Political Cornflakes: Policy squabbling bedevils Northeastern states’ efforts to legalize pot


Five Northeastern states are poised to legalize marijuana, but political fighting is bogging down their efforts. The states from Pennsylvania to Connecticut disagree over policy details, such as criminal justice reform and how to tax pot. [Politico]

Topping the news: Tribune cartoonist Pat Bagley has been with the Salt Lake Tribune for 40 years, and some Utah politicians reflect on the cartoons they have been featured in. [Trib]

-> Resident families in La Mora, Mexico, with ties to Utah are talking of moving due to the community’s fear and unrest after the recent killings. [Trib] [APviaDNews]

-> Utah’s newest lawmaker — and youngest, at 27 years — Rep. Candice Pierucci, R-Herriman, has filled the House vacancy left by Rep. John Knotwell. [Trib]

Tweets of the day: From @KevinMKruse: “We’re a couple weeks away from the White House dismissing the president as ‘someone who just got coffee during the campaign.’”

-> From @MEPFuller: “[‘Anonymous’ with a bunch of notes pitching his book publisher] Anonymous: Alright. So get this: The President? He likes to ‘tweet.’ *book publisher nods* Anonymous: Oh, and this one will really knock your socks off. Trump? He wears ‘shoes.’ *publisher already writing check*”

Happy Birthday: Belatedly, to former state Rep. Dean Sanpei, former UTA board member Charles Henderson and state Rep. Mike McKell.

Also in the news: Political newcomer Dan Dugan appears to have succeeded the incumbent, two-term Salt Lake City Councilman Charlie Luke in the municipal election. [Trib] [DNews]

-> Valerie Biden Owens, sister to the former Vice President Joe Biden, said on her Salt Lake City visit that her brother is the best candidate to beat Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election. [DNews]

-> Utah Rep. Ben McAdams said Friday he will sponsor a bill to prioritize funding for suicide research, citing the fact that Utah has the sixth-highest suicide rate in the nation. [Trib] [Fox13]

-> Northern Utah is facing capacity issues in its homeless shelters since the Lantern House in Ogden has seen a decreased bed count due to code requirements. [Trib]

-> A ballot initiative that asked voters if they wanted to explore changing San Juan County’s form of government has been defeated 51.9% to 48.1%. [Trib] [Fox13]

-> According to transcripts of the depositions of the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, Rep. Chris Stewart, a Trump defender, has missed half of the hearings. [Trib]

-> Utah Rep. Phil Lyman, R-Blanding, has filed a complaint against the Bureau of Land Management and is seeking $10 million in damages over the Recapture Canyon dispute. [Trib]

-> Cartoonist Pat Bagley imagines some campaign slogans for the Democratic presidential candidates. [Trib]

Nationally: President Donald Trump said that the White House will “probably” release on Tuesday the transcript of another call with Ukraine — one that took place in April. [CNN] [Politico]

-> A lawyer for Lev Parnas, Rudy Giuliani’s indicted associate, said Giuliani gave instructions to dangle aid to Ukraine in the balance while pressing for an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden. [CNN]

-> Sen. Elizabeth Warren says her revised tax package would have billionaires paying six cents on each dollar to shrink massive fortunes over time and make it more difficult to hand down multi-billion dollar legacies. [NYTimes]

-> In Virginia, Del. Eileen Filler-Corn has won a race for speaker of the House and will be the first woman to take up the position in the state’s 400-year legislative history. [CNN]

-> Former Vice President Joe Biden’s attacks on Sen. Elizabeth Warren have drawn complaints of sexism, as he calls her approach “condescending,” “angry” and “elitist.” [NYTimes]

-> Twitter was wild with activity following elections in Kentucky, a possible preview of what the 2020 elections could be like. [NYTimes]

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