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Morning must reads for Monday, April 24, 2017

Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 114th day of the year. There are 251 days remaining in 2017.

Utahns give legislators a passing grade for the 2017 session. Trump to call for the review of Bears Ears National Monument. Republicans are racing to avoid a government shutdown.

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Poll: Most Utahns give 2017 Legislature passing grades

Nearly two-thirds of Utahns give state lawmakers a passing grade for their 2017 general session, finished last month, a new UtahPolicy.com poll shows....

Who could replace Jason Chaffetz in Congress? Our 'Political Insiders' weigh in

Rep. Jason Chaffetz shocked the political world last week when he announced he would not run for re-election in 2018. Then, one day later, he said he probably would step down from his seat before his term was up....

Feminism, Wonder Woman's armpits, and bull-crap: The reality that the Fearless Girl statue misses

Occupy Wall Street was always a head-scratcher to me. Self-righteous protestors raged against the evils of capitalism on their Macs and smartphones, blissfully missing how Wall Street created the environment where they could have Macs and smartphones....

Jared Whitley wins regional awards for UtahPolicy.com columns

Long-time Utah Policy contributor Jared Whitley was honored recently for his work on the site....

Utah's job growth ranks No. 1 in the nation

Following the March 2017 employment report for the state of Utah, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data shows Utah ranked No. 1 for total job growth in the U.S. at 3.2 percent and No. 1 for private sector job growth at 3.5 percent. For unemployment, Utah tied for eighth a...

Policy News

Real Women Run spring training registrations up 110%
Registrations for the Real Women Run Spring Training are now up 110% from last year’s training....

Office of the State Auditor releases findings for the Utah Municipal Finance Cooperative II Trust
The Office of the State Auditor released its findings for the Utah Municipal Finance Cooperative II Trust....

AFP-UT 2017 legislative scorecard released
Americans for Prosperity-Utah (AFP-UT) released its first Economic Freedom Scorecard in Salt Lake City. AFP-UT recorded more than 4,700 individual votes on 60 legislative proposals....

Local Headlines

Utah Foundation

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Modern society demands excellence in education

Derek Monson: UTA's ethics problems show crony capitalism in economic development

Op-ed: Measure learning differently to dramatically increase student achievement

Tribune Editorial: It is time for new leadership at the University of Utah and its Health Sciences colleges

Utah's job growth in March was steady 3.2 percent

Utah Democrats 'have no place to go but up,' says Bernie Sanders at rally

Mysterious 'private' trust is actually a government body, auditor says

Huntsman calls for 'inept' U. administrators to be fired over cancer institute CEO's termination

Trump declares disaster over northern Utah's February flooding

UTA canceled promised bonuses of $474K and $375K for two officials

Chaffetz wants to know: What will happen with money Trump's businesses earn from foreign governments?

What did Ogden officials do with an abandoned fire station? They gave it to the homeless.

Developer Terry Diehl may be bankrupt and facing charges, but it looks like a pretty good life

Trump to order review of Bears Ears, Grand Staircase

Deseret News

Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Chaffetz bombshell rocks Utah politics

Sen. Orrin Hatch: Working with the president to fix monumental messes

Op-ed: 130 years of the Salt Lake Chamber

Op-ed: As Congress punts tax reform, the people suffer

Ralph Becker: Leadership and homelessness

Hal Boyd: UVU's Holland should run for Congress, supporters say

Editorial: Utahns should put politics aside and thank Chaffetz for his service

Editorial: The buck stops with the mayor

Editorial: Utah must plan for a new era of automation

The calculus behind Jason Chaffetz's sudden decision to walk away

Audit: Mysterious fund tied to Utah League of Cities and Towns should dissolve

Angry Jon Huntsman Sr. calls for ousting of U. president

Utah unemployment holds at 3.1 percent

Bernie Sanders: 'We can win here in Utah'

Feds free up disaster aid to help Box Elder, Cache cope with winter flood damage

State asks judge to dismiss Shurtleff claim for $1.1M in attorney fees

This country provides 'big relief' for immigrants who have to start over

Pathways program connects high school grads with high-tech jobs


Current Utah County Republican chair will face two challengers at organizing convention (Daily Herald)

No end in sight to Utah County's housing shortage and skyrocketing housing costs (Daily Herald)

Trump approves disaster funding for Box Elder, Cache flood recovery (Standard-Examiner)

Two Davis County Republicans vie with incumbent to lead state party (Standard-Examiner)

New state laws impact local schools (Logan Herald Journal)

Summit County Republican Party convention nears (Park Record)

Park City campaign season nears, but where are the candidates? (Park Record)

National Headlines

Pat Buchanan won after all. But now he thinks it might be too late for the nation he was trying to save. (Politico)

Outsiders Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen sweep to victory as France kicks out old guard (Daily Mail)

FBI director James Comey arrives in Queenstown for 'Government conference' (New Zealand Herald)

Wash Post poll hides: Trump still beats Clinton, 43%-40% (Washington Examiner)

With O'Reilly Out, FOX Rivals See Chance to Move In (New York Times)

Top Trump officials push border wall as government shutdown looms (The Hill)

Nancy Pelosi on Abortion stance: Democrats can be pro-life (Washington Times)

Republicans in position to reshape federal bench (Washington Post)

Survey of economists finds optimism about growth prospects (Washington Post)

IMF members set aside trade split as French vote rattles nerves (Reuters)

How Trump Can Destroy Democrats and Keep Congress (Daily Beast)

Wise Words

"[The Judicial Branch] may truly be said to have neither FORCE nor WILL, but merely judgment; and must ultimately depend upon the aid of the executive arm even for the efficacy of its judgments." Alexander Hamilton

Lighter Side

"In honor of 4/20, Ben and Jerry's introduced a new menu item that's an ice cream waffle cone taco with fudge called a "Choloco." Or as stoners put it, "You had us at ice cream . . . And then you had us at waffle and then cone and then taco!" Jimmy Fallon

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