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Morning must reads for Monday, May 8, 2017

Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 128th day of the year. There are 237 days remaining in 2017. Today is the 109th day of Donald Trump's presidency.

Utahns want more tax money for public schools. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke visits Utah. Utah's sales tax collections are rising following the deal with Amazon.

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Poll: Most Utahns say Utah's schools need more funding

Two-thirds of Utahns believe more tax money is needed for public schools, a new UtahPolicy.com poll shows....

Noel welcomes Secretary Zinke's visit to Utah to review Bears Ears and Grand Staircase

U.S. Interior Sec. Ryan Zinke is in Utah, meeting Sunday with various state leaders and others before he goes Monday down to the Bears Ears Monument in southeastern Utah....

'Political Insiders' say there should be a signature-gathering route to the ballot in a special election

Our "Political Insiders" say candidates who take the signature-gathering route to the ballot should be allowed to run in a special election to replace Rep. Jason Chaffetz if he steps down from his seat early....

Hughes won't run for Chaffetz's seat

House Speaker Greg Hughes said Friday he won't run to fill Rep. Jason Chaffetz's seat in Congress....

Policy News

Hatch, Wyden, Murkowski, and Cantwell introduce bill to reauthorize secure rural schools program
Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), and Maria Cantwell (D-WA)  introduced legislation reauthorizing the Secure Rural Schools and Self-Determination Program (SRS)....

Hatch urges support for rollback of harmful Obama rule
In a speech on the Senate floor, Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) called on his Senate colleagues to support H.J. Res. 66, a resolution that would rescind an Obama-mandated regulation that encourages states to impose conflicting and burdensome mandates on...

Hatch statement on House passage of bill to repeal and replace Obamacare
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) today issued the following statement after the House passed the American Health Care Act (AHCA):...

Local Headlines

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Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Proposed Medicaid cuts threaten children and require more analysis

Op-ed: Utah Farm Bureau applauds review of national monuments

Op-ed: What's a disillusioned Democrat to do now?

Editorial: ICE should stick to the criminals and leave our families alone

Amazon sales tax from Utah customers will bolster state, local coffers

With House version DOA in the Senate, it's now up to Hatch and Lee to write new health care bill

Without big tax hike, UTA warns planned expansion, projects not feasible

Zinke kicks off monuments review this weekend. Up first: Utah's Bears Ears and Staircase

Two Salt Lake City employees charged with misusing taxpayer money

U. disputes Huntsman, says school doesn't owe money to cancer institute

Supporters of Bears Ears, Grand Staircase rally in advance of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's visit

Police can request ID, run background check on car passengers, Utah Supreme Court says

Driving Development: Legislative leaders stand to profit from developments along West Davis Corridor road they've championed

Zinke says monument designations have been an 'effective tool,' though 'very few ... are to the scale of the recent actions'

Deseret News

Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: A few political rumors to chew on

Ralph Hancock: LDS progressivism is not grounded in LDS belief: A response to Dr. Fluhman

Hal Boyd: Barack Obama's $400,000 forbidden fruit and the need for American morality

Op-ed: Business leadership key to solving Utah's water challenges

Editorial: Reviewing the Antiquities Act is an important course of action

Editorial: Utah must continue to incubate innovation

Legislative leader looks at limiting governor's power to call special session

New task force to address Utah's 'opi-demic'

Hatch pushes bill to speed up clinical trials for experimental medical treatments

Lawsuit claims retaliation against U. employees who exposed wasteful spending

Sen. Mike Lee calls for review of land-use law for national monuments

Much at stake as Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke visits Bears Ears

Rallies over Bears Ears act as prelude to Zinke's visit

For teachers, advancing often means leaving the classroom

Zinke met by protest as he arrives to consider Utah voices on national monuments

State appropriated nearly $70M to Huntsman Cancer Institute over past 5 years


Editorial: New GOP leadership a golden opportunity in Utah County (Daily Herald)

National Headlines

Five senators to watch in healthcare fight (The Hill)

Columnist who defended NRA quits after being suspended (New York Post)

North Korea detains another American citizen, KCNA reports (Reuters)

Obama calls on Congress to have political courage in health care debate (FOX News)

Obama's HHS chief admits some people will be better off under Republican health bill (MarketWatch)

Texas Governor Signs a Ban on Sanctuary Cities (New York Times)

Democrats, don't get too giddy about 2018 (CNN)

EPA dismisses half of its scientific advisers on key board, citing 'clean break' with Obama administration (Washington Post)

Tensions rise as New Orleans prepares to topple Confederate monuments (Washington Post)

Trump: Bedminster stay saves money (CNN)

US Commerce chief says Canadian trade threats 'inappropriate' (Reuters)

Wise Words


"The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite." James Madison

Lighter Side

"Democrats are calling for the new Republican healthcare bill to be called "Trumpcare." Experts say that's the first time the words "Trump" and "care" have ever been said together." Jimmy Fallon

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