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News roundup: Lawmakers and leaders use cable news to get messages across to Trump

First Published      Last Updated Apr 25 2017 11:12 am

Lawmakers and leaders use cable news to get messages across to Trump. The president plans to sign executive order targeting Antiquities Act. Thousands join March for Science in Utah.

Happy Monday. It’s no secret that President Donald Trump, a former reality TV star, has a penchant for cable television. But some say it’s transforming how the White House operates. Both U.S. lawmakers and foreign leaders regard appearances on news networks as just as powerful as Oval Office meetings to get a message across to the president, who regularly tunes in to Fox News’ "Fox & Friends," Fox Business and CNBC. And the president tends to watch for his staff on TV, including White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s daily news briefings: "That guy gets great ratings," Trump said. "Everyone tunes in." [WaPost]

Topping the news: President Donald Trump is expected to sign an executive order Wednesday directing the Interior Department to review national monument designations — particularly southern Utah’s Bears Ears. [Trib]

-> Thousands of Utahns gathered Saturday for a march to the state Capitol — defending science and hoping to keep federal research dollars flowing under Trump’s administration. [Trib] [ABC4] [Fox13] [KUTV]

-> Former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders joined Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez in Salt Lake City on Friday for their "Come together and fight back" tour intended to reconnect the progressive and established factions of the Democratic Party — divisions that were on full display at the rally. [Trib] [DNews] [ABC4] [Fox13] [KUTV]

-> Rep. Jason Chaffetz and another top member of the House Oversight Committee want President Donald Trump’s attorney to outline how and when the president plans to donate to the U.S. Treasury any profits to his properties from foreign government payments in order to prevent any violation of the Constitution. [Trib]

Tweets of the day: From @vornietom"The numbers for the Science March seem high but we won’t know until we compare it to the numbers at the placebo march that’s also happening"

-> From @igorbobic: "It’s just like how the chant always went… ‘Mexico! Eventually! At a later date! In some form!’"

Opinion section: Though Byron Ruby, a student at Harvard Law School, and Neil Longo, a graduate of Brigham Young University, are on opposite sides of the political aisle, they agree that addressing climate change will require bipartisan solutions. [Trib]

-> Howard Lehman, a University of Utah political science professor, argues the quality of President Donald Trump’s leadership and his foreign policy decisions may be facilitating the decline of the United States. [Trib]

-> Holly Richardson, a former state legislator, explores gratitude and hope as she recounts her experiences working in a refugee camp during a volunteer trip to Greece. [Trib]

-> Rev. Patty Willis, minister of the South Valley Unitarian Universalist Society, remembers two people from Kenya who lived in Cache County for 10 years before they were deported and "disappeared from the fabric of this state." [Trib]

-> Derek Monson, director of public policy for the Sutherland Institute, suggests that the recent indictment of a Utah Transit Authority board member is symptomatic of a pattern common to Utah agencies that’s explained by how the state pursues economic development. [Trib]

-> Tom McPartland, who was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for 41 years, responds to a commentary piece published in The Salt Lake Tribune about Mormon leaders excommunicating LGBT members and their children. [Trib]

-> Ron Jibson, co-chair of the Our Schools Now ballot initiative, argues there is a lot at stake when it comes to investment in education — including Utah’s quality of life and the strength of the state’s economy. [Trib]

-> Lynn Stoddard, who has 67 years of experience in the education industry, and M. Donald Thomas, a retired school superintendent and a national education consultant, argue Utah teachers need to establish an assessment system that measures attributes of student self-development not measured by standardized tests and letter grades. [Trib]

-> The board of directors of the Utah Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers say Judge Thomas Low’s controversial ruling — where he called a man he convicted of forcible sexual abuse and rape "an extraordinary, good man" — makes the judge more human. [Trib]

-> As Pioneer Theatre prepares for its upcoming show of "Will Rogers Follies," Don Gale reminisces about reading the witty political remarks Rogers wrote as a columnist. [Trib]

-> Rone Tempest, a former Los Angeles Times national and foreign correspondent, argues it was unethical for The Salt Lake Tribune to allow the China-United States Exchange Foundation to organize and pay for a 10-day trip for one of its reporters to visit mainland China. [Trib]

-> George Pyle examines recent changes to The Tribune’s editorial board, including the addition of Michelle Quist Mumford. [Trib]

-> Pat Bagley comments on Jeff Sessions’ dismissal of Hawaii as "some island in the Pacific." [Trib]

-> Frank Pignanelli and LaVarr Webb explore the volatile political environment in Utah and in the country after Rep. Jason Chaffetz’s bombshell announcement last week that he will not seek re-election. [DNews]

In other news: A staffer on Chaffetz’s team says the congressman "sees around corners" — a comment on the lawmaker’s past calculated and strategic political moves — as pundits around the country and his constituents wonder what’s behind his sudden decision to walk away from re-election. [DNews]

