Trump applauds first 100 days in television ad. U. of Utah Health Care CEO resigns. Herbert agrees to not defund Planned Parenthood.
Happy Monday. In a 30-second television advertisement released Monday, President Donald Trump champions his first 100 days in office. "America has rarely seen such success," the narrator says. The commercial ticks off examples of what the administration views as its accomplishments, including Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch and approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline. The ad doesn’t mention, though, a failed attempt to overhaul Obamacare and it applauds "the biggest tax cut plan in history" (legislation which hasn’t yet been introduced). [NYTimes]
Topping the news: University of Utah Health Care CEO Vivian Lee resigned from that post, as well as her roles as senior vice president for health sciences and dean of the medical school, after weeks of controversy that began when she fired Huntsman Cancer Institute leader Mary Beckerle (who was later reinstated). [Trib] [DNews] [Fox13] [KUTV]
-> A new poll shows Utah Valley University President Matthew Holland has the highest approval from 3rd Congressional District Republicans among other prominent GOP names that have been floated to replace Rep. Jason Chaffetz — though Holland hasn’t expressed any interest in joining the race. [Trib] [DNews] [KUTV]
-> Randal Quarles, the director of a Salt Lake City-based investment firm, is reportedly Trump’s anticipated pick as the Federal Reserve’s vice chairman for bank supervision, where he would likely play a large role in undoing some of the regulations instituted after the 2008 financial crisis. [Trib]
Tweets of the weekend: From @whcd2017: "#Trump isn’t here tonight. He was worried this might be an intelligence briefing in disguise. #WHCD #WHCD2017 #TrumpRally"
-> From @jbendery: "Schumer says the budget deal ‘takes the threat of a govt shutdown off the table.’ We’re good, America.* *we’ll do this again in 5 months"
Happy Birthday: To Dan Harrie, The Tribune’s politics boss, former Taylorsville Mayor Janice Auger Rasmussen and former Wasatch County GOP Chairman Aaron Gabrielson.
Opinion section: Harry Holland, an environmentalist who lives in southern Utah, decries the age of "alternative facts" he says buried the truth about the collaborative process that led to the creation of Bears Ears National Monument. [Trib]
-> As President Donald Trump’s administration looks to review national monuments designated since 1996, Ira Pollock — who lives in Boulder, Utah, where his family owns and operates a bed and breakfast — praises the benefits he says Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument has brought the residents of Garfield County. [Trib]
-> Robert Lady, the field physicist for the Telescope Array Cosmic Ray Observatory at the University of Utah, reflects on his time in Washington, D.C., on April 22 for the March for Science. [Trib]
-> Gregory A. Clark, an associate professor of bioengineering at the University of Utah, critiques the locals organizers of Utah’s March for Science for their use of faith, which he says turned the protest into a "March for Magic." [Trib]
-> Holly Richardson, a former state legislator who is currently volunteering in Greece with Hope Worldwide Utah, invites readers to imagine what it’s like to become a refugee. [Trib]
-> James A. Sorenson, president of the Utah Minority Bar Association, explores the benefits of diversity on the judicial bench and beyond. [Trib]
-> Julieann Selden, a Ph.D. chemistry student, argues that a billboard and website campaign advising Utahns about the dangers of an opioid epidemic actually endangers lives with its "guilt-inducing" rhetoric that demonizes such drugs and doesn’t provide information about their potential benefits. [Trib]
-> Maximilian Werner, author of four books, challenges traditional stereotypes that individuals who smoke marijuana are riffraff, losers and miscreants and contends there may be advantages to being high. [Trib]
-> Terry Marasco, who sits on the board of Utah Moms for Clean Air, points to successful start-ups that reject traditional bureaucratic concepts — functioning with free form communication and teams where everyone shares responsibility — as a model for Salt Lake County officials. [Trib]
-> George Chapman, a former mayoral candidate, voices opposition to a 32 percent property tax increase proposed for Salt Lake City’s library system and urges the public to provide feedback. [Trib]
