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Morning must reads for Thursday, May 25, 2017

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 145th day of the year. There are 220 days remaining in 2017. Today is the 126th day of Donald Trump's presidency.

Orrin Hatch is reportedly leaning toward retiring from the Senate in 2018. It's gonna cost big bucks to get on the ballot via signature gathering. A Montana congressional candidate assaults a reporter.

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Sources: Hatch considering not running for another term in 2018; Romney seriously interested in replacing him

UtahPolicy.com has been told by various sources that U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, is leaning against running for re-election in 2018, and will likely retire. The second part of the rumor is that Mitt Romney is very likely to seek Hatch’s seat....

Special election could be the Utah GOP's nightmare come true

Cry “Havoc!” and let slip the dogs of war. - Julius Caesar, Act 3, Scene 1.The war over SB54 is brewing, and the special election to replace Rep. Jason Chaffetz could be the spark that sets it ablaze....

Signature gathering to get on the special election ballot could cost $100,000

Gov. Gary Herbert may have wanted to give all candidates a fair shot at being their party’s 3rd District nominee by ordering up a truncated signature-gathering process....

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....

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?...

Three takeaways from the Point of the Mountain Development Commission

Rapid growth and technology are pulling our state together. Nowhere is this more visible than at the Point of the Mountain where the state's two largest economies are integrating with a nationally recognized technology hub....

Policy News

Press release: CBO predicts tens of thousands of Utahns at risk of losing health coverage
Almost three weeks after all four Utah members of the House of Representatives voted to pass the American Health Care Act (AHCA), Utahns learned the true impact of the bill today when the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) published an updated report. ...

Bishop introduces bill to protect and defend 2nd Amendment
Rep. Rob Bishop (UT-01) has introduced H.R. 2620, the Lawful Purpose and Self Defense Act....

Sen. Lee commends FCC announcement on internet innovation
Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) issued the following statement after the Federal Communications Commission voted on the Restoring Internet Freedom notice of proposed rulemaking:...

Local Headlines

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Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Next legislative session should focus on air, schools and tax reform

Western group sues Interior for documents on monument designations

Utah conservationist buys Needles Outpost for $2.5 million at SITLA auction

UTA gives initial OK to controversial land deal in Clearfield

Once-tiny Vineyard in Utah County sees population grow sixfold in 2 years

Deseret News

Jay Evensen: Can Utah's new political party rally docile moderates?

Editorial: The Mayor's plan to increase safety on Rio Grande Street should be a first step

Sen. Mike Lee, others introduce bill to prevent indefinite detention

Report: 23M more to be uninsured, $834M in Medicaid spending to be slashed under AHCA

New GOP chairman will 'stay the course' on SB54 lawsuit while working toward new compromise

Conservationist buys Needles Outpost in Bears Ears for $2.5 million

Supreme Court patent ruling praised by Utah tech community


Provo Mayor John Curtis running for Jason Chaffetz's 3rd Congressional District seat (Daily Herald)

Former Provo state representative, Chris Herrod, joins race for Jason Chaffetz's seat (Daily Herald)

National Headlines

In first under Trump, U.S. warship challenges Beijing's claims in South China Sea (Reuters)

French Censors Target Children With Down Syndrome (Wall Street Journal)

Manchester Bomber Believed Muslims Were Mistreated, Sought Revenge (Wall Street Journal)

Trump debuts in Europe as Obama returns to stir nostalgia for the old days (Guardian)

Melania Trump's spokeswoman confirms that she's a Catholic (Daily Mail)

McConnell frets about healthcare, hopeful on tax overhaul (Reuters)

Obama admin knew gang members were part of illegal immigrant surge: Whistleblower (Washington Times)

McCain: Cynical Democrats killed Lieberman's FBI chances (CNN)

Vermont's Governor Vetoes Recreational Pot Bill (NPR)

Democrats Ask Deutsche Bank to Produce Documents on Trump Family Loans (Bloomberg)

Another Insurer Leaves Missouri's Affordable Care Act Exchange (FOX Business)

Wise Words

"Your love of liberty - your respect for the laws - your habits of industry - and your practice of the moral and religious obligations, are the strongest claims to national and individual happiness." George Washington

Lighter Side

At Large
"A Girl Scout troop leader in Kentucky is on the run from police after she allegedly stole $15,000 worth of Girl Scout cookies. The suspect is now at large. And getting larger every minute." James Corden

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