Clinton criticizes Trump, says to ‘remember 2018.’ Chaffetz may step down, possibly for TV gig. Herbert says he may run again.
Happy Friday. Hillary Clinton largely disappeared after losing the presidential race, but she appears to be back and ready to criticize President Donald Trump. "We have to face the fact that we may not ever be able to count on this administration to lead on LGBT issues," she told a crowd last night, urging them to "remember 2018," when mid-term elections could change the make-up of Congress to allow Democrats to fight back more against Trump. [Politico]
Topping the news: Rep. Jason Chaffetz says he may step down early from his House seat, leaving Utah lawmakers to establish a process for a potential special election to fill the vacancy. [Trib] [DNews] [ABC4] [Fox13] [KUTV]
-> Though Gov. Gary Herbert said during last year’s re-election campaign that his current term would be his last, he indicated during his monthly news conference on KUED-TV that he may run for re-election again. [Trib]
-> Legal scholars and historians from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints filed a friend-of-the-court brief against President Donald Trump’s executive order banning immigrants from six Muslim-majority nations, arguing that the U.S. government should not make the same mistake in attacking Muslims for their faith as it once did with Mormons. [Trib]
-> Sen. Orrin Hatch visited Bears Ears National Monument and met with local residents about its controversial designation, which he called a "massive land grab" that ignored the voices of Utah leaders and area locals. [DNews] [ABC4]
Tweets of the day: From @emilynussbaum: "During Passover, it is traditional to remove all the Chaffetz from the House."
-> From @aedwardslevy: "someone’s chaffetzing at the bit to get out of Congress"
Happy Birthday: Today to Dell Smith, district director for Rep. Chris Stewart, and Sunday to Alisia Essig.
Behind the Headlines: Tribune reporters Alex Stuckey and Emma Penrod, Washington Bureau Chief Thomas Burr and columnist Robert Gehrke join KCPW’s Roger McDonough to talk about the week’s top stories, including Rep. Jason Chaffetz’s announcement he will not run for public office in 2018 and former presidential hopeful Evan McMullin’s nearly $670,000 campaign debt. Listen at KCPW.org or tune in to KCPW or Utah Public Radio for the broadcast from 9-10 a.m.
In other news: As news spread of Chaffetz’s potential early exit, so has speculation about candidates to fill his spot. Salt Lake City doctor Kathryn Allen and American Fork Attorney Damian Kidd have already announced their bids for the House seat, and a number of other public officials have been floated as possible candidates. [ABC4] [KUTV]
-> In February, the Outdoor Retailer show decided to move its $45 million-a-year trade shows out of Utah in protest of the state’s public lands policies. Now, Visit Salt Lake has submitted an unsolicited bid to Emerald Expositions in hopes of persuading the show’s owner to reconsider the decision. [Trib] [DNews]
-> A new poll from JMC Analytics shows Evan McMullin would beat Sen. Orrin Hatch in a race for the U.S. Senate, with 33 percent of respondents favoring the former and 29 percent favoring the latter. [DNews]
-> The National Park Service has designated 85 acres within the 160-acre Rainbow Bridge National Monument in southern Utah as a "traditional cultural property" because of the site’s historic and cultural significance to at least six American Indian Tribes. [Trib] [APviaKUTV]
-> Legislation that proposed a name change for the Navajo Nation to Dine Nation failed before the tribal council, with opponents arguing its implementation would create confusion among the tribe and others. [Trib]
-> Managers of the Dixie National Forest are using low-intensity controlled fire to clear fallen limbs and vegetation layers, which Forest Service scientists see as one of the best and most cost-effective ways of improving forest health and reducing risk of a catastrophic fire. [Trib]
-> Chevron announced it will produce Tier 3 gasoline at its Salt Lake City oil refinery — a cleaner fuel that is projected to cut vehicle emissions by 10 percent in Utah, where automobiles emit roughly half of the state’s air pollution. [Trib]
-> A Park City coalition is asking city leaders to join 230 other cities across the country in passing an ordinance banning the use of plastic bags. [Fox13]
-> At Utah law enforcement personnel’s 27th annual gang conference in Sandy this week, police, prosecutors and school officials said they’ve noticed gang members seem to be getting younger. [Fox13]
-> Former high school classmates of a West Bountiful woman who broke her leg and lost her husband in a London terror attack last month are continuing their collection efforts with a fundraiser in her honor at various Davis County restaurants next week. [Trib] [ABC4] [KUTV]
-> The Utah civil rights group Restore Our Humanity filed a complaint with state officials against a local judge who called a man he convicted of forcible sexual abuse and rape "an extraordinary, good man." [Trib] [APviaKUTV]
-> Pat Bagley points out a dismal pattern of sexual harassment in the picture of the Fox News line up — from its founder to its future and in between. [Trib]
-> Paul Rolly looks at a comment posted on a Brigham Young University sports fan website praising The Salt Lake Tribune for its Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation of campus rapes, including at the university. The comment was removed and the user suspended for a day from participating on the fan board. [Trib]
Nationally: White House officials looking for a legislative win before Trump’s 100th day in office next week are pushing Republican lawmakers to resurrect health care legislation — though it looks unlikely that a vote could occur next week or that it would be successful if it did. [NYTimes] [Politico] [WaTimes] [CNN]
-> Trump directed the Commerce Department to conduct an investigation into whether imports of foreign steel are harming U.S. national security that could result in recommendations on whether to curb such imports. He said the investigation "has nothing to do with China," which has been blamed by rivals in the past for swamping the market with unwanted products. [Politico] [CNN] [WaTimes] [NYTimes]
-> The Justice Department is reportedly weighing charges seeking the arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange for his role in disclosures of highly classified information. Former President Barack Obama’s administration had decided not to move forward with charges in the face of First Amendment considerations. [CNN] [NYTimes] [TheHill] [WaPost]
Where are they?
- Gov. Gary Herbert meets with staff and holds a ceremonial signing ceremony for H.B. 239.
- Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox attends the Founders Tech Conference in St. George, Utah.
- State Auditor John Dougall releases a report titled "Utah Municipal Finance Cooperative II Trust," meets separately with a school administrator and a legislator and speaks on the phone with a research professor.
-- Thomas Burr and Taylor Stevens