Topping the news: Jackie Biskupski gets sworn in as Salt Lake City’s new mayor today at noon. Read about her journey from Hastings, Minn. to Salt Lake City and what turned her into a history making politician. [Trib]
-> Utah Reps. Rob Bishop and Jason Chaffetz earned the title chairman a year ago and used their positions to press their agendas in Congress. [Trib]
-> More Utahns think Hillary Clinton will win the White House next year than believe it’ll be Donald Trump or Ted Cruz but a third still isn’t sure, a new poll shows. [UtahPolicy]
-> Some Republicans face major challenges if they decided to collect signatures to get on the primary ballot, while others would have a much easier time. It all depends on the political make up of each district. Signature starting can begin today. [Trib] [ABC4]
-> Utah’s tallest building, the outgoing mayor of its capital city and one of the Utah Jazz’s stars are among those who are listed as delinquent taxpayers. [Trib]
Tweets of the weekend: From @mocowan: "My New Years Resolution - invent flying car. I feel like I owe you at least that much. Oh: I’m also going to lose 20lbs. #equallyplausible."
From @gopTODD: "I can’t remember another New Year when so many people complained about how awful the prior year was ..."
Happy Birthday: To state Rep. Curt Oda and to the state of Utah, which was admitted to the Union on this date in 1896.
Tune in: Utah Division of Wildlife Resources director Greg Sheehan and Kirk Robinson of Western Wildlife Conservancy join Jennifer Napier-Pearce to discuss possible revisions to the federal wolf recovery plan, the latest in wolf science and the political debate over the Mexican gray wolf in Utah. Watch Trib Talk live at 12:15 p.m. MT on sltrib.com.
Opinion section: The Tribune names House Speaker Greg Hughes the Utahn of the Year. [Trib] And Pat Bagley immediately throws cold water on the selection. [Trib]
-> Paul Rolly gives a roundup of his best from 2015, which includes Sen. Ted Cruz’s dad and Mark Shurtleff’s new job. [Trib]
-> Rolly also says the Donald Trump phenomenon shows just how crazy politics have become and he blames the tea party. [Trib]
-> Tom Wharton notes that 2016 is the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, but worries that the tourism drive makes it hard to really cherish those spectacular landscapes. [Trib]
-> Readers submitted dream headlines for 2016, involving such political big wigs as Jason Chaffetz, Jim Dabakis and, of course, Donald Trump. [Trib]
-> The Trib’s George Pyle riffs on the survey showing that people in the United States believe Christians were more deserving of religious protections than other faith groups including Jews, Muslims and yes, Mormons. [Trib]
-> While not happy about it, Natalie Gochnour predicts that Hillary Clinton will beat Marco Rubio in November. She also says the Utah Jazz will make the playoffs. [DNews]
-> Pat Bagley offers his take on lawmakers treatment of medical marijuana and herbal supplements. [Trib]
-> Frank Pignanelli and LaVarr Webb offer their predictions for the year including a Clinton-Clinton ticket. [DNews]
Weekend in review: Five tribes have cut off negotiations with Reps. Rob Bishop and Jason Chaffetz over the proposed Bears Ears conservation area and will now solely press President Barack Obama to name a national monument in Utah. [Trib] [DNews]
-> Chaffetz wants the federal government to prosecute people who attempt to bring guns on planes and is annoyed that little is done in most cases. [KUTV]
-> The saga over Planned Parenthood funding in Utah continues as the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals decides to keep the money flowing temporarily. Judges will hear the case in the next few months. [Trib] [DNews] [ABC4]
-> Provo and Orem have the nation’s fastest job growth rate for major metro areas, adding 11,400 position in a year. [Trib]
-> House Speaker Greg Hughes names Babs De Lay, a Democrat and one of his long-time friends, to the UTA board, following flap over a trip to Switzerland. [Trib]
-> Meet Lyle Jeffs who now runs the FLDS polygamous sect for his brother. [Trib]
-> Among the laws that went into effect on Jan. 1 is a new driving test. [Trib] [ABC4]
-> A new federal rule requires ski areas show they have the water rights to support the recreation areas, abandoning a plan to transfer those rights to the federal government. [Trib]
-> Jeremy Johnson, a major figure in the scandals involving former AGs Mark Shurtleff and John Swallow, is adamant that he serve as his own attorney in his own cases. [Trib] [DNews]
-> State Rep. Craig Hall wants to change the state Constitution to require that all justice court judges must be licensed lawyers. [Trib]
-> Utah’s birthrate hits a historic low, driven by the slowly recovering economy and possibly the change in the LDS missionary age. [APviaTrib]
-> Utah said goodbye to some notable people in 2015, including House Speaker Becky Lockhart, Govs. Olene Walker and Norm Bangerter. [Trib] [Fox13] [ABC4]
-> Reps. Jason Chaffetz and Chris Stewart will participate in congressional investigations into accusations that the NSA spied on Israeli leaders conversations, including those with members of Congress. [DNews] [KUTV]
-> The Deseret News takes a look at all the good things Utah’s congressional delegation did in the last year. [DNews]
-> Utah’s six-person federal delegation is united in its opposition to Donald Trump’s run for president. [DNews]
-> 2015 was the second warmest year in Salt Lake City history, behind only 2012. [Trib]
Nationally: Here is a video showing all of the people Donald Trump insulted in 2015, set to new year’s music. [WaPost]
-> Get to know Ben Carson’s new campaign manager, who is taking over after three top aides resigned. [WaPost] [Politico]
-> Sen. Ted Cruz is the odds-on favorite to win the GOP nomination, Sen. Marco Rubio second and Trump in third, according to one analysis. [WaPost]
-> More than 1,200 of Hillary Clinton’s emails are now deemed classified and the State Department is not yet done with the slower-than-expected release. [Politico] [USAToday]
-> An anti-federal government militia took control of a building on a national wildlife refuge in Oregon and vowed to stay there for years. Some of the occupiers are family members of Cliven Bundy, whose 2013 standoff with federal authorities came to a near shoot-out. [WaPost]
Where are they?
- Rep. Jason Chaffetz works from his district office.
- Gov. Gary Herbert celebrates Statehood Day with the unveiling of the State Seal at the Capitol, Media Access, meets with the lieutenant governor and makes calls to constituents.
- Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox joins the governor for Statehood Day and gets a briefing from Executive Military Affairs Committee.
- President Barack Obama meets with Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, FBI Director James Comey and ATF Deputy Director Thomas to discuss what executive actions he can take to curb gun violence.
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