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Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 349th day of the year. There are 16 days remaining in 2017.

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Today At Utah Policy

Anti-Santa Claus visits Alabama - Bernick and Schott on politics Ep. 353

Gov. Gary Herbert rolled out his $16.7 billion budget proposal. He wants to boost education spending by a little more than $200 million, but that's not as much as backers of the Our Schools Now ballot initiative are hoping for....

SD8 could be a battleground in 2018

Both Republicans and Democrats are scrambling to find candidates to fill the seat in SD8 vacated by Republican Brian Shiozawa, who resigned suddenly this week to take a job with the Trump administration....

Bob Bernick's notebook: All I want for Christmas is Mitt Romney

Dear Santa:On behalf of many Utahns, I'd like to ask you for something special for Christmas this year:Gov. Mitt Romney....

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....

Podcast: Bernick and Schott on politics Ep. 353

Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott reflect on the last week in Utah politics....

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Policy News

Uintah County awarded state grant funds for local indigent defense services
The Utah Indigent Defense Commission (IDC) is pleased to add Uintah County to a growing list of local governments using state grant monies to improve local indigent defense services....

Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
Outdoor Notes--Tribune: Popular sites have been removed from monument protection at former Grand Staircase-Escalante--Tribune: Alberty: These one-star reviews of Utah's natural wonders are hilarious--Tribune: Keep - not release - new mantra for fishing lake trout at Flaming ...

Utah honored with national innovation award
The National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) announced its 2017 Recognition Awards for outstanding achievement in information technology in state government. Utah.Gov online services were recognized in seven categories. NASCIO rec...

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Sen. Hatch needs to get CHIP funded

Utah drivers improve! Now they're only 3rd worst in the nation.

Rolly: Utah GOP insiders call a rushed meeting to consider a $400K bailout, but party boss says it's not legit

After grumbling about Grand Staircase monument, House committee looks at creating a new, smaller national park

Bullock, disgraced former lobbyist for Utah cities, gets 'second chance' with Salt Lake City

Deseret News

Jay Evensen: Believe it or not, the air has gotten better

Greg Bell: Pollution solution? Think UTA

Editorial: Congress should make renewing CHIP a priority

Salt Lake hires ex-Utah League of Cities and Towns director

Salt Lake Chamber calling for modernized state tax code

Health exchange deadline arrives, but effects of moving it up remain murky

FCC unravels Obama-era net neutrality rules

Utah Sen. Mike Lee undecided on GOP tax bill

Congressional committee testily debates proposed national park in Utah


Utah County legislators discuss making it easier to remove county officials from office (Daily Herald)

National Headlines

Trump Has Set A Judicial Confirmation Record In First Year (Daily Caller)

More troubling evidence of election meddling at the FBI (Wall Street Journal)

The Glenn Thrush scandal is a sex-reckoning test case (Vanity Fair)

Republicans Hunt for Ways to Pay for Tax Cuts (New York Times)

Paul Ryan Sees His Wild Washington Journey Coming to An End (Politico)

DOJ rejects charges over release of FBI agent's text messages (ABC News)

Trump Says His Regulatory Rollback Already Is the 'Most Far-Reaching' (New York Times)

Comey edits revealed: Remarks on Clinton probe were watered down, documents show (FOX News)

McCain trying to 'get rested up' after cancer treatment, friends say (Arizona Republic)

Music promoter unsuccessfully dangled Putin meeting for Trump during campaign (Washington Post)

U.S. labor board overturns Obama-era 'joint employment' ruling (Reuters)

Wise Words

Ugly Thing

"War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse."John Stuart Mill

Lighter Side


"Ireland will be collecting $15 billion from Apple in a settlement over back taxes. Ireland will receive the money on Friday, and Guinness will have it all by Monday." Conan O'Brien

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