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Morning must reads for Thursday, October 5, 2017

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 278th day of the year. There are 87 days remaining in 2017.

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Today At Utah Policy

Trump dynamics, plus McMullin, confound legislative election analysis

Democrat Hillary Clinton won six Utah House districts currently held by Republicans in 2016....

Hughes and Herbert lobbied HHS Secretary Price about Medicaid waivers just hours before he resigned

Politics and government can have some surreal moments....

Governors of Utah, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico and Wyoming sign MOU to plan regional electric vehicle corridor for the west

The governors of Utah, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico and Wyoming signed a memorandum of understanding to provide a framework for creating a regional electric vehicle plan for the West ("REV West Plan")....

Stewart's chief of staff jumps to the BLM

Brian Steed, who has been Rep. Chris Stewart's chief of staff since 2013, has been appointed the Bureau of Land Management's deputy director of programs and policy....

Weekly survey: Which ballot initiatives are most likely to pass next year?

There could be five ballot initiatives before voters next year. In your opinion, which ones are most likely to make the ballot and win approval from voters? Let us know in our weekly survey....

Policy News

Utah Senators introduce Native Species Protection Act
Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) introduced the Native Species Protection Act, a bill that would allow states to manage species that exist entirely within their border....

Hatch, Wyden applaud committee passage of CHIP bill
Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), the Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, along with the Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-OR), praised the committee advancement of the Keeping Kids' Insurance Dependable and Secure (KIDS) Act (S. 1827)....

Rep. Love joins bipartisan outdoor recreation bill
 Congresswoman Mia Love joined Reps. Simpson (R-ID), Beyer (D-VA), and Polis (D-CO) in cosponsoring Congressman Rob Bishop's bipartisan Recreation Not Red-Tape Act (H.R. 3400)....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Michelle Quist Mumford: The high-stakes Supreme Court cases you should be watching

Editorial: Arguing over 25 properties misses the mark

Editorial: Victims of childhood abuse can now obtain justice

Solar groups and utility made a deal because 'in Utah, we do things differently'

Republican congressional hopeful John Curtis nabs Romney endorsement in race to replace Chaffetz

Western guvs pledge to create regional recharging network for electric cars

Utahn Brian Steed to be deputy director of the Bureau of Land Management

Utah Rep. Rob Bishop calls for records on all interior secretary travel - back to Obama's first term

Utah lawmakers question plan to double tolls on freeway express lanes

House Democrats demand more transparency in national monument review

Deseret News

Natalie Gochnour: Lessons learned from Washington, D.C.

Jay Evensen: Think self-driving cars are scary? What about self-flying ones?

Utah, 6 other states pursue regional electric vehicle network

Hatch bill to reauthorize funding for children's health insurance passes committee

Critics continue push for monument changes

Utahn picked as deputy director of BLM

Leaders, advocates praise solar net metering compromise

Lawmakers looking at new fees for clean fuel cars, raising price for express lane use

Infotaintment systems too distracting to drivers, new U. research shows


West Davis Corridor gets federal approval, though tweaks could be made (Standard-Examiner)

Logan candidates share views in final debate (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

They Survived the Las Vegas Shooting. But They Don't Want More Gun Control (TIME)

Michelle Obama: 'All Men, All White' GOP Makes People Distrust Politics (Daily Caller)

American optimism about the economy hits an all-time high (CNBC)

Puerto Rico Is Running Out of Money (Bloomberg)

US special forces ambushed in West Africa; 3 dead (New York Times)

America is 'a nation in mourning,' Trump says in Las Vegas (Reuters)

Justices recall their own partying days in case over policing and arrests (Washington Post)

House panel approves $10B for border wall (The Hill)

Bill to Rescue Children's Health Program Hits Snag in House (New York Times)

IRS defends Equifax contract amid Hill outcry (Politico)

U.S. Senate panel puts self-driving cars in fast lane (Reuters)

Wise Words

Be Cautious

"Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." Voltaire

Lighter Side

Pyramid of Giza

"Researchers say they may have figured out how the ancient Egyptians built the Great Pyramid of Giza. What they haven't figured out is how the ancient Egyptians got Mexico to pay for it." Conan O'Brien

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