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Morning must reads for Friday, March 17, 2017

Good Friday morning and Happy St. Patrick's Day from Salt Lake City. Today is the 76th day of the year. There are 289 days remaining in 2017.

Trump's budget could hurt those who voted for him most. Tillerson says military action is an option to deal with North Korea. Utah's housing crisis is poised to get worse.

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Debunking the myths behind lowering the DUI level to 0.05

Recent letters to the editor and a petition circulated by representatives of the alcohol industry and Sen. Jim Dabakis contain significant factual errors that need to be addressed publicly.  ...

Bob Bernick's notebook: Repealing SB54 could lead to unintended consequences

As I’ve noted in a previous UtahPolicy analysis, Republicans in the Utah House are coming close – or are already there – in getting the 38 votes needed to repeal SB54....

'Got a lot farther by being a lot smarter' - Bernick and Schott on politics #321

It's been a fairly quiet week in Utah politics. Everyone must still be asleep following the end of the 2017 Legislature....

Podcast: Bernick and Schott on politics #321

Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott run down the week in Utah politics....

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

Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
Outdoor Notes-- Tribune: International Sportsmen's Expo opens four-day Utah show -- Tribune: Want to catch and keep lots of fish? Consider a trip to Millsite Reservoir -- Tribune: Idaho's Shoshone Falls flowing higher than normal in time for spring break visits -- Tribune: A...

Under Congressional health care plan, Utah stands to lose millions, new estimates show
A new analysis shows the impact that the Republican health plan bill, the American Health Care Act (AHCA), would have on Utah’s state budget....

Press release: Rep. Stewart to participate in congressional hearing investigating Russia hacking claims and more
Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) will be participating in the first public, non-classified House Intelligence Committee Hearing on the Russia Investigation on Monday, March 20, 2017 at 10:00am ET....

Press release: Sen. Lee praises Trump's budget
Senator Lee (R-UT) released the following statement regarding the Trump Administration’s budget:...

Local Headlines

Utah Foundation

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Investing in Rio Grande shelter better than building new ones

Editorial: New Utah mine lease is the beginning of coal's last gasp

Where there's smoke, there's pollution: Protesters argue against cooking exemption for Utah burn ban

Protest against lower blood alcohol limit planned for St. Patrick's Day in Salt Lake

Utah leaders hailed voter turnout in election. Actually, we were among the worst in the nation

Records Committee orders public disclosure of Utah-Amazon contract on sales taxes

Utah records panel orders release of water data

Utah's Mia Love supports GOP health care plan, wants revisions

Gehrke: Team Trump is using a tragic Utah story to gut a law helping millions

Here's how President Trump's proposed budget hikes and spending cuts might affect Utah

Deseret News

Bears Ears designation upends proposed ATV trail in San Juan County

Clean air advocates urge veto of outdoor cooking bill

Records committee releases some details of Amazon tax deal

Records committee grants access to reports of Utah's water use

Utah housing shortage headed from bad to worse

'Tongue-in-cheek' ad thanks Utah for passing .05 DUI law

2017 Legislature 'almost a bipartisan love fest,' BYU professor says

National Headlines

Travel Ban Heads Toward Supreme Court in Transition (Wall Street Journal)

Tillerson says diplomacy with North Korea has 'failed'; Pyongyang warns of war (Washington Post)

Ryan Clings to Core of GOP Health Bill as Opposition Mounts (Bloomberg)

After trashing her on campaign trail, will Trump get along with Merkel? (McClatchy)

Republican health bill still alive despite renegade conservative votes (McClatchy)

Judge Gorsuch's Writings Signal He Would Be A Conservative On Social Issues (NPR)

Trump taps Boeing executive as deputy defense secretary (Washington Post)

Donald Trump Sees Himself in Andrew Jackson (Slate)

Trump calls for air traffic control spin-off in budget (The Hill)

Trump's 'hard power budget' increases defense spending, cuts to State Dept, EPA (CNN)

Trump, Easing Emissions Rule, Vows to Expand Auto Jobs (New York Times)

Wise Words

"Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go." T. S. Eliot

Lighter Side

"Jon Huntsman's first job as ambassador will be to exchange gifts with his Russian counterpart. And that's tough, because what do you give somebody who already gave you the White House? You can't just hand over an edible arrangement." James Corden

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