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Local News Highlights: Daily Briefing

Morning must reads for Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 123rd day of the year. There are 242 days remaining in 2017. Today is the 104th day of Donald Trump's presidency.

Jason Chaffetz's poll numbers haven't improved much. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke will visit Utah next week. Republicans still can't get everybody on board about repealing Obamacare.

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Poll: What are the top priorities for 3rd District voters?

What do 3rd District voters want from their representative in Congress? A new poll may provide a path forward for those seeking to replace Rep. Jason Chaffetz....

Poll: Chaffetz's favorability ratings haven't moved since he announced he was leaving office

Rep. Jason Chaffetz's favorability hasn't changed much since he announced he was not running for re-election in 2018 according to a new poll....

All votes should count in filling U.S. House vacancy

Some members of the Utah House of Representatives would like political party state delegates to select nominees in the event a vacancy occurs in a U.S. House seat – instead of allowing all party voters to elect the nominee....

Weekly survey: Special election for Congress

If Rep. Jason Chaffetz steps down from his seat before his term is up, how should the state pick the candidates for the special election to replace him? ...

Policy News

Governor's 2017 Energy Development Summit to explore 'crossroads of innovation'
Gov. Gary R. Herbert has announced the sixth annual Utah Energy Development Summit, to be held May 3-4, 2017 at the Grand America Hotel....

Hatch, Feinstein introduce legislation to curb religious hate crimes
Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), the longest-serving member and former Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, joined Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), the current ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, in introducing the Protecting Religious Affiliated Institutions Act&mda...

Governor Herbert statement on the death of Catholic Bishop George H. Niederauer
Governor Gary R. Herbert issued a statement following the death of Catholic Bishop George H. Niederauer:...

Local Headlines

Utah Foundation

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Jason Chaffetz's dishonorable dereliction of duty

Editorial: Utah will now do right by Planned Parenthood

Utah's construction workers are seeing the best job market in a decade

EPA labels Utah air-quality problems 'serious'

Bears Ears is overkill, San Juan County leaders tell Zinke

Gehrke: Herbert is right to not let Chaffetz's replacement turn into a political game

National monuments harm the economy, Utah public lands official tells Congress

Utah Supreme Court's first female judge retiring from the bench

Salt Lake County signs off on plan to send inmates elsewhere

Huntsman Cancer Institute backers want more control over U.'s cancer revenues, care, hiring

Biskupski's budget seeks to bolster homeless services, rethink golf funding

Deseret News

Boyd Matheson: Collusion, not conflict, is bankrupting the nation

Richard Davis: Our permanent presidential campaign continues

Editorial: Implement solutions to solve traffic problems plaguing Big Cottonwood Canyon

Utah's first female Supreme Court justice to retire

Governor's energy summit features international panel, new coal technology report

Salt Lake County approves plan to use jail space in outlying counties

Sewer rate hikes, golf, homelessness highlight Biskupski's 2017 budget proposal

Governor, legislative leaders disagree over possible special election

Monuments under the microscope: Subcommittee debates designations

Hatch, Feinstein bill would make threats against religions, worshippers a federal crime

Secretary of Interior to tour Bears Ears, Grand Staircase next week

Peter Huntsman: Huntsman Cancer Institute needs autonomy

Lawmaker wants more clarity on U. relationship with Huntsman Cancer Institute


Editorial: This is no time for Salt Lake to begin sending prisoners to other jails (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

White House aims for Thursday signing of religious liberty executive order (Politico)

Did Too Much Caitlyn Jenner Doom ESPN? (Politico)

Why a Congress that's protesting wasteful spending wants $77 million more for itself (McClatchy)

Berkeley Plans to Fight Left-Wing Violence With 'Laughter Yoga', Singing and Bubbles (Heat Street)

Stephen Colbert in Hot Water Over 'Homophobic' Donald Trump Joke (Variety)

Provocateur-in-Chief Trump Pokes His Own Party's Power Centers (Bloomberg)

GOP bill hung up on pre-existing conditions (The Hill)

Influential GOP lawmaker latest to say no to revised Republican health care bill (FOX News)

Clinton blames misogyny, FBI, Russia, herself for 2016 loss (New York Daily News)

Heritage Foundation board ousts president Jim DeMint (Washington Post)

United CEO, airline execs face latest group of unhappy customers: Congress (Chicago Tribune)

Wise Words

Religion and Morality
[T]he only foundation for a useful education in a republic is to be laid in religion. Without this there can be no virtue, and without virtue there can be no liberty, and liberty is the object and life of all republican governments." Benjamin Rush

Lighter Side

"After a month of very bad PR, United Airlines is offering up to $10,000 to passengers on overbooked flights. But you know another thing they could do? Stop selling more tickets than there are seats on the plane! Just don't do that!" James Corden

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