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Morning must reads for Friday, June 9, 2017

Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 160th day of the year. There are 205 days remaining in 2017. Today is the 141st day of Donald Trump's presidency.

John Curtis says he's on track to gather enough signatures to get on the ballot. Gary Ott's sister says he's being "manipulated" by his top deputy. Donald Trump responds to James Comey's testimony.

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Today At Utah Policy

Curtis says he's on track to gather enough signatures to ensure a spot on the August primary ballot

Provo Mayor John Curtis says he's on track to collect the 7,000 signatures he needs to secure a place on the August primary ballot, and then some....

Bob Bernick's notebook: Utah Republicans are terrible at reforms that apply to them

The Utah Legislature, controlled by Republicans for upwards of 40 years, does many good things, as I’ve reported in the past....

With apologies to Joseph Heller - Bernick and Schott on politics #332

What a busy week in Utah politics!...

Podcast: Bernick and Schott on politics #332

Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott run down the week in Utah politics....

'Beg to Differ' podcast: Drinking from the firehose

Mike and Bryan try to get a handle on a very busy week in order to make you the smartest person in the room when you talk politics....

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....

Policy News

GOED approves Amazon expansion in Utah
In its public meeting at the Utah State Capitol, the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) Board approved Amazon for a post-performance incentive agreement to begin carrying out a new project in Utah. ...

Impact of globalization on Utah widespread and nearly all positive, new study shows
New research from the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute concludes that on the whole, the Utah economy is larger and more prosperous because of globalization....

Local Headlines


Salt Lake Tribune

Amazon gets $5.6M state tax incentive to build $200 million facility in Utah

Rolly: For Republicans, it's not nice to fool Mother Nature, er, uh, Gary Herbert

Salt Lake City wants input on 2100 South lane reduction, possible bike lane addition

UTA launches voucher program to expand transportation access for seniors in Weber, Davis counties

Accused of sexual misconduct, former Utah Democratic Party leadership candidate says he's 'not perfect,' but 'conspiracy' led him to drop out of race, party

Health premiums could spike, Utah officials say

Chaffetz says fired FBI chief's testimony a win for White House, shows nothing 'illegal or nefarious' by President Trump

Deseret News

Op-ed: How Trump can transform the Antiquities Act

Utah members of Congress say nothing new in Comey testimony

Democratic Party chairman candidate Rob Miller drops out of race

South Carolina representative replacing Chaffetz as House Oversight chairman

Gov. Herbert: Amazon building $200 million facility in Utah

Business event targets local firms hoping to expand globally

Embattled recorder Gary Ott's sister accuses top staff of 'manipulation'

State officials grim about feds' commitment to critical funding for health insurers


10 candidates running for two Logan Municipal Council seats (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

Comey: Lynch asked for Clinton investigation to be called a 'matter' (CNN)

Dershowitz: Comey confirms that I'm right - and all the Democratic commentators are wrong (FOX News)

U.K. election: P.M. May appears short of majority, Labour's Corbyn calls on her to resign (Axios)

59% say news media make them angry, dissatisfied (Washington Examiner)

Comey rips media for 'dead wrong' Russia stories (The Hill)

Rep. Trey Gowdy wins Oversight gavel (The Hill)

An LGBT group says it was barred from a Pride parade because it supports Trump (CNN)

Trump administration's rollback of 'joint-employer' rule eases liability for McDonald's, others (Chicago Tribune)

House Republicans threaten consumer watchdog with contempt of Congress (Los Angeles Times)

Trump celebrates coal mine opening in Pennsylvania (The Hill)

Stocks hit record highs while Comey testifies-and some say the rally will rage on (CNBC)

Bill to Erase Some Dodd-Frank Banking Rules Passes in House (New York Times)

Wise Words

"Jealousy, and local policy mix too much in all our public councils for the good government of the Union. In a words, the confederation appears to me to be little more than a shadow without the substance...." George Washington

Lighter Side

Signs of the Times
"More people attended Broadway shows this year than attended the events of all 10 local pro sports teams combined. This according to Bryce's PowerPoint entitled "Why I Should Be Allowed to Do Plays, Dad." Seth Meyers

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