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Morning must reads for Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 171st day of the year. There are 194 days remaining in 2017. Today is the 151st day of Donald Trump's presidency.

Utahns have an unfavorable opinion of President Trump. Lawmakers step up the battle over the rules in Utah's special Congressional election. Democrats hope to pick up a Republican Congressional seat in Georgia Tuesday.

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Poll: Majority of Utahns view President Trump unfavorably

President Donald Trump's favorability rating has dipped slightly in Utah since April according to a new UtahPolicy.com survey....

Lawmakers set to meet Tuesday to discuss special election rules, separation of powers

When Utah legislators – both Republicans and Democrats – meet in party caucuses Tuesday noon, look for their own attorney, John Fellows, to give his opinion on whether GOP Gov. Gary Herbert followed proper procedure in declaring a special election to replace...

Economic outlook: U.S. labor crunch threatens business growth

It has been nearly eight years since the end of the Great Recession and many businesses in the United States are still struggling to grow, but this time for a different reason – a lack of qualified workers....

John Oliver mocks Hatch, Republicans for American Health Care Act

Last Week Tonight host John Oliver blasted Senate Republicans Sunday night over the secretive way they've handled writing their version of legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare....

Bad news for Utah: New Census report shows Utah still In last place in per-pupil education funding

The U.S. Census Bureau released its annual comparison of state education finances, finding that Utah remains in last place in per-pupil current expenditures, as has been the case every year since 1988. ...

Chaffetz has some tough words for Trump, Obama on the way out the door

Rep. Jason Chaffetz is leaving Congress at the end of the month. As he is ready to leave his Congressional career, offers some parting shots at President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions....

Policy News

Sen. Lee speaks on Senate floor about new Planned Parenthood videos
Senator Lee spoke on the Senate floor to continue raising awareness of the unconstitutional and inhumane activities happening in Planned Parenthood clinics across the nation and draw attention to the more recent undercover investigations by the Center for Medical Progress wh...

United Utah Party holds first convention, Nominates Jim Bennett for Third Congressional District special election
The United Utah Party held its first convention on Saturday, June 17, at Corner Canyon High School in Draper.  ...

Rep. Stewart introduces the Outdoor Recreation Enhancement Act
Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) introduced The Outdoor Recreation Enhancement Act, which will ensure continued access to national parks and help preserve jobs for outfitters, guides and other seasonal employees....

Speaker's Task Force on Intergovernmental Affairs announces first hearing
On Thursday, June 22, 2017 at 10:30 AM EDT in House Visitor Center (HVC) Room 210, the newly formed Task Force on Intergovernmental Affairs will hold its inaugural hearing....

Local Headlines

Utah Foundation

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Utah imam had every right to come home again

Editorial: Utah water report shows how much we have to learn

Utah's economy keeps producing more jobs

Rolly: Herrod loves to post doctored photos - is that the image of a congressman?

Utah close to achieving rail safety certification needed to avoid loss of nearly $150M in federal funding

Deseret News

Boyd Matheson: What are conservatives and liberals afraid of?

Editorial: Fight against governor over special election is political grandstanding

Report says Utah ranks 7th in child well-being, but health care uncertainty casts pall

Chaffetz says Trump, Obama administrations no different in stonewalling his investigations

Candidates lining up to replace Salt Lake County sheriff

Campaign hopes to help reduce workplace accidents in Utah

Summer concert series' cost a concern for Salt Lake City Council

Battle heating up between lawmakers, governor over special congressional election

National Headlines

Republicans hope to avoid Georgia upset and salvage their agenda (Washington Examiner)

Market Volatility Has Vanished Around the World (Wall Street Journal)

Poll: Americans say U.S. political debate is increasingly uncivil (CBS News)

Tensions rise in Syria as Russia, Iran send US warnings (Associated Press)

Why So Many Critics Hate the New Obama Biography (Politico)

Sources: Senate GOP prepares for Obamacare repeal vote next week (Politico)

Only ObamaCare insurer in most Iowa counties to hike premiums by 43.5 percent (The Hill)

Rep. McHenry filling in as House whip at crucial time (The Hill)

Justices to Hear Major Challenge to Partisan Gerrymandering (New York Times)

Jared Kushner Is About to Plunge Into Middle East Diplomacy (New York Times)

Wall Street hits record highs on strong technology, health stocks (Reuters)

Wise Words

"If you don't like something change it; if you can't change it, change the way you think about it." Mary Engelbreit

Lighter Side

Fox Slogan
"Fox News is dropping its slogan "fair and balanced." Instead, it will be replaced with the more appropriate slogan "blondes and Hannity." Jimmy Fallon

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