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Morning must reads for Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 144th day of the year. There are 221 days remaining in 2017. Today is the 125th day of Donald Trump's presidency.

Utah Republicans will have to battle each other to replace Rep. Jason Chaffetz. John Brennan says Russians "brazenly" interfered in the 2016 election. Trump's budget proposal relies on a number of accounting gimmicks to balance the budget.

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The battle to get on the GOP ballot to replace Chaffetz is heating up quickly

This may sound odd, but just days into a special election campaign in the 3rd Congressional District two of the current state legislators who have already filed can’t win....

Are school vouchers threatening once again?

In a 2007 public vote, Utah citizens made it clear: they did not want vouchers for private schools to be a part of Utah’s education system.  ...

Weekly survey: New political party

A new centrist political party in Utah has formed. Organizers say they hope to attract Utahns who feel the Republicans and Democrats are too extreme. How successful do you think they'll be?...

3rd Congressional District special election candidate tracker

Who's in? Who's thinking about running to replace Rep. Jason Chaffetz in Congress. Check out the latest filings and rumblings in our special election candidate tracker....

Policy News

Hatch statement on the president's Fiscal Year 2018 budget
In response to the President’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Budget that was submitted to Congress today, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) issued the following statement: ...

Announcing the United Utah Party
Citing the critical need for unity, civility, and reasoned discussion in the public arena, a group of civic-minded and politically experienced Utah citizens announced theformation of the United Utah Party on Monday, May 22, 2017....

Rep. Love bill raises money for students
Representative Mia Love reintroduced legislation that would ultimately raise revenue for the benefit of Utah students....

Diplomatic luncheon with Consul General of Japan
World Trade Center Utah, in partnership with the Governor's Office of Economic Development and the Salt Lake Chamber, is delighted to welcome the Honorable Hiroto Hirakoba, Consul General of Japan....

Utah announces formation of Juvenile Justice Oversight Committee
The Utah Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice is pleased to announce the formation of the Juvenile Justice Reform Oversight Committee to support the implementation of H.B. 239, a comprehensive package of juvenile justice reforms enacted in March 2017....

Local Headlines

Utah Foundation

Salt Lake Tribune

Salt Lake County Council continues push for answers on homeless population decision

UTA fights to keep board's conflict disclosures private

Former state Rep. Chris Herrod declares candidacy for Congress

Payments to Diehl during bankruptcy raise new questions about ties to Utah power brokers

Trump budget slashes money for federal lands, needy and health care

Anti-DUI law ad in Nevada warns, 'Go to Utah on vacation, leave on probation'

Despite CIA testimony, Utah's Stewart says there's 'some ambiguity' on whether Russia boosted Trump

Salt Lake City Council rebukes mayor's staff for spending without approval

Deseret News

Boyd Matheson: Politics has failed, America will not

Op-ed: Utah's tech renaissance threatened unless Congress acts to update archaic law

Editorial: State leaders, not just SL County, should address the lack of jail space

Ainge's run for Congress drawing national media's attention

Ad targeting Utah's .05 percent DUI law to run in Las Vegas newspaper

Ainge joins field of candidates to replace Rep. Jason Chaffetz in Utah's 3rd District

Intermountain Power Project will shutter coal-fired power plant near Delta

S.L. County Council grills McAdams on homeless populations decision

County unveils communication system 'critical' to homelessness plan


New Utah GOP Party head zeroing in on debt, candidate selection process (Standard-Examiner)

Utah legislator pledges not to oppose Park City's plastic-bag ban (Park Record)

Park City mayor will retire, ending months of speculation (Park Record)

National Headlines

How Trump stayed out of trouble in the Middle East (Politico)

Poll: Comey was deeply unpopular at time of firing (The Hill)

BuzzFeed editor, reporters could soon be under oath (McClatchy)

Pope Francis, Donald Trump to Seek Common Ground at Vatican (Wall Street Journal)

Theresa May raises terror threat to 'critical' (The Sun)

What a Montana congressional race will - and won't - tell us about Trump and his political troubles (Los Angeles Times)

Trump Proposes Selling Off Half U.S. Strategic Oil Reserve (Bloomberg)

Donald Trump's budget overhauls student loan programs (USA Today)

Border Tax's Apparent Demise Jeopardizes GOP Overhaul Plan (New York Times)

Oil edges up, Wall Street rises as investors parse Trump budget (Reuters)

Obama's Fiduciary Rule, After a Delay, Will Go Into Effect (New York Times)

Wise Words

Religious LIberty
"There is not a single instance in history in which civil liberty was lost, and religious liberty preserved entire. If therefore we yield up our temporal property, we at the same time deliver the conscience into bondage." John Witherspoon

Lighter Side

Witch Hunt
"Trump started tweeting again. Today he criticized the Russia investigation, saying, "This is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history." Then one guy was like, "Do you still want to see my birth certificate?" Jimmy Fallon

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