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Local News Highlights: Daily Briefing

Morning must reads for Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 81st day of the year. There are 284 days remaining in 2017.

Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch hearings continue Wednesday. Passage of GOP healthcare bill is in doubt, despite Trump telling House members they may lose next election if they don’t support bill.  

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Winning the political game: Basic elements of a campaign

2017 is a municipal election year, which actually features more candidates than an even-year election. The election season won’t heat up until the late summer and fall, but it’s not too early to be planning campaigns for mayor or city council slots. Here’s ...

U.S. Chamber gives Rep. Mia Love Spirit of Enterprise Award

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has honored Rep. Mia Love with its annual Spirit of Enterprise Award, given in recognition of her support for pro-growth policies in the second session of the 114th Congress.   These policies affect businesses in Utah.“During her ...

WTC Utah President & CEO Derek B. Miller receives a CEO of the Year award

Utah Business magazine presented World Trade Center Utah (WTC Utah) President and CEO Derek B. Miller with a CEO of the Year Award today at ceremony held at the Grand America Hotel. “I have always been interested in international development, international busines...

West Valley lawmakers oppose shelter plan

A bipartisan group of legislators representing West Valley City and surrounding communities have published an open letter voicing their opposition to Salt Lake County’s proposal for a possible homeless shelter within West Valley City. Citing the rushed rollout of the p...

Smith, Carpenter form new public policy consulting business

Long-time communications and public policy operatives Marty Carpenter and Wesley Smith have formed a new public affairs strategy shop named 24NINE. Here is a look at this new political consulting business.Tell us about 24NINE -- why you formed the business and what your serv...

Low tax burden is great - but more money needed for education

One of the most difficult challenges for policymakers is divining that fine line between a tax burden that is sufficient to provide necessary services to citizens, and a burden that is too high and drives away businesses and hurts economic viability.Where that line is locate...

Policy News

Utah producers could help Trump create jobs
The State of Utah could experience an increase of 1,027 jobs from a potential 25 percent increase in oil and natural gas production, according to John Dunham & Associates. A shift to pro-development policies by the Trump Administration could bring the job total from...

Herbert announces Talent Ready Utah grant program & executive board
Gov. Gary R. Herbert has announced Talent Ready Utah’s first steps in working toward his goal of filling 40,000 new high-skill, high-paying jobs in Utah over the next four years.The governor announced that the Utah Cluster Acceleration Partnership will become the grant...

Brad Baird, EDCUtah's 'loaned executive,' to retire
When Brad Baird joined EDCUtah in 2004, he was the seventh loaned executive from Questar Corporation to put on an economic development hat. In April he'll retire after more than a decade of service to the organization and as the longest tenured loaned executive to work at ED...

U. S., Salt Lake Chambers host cybersecurity conference
The Salt Lake Chamber, in partnership with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, will host a conference  on Thursday to help small and mid-size businesses develop, evaluate, and strengthen their cybersecurity programs. Top experts from government, law enforcement, and the ...

Luncheon with the Ambassador of Paraguay
World Trade Center Utah, in partnership with the Governor's Office of Economic Development and the Salt Lake Chamber, is delighted to welcome His Excellency Germán Hugo Rojas Irigoyen, the Ambassador of Paraguay. ...

Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing rolls out updated Controlled Substance Database
Francine A. Giani, Executive Director of the Utah Department of Commerce announced that the Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing (DOPL) has released the newest software version of the State’s Controlled Substance Database (CSD) which records all controll...

Governor signs 84 bills
Gov. Gary R. Herbert has signed 84 bills, bringing the total number of bills signed from the 2017 General Legislative Session to 103....

Local Headlines

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Salt Lake Tribune

Mike Winder: Homeless shelter and Jordan River are a bad mix

Editorial: Governor should veto Utah's experiment in DUI limits

Controversial West Jordan councilman Jeff Haaga steps down

Pressure pours in on possible veto of drunken driving bill

Board adopts policy reforms in wake of blistering Unified Fire Authority audit

Gov. Herbert touts work-related school programs in Utah

Hatch emerges as Gorsuch cheerleader for the Supreme Court

Residents opposing paved Dimple Dell trail deliver over 6,000 signatures

Jeremy Johnson to deny prior statements of John Swallow's involvement in federal election fraud case, court filing says

South Salt Lake protests as city lands two more possible homeless shelter sites

Deseret News

Op-ed: News media need to report the full story

Editorial: 'Talent Ready Utah' is one solution to Utah's workforce woes

Utah restaurant associations ask governor to veto .05 DUI law

Another contender emerges for Chaffetz's seat in Congress

Jeremy Johnson to deny claims against ex-Utah A.G. John Swallow in FEC case, court papers say

Which Utah politicians left office by choice?

Utah reimbursed for Gold King Mine spill's initial costs; lawsuit weighed

Revamped program targets state's shortage in a talented workforce

A sixth, possibly seventh site added for new homeless shelter - both in South Salt Lake


Op-ed: The ACA isn't a sensible health care plan. Neither is the GOP alternative (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Ryan's Leadership Is Tested by GOP's Civil War on Health Bill (Wall Street Journal)

Immigration provision cut from Obamacare rollback, angering conservatives (Reuters)

U.S. Raid on Al Qaeda in Yemen Led to Laptop Ban on Flights, Officials Say (Daily Beast)

U.S.-Mexico border wall fight: California considers divesting from companies involved in the project (Mercury News)

Supreme Court nominee Gorsuch stresses his independence from President Trump (Washington Post)

Dems land few punches on Gorsuch (The Hill)

Seven Highlights From the Gorsuch Confirmation Hearings (New York Times)

Devices Banned on Planes From 10 Countries Over ISIS Fears (New York Times)

Wall Street sinks on fears of delays to Trump tax cuts (Reuters)

Trump critique of F-35 costs 'fair,' says Lockheed CEO Hewson (DefenseNews)

Dakota Access pipeline vandalism highlights sabotage risks (FOX News)

Wise Words

"Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened." Dr. Seuss

Lighter Side

Lovin It
"The Twitter account for McDonald's tweeted this: "Donald Trump, you are actually a disgusting excuse of a president and we would love to have Barack Obama back, also you have tiny hands." Who would have thought? Now it turned out that the account was hacked, but still, I've got to say: Ba-da-ba-ba-bah, I'm lovin' it." James Corden

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