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Local News Highlights: Daily Briefing

Morning must reads for Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 179th day of the year. There are 186 days remaining in 2017. Today is the 159th day of Donald Trump's presidency.

Utahns would consider voting for a candidate from the new United Utah Party. Salt Lake County will investigate whether Gary Ott lives in the county. Senate Republicans hit a roadblock in their effort to repeal Obamacare.

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Poll: Utah Democrats and independent voters would be most likely to vote for United Utah Party candidates

There may be an opening for the new United Utah Party to make some headway with Utah voters according to a new UtahPolicy.com survey....

Weekly survey: Will the medical marijuana ballot initiative be successful?

A group has launched an initiative to put legalizing medical marijuana in Utah on the 2018 ballot. Will they be successful? Vote in our weekly survey....

Why health care reform is so difficult for Congress

In a divided Congress reflecting a divided country, passing a healthcare plan that wins support from all competing interests is impossible....

How many Utahns will lose coverage under the Republican healthcare proposal?

If the Senate's Obamacare repeal plan passes in its current form, nearly 200,000 people in Utah could lose their health care coverage in the next decade....

Chaffetz says Congress should get $2,500 per month for housing

Rep. Jason Chaffetz says lawmakers in Washington should get $2,500 per month to pay for housing because many members cannot afford two mortgages or rent....

Policy News

Consumer confidence in Utah's economy continues to rise in June
The Zions Bank Utah Consumer Attitude Index increased slightly in June, notching upward by 3.3 points from 111.9 in May to 115.2 in June....

Hatch: 'Robust and transparent' effort required for tax reform
In a speech on the Senate floor, Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) reiterated the need for comprehensive tax reform and highlighted his commitment to an integrative and transparent process in order to make the nation's tax code simpler and fairer for all Americ...

Sen. Lee, Rep. Stewart urge Pres. Trump to consider North Korean involvement in David Sneddon disappearance
Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Rep. Chris Stewart (R-UT) sent a letter to President Trump in preparation for this week's summit with South Korean President Moon Jaein regarding the disappearance of BYU student David Louis Sneddon from China in 2004....

Press release: Poll of likely Utah voters shows 73% support for a medical cannabis ballot initiative next year
A February poll of 402 Utahns found that 73% of voters support a medical cannabis ballot initiative, with only 20% opposed and 7% undecided....

Sen. Lee comments on delayed healthcare vote
Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) released the following statement Wednesday after a procedural vote on the Better Care Reconciliation Act was delayed:...

Local Headlines

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Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: The promise of digital teaching and learning

Sheryl Allen: We deserve nonpartisan elections in education

Editorial: Real people benefit from open government laws

Utahns like what they see in the economy

Utah's partisan school board elections are unconstitutional and exclusionary, advocates say. Now they're suing

Sugar House streetcar to improve frequency, convenience with new stretch of double track

Utah Supreme Court tosses air-quality lawsuit over refinery expansion

State investigating $37,000 in missing public funds at closed liquor outlet

Trump's BLM plans oil and gas leasing near Dino monument and San Rafael Swell

Salt Lake County Council approves committee to investigate Recorder Gary Ott's residency

'Sen. Hatch, Don't Kill Us' - Health care fight reaches the streets as protesters block traffic in downtown Salt Lake

Deseret News

Derek B. Miller: The U.S. must write the rules for the 21st century

Editorial: In LGBT-religion dialogue, try persuasion, not punishment

Lawsuit says Utah school board election shouldn't be partisan

Consumer confidence in Utah rises in June

Parties jointly ask judge to extend stay in LGBT lawsuit

Accountability, power and money: New canyon commission raising questions

Hatch, Lee on opposite sides of Senate health care bill as vote postponed

Salt Lake County Council launches investigation into troubled recorder's residency

'Open season on all of us': Organization for the disabled blocks State Street to protest health care bill


Editorial: Hatch should lead Senate's restoration as 'greatest deliberative body' (Daily Herald)

Op-ed: Modern life in rural America requires high-speed internet (Standard-Examiner)

Weber County Latino population increases, outpacing white growth (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

CNN's Russia story debacle came at the worst possible time for the network (Washington Post)

Sarah Palin Suing New York Times For Defamation (Daily Caller)

Podesta Meets With House Intelligence Panel Behind Closed Doors (Bloomberg)

Retracted CNN story a boon for president at war with media (Associated Press)

Madigan offers budget, but won't say how he'd pay for it (Chicago Tribune)

EPA Moves to Rescind Contested Water Pollution Regulation (New York Times)

Trump hails 'energy revolution' as exports surge (Washington Post)

Obamas under fire from the left for never ending, sizzling ultra-luxury vacations (FOX News)

Google faces years of EU oversight on top of record antitrust fine (Reuters)

The $15 disaster: Seattle's grim warning for NYC (New York Post)

House panel approves proposal to privatize air traffic control (The Hill)

Wise Words

"We need to restore the full meaning of that old word, duty. It is the other side of rights." Pearl Buck

Lighter Side

"NASA reports that it had a record 18,000 applicants to be astronauts. And apparently 1,000 more apply every time President Trump tweets." Conan O'Brien

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