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Morning must reads for Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 165th day of the year. There are 199 days remaining in 2017. Today is the 146th day of Donald Trump's presidency.

Utah Republicans eyeing a small property tax hike to increase school funding. Democrats reeling from dirty tricks in the race for party chair. Jim Dabakis' bid to join the Utah Transit Authority Board is rejected.

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Legislators mulling property tax increase to boost school funding

Some GOP legislators say they will support a small increase in local school district property taxes next year, while actively opposing an income tax increase for public schools....

Dirty tricks roil Democratic chair race

If Utah Democrats cared as much about winning real elections as they do about who will be the next party chair, maybe they wouldn't be in such a sorry state....

Liberal federalism: A new twist on federal-state relationships

Traditionally, it has been Republicans and conservatives who have complained about an overbearing and all-powerful federal government....

The faith of the furious

When Fast 7 raced (sorry) past the $1 billion mark, one of the attributed reasons for its success was its multi-cultural cast, one that “looks like America.” But one ingredient in the Fast & Furious franchise’s enduring popularity could be its positive ...

Utah GOP sets speaking order, rules for Saturday's nominating convention

Three of the leading contenders to win the delegate nomination at Saturday's GOP nominating convention grabbed the first three speaking slots....

3rd Congressional District special election candidate tracker [Updated]

Three candidates have already qualified for the ballot in the race to replace Rep. Jason Chaffetz. Find out who's in and who dropped out with our Special Election Campaign Tracker....

Policy News

Press release: United Utah Party still not certified after nearly three weeks
Richard Davis, chair of the newly formed centrist United Utah Party, provided an update on the status of the party’s certification by the Utah Elections Office. ...

Hatch statement on the re-nomination of John Huber to serve as Utah U.S. Attorney
Senator Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, the senior Republican in the United States Senate, issued the following statement on President Trump’s decision to re-nominate John Huber to serve as United States Attorney for the District of Utah: ...

Refugee Justice League introduces refugee rights card
The Refugee Justice League today announced an important new tool to help inform, represent, and defend refugees in our communities – the “Refugee Rights Card.”...

Local Headlines

Utah Foundation

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Zinke leaves Bears Ears dispute unsettled

Moab hires away Salt Lake County sheriff, who recommends tax hike on his way out

SLC Council is worried about the plumbing on a burning UTA board, spurned Dabakis says

Many Utahns lie about medical conditions that should keep them from driving

Chaffetz out as Oversight chairman as Trey Gowdy, a former federal prosecutor, steps in

Salt Lake City Police agree to 1 percent pay raise in deal with City Hall

Stewart heralds Sessions' testimony, says probes should continue

Utah senators meet with Trump to discuss still-secret health-care reform, Obamacare repeal

Done deal - Park City says $1.5 million pledge from Salt Lake County will preserve Bonanza Flat

Police discussed potential of dementia with Ott's aide last year

SLC is raising taxes, but residents will pay less

Deseret News

Ralph Hancock: Aren't we all feminists?

Editorial: Zinke's Bears Ears recommendations deserve vetting and consideration

Hatch, Lee tight-lipped after meeting with Trump on health care bill

S.L. City Council approves sewer rate, property tax hikes in 2017 budget

Deciphering protections inside Bears Ears monument designation

Ex-A.G. Mark Shurtleff fights state's effort to dismiss $1.1M claim in attorney fees

County Council discusses 'personnel' matter amid Ott resignation talks

Salt Lake City Council shuts down Dabakis' appointment to UTA board

The latest rankings on how well every state takes care of the elderly, supports family struggles


Op-ed: An enduring legacy of civil politics at Weber State University (Standard-Examiner)

Utah County moves forward on ordinance to beef up dust control requirements for gravel pits (Daily Herald)

National Headlines

Tom Cotton slams probe of Sessions, Russia as 'spy fiction' (New York Post)

Sessions calls suggestion he colluded with Russia a 'detestable lie' (Politico)

Mattis: 'We are not winning in Afghanistan' (Politico)

Northam defeats Sanders-backed candidate in Va. gov primary (The Hill)

Will the 'Roseanne' Revival Be Pro-Trump? (LifeZette)

Advertisers are in the hot seat as activists both for and against Trump call for boycotts (Los Angeles Times)

Club for Hollywood Republicans locked in dispute caused in part by Trump (Guardian)

Dem leaders: Cool it on impeachment (The Hill)

Rolling Stone Magazine Settles Rape Story Lawsuit for $1.65 Million (NBC News)

Tech recovery sends Wall St. to records with Fed next (Reuters)

Trump Administration Gives Industry More Time to Adopt New Nutrition Fact Label (NPR)

Wise Words

Well Adjusted
"A well adjusted person is one who makes the same mistake twice without getting nervous." Alexander Hamilton

Lighter Side

New At This
"House Speaker Paul Ryan defended Donald Trump's behavior, saying, "The president's new at this." Ryan said, "And by 'this' I mean 'following the law.'" Conan O'Brien

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