Topping the news: SL Co. Mayor Ben McAdams said in a letter to the 3rd District Court that he wants jail time for his former campaign manager Justin Miller after he stole nearly $25,000. [Trib]
-> Though Senate Republicans used to privately call Mike Lee "Robin" to Ted Cruz’s "Batman," the Utah Republican has quietly remade himself as an unexpected Senate dealmaker, who now has more power than Cruz, Marco Rubio or Rand Paul. [Politico]
-> Sen. Lee said he expected President Barack Obama’s executive order to take gun control further. [ABC4]
-> Utahns who visited the armed group of about 20 armed protesters in Oregon say they’re optimistic the protest will end without bloodshed. [Trib] [KUTV] [Fox13]
Tweets of the weekend: From @MittRomney: ".@tedcruz is a "natural born citizen." Obama too. Even George Romney. This isn’t the issue you’re looking for."
From @RexHuppke: "Dear refugees: We’re busy thinking about our $1.3 billion lottery and then tonight we have to honor some famous rich people. Sorry! - USA"
Happy Birthday: To SLC Mayor Jackie Biskupski and XMission founder Pete Ashdown.
In memorial: Friends of Randy Horiuchi are inviting the public to a memorial service on Jan. 15 from 5-7 p.m. at the Salt Palace Center Grand Ballroom. Horiuchi, a long time Salt Lake County elected official and a fixture in Utah politics, died in November. See related story: [Fox13].
Tune in: Wallace Jeffs and Tribune reporter Nate Carlisle join Jennifer Napier-Pearce with a profile of Lyle Jeffs, day-to-day leader of the polygamous Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Watch Trib Talk live at 12:15 p.m. MT on sltrib.com.
Opinion section: Enedina Stanger, who says she’s a medical refugee now living in Colorado, discusses why she broke the law to use medical cannabis. [Trib]
Terry Orme, editor of The Salt Lake Tribune, pays tribute to the Trib’s Washington correspondent Thomas Burr, the incoming president of the National Press Club. [Trib]
-> Sheryl Allen, a former state representative from Davis County, and Rep. Rebecca Chavez-Houck, a current representative from Salt Lake City, say Utah needs more women running for office. [Trib]
-> Thad Box, professor emeritus in the Quinney College of Natural Resources at Utah State University who served as dean of the college from 1970 to 1990, draws a correlation between the Oregon occupiers and Utah lawmakers. [Trib]
-> Jeff Clawson, medical director of the International Academies of Emergency Dispatch in Salt Lake City, who says exorbitant drug prices are nothing short of evil. [Trib]
-> A group of Jewish congregations and rabbis says that their community chooses love over hate when considering their Muslim neighbors. [Trib]
-> Julie Stewart, an associate professor of Sociology at Westminster College who specializes in research on immigration and inequality, believes anti-immigration politicians are sowing their own failure. [Trib]
-> Heather J. Hansen, a University of Utah senior majoring in environmental and sustainability studies and a University of Utah Hospital employee, asks those purchasing vehicles to be cognizant of the environment and other Utahns. [Trib]
-> Deeda Seed, a community activist and former Salt Lake City Council member, calls for the city to address police accountability a year after James Barker’s death. [Trib]
-> Adam Cramer, the executive director of Outdoor Alliance, John Sterling, executive director of The Conservation Alliance, and Amy Roberts, the Outdoor Industry Association’s executive director, say that a federal lands transfer would be a blow to Utah’s recreation economy. [Trib]
-> Paul Rolly explains how retiring Sen. Steve Urquhart will leave a lasting impression on the state. [Trib]
-> Pat Bagley gives his take on the place of the gun. [Trib]
-> Frank Pignanelli and LaVarr Webb tell how the signature-gathering period in the primary elections process marks a new era. [DNews]
Weekend in review: A former Utah Transit Authority official says he was fired for warning the agency that it was violating federal safety rules. [Trib]
-> Attorney General Sean Reyes positive attitude and outgoing personality helped in his journey to public office. [DNews]
-> ACLU’s executive director Karen McCreary who is known for challenging Utah on same-sex marriage and immigration will retire later this year. [Trib] [DNews] [Fox13]
-> Gov. Gary Herbert has appointed Denise Porter, a defense attorney, to the Utah Board of Pardons and Parole. [Trib]
-> State Superintendent Brad Smith will sit out the upcoming Utah Legislature due to a 90-day medical leave of absence, according to the Utah Board of Education. [Trib] [DNews]
-> On Thursday, the state board of education voted to create the Advisory Committee for Equity of Educational Service for Students to explore the needs of Utah’s minority and at-risk students. [Trib]
-> State educators are prioritizing the growing student population and locally controlled funding for schools with the start of the 2016 legislative session two weeks away.[DNews]
-> Three educators have been named Utah Principals of the Year. [DNews]
