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Local News Highlights: Daily Briefing

Morning must reads for Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 73rd day of the year. There are 292 days remaining in 2017.

Lawmakers are growing increasingly hostile toward SB54. A pro-Orrin Hatch mailer is causing some heartburn for Republicans. Trumpcare would cause 24 million people to lose their health insurance.

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Today At Utah Policy

Analysis: Shifting alliances mean petition route to the primary ballot is endangered

“Oh! What a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive” – Sir Water Scott from his epic poem “Marmion.”...

Pro-Hatch mailer rankling some GOP feathers

A pro-Orrin Hatch mailer is causing waves among Utah Republicans because it looks like the state party is throwing their support behind the seven-term senator ahead of the 2018 election....

Lee wary of Trump's trade agenda

A number of Republicans in Washington are starting to sour on President Donald Trump's protectionist trade agenda. Count Sen. Mike Lee among them....

Policy News

Utah's redesigned Public Services Commission website
The Public Services Commission of Utah announced the launch of a newly redesigned website....

500, 147, 69, 1,866: Judiciary Committee pays tribute to Hatch at 40 year miIestone
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) paid tribute to Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT)—the Committee's senior member and former Chairman—to commemorate his 40 years of service on the Committee....

Treasurer Damschen urges Senators Hatch & Lee to stand up for states' rights to serve constituents without unnecessary interference from Washington
In recent letters, Utah State Treasurer David Damschen urged Utah Senators Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee to stand up for states’ rights to serve constituents without unnecessary interference from Washington – and uphold important DOL Rules that protect state innovatio...

Division of Consumer Protection warns fake utility scam still calling Utah consumers
Francine A. Giani, Executive Director of the Utah Department of Commerce, announced the Utah Division of Consumer Protection and Rocky Mountain Power continue to receive reports that callers falsely claiming to be affiliated with Rocky Mountain Power are still targeting resi...

Local Headlines

Utah Foundation

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Utah has work to do fighting pollution

Huntsman faces 'impossible' task as U.S. ambassador to Russia

Utah lawmakers OK sweeping juvenile justice changes - but not without some opposition

Young refugee loves life in U.S., but wonders about fate of sister left behind

Utah's U.S. attorney offers resignation, as requested by Sessions

Redesigned UTA ski bus service drawing bigger crowds

Rolly: If money talks, Utah GOP is losing to its own legislators

Garfield votes for a smaller Grand Staircase despite divided constituency

Utah Obamacare 'victim' meets with Trump

South Salt Lake officials: We're too small, too poor to support county's homeless shelter

Utah puts up funds to settle lawsuit, saying mentally ill defendants languish in jail

McAdams: 'The options are open' on Salt Lake County shelter site

Kenyan couple agree to leave U.S. after losing appeal of their asylum request

Lengthy revision of Salt Lake County canyon rules is nearly done

Utah school board passively repeals revision for student-athlete transfers

Deseret News

Editorial: Transportation bond

Utah U.S. attorney submitted resignation at Trump administration request

The Bangor Daily News says Maine's national monument battle 'is nothing compared to Utah'

Teacher turnover in Utah exceeded 55 percent over 8 years; turnover for young teachers 73%

South Salt Lake, West Valley mayors stand firm against homeless shelter plan


Box Elder commissioner meets with Trump (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

White House Seeks to Cut Billions in Funding for United Nations (Foreign Policy)

Tennessee sues federal government over refugees (USA Today)

Democrats Warn of Showdown Over Trump's Border Wall (Roll Call)

Trump administration reviewing ways to make it easier to launch drone strikes (Washington Post)

The Obamacare replacement bill could die on Wednesday (McClatchy)

Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber says Republicans setting up a 'scam' (Boston Herald)

The CBO Deals Paul Ryan's Health-Care Plan a Major Blow (Atlantic)

Michael Brown video: Prosecutor calls filmmaker's claims 'just stupid' (CNN)

Sean Spicer gets confronted in Apple store; Trump responds (Washington Post)

Video shows environmental activists defacing popular Trump golf course (Washington Post)

Putting 'America First,' Trump said to plan lighter foreign travel than predecessors (CNN)

Wise Words

Good Government
"The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only object of good government." Thomas Jefferson

Lighter Side

One More Time
"For the second time, RadioShack has filed for bankruptcy. Experts say if RadioShack goes bankrupt one more time, it can officially run for president." Conan O'Brien

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