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Local News Highlights: Daily Briefing

Morning must reads for Thursday, June 8, 2017

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 159th day of the year. There are 206 days remaining in 2017. Today is the 140th day of Donald Trump's presidency.

A ballot initiative aims to establish an independent redistricting commission in Utah. Protesters drive a Utah Democratic Party chair candidate out of a public forum. Comey set to testify before Congress.

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Race for Utah Democratic Party Chair is mostly running on empty

Move over Saturday Night Live. The real "Not Ready for Primetime Players" continue to be the Utah Democrats....

Group aims to put independent redistricting commission on 2018 ballot

A Utah good government group is set to launch a ballot initiative to create a bipartisan/independent redistricting commission with the goal of putting the issue before voters in 2018....

United Utah Party announces first convention

The United Utah Party will hold a nominating convention on Saturday, June 17, from 10 am to noon at Corner Canyon High School in Draper. ...

Stewart: Not enough information to determine if Trump obstructed justice

Rep. Chris Stewart said on Wednesday he hasn't seen enough information to determine whether President Donald Trump obstructed justice by attempting to stifle the investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 election....

Zinke suggests privatizing campgrounds in National Parks

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said the National Park Service could address its $11 billion backlog of maintenance projects by turning services over to private companies. ...

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....

3rd Congressional District special election candidate tracker [Updated]

There are now just 20 candidates in the race to replace Rep. Jason Chaffetz in Congress two have dropped out. Who's going through their party conventions? Who's gathering signatures? Check out our complete list of candidates....

Policy News

Hatch statement on the nomination of Christopher Wray to serve as FBI Director
Senator Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, the senior Republican in the United States Senate, issued the following statement on the nomination of Christopher Wray to serve as FBI Director:...

Sutherland Institute joins coalition urging DeVos to champion education choice policies
Sutherland Institute joined 12 other leading state and national organizations in sending a letter to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos praising her outspoken commitment to education choice....

SLCC Promise, Aerospace Pathways win Envision Utah awards
Salt Lake Community College, during an event at the State Capitol, received Envision Utah’s “Your Utah, Your Future” award for SLCC Promise, a unique program that helps qualifying students at SLCC pay for their college education....

Local Headlines

Utah Foundation

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Prosecutors who break the rules must be held to account

Gehrke: Some simple steps to improve the Our Schools Now initiative

Recorder Gary Ott should resign, S.L. County mayor says

Hatch applauds Trump's choice to head the FBI

EPA gives Utah a break on meeting ozone standard

Poll: Utahns are split on why Trump fired the FBI director

20 candidates with a wide range of backgrounds vie for four seats on Salt Lake's City Council

Polygamist candidate for Herriman mayor lays out platform of religious liberty, inclusion

Interior secretary orders review of sage grouse plan

Candidate to lead Utah Democrats is chased out of party event by protesters

Deseret News

A. Scott Anderson: Why Utah's open borders aren't threatening

Editorial: Balance good governance with compassion for County Recorder Gary Ott

Race to replace Chaffetz down to 20 candidates

Get to know the 3rd Congressional District candidates

A dozen more file for S.L. City Council seats

S.L. County mayor calls for embattled recorder's resignation

The era of sales-tax-free online shopping is nearly over in Utah. Here's how it ended

Higher ed commissioner: Pact with Huntsman likely before U. president interviews start

Dem candidate walks out of debate as foes protest sexual misconduct allegations


Ten candidates file for Provo mayoral race; four seek Orem mayor's seat (Daily Herald)

Multiple candidates file for north Utah County city elections (Daily Herald)

Spanish Fork, Payson mayors face challengers (Daily Herald)

National Headlines

Trump feels 'totally vindicated' by Comey testimony, lawyer says (The Hill)

Top Intel Community Officials Deny That Trump Pressured Them On Russia Probe (Daily Caller)

The 'Independent' Mr. Comey (Wall Street Journal)

Theresa May urges voters one last time to back her in the General Election (Express)

Melania Trump set to make her D.C. move next week (Politico)

Trump 'all in' on Senate Obamacare repeal (Politico)

Key GOP centrists open to ending Medicaid expansion (The Hill)

House poised for vote to dismantle Dodd-Frank (The Hill)

Why You Should Be Skeptical About Polls on Impeaching Trump (TIME)

Wall Street a Winner as Trump Picks Mnuchin Over Mulvaney on Debt Ceiling (TheStreet)

Anthem pulls out of Ohio: What's really going on? (Dayton Daily News)

Wise Words

Good Advice
"All men having power ought to be distrusted to a certain degree." James Madison

Lighter Side

"According to the Senate, President Trump's budget is dead on arrival. In other words, Trump's budget is covered by Trump's healthcare plan." Conan O'Brien

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