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Local News Highlights: Daily Briefing

Morning must reads for Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 52nd day of the year. There are 313 days remaining in 2017.

Lawmakers have more money to spend. Sen. Mike Lee sees opportunity in Donald Trump's presidency. Driver's licenses could get more expensive.

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Lawmakers have about $100 million more to spend this year, but they're not celebrating

Lawmakers got a bit of good news on Friday when new consensus revenue numbers showed they have a little more to spend this year than they thought....

An open letter from Utah to the Outdoor Retailers

Dear Outdoor Retailer,As I sit here pounding my second bottle of (alcohol-free) Martinelli's and trying to piece together this farewell letter through cloudy vision, I can't help but reflect what a great twenty year run we had. As Roxette first sang in the 80's, it must have...

Republican 'Political insiders' believe paid protesters disrupted Chaffetz's town hall meeting

A slim majority of the Republicans on our "Political Insider" panel believe Rep. Jason Chaffetz's claim that "paid protesters" were responsible for disrupting his town hall meeting in Utah. Everyone else thinks that assertion is alternative facts....

#TWINNING: Two former White House, Capitol Hill staffer sisters launch civics mommy blog

We all appreciate positive feedback – especially if it comes from, say, the First Lady....

State leaders release revised FY2018 revenue numbers

Utah's consensus revenue numbers were released Friday in cooperation with leaders from the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget and the legislature....

Lawmakers consider hiking fees for driver's licenses

A state House member wants to raise Utah driver's license fees....

Senate debate gets personal over bill to remove partisan requirements on some state boards and commissions

The Utah Senate cultivates a reputation for being more genteel and thoughtful than their House counterparts. That's why it was stunning when President Wayne Niederhauser, R-Sandy, had to admonish the body to stay away from personal attacks during a debate....

Utah lawmaker wants to allow the creation of state monuments on public lands

What if President Donald Trump rescinds the Bears Ears National Monument?Well, how about a smaller Bears Ears State Monument?...

Anti-doxing bill filed on Capitol Hill

One Utah lawmaker wants to take action against those who dig up personal information about someone and post it online to intimidate them....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Gun bills on Capitol Hill undermine the sanctity of life

Op-ed: Utah needs earned-income tax credit to break poverty cycle

Op-ed: Separate drinking from driving by lowering legal limit

Holly Richardson: Adding sales tax on food will leave some Utah families hungry

Op-ed: Fixing broken immigration policy is our bipartisan dream

Op-ed: Our economy can't handle tax hike, and schools show they don't need it

Op-ed: Raise taxes on top earners for desperately needed school dollars

Editorial: Utah's lower sales tax rate on groceries should remain

Panhandling ... er, pedestrian safety ... bill advances in Utah Senate

Utah homeowner associations may be forced to allow solar panels

Holladay leaders vow to obey the law, pay Utah sales tax on online purchases

Bill giving liquor agency a $1M safety net heads to final vote

Democrat draws warning over claim GOP-backed bill meant to shore up Republican control

House votes to spend $350k on its own federalism refresher courses

House dumps plan to put fate of daylight saving time in voters' hands

Not a dissenting vote in House approval of rape-kits testing mandate

Utah lawmakers push through bill auditor could use to seize mystery fund

Utah House dumps effort to restrict 'noncompete' agreements

Legislature will have nearly $100 million more than expected for budget

With or without Outdoor Retailer, leaders press on with convention center hotel

Food-tax hike part of tax-reform package eyed by Senate Republicans

Trusting in Trump, Utah lawmakers back off suing for public-land control

Committee passes bill that some say would discourage reports of campus sex assaults

Lawmaker says writer of viral 'breadwinner' letter didn't read his equal pay bill

Utah House committee OKs 'Stand Your Ground' self-defense bill

Rolly: Ghost of liquor laws past haunting Utah's Capitol to scare up support for Zion Curtain

Panel advances bill that would help state collect online sales tax

Utah immigrants hunker down in wake of Trump's expanded federal raids

Park City immigrants fearful after ICE operation

Gehrke: A family's journey challenges our notion of who we are

Former plural wives divided over what Utah should do about polygamy

Lee: Trump isn't the right guy, but he's the guy for the right

Caught in Utah's Medicaid expansion limbo: Homeless woman wants to 'try to be happy again'

Deseret News

Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: What politicians say and what they really mean

Op-ed: The forgotten arts of civil discourse and compromise

Josh James: Holding on to non-competes is bad for business and the economy

Joel Briscoe: Teachers in Utah are in crisis, but it's business as usual on the Hill

Joe Cannon: Governor and Legislature should be applauded for addressing regulation reform

Boyd Matheson: Utah champions public lands while Outdoor Retailer walks away

Editorial: Fortify Utah dams

Editorial: Higher-education innovation

Editorial: All political persuasions should celebrate Presidents Day

Committee recommends bill allowing self-defense 'even if safety could be achieved by retreating'

Bill would make attempted strangulation a felony crime


Op-ed: Utahns need compassionate care and medical cannabis reform (Standard-Examiner)

Peterson's bill would trim Ogden's halfway house beds by 77 percent (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Trump taps Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster as his new national security adviser (Washington Post)

Is Putin the world's real richest man? (Daily Mail)

'I pee with LGBT': Oscar-nominated director Richard Linklater directs ad against Texas bathroom bill (Dallas Morning News)

Robots poised to take over wide range of military jobs (Union-Tribune)

Feds: 12 planes violated Trump air space over weekend (Palm Beach Post)

Milo Yiannopoulos's Pedophilia Comments Cost Him CPAC Role and Book Deal (New York Times)

Trump's revised travel ban will target same countries: report (The Hill)

White House denounces threats to Jewish centers (CNN)

Business owners stand by decision to fire workers who protested (CNN)

Global arms trade rises to post-Cold War high (FOX News)

President Trump Will Be Able to Recast the Fed by Filling Vacancies (FOX Business)

Wise Words

Bad Company
"Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for it is better to be alone than in bad company." George Washington

Lighter Side

News Conference
"President Trump held a press conference where he insulted the media, criticized Hillary Clinton, and talked about a hypothetical nuclear holocaust. Even Sean Spicer was like, "You should not be talking to reporters." Jimmy Fallon

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