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Morning must reads for Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 158th day of the year. There are 207 days remaining in 2017. Today is the 139th day of Donald Trump's presidency.

Utahns aren't sure why President Trump fired James Comey. Bears Ears' fate could be decided this weekend. Trump asked another intelligence official to pressure the FBI to back off the investigation into Flynn.

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Poll: Utahns split over why Trump fired Comey

Utahns are split over whether President Donald Trump fired former-FBI Director James Comey because he wanted to kill the bureau’s investigation into Russian election tampering, or because Trump believed Comey no longer fit to run the agency, a new UtahPolicy.com&n...

Utah Democrats will address Miller allegations Wednesday night; Situation threatens to disrupt candidate forum

The Utah Democratic Party will convene a Judiciary Committee hearing on Wednesday evening to consider the allegations of sexual misconduct brought against Rob Miller, a candidate for party chair....

Noel claims feds will announce action on Bears Ears Monument on Saturday

Without citing any sources, state Rep. Mike Noel announced on his Facebook page Tuesday afternoon that this coming Saturday, federal officials will announce action on the new Bears Ears National Monument in southeastern Utah....

Weekly survey: How successful will the 'Our Schools Now' ballot initiative be?

"Our Schools Now" officially launched their ballot initiative to raise taxes to better fund Utah's schools. Do you think they'll be able to get on the 2018 ballot? If they get on the ballot, will they be successful? Vote now....

'Our Schools Now' officially launches petition to boost school funding through tax hike

The Our Schools Now citizen initiative effort is officially off and running – with the filing Tuesday morning of a petition that, if approved by voters next year – would over three years raise the current state sales and personal income tax rates by around $...

3rd Congressional District special election candidate tracker [Updated]

There are now 21 candidates in the race to replace Rep. Jason Chaffetz in Congress as one has dropped out. Who's going through their party conventions? Who's gathering signatures? Check out our complete list of candidates....

Policy News

Bishop congratulates Utah's Greg Sheehan on Fish and Wildlife Service appointment
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke has announced the appointment of Greg Sheehan to the position of Deputy Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service....

USTAR welcomes New Managing Director and Governing Authority member
Utah Science Technology and Research (USTAR) welcomes Brian Somers as its new managing director and Heather Zynczak as a member of the USTAR Governing Authority....

Local Headlines

Utah Foundation

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Don't stop SLC airport TRAX short of airport

Adnan Khashoggi, whose grand Salt Lake City plans disappeared in bankruptcy, dies at age 81

Salt Lake County to reconsider kicking in to preserve Bonanza Flats

As county seeks two-thirds of state treatment funding, Sheriff Winder again lashes Salt Lake City

Our Schools Now launches $700 million Utah tax initiative

Only minority elected official in West Valley City's history files for mayor

County mayors ask for greater say in road funding, say state leaders play favorites

Little-known congressional candidate gets boost from Ann Romney

Salt Lake City police union declares impasse in pay talks

Deseret News

Op-ed: Wells Fargo case shows how fine print can erode freedom

Sen. Mike Lee: Trump's decision to kill the Clean Power Plan put Provo before Paris

Salt Lake County seeks $3.6M to strengthen criminal justice reform efforts

Supporters of income, sales tax increase for schools file ballot initiative

San Juan commissioners return from D.C. trip on Bears Ears

Former Clinton campaigner joins S.L. Council race

County urges city to consider more 'aggressive' measures to control Rio Grande

Republican race to replace Chaffetz picks up steam

Concerns over county recorder's health renew calls for state-level action


Utah County sues Provo for millions over convention center parking (Daily Herald)

Op-ed: No one wants to build the Bear River Project, but it needs to be an option (Standard-Examiner)

Park City mayoral field forced into a primary (Park Record)

National Headlines

McConnell whips Senate GOP back in line on Obamacare repeal (Politico)

Trump, furious and frustrated, gears up to punch back at Comey testimony (Washington Post)

Faking 'wokeness': how advertising targets millennial liberals for profit (Guardian)

Republicans worried about leaks consider cutting back surveillance authority (McClatchy)

Britain braces for election in wake of terror attacks (AFP)

Travel to the United States rose in April (Reuters)

Trump, GOP plot path for agenda (The Hill)

Sandoval weighs bills for clean energy, Medicaid for all (Associated Press)

Privatizing Air Traffic Control Beats the Status Quo (National Review)

Wall Street slips ahead of UK vote, ECB, Comey testimony (Reuters)

There are more job openings than EVER right now (CNBC)

Wise Words

"A rigid economy of the public contributions and absolute interdiction of all useless expenses will go far towards keeping the government honest and unoppressive." Thomas Jefferson

Lighter Side

"President Trump was at the Vatican meeting with Pope Francis. The world leader who believes himself the embodiment of God on Earth said he's a big fan of the Pope." Conan O'Brien

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