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Tuesday, January 17, 2017
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Morning Must Reads for Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 17th day of the year. There are 348 days remaining in 2017.
Utahns want lawmakers to focus on improving education. Greg Hughes says the 2017 Legislature could be "crazy." Donald Trump will enter the White House with the lowest approval ratings in recent history.
- 3 days until Donald Trump is inaugurated as the 45th President (1/20/2017)
- 6 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature (1/23/2017)
- 51 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature (3/9/2017)
- 294 days until the 2017 municipal elections (11/7/2017)
- 658 days until the 2018 midterm elections (11/6/2018)
- 1386 days until the 2020 presidential election (11/3/2020)
Ten talking points for Tuesday:
- Priorities on the Hill. Utahns say improving education is their top priority for lawmakers during the 2017 Legislature according to our latest poll [Utah Policy].
- Legislative fights looming. House Speaker Greg Hughes says the 2017 session could be a "crazy" one, with battles over school funding, infrastructure, and taxes on the docket [Utah Policy]. Here's the video of our whole interview with Hughes [Utah Policy].
- Out of practice. There's a pretty good reason Utah law is very vague on what happens if there's a vacancy in Congress. Utah hasn't held a special election for the U.S. House since 1930 [Utah Policy].
- Rubber meets the road. Our "Political Insiders" aren't sure whether Congress will be able to "repeal and replace" Obamacare [Utah Policy].
- Not a good start. Donald Trump will enter the White House as the least popular president in recent history. Two polls show Trump will take the oath of office with just a 40% approval rating. By contrast, Barak Obama had an 84% approval when he was sworn in in 2009 and 61% approved of George W. Bush when he was inaugurated in 2001 [CNN, Washington Post].
- Tax fight. Donald Trump is warning House Republicans about an essential part of their corporate-tax plan, called "border adjustment." The plan would tax imports while exempting exports to encourage companies to locate in America [Wall Street Journal].
- Confirmation hearings. Ryan Zinke, Donald Trump's nominee for Interior Secretary, will be grilled by a Senate panel on Tuesday. Of interest to Utah: Zinke is an ardent opponent of selling or transferring control of federal lands [Associated Press].
- Obamacare pushback. Thousands of people who benefit from the Affordable Care Act are turning up the heat on Congress to stop the repeal of the health care law [New York Times].
- Don't expect Trump investigations. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, already under fire for threatening to investigate the head of the Office of Government Ethics for his criticism of Donald Trump, says he has no plans to launch a "fishing expedition" into the president-elect's business dealings [Tribune].
- Jaw dropper. Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski says she was unaware of the $7 million price tag the city paid for the Sugar House site for a new homeless shelter [Deseret News].
On this day in history:
- 1605 - Don Quixote was published.
- 1946 - The U.N. Security Council met for the first time.
- 1961 - In his farewell address, President Dwight D. Eisenhower warned against "the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex."
- 1977 - Convicted killer Gary Gilmore was executed by firing squad in Utah. It was the first execution since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty the previous year.
- 1988 - President Bill Clinton became the first U.S. president to testify as a defendant in a criminal or civil suit when he answered questions from lawyers for Paula Jones, who had accused Clinton of sexual harassment.
Today At Utah Policy
|Hughes: 2017 Session Could be 'Crazy'|
With the 2017 Utah Legislature less than a week away, House Speaker Greg Hughes has a few key issues on his radar, saying the session could be a "crazy" one....
|EDCUtah Welcomes Theresa Foxley as New President and CEO|
Although she is still officially on maternity leave with her first child until mid-March, EDCUtah's new President and CEO Theresa Foxley is already establishing short-term and long-term visions for the organization, networking with investors and communicating with her new te...
|Hatch: The Repeal of Obamacare Can't Wait|
In a speech on the Senate floor, Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) praised the passage of the budget resolution to begin the repeal process of Obamacare and highlighted a number of priorities in the effort to replace the health law....
