Trump is stalling his own nominees and blaming Democrats. Teng declines to pursue appeal of ballot denial. Ann Romney to head up fund-raiser for 3rd District candidate.
Happy Tuesday. President Donald Trump is lashing out at Democrats for allegedly stalling his appointments and agenda, but it’s his own administration that is frequently sitting on the necessary paperwork for nominees. The White House has frequently -- such as in the case of naming Jon Huntsman as ambassador to Russia -- said it would nominate someone and then waited weeks if not months to actual submit the paperwork to the Senate. [Politico]
Topping the news: Chia-Chi Teng, a BYU professor who was blocked by the state from filing for candidacy to fill the 3rd Congressional District seat via video chat, will not appeal a judge’s ruling that officials were justified in their decision. [Trib] [DNews] [ABC4] [FOX13] [APviaKUTV] [KUER]
-> Ann Romney, the wife of former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, will appear at a rally for Stewart Peay, one of the candidates running to replace Rep. Chaffetz. [KUTV]
-> Former Vice President Joe Biden will be the keynote speaker at Mitt Romney’s E2 Summit in Park City. [APviaTrib]
Tweets of the day: From @charliespiering: "After communications director leaves, Trump WH snaps into familiar mode. Trump tweets, Conway and Gorka go to war on TV to defend"
-> From @jackshafer: "Never fold your leaked documents."
-> From @WaltHickey: "wait until you hear about the co conspirator, Thad Onthenose"
In other news: Rep. Jason Chaffetz appeared on "Fox and Friends" Monday morning, fueling speculation that he’s leaving his post to join the network. [DNews]
-> Rob Miller, a candidate for Utah Democratic Party chairman, was accused of sexual misconduct by seven women, but he isn’t withdrawing from the race. He said that the allegations would make it difficult for him to serve in the position. [Trib]
-> Utah House Speaker Greg Hughes listed his holdings under an umbrella firm rather than disclosing each individual company, which makes it more difficult for the public to identify conflicts of interest. [Trib]
-> The public has one last chance to weigh in on Salt Lake City’s proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year on Tuesday. [Trib]
-> Former journalist Peter Reichard was appointed president of the Utah Foundation, a nonpartisan research organization. [Trib]
-> Utah, a traditionally red state, voted for a Democratic presidential candidate when given the choice between two fictional TV characters. [DNews]
-> Paul Rolly discusses whether it’s fair that Republican candidates to replace Rep. Chaffetz are qualified to run after new party rules say that they are technically no longer Republican. [Trib]
Where are they?
- Rep. Mia Love flies to Washington from Utah, attends strategy and legislative meetings and votes on legislation at the Capitol.
- Gov. Gary Herbert takes a tour of Firefly Equipment, takes part in a food bank service project with staff and holds a Governor’s Office of Economic Development Roundtable on Life Sciences.
- State Auditor John Dougall spends time in his office and attends a wedding reception.
- SL Co. Mayor Ben McAdams speaks with county department directors, participates in a County Council meeting and attends a County Council hearing.
-- Thomas Burr and Emily Anderson