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Morning must reads for Thursday, June 29, 2017

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 180th day of the year. There are 185 days remaining in 2017. Today is the 161st day of Donald Trump's presidency.

How Tanner Ainge could win the August GOP primary. Jason Chaffetz hired by Fox News. Nobody likes the GOP health care proposal.

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It's entirely possible that Tanner Ainge wins the August GOP primary election

Several well-connected Republicans are whispering that Tanner Ainge may very well win the August 15th primary in the 3rd Congressional District....

Another analysis predicts 200,000 Utahns would lose their health coverage under GOP health care proposal

A new analysis by a progressive health care think tank says Utah will see just over 200,000 residents lose their health care insurance under both the GOP House and Senate reform plans....

Jackie Biskupski named one of America's 'most interesting' mayor

Politico Magazine has profiled Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski as one of their "most interesting" mayors....

Chaffetz hired by Fox News

As UtahPolicy.com first reported in April, Fox News Channel has hired Jason Chaffetz, starting July 1....

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....

Policy News

Salt Lake Chamber 2017 June interim recap
After each General Session, the Legislature meets and discusses relevant items of significance during Interim Sessions....

Hatch calls for action ahead of one year mark of Joshua Holt's captivity in Venezuela
This Friday marks one year since Utahn Joshua Holt was arrested on false charges in Venezuela....

Sutherland Institute welcomes new vice president
Sutherland Institute is pleased to announce the hiring of Rick Larsen, who will be joining the team as vice president with an emphasis on development and thought leadership....

Local Headlines

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Salt Lake Tribune

Michelle Quist Mumford: Jason Chaffetz: The Lonesome Kicker trades up

Utah man faces possible deportation as U.S. military rethinks Army program for foreign recruits

UTA approves a controversial land deal involving players from past scandals

Salt Lake saying goodbye to 'tough negotiator' who helped pilot its airport and keep $3.1B rebuild on course

Thousands of Utahns sign petition, urge Hatch, Lee to oppose GOP health care bill

Utah's U.S. attorney supports increased punishment for illegal immigrants' re-entry, wants to sanction 'sanctuary' cities

Water advisers taking another look at Lake Powell Pipeline, Bear River Project

After giving up on converting trash to electricity, Sandy plans to dump garbage in a new landfill

Ex-state employee sent to prison for $1M-plus fraud seeks to restore her Utah retirement

Jason Chaffetz is joining Fox News, with a salary that doesn't require a housing allowance

Deseret News

Jay Evensen: Voters aren't qualified to make marijuana decisions

Op-ed: Proposed rooftop solar rates are an attempt to unravel energy independence

Op-ed: How the Department of Workforce Services can help Utahns find jobs

Editorial: Pursuing family guardianship of Gary Ott is a sensible approach

Chaffetz says Fox News role just part of his post-Congress plans

U.S. Attorney asks judge tp toss Beaver County suit over wild horse programs

LDS Church calls for more study of medical marijuana

Groups present Hatch's office with 1,000 letters, 5,000 signatures opposing health care bill

Poll: Nearly two-thirds of Utahns open to voting for new United Utah Party candidates

Governor's draft water strategy draws praise, criticism


Editorial: Now it's Utahns' turn to decide about medical marijuana (Standard-Examiner)

Ogden wants to bump tax rate to pay for some unfunded needs (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

A bullet hole, a mystery and an FBI agent's indictment - the messy aftermath of an Oregon standoff (Los Angeles Times)

Nancy Pelosi can't be beaten (CNN)

Trump Travel Ban Said to Start Thursday Evening U.S. Time (Bloomberg)

Bob Woodward Chides NYT, Mainstream Media: 'Fair Mindedness is Essential' (Daily Caller)

The media will do anything to bash Trump - and now they're hurting (New York Post)

CNN boss in crosshairs if AT&T-Time Warner merger approved (New York Post)

McConnell is trying to revise the Senate health-care bill by Friday (Washington Post)

Destruction of Arkansas' Ten Commandments monument places spotlight on separation of church and state (Los Angeles Times)

Rauner, Madigan talk 'compromise' while doing little of it (Chicago Tribune)

Minimum Wage Critics Gain Ammunition From New Study (HuffPost)

Trump takes another swipe at Amazon, saying Bezos isn't 'paying internet taxes' (CNBC)

Wise Words

"Honesty is the first chapter of the book of wisdom." Thomas Jefferson

Lighter Side

Democratic Party
"Following losses in two special congressional elections this week, one Democratic staffer reportedly said, "We have 80-year-old leaders and 90-year-old ranking members. This isn't a party, it's a giant assisted living center." Even worse, the reporter then asked about the upcoming G7 summit, and several people yelled "Bingo!" Seth Meyers

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