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Local News Highlights: Daily Briefing

Morning must reads for Friday, May 26, 2017

Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 146th day of the year. There are 219 days remaining in 2017. Today is the 127th day of Donald Trump's presidency.

Utahns want to keep the signature route to the ballot. Jared Kushner has become a focus of the FBI's Russia investigation. Another court blocks Trump's travel ban.

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Today At Utah Policy

Poll: Utah voters overwhelmingly support allowing candidates to gather signatures to get on the ballot

By one of the largest margins in the three years of polling in Utah, voters favor SB54, the compromise law that allows candidates to choose either a signature-gathering or delegate/convention route to a party’s primary ballot....

Bob Bernick's notebook: Republicans have lost. Utahns want to keep the signature path to the ballot

The newly-elected chairman of the Utah Republican Party, Rob Anderson, would be wise to push his Central Committee to end, once and for all, the foolish and divisive battle against SB54 and its dual-path for a candidate to a party’s primary ballot....

Lee warns about nation's unraveling social cohesion

The Atlantic interviews Sen. Mike Lee about his newly-launched Social Capital Project, a research effort seeking to examinethe sorry state of associational life in the United States. Lee saysthe nation's economic trajectory is tied to its social trajectory, andthe latter is ...

Utah Republicans should be ashamed of themselves - Bernick and Schott on politics #330

2017 was supposed to be a boring political year!...

Podcast: Bernick and Schott on politics #330

Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott discuss another tumultuous week in Utah Politics....

3rd Congressional District special election candidate tracker [Updated 5/25]

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?...

Policy News

Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
Outdoor Notes-- Tribune: Utah Hike of the Week: The Living Room - Salt Lake City--Tribune: Thinking of camping in Utah's national forests for Memorial Day? Here's an update on what's open and what's closed due to snow and mud--Tribune: Memorial Day crowds could be especially...

Press release: Unprecedented outpouring of support shown during official comment period
As part of an abbreviated 15-day comment period, more than 680,000 comments have been submitted online in support of the Bears Ears National Monument to the Department of the Interior....

Local Headlines

Utah Foundation

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: The unintended consequences of Bears Ears National Monument

Editorial: Kids are not adults, and schools shouldn't treat them like they are

Group that allegedly distributes heroin in U.S. cities, including Salt Lake City, targeted by Treasury Department

Provo Mayor John Curtis says he's all in as a candidate for Congress

County launches program aimed at tracking, reducing repeat criminal offending

New Utah party seeks ballot status, will name 3rd District candidate Friday

Utah lawmaker takes aim at campus free-speech rules

Gehrke: For all the hoopla, signature path to the ballot is a long shot

Rescues in Utah backcountry could cost recreators $25 instead of $10,000

Chaffetz doubles down on request for Comey documents after FBI balks

Deseret News

A. Scott Anderson: Don't allow distractions to derail tax reform

Op-ed: Public safety is more than jail beds

Jay Evensen: A tough sell for a library tax increase

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

Editorial: A call for a special session to fund and fix mental health system

Provo Mayor John Curtis, more Republicans enter 3rd District race

Lehi was 11th fastest-growing large city in U.S. between 2015-16

New United Utah Party pushing to make deadline for 3rd District special election


Editorial: Eliminate Utah's evidence backlog. Fully fund the state crime lab (Standard-Examiner)

UTA gives preliminary OK to Stadler Rail land deal in Clearfield (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Gianforte wins Montana special election (Politico)

Explosive Revelation of Obama Administration Illegal Surveillance of Americans (National Review)

Iran says it has built third underground ballistic missile factory (Reuters)

Trump scolds NATO allies on defense spending (The Hill)

Senate staff to draft health bill during recess (The Hill)

Federal appeals court maintains freeze of Trump's travel ban. Attorney general vows Supreme Court appeal. (Washington Post)

Housing Secretary Ben Carson Says Poverty Is A 'State Of Mind' (NPR)

Backers of pot legalization hope for compromise in Vermont (Washington Post)

Mark Zuckerberg joins Silicon Valley bigwigs in calling for government to give everybody free money (CNBC)

Retailers cheer GOP retreat on ending debit card fees limit (ABC News)

Census: Texas has 4 of top 5 fastest growing large US cities (Miami Herald)

Wise Words

"Remember democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide." John Adams

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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