House Republicans are headed for an immigration showdown. Utah law enforcement lining up against medical marijuana initiative. Utah’s ballot initiative process is flawed, but not everyone agrees how to fix it.
Happy Monday. House Republicans are on the brink of an embarrassing showdown over immigration that Speaker Paul Ryan and his leadership team have been desperately trying to avoid. Moderate Republicans are trying to push a bill that protects Dreamers, while more conservative members are adamantly against it. The stalemate between the two wings of the conference may come to a head soon. [Politico]
Topping the news: An Arizona prosecutor alleges that an attorney for the Mormon church told a bishop that he didn’t need to report child sex abuse to the police, prompting a bar complaint against the LDS attorney. [Trib]
-> Without taking official positions, Utah law enforcement groups are quietly lining up to oppose an initiative that would legalize medical marijuana in Utah. [Trib]
-> Both sides of the political spectrum agree that Utah’s ballot initiative process is flawed, but there is dispute over what reform is needed. [Trib]
Tweets of the day: From @MisterFilmkritik: "MAGA = Melania’s Absence Getting Awkward.”
-> From @TrueFactsStated: "Rudy Giuliani. The gaff that keeps on gaffing. If your spin starts ‘If Trump shot Comey..’ you may want to rethink strategy.“
Happy Birthday: To Sen. Mike Lee and Gov. Gary Herbert’s chief of staff, Justin Harding.
-> Forty years ago, the LDS Church lifted its ban on black men and boys being ordained in the priesthood, changing the lives of African-American Mormons overnight. [Trib]
-> Here is how some prominent Mormons responded to the priesthood ban being lifted. [Trib]
-> The four Democratic candidates who are running to replace Rep. Rebecca Chavez-Houck as the House District 24 representative debated last week. [Trib]
-> Rocky Mountain Power’s plan to increase flexibility in operating its dams on the Bear River has Utah and Idaho ranchers worried about their future. [Trib]
-> Former Salt Lake County Sheriff Jim Winder, who stepped down last July following disputes over Operation Rio Grande, is settling into his new role as Moab’s police chief. [Trib]
-> The co-owner of Blue Boutique, an adult store in Sugar House, is challenging Salt Lake City’s zoning rules after the company was cited for a complaint over its window displays. [Trib]
-> Pat Bagley puts the “Roseanne” cancelation in context with other things that happened in politics last week. [Trib]
-> Frank Pignanelli and LaVarr Webb look at the three initiatives that will be on November’s ballot, and a fourth that didn’t make it. [DNews]
Nationally: After weeks of confusion, disarray and back-and-forth power plays, it appears President Donald Trump will be meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on June 12 at a nuclear summit in Singapore. Here is how U.S. officials are preparing for the historic and unprecedented meeting. [Politico]
-> In a secret memo submitted to special counsel Robert Mueller in January, President Donald Trump’s lawyers argued the president could not have obstructed an FBI investigation because, as president, he holds total control over federal investigations. [WaPost] [NYTimes]
-> On ABC’s “This Week,” Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani argued the president “probably does” have the power to pardon himself, but said doing so would be an “unthinkable” act. [WaPost]
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