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Morning must reads for Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 129th day of the year. There are 236 days remaining in 2017. Today is the 110th day of Donald Trump's presidency.

Utahns want a proposed ballot initiative that raises taxes to fund schools to move forward. Zinke tours Bears Ears. Sally Yates says there was evidence Michael Flynn may have been compromised by the Russians.

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Poll shows Utahns support some sort of tax hike to fund public schools

More than two-thirds of Utahns want Our Schools Now to go forward with their citizen initiative petition and put before 2018 voters a possible state income tax hike for public schools, a new UtahPolicy.com poll shows....

Labrador comment illustrates difficulty of healthcare issue

Our neighboring congressman to the north, Idaho Rep. Raul Labrador, made an unfortunate comment at a town hall meeting last week -- saying that nobody dies because they don’t have access to health care....

Utah Democrats prioritize animal rights in 2017 platform proposal

Utah Democrats are proposing to put "animal rights" in the top-10 of their proposed platform for 2017....

Chaffetz to investigate Obama's Iran nuclear deal

In response to a recent Politico report, House Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz launches a sweeping investigation into whether the Obama administrationjeopardized national security and misled the American public in itsefforts to secure the former president'slegacy-defining ...

Beg to Differ: Political calculus

In our very first episode, Bryan Schott and Rep. Mike Winder offer a prognosis following the House vote on health care....

Policy News

Sen. Lee congratulates Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson
Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) issued the following statement Monday after the Senate voted to confirm Secretary Heather Wilson as the 24th Secretary of the Air Force:...

Addressing the labor shortage: Salt Lake Community College graduates record setting 4,600 students
In a recent trip to Chicago, EDCUtah COO Mike Flynn gained some valuable insight from some prominent site selectors....

Treasurer Damschen announces $33.1 million new abandoned property now online for claim
Utah State Treasurer David Damschen announced that the State of Utah’s Unclaimed Property Division received more than $33.1 million in new abandoned property at the end of 2016....

Local Headlines

Utah Foundation

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Farming out inmates to other jails carries risks for Salt Lake County

As Utah Republicans prepare to elect a new leader, division lingers over SB54 and debt

Former state employee gets prison sentence for $1.2 million embezzlement case

UTA takes public comment Wednesday on controversial Clearfield plan

Kane County officials under investigation for involvement in district for luxury resort

Utah's new liquor laws - some of them, anyway - go into effect Tuesday

Tribal leaders demand apology from Hatch after he said they 'don't fully understand' Bears Ears implications

Zinke flies over Bears Ears as critics urge him to 'Make San Juan County Great Again' and rescind monument

Deseret News

Mia Love: AHCA and the problems of the status quo

Editorial: Don't bail out bankrupt Puerto Rico

Judge signs order barring Utah from defunding Planned Parenthood

Zinke: No question Bears Ears should be preserved, but how?

Hatch, Lee to play key roles in overhauling health care law

Huntsman Cancer Institute will publish full accounting of past 23 years in newspaper ad, founder says


Editorial: Too many people are dying in Utah jails. Now, how do we protect the vulnerable? (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Condoleezza Rice on Slave Owner Statue Purge: 'It's a Bad Thing' (The Wrap)

Fights over Trump drive couples, especially millennials, to split up (Washington Examiner)

Will Hurd Is the Future of the GOP (Politico)

Trump busting presidential norms with weekend getaways (Politico)

McConnell: ObamaCare replacement bill 'will not be quick' (The Hill)

Trump reveals first slate of judicial nominees (The Hill)

10 people nominated by Trump to federal bench (Washington Post)

Texas announces lawsuit against local officials considered hostile toward 'sanctuary cities' ban (Los Angeles Times)

EPA dismisses half of key board's scientific advisers; Interior suspends more than 200 advisory panels (Washington Post)

Senate confirms Trump's choice for Air Force secretary Heather Wilson (FOX News)

S&P 500, Nasdaq eke out record closes as 'fear index' drops to lowest in decades (MarketWatch)

Wise Words

Politics and Parties
"We should be unfaithful to ourselves if we should ever lose sight of the danger to our liberties if anything partial or extraneous should infect the purity of our free, fair, virtuous, and independent elections." John Adams

Lighter Side

Getting Attention
"Trump tweeted that the media is out of control, saying that they will do or say anything to get attention. Then he honked the horn of an 18-wheeler, posed for a picture with Kid Rock, and accused Obama of spying on him from his microwave." Jimmy Fallon

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