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Morning must reads for Friday, May 5, 2017

Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 125th day of the year. There are 240 days remaining in 2017. Today is the 106th day of Donald Trump's presidency.

Trumpcare passes the House. The LDS Church says they'll remain politically neutral despite Trump's executive order relaxing restrictions on political activity by churches. Vivian Lee gets a big golden parachute.

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Bob Bernick's notebook: Herbert stands alone against SB54 repeal efforts

For those in the Utah political world who care about SB54 and the current dual-route to a political party’s primary ballot process, the current showdown between GOP Gov. Gary Herbert and most Republicans in the state House and Senate tells it all....

Sooner or later, Utah will join the rest of the country - Bernick and Schott on politics #327

Utah lawmakers and Gov. Gary Herbert are headed toward a showdown over the rules for a special election that may or may not happen....

Podcast: Bernick and Schott on politics #327

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

Hatch to play big role in Senate debate over health care

Now that the House has guttedObamacare, handing Pres. Trump a major political victory, the debate moves to the Senate, where Orrin Hatch's clout among his colleagues willbe instrumental in driving support for any measure the chamber considers. Hatch's goal, reports Roll Call...

Weekly survey: Special election for Congress

If Rep. Jason Chaffetz steps down from his seat before his term is up, how should the state pick the candidates for the special election to replace him? ...

Policy News

Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
Outdoor Notes--Tribune:Utah Hike of the Week: Meadow Lava Tubes--Tribune: At Meadow Lava Tubes, a youngster's enthusiasm for hiking gathers steam--Tribune:Stop and explore the petroglyph wonders of Utah's Parowan GapWeekend EventsNew Films-- The Dinner: Tribune review-- Guar...

Rep. Mia Love votes to repeal Obamacare
Rep. Mia Love joined the majority of the U.S. House of Representatives, who voted to pass the American Health Care Act (ACHA).  After the vote, Rep. Love released the following statement:...

Hatch statement on House passage of bill to repeal and replace Obamacare
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) today issued the following statement after the House passed the American Health Care Act (AHCA):...

Bishop casts vote to repeal Obamacare
The U.S. House of representatives has voted to pass the American Health Care Act (AHCA). Rep. Rob Bishop (UT-01) released the following statement after voting in favor of the measure:...

Rep. Stewart votes to repeal and replace Obamacare
Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) released the following statement after voting in favor of the American Health Care Act, which passed the House of Representatives Thursday:...

Utah's defense industry directly and indirectly supported over 109,000 jobs and $9.2 billion in economic activity in 2015
Utah's defense industry directly and indirectly supported over 109,000 jobs and $9.2 billion in economic activity in the state during 2015, according to new research released by the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute....

Local Headlines

Utah Foundation

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Bill will help to keep Utah's children safe

Op-ed: Don't undermine the independence of Utah's judges

Defense industry supported 109,000 Utah jobs, research shows

Mormon church creates family history tree for congresswoman at request of Rep. Mia Love

Developer won UTA deals after forming company with then-Chairman Greg Hughes

Former Kane County treasurer pleads guilty to stealing public funds, receives 30 days in jail

Mormon church vows to stay neutral in partisan politics - despite Trump's order

Gehrke: Tale of mother facing deportation should be a wake-up call for Utah

Deseret News

Jay Evensen: Is jury duty just a waste of time?

Provo, Orem ranked among the least diverse cities in the country

Chaffetz targets presidential pensions after Obama earns $400K for speech

LDS Church says Trump's order easing political restrictions won't alter current stance

Utah Technology Council begins search for new CEO

Utah's 4 House reps say yes to AHCA, call it better alternative to Affordable Care Act

Energy summit highlights Utah's successes, challenges

Dr. Lee to keep $1 million salary from university for one year as fallout continues

Jordan River State Park? Utah lawmaker considering bill to protect river from homeless

Mormons present family history to African-American congresswoman


Former UCRP secretary threatens lawsuit against Utah County Republican Party (Daily Herald)

Park City area woman to challenge U.S. Rep. Bishop, cites Bears Ears issue (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

House Republicans claim a major victory with passage of health-care overhaul (Washington Post)

List of Obamacare Taxes Repealed (Americans for Tax Reform)

Trump signs order seeking to allow churches to engage in more political activity (Washington Post)

Trump savors health care win: 'Hey, I'm president' (Politico)

Congressional health-care bill 'defunds' Planned Parenthood (Washington Post)

Sean Spicer Is Doing a Good Job. Here's Why. (Politico)

Texas' new ban on 'sanctuary cities' could put police in jail if they fail to enforce immigration holds (Los Angeles Times)

Tillerson urges ASEAN to cut North Korea funding, minimize ties (Reuters)

Apple plans to spend $1 billion to support advanced manufacturing jobs in the US (Washington Post)

Airlines 'self-inflicted' woes under glare at US Senate hearing (Reuters)

House panel approves GOP Dodd-Frank rewrite (The Hill)

Wise Words

Still True
"We must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt." Thomas Jefferson

Lighter Side

"There's a lot going on in Washington right now - Trump is working on a new budget, tax reform, healthcare, trade. So to make sure he doesn't forget anything he actually likes to set reminders on his phone. For example, he has this one reminder that says, "Play Tetris to practice building the wall." Jimmy Fallon

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