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Morning must reads for Thursday, February 16, 2017

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 47th day of the year. There are 318 days remaining in 2017.

A fight may be brewing over a bill establishing a runoff in some primary elections. Some Republicans are urging Rep. Jason Chaffetz to start investigating Donald Trump's White House. A Colorado group takes out newspaper ads to lure the Outdoor Retailers Show away from Utah.

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Threshold for runoff elections could derail bill addressing plurality

Many politicos believed the SB54 plurality fight was over with this legislative session after the Utah Republican Party’s Central Committee voted last Saturday to drop its federal lawsuit against the dual-pathway to the primary ballot law.Not so fast....

House approves measure that prohibits consideration of race and gender in judicial nominations

In his seven years in office, Gov. Gary Herbert has been criticized for not appointing more women and minorities to the state court bench....

Chaffetz wants probe into who leaked information that brought down Flynn

Rep. Jason Chaffetz wants the Justice Department to investigate who leaked the classified information that led to the resignation of former National Security Advisor Gen. Michael Flynn....

Lawmakers move forward with proposal to remove requirement that Democrats sit on some state boards

The Utah Senate moved one step forward with a measure that would reduce, or eliminate, Democrats on some state boards and commissions....

Weekly survey: Did paid protesters disrupt Chaffetz's town hall meeting?

Rep. Jason Chaffetz claims that paid protesters disrupted his town hall meeting last week. Do you believe his claims? Vote now in our weekly survey....

Colorado group takes out newspaper ads in Utah urging Outdoor Retailers Show to move

A Colorado group has taken out half-page ads in Utah newspapers trying to lure the Outdoor Retailers show away from Utah....

Proposal would allow cities and counties to boost sales taxes for road projects

When Utah County residents roundly voted down the Utah Transit Authority quarter-cent sales tax hike several years ago, local cities were in a bind....

Colbert rips Chaffetz for refusal to investigate Flynn's communications with Russia

Rep. Jason Chaffetz has once again drawn the satirical brickbat of Stephen Colbert, this time over his disinclination to investigate former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn's contacts with Russia....

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Expanding FMLA will negatively impact Utah's small businesses and employees
Utah’s small businesses are the lifeblood of our economic success and provide hundreds of thousands of jobs for Utah families....

Downtown Rising action plan
Local leaders unveiled the 2017 Downtown Rising Action Plan at the Eccles Theater, one of the signature projects identified in the original Downtown Rising plan, launched in 2007....

Free Enterprise Utah supports freedom of contract
A group of Utah business leaders has formed a new coalition, Free Enterprise Utah, to stand-up for the freedom of businesses and employees to define their relationship without government interference....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Bill to give teachers at low-income schools a bonus clears Utah House committee without a vote to spare

Holladay City leaders propose taking a pledge to pay online sales taxes

Utah House votes to ban considering race, gender when nominating judges

Salt Lake City vision includes public market, streetcar

Senate poised to OK removing party diversity rules from state boards

Business coalition forms to defend 'noncompete' clauses

Street-legal ATVs could be coming to Salt Lake County roads

Proposal would allow local sales-tax hike for roads, not transit

Bill would require elected city leaders to reside in their city

Muslims, Mormons viewed more favorably in America today than in 2014, survey finds

Johnson 'can't answer' in Swallow trial, will get another chance Thursday

Deseret News

Kirk Jowers: SB 235: An innovative public-private partnership is already having a real impact

Op-ed: Income tax hike would kill jobs

Dan Liljenquist: Leaks from the intelligence community

Natalie Gochnour: Invest in rural Utah to help with public land disagreements

Hannah C. Smith: Hannah C. Smith: Sen. Hatch is key to Gorsuch's confirmation

Jay Evensen: Raising taxes on food is a bad idea

Editorial: Be friends, not enemies, in trying to keep Outdoor Retailer show in Utah

'You're getting warmer' - Pew studies Americans' feelings toward religious groups, including Mormons

Jay Evensen: Should Utah end the guessing game for drinkers?

Is Salt Lake City one of the country's healthiest places?

Downtown Rising wish list revealed, includes a new school

Bill pushes for street-legal OHV use in Salt Lake County

Substance abuse treatment, intervention bill on hold

Bill removes gender, race from judicial nomination process

Salary bonuses proposed for teachers in high-poverty schools

Chaffetz calling for investigation of 'mishandling' of classified information in reporting on Trump

Jeremy Johnson jailed for contempt after refusing to testify in Swallow trial

League of Cities and Towns trust should have been terminated in 2012, agreement says

Pressure over public lands pushes effort to move Outdoor Retailer show from Utah


Peterson fielded broad range of questions at Wednesday's town hall (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

A bleak week for Obamacare (Politico)

Senate nixes Obama-era gun rule (The Hill)

'I don't want problems' with Trump, says Venezuela's Maduro (Reuters)

OCC student suspended after filming teacher saying Trump's election was 'an act of terrorism' (Orange County Register)

Major Blow to Obamacare Mandate: IRS Won't Reject Tax Returns That Don't Answer Health Insurance Question (Reason)

Trump promises Israel that Iran will never get bomb (AFP)

Andrew Puzder withdraws as a labor secretary nominee (CNN)

Phoenix officials turn down petition to adopt sanctuary city status (FOX News)

DeVos: Protesters show hostility to change, new ideas in education (Washington Post)

Humana exit highlights uncertainty about ObamaCare replacement plan (The Hill)

Trump Meets With Retail CEOs to Discuss Taxes, Jobs, And Economy (NBC News)

Wise Words

Be Patient
"The two most powerful warriors are patience and time." Leo Tolstoy

Lighter Side

"A recent study found that the number of monarch butterflies migrating to Mexico from the U.S. has dropped by 27 percent. Apparently the butterflies are afraid if they go from the U.S. to Mexico, they won't be allowed back in." Conan O'Brien

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