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Morning must reads for Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 200th day of the year. There are 165 days remaining in 2017.

Utahns don't think the Utah GOP should endorse candidates in primary elections. Donald Trump finally nominates Jon Huntsman to be ambassador to Russia. Trump had another previously undisclosed meeting with Vladimir Putin at the G20 summit.

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Today At Utah Policy

Poll: Utahns say the GOP should not endorse candidates in a primary election

A majority of Utahns say the state Republican Party should not endorse candidates before the party primary election determines its nominees, a new UtahPolicy.com poll by Dan Jones & Associates finds....

Democrat Kathie Allen's fundraising has slowed down, but she's still outpacing the GOP candidates

 Democrat Kathie Allen's fundraising machine has slowed down, but she's still raking in big bucks....

President Trump will officially nominate Jon Huntsman as ambassador to Russia

After months of waiting, President Donald Trump announced on Tuesday he will officially nominate former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. as ambassador to Russia....

Weekly survey: What will happen to Obamacare?

This week the GOP effort to repeal and replace Obamacare collapsed because the Senate did not have enough votes. What do you think Congress will ultimately do with the health care law? Vote in our weekly survey. (function(t,e,o,s){var n,c,r;t.SMCX=t.SMCX||[],e.getElemen...

Policy News

Salt Lake City Schools awarded over $300,000 for fresh fruit and vegetable program
During the coming school year, students at many Salt Lake City School District elementary schools will benefit from a federal grant designed to increase fresh fruit and vegetable consumption among students. ...

Hatch emphasizes eommitment to repealing Obamacare, Highlights consequences of failing to do so
In a speech on the Senate floor, Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) emphasized despite a frustrating process his commitment to keeping his promise to repeal Obamacare and highlighted the devastating consequences if Congress fails to do so....

Local Headlines

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Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: The $50 million in waste lurking in Utah's budget

Editorial: What we are doing about homelessness is not enough

West Valley City to spring for half a million dollars if Frito-Lay expands on its Utah plant

EPA administrator Scott Pruitt comes to Utah, says he'll reconsider new pollution mandates at two coal-fired power plants

Group sues Utah AG for records showing his ties with conservative policy organizations

Legal error prompts Our Schools Now to set more public meetings on proposed tax hike for Utah education

Trump says Republicans will let 'Obamacare fail' - but Utah's Hatch and Lee want to repeal it now, replace it later

Salt Lake City mayor says efforts at Rio Grande include lights, cameras and action to fight crime

After months of delay, White House formally nominates Jon Huntsman as U.S. ambassador to Russia

Ted Cruz in Utah? Maybe to support Chris Herrod's conservative campaign for Chaffetz's seat.

Deseret News

Romney tweets about John McCain after senator undergoes brain surgery

Sen. Orrin Hatch says GOP opposition caused Senate to blink on health care bill

5 counties sue state, saying law gives 'unfair' tax break to airlines

Watchdog group sues Utah A.G. over ties to GOP attorneys general association

Rep. Mia Love calls criminal justice reform a bipartisan opportunity

Former Carbon County emergency manager admits embezzling federal grant money

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul endorses Chris Herrod in 3rd District race

EPA administrator in Utah to get input on water rule, other regulations

Trump to nominate Jon Huntsman Jr. as ambassador to Russia

'Please stick with us:' Biskupski highlights plans to improve Rio Grande already in motion


Op-ed: Big ideas and small egos add up to strong Ogden leadership (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Nation's top 10 governors are all Republicans, poll finds (McClatchy)

Democratic governors eye White House (New York Times)

President Trump To Hold Rally Next Week In Ohio (Daily Caller)

Diller Says He's Saddened by Dysfunction in Washington (Bloomberg)

Why the GOP Congress will be the most unproductive in 164 years (The Week)

Trump targeting corporate tax rate 'in the 20s' (Politico)

New GOP plan to repeal Obamacare meets fatal opposition (Politico)

Mitch McConnell 'master tactician' label damaged after Senate health care fight (CNN)

Amid Russia storm, Trump pivots to Made in America (The Hill)

Mexico minister queries US talk on cutting NAFTA trade deficits (Reuters)

Internet Association blasts net neutrality group over ad campaign (The Hill)

Wise Words


"Whatever is begun in anger ends in shame." Benjamin Franklin

Lighter Side

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"Kid Rock has officially announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate. Kid Rock says he wants to restore America back to a better time when it would have been unimaginable for Kid Rock to run for the U.S. Senate." Conan O'Brien

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