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(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) Rep. Ken Ivory asks a few questions about the broad tax review bill during his first public hearing at a committee meeting on Friday, March 1, 2019.

The return of Ken Ivory?

Former Rep. Ken Ivory is considering returning to Capitol Hill in Utah.

The sudden resignation of Representative Steve Christiansen last week means Republican delegates in HD47 will choose his replacement for the 2022 session. Ivory, who resigned that seat in 2019, has informed Salt Lake County GOP leaders that he was a candidate to replace Christiansen.

Ivory resigned from the legislature in August 2019 to take a job at a company that won a $ 700,000 state contract that he helped lead through the legislature before stepping down.

During his previous term in the legislature, Ivory advocated for states to gain more control over their public lands. He has had ethical complaints filed against him, claiming that his work with the American Lands Council, a nonprofit organization he began advocating for transferring public lands to states, scammed counties into they donate money to this organization.

HD47 delegates chose Christiansen to replace Ivory after her resignation.

Sources say “The Rundown” Ivory is already reaching out to delegates for their support ahead of the special election.

So far, the other declared candidate in the race is Nathan Brun, who lost the GOP primary to Christiansen last year by 834 votes.

The the special election will take place on November 15, which means that the HD47 seat will be vacant during the special redistribution session. Candidates can enter the race until November 13.

Here’s what you need to know for Monday morning

Utah

🚨 Before resigning suddenly last week, Rep. Steve Christiansen was looking to get his hands on the personal information of thousands of voters in Utah. It appears he would give this information to a far-right group aiming to go door-to-door to match voters with votes seeking electoral fraud. [Tribune]

🚨 Robert Gehrke of the Tribune reports that Republicans in the Utah Senate have had a preview of their new district maps, including partisan breakdown. This was before the independent redistribution commission finished its work. [Tribune]

💉 Utah joins several other states in a lawsuit against the federal COVID-19 vaccine mandate for employees of government contractors. [Tribune]

Tomorrow is election day in Utah. Preferential voting could delay results in several cities. [Tribune]

  • Mysterious text messages rock a race at city council in Draper. [Tribune]

  • Policing is the number one issue for voters in the Salt Lake City District 5 contest. [Tribune]

🏛 Representative Adam Kinzinger visited Utah last week. He exclusively explained to The Tribune why Republicans have become so enthralled with former President Donald Trump, the Jan.6 inquiry and political tribalism. [Tribune]

🥾 Utah wants to attract the Outdoor Retailers Trade Show to Salt Lake City, but one wonders if the political environment in the state of Beehive is to the liking of the organizers. [Tribune]

🌎 Representative John Curtis and his Conservative climate caucus are traveling to Glasgow this week for the COP26 climate talks. [Tribune]

🤦‍♂️ Colorado Rep. Lauren Boebert’s campaign has erroneously stated that she represents Utah in her FEC disclosure documents. [Forbes]

national

➡️ READ: FBI and Other Law Enforcement Agencies Missed Warnings While Others Failed To Pass Out Critical Information Ahead of Jan.6 Attack on U.S. Capitol . [WaPo]

The House plans to vote on two spending bills on Tuesday. The $ 1.2 trillion infrastructure package and a $ 1.75 trillion social program proposal are critical parts of President Joe Biden’s agenda. [CNN]

📊 Approval for President Biden’s job drops to just 42% in a new poll. [NBC News]

The race for governor in Virginia is heading towards the wire. This could cause big problems for Democrats. [WSJ]

⚖️ The Supreme Court will hear two challenges to the near-total ban on abortions in Texas. [NYT]

⚖️ A challenge to New York’s gun licensing law is on the Supreme Court’s record on Wednesday, which could lead to a significant extension of gun rights. [AP]

✈️ American Airlines canceled hundreds of flights over the weekend due to staff issues and bad weather. [WaPo]

💉 More than 24,000 New York City municipal workers were not vaccinated against COVID by today’s deadline. These employees will be put on unpaid leave and the city is bracing for a staff shortage. [Bloomberg]

🦠 COVID-19 has killed more than 5 million people worldwide. [CNN]

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Representatives Adam Kinzinger and Evan McMullin in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, October 27, 2021.

Kinzinger backs McMullin in race for US Senate

Representative Adam Kinzinger traveled to Utah last week to do a small fundraiser for his PAC and endorse Evan McMullin, who is running for the US Senate as an independent.

“He’s someone who loves his country, and I think we’re at a time when people are putting their loyalty to a party rather than their loyalty to the country,” Kinzinger said.

Kinzinger and McMullin have known each other for several years, starting when McMullin was a member of the House Foreign Affairs committee.

Kinzinger’s endorsement is important, if only for his role on the House committee investigating the January 6 attack. Kinzinger was one of the strongest supporters of the attempted insurgency that day and the role played by former President Donald Trump.

It’s a stark contrast to Senator Mike Lee, who McMullin will likely face next November. We recently learned that Lee was aware of the memo from Trump’s attorney John Eastman explaining how the 2020 election could be called off, but said nothing. Even knowing this, and following the violent attack on the United States Capitol, Lee voted to acquit Trump in his second impeachment trial.

Endorsements don’t usually decide who wins or loses an election, but they do help candidates build a narrative. If McMullin decides to make 1/6 a problem, that might draw a clear line.

(Read my exclusive one-on-one interview with Kinzinger here)

Monday Morning Utah News Summary

Utah

  • The Salt Lake City Convention Hotel takes to the skies. Will the conventions bounce back? [Tribune]

  • The coal miner who failed to restore farmland will be shut down if he does not repair his “fraudulent” link, regulators say. [Tribune]

  • The state is considering the northern Utah Valley to store water from the Bear River. [Tribune]

  • Utah hospitals are collecting used crutches, walkers and canes in response to supply chain issues. [Tribune]

  • Utah Supreme Court Justice Deno Himonas retires, plans revert to private sector. [Tribune]

  • After COVID, employees in Utah will see more flexibility in how and where they work. [Tribune]

  • Some Utah resorts already have enough snow to open, but do they have the employees? [Deseret News]

  • Utah Small Businesses Share Tales of Struggle with the Governor. [Fox 13]

  • Almost 20 years later, a study examines the Olympic impacts on the Park City community. [KPCW]

COVID-19[feminine

  • Au milieu de COVID-19, les vaccinations infantiles ont considérablement diminué dans l’Utah. [Tribune]

  • Children who contract COVID-19 can suffer from serious illness, warns a leading Utah doctor. [Tribune]

  • Unified firefighter captain dies of complications from COVID-19. [Tribune]

  • More children hospitalized with COVID-19, according to a Utah doctor, because the vaccine is licensed for ages 5 to 11. [Deseret News]

Education

  • Utah universities aren’t disclosing computer science students quickly enough for Silicon Slopes. That may soon change. [Tribune]

  • The Utahns’ top priority for the budget surplus? Spend it on education, poll shows. [Deseret News]

  • A Minnesota company will donate $ 3.3 million to the Utah Board of Education after technical issues botched student tests. [Deseret News]

Religion

  • Religious Tribune reporter Peggy Fletcher Stack will lead an international journalism group. [Tribune]

  • Leading Latter-day Saint leaders visit refugees in northern Iraq. [Tribune]

Opinion

  • Ben Anderson: Utah should focus on fair cards, not political games. [Tribune]

  • Mitt Romney isn’t mean, but that doesn’t mean he’s right about taxes, writes George Pyle. [Tribune]

  • Opinion: Here’s why Utah lawmakers should adopt the independent commission’s political maps. [Deseret News]

🎂 You say it’s your birthday? !!

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