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Daily Briefing

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 347th day of the year. There are 18 days remaining in 2017.

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Today At Utah Policy

Most Utahns support dual-path route to the primary ballot in revamped Count My Vote proposal

Nearly two-thirds of Utahns support the Count My Vote citizen initiative, which would put into law a two-path route to a political party's primary ballot and set up a special runoff election if no candidate got 35 percent of his party's voters, a new ...

CYBER 24 Episode 10 - Victim of a data breach? Don't become an accomplice to the crime

By now you likely understand a data breach is a matter of "when" not "if" for your organization....

State leaders announce forecast of FY 2019 revenue numbers

Consensus revenue figures indicate Utah's prosperous and diverse economy is generating additional revenue for the state....

Guest opinion: The Nature Fix - An antidote for the chaos of our time

"I only went out for a walk, but decided to stay out till sundown, because going out, I found, was really going in." -- John Muir...

It might be time to get rid of Time's 'Person of the Year'

Last week Time Magazine announced its annual Person of the Year, reminding all of us that 1) they still do that and 2) Time Magazine still exists....

Weekly survey: Hatch's future/Santa's list

Sen. Orrin Hatch is expected to announce his future political plans by the end of the month. What do you think his decision will be? Also, let us know who in Utah politics belongs on Santa's naughty and nice lists. Take our weekly survey right now....

Give us your nominations for the top Utah political news stories of 2017

What do you think were the top Utah political news stories of 2017? Was it President Trump slashing two national monuments? Jason Chaffetz resigning? Give us your nominations....

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Policy News

Gov. Herbert appoints new executive director of the Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice
Gov. Gary R. Herbert has announced the appointment of Kim Cordova as the executive director of the Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice....

Utah's public high school graduation rate climbs for fifth straight year
Last spring 40,100 students graduated from Utah's public high schools....

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Minority graduation rates are up in Utah, but not enough

Environmentalists call 'bait and switch' on Utah lawmaker's plan to create new national park in trimmed Grand Staircase

Weber County Commissioner Kerry Gibson resigns to take state natural resources post

Utah County legislators join chorus calling on Commissioner Greg Graves to resign in wake of harassment allegations

Upcoming election makes proposed pay hike tricky for legislators

Salt Lake City approves housing plan; Biskupski takes first step to implement it

Deseret News

Ralph Hancock: The limits of today's emerging sexuality

Editorial: A new Utah national park leaves too many questions unanswered

Environmental groups call Escalante Canyons National Park proposal 'bait-and-switch'

State lawmakers have extra $484M to spend in coming year

4 legislators join calls for Utah County commissioner to resign

Protesters ask Hatch for Hanukkah gift: Funding Children's Health Insurance Program

Salt Lake City Council approves affordable housing 'road map'

Audit: Utah better at tracking water use, but more work ahead


Utah County Commissioners will not implement salary study option yet, will give employees raises (Daily Herald)

Weber County Commissioner Kerry Gibson to step down to take DNR post (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Fewer Blacks, Hispanics Go Jobless Under Trump (Daily Signal)

The Year of the Headless Liberal Chicken (CounterPunch)

Fox News Is Most-Watched Basic Cable Network in 2017 (The Wrap)

People Mortgaging Their Homes To Buy Bitcoin, Report Says (CBS News)

Big media's sad and extremely horrible week (Washington Times)

Even As Media Whine About Trump, Their Hostile Coverage Shows No Let Up (NewsBusters)

Feds Collect Record Taxes Through November; Still Run $201.8B Deficit (CNS News)

Trump allies demand special counsel probe of DOJ, FBI (The Hill)

Five Minnesotans Dayton might pick to replace Franken in Senate (Courier Life News)

Donald Trump Jr. demands leak investigation (Washington Post)

Republicans, Closing In on Final Tax Bill, Aim for a Vote Next Week (New York Times)

Wise Words

True Today

"The nation which can prefer disgrace to danger is prepared for a master and deserves one." Alexander Hamilton

Lighter Side

Make a Run For It

"First lady Melania Trump and second lady Karen Pence visited Texas. Melania was overheard saying, "We're near the border, let's make a run for it." Conan O'Brien

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