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Daily Briefing

Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 310th day of the year. There are 55 days remaining in 2017.

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Today At Utah Policy

Lawmakers have already opened nearly 1,000 bill files ahead of the 2018 session

Well, here we go again....

No shocker on Tuesday. "Political Insiders" say Curtis will win CD3 election

No surprise here. Our "Political Insiders" expect Republican John Curtis to win handily on Tuesday....

Guest opinion: How Utah voters should tackle education tax questions

Voters are being asked to weigh in on tax hikes for public education both in the form of a state ballot initiative (next year possibly) and by way of school bonds right now....

Count My Vote leaders issue statement on initiative

Leaders of the Count My Vote citizens' initiative today issued the following statement:...

Beg to Differ podcast: Where have all the ballots gone?

On this week's pod:The Utah GOP drops their lawsuit against SB54. We speak with party chair Rob Anderson about the decision and a possible effort to remove him by the state central committee....

Policy News

Real Women Run fall networking social
Real Women Run hosts an evening of networking and discussion for women who want to get involved in politics as candidates, campaign managers, or community leaders on November 14 from 5:30 to 7:30 PM at Log Haven....

Nominees announced for 6th District Juvenile Court vacancy
 The 6th District Judicial Nominating Commission has selected nominees for a vacancy on the 6th District Juvenile Court. ...

Medical Innovations Pathways expands
During his address at the annual Utah Life Science Summit, Gov. Gary R. Herbert announced the Utah Medical Innovations Pathways program has expanded to four additional school districts....

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Data on refugee resettlement is lacking

Op-ed: Health insurance should not stand between doctor and patient

Editorial: There is still time to vote. So don't miss out.

For the first time in five decades, 'dry' Blanding could drop its prohibition on booze. But voters don't seem to care.

Utahns split on desire for more church transparency, but most active Mormons say it isn't needed, poll shows

Is southern Utah's historic Bluff ready to become a town, a really BIG town?

With looming tax reform vote, Utah's new member of Congress could be sworn in quickly

Conservative pundit Bill Kristol treads carefully in Utah political minefield

More people staying at the homeless shelter since Operation Rio Grande got underway

Utah Republican Party switches gears again, saying it will continue lawsuit against SB54 - without 'paying another dime'

'Scared all the time': Former Daggett inmates describe abuse at the hands of jail officers

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Frank R. Pignanelli and LaVarr Webb: The storms battering society and the political world

Sen. Mike Lee: The social element of the opioid crisis

Op-ed: Utah is prime for Amazon's next headquarters

Editorial: Dropping the SB 54 lawsuit is the best move for Utah's GOP

Lawmaker wants to shift sex ed focus to reproductive health

Enforcing current laws is best way to reduce gun violence, advocates say

State School Board to take another crack at middle school requirements

Bill Kristol on Trump, Romney, the GOP, conservatives and Mormons

Kathie Allen finds balance in Utah, boldness for congressional run

John Curtis navigates political world, sets sights on D.C.

Jim Bennett battles 'tribal distinctions' as United Utah Party candidate

Many Utah mayoral races could prove interesting

Booze on the ballot: Utah dry town mulls allowing alcohol

Environmental groups oppose tree removal projects

Utah GOP votes to continue fight against election law

Some communities outside downtown seeing homeless influx


Utah County has received 50,000 ballots, and expects another 25,000 (Daily Herald)

Two Cedar Hills candidates disqualified after failing to turn in final campaign finance report (Daily Herald)

Editorial: A vague and poorly planned school bond initiative (Standard-Examiner)

Candidate spending in other Cache Valley cities significantly less than in Logan (Logan Herald Journal)

Park City mayor's race: Andy Beerman wins in fundraising (Park Record)

National Headlines

Spinning in circles on the Trump dossier (Washington Examiner)

US leaders react to Texas church shooting (CNN)

Texas Rangers: Armed citizen 'engaged' killer, ending rampage (Grabien News)

Sen. Rand Paul's injuries far more severe than initially thought (Washington Post)

Conway spars with CNN host over Trump coverage (Politico)

Brazile stirs Dem party strife as bellwether gov race nears (Washington Post)

Donna Brazile: People Telling Me to 'Shut Up' Can 'Go to Hell' (Mediaite)

White House questions Bush legacies after George HW Bush reportedly calls Trump a 'blowhard' (CNBC)

Ready (or not) to choose Virginia's next governor? A guide to the race and issues (Washington Post)

California slapping high taxes on marijuana, causing sticker shock for some (Los Angeles Times)

Papa John's Says It's Evaluating NFL Sponsorship (Wall Street Journal)

Wise Words


"We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them." Albert Einstein

Lighter Side

Too Busy

"I saw that Starbucks just unveiled its holiday cups, which had illustrations that customers can color in themselves. It's perfect for people who are too busy to make their own coffee at home, yet still have enough time to color in a coffee cup." Jimmy Fallon

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