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Morning must reads for Friday, February 17, 2017

Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 48th day of the year. There are 317 days remaining in 2017.

Utah lawmakers plan to tackle tax reform with a little more than three weeks left in the 2017 Legislature. The Outdoor Retailers Show is leaving Utah. President Trump rants against his opponents during a wild press conference.

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Exclusive: Legislative leaders planning to tackle tax reform this year

Utah GOP legislative leaders have decided to go for a “big lift” on tax reform this session, now with only three weeks left....

Utah will easily survive exit of outdoor retailers

Goodbye. So long. Don’t let the door smack you on the butt on your way out....

This "dumpster fire" of an administration - Bernick and Schott on politics #317

Week #4 of the Utah Legislature is almost at an end....

Podcast: Bernick and Schott on politics #317

Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott run down the "what" and "why" of the past week in Utah politics....

Wasatch County GOP leader blows up Facebook arguing against equal pay for women

A letter to the editor from the Wasatch County GOP vice-chairman is roiling social media in Utah....

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....

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Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
Outdoor Notes-- Tribune: Delta to host geese, festival -- Tribune: Forest Service came to the rescue for turn-of-the-century Utah -- Tribune: Arches night road closures start this spring Weekend EventsNew Films-- A Cure For Wellness: Tribune review -- The Great Wall: Tribune...

LDS Dems urges Congressman Jason Chaffetz to investigate the Trump campaign's involvement with Russia
LDS Dems of America, with its chapters in Utah, Idaho, Kansas, North Carolina, and Arizona released the following statement in response to the recent resignation of former National Security Advisor Gen. Michael Flynn and recent reports indicating communication between key me...

Press release: Utah Republican Party asks Congressional leaders to delay town hall meetings due to acts of intimidation and violence
Indivisible Utah is part of a national, organized movement whose focus is to disrupt and intimidate at republican congressional town halls....

Press release: AAP urges Utah congressional delegation to oppose Border Adjustment Tax
Americans for Affordable Products (AAP), a coalition of more than 150 businesses and trade associations, is asking Senate Finance Committee Chair Orrin Hatch and Sen. Mike Lee to “protect their constituents from the harmful repercussions of the Border Adjustment Tax.&r...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Time to end Utah's school grading system

Can 12-year-old truly consent to sex? Question stalls Utah bill

Guv's water advisers take their work out of public view

Utah House votes to eliminate vehicle safety inspections

'Zion Curtain' bill could be released on Friday, sponsor says

Gehrke: Legislature may exact a toll for Facebook failure, but the poor get stung again

Rolly: Salt Lake City honors its last Republican mayor, who served four decades ago

Push to ban paid signature gathering halted after state lawyers warn it is unconstitutional

Outdoor Retailer convention leaving Utah, a move Herbert calls 'offensive'

State School Board would lose ability to reject new charters under bill OK'd by committee

Senate panel OKs marijuana research bill

Police investigating BB gun pellets fired into Utah state legislator's living room window

State earned income tax credit again proposed for working poor

Former Utah real estate guru Rick Koerber will represent himself against Ponzi scheme allegations

Senate committee supports lesser penalties for school truancy

Johnson clams up again at Swallow trial, finds himself back in the slammer

Don't hold town-hall meetings, Utah GOP leader says; Chaffetz disagrees

Deseret News

Editorial: HB364 strives to strike needed balance

Bill to end required vehicle safety inspections motors forward

Utah one step closer to approving local research of medical marijuana

Legislature supports statewide suicide crisis hotline

Lawmaker seeks to set criminal standards for parental kidnapping

Letter grades for schools? 'Assessment/Accountability 2.0' bill advances

New organization formed to challenge noncompete bill

Statewide Election Day registration bill halted in House committee

Key witness Jeremy Johnson continues silence in Swallow trial

Utah GOP chairman advises congressional delegation avoid holding town halls

Monumental decision: Outdoor Retailer show leaving Salt Lake after meeting with governor over Bears Ears

Bill authorizing state auditor to freeze funds rushes through Legislature


Bill allowing for continuous protective orders passes out of House committee (Daily Herald)

Provo leaders worried about state legislation that would allow short-term rentals (Daily Herald)

Committee approves research bill for cannabis extracts, which moves on to Senate (Daily Herald)

Utah GOP asks congressional leaders to delay town hall meetings, citing 'intimidation and violence' (Daily Herald)

National Headlines

How The Nation's Spooks Played The Game 'Kill Mike Flynn' (Daily Caller)

Wisconsin students demand free tuition for blacks (Associated Press)

'I Inherited a Mess,' Trump Says, Defending His Performance (New York Times)

Trump supporters cheer his combative stance with the media (Associated Press)

Harward says no to national security adviser role (CNN)

After Puzder debacle, Trump opts for a more conventional Labor nominee in Alexander Acosta (Los Angeles Times)

Trump says he'll issue a new executive order on immigration by next week (Washington Post)

Trump's war with CNN escalates to new heights (New York Post)

Iowa Republicans pass bill opponents say will gut public unions (Chicago Tribune)

Trump signs measure rolling back last-minute Obama coal mining regulation (CNN)

US Unemployment Claims Still Low And Lower Than Expected (Forbes)

Wise Words

True Sympathy
"Pity may represent little more than the impersonal concern which prompts the mailing of a check, but true sympathy is the personal concern which demands the giving of one's soul." Martin Luther King, Jr.

Lighter Side

"Without mentioning Donald Trump, Pope Francis urged everyone to build bridges, not walls. So today, without mentioning the Pope, Donald Trump said, "Francis is a girl's name." Conan O'Brien

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