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Morning must reads for Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 87th day of the year. There are 278 days remaining in 2017.  

Both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton underperformed in Utah during the 2016 election. Will Utah revisit Healthy Utah following the implosion of the Obamacare repeal effort? Trump's approval ratings hit a new low.

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Trump, Clinton underperformed in Utah's four Congressional Districts in 2016

Donald Trump won Utah with just 45% of the vote, surely the worst showing by a Republican in recent memory. While Trump prevailed in all four of Utah's congressional districts, he failed to win a clear majority in every one. Independent candidate Evan McMullin managed to bea...

Hatch will support nuclear option if needed to confirm Gorsuch

Sen. Orrin Hatch says he's willingtoviolate his traditionalist principles and votefor the "nuclear option"if that's what it takes to break a Democratic filibuster of Judge Neil Gorsuch's nomination to the Supreme Court.Hatchbelievesthe controversial procedural move would hur...

With Obamacare repeal dead, will Utah reconsider Healthy Utah?

With U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan saying Obamacare is with us for the foreseeable future, is it time for Utah to reconsider its torrid path to Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act?...

Herbert pushing for Interior Secretary Zinke to visit Utah and Bears Ears

Gov. Gary Herbert says he's invited both Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and President Donald Trump to come to Utah to discuss the Bears Ears and other public lands issues....

Utah Taxpayers Association releases 2017 Legislative Scorecard

The Utah Taxpayers Association has released its 2017 Legislative Scorecard....

Policy News


Ginger Chinn named GOED Managing Director
Val Hale, executive director of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, has appointed Ginger Chinn as managing director for urban and rural business services.  ...

Press release: Sen. Lee renews call to find Utahn missing in Asia
 Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) joined with seven Senate colleagues to reintroduce a Senate Resolution on the disappearance of BYU student David Louis Sneddon in China in 2004....

Luncheon with the Ambassador of Argentina
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 Martín Lousteau, Ambassador of Argentina....

Rep. Stewart participates in White House bill signing to rollback regulations
Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) participated in a White House bill signing ceremony as President Trump signed Joint Resolution, H.J. Res 44, which disapproves and nullifies BLM’s Planning 2.0 Rule....

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Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Obamacare is what we have to work with. Fix it.

Taking on a 'key nerve center' of the White House

Utah hard cider maker says state's liquor markups squeezing profits, forcing expansion to Nevada

Jenny Wilson vs. Orrin Hatch in 2018? Salt Lake County councilwoman considering U.S. Senate bid

Rolly: Black is beautiful, as long as you're a Trump supporter

Park City distillery selling key-chain breath analyzers to prepare for lower DUI limit

Gov. Herbert says health care reform is 'absolutely a necessity'

Could a Gov. Romney be in Utah's future? Ann Romney hopes so.

Utah guv hails President Trump's repeal of BLM land-planning reforms

Stay away from Main, South Salt Lake residents say of proposed homeless shelter sites

Deseret News

Op-ed: Crippling budget cuts to National Institutes of Health

Editorial: The Keystone XL pipeline is a political distraction

Sen. Orrin Hatch wrote two opinion pieces over the weekend. Here's what they said

GOED names new managing director

Congress marching toward undoing internet privacy protections

Ann Romney sees son Josh Romney running for Utah governor

Herbert vetoes bill getting rid of bipartisan appointments to state boards

South Salt Lake hopes new downtown will change attitudes

Days to deadline, county faces pressure to halt homeless site recommendation

National Headlines

Democrats Delay Vote on Supreme Court Nominee Neil Gorsuch (NBC News)

Ford to announce investment in 3 Mich. plants (Detroit News)

Rep. Mo Brooks files bill to repeal Obamacare (AL.com)

White House to States: Shield the Undocumented and Lose Police Funding (New York Times)

Spicer: White House 'driving the train' on tax reform (The Hill)

After defeat, 3 paths ahead for President Trump (ABC News)

Internet privacy bill vote coming in the House (CBS News)

Trump's boyhood home fetches premium from mystery buyer (Politico)

Trump's climate order coming Tuesday (The Hill)

Dakota Access Pipeline Now Has Oil Beneath Missouri River, Company Says (NBC News)

Finger-pointing on Hill as GOP assesses health bill loss (Washington Post)

Wise Words

Govern Ignorance
"Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives." James Madison

Lighter Side

Grow Up
"Time magazine published an interview with Donald Trump and when they asked if he thought the false statements that he has made have damaged his reputation, Trump replied, "I can't be doing so badly because I'm president and you're not." I'm president and you're not - I told my 2-year-old daughter that, and she was like, "Dude, grow up." James Corden

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