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!
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