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Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 286th day of the year. There are 79 days remaining in 2017.

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It all comes back to Steve Bannon - Bernick and Schott on politics Ep. #345

Word broke this week that former White House strategist Steve Bannon plans to recruit a challenger for Sen. Orrin Hatch in Utah....

Bob Bernick's notebook: Utahns don't have much confidence in Congress or President Trump

UtahPolicy published a poll this week on whether Utahns think the United States and Utah itself are on the right or wrong track....

Podcast: Bernick and Schott on politics #345

Bryan Schott and Bob Bernick discuss what happened and why this week in Utah politics....

Weekly survey: Gun legislation following Las Vegas

Do you think either Congress or the Utah Legislature will address meaningful gun legislation following the massacre in Las Vegas? Let us know what you think in our weekly survey....

Policy News

Rep. Chris Stewart names Chris Harmer chief of staff
Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) released the following statement announcing the hiring of his new Chief of Staff, Chris Harmer:...

After securing critical enhancements, Hatch flies over Test and Training Range
Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), the President Pro Tempore of the United States Senate, visited the Utah Test and Training Range (UTTR) to observe enhancements he worked to pass into law last Congress....

Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
Outdoor Notes--Tribune: For Utah's beautiful autumn leaves, wheelchair access and a living classroom, visit Cascade Springs--Tribune: Hit the hills for one last chance to see Utah's autumn best--Tribune: Utah teens catch mountain-biking team racing in a big way--Tribune: Lat...

Office of Outdoor Recreation announces 2017 grant recipients
The Utah Office of Outdoor Recreation has approved grant funding for outdoor recreation projects with an estimated statewide impact of more than $2.8 million-including grant funds, matching funds and private investment....

Stryker Chooses Utah for Future Growth
The Governor's Office of Economic Development announced Stryker will expand in the state, adding up to 540 jobs, $16.9  million in new state revenue and an estimated $100 million in capital investment....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Deal will slow the growth of solar energy in Utah

State school board approves 'Hamilton' education program over objections of cost, vulgarity and inaccuracy

Utah school board in 'pause mode' on making middle school heath, PE and art classes optional

Should a tour company be able to land its helicopters near Utah's Canyonlands National Park?

Gary Ott, former Salt Lake County recorder, was diagnosed with dementia more than a year before he was most recently re-elected

Developer, ex-UTA board member Terry Diehl pleads not guilty to federal tax evasion

Utah's Negro Bill Canyon renamed Grandstaff Canyon by federal board

Rolly: D.A. Sim Gill, under fire for justifying Harmon shooting, says he's eager to meet one on one with his critics

State Records Committee orders the attorney general to release its secret opinion on the special 3rd District election

Redface will no longer be part of annual Wellsville 'Sham Battle,' committee decides

'Pick a torch' tweet by Democrat Allen ripped by Curtis campaign as charge of racism

Democrat Kathie Allen plans districtwide tour in race to replace Chaffetz

Deseret News

Jay Evensen: Would you pay more taxes to fund a jail?

Op-ed: The SHARE Act will add needed protections for sportsmen and sportswomen

Mary Kaye Huntsman on what it's like to be a diplomat's family

Utahns postponing marriage and kids, opting for smaller families

Vasilios Priskos remembered for work to improve downtown Salt Lake

Records committee: A.G. opinion on special election to replace Chaffetz should be public

Campaign launched against Our Schools Now initiative

Changes to Utah middle school requirements? Not so fast

Trump's order rocks already turbulent health care industry

Negro Bill no more: Board votes to change Moab canyon's name

Testimony: Gary Ott had dementia long before 2014 campaign


Editorial: Collaboration needed on Orem school consolidation plan (Daily Herald)

American Fork City Council candidates debate (Daily Herald)

United Utah candidate Jim Bennett seeks to break through partisan logjam in 3rd Congressional District race (Daily Herald)

John Curtis takes issue with opponent Kathie Allen's tweet, asks for its removal (Daily Herald)

Logan council candidate previously involved in lawsuit against city (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

San Juan mayor accuses Trump of 'genocide' after hurricane (Washington Times)

Congress warned North Korean EMP attack would kill '90% of all Americans' (Washington Examiner)

Bossier sheriff to boycott NFL sponsor Ford due to anthem protests (Shreveport Times)

With cannabis legalization around the corner, Los Angeles contemplates another dumb move (Los Angeles Times)

California secessionists think their path to independence is easier than Catalonia's (McClatchy)

McCain could give the same thumbs-down to a tax overhaul as he did to health care (Washington Post)

Trump to end key ACA subsidies, a move that will threaten the law's marketplaces (Washington Post)

Planned Sanders appearance at women's convention draws fire (The Hill)

Missouri pol apologized for hoping for Trump assassination. Now, she compares him to Hitler (Post-Dispatch)

Amazon Studios' Roy Price Suspended Amid Sexual Harassment Claims (Deadline)

Google Unveils Job Training Initiative With $1 Billion Pledge (New York Times)

Wise Words


"Government has no other end, but the preservation of property." John Locke

Lighter Side


"A man from Italy just set a Guinness World Record by putting on 13 pairs of underwear in 30 seconds. On the downside, he's now banned from Victoria's Secret." Jimmy Fallon

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