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Local News Highlights: Daily Briefing

Morning must reads for Friday, February 3, 2017

Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 34th day of the year. There are 331 days remaining in 2017.

Utah Lawmakers opened an incredible number of so-called "secret" bill files this year. Attorney General Sean Reyes could take a post in the Trump administration. A Senate panel advances a resolution calling for scrapping the Bears Ears National Monument. 

The clock:

Ten talking points for Friday:

  1. Lawmakers opened a record number of bill files for the 2017 session. According to our math, nearly 40% of those were so-called "secret" bill files [Utah Policy].

  2. Sources say Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes could be tapped by Donald Trump to head up the Federal Trade Commission within the next two weeks [Utah Policy].

  3. Want to understand the "what" and "why" of the last week in Utah politics? Watch our week in review [Utah Policy].

  4. Rep. Ken Ivory is sponsoring legislation that would allow Utah to invest in gold and silver in case of economic collapse [Utah Policy].

  5. Bob Bernick says it's time for the Utah GOP to end their battle against the "Count My Vote" compromise, SB54 [Utah Policy].

  6. After a packed hearing, a Senate panel advances a resolution calling on President Donald Trump to overturn the Bears Ears National Monument [Tribune, Deseret News].

  7. A new poll shows Americans are deeply divided over President Trump's executive order temporarily banning immigration from seven Muslim-majority nations. 51% favor the order, and 49% disagree [CBS News]. Meanwhile, Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway fabricates out of whole cloth a terrorist attack that never happened to justify Trump's "Muslim ban" [Vox].

  8. President Donald Trump will sign an executive order on Friday to scale back much of the regulatory system put in place after the financial crisis [Wall Street Journal].

  9. President Donald Trump signals he is prepared to take steps to expand religious rights, including increased protections for those acting on their faith [Wall Street Journal].

  10. Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski unveils a five-year plan to alleviate the city's affordable housing shortage [Deseret News, Tribune].

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: SB94 makes special districts accountable

Op-ed: Protecting women's rights doesn't mean protecting abortion

New House Majority Leader Brad Wilson seizes opportunity when he sees it

Rolly: Utah GOP official loses charter school contract after allegedly getting insider information

Utah's Chaffetz backs off on plan to sell off 'excess' public lands

After $1 million embezzlement, agency says problems fixed

Salt Lake City affordable housing plan aims to tackle 'crisis'-level shortage

After 2 bumpy weeks for Trump, Gov. Herbert still is 'hopeful' for president's success

Grand Staircase: Boon or bust?

Hatch, Trump express night-and-day views of NAFTA, though both want to rewrite it

Gehrke: Groundhog Day means lousy air and the Legislature all over again

Solar industry drops fight over tax credit

After criticizing UTA, lawmakers advance bill requiring more transparency

Utah lawmakers take first step to tighten residency law for local officials

House panel punts on plan to reward teachers working in low-income schools

Bears Ears supporters pack hearing; Senate panel OKs rescission bill anyway

Poll: Utahns split on later school start times

The last refugees

Deseret News

Hal Boyd: Meet the Mormon helping run Donald Trump's White House

Greg Bell: Technology has given us so much, but there's still much to do

Op-ed: Steve Jobs and the March for Life

Jay Evensen: You're going to pay sales taxes online, but that won't stop you from buying

Editorial: With few exceptions, the president-elect should be able to pick his team

Why is Utah one of the best states for retirement?

Utah Clean Energy, Salt Lake City unveil 10-year solar deployment plan

Amid nasty inversion, Utah Legislature outlines clean air initiatives

Salt Lake City has the most stressed out workers, survey says

Runoff elections bill passed by Senate, but changes being sought

'A big hope': Optimism felt by last refugee family to arrive in Utah

Utah lawmakers advance pushback resolutions on Bears Ears, Grand Staircase-Escalante monuments

Attorney says prosecutors 'ambushed' John Swallow with extortion claim

Trump's draft order on religious freedom prompts praise, concern and confusion

Biskupski unveils 'bold but equitable' affordable housing plan

National Headlines

Is perpetual outrage hurting Democratic Party? (U.S. News & World Report)

'Can she eat more kale?' Hordes of liberals want reassurance RBG's health is good (Washington Post)

Congress does away with Obama coal mining rule (The Hill)

Trump Vows to 'Destroy' Law Banning Political Activity by Churches (New York Times)

Anarchists Respond to Trump's Inauguration, by Any Means Necessary (New York Times)

Pence reaffirms plans to 'repeal and replace' ObamaCare (The Hill)

Conservative Groups Unify to Push Neil Gorsuch's Confirmation (New York Times)

Ivanka Trump's dinner party diplomacy (Politico)

Military investigating SEALs unit convoy flying Trump flag in Kentucky (Lexington Herald Leader)

U.S. airline CEOs ask to meet with Tillerson on Gulf carriers (Reuters)

Trump Looks to Another Finance Veteran for Senior Role (New York Times)

Wise Words

View on Success
"Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get." Dale Carnegie

Lighter Side

Strange Claim
"President Trump continued with his mysterious and puzzling claim that voter fraud cost him the popular vote in the election. He says 3 million to 5 million illegal voters chose Hillary over him. He knows if that's true he still has to be president, right?" Jimmy Kimmel

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