Trump touts tax bill that doesn’t exist. Utah politicians, environmental groups weigh in on withdrawal from Paris climate accord. NSA surveilled SLC during 2002 Olympics, official says.
Happy Friday. During his speech about withdrawing from the Paris accord, President Donald Trump took a moment to talk about tax reform. "Our tax bill is moving along in Congress, and I believe it’s doing very well," he said. There’s one problem: That legislation doesn’t exist yet. [Politico]
-> The Utah Foundation released a report suggesting counties that are heavily dependent on coal production find ways to diversify their economies to reduce the impact of a decreasing demand for the resource. [Trib] [ABC4]
-> The NSA conducted "blanket" surveillance of people in and around Salt Lake City during the 2002 Winter Olympics, according to a former agency official. [Trib]
Tweets of the day: From @juliaritchey: "Bad news: None of the Utah spellers made it to the @ScrippsBee finals. Good news: They can still spell better than our president."
-> From @MikeTanier: "Can’t wait to read about the failing, crooked Weather Channel on Twitter first thing tomorrow morning."
Behind the Headlines: Tribune reporters Kathy Stephenson and Brian Maffly, government and politics editor Dan Harrie and columnist Robert Gehrke join KCPW’s Roger McDonough to talk about the week’s top stories, including the 3rd District congressional race and a state audit of the DABC. Stream live Friday at 9 a.m. on 88.3 FM or kcpw.org.
-> The new Unified State Laboratory will use robotics to speed up the processing of a backlog of rape kits. [Trib]
-> Salt Lake County Councilman Richard Snelgrove filed Thursday to run for mayor of Murray. Check out the list of mayoral candidates in cities across the county and state: [Trib]
-> The process to replace Salt Lake County Sheriff Jim Winder will begin soon, but the procedure for doing so will be different from elections past. [DNews]
-> Next week supporters of the Our Schools Now citizens initiative, which would raise taxes some $700 million for education, will begin campaigning to get the measure on the ballot. [DNews]
-> The Utah Harm Reduction Coalition provides clean syringes for addicts living in the Rio Grande neighborhood. [KUTV]
-> The Utah Hospitality Association set up a GoFundMe page to hire lobbyists to fight the state’s strict regulations on alcohol. [FOX13]
-> Pat Bagley suggests that President Donald Trump’s rhetoric can be just as dangerous as carbon emissions. [Trib]
-> Paul Rolly writes that the drama of past elections will haunt the Republican convention to nominate a candidate for the 3rd Congressional District. [Trib]
-> Robert Gehrke argues that although the Utah GOP backed off of a mandatory fee for delegates to attend its convention to nominate a candidate to replace Rep. Jason Chaffetz, he is skeptical of anything that discourages participation. [Trib]
Where are they?
- State Auditor John Dougall reviews audit work and teleconferences with State Treasurer David Damschen.
-- Courtney Tanner and Emily Anderson