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Morning must reads for Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 46th day of the year. There are 319 days remaining in 2017.

Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox says Republicans need to do a better job talking about the value of public lands. Rep. Jason Chaffetz says he has no plans to investigate Michael Flynn's ties to Russia. Outdoor companies ratchet up the pressure on state leaders over support for public lands. 

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Compromise on homeless funding issue slowly coming together

There are only three weeks left in the 2017 Legislature, and House Speaker Greg Hughes is not happy where the complicated issue of the homeless among us sits....

Cox: Republicans 'have done a terrible job' talking about public lands

The very public spat over the new Bears Ears National Monument has spiraled beyond anything anyone expected, but Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox hopes cooler heads will prevail....

'I have questions with Bryan Schott' - Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox (with video)

Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox discusses the ongoing battle over public lands in Utah and the threat from organizers of the Outdoor Retailers Show to leave the state....

Hatch: Dodd-Frank is 'worse than Obamacare'

In an interview, Sen. Orrin Hatch says Barack Obama's Wall Street reform law is so bad it's even worse than the former president'shealthcare reform law. As with Obamacare, congressional Republicans are currently debating whether to scrapthe Dodd-FrankAct entirely or replace ...

Lawmakers advance bill to end most 'good landlord' programs

Some of the more interesting debates you’ll hear in the Utah Legislature occur when basic rights bang up against political partisanship....

Leading outdoor companies to Herbert: Support public lands or Outdoor Retailers Show should leave

Over 30 Utah and national outdoor recreation companies - including Patagonia, REI, The North Face, KUHL, and others – are calling on Utah Governor Gary Herbert to stand up and protect Utah’s public lands, or they will “publicly and emphatically” urge ...

Podcast: Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox

Lt. Governor Spencer Cox speaks with UtahPolicy.com Managing Editor Bryan Schott....

Hutchings injured in automobile accident Monday night

State Rep. Eric Hutchings and several family members were injured in a car crash Monday night in Salt Lake City, UtahPolicy is told....

Chaffetz won't investigate Flynn

House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz says he will not investigate Michael Flynn after he resigned as National Security Adviser to President Trump on Monday night....

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Chaffetz asks White House about sensitive info at Mar-a-Lago, says door is open to Flynn investigation

Bill allowing concealed weapons without a permit dies on tie vote

House seeks to stop city programs that discourage renting to ex-convicts

Audit recommends Salt Lake City's Building Services improve customer service

House endorses declaring Spiral Jetty as 'state work of art'

Utah bans 'advocacy of homosexuality' in the classroom. This bill would strike that law.

Legislators honor Utah Jazz for arena project, legacy trust

Will shielding conversations between Utah victims and campus advocates help combat sex assault?

Outdoor industry execs ramp up rhetoric, send ultimatum to Utah governor

Wording on abortion yanked from Utah telemedicine bill

Tuesday's testimony focuses more on Shurtleff than the ex-Utah A.G. who's on trial

Deseret News

Op-ed: Elevate student performance by changing high school graduation requirements

Boyd Matheson: Principle matters and endings matter

Richard Davis: Choice or life: Abortion arguments are outdated

Op-ed: Our elected officials are unwilling to do what it takes to fund public schools

Editorial: Message bills can be very attractive to legislators

Testimony in John Swallow trial continues to focus on Mark Shurtleff

Chaffetz asks Trump for information about Mar-a-Lago's security protocols

Bill would criminalize harassment of livestock

Southern Utah residents speak against resolution to make Grand Staircase-Escalante smaller

Controversial abortion-drug restriction removed from telehealth bill

Committee OKs bill intended to help college victims of sexual, interpersonal violence

Bill raising minimum wage in Utah to $10.25 an hour held by committee

Newly filed bill would remove incapacitated elected officials

Restoring full sales tax on food 'still a possibility,' Senate president says


Bill allowing concealed weapons to be carried without a permit dies in committee (Daily Herald)

City Council imagines Park City's future (Park Record)

Park City mayor: resorts are not the bad guys (Park Record)

School funding remains hot topic at Utah Legislature (Park Record)

Bill to end the use of gas chambers in animal shelters advances in the Utah Senate (Park Record)

National Headlines

Defiant Flynn Insists He Crossed No Lines, Leakers Must Be Prosecuted (Daily Caller)

America's spies anonymously took down Michael Flynn (The Week)

New York Times Reporter Apologizes for Calling Melania Trump a 'Hooker' (The Wrap)

Gov. Brown says federal aid has been approved (Washington Post)

Rift in GOP threatens ObamaCare repeal (The Hill)

Secret Service director to step down, giving Trump a chance to select his own security chief (Washington Post)

Top Dems fall for fake Flynn Twitter account (The Hill)

Omarosa vs. April Ryan: War of words between White House official, reporter (CNNMoney)

Yellen Rejects Trump Attacks on Dodd-Frank, Says Banks Now Safer (Bloomberg)

Republicans block Dem effort to get Trump's tax returns (Washington Post)

U.S. Mulls Fresh Tactic to Prod China on Yuan, WSJ Says (Bloomberg)

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