‘The Rundown’: Utah becomes a popular fundraising stop for Trump’s GOP critics

Rep. Adam Kinzinger to hold Utah fundraiser on Tuesday

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(AP Photo/Noreen Nasir) Rep. Adam Kinzinger R-Ill., is set to hold a fundraiser in Utah on Tuesday.

Adam Kinzinger to fundraise in Utah

Utah is becoming a popular stop on the fundraising trail for Republicans who have defied their party when it comes to former President Donald Trump.

Illinois Republican Adam Kinzinger will be in Salt Lake City Tuesday evening for a campaign fundraiser “The Rundown” has learned.

Kinzinger is one of two Republicans on the House select committee investigating the January 6 attacks. Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney held her own fundraising event in Salt Lake City in September. She also hosted a fundraising event for Utah Rep. Blake Moore in October.

Both Cheney and Kinzinger voted to impeach Trump following the attempted insurrection on January 6. Cheney was booted from her leadership position in the GOP caucus for refusing to go along with Trump’s false election fraud claims.

Here’s what you need to know for Tuesday morning

🏛 President Joe Biden and congressional Democrats hope to reach a budget deal this week. [NYT]

🏛 West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin is pushing to drop more climate change provisions from their proposed social spending package. [NYT]

🏛 Alabama congressman Mo Brooks pushed back against an explosive report alleging he was involved in planning events leading up to the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. Brooks said he was not involved but suggested some of his staffers may have been. [AL.com]

🏛 The Biden White House rejects more claims of executive privilege from former President Donald Trump, who is seeking to keep documents out of the hands of congressional investigators. [CNN]

🦠 Utah gave Nomi Health a special $750,000 contract to run a monoclonal treatment facility in Utah County. The “trial use” contract was not subject to bids from other companies. [Tribune]

💵 Democrats are closing in on a deal to tax the investment gains of billionaires to help pay for their social spending proposals. [The Hill]

➡️ Former Congressman Rob Bishop abruptly resigned from the independent redistricting commission, saying the committee was tilted against rural areas of the state. [Tribune]

💻 Facebook engineers prioritized content that made people angry over posts that caused less outrage. [WaPo]

⚖️ Utah Rep. Travis Seegmiller was charged with poaching. In August, he allegedly shot a deer in a residential area. [Tribune]

🗳 Ken Dudley was shot when he drove his car into a group of protesters last summer. Now he’s running for Provo mayor. [Tribune]

➡️ Sen. Mitt Romney, responding to a 60 Minutes report, says St. George is not to blame for water shortages on the Colorado River. [Tribune]

🚨 A U.N. report says global greenhouse gas emissions hit a record last year, and the world is “way off track” in fighting climate change. [Reuters]

⚖️ Immigration arrests fell to the lowest level in more than a decade during 2021. [WaPo]

🚢 An estimated $24 billion in goods is sitting on ships outside of the biggest ports in California due to congestion. [CNN]

💉 Moderna says a smaller dose of its COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective for young children. [Reuters]

💵 Chicago is set to create one of the nation’s most extensive guaranteed basic income programs for residents. [WaPo]

🌧 Record rainfall this week won’t be enough to end California’s drought, experts say. [LA Times]

Tuesday morning’s Utah news roundup


  • Drought takes personal toll as Utah farmers lose money, land and cattle. [Tribune]

  • Soldier from Salt Lake City hand-picked to join Space Force. [Tribune]

  • African lions at Utah’s Hogle Zoo contract delta variant of coronavirus. [Tribune]

  • Utah hospitals ask for wheelchair, walker, crutches donations amid supply shortage. [Tribune]

  • Henry Lee Adams, pioneering figure in Utah law, dies at 86. [Tribune]

  • High winds topple semi-trucks on I-80 in Tooele County. [KUTV]

  • Utah alcohol department forms new team to tackle staff shortages. [KUTV]


  • Utah reports 21 more COVID-19 deaths. [Tribune]

  • ‘It’s real’: Utah doctors and nurses talk about treating kids sick and dying from COVID-19. [Tribune]

  • Utahns line up for COVID-19 booster shots. [Deseret News]


  • How one student journeyed from Colombia to SLCC. [Tribune]

  • ‘Why did my kid have to leave?’ Mother of Black student mad about having to switch schools after racial harassment. [Deseret News]


  • Is President Joe Biden’s job performance up or down in Utah? New poll has answers. [Deseret News]

  • Why these two Utah GOP congressmen are embracing worldwide climate change issues. [Deseret News]


  • Alan Ormsby: Medicare should negotiate to get us all less expensive medicines. [Tribune]

  • Opinion: If you think you’re not vaccinated and think you’re winning, think again. [Deseret News]

  • Comparing COVID-19 restrictions to Nazi tactics is disgraceful and offensive. [Deseret News]

  • No need to audit Utah’s election again. [Deseret News]

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