Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman said he’s surprised Donald Trump is leading the Republican presidential field, though he will support whomever the GOP nominates. [Trib] [DNews]
-> Some 77 percent of Utahns somewhat or strongly approve of the job Gov. Gary Herbert is doing for the state, a new poll shows. [UtahPolicy]
Tweets of the day: From @ktumulty: "Most immediate effect of @ endorsement of @ : 24 hours in which no other candidate gets cable coverage."
From @BetteMidler: "Gas fell to below $1/gallon the other day. Any word yet on whether city officials in Flint think its OK to drink?"
Tune in: Rep. Rob Bishop joins Jennifer Napier-Pearce to discuss the Utah Public Lands Initiative Act, a draft bill which would designate conservation and wilderness areas along with expedite oil and gas development. Watch Trib Talk live at 12:15 p.m. MT on sltrib.com.
In other news: County officials from the Wasatch Front and Washington County met to discuss criminal justice reform among other issues. [Trib]
-> State Rep. Dan McCay substituted for a U.S. government class at Riverton high. [Trib]
-> Salt Lake County residents can be fined for burning wood or other solid fuels even on voluntary no-burn days. [Trib]
-> As the non-discrimination trial against FLDS towns begins, an attorney with the Department of Justice told a jury the towns "violate the most basic American freedoms." [Trib] [APviaDNews]
-> A Utah auto company who had recently been banned from an auto show in the state, reignited the debate over a law that requires carmakers to sell only through franchised dealers. [Trib]
-> Riverton City Council voted unanimously to allow a for-profit arm of the LDS Church to develop 55o acres for a "Daybreak-like" real estate project. [Trib]
-> Salt Lake City Councilman James Rogers raised concerns about the mayor’s selection of Mike Reberg as the public utilities director. [Trib]
-> A man was taken to the hospital for a self-inflicted gunshot wound, after driving his vehicle into the Calvin Rampton Public Safety Building in Taylorsville. [Trib] [DNews] [Fox13] [KUTV] [ABC4]
-> State Sen. Mark Madsen unveiled his medical marijuana bill which would allow for "whole plant" medical cannabis use. [Fox13] [KUTV]
-> Utah’s House Democrats laid out their priorities for the upcoming legislative session. [KUER]
-> Pat Bagley gives his take on uniting the Republican party. [Trib]
Nationally: A bill to tighten requirements for Syrian and Iraqi refugees stalled on the Senate floor after Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid saddled the bill with amendments. [TheHill]
-> Sarah Palin blamed President Barack Obama and his record on veterans issues for her son’s domestic violence charge. [WaPost]
-> Despite the negative publicity Goldman Sachs is on track to be one of the biggest contributors during the 2016 election cycle. [Politico]
-> Public e-mails show how Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and other officials handled the water crisis in Flint. [CNN]
Where are they?
- Rep. Jason Chaffetz campaigns for Sen. Marco Rubio in Nevada.
- Rep. Chris Stewart travels to St. George and talks with constituents and county commissioners. Hits a Utah Association of Counties meeting.
- Gov. Gary Herbert heads to the KUED news conference. Sits down for a CEO roundtable discussion and an interview with Bryan Schott. Attends a Utah Technology Council annual open house and the Utah College of Applied Technology Student of the Year gala.
- Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox joins the Water-Energy Nexus Forum and the CEO roundtable discussion. Greets Austria Consul General Ulrike Ritziner then heads to a Utah Technology Task Force discussion.
- SL Co. Mayor Ben McAdams attends a Unified Police Board Meeting then chats with state Rep. Francis Gibson.
- President Barack Obama speaks at the U.S. Conference of Mayors.
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-- Thomas Burr and Michael Anderson
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