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Morning must reads for Monday, March 6, 2017

Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 65th day of the year. There are 300 days remaining in 2017.

Lawmakers still have big decision to make in the final week of the 2017 Legislature. President Trump spent the weekend raging at staff and critics. New travel ban expected this week.

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Lawmakers still have some big issues to tackle in the final week of the 2017 session

Last week of the Utah 2017 Legislature and still several significant issues to resolve....

How Donald Trump could help kill SB54

If President Donald Trump taps Attorney General Sean Reyes to head the Federal Trade Commission, some Republicans see that as an opportunity to undermine the SB54 compromise....

Can Trump beat opposition to create a conservative utopia?

Just like Barack Obama became perhaps the biggest gun salesman in history, so Donald Trump will become the greatest fundraiser for liberal and environmental causes....

'Political Insiders' say restoring sales tax on food is a bad idea

Utah lawmakers have reached a deal to restore the state portion of the sales tax on some food items, but our "Political Insiders" don't like that idea....

Utah House approves ranked choice voting for primary elections

Wow! How does this happen: The Utah House voting down a leading Republican’s election law reform bill and adopting a Democrat’s election law reform bill – a really impactful voting reform measure?...

Policy News

ACLU of Utah statement on proposed Salt Lake City body camera policy
The American Civil Liberties Union of Utah has submitted extensive comments on Salt Lake City’s recently released “Draft Policy Regarding Release of Body Camera Footage.”...

Orbital ATK donation encourages STEM learning In Utah schools
Orbital ATK announced an in-kind donation of approximately 500 personal computers to the Utah STEM Action Center, on behalf of the company’s Aerospace Structures Division in Clearfield and its 3,000 Utah employees....

U of U's Lassonde Studios one of 'World's best new university buildings,' says Architectural Digest
Scan the world from Norway to China and you won’t find a new university building much better than Lassonde Studios at the University of Utah, according to Architectural Digest, a premier publication for architecture news and trends....

Local Headlines

Utah Foundation

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Adding more teacher tests won't improve Utah classrooms

Op-ed: Outdoor companies should keep talking with legislators

Op-ed: The homeless need services, but they also need neighbors

Op-ed: Trump should rely heavily on Hatch to get Gorsuch confirmed

Op-ed: Poorly worded poll on end-of-life bill was fake news

Holly Richardson: Go to college, Utah women, to handle life's unexpected turns

Editorial: Tougher laws are needed to prevent the next John Swallow

Editorial: Take 2017 to attack Utah's school funding gap

Utah's jobless rate fell to 3.1 percent in January

Did pornography lead to therapy for your child? Utah bill advances to allow suing for that

After unusual Republican Party support, Democrat passes election-reform bill

Final budget boosts school funding, gives state workers a raise

Senate passes clean-fuel tax incentive

House will try to raise food tax, but is dropping plans for income tax reform

Following Trump's lead, Utah's top prosecutor announces 'gang initiative' to crack down on violent crime

'Zion Curtain' alcohol reform bill zips through House

Gehrke: Swallow acquittal doesn't mean we should ignore corruption

HIV-positive sexual disclosure bill heads to Senate

Senate panel clings to school grading despite push to end practice

Religious leaders laud Utah for its work with refugees

Death on the Job: Utah's worker safety agency rejects 'heavy-handed' enforcement

1 of every 4 bills in Legislature poses potential conflict-of-interest for sponsors

Deseret News

Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Donald Trump's impact on Utah

Op-ed: Cybersecurity is a shared responsibility for all of us

Op-ed: Sen. Hatch should oppose the job-killing Border Adjustment Tax

Op-ed: What can Utahns do to counteract the destructive pornography industry?

Editorial: No need to take it on faith, alcohol has detrimental effects

Editorial: Body camera law

Financial help for working poor advancing at Capitol

Legal fees for anti-porn lawsuits concern lawmakers

Swallow exonerated in criminal case but still has more to prove

Lawmakers issue 'call to arms' to help struggling Utah Lake

Why Utah's new prison design is cutting edge

Bill would allocate transportation funding to meet population growth

House, Senate Republicans reach deal to restore food tax, offer income tax credits for poor

Candidates might have to choose between caucus system and signature-gathering

USTAR hopes Davis tech incubator leads to 'Silicon Hills'

House passes alcohol bill sponsor says was lesson in 'collaboration and finding balance'

Smog in the American West: Study shows Asia largely to blame

Lawmakers consider regulatory, tax standards for food trucks

Ban on gas chambers for animal euthanasia likely won't advance this year


'Equal Pay' bill is held by a Senate committee after sponsor says data may be inadequate (Daily Herald)

Where issues stand as the Legislature heads into its final week (Daily Herald)

Editorial: Utah lawmakers have 4 days to approve diesel emissions testing. And they should (Standard-Examiner)

Ogden lawmaker pushes for changes to school grade system (Standard-Examiner)

Ogden restaurant owners pan Zion Curtain as lawmakers mull alternatives (Standard-Examiner)

Legislators give final update, lift sign ban (Logan Herald Journal)

'An economic engine': Cache Valley tourism continues record growth, new markets eyed (Logan Herald Journal)

Editorial: 'Zion Curtain' bill is a good compromise (Park Record)

Summit County health officials leery of immunization legislation (Park Record)

National Headlines

Mike Pence demands AP apologize for publishing, refusing to take down story showing his wife's email address (Washington Examiner)

Republicans are facing increasing pressure to make details of 'Obamacare Lite' public (Business Insider)

Hillary coming to terms with her new life (The Hill)

Tokyo calls North Korea's latest missile launch a 'grave threat to national security' (Associated Press)

Illegals Confront Judgment Day Over Old Orders (New York Times)

Pro-Trump rally in Berkeley turns violent as protesters clash with the president's supporters (Washington Post)

Rep. Richmond apologizes for Conway remarks (CNN)

Poll: 7 in 10 people say America is losing its identity (CBS News)

Some GOP lawmakers' block-everything mentality could imperil big-picture plans (Washington Post)

Trump to Undo Vehicle Rules That Curb Global Warming (New York Times)

Why Keystone XL pipeline won't buy US steel, despite Trump's order (Christian Science Monitor)

Wise Words

Still True
"The nation which can prefer disgrace to danger is prepared for a master and deserves one." Alexander Hamilton

Lighter Side

"Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from any investigations into Trump's ties with Russia. But he still claims he did not lie under oath. Then he said, "I'm not under oath right now, am I?" Jimmy Fallon

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