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Morning must reads for Thursday, June 15, 2017

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 166th day of the year. There are 198 days remaining in 2017. Today is the 147th day of Donald Trump's presidency.

Utahns say how a candidate gets on the ballot will not affect their vote. Utah Democrats are tired of the negative campaigning in the race for new party chair. Robert Mueller is reportedly investigating President Trump for obstruction of justice. 

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Today At Utah Policy

Poll: Utahns don't care which route a candidate uses to get on the ballot

Tanner Ainge and John Curtis can take a big sigh of relief – a new UtahPolicy.com poll shows that three-fourths of voters don’t care they are taking the signature-gathering route to the 3rd U.S. House District primary ballot....

Democratic delegates growing weary of 'nasty' campaign for chair

Some Utah Democrats are so disgruntled with the field for party chair they're exploring the option of nominating someone else from the floor of Saturday's convention....

Weekly survey: Dabakis' failed bid to join the UTA Board

This week the Salt Lake City Council rejected Sen. Jim Dabakis' nomination to the Utah Transit Authority board. Dabakis had promised to be a reformer in the embattled organization. Do you think the council made the right move? Vote now in our weekly survey....

Gov. Herbert and Treasurer Damschen announce Utah maintains AAA credit rating from all major rating agencies

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert and Treasurer David C. Damschen announced that S&P Global, Moody’s Investors Service and Fitch Ratings have reaffirmed the state’s “AAA” credit rating....

Sundance Institute brings $151 million in economic impact to Utah with 2017 Sundance Film Festival

The nonprofit Sundance Institute announced that its 2017 Sundance Film Festival, which took place in Park City, Salt Lake City and Sundance, Utah in January, generated a total economic impact of $151.5 million....

Bishop says he's disappointed Zinke didn't revoke Bears Ears

Rep. Rob Bishop says he's disappointed Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke didn't recommend completely rescinding Bears Ears National Monument, but he's confident that Zinke will come up with the "correct" map for the monument....

Policy News

Salt Lake Chamber and World Trade Center Utah send an open letter to Utah's Congressional leaders
The Salt Lake Chamber and World Trade Center Utah ask Utah's Congressional delegation to mitigate any negative consequences from recent actions on immigration and trade....

Wasatch Front consumer price index trends upward as utility prices jump into summer
The Zions Bank Wasatch Front Consumer Price Index ticked upward in May, rising 0.5 percent from the previous month....

Summer sun, food & fun: Fresh and free meals for Utah kids
Utah is home to over 878,000 children, and the fastest growing population in the nation, which promises a bright future for our state....

Local Headlines

Utah Foundation

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: White Mesa Mill is regulated and environmentally safe

Michelle Quist Mumford: Three different routes to the Republican nomination

Utah's members offer prayers after congressman is shot

UTA will consider a 'taxpayers bill of rights' to clean up its image

Utah isn't done with its Lake Powell Pipeline application - but wants Trump to speed up federal approval

Embattled Salt Lake County Recorder Gary Ott is at risk of losing his home

Utah's Sen. Mike Lee votes against Russia sanctions, says they're costly, ineffective and push progressive policies

Congressman's shooting prompts calls for more security, joined by Utah politicians targeted by threats

Three-way GOP congressional primary looks like sure thing after certification of Curtis, Ainge

Request for transportation and transit reform ideas bring flood of proposals - including state takeover of UTA

Muslim is stranded in Kenya on his way back to Utah

Deseret News

Op-ed: Rooftop solar systems actually offer more benefits than costs

Sundance '17 sets records for attendance, economic impact

'Their loss is our gain': Moab OK's Winder as new police chief

Should UTA just handle operations and maintenance of rail, bus lines?

UTA board votes to review 'Taxpayers Bill of Rights'

Utah congressional leaders feeling 'heartbroken,' 'shaken,' 'vulnerable' after shooting

Troubled County Recorder Gary Ott has been defaulting on home loan payments

National Headlines

Virginia shooting suspect was distraught over Trump's election, brother says (New York Times)

Shooting At GOP Baseball Practice Latest In Pattern Of Violence Against Republicans (Daily Caller)

Fed hikes interest rates despite declining inflation, sets plan for balance sheet reduction (CNBC)

Trump's pledge to wipe out MS-13 gang paying off in NY (New York Post)

Taiwan's Foxconn, assembler of iPhones, considering Wisconsin plant (CBS News)

Trump faces first big domestic moment (Politico)

Democrats wary of reviving gun debate too soon (Politico)

Trump makes surprise visit to shot congressman in hospital (The Hill)

5 takeaways from the Virginia primaries (The Hill)

Rep. Williams Gets Emotional Thanking Officers (Olean Times Herald)

Yellen says she's 'sympathetic' to Trump's deregulation plan (MarketWatch)

Wise Words

Next Generation
"A young man who does not have what it takes to perform military service is not likely to have what it takes to make a living. Today's military rejects include tomorrow's hard-core unemployed." John F. Kennedy

Lighter Side

Speak and Spell
"President Trump did not post on Twitter during James Comey's Senate testimony . . . . Well, he thought he did, but his aide switched his phone with a Speak & Spell." Seth Meyers

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