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Local News Highlights: Daily Briefing

Morning must reads for Monday, February 27, 2017

Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 58th day of the year. There are 307 days remaining in 2017.

Lawmakers are racing to finish the budget. "Zion Curtain" bill expected on Monday. Utah GOP revives the lawsuit against SB54.

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Lawmakers racing to pass the budget before Friday

To build or not to build. That's is the question for lawmakers....

'Zion Curtain' bill expected to be public Monday; Lawmakers still working toward compromise

They're getting closer, but there's not yet a deal in place on proposed legislation to get rid of the Zion Curtain....

Lawmakers want to stop lobbying on the House floor

Every year or so state Rep. Jim Dunnigan runs a House Rule bill to make the rules reflect accepted practice – and this year HR2 is aimed at stopping what some may say is casual lobbying on the House floor....

Will Utah feel an economic impact when the Outdoor Retailers Show leaves?

Will Utah take an economic hit now that the Outdoor Retailers Show is leaving the state? There's no consensus among our "Political Insiders."...

UTGOP State Central Committee votes to continue federal appeal of S.B. 54

In a special meeting, the Utah Republican Party State Central Committee voted to continue its federal appeal of Utah State Senate Bill 54....

Lawmakers reach deal with Salt Lake City, County on homeless issue

A big homeless announcement Friday from the State Capitol:...

Race for Utah Democratic Chair could be a crowded one

There's no shortage of people who want the chance to lead the Utah Democratic Party out of the political wilderness....

Colbert mocks Chaffetz again (with video)

Late-night host Stephen Colbert took a swing at Rep. Jason Chaffetz again, but this time it wasn't about not investigating the Trump administration....

Policy News

Gov. Gary R. Herbert joins nation to declare Feb 26 - Mar 4, 'Eating Disorders Awareness Week' in Utah
Gov. Gary R. Herbert has designated Feb 26 – Mar 4, as Eating Disorders Awareness Week for the state of Utah....

Local Headlines

Utah Foundation

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Imagine if it was Democrats squeezing GOP out of state boards

Op-ed: 'Opidemic' ad campaign doesn't help, but medical cannabis would

Op-ed: Judicial diversity requirement is discrimination, and it isn't needed

Op-ed: Food trucks in Utah need a simpler on-ramp

Editorial: Bill to shield police identities in Utah is unneeded and unwarranted

Editorial: Herbert should veto bill designed to stack state boards with Republicans

GOP flip-flops on vow to drop challenge of new Utah election law

Resolutions push to wrest public lands from 'broken' fed control

Proposal would make voter records private

Utah Senate poised to approve pornography lawsuit legislation

Legislature honors fallen trooper

Salt Lake County sheriff defends jail policy

State to sell Needles Outpost land, bidding starts at $1 million

Utah 'resistance' groups forging strategy to combat Trump, Republican lawmakers

Gehrke: Utah should keep the Zion Curtain. No, really.

Polygamy bill passes Utah House, moves to Senate

Utah, Kennecott rank high in EPA's list on toxic materials

Deseret News

Dan Liljenquist: Going bankrupt slowly and then suddenly

Op-ed: Utah's occupational licensing laws need reform

Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Is it time for an education tax increase?

Op-ed: Restoring federalism and freedom

Op-ed: Higher education is efficient, innovative and collaborative

Ralph Becker: A painful end of the Utah Outdoor Retailer Show

Editorial: While Utah did itself no favors, Outdoor Retailer did not negotiate in good faith

Editorial: Public lands solution

Bill requires doctors to follow script on stopping drug-induced abortion

Resolutions call for local control, access to federal lands

OHV users may face new fee to fund injury rehabilitation

Lawmaker: 'If you take a drink, you probably shouldn't be driving'

Tow truck drivers may have to pass criminal background checks

Could state parks host burial of Native American remains?

Sheriff Winder defends Salt Lake County Jail booking restriction policy in tense media exchange

Ban on gas chambers for euthanasia at animal shelters passes Senate

Salt Lake City to build only 2 new homeless shelters

Repeat drunken drivers may face mandatory jail time

Lawmakers, restaurants near compromise on alcohol bill

Bill would speed up release of police bodycam footage

Shops caught selling tobacco to minors may face increased fines

Lawmaker: Utah should take over Bears Ears monument

Community celebrates decision to nix homeless shelter in Sugar House

Utah GOP reverses decision to drop Count My Vote lawsuit

Lawmaker pushes for 'cooling-off period' to withhold officers' names in critical incidents

First of its kind study takes to the skies to study Utah's notorious inversions


Utah County starts mapping out plan to address cycle of poverty (Daily Herald)

Utah Education Association president frustrated by legislative session (Park Record)

Fate of tourism funds that aid Park City is in lawmakers' hands (Park Record)

Summit County Democratic Party seeks new leadership (Park Record)

Lawmakers may turn out lights on solar panel tax credits (Park Record)

Website allows people to play a role in the legislative process (Park Record)

National Headlines

Iran holds naval war games amid rising tensions with U.S. (Reuters)

Spicer checks WH staffers' phones for leaks, vows more searches coming (FOX News)

Rachel Dolezal, white woman who identifies as black, now jobless, may soon be homeless (FOX News)

Democrats Elect Thomas Perez, Establishment Favorite, as Party Chairman (New York Times)

Across The Divide, Identity Politics Unites The Base At Both CPAC And DNC (NPR)

Why did Keith Ellison lose the DNC race? (Washington Post)

Sessions' tough on crime talk could lead to fuller prisons (Washington Post)

Congress returns to face health care, Supreme Court decisions (Boston Globe)

Trump to Ask for Sharp Increases in Military Spending, Officials Say (New York Times)

Five takeaways from the Scott Pruitt emails (The Hill)

Neil Buchanan: What Happens if Trump Privatizes Social Security? (Newsweek)

Wise Words

Preserving Government
"The benefits of education and of useful knowledge, generally diffused through a community, are essential to the preservation of a free government." Sam Houston

Lighter Side

Psyche Profile
"There are rumors that Russia's compiling a psychological profile on Trump to help Putin get inside his head. You know, it's so hard to get Trump to open up and talk about himself. He keeps a lot of stuff private." Jimmy Fallon

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