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Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 290th day of the year. There are 75 days remaining in 2017.

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New study says Utah voter turnout is dismal and 'uncompetitive' races may be the reason why

Utah ranks 39th in the nation in voter participation, a just-released study of 2016 state office elections by the Utah Foundation shows....

Love's campaign spending is outpacing donations, but her team isn't worried

Rep. Mia Love's campaign is spending cash faster than they pull it in, but her top political adviser isn't worried....

Experts weigh in: Will autonomous vehicles mean more congestion -- or less?

Here's a simple little multi-billion-dollar question for Utah's transportation planners:Will autonomous vehicles, smart highways and the sharing economy increase congestion or reduce congestion on our highways?...

Press release: Hatch sets record straight on one-sided opioid report

Monday on the Senate floor, Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), the senior Republican in the United States Senate, addressed the Washington Post's recent misleading report about Congress's ties to the drug industry....

Chaffetz says he doesn't see the case to keep McConnell as Senate Majority Leader (with video)

Former Utah Representative turned Fox News contributor Jason Chaffetz joined the attack from the political right on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, saying he does not "know what the case is" to keep McConnell in that position....

Policy News

Rep. Chris Stewart to hold two town hall meetings
Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) will be holding two town hall meetings on Thursday, October 19, 2017....

Fox Files: 'Greer, South Carolina'
I participated in the World Trade Center and the Governor's Office of Economic Development's tour of the Greer, South Carolina inland port this week....

Utah selects new statewide school testing provider
The Utah State Board of Education will begin negotiations with Questar Assessment Inc. for a five-year, computer-adaptive testing contract that will begin being used in schools in the 2018-19 school year. ...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Paul Mero: Bannon's know-nothing philosophy should have no friends in Utah

Editorial: Who does the Attorney General really represent?

Sex, alcohol and attorneys' fees: Brewvies seeks half a million dollars from Utah, which cited it for showing 'Deadpool' and serving booze at the same time

Are Utah teachers getting 'poached' by wealthier school districts?

New pact keeps 3.4 million acres open to Utah hunters, fishers

Gehrke: Revelations about Gary Ott paint actions of his aides in an even more repulsive light

Utah's Sen. Mike Lee endorses Moore in Alabama Senate race

Poll: Trump approval rating in Utah ticks above 50 percent thanks to strong GOP backing

Religious leaders are urging Salt Lake City and county to finish housing plan before a state law closes 1,100-bed shelter

Republican Curtis outpaces Democrat Allen nearly 3-to-1 in campaign donations since July

UTA - about $2 billion in debt - aims to borrow $88.5 million more

Hatch pushes back at report his legislation hurt DEA's crackdown on opioids

Feds to drop 11 felonies filed in Utah developer Diehl's bankruptcy case

Deseret News

Op-ed: Earned Income Tax Credit is great, except for one thing

Editorial: Utah, America must avoid a demographic winter

New York Times highlights Utah's 'unicorn' and 'bootstrap' companies

Hatch voices concern over digital privacy as Supreme Court takes on Microsoft case

Hatch defends law altering drug distribution regulations in response to Washington Post article

Hughes fires back on homeless expert criticism of Operation Rio Grande

Water wars on the Wasatch

Union says Salt Lake City VA greatly understaffed

Salt Lake forms exploratory committee for 2026 or 2030 Winter Olympics

Utah faith leaders urge action on affordable housing before homeless shelter closes


Express Lane rate hike approved by commission, proposal now goes to legislature (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Comey began drafting Clinton statement months in advance (The Hill)

Trump expresses wariness of Bannon's war on GOP establishment (Politico)

North Korea Warns That Nuclear War Could 'Break Out Any Moment' (Bloomberg)

Car bomb kills journalist behind Panama Papers (Mirror)

CBS earnings to disappoint due to weak NFL ratings (CNBC)

An Austrian thumb in the eye of the elites (Washington Times)

Las Vegas guard Jesus Campos vanished after visiting urgent-care clinic, union leader says (FOX News)

Harvey Weinstein's Fall Opens Floodgates in Hollywood (New York Times)

Trump and McConnell Strive for Comity Amid Rising Tensions (New York Times)

Menendez Trial Judge Rejects Motion to Dismiss the Case (New York Times)

Ivanka Trump, Kushner to host Democrats for tax reform dinner (Politico)

Wise Words


"One of the most sincere forms of respect is actually listening to what another has to say." Bryant H. McGill

Lighter Side

Don't Ask

"A new study finds that parents DO actually have a favorite child. The survey also finds if you have to ask it ain't you." Jimmy Fallon

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