More people practicing yoga since Trump’s election. Hatch urges Utahns to support Trump in Memorial Day speech. Chaffetz leaves unwitting legacy of underground pot market in D.C.
Happy Tuesday. Since January, yoga enrollment has been on the rise nationwide — and it’s not just people sticking with their New Year’s resolutions. Fitness directors say the new interest in meditation and relaxation is driven by Donald Trump’s presidency. "This last election especially felt so tumultuous and so dividing — like there was so much angst and anger on both sides," said one yoga instructor. [USAToday]
-> It’s legal to possess marijuana in Washington, D.C., but Rep. Jason Chaffetz helped block the city from setting up a system to legally sell weed. Now, it has a burgeoning underground pot market. [Trib]
-> Jim Bennett, son of the late Sen. Bob Bennett, is one of those running for Utah’s 3rd Congressional District. He can’t sign up, though, under the new centrist United Utah Party because it doesn’t exist yet, according to the state. [Trib] [DNews] [KUER]
-> Comments submitted to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke regarding the status of Bears Ears National Monument overwhelmingly support protecting the land, but many worry about the consequences of having the designation in the area. [Trib]
Tweets of the weekend: From @GeorgeTakei: "The Russians wanted to celebrate the U.S. election--so they went to Jared!"
-> From @ConanOBrien: "I no longer think Trump conspired with Russia to win the election, because he would have bragged about it to a barista by now."
-> From @kramtrak: "Do you ever get the feeling that everyone else is off somewhere, meeting with Sergei Kislyak, but you’re just, like, home alone by yourself?"
Happy Birthday: To former SLC Mayor Ralph Becker.
Opinion section: Loren Yager, a Utah resident who served as the chief economist of the Government Accountability Office, suggests the state’s politicians no longer represent the economic interests of residents. [Trib]
-> Libertas Institute Director Michael Melendez believes that the free market should have a bigger role in solving the homelessness issue. [Trib]
-> Retired mining consultant Donovan Symonds writes that if Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke chooses to redraw the boundaries of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and open it to coal mining, those endeavors would not be profitable. [Trib]
-> Dylan Ashley, a local queer and trans activist, argues that Pride celebrations need to be more intersectional to be considered inclusive. [Trib]
-> Marginalized communities in Utah need to resist oppression in solidarity, says Utah Pride Center Executive Director Carol Gnade. [Trib]
-> KUED General Manager James Morgese defends the value of public media. [Trib]
-> Members of the Capitol Hill Action Group write that there is a silver lining to Donald Trump’s tumultuous presidency — renewed civic engagement. [Trib]
-> Lisa Church, a lawyer and community activist who served in the cabinets of two governors and the staff of a senator, contends that America needs leaders that take into account all points of view. [Trib]
-> Frank Pignanelli and LaVarr Webb discuss the books that they anticipate notable politicians will read this summer. [DNews]
-> Pat Bagley argues that politicians who accuse the media of lying are deceiving voters. [Trib]
-> Paul Rolly defends the necessity of a free press. [Trib]
Weekend in review: Although Rep. Jason Chaffetz leaves his position June 30, some of his staff will continue to run his office until a new representative is elected. [Trib]
-> Those involved in Utah politics have varying reactions to the Congressional Budget Office’s analysis of the American Health Care Act. [KUER]
-> New Utah GOP Chairman Rob Anderson is looking for a solution to the party’s fight against SB54, which allows candidates to bypass the caucus and convention system by gathering signatures to get on the ballot. [DNews]
-> Salt Lake County Sheriff Jim Winder said he has talked with Moab about becoming its police chief amid his tumultuous relationship with Salt Lake City officials. [Trib]
-> Utah received $5.5 million in federal aid to address the state’s opioid epidemic. [Trib]
-> Salt Lake County’s Operation Diversion, a law enforcement program that helps drug users combat addiction, works best for those who self-commit — but it has a growing waitlist. [Trib]
-> Salt Lake City’s HomeInn Hotel houses felons, sex offenders and homeless individuals, providing clean sheets and a sense of purpose for up to $330 in monthly rent. [Trib]
-> Utah County doesn’t have enough low-income housing to meet the needs of its residents. [KUER]
-> Some Utah school districts are implementing policies that keep students from being punished for not having lunch money. [KUER]
-> Members of the Salt Lake Chamber and World Trade Center Utah visited Cuba to establish a relationship with the government there and potentially build trade ties. [DNews]
-> The state has sent court summons to thousands of Salt Lake City residents in an effort to clarify water rights ownership. [Trib]
-> The Weber County Commission will vote Tuesday on whether to ban alcohol from Pineview Reservoir. [ABC4]
-> Seven Canyons Trust, a non-profit in Salt Lake City, received $1.2 million in grants to restore three creeks: Red Butte, Emigration and Parley’s. [Trib]
-> Salt Lake City will shut off the water for the Seven Canyons Fountain this summer because of concerns about water sanitation. [Trib]
-> Utah officials expect large wildfires this year due to vegetation growth. [Trib]
-> After California banned coal-fired power, Intermountain Power Plant in Utah decided to convert to natural gas. [Trib]
Nationally: Authorities are investigating whether Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s senior advisor and son-in-law, sought a direct line to Russian President Vladimir Putin during the presidential election. [NYTimes] [WaPost] [Politico]
Where are they?
- Gov. Gary Herbert participates in the Utah Life Elevated 2020 kickoff meeting, speaks with lawmakers, holds a leadership meeting, convenes with the State Board of Education and meets with staff.
- Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox attends the Utah Life Elevated 2020 kickoff meeting, sits down with legislators, takes part in the governor’s leadership meeting and speaks with the State Board of Education.
- State Auditor John Dougall releases an audit of the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control and presents to the Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission.
-- Courtney Tanner and Emily Anderson