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Morning must reads for Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 150th day of the year. There are 215 days remaining in 2017. Today is the 131st day of Donald Trump's presidency.

Utahns say they are confident in the state's future but are less optimistic about the nation's direction. Rep. Rebecca Chavez-Houck is not running for another term in 2018. Russian government officials discussed having "derogatory" information about President Donald Trump during the 2016 campaign.

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Utahns say America is not on the right track; More optimistic about the state's direction

Considering that we have a Republican president and a GOP-controlled Congress, Utahns are still not optimistic about the direction the United States is going, a new UtahPolicy.com poll shows....

Chavez-Houck will not run for re-election in 2018; Jacquelyn Orton already running to replace her

Rep. Rebecca Chavez-Houck, D-Salt Lake City, will call it a career at the end of the 2018 session, but the news of her retirement is being made public a little sooner than she wants....

3rd Congressional District special election candidate tracker [Updated 5/29]

There are 22 candidates in the race to replace Rep. Jason Chaffetz in Congress. Who's going through their party conventions? Who's gathering signatures? Check out our complete list of candidates....

'Political Insiders' don't expect much impact from new United Utah Party

Our "Political Insiders" say they don't expect the newly formed United Utah Party to have much of an impact in Utah politics....

Beg to Differ podcast: 'United we stand?'

There are an astonishing number of Republican candidates in the race to succeed Jason Chaffetz. Mike Winder and Bryan Schott break down what they need to do to get to the primary election and beyond. ...

Policy News

Governor appoints Jennifer Valencia to the Second District Court
Gov. Gary R. Herbert has appointed Jennifer Valencia to fill a judicial vacancy on the Second District Court....

Hatch, King, Nelson introduce bipartisan bill to provide community bank relief
U.S. Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Angus King (I-ME), and Bill Nelson (D-FL) introduced the Community Bank Relief Act (S. 1284) to provide regulatory relief to small financial institutions....

Rep. Stewart leads bi-partisan effort, urging FDA to allow for office-use drug compounding in pharmacies
Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) and Rep. Earl L. “Buddy” Carter (R-Georgia) led a bi-partisan group of 65 Members of Congress urging the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) to rescind their decision that restricts state-licensed pharmacies from compounding prescription...

Local Headlines

Utah Foundation

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Time for the sheriff and the chief to start talking

Utah exports hit $3 billion milestone in first quarter of 2017

Utah attorney general's office rejects Swallow demand for $1.5M in legal fees

Salt Lake County sheriff talks about possible new job, rocky relationship with city officials

Salt Lake's HomeInn Hotel provides an escape from the street, a chance for ex-cons

An answered prayer for some addicts, Operation Diversion's future uncertain as waitlist swells

With California going coal-free, power plant near Utah's Delta switching to natural gas

Chaffetz's exit leaves 22 - so far - seeking to fill the void

Hatch urges support of Trump in otherwise apolitical Memorial Day speech

D.C. underground pot market is growing, thanks to an unwitting Chaffetz

Deseret News

LaVarr Webb and Frank R. Pignanelli: What politicos will be reading at the beach this summer

Op-ed: A Native American explains why a Bears Ears National Monument would do more harm than good

Op-ed: Replacing Chaffetz requires following our Constitution

Salt Lake City just topped another Forbes list

22 candidates crowd into race to replace Chaffetz - so far

New Utah GOP Chairman Rob Anderson already devising ways to end party's SB54 fight

Is Utah ready to build trade relations with Cuba?

Hatch honors veterans, calls for support of Trump at Memorial Day service


Editorial: Relish the options of candidates in Utah's Congressional 3rd District race (Daily Herald)

National Headlines

Jared Kushner didn't suggest Russian communications channel in meeting, source says (FOX News)

Paul Ryan's Favorite Charter School (Politico)

Five goals for Republicans this summer (The Hill)

The shadow secretary of State (Axios)

Trump lashes out at leaks, considers staff upheaval (Wall Street Journal)

Trump, Huddling With Aides, Looks to Get Past 'Side Issues' (Wall Street Journal)

Sanders revolution hits a rough patch (Politico)

Credit Scores Hit Record High as Recession Wounds Heal (Wall Street Journal)

Expanded laptop ban could cover half a million travelers a day (CNNMoney)

President Trump Pays Memorial Day Tribute at Tomb of Unknown Soldier (NBC News)

Secretary of State Tillerson rides Harley at Rolling Thunder Memorial Day event (Washington Examiner)

Wise Words

Memorial Day Reminder
"Posterity, you will never know how much it cost the present generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you will make good use of it. If you do not, I shall repent in heaven that ever I took half the pains to preserve it." John Adams

Lighter Side

Cheat A Little Harder
"A college student in Florida is accused of breaking into a building and changing his grade from an "F" to a "B." His parents were like, "Really, you can't even get an 'A' when you're cheating?" Jimmy Fallon

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