Trump constantly mentions election results. Tribal leaders say they’ll take Trump to court if he rescinds Bears Ears National Monument. Mexico’s ambassador to the U.S. raises concerns about relations, trust issues.
Happy Thursday. President Donald Trump has been a little preoccupied with the 2016 election since he won in November. He tweets about it. He passes out maps of the states he captured to reporters. He talks about the electoral votes he gained in speeches. And he brings up the results in interviews. Since Election Day, Trump has mentioned his campaign on 68 of the 176 days. That’s 38.6 percent. [WaPost]
Topping the news: If President Donald Trump chooses to takes action to rescind Bears Ears National Monument in southeastern Utah, tribal leaders who pushed for its designation say they will take him to court. [Trib] [DNews] [Fox13] [KUTV]
-> Mexico’s ambassador to the United States visited the Hinckley Institute of Politics, where he expressed concern about a growing anti-Mexican sentiment in the United States and a distrust of the U.S. from his own people. [Trib] [DNews] [ABC4]
-> It turns out that Utah House Speaker Greg Hughes formed a company with former House Majority Leader Kevin Garn just before a separate Garn company successfully bid on several UTA development projects. Hughes was UTA board chairman at the time. [Trib]
-> A 31-year-old mother living in Utah now joins a growing number of undocumented immigrants without a criminal record whose families have been separated under aggressive immigration enforcement with the Trump administration. On Wednesday, more than 100 people gathered in front of the Homeland Security offices in West Valley City to protest her deportation. [Trib] [DNews] [Fox13] [KUTV]
Tweets of the day: From @GlennThrush: "The failing @nytimes added 308k new digital/print subscribers in the first quarter of ‘17, according to our latest Fake News press release"
-> From @jonlovett: "Mildly Nauseous: The James Comey Story"
Happy Birthday: To GOP guru Dave Hansen and state Sen. Todd Weiler.
In other news: Sen. Orrin Hatch and Rep. Chris Stewart introduced legislation that would create a national three-digit suicide prevention line in hopes of making it easier for people to reach help. [DNews] [KUTV]
-> Facing the possibility of a congressional vacancy with Rep. Jason Chaffetz’s possible early departure, information from the Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel shows Utah is one of three states that doesn’t have a clearly defined special election process. [DNews]
-> Sen. Mike Lee belongs to a new movement of Republicans who say they are now looking to be "smart on crime" rather than tough — moving their party in a direction typically seen as the domain of Democrats and potentially creating the opportunity for bipartisan solutions. [DNews]
-> The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints helped Republican Rep. Mia Love create and deliver to Rep. Marcia Fudge, D-Ohio, a framed pedigree outlining five generations of her family tree. [Trib]
-> James Singer — a millennial, Democrat, Navajo and Mormon — announced his plans to challenge Sen. Orrin Hatch in 2018, assuming the seven-term Republican seeks re-election. [Trib]
-> Utah Valley University President Matthew Holland said he was honored by a recent poll that showed he was viewed most favorably by Republicans in the 3rd Congressional District but said he isn’t planning to campaign anytime soon. [KUTV]
-> Advocates are urging more Utah residents, community leaders and lawmakers to speak out against air pollution after an Environmental Protection Agency report categorized Provo and Salt Lake City in the "serious" category for nonattainment of regulations. [Trib]
-> The Utah Division of Water Resources is hoping its new "hall of fame" program will encourage more state residents to conserve water. [DNews]
-> Though Utah’s job growth rate is among the best in the nation, a new report from the Utah Foundation suggests businesses across the state are struggling to find qualified workers to fill positions. [ABC4] [KUTV]
-> The tourism agency in Utah’s capital launched a new website called "There’s Nothing to Do in Salt Lake," which features people enjoying drinks and food at breweries, bars and restaurants — a jab at the Golden State Warriors players who said Utah had "no nightlife." [APviaDNews] [KUTV]
-> Officials at Salt Lake International Airport say the construction of a new terminal should relieve congestion within the concourses, gate areas and on the airfield — meaning fewer delays for travelers. [ABC4]
-> Salt Lake City announced Wednesday that construction has started on a $6-million bridge that will close the last gap in the city’s section of the 45-mile Jordan River Parkway Trail. [DNews]
-> The Park City Police Department is considering how to resolve complaints about a homeless camp that has popped up on the mountainside above the Union Pacific Rail Trail. [Fox13]
-> Granite School District approved an 11 percent pay increase for its teachers. [KUTV]
-> Colleagues of Robert Hilder, a former district court judge and Summit County attorney who died April 26 from complications while undergoing chemotherapy treatment, remembered him as "the best of the best of the judges" and lauded his commitments to fairness and justice. [Trib] [DNews]
-> Salt Lake County Sheriff Jim Winder honored fallen officers at a memorial service Wednesday. [Trib]
-> Pat Bagley imagines wartime economics under the Trump administration. [Trib]
-> President Donald Trump plans to sign an executive order that would make it easier for churches and other religious groups to participate in politics without losing their tax-exempt status. [Politico] [NYTimes] [WaPost] [WaTimes]
-> FBI Director James Comey testified for four hours at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, where he defended his decision to disclose the reopening of the bureau’s investigation into Hillary Clinton but said it makes him "mildly nauseous" to think his decision could have impacted the results of the 2016 presidential election. [CNN] [BBCNews] [WaTimes] [NYTimes]
Where are they?
- Rep. Mia Love participates in a Financial Services Committee breakfast meeting, honors a military widow and votes.
- Gov. Gary Herbert spends the day at the 2017 Energy Development Summit.
- State Auditor John Dougall attends a breakfast meeting and speaks with the dean of the business school at the University of Utah, where he later attends his son’s graduation ceremony.
-- Courtney Tanner and Taylor Stevens