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Local News Highlights: Daily Briefing

Morning must reads for Friday, June 30, 2017

Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 181st day of the year. There are 184 days remaining in 2017. Today is the 162nd day of Donald Trump's presidency.

Chaffetz says farewell. Trump's tweet draws outrage. Trump looking at starting a trade war.

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Today At Utah Policy

Attorney General refuses open records request to release opinion on special election process

As expected, the Utah Attorney General's Office has denied UtahPolicy's GRAMA request to see the office's opinion written and signed, but held, on whether GOP Gov. Gary Herbert had the proper authority to set up the current 3rd U.S. House District's special election....

Multi-use policies can prevent fires like Brian Head

Utahns should be tired of charred trees, black smoke, and forest mismanagement. The Brian Head Fire has grown to over 50,000 acres with no end in sight....

UTPS announces lawsuit on State School Board elections

Some of you may be aware that my health has suddenly and significantly worsened and that the time I have left is now short.  This change has given my time to ponder what I value and has strengthened my desire to speak up for those values....

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

Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
Outdoor Notes--Tribune: Utah Hike of the Week: Desert Voices Trail - Dinosaur National Monument--Tribune: In this Cedar City studio, a passion for the outdoors carved in wood--Tribune: Exploring Utah: On the wonders of dinosaurs - at any age--Tribune: Camping in Utah over th...

Registration Open for Governor-led trade mission to Singapore and Vietnam
World Trade Center Utah is currently accepting registrants for the Governor-led Singapore and Vietnam Trade Mission, which will occur Aug. 25 through Sept. 3. ...

Sens. Lee and Crapo introduce the Silencers Helping Us Save Hearing Act
Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Mike Crapo (R-ID) introduced the Silencers Helping Us Save Hearing Act of 2017 a bill that would ensure the elimination of all federal regulations of suppressors....

Rep. Stewart launches refugee back to school drive
Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) launched a school supply drive to collect supplies to help refugee children living in Utah....

Local Headlines

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Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Noel is off-base blaming big fire on 'bunny lovers'

Orrin Hatch has said things he 'later came to regret.' He now hopes to restore civility.

Rolly: Partisan school board elections just one more step toward total GOP domination in Utah

UTA's poll says Utahns approve of the agency. Another poll says something different.

Refugees already in the immigration pipeline will continue to arrive in Utah, despite Trump's travel ban

Utah renames Workforce Services building for the 'triple-tasking, night owl, working mother of seven' who helped create the agency

Conservationists blast long-awaited recovery plan for Mexican wolves, which excludes Utah, Colorado from lobos' range

How to spend $5B on roads, trains, trails and bikes? Wasatch Front planners want to hear from you

Salt Lake City throws University of Utah a curve, won't sell piece of park for baseball stadium

Utah judge orders NSA to provide documents and data on 2002 Olympic spying allegations

So is Jason Chaffetz leaving behind his cot? No way, those two have shared too many nights, too many dreams.

Don't become the party of Putin, McMullin warns GOP; Stewart calls such talk 'silly'

After Trump's harsh tweets, Hatch says we all need to be 'responsible for our speech'

Deseret News

Jay Evensen: What is the solution for an incapacitated politician?

Op-ed: Our law enforcement officers need to enforce the law against texting while driving

Editorial: Conditions around Brian Head might have improved with cooperation and compromise

How one Utah man hopes to make The Rock run for president

Rep. Jason Chaffetz's book to focus on 'deep state' - 'a monster unto itself'

Chaffetz says bye-bye to his famous cot, Twitter offers farewells

Utility seeks expansion of wind power serving Utah, 2 other states

Department of Workforce Services building renamed in honor of Olene Walker

Central Wasatch Commission gets stamp of approval from lieutenant governor's office

Downtown's Weigand homeless center seeking $60,000 to stay open on weekends


Editorial: Best-laid plans need to come to fruition (Daily Herald)

Two Springville councilmen to vie for mayor's seat (Daily Herald)

Sunset mayor to run for Davis County Commission, won't seek re-election (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

John Podesta and Maria Bartiromo Epic Fight Over Russia Ties: 'Get Your Facts Straight!' (Mediaite)

Islamic State Is Near Defeat in Iraq, Prime Minister Says (Wall Street Journal)

61% of Americans support tax cuts for middle class (Gallup)

Editorial: The stars of 2020 (Concord Monitor)

Travel ban 2.0 in effect, court challenges begin (CNN)

What the Republican Health-Care Holdouts Want (Atlantic)

GOP scrambles to win centrist votes on ObamaCare repeal (The Hill)

House passes two bills to crack down on illegal immigration (CBS News)

Trump's voter-fraud commission wants to know voting history, party ID and address of every voter in the US (Washington Post)

LaVoy Finicum shooting: FBI agent faces 5-count indictment (Oregonian)

The deficit is growing more quickly than Congress expected, setting the stage for a debt ceiling crunch (Washington Post)

Wise Words

"Leaders don't create followers, they create more leaders." Tom Peters

Lighter Side

"Senate healthcare bill came out today [June 22], and it would cut a tax on indoor tanning. Which is the biggest proof so far that Trump was actually working on the bill."Jimmy Fallon

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