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Morning must reads for Monday, June 12, 2016

Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 163rd day of the year. There are 201 days remaining in 2017. Today is the 144th day of Donald Trump's presidency.

Utahns want the GOP to drop their lawsuit against SB54. Joe Biden encouraged Mitt Romney to run for Senate in 2018. Maryland and Washington, D.C. officials plan to sue President Trump over foreign payments to his companies.

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Poll: Utahns say the Utah GOP should drop its lawsuit against SB54

Newly-elected state GOP chairman Rob Anderson told UtahPolicy last week that he expects at a September meeting of the party’s new Central Committee, members will decide to drop the SB54 appeal in federal court....

'Political Insiders' think 'Our Schools Now' will get on the 2018 ballot but will have difficulty passing

The "Our Schools Now" effort to put a sales and income tax hike to better fund Utah's schools on the 2018 ballot got underway this week. Our "Political Insiders" think they'll get enough signatures to secure a ballot spot, but they mostly say voters will reject the measure....

Lee: No evidence that Trump obstructed justice (with video)

Sen. Mike Lee said Sunday that, even if former FBI Director James Comey is telling the truth, there's still no evidence that President Trump came close to obstructing justice....

Biden says Romney should run for the Senate in 2018

Former Democratic Vice President Joe Biden is urging Mitt Romney to run for the U.S. Senate next year....

Policy News

Zions Bank CEO, Mayor Ben McAdams, City Councilman Andrew Johnston roll up sleeves to spruce up home of blind advocates
Senior citizens and disabled residents who face challenges maintaining their homes are getting a helping hand from Zions Bank’s 27th  annual Paint-a-Thon service project. ...

Podium poised to grow in Silicon Slopes
The Governor’s Office of Economic Development announced Podium, Inc. will expand in Utah, adding up to 426 jobs to the community and an estimated $10 million in capital investment....

Alliance Data to expand Utah operations
The Governor’s Office of Economic Development announced Columbus, Ohio-based Alliance Data will expand in Utah, adding hundreds of jobs to the community and an estimated $15.6 million in capital investment. Alliance Data has operated Comenity Capital Bank, headquartere...

Local Headlines


Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: UTA is rolling toward a more transparent operation

Editorial: Money to help the homeless should focus on where they are - Salt Lake County

Scandal-plagued former UTA chairman drops out of running for Utah transportation commission

Rob Miller's accusers say his alleged actions revealed 'culture of pervasive sexual harassment' in Utah Democratic Party

Salt Lake City property tax revenues are $1M short as budget deadline looms

Utah highways director meets with Trump, says president wants to speed up projects, knows 'time is money'

Former Trump critics Romney, McCain and Graham go out of their way to praise president, skip commenting on Comey testimony

St. George to Zion transit among pitches for recreation 'hotspots' that could use a piece of $100M

By 9 p.m., not only are most kids in bed - so are most UTA buses and trains

Funeral potato takeover and planning to 'live forever': Hatch takes to humor on Twitter

SLC inmates moved to rural counties to make room as Sheriff Winder's felony-focused jail policy loosens up

Guess who former VP Joe Biden wants to run for Senate in Utah: Mitt Romney

Utah company had big hopes for Trump era, but its gun silencers remain hard to buy

Deseret News

Frank R. Pignanelli and LaVarr Webb: Global warming, Gary Ott, and 3rd District produce hot politics

Deidre Henderson: I'm running for Congress as conservative 'voice of the little guy'

Op-ed: Utah public schools are worth increased investment

Op-ed: Ranked Choice Voting can help Utah elections

Editorial: City leaders should consider other ideas to help SLC's Rio Grande

Romney: 'High hopes' for Trump but president needs less 'theater'

UDOT boss meets with Trump over speeding up road project approval process

Salt Lake City faces $1 million, last-minute budget shortfall

Value of Utah's exports climbs above $13B, report says

Frustrations over probe into Recorder Gary Ott leads to call for special investigator

3 minority candidates running for office in Utah's most diverse city

Former Vice President Joe Biden encourages Mitt Romney to run for Senate

School fees audit ordered amid reports of shaming, billing low-income kids

'Scary and unsustainable': Utahns complacent about state's growing obesity rates, experts say

Utah seeks Medicaid rule waiver to cut addiction treatment waitlists


Bountiful, Fruit Heights and Sunset mayors face election challenges (Standard-Examiner)

Davis County cities boom, easily outpace growth of Weber County cities (Standard-Examiner)

Park City mayor's race offers top figures, but pitfalls may await them (Park Record)

National Headlines

Economy emerges as bright spot for Trump (The Hill)

Ivanka to join Trump in jobs push (The Hill)

Can Democrats save themselves? (New York Times)

Feinstein: Congress should probe whether Lynch provided cover for Clinton (Politico)

Delta, Bank of America drop sponsorship of Shakespeare in the Park over 'Julius Caesar' stunt that shows Trump assassination (New York Daily News)

Puerto Rico governor upholds statehood in vote hit by boycott (Associated Press)

Trump attorney signals a firm stance in dealing with special prosecutor (Los Angeles Times)

First lady Melania Trump, son Barron officially move into the White House (USA Today)

Trump headlines fundraiser for New Jersey GOP lawmaker (The Hill)

Iran Confident About $3 Billion Boeing Deal as U.S. Mulls Sanctions (Bloomberg)

Trump's air traffic control plan faces fight in Congress (Washington Examiner)

Wise Words

Friend in Washington
"You want a friend in Washington? Get a dog." Harry S Truman

Lighter Side

"Former FBI Director James Comey testified in Congress, but he would not say in the public hearing if he thinks Trump colluded with Russia. Then he said, "But I CAN do this." [nods frantically]" Jimmy Fallon

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