Jon Huntsman says it’s time for GOP to rally around Trump. Hatch to meet with Netanyahu. Bishop’s long-time aide leaves for LDS Church post.
Happy Monday. One wouldn’t think that former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, a one-time presidential candidate who steered more moderate, would be the one telling Republicans to rally around Donald Trump. But he is. "We’ve had enough intraparty fighting. Now’s the time to stitch together a winning coalition," Huntsman said. "And it’s been clear almost from the beginning that Donald Trump has the ability to assemble a nontraditional bloc of supporters. … The ability to cut across traditional party boundaries — like ‘80, ‘92 and 2008 — will be key, and Trump is much better positioned to achieve that." [Politico] [TheHill]
Topping the news: A lawyer for Rep. Jason Chaffetz responded to the allegations about misusing campaign funds saying it’s "uninformed and petty." [Trib]
-> Sen. Orrin Hatch will fly to Israel and meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. [DNews]
-> Unlike BYU, Southern Virgina University, owned by prominent Mormons, grants amnesty to rape victims for honor code violations. [Trib]
-> A new poll shows more than 8 in 10 Utahns believe this campaign is more nasty than the last. [UtahPolicy]
-> Scott Parker, long time aide of Rep. Rob Bishop, is leaving his post to take a new job with the LDS Church. [Trib]
Tweets of the weekend: From @Forcasterenten: "Clinton is historically unpopular at this point....Trump though is another planet with the general electorate. "
From @EvanMcSan: "Two true things about the #whcd, which i attended last night 1. majority in room are not reporters 2. none of them can take a joke."
Happy Birthday: to former state Sen. Karen Morgan.
Tune in: Westminster College president Stephen Morgan joins Jennifer Napier-Pearce to talk about the value of a liberal arts education. Watch Trib Talk live at 12:15 p.m. MT on sltrib.com.
Opinion section: Robert Adler, Jefferson and Rita Fordham Dean and a University Distinguished Professor at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, argue Utah’s lack of judicial diversity won’t fix itself. [Trib]
-> George Pyle says rather than move to Canada we should bring Canada here. [Trib]
-> Michelle Kennedy, president of the Utah Minority Bar Association, says Utahns should know their Miranda rights. [Trib]
-> Stephen W. Howard, treasurer of the Utah Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and an attorney with Crippen & Cline, discusses the importance of the Miranda ruling on its fiftieth anniversary. [DNews]
-> Eliza McIntosh, current Mrs. Wheelchair Utah, explains how she couldn’t do her duty as a delegate at the state Repulican convention. [DNews]
-> Paul Rolly notes that the right flank of the GOP flexed its muscles at convention last weekend but primary voters are a much different lot. [Trib]
-> Frank Pignanelli and LaVarr Webb discuss the convention system and SB54. [DNews]
Weekend in review: Money is a focal point in the gubernatorial primary between incumbent Gov. Gary Herbert and challenger Jonathan Johnson. [DNews]
-> A look at the effects of SB54. [Trib]
-> SL Co. Mayor Ben McAdams features the Eagle Forum’s Gayle Ruzicka in his campaign ad for some fun comic relief. [UtahPolicy]
-> Dixie State University will change the name of its stadium after a $10 million gift. [Trib]
-> The federal government has exempted BYU-Idaho from protecting transgender students from discrimination. [Trib]
-> Democrat gubernatorial candidate Michael Weinholtz took issue with Gov. Herbert’s "speed dating" fundraiser. [Trib]
-> A tech boom is coming to Utah. [BuzzFeed]
-> Jeremy Johnson has asked a federal judge to delay his sentencing hearing. [Trib]
-> As Utah State University looks for a new president, some have raised concerns about a lack of transparency. [APviaTrib]
-> The "prison tax" may be what is needed to fix Salt Lake City’s neglected roads. [Trib]
-> Salt Lake City Council rates Mayor Jackie Biskupski’s first 100 days as sub-par. [Trib]
-> Rules about Ozone standards are the latest episode in the ongoing battle between state and federal governments. [DNews]
-> The Salt Lake County Department of Health put new procedures in play to eliminate the waitlist to approve food trucks. [DNews]
Nationally: Sen. Ted Cruz is blitzing Indiana to try to wrestle the nomination away from front-runner Donald Trump. [WaPost]
-> Sen. Bernie Sanders said the Democratic convention will be "contested" calling on superdelegates to vote for him. [TheHill] Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton said it’s time for Sanders to face reality. [TheHill]
Where are they?
- Gov. Gary Herbert heads to the Small Business Exporter Forum, updates Lt. Gov Cox, then interviews judicial candidates.
- Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox hits an Intergenerational Poverty Meeting and a strategy meeting. He then gets an update from the governor and interviews judicial candidates.
- SL Co. Mayor Ben McAdams meets with his Cabinet and with EXIM Bank Chair Fred Hochberg
- President Barack Obama participates in "Live From the White House."
-- Thomas Burr and Michael Anderson