Who has Trump’s ear? Hint: They’re white, male and rich. Zinke visits Bears Ears as tribes demand apology from Hatch. The race for GOP chairman focuses on SB54.
Happy Tuesday. Of the more than 1,200 people who have had direct access to President Donald Trump that we know of, there’s one thing they mostly have in common: they’re rich, white and male. So far, about 80 percent of those people Trump is meeting with are white, and 63 percent of them are male. [Politico]
-> Tribal leaders demanded an apology from Sen. Orrin Hatch after he suggested American Indians may not "fully understand" what a monument designation would mean for Bears Ears. [Trib]
-> The key issue in the Utah Republican Party chairman election is each candidate’s strategy to combat SB54 — a bill that allows individuals running for office to qualify for the primary ballot by collecting signatures rather than going through the party’s caucus convention system. [Trib]
Tweets of the day: From @ConanOBrien: "Barack Obama’s biography is out tmrw. Just getting the word out so I’m not the only one outside Barnes & Noble at midnight dressed as Obama."
-> From @sahilkapur: "’The president tweeted this morning’ <— the five most common words in the Trump White House press briefing room."
-> From @TDPatillo: "Obama: ‘Don’t hire Michael Flynn. He is a Russian agent.’ Trump: ‘If only Obama had given me some kind of warning.’"
Happy Birthday: To Murray City Councilwoman Diane Wiley-Turner, and our friends Liddy Huntsman and Diana Lee Hirschi.
In other news: From alcohol restrictions to panhandling statutes, take a look at some of the 401 laws that will take effect Tuesday in Utah. [Trib]
-> Washington County Attorney Brock Belnap is investigating two top Kane County officials after state auditors allege they received excessive pay from a service district that exists for a luxury resort near the Utah-Arizona border. [Trib]
-> The Utah Attorney General’s Office will review the investigation into the death of a 21-year-old woman at Duchesne County jail. [Trib]
-> The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division is trying to locate children from a polygamous sect who worked at a pecan farm in Utah to pay them back wages after a federal judge ruled that their employer broke labor laws. [Trib]
-> A former Utah Communications Authority employee will serve up to 27 months in federal prison after she pled guilty to embezzling $1.2 million from the agency. [Trib]
-> After Gov. Gary Herbert agreed not to defund Utah’s Planned Parenthood, U.S. District Judge Dee Benson signed an order further barring the state from pulling funds. [DNews]
-> At 82.39 years, the average life expectancy in Summit County is the longest of any county in the state. [Trib]
-> The Utah Transit Authority will open public comment for development plans around around the Clearfield FrontRunner Station. [Trib]
-> Paul Rolly writes that the photo of Rep. Jason Chaffetz riding a scooter on his way to the House floor after surgery personifies the Republican Congress and their attempts at glory. [Trib]
Nationally: Former Attorney General Sally Yates testified at a Senate hearing on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election that she had warned the White House that then-national security adviser Michael Flynn could be blackmailed. [NYTimes] [WaPost] [Politico]
-> Trump’s military and foreign policy advisers proposed that the United States increase military presence in Afghanistan to further pressure the Taliban into negotiations. [WaPost]
Where are they?
- Rep. Mia Love meets with constituents in Utah County and speaks with representatives of Operation Underground Railroad.
- State Auditor John Dougall chats with administrators from the University of Utah and sits down with a reporter for an interview.
-- Thomas Burr, Courtney Tanner and Emily Anderson