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2016 GOP Nomination Race Wide Open

New Washington Post-ABC News poll shows top five prospective GOP presidential candidates within four percentage points of one another. Several other prospective candidates aren't far behind (Washington Post)


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Today's Utah political news highlights:
  • PETA wants roadside memorial for hundreds of turkeys that died in a trucking accident at Deer Creek Reservoir (Tribune).
  • Sen. Mike Lee urges conservatives to fight "crony capitalism" in speech to the Heritage Foundation (Deseret News).
  • BLM is moving faster to round up wild horses in southwestern Utah (Tribune).
  • According to the American Lung Association, Salt Lake's winter inversions causing unhealthy spikes in air pollution is the 8th worst short-term particle pollution in the nation (Deseret News) (Tribune).
  • Editorial: Law Day offers opportunity to gauge progress in our respect for the rule of law and civil rights (Deseret News).
  • Opinion: Incarceration accounts for only 25 percent of crime rate reduction, but U.S. incarcerates too many people at too high a cost (Deseret News).
  • Two environmental groups are suing the National Park Service for allowing cattle to graze in Capitol Reef National Park (Tribune).
  • Dan Liljenquist: Secretary of State John Kerry undermines U.S. friendship with Israel (Deseret News).
  • Salt Lake City Council has a lot of questions about Mayor Becker's proposed downtown streetcar circulator (Tribune).
  • Rep. David Lifferth ignites Twitter firestorm with comments about NAACP and Don Sterling (Deseret News ) (Tribune).
  • Opinion: Utah Supreme Court Chief Justice Matthew Durrant describes the judicial selection process and retention elections (Tribune).

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Retention elections are checks and balances on judges

Immigration uptick creates legalization challenges

SLC streetcar plan raises questions on City Council

Report: Utah charters get fewer state dollars than traditional schools

Utah lawmaker calling NAACP 'racist' is on his own

PETA asks Utah for roadside memorial for turkey deaths

Under pressure, Utah BLM fast-tracks plea to round up wild horses

Lawsuit targets cattle grazing in Capitol Reef National Park

Greater Salt Lake region among most polluted cities

Deseret News

Op-ed: New lending rules will suppress homebuying

Dan Liljenquist: U.S. friendship with Israel undermined by John Kerry's statements

Jay Evensen: Child porn victims can't get justice

Editorial: In celebrating Law Day 2014, we must recognize Congress' role in enforcing civil rights

Eagle Mountain representative raises ire of NAACP with tweet

Report: $40M needed in Utah to serve healthy school lunches

Sen. Mike Lee urges fight against 'crony capitalism'

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Former candidate criticizes Utah's caucus convention system (Daily Herald)

Provo mayor's blog growing in popularity (Daily Herald)

UTOPIA report envisions 30-month build-out (Standard-Examiner)

Long sequestration would threaten some Hill F-35s (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Washington's next cliff (Politico)

Fed pulls back stimulus despite feeble GDP (The Hill)

GOP: Only 67 percent have paid first monthly ObamaCare premium (The Hill)

Cantor: White House 'misled' on Benghazi (The Hill)

Paul Ryan tries to ease tensions with black lawmakers on poverty (Reuters)

Election 2016 lookahead: Would Hillary Clinton really crush Jeb Bush? (Christian Science Monitor)

Senate Republicans Block Bill to Raise Minimum Wage (Wall Street Journal)

The Missing Benghazi Email (Wall Street Journal)

US: Surge in terror attacks driven by more threatening AQ affiliates (McClatchy)

New York Said to Be on Verge of 9-Year Deal With Teachers' Union (New York Times)

The Coming Two-Tier Health System (Wall Street Journal)

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