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Morning Must Reads for Thursday, January 26, 2017

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 26th day of the year. There are 339 days remaining in 2017.

Gov. Gary Herbert gives his State of the State address. Utahns say the state is on the right track. Legislators plan to unveil their plans to authorize scientific studies on medical marijuana.

The clock:

  • 33 days until President Trump addresses a joint session of Congress (2/28/2017)
  • 42 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature (3/9/2017)
  • 285 days until the 2017 municipal elections (11/7/2017)
  • 650 days until the 2018 midterm elections (11/6/2018)
  • 1377 days until the 2020 presidential election (11/3/2020)

Ten talking points for Thursday:

  1. State of the state. Gov. Gary Herbert highlights efforts to boost job creation, reform Utah's liquor laws and was to clean up Utah's dirty air in his annual address [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News].

  2. Right track/wrong track. 2/3rds of Utahns say they're confident in the direction the state is headed, while nearly half think the country is on the wrong track [Utah Policy].

  3. Let the scientists handle it. Legislators are set to unveil their plan to authorize scientific studies on the efficacy of medical marijuana but don't expect legalization this year [Utah Policy].

  4. I call shenanigans. Rep. Brad Daw wants to crack down on election dirty tricks like the ones that ousted him from his seat a few years ago [Utah Policy].

  5. Count all the ballots. Legislators consider allowing election officials to count some "spoiled" ballots that would usually be thrown out [Utah Policy].

  6. Hughes pushes back hard. House Speaker Greg Hughes says he's willing to take the stand in the John Swallow public corruption trial after his name was unexpectedly dragged into the controversy earlier this week [Tribune, Deseret News].

  7. Pay equity. Sen. Jake Anderegg says he's going to sponsor legislation mandating equal pay for equal work. His proposal would focus mainly on making sure men and women are paid at the same rate during the first three years of employment [Deseret News].

  8. Voter fraud. Rep. Jason Chaffetz says he has not seen any evidence of the massive voter fraud President Donald Trump claims was the reason he lost the popular vote to Hillary Clinton [The Hill].

  9. Investigating the president. Rep. Chaffetz says he is looking into the lease for President Donald Trump's hotel in Washington, D.C. because it may represent a conflict of interest [Politico].

  10. He gives all the best interviews. President Donald Trump gives his first interview since moving into the Oval Office. The president spent most of the conversation focusing on his own popularity [Washington Post].

On this day in history:

  • 1802 - Congress passed an act calling for a library to be established within the U.S. Capitol.
  • 1998 - President Bill Clinton denied having an affair with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky, telling reporters, "I did not have sexual relations with that woman."


Today At Utah Policy


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Herbert Promises Liquor Law Reform, Job Creation in State of State Address

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Legislation Aims to Crack Down on Campaign Shenanigans

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Hatch Meets with Trump, Discusses Supreme Court and Key Utah Issues

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Lawmakers Consider Ways to Count 'Spoiled' Ballots in Elections

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Policy News


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Number of Uninsured Utah Kids and Parents Would More than Double if ACA Repealed
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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Senator Dabakis: Tax the rich to fund schools

Without a single dissenting vote, House votes to close payday loan 'loophole'

Lawmaker attacks UTA spending on 'union-busting' consultants

Can Utah's Mike Noel run the BLM, an agency he despises?

Hughes says he'll testify to clear his name in Swallow case - after Legislature's close

Utah marriage may soon cost $20 more - to prod pre-marriage classes

Utah's Mexican Consulate launches new program addressing women's issues

State campaign to educate Utahns about opioid addiction

Bill unveiled to mandate testing of all Utah rape kits

Poll: Utahns back congressional probe of Russian hacking in 2016 election

Speaker Hughes on President Trump: 'I don't think he thinks he's lying'

Utah's Hatch meets privately with Trump in the Oval Office

Herbert launches drive to help more Utahns qualify for high-pay jobs

Deseret News

Op-ed: A rational approach to medical marijuana

Jay Evensen: Utah lawmaker keeps pressure on porn sites

A. Scott Anderson: What businesses want in an employee

GOP senator to sponsor equal pay for equal work bill

Utah health officials, state lawmakers launch campaign to halt 'Opidemic'

Utah lawmakers recognize hundreds who died, were buried in care of state hospital

House Speaker Greg Hughes willing to testify in Swallow case

Bill addressing stepparent adoptions headed to the state Senate

Bill would boost cost of marriage license by $20, fund premarital counseling

Herbert: 'We need to get on top of intergenerational poverty, teen suicide, homelessness and addiction'

Utahns have mixed reactions to Trump's proposed wall, limits on refugees

Other

Provo lawmaker's bill raises concerns about partisan representation in Utah (Daily Herald)

Syracuse woman steps down from city council to assume Utah House seat (Standard-Examiner)

Ogden City Council executive retires after 15 years and a mountain of change (Standard-Examiner)

It's School Choice Week, but vouchers worry some local public educators (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

Trump: Construction on border wall to begin in 'months' (The Hill)

Trump Is Now Assigning the News (Politico)

Ryan: GOP will replace Obamacare, cut taxes and fund wall by August (Politico)

A look at President Donald Trump's immigration actions (Associated Press)

Republicans set aggressive agenda on health care, regulations and tax reform (Washington Post)

Secret Service vet shocked at agent's claim she won't take a bullet for Trump (FOX News)

How Neil Gorsuch could end up as Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee (CNN)

Dow hits all-time high, cracks 20,000 for the first time ever (USA Today)

Facebook Tweaks Its 'Trending Topics' Algorithm To Better Reflect Real News (NPR)

Trump adviser Gary Cohn is leaving Goldman Sachs with a $123 million payout (Washington Post)

Pipeline Protesters Ponder Future (Associated Press)

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