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Local News Highlights: Daily Briefing

Morning must reads for Thursday, July 20, 2017

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 201st day of the year. There are 164 days remaining in 2017.

Who are Utah's most conservative and liberal legislators? Gary Ott's aides tried to fake emails to make it look like they came from him. Donald Trump bashes Attorney General Jeff Sessions and threatens special counsel Robert Mueller.

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Today At Utah Policy

Who are the most conservative and liberal members of the Utah Legislature?

Close watchers of the 104-member Utah Legislature probably have pretty good guesses on which members are recognized liberals, which are hard core conservatives....

Mia Love's fundraising juggernaut rolling along

 Rep. Mia Love is off to a blazing start in her fundraising for next year's election, pulling in more than $432,000 in the just completed filing period....

The good old days of a mainstream Republican Party

An old friend of mine, businessman and retired Brigadier General Larry Lunt, recently came across a very interesting old document -- the 1986 state convention newsletter of the Utah Republican Party....

Trump reportedly putting pressure on Lee over health care

Sen. Mike Lee helped kill the latest Senate health care bill on Monday night when he announced he would not vote for the measure. On Tuesday, President Donald Trump and his associates reportedly stepped up pressure on Lee to reverse course....

Policy News

Get to know the new Utah Transportation Coalition co-chairs
The Utah Transportation Coalition is happy to announce that Sophia DiCaro, Chief Compliance Officer at The Cynosure Group and Wade Sherman, Vice President and Lead Counsel for the Digital Marketing Division at Adobe, will serve as the organization's 2017-2018 co-chairs....

Utah one of top five most fiscally healthy states in the nation
Utah State Treasurer David C. Damschen announced that Utah has been ranked one of the top five most fiscally healthy states in the nation by the George Mason University Mercatus Center. ...

Sen. Lee supports Amb. Huntsman nomination
Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) released the following statement regarding Ambassador Jon Huntsman Jr.'s nomination as US Ambassador to Russia:...

Utah Foundation wins top awards at GRA national meeting
Utah Foundation staff won the Most Distinguished Research Award for its 2016 Utah Priorities Project from the Governmental Research Association at its annual meeting in Salt Lake City....

Hatch introduces legislation to combat cybercrime
Following a worldwide cyberattack that affected more than 300,000 computers, Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT)-the Chairman of the Senate Republican High-Tech Task Force-introduced bipartisan, bicameral legislation to thwart future cyberattacks against U.S. computer networks.&...

Local Headlines

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Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Mistrust of government drives millennials to question Utah's death penalty

Editorial: Ending the death penalty would save money and save souls

Entertainment, not shopping, is what's attracting people and businesses to downtown Salt Lake City

Gehrke: Those who care for Gary Ott need to help him step away from recorder's office and the public spotlight

South Jordan mayoral candidate brings back proposal for city-owned bus line

UTA study: Want to boost Utah economy, health? Invest in biking, walking

Newly finished 50-year water plan marks a new era, Utah governor says

Trump warns GOP senators - like Utah's Lee - who opposed GOP health care bill

With Chaffetz out of office, Democrat Kathie Allen's donations have slowed

Gary Ott emails: 'I am not sure how to respond so this looks as if it is coming from Gary's computer'

Deseret News

Linda & Richard Eyre: Strong families equal strong economy and strong society

Op-ed: The biggest lie in Utah's public lands debate

Jon Huntsman Jr. could face tough confirmation questions about Trump, Russia

Hatch, Lee and Obama all tweet thoughts and prayers for John McCain after brain tumor diagnosis

Records: Ott's staff discussed ways to make emails 'look as if' they came from him

Our Schools Now has to hold second round of public hearings over 'technical issue'

Governor hails 'new beginning' in Utah's water management


John Curtis, branded as moderate, touts traditional conservative ideas (Daily Herald)

Editorial: Ogden mayor took city government into his own hands (Standard-Examiner)

Attempt to change land status of Ogden Nature Center, Fairgrounds rouses ire (Standard-Examiner)

Clearfield isn't the only city hoping to lure Stadler train manufacturing plant (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Why Can't Republicans Get Anything Done? (National Review)

Fmr. U.N. Amb. Power Emerges As Central Figure In Obama Unmasking Investigation (Free Beacon)

Cruz amendment would drive down premiums, HHS says (Politico)

Source: Senate leaders to offer $200 billion to win over moderates (The Hill)

Trump plays hardball on ObamaCare repeal (The Hill)

To fix health care, look to state governors (CNN)

Sen. John McCain Diagnosed With Brain Cancer (NBC News)

Grief, support pours in after McCain brain cancer diagnosis (CNN)

Supreme Court allows Trump refugee ban but backs broader exemptions for relatives (Washington Post)

How Steve Bannon pulled one of the greatest upsets in American politics (PBS Newshour)

Trade talks fizzle as China rebuffs key Trump team demand (Washington Post)

Wise Words


"Anyone who doesn't take truth seriously in small matters cannot be trusted in large ones either." Albert Einstein

Lighter Side

See Through

"On the way to Paris the president had some off-the-record conversations with reporters on Air Force One, and then he decided he wanted some of what he said to be ON the record. So Trump told reporters last night that the wall - you know that wall Mexico's going to pay for, very nice of them to do? - he wants the wall to be see-through. For real!" Jimmy Kimmel

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