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Morning must reads for Friday, March 24, 2017

Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 81st day of the year. There are 282 days remaining in 2017.  

Democrats will filibuster Gorsuch, threatening a Senate blow-up. Herbert signs .05 DUI law, but will ask Legislature to fix it. House GOP in disarray over repealing Obamacare. Committee faces no-win decision on homeless shelter site.

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Utah is different - get over it

There sure seems to be a lot of angst and hand-wringing lately over Utah’s image. The ruckus over .05 DUI level is the latest example.Lots of people seem to be staying up nights worrying that outsiders will view Utah as an old-fashioned, backwater state where women wea...

Liquor law: Two steps forward, one step back

When it comes to liquor law reform in Utah, why does it always seem to be two steps forward, one step back?Thursday, GOP Gov. Gary Herbert told reporters he will sign the controversial HB155 passed recently by the 2017 Legislature.The bill lowers the blood alcohol level for ...

Gov Herbert will sign controversial DUI bill, then call special session this summer

Gov. Gary Herbert will sign a controversial DUI bill and then call a special legislative session this summer to revisit drunk driving and road safety, he told his monthly KUED Channel 7 news conference Thursday morning.HB155 by Rep. Norm Thurston, R-Provo, passed the Utah Ho...

GOP lawmakers share bill-passing power with Dems

If you thought the 2017 Utah Legislature was rather quiet – as partisan battles go – you are correct.Brigham Young University political science professor Adam Brown always does interesting analysis on his utahdatapoints.com web site.And here is his annual legisla...

Analysis: Will Orrin Hatch run for re-election?

One of the big political questions for 2017 is whether Sen. Orrin Hatch will seek re-election in 2018. Hatch could postpone his decision until next year, but that’s not likely. If he runs, he needs to gear up a campaign and scare off potential challengers, so an announ...

Jordan & Ukraine ambassadors to speak at Rep. Stewart's conference

Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) will host his third annual “America’s Role in the World” Conference on Friday, March 31, at the Zions Bank Building downtown, 18th floor, 10 East South Temple. The event will run from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.Speakers and panelists wil...

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Herbert signs bill to strengthen impaired driving laws
At its core, I believe H.B. 155 is good public policy. I signed it into law to help strengthen Utah's impaired driving laws and to reduce the number of alcohol-related deaths on our roads. I will call a special session to address the unintended and collateral consequences of...

Utah's delegation recognized for pro-business votes
This week, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce released its How They Voted scorecard honoring all six members of Utah’s congressional delegation for their support of pro-growth, pro-jobs policies during the second session of the 114th Congress. “Once agai...

Love Communications earns two 'Best in Show' awards at 2017 Pollies
Utah-based advertising agency Love Communications won two “Best in Show” trophies at the American Association of Political Consultants (AAPC) awards for ad campaigns created for the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance (SUWA), which won a gold, and Utah’s Lt. ...

Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
Outdoor Notes-- Tribune: Utah Hike of the Week: Many Pools - Zion National Park -- Tribune: Wasatch wildflower update: Early blooms emerging in low places -- Tribune: Tips to negotiate or avoid the crowds in mighty Zion National Park -- Tribune: Planning is key for spring-br...

Utah drops from B to C in charter school scorecard
Most coal consumption in the United States is for electricity generation. However, coal-fueled electricity’s share of the total has been decreasing. This is due in large part to the availability of low-cost natural gas, stringent environmental regulations tha...

Utah Foundation analyzes coal energy, production & the future
Most coal consumption in the United States is for electricity generation. However, coal-fueled electricity’s share of the total has been decreasing. This is due in large part to the availability of low-cost natural gas, stringent environmental regulations tha...

Ads call for Bears Ears monument rescission
The Stewards of San Juan County and Sutherland Institute have announced the launch of two commercial spots on KSL5-TV with a call to rescind the Bears Ears National Monument. The first video, which can already be viewed on KSL.com, features local children whose futures are t...

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Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: To prosper, Utah must scale up its school innovations

Utah's all-Republican delegation hard to pin down on health-care vote

Critics question if SLC council post cuts into Stan Penfold's work with Utah AIDS Foundation

Dispute over Utah charter school property forcing question of eminent domain authority

Developer of controversial Draper housing project gets extension

Utah governor signs bill allowing 18-year-olds to obtain concealed-weapon permits

Rep. Chris Stewart steps up as poll shows most Utahns want Congress members to hold town halls

Deseret News

A. Scott Anderson: The 2017 Legislature served Utah well

Dan Liljenquist: Generic drug company monopolies

Editorial: Building fences not the best approach to solve homelessness

Governor signs concealed carry bill for young adults

Lee, Hatch want government to investigate disappearance of BYU student in China

Herbert signs bill lowering blood-alcohol limit to .05 percent

Unbelievably, international terrorism strikes at Utahns again

Committee faces 'gut-wrenching' task to help choose county homeless site

Other

Editorial: Vote by mail a good step to boost participation (Daily Herald)

Kurt Cochran remembered as lover of life, music after death in London attack (Standard-Examiner)

Ogden council approves agreement for homeless service at old fire station (Standard-Examiner)

Davis among 9 Utah counties to show double-digit growth rates since 2010 (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

London assailant had been investigated for terrorism; Utah man among victims (Los Angeles Times)

Potential 'smoking gun' showing Obama administration spied on Trump team, source says (FOX News)

As repeal vote nears, Obama pleads to preserve Affordable Care Act (Politico)

Paul: Pence should oversee Senate ObamaCare repeal votes (The Hill)

Soros-funded charities targeted by Trump-inspired crackdown in East Europe (Reuters)

Trump delivers ultimatum to House Republicans: Pass health-care measure on Friday or he'll move on (Washington Post)

Democrats Plan to Filibuster to Thwart Gorsuch Nomination (New York Times)

Source: ICE is targeting 'sanctuary cities' with raids (CNN)

Laptop ban: What it's going to cost you (CNN)

Mexico's Top Diplomat Says Nation Can Survive End of Nafta (Bloomberg)

Trump's Keystone XL approval coming soon (The Hill)

Wise Words

Prolonged Conflict
"There is no instance of a nation benefitting from prolonged warfare." Sun Tzu

Lighter Side

Poor Elmo
"President Trump's proposed budget would cut funding for public broadcasting. Which may explain why Elmo is turning tickles on the street now." Seth Meyers

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