-> West Jordan leaders have a goal to keep City Hall civil this year. [DNews]
-> Layton is looking to fill positions on two committees. [DNews]
-> The Vermont Department of Liquor Control announced earlier this week that Patrick Delaney, a 25-year veteran of Utah’s hospitality and alcoholic beverage industry, has been selected to lead it’s state liquor agency. [Trib]
-> Salt Lake City International Airport is now offering premium reserved parking for $50 a day. [Trib] [DNews] [KUTV] [KUER]
-> After allegations that they failed to respond "in accordance with policy" to a domestic dispute report, a San Juan County sheriff’s officer was disciplined and a dispatcher remains on leave. [Trib] [DNews] [KUTV]
-> A year after James Barker was shot and killed by a Salt Lake City police officer, his friends are calling for more police reform. [Trib] [KUTV] The district attorney’s office has agreed to give the case a second look in light of a new video. [DNews]
-> More than 151,000 Utahns have signed up for federal health insurance. [DNews] [ABC4]
-> The National Park Service handled a record number of visitors last year, but Director Jonathan Jarvis fears that young adults’ apparent lack of interest in the nation’s natural, historic and cultural treasures foreshadow challenges in its second century. [Trib]
-> A Utah National Guardsman was honored for saving the life of a teenager. [KUTV] [Fox13] [ABC4]
-> As the jackpot for Powerball rises, Utahns are flocking to neighboring states for a chance to win. [KUTV] [ABC4] Many wonder why the Beehive State has no lottery of its own. [ABC4]
-> Lyle Jeffs, the man running the day-to-day operations of the polygamous Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, does not want to testify at a trial scheduled for later this month containing allegations of discrimination. [Trib]
-> After years of working in North Dakota, former FLDS follower Ted Jessop may be living in a compound where his neighbor will be local bishop Lyle Jeffs. [Trib]
-> The private writings of modern Mormon leaders are off-limits to researchers, or at least severely restricted, whereas materials from the LDS Church in the early 1800s through the end of the 19th century are highly public. [Trib]
-> LDS Apostle Russell M. Nelson said in a talk yesterday that the church’s controversial same-sex policy was from God. [KUTV]
-> A major piece of southwestern Salt Lake County’s future is falling into place after municipal planners in Riverton gave initial approval Thursday to a Daybreak-like development proposed by a real estate arm of the LDS Church. [Trib]
-> A shrinking middle class is causing people across the state and nation to have to wait before they can achieve their goals. [DNews]
-> A lawmaker wants to create a permanent Utah license plate. [KUTV]
-> Hundreds of misdemeanor crimes in Utah may no longer carry jail time if they are reclassified as infractions. [Fox13]
-> Air in Provo was ranked the worst in the nation this weekend. [KUTV]
-> A program connects refugees with Utah volunteers to help them adjust. [DNews] [KUTV] [Fox13] [ABC4]
-> There is new help for millions of addicts and alcoholics around the world with roots in Utah. [ABC4]
-> Another program offers hope to veterans dealing with drugs, alcohol and PTSD. [ABC4]
-> A 12-year-old girl has launched a nonprofit to inspire others to make a change. [DNews]
Nationally: For President Barack Obama’s last State of the Union address, he plans to leave one seat empty in the First Lady’s guest box "for the victims of gun violence who no longer have a voice." [WaPost]
-> The armed group occupying a federal building in Oregon refused reinforcements from another group of armed men this weekend. [CBS] However, the occupiers are calling for supplies as they enter their second week of protest. [ABC]
-> Sean Penn secretly interviewed the Mexican drug lord "El Chapo," Joaquín Guzmán Loera, for Rolling Stone last fall. [RollingStone] [NYTimes]
-> The latest Powerball jackpot may reach $1.3 billion after no ticket matched all six numbers following Saturday night’s drawing for a record jackpot of nearly $950 million. [Yahoo!]
-> GOP presidential candidates held an "energizing" meeting with voters in Reno over the weekend. [RGJ]
Where are they?
- Rep. Jason Chaffetz returns to Washington, manages eight Oversight bills on the House floor and votes.
- Gov. Gary Herbert tours the Provo City Center Temple, meets with Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox for a weekly update, speaks with his leadership team and makes constituent outreach calls.
- Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox sits down with Gov. Gary Herbert for a weekly update and attends meetings with the leadership team and law enforcement.
- SL Co. Mayor Ben McAdams holds meetings with Cabinet members, the Municipal Services District Executive Committee, County Council Chair Max Burdick and Mountain Accord.
- President Barack Obama receives his daily briefing.
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