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Morning must reads for Monday, May 22, 2017

Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 142nd day of the year. There are 223 days remaining in 2017. Today is the 123rd day of Donald Trump's presidency.

The Utah GOP picks Rob Anderson to chair the party. Utah Republicans may be moving toward the political middle. Trump's budget cuts $1.7 trillion from entitlement programs. 

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Top GOP officials head off embarrassment at Saturday's Republican Convention

Want to learn how to head off an embarrassment in the Utah Republican Convention when you really believe your man will be booed by upwards of 4,000 hard-core delegates?...

'Political Insiders' say Trump made the wrong move when he fired Comey

Our "Political Insiders" mostly disapprove of President Donald Trump's decision to fire FBI Director James Comey....

Chaffetz: Government leakers should be jailed

Rep. Jason Chaffetz says those inside the government who leak information to the press should go to jail....

Analysis: The Utah GOP takes some baby steps toward the political middle

Have the top echelons of the Utah Republican Party made a turn, more to the middle?Maybe....

Utah GOP picks Rob Anderson as new chair (with video)

There will not be a third term for Utah GOP Chairman James Evans as Republican delegates gave the current party leader the heave-ho on the first ballot Saturday....

Rules for special election to replace Chaffetz set, but lawsuits loom

And off we go!...

Op-ed: Separation of powers

When a vacancy occurs in the U.S House of Representatives an election of the people must occur. The U.S. Constitution states that the times, places and manner of elections will be prescribed in each state by the legislature thereof (Article 1, Section 4). Further, U.S. Code ...

Beg to Differ: 'Isn't that special?!'

Another tumultuous week in Utah politics for both Republicans and Democrats....

Policy News

Senators applaud Pres. Trump's Executive Order on national monument review
Sen. Lee (R-UT) and 25 of his Senate colleagues sent a letter to President Trump supporting his April 26th Executive Order calling for a review of national monuments created under the 1906 Antiquities Act. The letter reads in part: ...

Hatch statement on NAFTA notification
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) issued the following statement after the Trump Administration notified Congress of its intent to initiate negotiations with Canada and Mexico regarding the modernization of the North American Free Trade Agreeme...

Bishop statement on appointment to chair Speaker's Task Force on Intergovernmental Affairs
Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) announced the creation of the Speaker's Task Force on Intergovernmental Affairs....

Local Headlines

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Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Health care reform must continue in Utah and across America

Editorial: Follow governor's path to a special election

Editorial: Beyond pay, teachers need flexibility to succeed

Gehrke: Herbert standing up for voters in Chaffetz replacement

Safer, cleaner, less chaotic - changes coming to the Rio Grande neighborhood

Candidates plunge into widening pool to replace Chaffetz

$1 billion windfall for Utah highways divided among projects

Utah sets condensed special election calendar - and it's already started

Gehrke: Guv v. Legislature about to turn into 'House of Cards' meets 'Game of Thrones'

New Utah GOP chairman vows to fix party's debt, win back disenfranchised conservatives

Decision made on site of homeless men's shelter - but who decided, and when?

Deseret News

Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Washington circus impacts public policy and Utah delegation

Op-ed: Navajo people have already been restricted enough

Hal Boyd: Mormon political royalty run in Colorado

Op-ed: Utah's caucus system is still the best option

Op-ed: Rep. Love works for those who need health care

Editorial: With education, the Beehive State can learn from the Finnish model

Gov. Herbert takes control of special election process to fill Rep. Chaffetz's seat

Candidates scrambling to replace Rep. Jason Chaffetz in Utah's 3rd District

S.L. mayor, Utah senators jockey for Trump's ear on monuments

Utah Republicans choose new party chairman and more moderate direction

Fraying social fabric hurting nation's economy, Sen. Mike Lee says


Editorial: Tough decisions ahead on infrastructure (Daily Herald)

Special election planned to replace Jason Chaffetz; Utah County legislators announce candidacies (Daily Herald)

Lawmaker hosts lands transfer town hall (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

McConnell steps into Obamacare firing line (Politico)

Tillerson in Saudi Arabia: 'This is a fight of good against evil' (The Hill)

Trump urges Muslim world to 'drive out the extremists' (The Hill)

Mike Pence tells Notre Dame grads to rely on 'integrity and values' as dozens stage walk-out (South Bend Tribune)

Texas revives transgender 'bathroom bill' for public schools (Los Angeles Times)

Kimberly Ellis calls for an audit of the election for California Democratic Party leader (Los Angeles Times)

Sanders raises stakes in tight Montana race (Washington Post)

Trump tells advisers he wants to end key Obamacare subsidies (Politico)

Saudi Arabia's $20 billion wager with Blackstone is record-sized bet on U.S. infrastructure (MarketWatch)

Boeing inks Iran airline deal as Trump threatens to revisit sanctions (Washington Post)

US, Gulf countries form new group to stem flow of terror financing (CNBC)

Wise Words

"There! His Majesty can now read my name without glasses. And he can double the reward on my head!" John Hancock

Lighter Side

"A recording just came out from a closed-door meeting where Republican Congressman Kevin McCarthy says he thinks Vladimir Putin actually pays Donald Trump. Trump said he never accepted any money from Putin, because he was paid entirely in KFC gift cards." Jimmy Fallon

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