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Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 319th day of the year. There are 46 days remaining in 2017.

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Today At Utah Policy

Political futures market bullish on a Romney run for Senate in 2018

Even though he hasn't said whether he's going to run or not in 2018, bettors in the political futures market are sure he's going to jump in the race....

Utah Thrives podcast: Voter participation

Utah once had one of the highest rates of voter participation in the country, but today it's dropped to 39th among the states....

Weekly survey: Should Roy Moore drop out?

There are growing calls for Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore to drop out of December's special election amid mounting allegations he had inappropriate sexual contact with teenaged girls. Do you think he should remain the race? If he wins, should the U.S. Senate expel him a...

Policy News

Final version of the National Defense Authorization Act passes the House
 The final version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) passed the House of Representatives, with Rep. Chris Stewart (R-UT) serving as a conferee....

Bishop votes to pass 2018 Defense Spending Bill
Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT) released the following statement after the House passed the Conference Report of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018:...

Hatch opening statement at Finance Committee markup of Tax Cuts and Jobs Act
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) delivered the following remarks at the committee markup of the Senate tax overhaul package, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act:...

Wade Garrett named Director of Public Policy at Utah Farm Bureau
The Utah Farm Bureau is pleased to announce the hiring of Wade Garrett of Nephi as Director of Public Policy. Garrett is the former State Director for Congressman Jason Chaffetz....

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Tax reform should invest in our future, our kids

State trust land managers will auction 1,550 coveted acres in southern Utah Wednesday

After 2 months without rain in southern Utah, emergency declared as farmers expect poor harvests next year

Utah gave at least $1 million in renewable energy tax credits to people who may not have qualified for them

Severe violations at Utah child care centers, assisted living facilities and Baby Watch program are not being dealt with, auditor says

Grand Staircase-Escalante monument will be pruned by half, Hatch official says

Trump's team may move the Bureau of Land Management headquarters to Salt Lake City

In final count, Donia Jessop prevails as Hildale's first woman and non-FLDS mayor

Council caught 'flatfooted' by McAdams' plan to sue drug companies over the opioid crisis

New Salt Lake City housing plan envisions 864 affordable units

Deseret News

Orrin Hatch: Why the appointment of federal judges is so important

Sean Reyes: The disputed special election letter and the ethical path forward

Editorial: The sports arena tax exemption hurts communities

Utah U.S. attorney named to Department of Justice advisory panel

Sen. Hatch staffer offers predictions on Utah monument reductions

Salt Lake wants 27 more officers, but some council members want more

Council caught off guard by county plan to sue drug companies

Auditors find room for improvement in energy incentive efforts

Romney Senate bid in 'holding pattern' until Hatch decides whether he's retiring

Audit notes turnover, workload hindering State School Board

Audit: Kids at risk while child care providers appeal violations


Utah County joins movement to pursue legal action against opioid distributors (Daily Herald)

National Headlines

Now that the Clinton brand is mostly useless, second thoughts about Bill's sexual assault allegations (Washington Examiner)

Arianna Huffington Ignored Sexual Misconduct at The Huffington Post (Gizmodo)

Appointing a second special counsel could rattle Justice Department (Washington Post)

Senate Plans to End Obamacare Mandate in Revised Tax Proposal (New York Times)

McConnell Talks Up Sessions As Write-In Candidate To Replace Roy Moore (NPR)

Sessions Says He Did Not Lie to Congress on Contacts With Russia (New York Times)

Donald Trump Jr.: 'Here is the entire chain of messages with @wikileaks (with my whopping 3 responses)' (Twitter)

ICE agents rebel, say Trump 'betrayed' them by retaining Obama's people (Washington Times)

McCain blasts Army for considering recruits with history of self-mutilation, vows action (USA Today)

Richest 1% now owns half the world's wealth (USA Today)

President Maduro brings Venezuela to brink of bankruptcy (The Times)

Wise Words


"Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured." Mark Twain

Lighter Side

No Questions

"President Trump declined to take questions from reporters following his joint statement today with Chinese President Xi, making him the first president to do so in decades. I guess he was afraid someone would ask the dreaded question, "Can you name that person standing next to you?" Seth Meyers

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