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Morning must reads for Thursday, May 11, 2017

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 131st day of the year. There are 234 days remaining in 2017. Today is the 112th day of Donald Trump's presidency.

Nearly 1/4 of Utahns say they've never heard of Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox. Chaffetz wants the Justice Department to investigate James Comey's firing. Comey was reportedly accellerating his probe into Russian election hacking when he was fired.

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Poll: Democrats and independent voters have a higher opinion of Spencer Cox than Republicans

Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox is often mentioned as a possible candidate for governor in 2020 when Gary Herbert leaves office. If that's true, he's going to have to work much harder on his name recognition....

Chaffetz asks Department of Justice to investigate Comey's firing

Rep. Jason Chaffetz has asked the Department of Justice's Inspector General to look into the "findings and circumstances" surrounding President Donald Trump's dismissal of FBI Director James Comey....

Utah gets a failing grade when it comes to gender equality in government

It's no secret that Utah's government is dominated by men. However, a new report card scores the Beehive State as one of the worst in the country when it comes to electing women to political office. ...

Weekly survey: Who will win the race for GOP Chair?

Next week Utah Republicans will elect a chairman to lead the party for the next two years. Who do you think will win that election? Vote in our weekly survey....

Policy News

Point of the Mountain Development Commission presents phase one research findings
The Utah Legislature’s Point of the Mountain Development Commission released the Point of the Mountain Phase One Report prepared by Envision Utah....

National Committeeman Thomas Wright named Presiding Chair of 2017 Utah Republican Party Organizing Convention
The Utah Republican Party 2017 Organizing Convention Arrangements Committee announced that Thomas Wright, UTGOP National Committeeman of the Republican National Committee, and former Chairman of the Utah Republican Party has been named as presiding Convention ...

Sen. Lee thanks Sec. Zinke for listening to Utahns about monument abuse
Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) issued the following statement Wednesday as Interior Sec. Ryan Zinke finished his four-day listening trip through Utah:...

A robust road repair season underway for Salt Lake City streets and sidewalks
Salt Lake City’s Streets and Engineering divisions have begun a busy season of road and sidewalk repairs that will progress through early fall....

Local Headlines

Utah Foundation

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: UTA still not credible enough to ask for more taxes

Leaked survey shows Mormons believe teachers, tourism industry have more political power than LDS Church in Utah

Chaffetz calls for Justice Department review of Comey firing

Utah appeals on Recapture Canyon access

Records of closed-door council shelter site debate should remain secret, SLC mayor's office says

UTA starting work to overhaul its fares

What will Point of the Mountain look like in 2050?

Clearfield residents warn of, but mostly support, controversial UTA deal

I gave Utah a voice, Zinke says as he departs from national-monument trip

Deseret News

Boyd Matheson: The Case for Mormon Conservatism, a reply to Taylor Petrey

Ralph Hancock: Religion and politics 101

Jay Evensen: Have charter schools been good for Utah education?

Op-ed: An open letter to Robert Redford

No way around politics in Comey firing, Utah leaders say

U. to hire auditor to examine financial relationship with Huntsman foundation

Report: Utah tourism growing at record levels

Residents rank transportation, air quality as top concerns for Point of the Mountain growth

No mention of ex-board member at UTA hearing on Clearfield project

Zinke ends Utah tour, noting 'Your voice has been heard'


First phase of Point of the Mountain research complete, congestion and transportation top the list (Daily Herald)

National Headlines

WH: Trump has been considering Comey firing since election (The Hill)

Partisan brawl shaping up on Comey replacement (Politico)

Obama Uses Private Jet, 14 Car Convoy to Get to European Climate Change Speech (IJR)

U.S. government posts $182 billion surplus in April (Reuters)

Maxine Waters: I Don't Support Trump Firing Comey, I Would Support Hillary Clinton Firing Comey (RealClearPolitics)

Comey farewell: 'A president can fire an FBI director for any reason' (The Hill)

A 'white hot' Trump stewed over Comey's fate (CNN)

Vermont lawmakers become first to approve legal pot (USA Today)

Where's Paul Ryan in All the Comey Chaos? In Ohio, Talking Taxes (New York Times)

Expanded airline electronics carry-on ban close to being announced by DHS (CBS News)

Aetna fully exits Obamacare exchanges with pull-out in two states (Reuters)

Wise Words

"An unlimited power to tax involves, necessarily, a power to destroy; because there is a limit beyond which no institution and no property can bear taxation." John Marshall

Lighter Side

"Trump had a big phone call with Vladimir Putin, where they agreed to work together on handling Kim Jong Un. You know a leader's unstable when Trump and Putin are like, "We gotta keep an eye on that guy!" Jimmy Fallon

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