Protesters appear to really get under Trump’s skin. Biskupski pulls nominee for urban-renewal agency. Expert doubts penalty for judge who called rapist an otherwise ‘good man.’
Happy Tuesday. President Donald Trump has many enemies, or at least those folks he dislikes. He bashes them on Twitter, or castigates them in public comments. But for all the pleasure the president takes in the adulation of massive crowds, he seems to take special umbrage with mass demonstrators who oppose his agenda. Trump really dislikes protesters. [Politico]
Topping the news: The rural capital of China’s Henan province is poised to become an economic hub amid evolving U.S.-China trade talks, offering a window into the future of Utah’s nearly $1 billion annual import-export stake with the country. [Trib]
-> Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski pulled her pick to run the city’s urban-renewal agency over concerns about his past — including accusations of involvement in a "pay-to-play" scheme during his time at the Philadelphia Housing Authority in the early 2000s. [Trib] [DNews]
-> Though there are five forms of misconduct that could trigger a judicial reprimand, a professor of criminal law at the University of Utah says it’s unlikely the remarks of a Utah judge who called a convicted rapist a "good man" during his sentencing hearing would fall under any of them. [Trib]
-> Though Rep. Chris Stewart said it’s "in everyone’s interests" for the United States to resolve issues with North Korea without military action, he said the possibility shouldn’t be ruled out. [DNews]
Tweets of the day: From @matthaig1 : "I still think Fox News would be twenty times better if it was about actual foxes."
-> From @elisefoley: "Very exciting that they’re adding a Pulitzer Prize category for ‘retweet of the president with pithy comment.’"
-> From @ConanOBrien: "This summer, camp counselors all over the country will shine flashlights under their chins and read the headlines."
In other news: Gov. Gary Herbert signed a resolution titled "Guarding the Civil Liberties and Freedoms for All American People" in an effort to symbolically stand for civility and tolerance in the state. [Trib] [DNews] [ABC4]
-> On healthcare, Herbert said he’s waiting on Republicans in Washington to decide what states can and can’t do before he attempts to offer coverage to poor Utahns. [KUTV]
-> Herbert honored Jerry Sloan, who coached the Utah Jazz for 23 seasons, with a lifetime achievement award at the sixth annual State of Sports Award ceremony last week. [Fox13]
-> As Sen. Orrin Hatch prepares for a likely run for his eighth term, a new Utah Policy survey finds 48 percent of registered Utah voters have an unfavorable view of the senator, while 46 percent said they approve of his performance. [KUTV]
-> The director of the immigration and refugee program at Catholic Community Services said fewer of Utah’s undocumented residents — who comprise about one third of the state’s residents born outside the United States — may file taxes this year as they face heightened fear of deportation. [Fox13]
-> The owner of Geist the dog, which was fatally shot by a Salt Lake City police officer nearly three years ago, is challenging in the Utah Supreme Court the requirement to post bond before suing the police. [Trib] [Fox13]
-> A Utah judge ruled that a project on state trust lands is not subject to local zoning requirements — raising questions about how much local control governments have over such properties. [Trib]
-> A federal judge granted Equality Utah and the state Board of Education an extension on a lawsuit over now-repealed legislation banning the discussion of homosexuality in Utah schools to allow the school board time to amend its policies. [DNews]
-> A Salt Lake County officer filed a lawsuit against Sheriff Jim Winder, who he says violated his constitutional rights when he demoted him from the rank of lieutenant to sergeant without cause. [Trib]
-> Members of Utah’s largest polygamous church attended a special class about the proper use of government benefits as part of the terms of their plea deals after a federal grand jury convicted them in a massive food stamp fraud scheme. [Fox13]
-> Though Canada hasn’t successfully convicted anyone of polygamy since 1899, the country is now attempting to convict a man with 27 wives — some of whom are from Utah. [Trib]
-> F-35 stealth fighters from Utah’s Hill Air Force Base landed in the United Kingdom over the weekend, where the pilots will participate in training sessions in international skies as part of an effort to reassure European allies in the face of Russian aggression. [Trib] [DNews] [ABC4] [Fox13] [KUTV]
-> Pat Bagley critiques President Donald Trump’s admonishments to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un over nuclear weapons. [Trib]
-> Paul Rolly says concerns about Attorney General Sean Reyes’s corporate fundraising and possible conflicts of interest offers a reminder of the office’s past exploits. [Trib]
Nationally: During a visit to South Korea, Vice President Mike Pence warned North Korea that the U.S. "era of strategic patience is over" and offered recent strikes in Syria and Afghanistan of proof of America’s "strength and resolve." However, he said Trump’s administration hopes to persuade the country to abandon its nuclear weapons "through peaceful means." [NYTimes] [NPR] [WaPost] [TheHill]
-> Trump called Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to congratulate him on a contentious referendum win that will grant the leader nearly complete control of government in the country. Meanwhile, international monitoring groups have raised concerns about voting irregularities during the referendum. [WaPost] [TheHill] [ABCNews] [NYTimes]
-> Though planning for the 139-year-old White House Easter Egg Roll started late and A-list celebrities present in years past were absent, the president and first lady Melania Trump presided over the event without any major incident. [CNN] [NYTimes] [WaPost] [ABCNews]
Where are they?
- Rep. Jason Chaffetz eats breakfast with the Utah County Economic Development Corporation and meets with Utah sheriffs.
- Rep. Chris Stewart speaks at the Utah Cyber Security Summit and a World Trade Center Utah congressional roundtable before meeting with constituents in his Salt Lake City office.
- Rep. Mia Love participates in a discussion about trade with World Trade Center Utah and meets with constituents.
- Gov. Gary Herbert heads to an Education Excellence Commission meeting and the World Trade Center event before a ceremonial signing of S.B. 197.
- Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox attends an Education Excellence Commission meeting, speaks with the executive director of the Department of Heritage & Arts and heads to the World Trade Center event.
- State Auditor John Dougall meets with the board of the State Fair Corporation, stops by the state employees benefit fair and visits with the superintendent of the Juab County school district. Later, he meets with the superintendent of the Beaver County school district and attends the Beaver County Republican Party organizing convention.
-- Thomas Burr and Taylor Stevens