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Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 321st day of the year. There are 44 days remaining in 2017.

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Today At Utah Policy

Waiting for all hell to break loose - Bernick and Schott on politics Ep. 350

Sen. Orrin Hatch's office says Bears Ears will be cut back dramatically while Grand Staircase-Escalante may be cut in half....

Bob Bernick's notebook: The value of the moderate middle

What happens in Utah when top political party officeholders lose the support of their right wing or left wing party loyalists?...

Stimulating economic growth through corporate recruitment

With all the news about Utah competing to win Amazon's second HQ, this is a good time to look behind the scenes at how corporate recruitment enhances Utah's economic prosperity....

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...

Podcast: Bernick and Schott on politics Ep. 350

Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott guide you through the week that was in Utah politics. ...

Policy News

Speaker Hughes educating counties about options to confront big pharma
Speaker Greg Hughes and DEA Assistant Special Agent in Charge for Utah Brian Besser are attending the Utah Association of Counties annual conference in St. George to discuss the opioid epidemic impacting every county in our state....

Clean air festival in SLC Saturday
Senator Luz Escamilla (D Salt Lake) and Salt Lake City YouthCity Government, are encouraging the public to attend the Breathe Clean Festival on Saturday at Salt Lake City's Glendale Public Library....

Hatch, Feinstein, Toomey introduce bill to aid child pornography victims
Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT)-the senior member and former Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee- alongside Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Pat Toomey (R-PA), introduced the bipartisan Amy, Vicky, and Andy Child Pornography Victim Assistance Act, named for t...

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Boosting tax burden on graduate students won't help the economy

Utah's high school sports association drops its lawsuit against the state and state school board

In the past 10 days, twice as many Utahns signed up for solar panels every day than usually do in a month

Hatch, Lee join GOP in rubber-stamping Trump's judicial nominees, even one who has never tried a case

Utah's House members praise passage of GOP tax bill

Utah's Sen. Hatch backs 'common-sense solution' to improve gun background check records after Texas rampage

After millions spent on homelessness, Utah lawmakers have a question: 'Did we get what we paid for?'

Utah House Speaker Greg Hughes marshals Utah counties to sue Big Pharma

Deseret News

Jay Evensen: Here's something to mull for Thanksgiving - life in U.S. is far better than in the past

Op-ed: Addressing false assumptions about the death penalty

Greg Bell: Seema Verma, Operation Rio Grande and the Justice Reinvestment Initiative

Op-ed: Don't crack down on opioids while hurting the chronic pain sufferer

Editorial: Societal pillars of economics and culture are inextricably linked to the family

Rep. Mia Love calls Sen. Al Franken's alleged sexual misconduct 'sickening'

All four of Utah's U.S. House members vote for GOP tax plan

First up on lawmakers' 2018 plate? Passage of revised education code

House Speaker Greg Hughes calling on all Utah counties to sue over opioid epidemic


Editorial: John Curtis is officially a congressman, now what? (Daily Herald)

Editorial: Fireworks bill improves Utah safety and air quality, but we can still do better (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Senator Al Franken Kissed and Groped Me Without My Consent, And There's Nothing Funny About It (KABC)

GOP leaders weigh drastic plan to save Alabama Senate seat (Politico)

Chairman Steps Down As NPR Grapples With Harassment Crisis (NPR)

Saudi Arabia king to step down and hand over the crown to his 32-year-old son (Daily Mail)

House passes GOP tax bill, upping pressure on struggling Senate effort (Washington Post)

After mistrial, Menendez speaks of 'resurrection,' but joy may be short-lived (Washington Post)

Texas sheriff calls out anti-Trump truck decal, sparking free speech debate (CNN)

Gillibrand Says Bill Clinton Should Have Resigned Over Lewinsky Affair (New York Times)

ICE touts arrests of alleged MS-13 gang members (The Hill)

Hispanic Caucus denies membership to Republican Curbelo (Politico)

Trump Considers Naming Mulvaney Interim CFPB Director (Bloomberg)

Wise Words


"Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost." John Quincy Adams

Lighter Side

Flying Ubers

"Los Angeles apparently will be one of the first cities to get flying Ubers. L.A. is perfect, because who is more qualified to fly you through the sky at 5,000 feet than an out-of-work actor-deejay-dog walker?" James Corden

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