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Morning must reads for Thursday, June 1, 2017

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 152nd day of the year. There are 213 days remaining in 2017. Today is the 133rd day of Donald Trump's presidency.

The proposal to boost taxes to fund Utah schools is coming into focus. James Comey will testify before Congress. Dabakis appointed to the UTA board.

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Today At Utah Policy

Backers of initiative to increase school funding will seek both income and sales tax boost

The Our Schools Now citizen/business initiative petition-backers are preparing to file a petition that, if approved by voters in 2018, would increase the state sales tax by 0.5 percentage points and hike the personal state income tax rate by an additional half-a-percentage p...

3rd Congressional District special election candidate tracker [Updated]

There are now 21 candidates in the race to replace Rep. Jason Chaffetz in Congress as one has dropped out. Who's going through their party conventions? Who's gathering signatures? Check out our complete list of candidates....

Mayor Jackie Biskupski appoints Sen. Jim Dabakis to UTA Board of Trustees

Mayor Jackie Biskupski nominated Sen. Jim Dabakis to represent Salt Lake City on the Utah Transit Authority Board of Trustees....

Weekly survey: Who will win the vote at the GOP nominating convention?

On June 17, Utah Republican delegates in Utah's 3rd Congressional District will forward one name out of 13 candidates to the ballot for November's special election to replace Rep. Jason Chaffetz. Which candidate do you think is most likely to advance? Vote now in our weekly ...

Policy News

Sen. Lee Applauds Pres. Trump's withdrawal from Paris Climate Agreement
Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) applauded the decision of the Trump administration to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement and protect the economic and energy sovereignty of the United States....

Sens. call for codification of life protection order
Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) joined with 18 colleagues in sending a letter to State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC) requesting that language be included in the FY2018 Appropriations bill to protect human life in U....

Local Headlines

Utah Foundation

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Noel is wrong to demand a 'royalty oath' from communities seeking grants

EPA sues over hazardous mine tailings near Park City

UTA board appointee Jim Dabakis will serve as a 'watchdog,' Salt Lake City mayor says

Widow of Utah congressman running for Legislature

Park City School District offers new teachers $50K starting pay, state's highest

Transit will play a vital role in Wasatch Front growth. Just one problem - there's not enough funding.

Lee, Hatch say leaving the global climate pact will boost American jobs and decrease energy costs

BLM travel plan suits resolved, but conflict persists

Transportation commission nominee barely survives confirmation hearing

Gehrke: GOP's plan to charge delegates $20 harkens back to days of poll taxes

Park City's political rock 'n' roller looks for an encore in upcoming mayoral race

Deal with LDS Church secures Utah climbing spot

BYU professor blocked from entering race for Chaffetz's seat sues state


Utah County Commissioners weigh formation of a board to look at prosecutorial misconduct (Daily Herald)

Eagle Mountain Mayor Pengra not seeking re-election (Daily Herald)

Still no timetable for Ogden/Weber State public transit connection (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

CNN Fires Kathy Griffin From New Year's Show After Donald Trump Beheading Stunt (Variety)

In her bubble, Kathy Griffin thought nothing was out of bounds in mocking Trump (New York Post)

Poll: 53% Say Media Leaks Are Act of Treason (Rasmussen Reports)

Per Capita Taxes Have More Than Doubled Since JFK (CNS News)

Al Jazeera Tweets-Then Deletes-Anti-Semitic Climate Change Cartoon (Free Beacon)

Clinton: 'I Take Responsibility for Every Decision I Made, but That's Not Why I Lost' (Free Beacon)

Bloomberg: '55 percent chance' Trump will win reelection (The Hill)

White House preps broad exemptions from birth control mandate (The Hill)

Pro-Life Groups Urge DOJ to Take Up Planned Parenthood Fetal Tissue Trafficking Investigation (Townhall)

Franken: I'm keeping Kathy Griffin event because 'she begged for forgiveness' (The Hill)

Ohio Sues 5 Major Drug Companies For 'Fueling Opioid Epidemic' (NPR)

Wise Words

"To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead." Thomas Paine

Lighter Side

Walk it Off
"It's come out that the new Republican healthcare bill will hike premiums by 700 percent for the old and sick. It's not a good sign that the title of the bill is "Walk It Off, Grandpa." Conan O'Brien

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