President Trump considers a new chief of staff. Bishop, Dems introduce bill to maintain national parks. Utah communities push for new nuclear reactor.
Happy Thursday. President Donald Trump loves to crowdsource staffing advice from outside advisers and current or former White House aides, and lately he’s been asking: “What do we think about Mick?” That’d be “Mick” as in Mick Mulvaney, a former congressman and now head of the Office of Management and Budget. While White House chief of staff John Kelly remains on the job but for how long, no one knows. [Politico]
Topping the news: Rep. Rob Bishop, who serves as chairman of House National Resources, introduced a bipartisan bill to allocate $5.2 billion over five years to go towards a $12 billion maintenance backlog at national parks and wildlife refuges. [Trib] [DNews]
-> A bill passed during last week’s special legislative session could be used to divert millions for maintaining remote roads in rural parts of the state, but environmentalists fear it will negatively impact public lands. [Trib]
Tweets of the day: From @emilynussbaum: “I hope some of the recordings are just Michael Cohen quietly singing ‘All That Jazz’ to himself.”
From @petridishes: “saw a garbage truck with “taxation without representation is tyranny,” “winning isn’t everything; it’s the only thing,” and “tikkun olam” on it on the way to work this morning and was like “this garbage truck has a lot of opinions” and now i have a new motto!”
Happy Birthday: To Ron Fox, president of The Fox Group, and his daughter, Kari Fox Hardy.
Trib Talk: Rep. Jim Dunnigan, R-Taylorsville, and former Cottonwood Heights Mayor Kelvyn Cullimore join Tribune reporter Benjamin Wood to discuss the pros and cons of fireworks, and whether the state Legislature or individual city governments are best positioned to regulate pyrotechnic displays. [Trib]
In other news: The Utah Supreme Court rejected a Utah Transit Authority lawsuit aimed at blocking supervisors at the company from unionizing. [Trib]
-> The federal government provided 25.7 percent of state revenue in Utah in 2016, much lower than the 32.6 percent average, primarily due to the Legislature’s failure to expand Medicaid. [Trib]
-> The Salt Lake City Police Department set up a pop-up station inside a former Arctic Circle in West Salt Lake in an effort to control the spread of drugs and homelessness in the area. [Trib]
-> Workers at a library in Hurricane were told to remove LGBTQ-themed displays after they drew complaints from visitors. [APviaTrib]
-> A woman left a loaded gun inside the bathroom in a children’s area at the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium. This is why she likely won’t be charged or lose her state-issued concealed carry permit. [Trib]
-> Provo Airport will receive a $2.5 million boost in funds from the federal government and is expected to add 700 to 800 jobs. [Trib]
-> Pat Bagley offers his take on the Department of Interior’s review of public lands that led to the reduction of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments. [Trib]
Nationally: The United States and the European Union are working towards easing a potential trade war by negotiating lowering current tariffs and agreeing to hold off on placing further trade barriers. [NYTimes] [WaPost]
-> House Republicans introduced a resolution calling for the impeachment of Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein, who is overseeing the special counsel investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. [NYTimes] [WaPost]
-> Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke at a Senate hearing and said the Trump administration will put pressure on Russia to leave Crimea and not interfere with American elections. [Politico] [NYTimes] [CNN]
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Correction: July 26, 9:58 a.m. >> An earlier version incorrectly stated that Utah may host a small nuclear reactor. That project is planned for Idaho.