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Morning must reads for Monday, October 2, 2017

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Poll shows weakening support for proposal to raise taxes to boost school funding

Support for the Our Schools Now tax hikes for public education has fallen, just as the group begins its citizen initiative petition drive that, if adopted by voters next November, would raise around $700 million a year for Utah's cash-starved school system, a new poll by&nbs...

Herbert stokes tensions with lawmakers by using 'signing letters' for state funds

Can it be that there is really nothing new in politics, the old just gets repackaged into a different face?...

Lawmaker proposing renaming Columbus Day to honor explorers

While the Salt Lake City Council is considering renaming Columbus Day as "Indigenous People's Day," a Utah lawmaker is proposing a change to the holiday he says will remove the rancor from the topic while still honoring an important aspect of the nation's heritage....

'Political Insiders' say NFL protests won't change their viewing habits

President Donald Trump ignited a social firestorm over his comments about NFL players kneeling during the national anthem. Our "Political Insiders" say Trump's comments, and the controversy that followed will mostly not change their viewing habits toward the NFL and other pr...

Addressing homelessness and its challenges in Utah

We hear about the good things happening in Utah, but that does not mean the state is perfect or without challenges. One of the biggest challenges we are facing is the homelessness issue....

Beg to Differ podcast: Unleash the Armenians!

Bryan Schott and Mike Winder bring you hardcore politics for political nerds....

Policy News

Governor Herbert statement on the death of Robert D. Hales
Gov. Gary R. Herbert issued a statement following the death of Robert D. Hales of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints:...

League of Women Voters of Utah publishes 2017 voter guide for Congressional District 3
The League of Women Voters of Utah is pleased to announce the release of our 2017 Voters Guide for Congressional District 3....

McCain & Lee introduce legislation to permanently exempt Puerto Rico from the Jones Act
U.S. Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Mike Lee (R-UT) introduced legislation that would permanently exempt Puerto Rico from the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, or the Jones Act, to aid recovery efforts in the wake of Hurricane Maria and encourage long-term economic gro...

Hatch statement on the passing of Elder Robert D. Hales
Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) the senior Republican in the United States Senate, issued the following statement on the passing of his dear friend Elder Robert D. Hales of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles:...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Utah needs a Medicaid waiver

Op-ed: Is free speech under attack at Utah colleges?

Op-ed: Encouraging the American dream with tax reform

Editorial: There's more to a grade than test mastery

Editorial: Count My Vote rides again

Davis County and Park City schools receive National Blue Ribbon

Utah regulators approve end of net metering, beginning of new deal for Rocky Mountain Power solar customers

Advocates seek a spot for full Medicaid expansion on Utah's 2018 ballot

Mexican Consulate's monthlong series of free health events seeks to aid one of the 'most vulnerable' communities

West Jordan ends dispute over electronic meeting participation with unanimous vote

D.A. warns failure to hire additional prosecutors could hamper Operation Rio Grande

Gehrke: If Congress can't agree on kids' health, then D.C. is more broken than we thought

Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams 'seriously considering' a run against Mia Love for Congress

Plan to allow a few more 'mother-in-law' apartments sparks outsized controversy in Salt Lake City Council

Deseret News

Frank R. Pignanelli and LaVarr Webb: Our opinions on health reform, NFL protests and Columbus

Op-ed: Why does our country keep erasing history?

Op-ed: Navajo leaders should focus on the real issues

Op-ed: The audit on Western Governors University is outrageous

Op-ed: Let's be honest. NFL protests are now about President Trump, not racial equality

Editorial: Republican Party leaders gamble by rejecting SB54

Editorial: WGU audit is 'a sneak attack by the past on the future'

Operation Rio Grande: Many 'sheep' being netted in the hunt for 'wolves'

Park City, Centerville elementary schools named National Blue Ribbon Schools

Are wild horses, sage grouse clashing in Utah's western desert?

Russians weigh in on Huntsman ambassadorship

Police continue investigating fights during protests at U.

Ballot initiative campaign to seek full Medicaid expansion in Utah

Revamped retirement benefits for UTA execs still a better deal than other employees get

The Bear River: A tale of 3 states, 1 river

McAdams ponders congressional run in Love's 4th District


Provo mayor, council candidates tackle issues rapid-fire style (Daily Herald)

Editorial: 9 million kids rely on CHIP. Congress needs to put politics aside and renew it (Standard-Examiner)

UDOT considers doubling or tripling Express Lanes toll rates (Standard-Examiner)

Federal lands opponent explains her worldview (Logan Herald Journal)

District plans from the ground up after bond delay (Park Record)

As Park City state school grades decline, district disagrees (Park Record)

National Headlines

Storms? North Korea? Trump? Americans keep calm and go shopping (Daily Mail)

NFL Favorability Gets Nearly Cut In Half After Anthem Protests (Daily Caller)

Yet Another Major Russia Story Falls Apart (The Intercept)

Flight furor: Obama officials also took pricey, non-commercial planes (FOX News)

Fellow Puerto Rico Mayor Rips San Juan Mayor - 'She's Not Participating In Any Meetings' (Daily Caller)

The biggest cases on Supreme Court's agenda as Neil Gorsuch's first term begins (New York Daily News)

Does Even Mark Zuckerberg Know What Facebook Is? (New York Magazine)

Hillary, Michelle demean women to explain Trump's win (New York Post)

Scalise says his shooter had a 'political agenda' (The Hill)

Trump advisers insist tax cut proposal won't favor rich (Washington Post)

Republican Tax Plan May Not Be Built to Last (New York Times)

Wise Words


"If you have ten thousand regulations you destroy all respect for the law." Winston Churchill

Lighter Side


"Some 7-Eleven stores are now offering what they are calling "restaurant quality" dishes. "Hey, we should try that!" said Olive Garden." Seth Meyers

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