Two items before we get into things:
1. Reminder, we won’t be meeting next Friday because it’s St Patrick’s day, the busiest night of the year for Piper Down. Also the week after that, the 24th, because a party was accidentally scheduled over us that night.
2. But the Friday after that, the 31st, we’ve got guest speakers! We’ll be talking about modern journalism in the age of “fake news”. So far, we’ve got Robert Gehrke (@RobertGehrke), columnist at the Salt Lake Tribune; Benjamin Wood (@BjaminWood), reporter for the Salt Lake Tribune, and Nicole Nixon (@_Nixo), reporter for KUER FM. So a really great lineup so far.
It’s the last night of the legislative session! We’ll know tonight the extent of the damages done. Each session seems like one step forward and two steps back.
For instance, the legislature passed a bill that will drop the legal driving blood-alcohol level to 0.05, the lowest in the country. Between that, the opposition to Bears Ears, and the argument with the Outdoor Retailer convention that resulted in them deciding to move somewhere else, Utah seems openly hostile to tourism.
You can listen to a story about the liquor law changes from Nicole Nixon here http://kuer.org/post/legislature-approves-liquor-reform-bill
More roundups of this legislative session to come, no doubt, but I did want to point out the Robert Gehrke column about what Utah has decided to spend its money on. http://www.sltrib.com/news/5027554-155/gehrke-utah-lawmakers-prioritize-…
Another interesting article, about how 1 in every 4 bills pose a conflict of interest for their legislative sponsors http://www.sltrib.com/news/4991476-155/1-of-every-4-bills-in
We can also talk about John Huntsman as Russian ambassador; or Chaffetz’s tone deaf comment about the poor foregoing a phone so they can pay for their healthcare needs.
So join Laura this Friday, March 10th, for a regular Drinking Liberally session. And then join us again on the 31st for our guest speakers!
Please join us this evening for regular Friday meetup in the back bar of Piper Down 1492 South State Street from 6:00-9:00.
Sorry for the late message. We wee trying to track down some scheduling issues before sending out the group message. First, the bad news. This time of year is the busiest for our hosts at Piper Down and the entire week surrounding St. Patrick’s Day is full of events, live music, and so on. Past experience has taught us that it is impossible to have our regular discussion oriented gathering on the holiday. Therefore we will not meetup on the 17th. Then, by unlucky coincidence, the entire backroom has already been reserved on the 24th, so we will not be able to meet there. The good news is that we are lining up guest speakers from the media for our return on the 31st. The tentative topic will be modern journalism in the age of “fake news”. So, our March schedule looks like:
March 3: Regular meetup
March 10: Regular meetup
March 17: No Meetup
March 24: No Meetup
March 31: Journalist guest speakers
In the news
I will keep this short, former AG, John Swallow was acquitted of all charges yesterday.It is too bad they lost their key witness when he refused to testify. If only they had some other evidence, say an audio recording or something, with incriminating evidence on it….
It seems the Trump administration’s ties to Russia are becoming more and more apparent. It may be easier to ask which senior officials did not secretly meet with Russian officials.Kudos to the Russian ambassador. He just may be the hardest working individual in Washington DC.
Team Trump also plans on slashing the EPA budget by 20% while drastically increasing military spending. That should fix our air-porn problem!
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