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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.

The clock:

  • 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:

  1. 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].

  2. 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].

  3. 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].

  4. Rubber meets the road. Our "Political Insiders" aren't sure whether Congress will be able to "repeal and replace" Obamacare [Utah Policy].

  5. 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].

  6. 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].

  7. 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].

  8. 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].

  9. 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].

  10. 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

Utahns Say Improving Education is Top Priority for 2017 Legislature

By far, most Utahns say the top priority of the 2017 Legislature should be improving education in the state, a new UtahPolicy poll shows....

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....

'I Have Questions with Bryan Schott' - House Speaker Greg Hughes (with video)

Utah House Speaker Greg Hughes sits down with Managing Editor Bryan Schott to preview the 2017 Utah Legislature....

Utah Has Not Held a Special Election for U.S. Congress in 86 Years

Utah lawmakers may have to scramble in the first days of the 2017 election to fix a big hole in Utah election law, mostly because there's no procedure for replacing a U.S. Representative who resigns mid-term....

Political Insiders Not Sure Congress will 'Repeal and Replace' Obamacare

Congressional Republicans are working hard to make good on their promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare....

Podcast: Interview with House Speaker Greg Hughes

Utah House Speaker Greg Hughes sits down with Managing Editor Bryan Schott to preview the 2017 Utah Legislature....

Policy News

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....

Rep. Stewart's Statement on Interior Department's Review of Federal Coal Program
The U.S. Department of Interior released their results of a year-long review of the nation’s federal coal program....

Utah.Gov is One of the Country's Most Honored Websites
Utah.Gov finishes the year once again as one of the most honored government websites. Utah’s online services were recognized with 20 awards in 2016....

Local Headlines

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

Deseret News

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)

National Headlines

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)

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