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Local News Highlights: Daily Briefing

Morning must reads for Thursday, March 9, 2017

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 68th day of the year. There are 297 days remaining in 2017.

Lawmakers are sprinting to the finish of the 2017 Legislature. Huntsman accepts the job as ambassador to Russia. Utah drops the DUI level to the lowest in the United States.

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Today At Utah Policy

Hughes, Niederhauser pick the highs and lows of the 2017 session

Last day of the 2017 Utah Legislature – lawmakers adjourn at midnight – and what are the high and low points as seen by House Speaker Greg Hughes and Senate President Wayne Niederhauser?...

Proposed election changes are fizzling out as 2017 session comes to an end

As UtahPolicy readers know, the issue of a plurality winner in a primary election is dead in the 2017 Legislature....

Bullying and the press

In case you missed it, the Salt Lake Tribune recently engaged in the tattle tell business--"reporting" on an anecdote between an educator and Senator Stephenson, where the former accused the latter of being a bully. It seems a Legislator's manners when discussing policy are ...

Media mocks Chaffetz, gives Obama a pass for making same argument

Democrats and their media enablershave spent the last twodays feigning outrage overRep. Jason Chaffetz's completelyinnocuous iPhone vs. healthcare comment, with one hyperventilating twit even suggestingthat the commentshows the "GOP isliterally willing to let poor people die...

Quiz: Can you tell these legislative dopplegangers apart?

Editor's Note: The following is satire (we think)......

Utah lawmakers should push for Congressional term limits

When our state legislators commit to supporting federal term limits, Utah is signaling to the rest of the country that we are ready to lead....

Huntsman named U.S. ambassador to Russia

Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman has reportedly been offered the job to serve as ambassador to Russia in the Trump administration....

Weekly survey: The best and worst of the 2017 Utah Legislature

What do you think were the best and worst things done by the 2017 Utah Legislature? Let us know what you think in our weekly survey....

Senate kills a proposal to require lawmakers to take class on Federalism

The Utah Senate killed a proposal to spend $350,000 for lawmakers to take a class on federalism every two years....

Chaffetz spent nearly $800 of donor money at the Apple store last year

Oof! Rep. Jason Chaffetz has opened up a real can of worms with his comments suggesting Americans should stop buying iPhones in favor of healthcare....

Policy News

2017 Cybersecurity Conference: Protecting our national and economic security
Cybersecurity is becoming a fiercely debated issue following attacks in the political realm to breaking news on information leaks in the private sector....

Sen. Lee speaks out on BLM Planning Rule repeal
On Tuesday, Sen. Lee (R-UT) reached out to constituents to highlight Congress’s use of the Congressional Review Act to repeal the BLM Planning 2.0 rule. ...

Local Headlines

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Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Governor should burn bill that puts special interests ahead of public health

Utah Senate rejects $350,000 federalism course

Utah lawmakers pass tax incentive for refineries to produce cleaner gas

Utah Legislature poised to end mandatory vehicle safety inspections

Experts say tension between the U.S. and Mexico leaves Utah's economy at risk

'This is a victory for everyone': Utah lawmakers pass $1.2 million bill mandating testing of all rape kits

Utah guv will have final say on kick-starting automatic gasoline tax hikes

Utah Legislature strikes so-called 'no-promo homo' law

Utah Legislature votes to require helmets for motorcyclists up to age 21

Huntsman accepts offer to become ambassador to Russia

Senate OKs juvenile justice reform, final House vote required

Zion Curtain lives on, but new Utah liquor law provides alternative options

Report questions payments tied to donation to the University of Utah

Utah Legislature adopts toughest drunken driving law in nation

Faith-based groups lead the way in helping the homeless, study shows

Local city leaders brace for a homeless shelter they're powerless to stop

Lawmakers dangle $1 million to woo back outdoor retailers

Deseret News

A. Scott Anderson: Great businesses empower women

Dan Liljenquist: Yes, Mr. President, health care is complex

Editorial: The danger of creating a religious test for judges

Jay Evensen: Grocery taxes weren't going to solve 21st century problems

House passes 'We got your back' bill involving federal funds

Kathryn Allen is the underdog running against Chaffetz. See why she's suddenly on the rise

Legislature approves $100 million bond for prison infrastructure

Bill providing $350,000 to develop study materials on federalism fails in Senate

A 'monumental' step: Lawmakers approve $1.8 million tax break for clean fuel production

Bill to change governance of Utah High School Activities Association heads to final passage

Trump once called Huntsman a 'lightweight' and 'weak' in critical tweets

Utah lawmakers pass sweeping alcohol policy reform

Legislature: Motorcyclists must wear helmets until age 21

Senate gives final passage to grant program for kindergarten enrichment programs

Bill ending mandatory vehicle safety inspections passes Senate

Legislature passes bill for automatic gas tax increases

Legislature poised to fund new homeless shelters, pave way for 3rd site in Salt Lake County

Bill passage affirms 'all students are equal,' Equality Utah member says

Legislature passes medical marijuana research bill

Utah-Mexico trade relations at critical stage, analyst says

Legislature makes Utah's DUI threshold lowest in nation at .05 percent

Reports: Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. chosen as U.S. ambassador to Russia

'They're not standing alone': Salt Lake leaders ask outdoor show to reconsider leaving


Provo Municipal Council mulls over vote by mail (Daily Herald)

Billboard pokes fun at Rep. Bishop who some say is missing in action (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Trump's first full month in office brings massive employment boom (Daily Mail)

As immigration rhetoric heats up, border crossings in South Texas have slowed down (San Antonio Express-News)

Resistance grows in Senate to House ObamaCare repeal bill (The Hill)

Under fire, FBI director forges ahead (The Hill)

Sen. Tim Kaine's son among several arrested after protesters disrupt Trump rally in Minnesota (Washington Post)

House approves $578 billion to keep armed forces operating (Washington Post)

Elon Musk shows he's different by meeting with Trump (Mercury News)

Disney's annual meeting in Denver takes a political turn (Los Angeles Times)

Ivanka Trump's fashion sales are skyrocketing despite boycott calls (FOX News)

Trump suggests 90-day deadline for states to start infrastructure projects (The Hill)

33 of 49 Nebraska state senators ask Public Service Commission to approve Keystone XL pipeline route (Omaha World-Herald)

Wise Words

Politics and Power
"Wherever there is interest and power to do wrong, wrong will generally be done." James Madison

Lighter Side

"The accountants at PricewaterhouseCoopers who botched the Oscars have received death threats. The FBI tried to investigate, but the accountants handed them the wrong hate mail." Conan O'Brien

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