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Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 305th day of the year. There are 60 days remaining in 2017.

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Today At Utah Policy

Lee and Hatch's approval ratings take a dip in new national poll

Sen. Orrin Hatch currently gets some of the lowest approval ratings from his constituents in the country according to a new nationwide poll, but he's still not underwater....

Herbert drops from list of 'most popular' governors

Gov. Gary Herbert's approval rating in Utah has slipped a bit according to a new national poll....

Hatch says he's troubled by Moore's views on gays, Muslims, but will support him if he's elected

Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch said he doesn't agree with some of Alabama Republican Roy Moore's views on homosexuals and Muslims, but that wouldn't stop him from supporting Moore....

Chaffetz says he's 'disappointed' with Boehner's comments

Earlier this week, former House Speaker John Boehner had some choice words about former Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz. Chaffetz says he was surprised by Boehner's criticism....

Weekly survey: Who will win the CD3 special election?

Time to call your shot! Who will win next week's special election in CD3? Let us know your prediction in our weekly survey....

Lt. Gov. Cox announces new chief of staff and director of elections

Lt. Gov. Spencer J. Cox has announced the appointments of Kirsten Rappleye as chief of staff of the Office of the Lt. Governor and Justin Lee as director of elections for the Utah Elections Office....

CYBER24 Episode 5: Keeping Utah elections secure

Municipal elections don't get the same amount of love from the general public as a presidential election or even an off-year election with a big Senate race. But for the team that oversees and executes the election process across Utah's 29 counties, it's still a very big day...

Gov. Herbert appoints Paige Petersen to the Utah Supreme Court

Gov. Gary R. Herbert has appointed Judge Paige Petersen to serve as a justice on the Utah Supreme Court. If confirmed Judge Petersen will fill the vacancy created by Justice Christine Durham, who will retire on Nov. 15, 2017....

Info wars: Inside the left's online efforts to out white supremacists

"Fallon" is not her real name. It's a pseudonym she's using because she wants to remain anonymous. She knows that can be an elusive goal, chiefly because of people not unlike her....

Policy News

Consumer confidence at record high, fueled by positive expectations for future business conditions
The Zions Bank Utah Consumer Attitude Index (CAI) increased 8.9 points in October to 125.4, the highest level ever recorded in Utah....

BioInnovations Gateway graduates four companies
BioInnovations Gateway, a partnership between USTAR and Granite School District, is excited to announce the graduation of four of its companies. ...

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Jail standards should be public to protect inmates

Utahns expect higher incomes, more jobs and have never been more optimistic about the state's economy, latest index shows

Utah's three largest coal mines have been sold to a group led by Murray Energy

Growth in Utah's charter school enrollment slows again as public school students top 650K

'Dismally slow' mail-in and early voting raises fears of long lines for Tuesday election in Utah

After visit to Puerto Rico, Utah's Rob Bishop says U.S. must improve conditions for good, not just repair them for now

Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox appoints new chief of staff, elections director

President Trump dominates discussion in the final debate for Utah's 3rd congressional race

Deseret News

Jay Evensen: Do protests hurt a democracy?

Op-ed: Don't negotiate away the family business, Sen. Hatch

Editorial: Maintaining free trade is vital to Utah's economic state

Ex-Carbon County official headed to prison for stealing federal grant money

At BYU, Obama strategist David Axelrod praises Mitt Romney, urges students to 'help heal our democracy'

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert picks Paige Petersen for Utah Supreme Court

Utah consumer attitudes reach record high level

Mail-in ballots trickling in, causing concern among county clerks


Summit County Clerk anticipates high voter turnout (Park Record)

National Headlines

Facebook, Twitter: Russian actors sought to undermine Trump after election (Politico)

How Trump has influenced the new boom in political-genre movies in Hollywood (MarketWatch)

NPR's top editor placed on leave after accusations of sexual harassment (Washington Post)

Mueller is running amok (The Week)

Poll: 71% of Americans Say Political Correctness Has Silenced Discussions Society Needs to Have (Cato)

8 dead in rampage, 'cowardly' truck attack on NYC bike path in Manhattan (ABC)

Suspect Claimed He Committed NYC Truck Attack for ISIS (NBC New York)

Nasdaq Closes at a Record as Wall Street Seals October Gains (TheStreet)

Consumer confidence hits highest level since December 2000 (CNBC)

High taxes on legal pot in California could mean black market will thrive (Los Angeles Times)

Trump to sign legislation overturning arbitration rule (Politico)

Wise Words


"The greatest gifts you can give your children are the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence." Denis Waitley

Lighter Side

Woody Allen

"Woody Allen's newest movie features a middle-aged man who is sleeping with a 15-year-old girl. The movie will premiere at Cannes in May, and be entered into evidence in June." Conan O'Brien

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