Salt Lake Tribune
Op-ed: Make the wealthy pay more to improve Utah education
Mia Love: 'One Subject at a Time' makes Congress more responsive
Op-ed: Utah will forge its recreation future through collaboration
Op-ed: We now collect enough internet sales taxes to cut the tax rate
Gail Miller: Add my voice to those who are urging Hatch to run again
Op-ed: Homeless plan despoils award-winning Sugar House neighborhood
Op-ed: Even downtown shelter is better than sleeping in a car, and I know
Editorial: Utah congressional delegation doesn't have Barack Obama to kick around any more
Editorial: Sheriff is right. The mentally ill should not be in jail
Trump names Hatch chief of staff as new White House staff secretary
Chaffetz wants to probe ethics of federal ethics director critical of Trump
School board member: program for failing schools is $8 million in the red
BLM proposes oil-drilling leases near Zion National Park
Former presidential candidate O'Malley tells Utah Democrats that Trump ran on 'fear, scapegoating'
Gehrke: Obama's legacy could be wiped away with real Utahns in the balance
Meet the Utahns going to Washington to celebrate - and protest - Trump's inauguration
Sheriff Jim Winder: Jail is a poor backstop for the mentally ill
City touts first completed development at ambitious Station Center project
Rolly: We shall overcome - eventually. For years, that was the cry of Utah's MLK Day backers
Chaffetz won't launch 'fishing expedition' into Trump's finances
Sen. Mike Lee jokes high court gig could put him one up on his big brother
Utah's 2017 resolution: A plan for cleaner air
Syrian refugee family welcomes new home in Utah, despite bitter cold and Donald Trump
Criminal justice reform is a fight for equality in mold of MLK
Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Life under Trump: Hang on to your hats
Op-ed: Protecting our Wasatch canyons watershed from overuse and unwarranted property development
Op-ed: A government of bullies
Op-ed: Mormons should stop judging President-elect Trump
Editorial: Using GM to create a trade war is a bad idea
Hatch aide named to key White House job
Chaffetz criticized for going after federal ethics official who spoke out against Trump
Biskupski says she wasn't aware of Sugar House site's $7 million price
Bears Ears, politics complicate school trust issues, director says
EPA report details toxic releases for U.S., Utah
Settlement proposed for contentious land-use plans in 8 counties
ICE detainees moved out of state after Utah County Jail terminates contract
12,000 pages of design may propel a nuclear energy future for Utah consumers
Doug Robinson: Spokeswoman all in when it comes to the environment
The Piano Guys explain why they will perform at Trump inauguration
Two LDS apostles among Utahns attending Trump's inauguration (Daily Herald)
Utah County to have more hands-on approach at 2017 Utah legislative session (Daily Herald)
N. Utah homelessness increased dramatically in 2016. We need to find out why (Standard-Examiner)
MLK III: 'Very constructive' Trump meeting (The Hill)
Obamas post-inauguration destination: Palm Springs (The Hill)
'Never Trump' national-security Republicans fear they have been blacklisted (Washington Post)
Donald Trump is about to become a Washingtonian. What do his neighbors think? (Washington Post)
Repealing Obamacare: Trump says fast, Congress says slow (CNN)
These Democrats aren't attending Trump's inauguration (CNN)
Interior Nominee Promotes Navy SEAL Career, While Playing Down 'Bad Judgment' (New York Times)
Clinton Global Initiative to lay off employees, shut down amid dwindling donations (FOX News)
CNN offers vote of confidence for Acosta (Politico)
Trump Now Threatening Automakers in Canada and Germany (NBC News)
Report: Eight Men Own as Much Wealth as Half the World's Population (Voice of America)
Light and Darkness
"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." Martin Luther King, Jr.
"All of these accusations are coming out about Trump's ties with Russia. In fact, a 2013 interview just resurfaced where Trump says he has a relationship with Vladimir Putin. While Putin's like, "Ugh, you poke someone back on Facebook, next thing you know you're in a relationship." Jimmy Fallon