Political Cornflakes

News roundup: GOP leaders may not like Trump, but they hate Ted Cruz

First Published      Last Updated Jan 22 2016 08:33 am

Utahns support medical marijuana, while Herbert worries about Dr. Feelgood. GOP leaders start to warm to Trump. A wealthy Dem joins Utah’s race for governor.

Happy Friday. If the GOP establishment had to pick between Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz, it appears they would go with Trump. In part because these party luminaries hate Cruz personally, but they also think Trump is more electable of the two leading GOP candidates. [WaPost] At the same time, the National Review publishes 21 essays from Republicans who oppose Trump. [NatReview]

Topping the news: A new Tribune/Hinckley Institute poll shows that most Utahns support legalizing medical marijuana. [Trib] Gov. Gary Herbert says it’s possible "but I’m not interested in having Dr. Feelgood out there saying, ‘Yeah, yeah, que pasa? Here’s your doobie for the day and you’ll feel better.’" [DNews] [Fox13] [UtahPolicy] [KUER] [ABC4]

-> Wealthy businessman Michael Weinholtz will try to become the first Democrat in nearly two generations to be elected Utah governor. [Trib]

Tweet of the day: From @Spencerjcox: "Looks like I need to update the Gov’s pop-culture references (quoting George Carlin’s 1966 Hippy-Dippy Weatherman)."

Happy Birthday: on Sunday to Jeff Hartley, Rep. Jason Chaffetz’s daughter Ellis and Utah GOP Finance Director Sarah Nitta.

Tune in: Tribune reporters Matt Canham, Lee Davidson and Robert Gehrke as well as health, education and environment editor Rachel Piper join Jennifer Napier-Pearce to talk about the week’s top news stories including the Bishop-Chaffetz public lands bill, election reform and the Tribune/Hinckley Institute of Politics poll results. Tune in to KCPW or Utah Public Radio at 9 a.m. for the live broadcast.

In other news: A Utah Policy poll has Sens. Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee have strong job support numbers, well above 50 percent. [UtahPolicy]

-> An attorney for two FLDS towns grilled the first witness about his claims that town officials  participate in or ignore illegal activity. [Trib]

-> An appeals court kept the criminal fraud case against Utah County real estate guru Rick Koerber alive. [Trib]

- > During an appeal challenging Utah’s anti-polygamy laws, a 10th Circuit Court of Appeals judge questioned why Utah needs a law against polygamy when charges are rare. [APviaTrib] [Fox13]

-> The San Juan County Sheriff has reversed his decision and will not fire a 911 dispatcher who was criticized for her handling of an emergency call. [KUTV]

-> New Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski has appointed Salt Lake County government executive Julio Garcia as the director of human resources. [Trib]

->  The man who shot himself and drove his vehicle into a public safety building Wednesday has died. [Trib]

-> The popular ride hailing company Uber will be offering helicopter rides from Salt Lake City to Park City for the Sundance Film Festival. [Trib] [KUTV]

-> Paul Rolly discusses snow piling up in handicapped parking stalls at a Murray strip mall. [Trib]

-> U.S. Attorney for Utah John Huber say the authorities defended the system and at the say time called for a review of the decision not to imprison Cory Lee Henderson, who is believed to have shot two Unified Police Department officers, killing one, before police killed him. [DNews]

Nationally: Hillary Clinton has changed her tone in attacking Sen. Bernie Sanders after allies conceded her sharp tone was backfiring. [Politico]

-> Sen. Marco Rubio, a presidential candidate, is confronting his unusual religious past head one, his journey from Catholicism to Mormonism to Catholicism, then to a Southern Baptist church and finally back to Catholicism again. [Politico]

-> The EPA regional administrator who oversees Flint, Michigan, resigned amid the city’s current water crisis. [CNN] [ReutersviaHuffPost]

-> An appeals court denied a request for a stay in implementing President Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan. The law had been challenged by many Republican-led states including Utah. [APviaTrib]

Where are they?

  • Rep. Jason Chaffetz, along with Reps. Rob Bishop and Chris Stewart among others, attends a Natural Resource Committee field hearing on land management issues. He then hosts an Oversight Committee listening session on issues important to Western states.
  • Rep. Chris Stewart participates in the field hearing in St. George, and Chaffetz’s  listening session.

  • Gov. Gary Herbert goes to an event held by Sen. Mike Lee and then to an intergenerational poverty discussion. He attends the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget awards, then heads to a Board of Regents meeting and an Energy Advisory Board meeting.
  • SL Co. Mayor Ben McAdams hits a morning news conference and then chats with Community Services Director Erin Litvack, Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski and Deputy Mayor Lori Bays.
  • President Barack Obama after receiving the daily briefing sits down for meetings in the White House in the afternoon. Other events were canceled due to the expected blizzard.

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-- Matt Canham and Michael Anderson

Twitter.com/mattcanham and Twitter.com/mkrusenews