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Local News Highlights: Daily Briefing

Morning must reads for Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 172nd day of the year. There are 193 days remaining in 2017. Today is the 152nd day of Donald Trump's presidency.

Nearly half of Utahns oppose the plan to replace Obamacare. Utah lawmakers push back against Gov. Gary Herbert's plan for November's special election. Republicans hang on to a Congressional seat in Georgia.

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Today At Utah Policy

Poll: 49% of Utahns say they oppose Obamacare replacement

Nearly half of Utahns say they are opposed to the American Health Care Act (ACHA), which is meant to replace Obamacare....

Lee to Trump: Reassess U.S. involvement in OAS

TheOrganization of American States once served the noble purpose of promoting the spread of democracy in the Western Hemisphere. But over the last eight years theObama administration used the OAStopressureLatin American nations to embraceleftist social innovations such as ab...

Lawmakers blast Herbert's secrecy surrounding special election process

So, Gov. Herbert, what are you trying to hide?...

Weekly survey: Who will win the GOP special election primary in August?

Who will win the unprecedented three-way Republican primary election in Utah's 3rd Congressional District in August? Chris Herrod, John Curtis or Tanner Ainge? Vote now....

UtahPolicy contributor Jared Whitley wins local awards

Long-standing Utah Policy contributor Jared Whitley was honored recently for his contributions to Utah journalism....

Policy News

Experts will discuss relationship between conservative ideology and development of affordable housing in Utah
Utah Chapter of the Congress for New Urbanism will host a discussion among leading conservative thinkers on the ideological and regulatory obstacles and opportunities associated with achieving greater housing choices – affordability, type and mix – in a red state...

Rep. Mia Love to play in the annual Congressional Women's Softball Game
On Wednesday June 21, Congresswoman Mia Love will take to the field for the annual bipartisan Congressional Women’s Softball Game to raise money for breast cancer awareness and the Young Survival Coalition....

Hatch calls for feedback on tax reform
As Congress and the administration continue to work to overhaul the nation’s broken tax code, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) called on tax stakeholders to provide ideas, proposals, and feedback on how to improve the American tax system. &nb...

Office of the State Auditor releases audit of State Charter School Board
The Office of the State Auditor released its Audit of the State Charter School Board (SCSB).  The Office identified that the State Charter School Board improperly disbursed start-up grant funds to a charter school.    ...

Local Headlines

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Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Patients should not be stuck with 'fail first' medicine

Editorial: Charter schools should not have the right to take others' property

Fly to L.A. or Vegas for $35? Allegiant adds flights from Ogden.

Utah calls for crackdown on special districts at high risk for fraud and abuse

Audit dings Utah Charter School Board for improper use of state startup funds

Utah lawmakers say Gov. Herbert's special-election process won't withstand legal challenge; United Utah Party plans to sue

Gehrke: The lingering legacy of Sept. 11 hangs heavy over some Utah firefighters

Councilman 'troubled' by mayor's 'lack of attention' toward SLC transportation vacancy

4 seek to replace Winder as Salt Lake County sheriff, pledge to patch up strained ties with police chiefs

Utah's Mike Lee is in the group supposedly writing the GOP health bill, so why hasn't he seen it?

Navajo candidate drops bid for Hatch's seat, says his campaign lacks the money to challenge 'an established politician'

Deseret News

Jim Dabakis: Open letter to new Democratic state party chair

GOP candidate Tanner Ainge on Jazz star Gordon Hayward: 'I hope he stays'

Utah continues to monitor effects of massive Gold King Mine spill

Advocate coalition says groups feel ignored by Hatch, Lee in AHCA deliberations

County proposal to reconsider controversial transportation fund list fails

Is Utah an independent state?

Counties drawing maps on preferred monument boundaries

State audit: Charter board improperly disbursed $124K to school

Educators want state funding to increase enrollment capacity in Utah's nursing schools

County mayor asks DABC to relocate liquor store near Rio Grande homeless shelter

Lawmakers review legal position, consider options in special election dispute


Utah County commission approves $300,000 settlement for 2012 'Dump Fire' (Daily Herald)

Op-ed: Given the harm it would cause, the Bear River Project shouldn't be an option (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Republican Karen Handel defeats Democrat Jon Ossoff in Georgia's 6th Congressional District (Washington Post)

Former DHS head Jeh Johnson to testify Russia 'did not alter ballots' in 2016 election (Washington Examiner)

GOP hits the gas on ObamaCare repeal (The Hill)

State Department probes Clinton handling of government emails, could pull her security clearance (FOX News)

Dems Suddenly Worry Trump Impeachment Could Backfire (PoliZette)

US signals involvement in Syria could escalate (The Hill)

Armed Russian jet comes within 5 feet of US recon jet (FOX News)

Fresh terror in Brussels (Daily Mail)

Republican wins close victory in South Carolina (Washington Post)

Tech Titans Make Pilgrimage to White House to Discuss Government Systems (New York Times)

Amazon Has at Least One Fed Official Rethinking Inflation (Bloomberg)

Wise Words

"Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished." Lao Tzu

Lighter Side

Presidential Tweets
"Kevin Durant says that President Obama sent him a text to congratulate him on winning his first championship this week. Meanwhile, LeBron got a text that said "loser." Jimmy Fallon

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