DNC chair defends his use of four-letter words on the stump. McMullin campaign still owes $670,000 to vendors. Chaffetz talks about his visit to the DMZ.
Happy Wednesday. Last year, Hillary Clinton often said that when Republicans went low, Democrats should "go high," her nod to the idea that the party was above the petty name-calling and attacks coming from Donald Trump’s campaign. But now, the new head of the Democratic National Committee, Tom Perez, is fond of using four-letter words on the stump. "I’m always amused that Republicans feign indignation when they hear the word ‘s—‘ or ‘bulls—‘ out of Tom Perez, and they observe what Donald Trump has been saying for decades," Perez said. [WaPost]
Topping the news: Former independent presidential candidate Evan McMullin still owes some $670,000 to vendors who helped his 2016 campaign. [Trib]
-> Rep. Jason Chaffetz called a visit to the Demilitarized Zone between North Korea and South Korea "surreal" and credited President Donald Trump for "taking all the right steps" to resolve tension in the area. [Trib]
-> Utah legislators will not override Gov. Gary Herbert’s veto of a bill that would have scrapped partisan diversity requirements for some state boards and commissions. [APviaKUTV]
Tweets of the day: From @aedwardslevy: "early turnout reports in GA-06 indicate there is probably an election happening today"
-> From @ericgeller: "The aircraft carrier story looks really bad for Trump. But you know what they say: You Vinson, you lose son."
-> From @theseantcollins: "If you lined Trump’s kids up in a row in front of him and said he had to say each of their names he would absolutely get at least one wrong"
In other news: Upon his return from a congressional trip to China where he met with the region’s leaders, Rep. Chris Stewart says former President Barack Obama’s era of "strategic patience" with North Korea "simply has failed." [KUTV]
-> In a new academic paper, a law professor at the University of Utah and another from Brigham Young University say Trump’s feud with the news media appears to be heading down "the path toward eliminating important protections for the press." [DNews]
-> The ACLU of Utah filed a lawsuit seeking the details of Homeland Security implementation of Trump’s travel ban of people from seven Muslim-majority nations. The suit joins 13 others seeking similar information. [Trib] [Fox13]
-> Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams said he and Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski will be working over the next few weeks to formulate a joint short-term plan to address homelessness problems near the Rio Grande area downtown. [DNews]
-> Utah Housing Corp. authorized extra tax credits totaling $220,000 this year to increase permanent supportive housing for Utahns experiencing homelessness. [DNews]
-> New document demands from federal prosecutors suggest they may be broadening their criminal probe beyond indicted ex-Utah Transit Authority board member Terry Diehl to dig into developments around train stations that raised questions about conflict of interest and self-dealing. [Trib]
-> People gathered outside the Provo courthouse Monday to protest a Utah County judge who called a convicted rapist "an extraordinarily good man" during his sentencing last week. A representative for the Utah Judicial Oversight Commission said the number of complaints about the judge’s sentencing has nearly tripled since Friday. [KUTV]
-> Salt Lake City’s metro area, including Provo and Orem, now ranks 20th worst in the United States for ozone, based on air quality readings between 2013 and 2015 — the worst ever ozone ranking received by a Utah city in the history of the American Lung Association’s State of the Air Report. [Trib]
-> Rocky Mountain Power is considering a preliminary plan it says would eliminate the need for a $1.5 billion development on the Bear River — though the Utah Rivers Council says it’s unlikely the proposal would be better for the ecosystems downstream than the current plan. [Trib]
-> The Transverse Ridge Special Service District filed a lawsuit asking a 3rd District judge to resolve an "impasse" between the district and Draper over which is responsible for funding road reconstruction in the foothills community. [Trib]
-> In response to Fruit Heights residents’ concerns in Davis County over a proposed overpass on Highway 89, the Utah Department of Transportation said it will push back the project in order to do more studies of the area. [ABC4]
-> Despite opposition from some local residents, developers plan to begin construction on the first phase of a new "agrihood" neighborhood with 79 homes on 60 acres of open land in West Weber. [Fox13]
-> Fulfilling part of a plea deal with federal prosecutors, defendants who pleaded guilty in the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints food-stamp fraud case attended a course about the proper use of such government benefits. [Trib]
-> A judge order will require an independent mentor be appointed to the police chief in Colorado City, Arizona and Hildale, Utah and police procedures revisited but denied a request to disband the police department altogether. The request came in response to a 2016 verdict that found the towns denied nonbelievers police protection and building permits. [APviaTrib] [Fox13]
-> Salt Lake’s City Council unanimously passed an ordinance allowing golf courses to set variable prices in a move golf manager will raise revenue by about $128,000 in the next fiscal year. [Trib]
-> Utah is hosting the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s annual conference for the first time. This year, the conference is focusing specifically on the high-risk LGBTQ community. [ABC4]
-> Sen. Orrin Hatch will join the founder of Operation Underground Railroad tonight to discuss preventative efforts against trafficking and sexual abuse. [Fox13]
-> Pat Bagley gives his take on Trump’s strategy of "leading from behind." [Trib]
Nationally: An aircraft carrier Trump said a week ago would send a powerful deterrent signal to North Korea actually sailed south — and has thousands more miles to cover until it actually sails to the Korean Peninsula. [NPR] [NYTimes] [TheHill] [WaPost]
-> While on a trip to Kenosha, Wisc., Trump signed an executive order titled "Buy American, Hire American," which calls on federal agencies to review the H-1B visa program for skilled workers and stresses a preference for federal projects to use goods manufactured and made in the United States. [NYTimes] [ABCNews] [CNN] [WaTimes]
-> A 23-year-old immigrant from Mexico is believed to be the first deported individual under the Trump administration who was cleared to live and work in the United States under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. He was reportedly deported in February after a run-in with a Customs and Border Protection agent in California. [USAToday] [PBSNews] [TheHill] [WaTimes]
-> A Democrat almost claimed enough votes -- 48 percent -- to win a special election in Georgia that had been seen as a referendum on Trump. The race will now go to a June runoff. [NYTimes] [WaPost] [NPR] [CNN]
Where are they?
- Rep. Chris Stewart meets with constituents in his St. George office, speaks at Dixie State University and holds a town hall meeting for the deaf and hard of hearing community. Later, he presents a St. George resident with the Carnegie Hero Medal.
- Rep. Mia Love attends a strategy and planning meeting with staff, speaks with constituents and heads to the district award ceremony.
- Gov. Gary Herbert visits Bryce Valley High School in Tropic and makes several visits around Kanab — including the Kanab Community Center, Jackson Flat Reservoir and the Kane County Water Conservation Center. Later, he meets with legislators at Southern Utah University.
- Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox attends a legislative rural tour and heads to a Brigham Young University Political Science Department face-to-face discussion.
- State Auditor John Dougall speaks to students from Canyon School District.
-- Thomas Burr and Taylor Stevens