How Trump gets his fake news. Stewart finds receptive crowd in central Utah. Lee says Trump is ‘fully cooperating’ in Russia probe.
Happy Monday. President Donald Trump reportedly becomes fixated with information that comes his way, prompting his chief of staff to warn other aides to stop secretly slipping documents to the president. A news story tucked into Trump’s hands at the right moment can torpedo an appointment or redirect the president’s entire agenda. Current and former Trump officials say Trump can react volcanically to negative press clips, especially those with damaging leaks, becoming engrossed in finding out where they originated. [Politico]
Topping the news: Rep. Chris Stewart was greeted with praise and support at his town hall in Richfield, a moment that was strikingly different from the reaction he received at a town hall in Salt Lake City on March 31. [Trib] [DNews] [FOX13] [KUER]
-> Sen. Mike Lee said on "Fox News Sunday" that he believes President Donald Trump is "fully cooperating" with the investigation of ties between Russia and the Trump team. [Trib]
-> A feud between Jon Huntsman Sr. and the University of Utah appears to be centered around a disagreement as to how much money the U. should allocate toward the Huntsman Cancer Institute. [Trib] [APviaKUTV] [KUER]
-> The Department Justice says Utah is one of only two states that refuse to comply with federal guidelines to prevent prison rape. [Trib]
Tweets of the weekend: From @mattyglesias: "Warriors never developed a real message on the economy."
-> From @juliaioffe: "I guess it wasn’t the Russian photographer who put listening devices in the Oval Office after all."
-> From @JenniferJokes: "All these 80s trends are back: Bushy eyebrows, Mom jeans, Cold War."
-> From @joshgondelman: "Jeff Sessions hates drugs the way the weird dog-guy from ‘Green Eggs and Ham’ hates green eggs and ham without knowing anything about them."
Happy Birthday: To state Sen. Evan Vickers and LaVarr Webb.
Opinion section: Chairman of the Governor’s Board of Economic Development Mel Lavitt responds to an op-ed written by Derek Monson of the Sutherland Institute that claims that problems at Utah Transit Authority are indicative of "ethics and accountability" issues within Utah’s economic development bodies. Lavitt defends the transparency and morality of GOED. [Trib]
-> A professor at Brooklyn Law School, Jocelyn Simonson, relates the efforts of grassroots organizations across the country to bail out mothers and other caretakers who can’t post bail, especially those of color. [Trib]
-> Jeanetta Williams, president of the NAACP Salt Lake branch, asserts that lawmakers need to go beyond giving Americans a path to health insurance to ensure quality care. [Trib]
-> Charles Glaser from West Valley City criticizes Utah’s members of Congress for voting to replace the Affordable Care Act. [Trib]
-> Former schoolteacher Luke Dalton challenges Sen. Orrin Hatch’s comments about Americans being "on the dole" and says that the lawmaker is out of touch with his constituents. [Trib]
-> West Jordan resident Eric Browning contends that the "war on opioids" makes it difficult for patients to obtain necessary drugs and is the least efficient way to address the opioid epidemic. [Trib]
-> Don Gale writes that Utah’s low funding for public education shows that state officials don’t value children as much as they claim to. [Trib]
-> The Cache County School District decided not to include a question about sexual orientation on a nationally-recognized youth risk behavior survey. Frank Ascione, a professor emeritus at Utah State University and current scholar-in-residence in the Social Work Department at the University of Denver, says that choice jeopardizes the mental health of youth in the district. [Trib]
->Jonathan Ruga, CEO of Sentry Financial, and Karen Shepherd, a former member of Congress and board member of Alliance for a Better Utah, question the Sutherland Institute’s self-proclaimed think-tank designation because of ads they ran regarding Bears Ears National Monument. [Trib]
-> Courtney Flint, the team manager of iUtah, a federally funded water project led by Utah State University researchers in collaboration with partners around the state, suggests that investment in local-level water management organizations is the most effective way to direct water resources. [Trib]
-> Roger Edwards, who grew up in the rural Midwest, asks Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to listen to a variety of voices in his review of Bears Ears National Monument, as he says the plight of rural America isn’t monument designation, but a changing society. [Trib]
-> Salt Lake City resident Joanne Slotnik feels that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s detention practices are a detriment to American citizens. [Trib]
-> Darlene Bennett of Millcreek writes that salaries and bonuses for top officials at the University of Utah are out of control and she hopes the recent resignations of Vivian Lee and others will rein that back in. [Trib]
-> George Pyle argues that Republican politicians too often mistake rights like healthcare and education for possessions like smartphones. [Trib]
-> Frank Pignanelli and LaVarr Webb discuss some issues where politicians should take their mothers’ advice and "play nice with others." [DNews]
Weekend in review: In a wrongful-death lawsuit against the school, Utah State University agreed to caution students about how to safely use slacklines. [APviaTrib]
-> Murray School District appointed Jennifer Covington, principal of Hillcrest Junior High School, as its first female superintendent. [Trib]
-> Utah school voucher supporters find new hope in the appointment of Betsy DeVos as Education Secretary. [APviaTrib]
-> The Utah Department of Transportation opened the third freeway-like interchange on Bangerter Highway on Saturday. UDOT expects to build four more along that highway this year. [Trib]
-> Days of ‘47 Parade co-chairwoman Jodene Smith told the group Mormons Building Bridges that for the fourth consecutive time they would not receive a slot to participate in the celebration. [Trib]
-> Officers were justified in shooting a man who threatened to blow up a hazardous waste incineration facility, according to a ruling by the Tooele County Attorney’s Office. [Trib]
-> Protesters gathered outside Roy Police Department on Saturday to call for the dismissal of two police officers involved in the shooting death of Nicolas Sanchez. [Trib]
-> Several problems have led to the Salt Lake County jail becoming overcrowded, but the solution is complicated. [DNews]
-> Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials detained eight people in Utah over a six-week operation targeting gang activity. [Trib]
-> Accounting errors exposed two Kane County officials accused of receiving excessive pay from a service district that exists for a luxury resort near the Utah-Arizona border. [Trib]
-> Many members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are leaving their homes in Colorado City after numerous evictions and disagreements with those running United Effort Plan. [Trib]
-> State Rep. Adam Gardiner wants to raise the minimum marriage age in Utah from 15 to 16. [APviaDNews]
Nationally: President Donald Trump issued a warning on Twitter to former FBI Director James Comey against "leaking to the press," saying "he better hope that there are no ‘tapes.’" [NYTimes] [WaPost] [Politico]
Where are they?
- Rep. Mia Love speaks with constituents and joins KSL on the program "Road to Understanding."
- State Auditor John Dougall welcomes new employees and takes them on a tour of the state Capitol, then meets with a lawmaker and attends an information system architecture meeting.
-- Thomas Burr and Emily Anderson