-> Steven D. Cornell, a native Utahn and practicing architectural preservationist, urges county leaders to maintain a piece of the state’s history by preserving Granite High School in South Salt Lake. [Trib]
-> Tribune editorial page editor George Pyle says education isn’t the way out of poverty. [Trib]
-> Pat Bagley imagines the "positive things" President Donald Trump has promised to develop on federal land if the national monuments are revoked during a review of their designations. [Trib]
-> Frank Pignanelli and LaVarr Webb offer perspectives on Utah’s "rough-and-tumble" political climate, including the possibility that Rep. Jason Chaffetz retires early. [DNews]
-> A third group of individuals marched from City Creek Park to the Capitol to advocate for state lawmakers to legalize medical marijuana in Utah. [Fox13]
-> Silent protestors also came to the state Capitol to decry a new law that requires Utah businesses to erect a sign indicating whether the establishment is licensed as a bar or a restaurant, which they say makes the state look ridiculous. [Fox13]
-> Newly-disclosed medical records indicate Duchesne County Jail officials did not provide a prisoner with her pain and anxiety medications. They also show she lost at least 17 pounds during her short jail stay, becoming one of 416 people to die behind bars in Utah since 2000. [Trib] [ABC4]
-> Salt Lake County Sheriff Jim Winder said he believes a $705,000 investment from the County Council to begin contracting other counties to host state inmates would temporarily help the county jail relieve overcrowding issues. [Trib]
-> Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski asked for and received the resignation of the city’s longtime representative on the Utah Transit Authority board after reportedly telling him he had done nothing of value for the city. [Trib] [KUTV]
-> Because Salt Lake City faces a "giant threat" of wildfires, the Utah Fire Rescue Academy is educating residents about how they can mitigate spread. [Trib]
-> South Jordan is currently suing West Jordan as part of an ongoing property dispute over a 5-million-gallon water tank located within the latter’s borders. Officials in both cities have expressed hope they can remain good neighbors despite the litigation. [Trib]
-> Second-graders from Parkview Elementary School helped Salt Lake City’s urban forestry workers plant trees on Friday in celebration of Arbor Day. [Trib]
-> Salt Lake City barber Stuart Stone, who volunteers his services at the Weigand Homeless Resource Center, has been giving haircuts to individuals experiencing homelessness for the past 24 years. [Trib]
-> LDS Church-owned Brigham Young University held a "historic" LGBTQ Mental Health Forum discussion earlier last month, where its panelists shared their struggles with depression and loneliness on campus. [Trib]
-> The defense council for a Canadian Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints leader who is accused of marrying 24 women — some who are from Utah — plans to file an application for abuse of process next week in an attempt to shut down the prosecution. [Trib]
Nationally: President Donald Trump signed a short-term funding bill to keep the government running through Friday, which both houses of Congress passed with hours to spare before the deadline for some government operations to begin shutting down. Sunday night, congressional negotiators reached a funding agreement to keep the government running until Sept. 30. [BBCNews] [Politico] [WaPost] [CBSNews]
-> In lieu of attending the White House Correspondent’s Dinner — as every president has for the last 36 years — Trump hosted a campaign-style rally in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Speakers at the correspondent’s dinner promoted freedom of the press and challenged Trump’s accusations against the media. [NPR] [WaTimes] [APviaPBSNews] [ABCNews]
Where are they?
- Rep. Mia Love flies from Utah to D.C., where she participates in a strategy meeting with GOP leadership, meets with colleagues about legislative priorities and votes.
- Gov. Gary Herbert makes calls to constituents and meets separately with the State Board of Education chair, his chief of staff, other staff members and his leadership team. He later speaks with members of the State Board of Education.
- State Auditor John Dougall attends in-office meetings and conducts research.
-- Courtney Tanner and Taylor Stevens