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Today At Utah Policy

Do we call them 'wackos' or 'dumbos'? - Bernick and Schott on politics Ep. 348

The Utah GOP drops their lawsuit against SB54. Will the right-wing party wackos try to impeach party chair Rob Anderson because of the decision?...

Bob Bernick's notebook: GOP blowout

Utah GOP chairman Rob Anderson says he is "relieved" that top party officials have decided to end the SB54 lawsuit that has cost the party more than $330,000 and buried it in debt....

Democrat Jacquelyn Orton failed to report campaign donations

Jacqueline Orton's nascent legislative campaign has run afoul of Utah's notoriously lax financial reporting laws even before she has officially filed to be a candidate....

Podcast: Bernick and Schott on politics #348

Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott analyze what happened this week in Utah Politics....

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....

Policy News

Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
Outdoor Notes--Tribune:As days grow short, look to Ensign Peak for a primo sunset hike--Tribune:When hiking with small children turns to tribulation, seek ye the Trail Troll--Tribune:How Pokmon Go encourages players to get outside and meet other people-- Tribune: Utah releas...

Reps. Love and Fudge sponsor bill to update higher ed reporting
Representatives Mia Love (R-UT) and Marcia Fudge (D-OH) recently introduced important bipartisan legislation to update and modernize the information reported by U.S. institutions of higher education....

Utah Maintains a top ten position in 2017 ?'Bicycle Friendly' state ranking
After a one-year hiatus in which the program criteria were retooled, the League of American Bicyclists (LAB) released its Bicycle Friendly State rankings today. Utah has moved from fifth to eighth place in the rankings....

$1,000 discounts offered to Utahns who convert from wood to gas stoves
Utah Clean Air Partnership (UCAIR) Executive Director Thom Carter joined Gov. Gary R. Herbert at the State Capitol to launch an incentive program to replace 80 wood burning stoves along the Wasatch Front with cleaner gas-burning appliances....

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: The Senate should confirm Judge Petersen

Evolution and climate change already at issue in new Utah school science standards that haven't been written yet

Six Utah school districts put a total of $800 million in bonds up for Nov. 7 voter approval

Jury selected in federal criminal trial of ex-UTA board member Terry Diehl

'Friends' of Canyons school bond in line to get millions if $283M proposal passes, but, hey, what are friends for?

Utah's all-Republican members of Congress laud new GOP tax bill panned by Democrats

Independent panel backs 'overdue' pay raise for Utah Legislature

The hottest Salt Lake City Council races - in open Districts 3 and 7 - see most fundraising, spending

Utah's jail operating standards are some of the best in the country, author says, but must remain private

Deseret News

Op-ed: The needless burdens of occupational licensing

Jay Evensen: The president is coming - brace yourself

Judge signs order barring state from excluding United Utah Party from election ballot

U.S. House floats bill on helium extraction

Sheriff's association fields questions from lawmakers about jail standards

Ballpark residents vent at Utah Speaker Greg Hughes over Operation Rio Grande impact

State School Board seeks resources to help with juvenile justice reforms

Science curriculum changes: long overdue or godless instruction?

USTAR innovation center aimed at seeding aerospace startups


Editorial: Voting in local elections rightfully puts communities in the voters' hands (Daily Herald)

Editorial: Gov. Gary Herbert signed a DUI bill that hurts Utah. Now we're stuck with it (Standard-Examiner)

Weber County's voice on Great Salt Lake Advisory Council a no-show at meetings (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Inside Hillary Clinton's Secret Takeover of the DNC (Politico)

Did Hillary's rigging at the DNC push Biden out of the race? (New York Post)

DNC fires its top fundraiser (Politico)

For many in Trump's America, a year to crow about (AFP)

Millennials: Communism sounds pretty chill (MarketWatch)

American Dream is back: 82% have 'achieved' or are 'on way to achieving' (Washington Examiner)

Hillary defends Trump dossier, makes dubious claims about its release (Washington Times)

Dow closes at record high in wild session after release of tax reform bill, Powell nomination (CNBC)

Trump Announces Jerome Powell as New Fed Chairman (New York Times)

The GOP Tax Plan: 3 Big Wins for Business (Fortune)

Trump announces semiconductor company's return to US (Washington Post)

Wise Words


"Without feelings of respect, what is there to distinguish men from beasts?" Confucius

Lighter Side


"For the first time a majority of Republicans say they support the legalization of marijuana. What's going on here? I don't understand, I'm so confused. Democrats like Bush, Republicans liking Kush." James Corden

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