Morning must reads for Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 73rd day of the year. There are 292 days remaining in 2017.

Lawmakers are growing increasingly hostile toward SB54. A pro-Orrin Hatch mailer is causing some heartburn for Republicans. Trumpcare would cause 24 million people to lose their health insurance.

The clock:

  • 15 days until the last day Governor Gary Herbert can sign or veto bills (3/29/2017)
  • 67 days until the Utah Republican State Convention (5/20/2017)
  • 95 days until the Utah Democratic State Convention at Weber State University (6/17/2017)
  • 238 days until the 2017 municipal elections (11/7/2017)
  • 314 days until the opening day of the 2018 Utah Legislature (1/22/2018)
  • 359 days until the final day of the 2018 Utah Legislature (3/8/2018)
  • 603 days until the 2018 midterm elections (11/6/2018)
  • 1330 days until the 2020 presidential election (11/3/2020)

Today’s political TL;DR –

  • It’s clear that the SB54 compromise, which allows candidates to gather signatures to secure a spot on the primary ballot, is in trouble in the Legislature. The law barely survived an attempt at repealing it on the final night of the 2017 session [Utah Policy].
  • Some Utah Republicans are upset about a pro-Orrin Hatch mailer sent out by the state party [Utah Policy].
  • Sen. Mike Lee is worried that President Donald Trump‘s protectionist trade policy could hurt companies in Utah [Utah Policy].
  • To say Utah is struggling to keep teachers from leaving is an understatement. Turnover among Utah’s teachers hit 56% between 2008 and 2015 [Deseret News].
  • South Salt Lake officials push back against two possible sites for a new homeless shelter in their city saying they don’t have the resources to support such a facility [Tribune, Deseret News]. Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams says no decisions have been made as to where the new shelter will finally end up [Tribune].
  • Garfield County Commissioners vote in favor of a resolution calling for a smaller Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument [Tribune]. 
  • Former Gov. Jon Huntsman has a difficult assignment ahead, to say the least, now that he’s becoming the U.S. ambassador to Russia [Tribune].
  • The Congressional Budget Office says the Republican health care proposal would increase the number of Americans who don’t have health insurance by 24 million, but would cut the budget by $337 million [New York Times]. The White House’s own analysis of “Trumpcare” paints an even bleaker picture [Politico]. Congressional Republicans are hammering the CBO’s assessment of the plan [Washington Post].
  • Here comes another government shutdown fight, but this time it’s Democrats who may close things down to prevent President Trump from moving ahead with his border wall proposal [New York Times]. Given Trump’s pugilistic nature, the fight may be too tempting for him to pass up [Bloomberg].
  • The Department of Justice is asking Congress more time to come up with proof to support President Trump’s accusation that President Obama ordered wiretaps on him during the 2016 campaign [Politico]. Meanwhile, the White House is backpedaling on the claim, saying Trump really didn’t mean “wiretapping” when he used that word [Wall Street Journal].
  • An internal poll from Republican Congressman Darrel Issa shows his support for President Donald Trump is dragging down his support among voters [Los Angeles Times]. 
  • Breitbart posts embarrassing audio of Speaker Paul Ryan on a conference call saying he would not defend Donald Trump anymore following the release of the Access Hollywood tapes where he bragged about sexually assaulting women [The Hill].
  • President Donald Trump has given the CIA the authority to conduct drone strikes against suspected terrorists [Wall Street Journal].

On this day in history:

  • 1743 – The first recorded town meeting in America was held, at Faneuil Hall in Boston.
  • 1794 – Eli Whitney received a patent for the cotton gin.
  • 1812 – The U.S. government authorized the issue of America’s first war bonds — to pay for military equipment for use against the British.
  • 1900 – Congress ratified the Gold Standard Act.