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Morning must reads for Thursday, March 16, 2017

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 75th day of the year. There are 290 days remaining in 2017.

Orrin Hatch is working on establishing the "Hatch Foundation" to secure his legacy after he leaves office. The expansion of Salt Lake International Airport may not be big enough to handle future traffic. President Trump unveils his budget proposal.

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Hatch looking to preserve his political legacy after he leaves office

The man behind recent re-election wins by Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch – Dave Hansen – says he doesn’t know if Hatch will run again in 2018....

Only 4 U.S. Senators from Utah have retired from office

As Orrin Hatch flirts with running for an 8th term in Congress, it's worth noting that of the 16 men who have held the office of Utah Senator from Utah, only 4 left office through retirement. The others all left office involuntarily....

History is on Chaffetz's side to win again in 2018

Rep. Jason Chaffetz has already drawn two challengers for 2018, Republican Damien Kidd and Democrat Kathryn Allen. But, according to history, the chances that they will be able to unseat him next year are remote at best....

Guest editorial: Failure of PLI led directly to Bears Ears Monument

Ever since late last year, when President Obama took action to protect Bears Ears, the Utah Congressional delegation has been unrelenting in their crusade against the resulting Bears Ears National Monument.  ...

Weekly survey: Should Hatch run again in 2018? Is Chaffetz in trouble?

Sen. Orrin Hatch says he's planning on running for an 8th term in 2018. Should he? Rep. Jason Chaffetz is taking political fire for some controversial statements he's made in the press. Has he damaged his political future? Vote now in our weekly survey....

Policy News

Salt Lake Chamber 2017 Women's History Month feature: Theresa Foxley, CEO, EDCUtah
Since 1911, the United States has celebrated Women’s History Month – an annual month declared worldwide that highlights the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society....

Treasurer Damschen, Senator Hillyard, & Representative Snow applaud passage of SB175
Utah Treasurer David Damschen, Senator Lyle Hillyard (R – Logan), and Representative Lowry Snow (R – St. George) applauded the final passage of SB 175.  ...

Press release: Sen. Lee fights to repeal costly and useless NOX rule
Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) introduced a resolution pursuant to the Congressional Review Act that will repeal a costly and ineffective Environmental Protection Agency regulation targeting the Huntington and Hunter power plants in Utah....

Biomerics to build corporate HQ in Utah
Biomerics and the Governor’s Office of Economic Development announced the medical device plastics manufacturer will build its corporate headquarters in Utah, adding up to 380 jobs to the community and an estimated $38.5 million in capital investment....

Local Headlines

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Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: No one should drink and drive, and even a little is not OK

Editorial: Utah takes a small step toward getting the mentally ill out of county jails

Gehrke: McAdams' whiff on transparency adds to odor of shelter selection

ACLU Utah seeing record memberships, growing interest in grass-roots events

Southern Utah University sees unexpectedly large student exodus

Interior names energy and mineral chief new acting BLM director

Rebuilt SLC International Airport may be too small just 5 years after it opens

Our bad, says jail of Jeremy Johnson's release

Zinke finalizes Greens Hollow coal lease, would secure Utah's oldest mine

GOP health plan 'bad medicine' for Latino families, advocates say

Huber to stay as Utah's U.S. attorney during transition period

West Jordan pulls change of government question from ballot

Video: Dabakis drinks to see how quickly he can reach Utah's proposed blood-alcohol limit

Deseret News

Op-ed: Utah Lake's water quality and algae growth not significantly different from the past

Jay Evensen: No vehicle safety inspections? Are we all going to die?

Boyd Matheson: Congress can end the madness around health care

Natalie Gochnour: Finding common ground in health care reform

Editorial: Inland port would greatly benefit Utah

Editorial: City Creek Center visionaries and developers deserve a round of applause

Jay Evensen: Why build three homeless shelters instead of one?

Utah has the lowest smoking rate in the country

Huber to stay in post, but as interim U.S. attorney for Utah

Jail says 'human error' caused mistaken release of federal inmate Jeremy Johnson

Bishop turns up heat on marine monuments; is Bears Ears next?

Zinke: Interior Department in the 'energy business'

Salt Lake City leaders: Rumors that Sorenson Unity & Multicultural Center is closing aren't true

Big new Salt Lake airport may be too small after just 5 years


Chaffetz challenger Damian Kidd holds first Utah County town hall (Daily Herald)

Weber State president talks legislative outcomes (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Rachel Maddow Turned a Scoop on Trump's Taxes Into a Cynical, Self-Defeating Spectacle (Slate)

Hillary Clinton 'thinking' about NYC mayoral run (TMZ)

Can Paul Ryan pull this off, or is he headed for a brutal defeat? (Washington Post)

Federal judge blocks new travel ban; Trump calls it 'judicial overreach' (CNN)

Sessions vows crackdown on drug dealing and gun crime (Washington Post)

GM announces 900 jobs as Trump visits Detroit (USA Today)

Dow closes up triple digits after Fed raises rates (CNBC)

Home builder confidence soared to highest level in 12 years as Trump rolls back regulations (CNBC)

Trump ribs Snyder over non-endorsement (Detroit News)

Trump's review of car fuel standards could lead to fight with California, environmentalists (Washington Post)

The Lone Dissenter From the Fed's Rate Move Is Worried About Inequality (Bloomberg)

Wise Words

What About Today?
"I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend." Thomas Jefferson

Lighter Side

Great News
"In other recent appointment news, Donald Trump elected his ambassador to Russia - former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman. This is great news for Trump. He finally has someone in his administration who is actually supposed to meet with the Russians." James Corden

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