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Morning must reads for Friday, April 21, 2017

Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 111th day of the year. There are 254 days remaining in 2017.

Chaffetz says he may step down from Congress before his term ends. A poll shows McMullin would beat Hatch head-to-head. Republicans are struggling to avoid a government shutdown.

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Bob Bernick's Notebook: No signature gathering route to special election ballot

Gov. Gary Herbert said Thursday that he doesn’t see the need now to call a special legislative session this spring to pass a law detailing how his administration would conduct a special U.S. House election....

The Chaffetz bombshell and Utah's political cognoscenti - Bernick and Schott on politics #325

Rep. Jason Chaffetz dropped the mother of all political bombshells on the Utah political world by announcing he won't run for re-election in 2018....

Podcast: Bernick and Schott on politics #325

Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott break down the week in Utah politics....

Evans: Chaffetz will resign 'sooner than later'; Special election could be in August (with video)

Utah GOP Chairman James Evans tells UtahPolicy.com he believes Rep. Jason Chaffetz will resign from his seat "sooner rather than later."...

Chaffetz says he may leave Congress before his term is up

Just one day after announcing he would not run for re-election to Congress in 2018, Rep. Jason Chaffetz says he may leave his seat before then....

Weekly survey: Who will run for, and win, Chaffetz's seat in 2018?

With the shocking announcement Wednesday that Rep. Jason Chaffetz will not run for re-election, who do you think will jump into the race to replace him? Who is most likely to win that seat next year? Let us know your thoughts in our weekly survey....

Policy News

Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
Outdoor Notes--Tribune: Utah Hike of the Week: Overlooking State Street in Hurricane--Tribune: Southern Utah town has starring role in dark-sky movement--Tribune:Celebrate Earth Day by fishing for garbage on the Provo RiverWeekend EventsNew Films-- After the Storm: Tribune r...

Utah business leaders thank Chairman Hatch for urging caution on border adjustment tax
A coalition of more than 20 Utah businesses and associations sent a letter earlier this week to Senate Finance Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT), praising his cautious stance on the controversial Border Adjustment Tax (BAT). ...

Local Headlines

Utah Foundation

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Three cheers for Utah refiners embracing Tier II

Add another possible candidate for Utah governor: Gary Herbert

Salt Lake City - ruled out for bids on Outdoor Retailer - submits bid for Outdoor Retailer

'I might depart early,' Chaffetz says

Deseret News

Natalie Gochnour: Tear down walls to make a better Utah

Op-ed: Eradicating poverty

Jay Evensen: Why are you really leaving, Jason Chaffetz?

Editorial: State needs to solve teacher pay, retention problem

State plans for special election after Chaffetz confirms he may step down before his term ends

Poll: Evan McMullin beats Sen. Orrin Hatch in head-to-head matchup

Salt Lake City crashes Outdoor Retailer bid party

Hatch visits Bears Ears, calls monument designation a 'massive land grab'


Editorial: Let the games begin for Chaffetz successor (Daily Herald)

Jason Chaffetz confirms he may step down before the end of his term (Daily Herald)

Davis County GOP Chairman Rob Anderson to seek state chairmanship (Standard-Examiner)

WTC Utah president tells valley businesses to reach out internationally (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

Treasury's Mnuchin: We're 'pretty close' to bringing forward 'major tax reform' (CNBC)

Freed Egyptian American prisoner returns home following Trump intervention (Washington Post)

Berkeley reverses decision to cancel speech by conservative pundit Ann Coulter (Washington Post)

US prepares charges to seek arrest of WikiLeaks' Julian Assange (CNN)

White House Officials, Craving Progress, Push Revised Health Bill (New York Times)

4 Hours at the White House With Ted Nugent, Sarah Palin and Kid Rock (New York Times)

The senior Sanders backs party youth to remake Democrats (Washington Post)

Trump wants to ramp up deportations, but ICE probably won't be able to keep up (Los Angeles Times)

Trump to sign actions on taxes, Wall Street regulation (Washington Post)

FCC clears way for big TV mergers, eases broadband price limits (Los Angeles Times)

Trump administration, world financial officials clash over trade (Reuters)

Wise Words

Keep it Simple
"Happiness is an occasional brief glance into how simple it all can be." Robert Brault

Lighter Side

Putin Meeting
"Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is in Russia, but Russian President Vladimir Putin won't meet with him. Putin said, "Sorry but I only meet with members of the Trump administration before the election." Conan O'Brien

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