Political Cornflakes

News roundup: Republican candidate wins election, apologizes for allegedly assaulting reporter

First Published      Last Updated May 31 2017 11:43 am

Republican candidate wins election, apologizes for allegedly assaulting reporter. Chaffetz doubles down on FBI records request. New centrist party plans to launch campaign for Chaffetz’s seat.

Happy Friday. Republican candidate Greg Gianforte won Montana’s special election — one day after he was charged with assaulting a journalist. "I shouldn’t have treated that reporter that way," he said at a rally. Gianforte allegedly "body-slammed" The Guardian’s Ben Jacobs, who asked the businessman about the GOP health care plan. "I’m sick and tired of you guys!" Gianforte can be heard saying in a recording of the incident. [WaPost]

Topping the news: Rep. Jason Chaffetz doubled down on his request for all documentation of former FBI Director James Comey’s conversations with President Donald Trump after the intelligence agency missed the deadline to hand over the records. [Trib]

-> In response to the Environmental Protection Agency’s new standard for ozone pollution levels, Sen. Orrin Hatch proposed a bill that allows states expected to violate the rule to enter into voluntary control programs before being penalized. [Trib]

-> The new centrist Utah United Party is working to become ballot certified and plans to announce a candidate to replace Rep. Jason Chaffetz on Friday. [Trib] [DNews] [FOX13]

-> Provo Mayor John Curtis filed Thursday in the 3rd Congressional District special election. [Trib] [DNews]

Tweets of the day: From @jpressler: "Super-impressed with @Bencjacobs not just for his dogged reporting and calm professionalism but for bringing ‘bodyslam’ back into vernacular"

-> From @moviecricket: "I’ve heard reporters say, ‘I got so slammed at work,’ but it just meant they were really busy."

Happy Birthday: On Monday to former state Rep. Jay Seegmiller.

Programming note: Cornflakes is taking off Memorial Day but will return to your inboxes and computer screens on Tuesday.

Behind the Headlines: Washington Bureau Chief Thomas Burr, Tribune reporters Jennifer Dobner and Benjamin Wood, and editorial writers Michelle Quist and George Pyle join KCPW’s Roger McDonough to talk about the week’s top stories, including President Donald Trump’s budget and Utah Transit Authority transactions. Listen at KCPW.org or tune in to KCPW or Utah Public Radio for the broadcast from 9-10 a.m.

In other news: An estimated 41,000 people have sent comments to the Interior Department regarding the status of Bears Ears National Monument. [DNews]

-> Eight law professors from the University of Utah signed a letter to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke that says the administration does not have the authority to rescind or reduce national monuments. [FOX13]

-> The owner of the Outdoor Retailer trade show bought the SIA Snow Show and plans to combine the events in Denver. [Trib]

-> Salt Lake County Sheriff Jim Winder confirms he has talked to Moab in its search for a new police chief. [Trib]

-> Salt Lake County will offer addiction and behavioral health treatment to hundreds of men who have spent time in jail to track how effectively it curbs recidivism. [Trib] [DNews] [ABC4] [KUER]

-> Inmates with mental health conditions are being held in jail cells for five months or more before they receive treatment at the overcrowded Utah State Hospital. [DNews]

-> The Utah attorney general’s office has rejected former AG John Swallow’s demand that the state cover $1.5 million in legal costs he racked up in successfully fighting public corruption charges. [Trib]

-> Proponents of a medical marijuana ballot initiative plan to ask Utah voters to approve the entire cannabis plant for use. [FOX13]

-> State Rep. Kim Coleman plans to assemble a group to review campus free speech policies. [Trib]

-> Although many Utah school districts are raising educator salaries, there is still a shortage of teachers. [KUER]

-> The U.S. Treasury has frozen the assets of the Ruelas Torres Drug Trafficking Organization, which allegedly distributes heroin in large quantities across the country  including Salt Lake City. [Trib]

-> A former Utah County Commissioner who posed as an LDS Church official to influence investors pleaded guilty to fraud Thursday. [Trib] [DNews]

-> Residents can purchase a Utah Search and Rescue Assistance Card, which is a $25 subscription paid in lieu of expensive rescue costs. [Trib] [ABC4]

-> Vineyard, a town in Utah County, saw its population grow to six times its size in 2015 after developers began building on and around the old Geneva Steel plant site. [Trib]

-> According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Lehi was the 11th fastest-growing city in the country between 2015 and 2016. [DNews]

-> Pat Bagley depicts attacks on the press by government officials both domestic and foreign. [Trib]

-> Robert Gehrke argues that although candidates can get on the primary ballot for Utah’s 3rd Congressional District by collecting signatures, it will be difficult for them to secure the nomination. [Trib]

-> Paul Rolly chronicles the troubles of a self-made zookeeper who trains law enforcement on how to handle exotic animals. [Trib]

Nationally: A U.S. Appeals Court will not reinstate President Donald Trump’s travel ban. The case is expected to go to the Supreme Court. [NYTimes] [WaPost] [Politico]

-> Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law and White House adviser, is now a focus in the U.S. investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, according to those familiar with the probe. [WaPost]

-> At a ceremony celebrating NATO, President Trump demanded other member countries foot their share of the bill. [NYTimes] [WaPost] [Politico]

-> Former Sen. Joe Lieberman withdrew his name from consideration for FBI director. [NYTimes] [WaPost] [Politico]

Where are they?

  • Gov. Gary Herbert attends the Provo mayor’s prayer breakfast.
  • Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox participates in the Spring City Community Center dedication.
  • State Auditor John Dougall takes his nephew on college visits.

Got a tip? A birthday, wedding or anniversary to announce? Email us at cornflakes@sltrib.com. If you haven’t already, sign up for our weekday email and get this sent directly to your inbox. [Trib]

-- Courtney Tanner and Emily Anderson

Twitter.com/CourtneyLTanner and Twitter.com/emilyinorgandy