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Morning must reads for Friday, June 16, 2017

Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 167th day of the year. There are 198 days remaining in 2017. Today is the 147th day of Donald Trump's presidency.

Utah Democrats and Republicans gather Saturday to pick their nominees in Utah's 3rd CD. Jared Kushner is reportedly under investigation for his financial dealings. Trump picks an event planner to head up a federal housing program in New York. 

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Today At Utah Policy

Bob Bernick's notebook: Unprecedented

Rare are the times when one may say: “All politics is different from now on.”...

Some Republicans are more Republican than others - Bernick and Schott on politics #333

Oh, how the Utah electoral landscape has changed!...

Podcast: Bernick and Schott on politics #333

Bryan Schott and Bob Bernick dissect the week in Utah politics....

Report: Reyes no longer a candidate to lead Federal Trade Commission

Once upon a time Utah Attorney General was thought to be the leading candidate to chair the Federal Trade Commission in the Trump administration. That no longer seems to be the case....

Opinion: Unshackle regional banks to jump-start economic growth

Regional banks need regulatory relief from the Dodd-Frank Act, which unfairly treats moderately-sized regional banks like the gigantic Wall Street financial institutions, says Zions Bancorporation Chairman and CEO Harris Simmons....

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....

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

Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
Outdoor Notes--Tribune:Utah Hike of the Week: Mary Jane Canyon near Moab--Tribune:Looking for a Utah hiking trail? Here are some websites--Tribune:Summer is duckie season on the flat water of the Colorado River near Moab--Tribune:Fishing is spotty right now, but should be ex...

Refugee Justice League representing Utah Imam stranded in Kenya
The Refugee Justice League announced that its lawyers have been in contact with and are legally representing Yussuf Awadir, an American citizen, Utahn, and beloved Imam at Salt Lake City’s Madina Islamic Center Mosque....

Hatch lauds president's executive order to expand apprenticeships
Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), the former Chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, issued the following statement in support of President Trump’s executive order, which seeks to expand apprenticeships to train people for millions of unfilled jobs....

Rep. Mia Love receives Climate Leadership Award
Representative Mia Love has been awarded the Climate Leadership Award from Citizens’ Climate Lobby for “extraordinary leadership and bold commitment to environmental stewardship.”  Rep. Love is part of the bipartisan House Climate Solutions Caucus....

Local Headlines

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Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Utah needs to have a look at burdensome school fees

Zika-prone mosquitoes virus are in Vegas. Here's why southern Utah officials aren't too concerned.

Utah retains top bond rating as it readies to begin $1 billion-plus borrowing spree

Provo Mayor John Curtis says running as a Democrat 20 years ago tarred him with many conservatives

Rolly: Sorry, West Jordan, West Valley gets the liquor store and its spoils

South Salt Lake mayor's political fund director steps down after questions are raised about her lucrative city contracts

Well-funded Democratic candidate in special election draws criticism from her in-party rivals

Latest draft of state water strategy still includes controversial water projects

New Utah facility will be able to power a Bountiful-size city by digesting food waste, turning it into natural gas

Here's what Republican candidates for Jason Chaffetz's seat want to do in office

Democrats who seek Chaffetz's seat agree on disliking Trump and vary on health care

Deseret News

Greg Bell: We expect too much of government. It can't solve every issue

Editorial: Partisan violence is a crime against democracy, civility and humanity

11 GOP candidates hoping to win Chaffetz's seat gather in Lehi

Governor's team looks to shore up Utah's water future

This candidate for Chaffetz's seat just got featured by the L.A. Times

Groups make pitches for adjustments to how Utah's Medicaid dollars can be used

Republican, Democratic parties to nominate candidates to replace Chaffetz

Utah imam, a U.S. citizen, blocked from flying home, attorney says


Editorial: Utah's Republicans need to turn out for convention - and eschew the attendance 'fee' (Daily Herald)

Saturday's GOP convention will select only one candidate to head to primary (Daily Herald)

Eight GOP candidates for Jason Chaffetz's seat gather for Q&A in Provo (Daily Herald)

Mayoral candidate John Fenley discusses plans to disincorporate Provo City on 'What Say Ye?' (Daily Herald)

Conservative and liberal join forces to introduce UTA reforms (Standard-Examiner)

Ogden mayor not focused on undocumented immigration, says that's for the feds (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Dems ask themselves: Has their rhetoric gone too far? (McClatchy)

Gunman's wife says she didn't know his plans (Associated Press)

Nearly $50 million in the California state budget will go to expanded legal services for immigrants (Los Angeles Times)

Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes Defends Assassination Play (Variety)

How Congress Failed to Plan for Doomsday (Politico)

Trump to clamp down on Cuba travel and trade (Politico)

Scalise ally, a Dem, leads fight to boost lawmaker security (The Hill)

Bipartisan baseball game a show of unity after shooting (The Hill)

Is Kamala Harris the Future of American Politics? (National Review)

New York Times, heal thyself (Washington Examiner)

The bogus claim that a map of crosshairs by Sarah Palin's PAC incited Rep. Gabby Giffords's shooting (New York Times)

Wise Words

First Duty
"Government's first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives." Ronald Reagan

Lighter Side

"An 88-year-old woman has set a new record for oldest female to stand on the wing of a flying plane. It sounds dangerous, but it's actually the safest place to be when you fly United." Seth Meyers

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