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Dog whistle or mistake? Utah lawmaker uses LDS Church PowerPoint template for presentation
During his presentation on the integrity of the elections to the Interim Judicial Committee on Wednesday, Representative Steve Christiansen used a PowerPoint presentation on a template that seemed very familiar to some watching the hearing.
Turns out Christiansen used a PowerPoint template that appears to come from her work with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
A look at the properties of the document uploaded to the legislative website shows that it is titled “Salt Lake Temple Alta Club Exchange”. The owner is listed as Dean M. Davies, a general authority who died last month.
The title appears to refer to a land swap in 2017 between the Alta Club and LDS Church.
On the Advanced Properties tab, a field explicitly identifies the owner as “LDS Church”.
Google search reveals that this exact model has been used for several other Church-related presentations around the world:
It is not clear whether Christiansen lazily used the model of his position as director of presidential episcopal projects for the Church or whether this was a deliberate signal to other Church members who would recognize the aspect. familiar with the slideshow.
Christiansen has been a strong supporter of auditing the 2020 Utah election results.
Here’s what you need to know for Friday morning
🚨 A report from the US Department of Justice says Davis School District officials have intentionally ignored “serious and widespread” racial harassment in its schools. Black students said they were called the N word and have been threatened with lynching for years. [Tribune]
⚖️ Utah AG Sean Reyes is looking to hire lawyers to help the state challenge President Joe Biden’s order to restore two national monuments in the state. [Tribune]
🏛 The US House voted mainly on political parties to hold Steve Bannon in contempt for ignoring a subpoena from the Jan.6 insurgency inquiry committee. [WaPo]
All four members of the Utah House of Representatives voted against contempt of Bannon. Representative Chris Stewart called the investigation “political theater”. [Tribune]
Georgia Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene confronted Liz Cheney and Jamie Raskin on the floor of the House during the vote. Cheney mocked Greene for his comment on “Jewish space lasers.” Greene asked Raskin why Democrats weren’t doing more to investigate the violence during the Black Lives Matter protests. [CNN]
➡️ The leader of the Iron County Republican Party was one of more than 300 Utahns on a leaked membership list of the Oath Keepers, a group characterized by federal law enforcement officials as an anti-government militia. Volney Morin says he joined the group when he lived in Arizona but hasn’t been active for several years. [Tribune]
🏛 President Joe Biden has said he is ready to change the filibuster to pass legislation on voting rights at a town hall. [Axios]
Democrats plan to cut paid leave from 12 weeks to 4 weeks as they try to find votes to pass their economic package. [WaPo]
⚖️ The Department of Justice has added two lead prosecutors to the investigation into allegations of sex trafficking involving Representative Matt Gaetz. [NYT]
💵 Salt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson’s new budget proposal includes a minimum wage of $ 15 / hour for county employees. [Tribune]
📊 New report says COVID-19 pandemic has not increased suicide rates in Utah. [Tribune]
🦠 The COVID epidemic is getting so bad in Moscow that residents over 60 have been ordered to stay at home for four months. [CNN]
❄️ The NOAA winter weather forecast says it will be a mild, dry winter for most of the country. The weather will be stormy and cold from the Pacific Northwest to the Great Lakes. [WaPo]
The CDC warns of an outbreak of salmonella linked to onions. [NPR]
Friday Morning Utah News Summary
Salt Lake City IT worker accused of exchanging sensitive police information for sex. [Tribune]
The husband of local bakery owner Thy Vu says the accident that killed her shouldn’t have happened. [Tribune]
Weber County Republican Party leader resigns – forced, she says. [Standard-Examiner]
Dr Phil sued for alleged sexual assault of a teenager by a Utah ranch staff member. [FOX13]
Experts say the use of force by the police is an important conversation for society to have. [FOX13]
The Utah task force sees a growing trend for adults to buy nude photos of children online. [KUTV]
The homeless population is increasing in Washington County. [ABC4]
La production d’électricité sur le Colorado s’assèche. [Tribune]
Is It Really Time To Build Islands On Lake Utah? [Deseret News]
Utah lawmakers who undermine faith in the elections should step down from their seats, the editorial board wrote. [Tribune]
Trevor Jones, Tom Moyer and Lindsay Beebe: Utah cities have a unique opportunity to slow climate change. [Tribune]
Aaron Kressig and Joro Walker: Utah’s action on ozone should include accelerating the use of electric vehicles. [Tribune]
Levi Thatcher: Utah’s urge to build more freeways only makes life here worse. [Tribune]
Sarah Stock: The Regional Haze Rule is important to our community and should be applied to do the most good. [Tribune]
Priscilla Feral: Utah unabashedly supports BLM’s wild horse extinction plan. [Tribune]
🎂 You say it’s your birthday? !!
Happy Birthday Saturday to Ric Cantrell, Chief of Staff to the Attorney General of Utah, and Tim Chambless, Associate Professor at the University of Utah.
Rep. Paul Ray and former Reps James Gowans and Curt Webb celebrate their birthdays on Sunday.
Is there a birthday you would like us to recognize in this space? Send us an e-mail.
– Connor Sanders of the Tribune contributed to this report.