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Morning must reads for Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 74th day of the year. There are 291 days remaining in 2017.

Democrats see a chance to make gains because of Republican infighting over SB54. Sen. Orrin Hatch could become the seventh Senator to run for an 8th term. Some of President Donald Trump's tax returns surface.

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Analysis: Democrats may see an opening in the fight over SB54

In the 2016 Utah elections, SB54 – the new dual-route to a party’s primary law – had little effect on outcomes....

Bramble feuding with term limits group over failed resolution

Legislative resolutions, which in reality don't do anything, sometimes are responsible for the most heated arguments on Utah's Capitol Hill....

Hatch would be the 7th Senator to seek an 8th term in Washington

If, as expected, Sen. Orrin Hatch decides to run for an eighth term in Washington, he would be the seventh to try. Five of the six previous attempts were successful....

Report names Lee, Bishop, Hatch, Stewart and Chaffetz 'Public Lands Enemies'

A new report from the Center for Biological Diversity named five members of Utah's Congressional delegation as among the top "public lands enemies."...

Policy News

GOP Senators call on Sec. Tillerson to investigate State Department meddling
Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) and a group of Senators called on Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson today to immediately investigate how US funds are being used by the State Department and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to support left-of-center politi...

Five year report on City Creek's impact on downtown released
From concept to completion, City Creek has been a catalyst for rapid urban redevelopment in downtown Salt Lake City. It has now been five years since the grand opening of this state-of-the-art mixed-use development....

World Trade Center Utah strengthens team with new hire and promotions
World Trade Center Utah is bolstering up its staff to meet the growing needs of Utah companies....

Point of the Mountain Development Commission seeks public input on growth with new survey
The State Legislature’s Point of the Mountain Development Commission is looking for Utahns to share their thoughts via a new survey for the future of approximately 22,000 undeveloped acres around the Point of the Mountain....

Local Headlines

Utah Foundation

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Last homeless center site selection needs little more time

Mike Winder accused of manipulating Wikipedia page with multiple accounts in violation of ethics policy

Salt Lake County won't help pay for Bonanza Flats

Salt Lake City officially opens new affordable housing project

Salt Lake County OKs canyons ordinance after 5 years of revisions

Trump's Utah point man calls out voters, Mormons who didn't back the new prez

'Flight risk' Jeremy Johnson flouts label, heads to SLC burger joint after jail sets him free

McAdams gets cold reception at meeting on homeless shelters, but 'he listened'

Deseret News

Jay Evensen: Lawmakers kicked tough tax questions to next year

Richard Davis: IPhones or health care? Perceptions about the poor

Editorial: A more open process for choosing S.L. County homeless shelter site

Jason Chaffetz and Rosie O'Donnell are feuding. Here's why

Lee wants investigation into U.S. promoting 'left-leaning' policies abroad

Biskupski, homeless advocates gather for opening of new affordable housing project

Site costs range from $1 million to $3.5 million for Salt Lake County homeless center

Gov. Gary Herbert comes home to Utah County to receive Pillar of the Valley honor

Over 5 years, City Creek has helped Salt Lake thrive, experts say

Chaffetz, Lee want regional haze rule scrapped for Utah

Rep. Chris Stewart: 'We will know' whether Trump was wiretapped by Obama

South Salt Lake, West Valley residents protest potential homeless shelter sites


Don Peay: Those who did not back Trump should 'ask for forgiveness' (Daily Herald)

Op-ed: Utah Legislature shows how to govern locally (Standard-Examiner)

Ogden Latino advocates seek school action on immigration issue (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

How Gorsuch is preparing for his Senate showdown (Politico)

Obama tried to take Andrew Jackson off the $20. Now Trump is visiting his grave. (CNN)

Pressure mounts for changes to ObamaCare bill (The Hill)

Trump White House sees 'deep state' behind leaks, opposition (Washington Post)

Should Agencies Decide Law? Doctrine May Be Tested at Gorsuch Hearing (New York Times)

Trump's plan to dismember government (CNN)

President may come bearing good news for auto industry (Michigan Radio)

CEOs express optimism about Trump's plans for taxes, spending (Los Angeles Times)

Tillerson's email alias was prompted by business needs, Exxon says (Reuters)

Trump to Drop Climate Change From Environmental Reviews, Source Says (Bloomberg)

Janet Yellen this week could tee up a stealth rate hike for later this year (CNBC)

Wise Words

Important Matters
"Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters." Albert Einstein

Lighter Side

Travel Ban
"Disney has announced that its upcoming live-action "Aladdin" movie is going to feature Middle Eastern actors. Filming will begin in May, or whenever the actors are no longer detained at the airport." Conan O'Brien

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