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Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 298th day of the year. There are 67 days remaining in 2017.

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Greg Hartley: Hughes' right-hand man

There are those made to run for public office, and those who serve those who win office, says Greg Hartley, the Utah House of Representatives' chief of staff....

Mia Love's campaign pulls out the big fundraising guns

The re-election campaign for Rep. Mia Love announced some political heavy-hitters were joining her campaign finance committee ahead of next year, including Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman Sr....

Salt Lake County GOP calls for Gill's resignation for stalled Gary Ott resignation

The Salt Lake County GOP is calling for District Attorney Sim Gill's resignation following what they say is a year of inaction in the case of former County Recorder Gary Ott....

Podcast: Salt Lake County GOP Chair Jake Parkinson calls for Sim Gill's resignation

Salt Lake County GOP Chairman Jake Parkinson discusses why he's calling for the resignation of Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill....

Weekly survey: Will Mia Love win in 2018?

Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams joined the race to challenge Rep. Mia Love in 2018 last week. Will he, or another challenger, knock off the two-term Republican? Give us your thoughts in our weekly survey....

Government report: Climate change will cost US hundreds of billions of dollars in coming decades

A new report from the Government Accountability Office finds the effects of climate change will cost the U.S. hundreds of billions of dollars over the coming decades....

Policy News

Hatch statement on Senator Jeff Flake's resignation
 Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), the President Pro Tempore of the United States Senate, issued the following statement after Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) announced on the Senate floor that he will not seek re-election in 2018....

Press release: Court should dismiss FEC's 'unlawful' complaint against John Swallow
 Attorneys at the Center for Competitive Politics and a former Federal Election Commission chairman asked a federal judge to dismiss the FEC's case against John Swallow. The filing said Swallow broke no law and that the regulation cited in the complaint is ill...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Sad case of Gary Ott shows that we should be more caring about victims of Alzheimer's

Editorial: Get those dirty needles off the street

Majority of Utahns favors trimming Bears Ears, but most oppose breaking up Grand Staircase, poll says

Is the Antiquities Act broken? Utah congressman thinks so

Churches and charities may receive fewer donations under the Republican tax reform plan

Swallow asks judge to toss FEC lawsuit, says it violates his right to free speech

District Attorney Sim Gill says he won't be held 'hostage' by Republicans who want him to resign over the ongoing Gary Ott investigation

Ben McAdams says Salt Lake County can pay for Operation Rio Grande without a tax hike

Rather than loan $4M to a developer, SLC Council votes to buy North Temple motel and hold public bid process

Deseret News

Op-ed: How did we let our moral compass point to Hollywood?

Park fees may jump to $70 at 4 Utah national parks

Salt Lake County mayor wants to open Oxbow Jail in 2018

U. Pres. David Pershing pens apology to Jon Huntsman

Rocky Mountain Power rate pledge called meaningless

New John Swallow defense team asks judge to toss FEC complaint against him

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert meets with Jordan king during trade mission


John Curtis talks Trump, leaving his post as mayor (Daily Herald)

National Headlines

Clinton campaign, DNC paid for research that led to Russia dossier (Washington Post)

The FBI's Political Meddling (Wall Street Journal)

House GOP launches probes into Clinton, Obama controversies (Politico)

Mark Zuckerberg has bigger plans than the White House (VICE)

Trump tells Senate to fix taxes - not Obamacare (Politico)

$70 Yosemite entrance fee: Big increases proposed for national parks (Mercury News)

White privilege bolstered by teaching math, university professor says (FOX News)

Michigan Truck Driver Charged With Threatening Trump's Life Multiple Times (NBC News)

Jeff Flake, a Fierce Trump Critic, Will Not Seek Re-election for Senate (New York Times)

Trump asks senators to choose next Fed chair by show of hands (The Hill)

Senate GOP pushes to repeal consumer arbitration rule (The Hill)

Wise Words


"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." Nelson Mandela

Lighter Side

Breaking News

"It seems like every time we come to Brooklyn something weird happens, and sure enough this afternoon, something weird happened. Breaking news out of Brooklyn, a cow was on the loose. In L.A. we go through a similar thing every time Gary Busey gets out of his pen." Jimmy Fallon

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