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Morning must reads for Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 102nd day of the year. There are 263 days remaining in 2017.

Hatch has a massive campaign war chest. Another Democrat steps up to take on Hatch. The FBI was monitoring a Trump advisor's communications with Russian officials.

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Another Democrat looking to knock off Hatch in 2018

Another day, another Democrat entering the fray to unseat Sen. Orrin Hatch....

Sen. Lee calls for vote on military humanitarian operations act

Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) released the following statement calling for Congress to take up S. 409, the Military Humanitarian Operations Act which he and Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) introduced earlier this year: ...

Mitchell Vice announces exploratory committee For U.S. Senate run

Mitchell Vice has announced his interest in running for U.S. Senate by creating an exploratory committee....

How KSL defeated Craigslist in Utah

The Atlantic looks at the smashing success of KSL.com's classified-ads section, which has turned the online classified-ads behemoth Craigslist into an "afterthought" inUtah and parts of Idaho and Wyoming. KSLClassifieds became the Mormon Corridor's go-to websitefor buying an...

Weekly survey: Will Hatch run again in 2018?

How likely do you think it is that Sen. Orrin Hatch runs for an 8th term in 2018? Vote now in our weekly survey....

Hatch's fundraising is a 'show of force'

It certainly looks like Sen. Orrin Hatch is gearing up for a run at an 8th term based on his most recent fundraising numbers....

Policy News

Hatch and Stewart introduce southern Utah OPEN OHV Areas Act
Senator Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, and Congressman Chris Stewart, R-Utah, issued the following statements after introducing the Southern Utah Open OHV Areas Act:...

Local Headlines

Utah Foundation

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Kids suffer from Utah's kangaroo court

Editorial: Vaccinations work when everyone gets them

Mike Lee wants Trump to seek congressional approval for humanitarian military action

Sen. Lee publishes new book about the country's unsung heroes

Utah's Hatch holds $3.5M campaign cash as he weighs re-election bid

Utah's Gary Herbert among top 10 most popular governors as Chris Christie sinks to bottom

Hatch, Herbert & Co. salute Nature's Sunshine as ray of multilevel marketing success

BLM buys Kanarraville parcel with access to popular canyon

Salt Lake City schools hope to retain $8M in property taxes after equalization 'quirk' ends

Deseret News

Op-ed: Utah needs to smash open licensing bottlenecks

Herbert fares well in approval poll; Hatch, Lee not so much

Sen. Mike Lee has new book on founders who fought big government

Even more evidence that Orrin Hatch is probably running for re-election

Sen. Mike Lee wants Congress to approve humanitarian military action

Next steps: Siting homeless populations, potential overflow shelter

The ins and outs of Salt Lake City's plan to go green

Huntsman's official announcement as ambassador to Russia may still be weeks away


Nature's Sunshine celebrates 45 years with Sen. Hatch, Gov. Herbert and Rep. Love (Daily Herald)

Park City prepares for Campaign 2017 (Park Record)

National Headlines

North Korea state media warns of nuclear strike if provoked as U.S. warships approach (Reuters)

U.S. Says Russia Tried to Cover Up Syria Sarin Attack (Wall Street Journal)

Sessions tells prosecutors to bring more cases against those entering US illegally (Washington Post)

Partisan battles over nominees pose 'real danger' for Supreme Court, chief justice says (Washington Post)

Will Trump be roasted at White House Correspondents' Dinner? (Politico)

Tom Marino set to serve as White House drug czar (Washington Post)

Venezuela default could expose U.S. oil infrastructure to Russian control, lawmakers warn (MarketWatch)

Google Wants Women to Just Trust That It Pays Them the Same as Men (Gizmodo)

GOP's Dodd-Frank rewrite would strip consumer bureau of power (The Hill)

Investors seek safety on rising U.S. tensions with Russia, Syria, North Korea (Reuters)

Here's how the Syrian conflict could actually send oil prices lower (CNBC)

Wise Words

"If you want to understand today, you have to search yesterday." Pearl Buck

Lighter Side

"President Trump. . . . met with the president of China at his Mar-a-Lago resort. And things got off to an awkward start when Trump said, "I thought you were really funny in the 'Hangover' movies." Seth Meyers

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