-> If Chaffetz does leaves his seat early, Utah’s Constitution would call for a special election, which Gov. Gary Herbert estimated would cost "significant amounts of money" in the range of $1 million to $1.5 million. [Fox13]

-> In the wake of the Utah Transit Authority’s immunity deal with federal prosecutors who are investigating former and current transit officials, the agency is now talking about how it managed to cancel promised bonuses worth $375,189 and $474,646 for two officials in 2015. [Trib]

-> Though it would seem from the outside that developer Terry Diehl leads a life built on his real estate success, a federal grand jury recently indicted him on 12 criminal counts related to his 2012 bankruptcy, renewing old allegations that he may have used insider information from UTA to influence decisions and enrich himself. [Trib]

-> The University of Utah’s tumultuous week was topped off with a strongly worded advertisement from Jon Huntsman Sr. in Salt Lake City’s two daily newspapers decrying the termination of Mary Beckerle, CEO of the Huntsman Cancer Institute. [Trib] [DNews] [Fox13]

-> The Utah attorney general’s office is reviewing an investigation into "serious, criminal allegations, involving unprofessional conduct and unacceptable correctional practices" at Daggett County jail, over which two corrections officers have been fired and the jail commander resigned. [Trib] [DNews]

-> A new Utah law will "Ban the Box" that requires job applicants to disclose a criminal record before some job interviews in the government sector in hopes of helping more convicts find work after prison. [APviaTrib]

-> The attorney general’s office said in a court filing Friday that former Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff is not eligible for reimbursement for the $1.1 million he’s seeking in legal fees he spent to defend himself against allegations that were ultimately dismissed. [Trib] [DNews] [Fox13]

-> In a report released earlier this month, the nonprofit Animal Welfare Institute in Washington, D.C., gave Utah a "D" grade for its animal-handling procedures — though officials with the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food contend the state’s small number of violations shows it has a humane handling program that works well. [Trib]

-> Alliance Health of South Jordan was once Utah’s fastest-growing company but has now filed for bankruptcy in the aftermath of a February raid by federal agents that led Zions Bank to close the company’s line of credit. [Trib]

-> A new state audit says the mysterious "Utah Municipal Finance Cooperative II Trust" is a governmental entity that uses taxpayer money; the report called for the trust to disband and turn over its remaining funds to the Utah League of Cities and Towns. [Trib] [DNews]

-> A group of civil and environmental engineering students from the University of Utah, who were commissioned by the Big Cottonwood Canyon Community Council to develop new proposals for managing traffic congestion and recreation facilities, say the best way to fix problems in the canyon is to charge a toll fee. [Trib] [DNews]

-> Politicians, educators and business leaders came together for a summit on after-school programs as President Donald Trump’s budget proposes eliminating one in which about 9,800 Utah children participate. [DNews] [ABC4]

-> A new report from the National Park Service shows 14,409,742 visitors spent more than $1 billion in Utah in 2016 — a 25.5 percent increase in visitor spending and a 21.2 percent rise in visitation compared to 2015. [ABC4] [KUTV]

-> Utah will receive federal assistance to help repair public infrastructure in Box Elder and Cache counties after the region was affected by severe flooding in February, which Trump declared "a major disaster." [Trib] [ABC4] [Fox13]

-> Patience, time and a lot of Clorox — that’s how Family Promise of Ogden has worked to convert the city’s former Fire Station No. 3 into a center for homeless families to spend the day. [Trib]

-> Under the supervision of Salt Lake City firefighters at Camp Athena, a group of 15 teenage girls learned how to fight fires. [Trib]

Nationally: When congressional lawmakers return from a two-week recess this week, they do so in the face of a potential government shutdown as Democrats resist White House demands for money for a border wall between the United States and Mexico and President Donald Trump nears his symbolic 100-day mark in office. [Politico] [WaPost] [TheHill] [TheGuardian]

-> Trump signed a set of executive orders Friday directing Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to begin reviews of banking rules and of "significant 2016 tax regulations." [WaPost] [ABCNews] [USAToday] [WaTimes]

-> The main March for Science took place in Washington, D.C., but more than 600 so-called "satellite" marches took place across the world on all continents expect Antarctica. Check out images from protests around the globe. [CNN] [NBCNews] [BBCNews] [PBSNews]

Where are they?

  • Rep. Mia Love discusses legislation with a district director and speaks with constituents.
  • Gov. Gary Herbert heads to New York City for a visit about economic development.
  • Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox attends a 2020 census discussion, takes a photo with Lions Club, listens in on a high tech recruiting meeting, talks with a U.S. Census Bureau regional director and chats with a lawmaker.
  • State Auditor John Dougall attends the opening conference for a peer review held by auditors from across the nation and releases an audit regarding the State Board of Education’s dual language immersion programs.

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-- Courtney Tanner and Taylor Stevens

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