribune].

  • A group of conservative state lawmakers are launching an effort to abolish the death penalty. The group includes former Utah legislator Steve Urquhart [Tribune].

  • Federal prosecutors drop another criminal charge against former Utah Transit Authority board member Terry Diehl [Deseret News, Tribune].

  • Utah County has the highest rental rates in the state according to a new study [Daily Herald].

  • Leaders in Western states argue that management of the greater sage grouse should be left to individual states instead of the federal government [Deseret News].