Trump puts ‘huuuuuge’ Caribbean property up for sale. Candidates line up to replace Chaffetz. Utah GOP elects new chairman.
Happy Monday. President Donald Trump’s beachfront estate in the Caribbean is up for sale. In an Instagram post advertising the five-acre property, Sotheby’s International Realty jokingly called it "huuuuuge" — and so is the price tag. It’s listed at $28 million. "The location is stunning. But I’ve seen mixed reviews for the decor," said one real estate agent. "There is a lot of gold in there. It’s rather gaudy, if you will." [WaPost]
Topping the news: Seven individuals have announced their intentions to run — and more are expected to file this week — for a congressional seat to be vacated by Rep. Jason Chaffetz. [Trib] [DNews] [KUER]
-> Chaffetz’s resignation may complicate the investigation into the Trump administration’s possible ties to Russia. [APviaTrib]
Tweets of the day: From @MEPFuller: "You haven’t lived until you’ve tried texting your cousin a crude bday message while driving and accidentally texted a former congressman."
-> From @mattvbrady: "after his troubled presidency, trump will dedicate himself to painting portraits of every pizzagate victim"
-> From @kumailn: "I haven’t been able to catch up on the news but I know there is no way Trump touched the Glowing Orb of Global Islamic Dominance."
-> From @jrhennessy: "every politician is the same. one minute they say they’ll represent you, next they’re lusting for the infinite power of the orb"
Happy Birthday: To Sego Strategies’ Joe Pyrah, Utah Senate Minority Executive Assistant Janeen Halverson, and our friend Michael Jolley.
Opinion section: George Pyle writes that Rep. Jason Chaffetz’s decision to resign from Congress undermines any praise garnered for his recently kindled passion as House Oversight Committee chairman to investigate the Trump administration. [Trib]
-> Michael Leavitt, former governor of Utah, and Victor Dzau, president of the National Academy of Medicine, say building bipartisan, equitable health care will require improvements to hospitals and technology nationwide. [Trib]
-> Jean Hill, government liaison for the Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake City, argues that President Donald Trump should consider Pope Francis’ desire to pursue the common good and remain part of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. [Trib]
->Elizabeth Joy and Steve Bergstrom with Intermountain Healthcare encourage Utah businesses to follow the the medical center’s example and make their buildings more energy efficient to improve air quality. [Trib]
-> Patricia Quijano Dark, an editor and translator for the Kaiser Foundation, argues that state lawmakers need to do more to increase child care availability for Utah mothers. [Trib]
-> Utahns Against Hunger Executive Director Gina Cornia calls on the state’s congressional delegation to oppose the federal budget if it includes cuts to anti-hunger programs. [Trib]
-> Former Sutherland Institute President Paul Mero responds to Alliance for a Better Utah, which criticized the institute’s ad campaign that supported changing the monument designation of Bears Ears. [Trib]
-> Pat Bagley suggests Trump might treat his audience in Saudi Arabia like he has his audience in Nevada. [Trib]
-> Robert Gehrke argues that Chaffetz should leave his position as House Oversight Committee chair to ensure the integrity of congressional probes. [Trib]
-> Gehrke also commends Gov. Gary Herbert’s decision to deny GOP delegates the ability to singlehandedly choose nominees to replace the congressman in a special election. [Trib]
-> The feud between Herbert and the Legislature resembles a mash-up of "House of Cards" and "Game of Thrones," Gehrke suggests. [Trib]
-> Frank Pignanelli and LaVarr Webb discuss the "Washington circus" impacts Utah politics. [DNews]
Weekend in review: Sens. Mike Lee and Orrin Hatch, along with 25 other Republicans, wrote a letter to President Donald Trump praising his decision to review several national monuments — including Bears Ears and Grand-Staircase Escalante in Utah. [DNews]
-> Lee said that America’s social fabric is fraying, and that’s hurting the economy. [DNews]
-> Utah System of Higher Education Commissioner Dave Buhler said that the search for the University of Utah’s new president is in the "early stages." [DNews]
-> Graduates of the U.’s medical school gave a standing ovation when A. Lorris Betz, interim vice president of health sciences, praised Vivian Lee, who resigned from that position earlier this year after controversy surrounding her decision to fire Mary Beckerle as CEO of Huntsman Cancer Institute. [Trib]
-> Shelter the Homeless, the nonprofit behind the reform efforts in Salt Lake County, announced the gender designations for its shelter sites; however, no one seems to know who made the decisions. [Trib]
-> South Salt Lake leaders and residents are frustrated and upset that their city will host the shelter for homeless men. [DNews]
-> Salt Lake City is working to improve the Rio Grande neighborhood with brighter street lights, security cameras, fewer guests at The Road Home shelter and more county jail beds. [Trib]
-> The Utah Transportation Commission voted on how to spend $1 billion it was authorized to borrow over the next four years by the Legislature. [Trib]
-> On average, Utah motorists crash into the gate arms at TRAX and FrontRunner crossings about once a day. This costs taxpayers more than $320,000 annually. [Trib]
-> A memorandum of understanding between the Utah School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration and the Division of Wildlife Resources is approaching expiration. SITLA is looking to increase the revenue it receives from hunters. [Trib]
-> Shaun McGrath, a former Environmental Protection Agency administrator, discussed accomplishments during his tenure as well as his concerns for the future. [Trib]
-> The Draper City Council will hire an independent investigator to determine whether Councilwoman Michele Weeks violated ethics rules when she asked a city employee to review emails unrelated to official duties. [Trib]
Where are they?
- Rep. Mia Love flies to Washington, makes plans with staff and strategizes with colleagues.
- Gov. Gary Herbert plays in a charity golf tournament, meets with staff, speaks to his leadership team and sits down with members of the Office of Management and Budget.
- Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox speaks at the Water Canyon High School graduation, has lunch on United Effort Plan Trust land and tours Hildale.
- State Auditor John Dougall sits down with a state lawmaker, meets with a chief data architect, reviews draft audit reports and attends a GenX GOP lunch.
-- Courtney Tanner and Emily Anderson