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Morning must reads for Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 206th day of the year. There are 159 days remaining in 2017.

The top lobbyist for the LDS Church is a finalist to head a key legislative office. A super PAC is spending big bucks in the GOP congressional primary. Donald Trump keeps the pressure up on Jeff Sessions.

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Today At Utah Policy

LDS Church's top lobbyist a candidate to head up crucial legislative office

The longtime head of the Utah Legislature's main staff office, Mike Christensen, is retiring.And among the five finalists for his job is the current top lobbyist for the LDS Church, John Q. Cannon....

Head of Utah Legislative Research and General Counsel retiring

The longtime head of the Utah Legislature's largest staff agency, Mike Christensen, is retiring Aug. 11 after 17 years as the director....

'Political Insiders' doubt Republicans will be able to repeal and replace Obamacare

On Tuesday, Senate Republicans begin their effort to repeal Obamacare. Our "Political Insiders" aren't sure they'll make much progress....

Super PAC jumps into the 3rd CD Republican Primary

A super PAC is jumping into the 3rd District special election to support Chris Herrod and oppose John Curtis....

Beg to Differ podcast: Hero or villain on healthcare?

The sad Gary Ott situation is finally coming to a close. Who will replace the Salt Lake County Recorder, whose mental fitness has been called into question, after he steps down?...

Policy News

Launching the 'Utah Prosperity Project'
This week we celebrate the arrival of pioneers into the Salt Lake Valley and the settling of the great state of Utah. Their legacy of hard work and community building is more than just part of our history it is part of our heritage and culture. Those men and women laid the ...

Downtown Alliance 'State of downtown' reports released
Downtown Alliance, CBRE, City Creek Center and Salt Lake CIty hosted a "State of Downtown" media roundtable, releasing two reports about the urban center....

Sen. Lee introduces National Labor Relations Board reform bill
Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) introduced legislation that would strip the National Labor Relations Board of its power to prosecute and adjudicate labor disputes....

Salt Lake County announces hiring of new Chief Information Officer
Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams said that Zach Posner has accepted the job as the county's Chief Information Officer (CIO). He will oversee the county's Information Services (IS) division and will serve as a member of the mayor's cabinet....

Hatch statement on Medicare and Social Security Trustees' reports
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) issued the following statement regarding the Social Security and Medicare Boards of Trustees' annual reports: ...

Local Headlines

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Salt Lake Tribune

Mia Love: American women deserve a better system of justice

Editorial: Move slowly while court decides Mountain Accord case

Utah saw more job creation in June but also more unemployment

Salt Lake County GOP to investigate chief deputy of soon-to-resign Recorder Gary Ott

Biskupski's UTA board nominee says the agency needs 'a cultural change'

'It seems like he's against everything right now': Orrin Hatch slams Mike Lee over his opposition to the Republican health plan

Trump calls Provo man - one of the last living USS Arizona survivors - 'an American hero'

From new Rio Grande office, Greg Hughes drums up support for crackdown on crime

Utahns overwhelmingly support city firework bans in times of fire danger

Inspector general report dings Dugway - again - for chemical accounting and oversight

Donald Trump's approval rating falls below 50 percent in Utah, where voters are split on the Russia investigation

South Salt Lake invests in helping refugees learn, succeed and thrive in Utah - and it's working

Gehrke: The money-making business of sending state inmates to county jails has failed and should be revamped

Former Ogden Mayor Glenn Mecham dies

Ted Cruz to visit Utah on Saturday to support Chris Herrod's congressional campaign

More than 200 Utahns weigh in on state's small-scale Medicaid expansion plan

Deseret News

LaVarr Webb and Frank R. Pignanelli: Politicians' banners on Pioneer Day floats - seriously!

Op-ed: Why Utah really is the place

Editorial: The state must prepare for rapid expansion through planning and participation

Editorial: Citizens expect transparent UTA and local government

Editorial: The county should increase scrutiny on Ott's deputies

Cruz coming to Utah to campaign for Herrod; Ainge announces state lawmaker support

Sen. Mike Lee spends past week in eye of health care storm

Salt Lake City mayor nominates transit advocate to UTA board

Judge approves resignation deal for S.L. County Recorder Gary Ott

Study highlights economic impacts of 'quiet' recreation

Advocates keep up pressure in support of Medicaid, even as ACA replacement appears dead

S.L. GOP launches probe into troubled recorder's deputy

Hughes using Rio Grande 'war room' to draft plan to battle area's lawlessness

Democratic 3rd Congressional District candidate supports taxpayer-funded health care for all

'A double problem': Needle exchanges fight disease, but stray syringes raise alarm

Salt Lake company brings tracking technology to solve movement problems

Q-and-A with the top man at corrections


Utah County businesses closely watching federal border tax decisions (Daily Herald)

Second debate featuring GOP 3rd district primary candidates to take place in Provo (Daily Herald)

Delegates' choice, candidate Chris Herrod makes case to represent 3rd Congressional District (Daily Herald)

Editorial: Davis County Jail failed its 2016 inspection - and Utahns deserve to know why (Standard-Examiner)

Ogden native plans Green Party bid for U.S. Rep. Bishop's House seat (Standard-Examiner)

Transit officials say projects funded by Prop 1 are making a difference (Standard-Examiner)

Community group looks to improve Central Ogden education, housing, health (Standard-Examiner)

Golf course subsidies: Logan mayoral candidates share opinions (Logan Herald Journal)

Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox promotes statewide jobs initiative in Summit County (Park Record)

National Headlines

5 reasons why health care bill would fail, 3 why it may not (Associated Press)

In Chicago, women worried about violence join gun club (AFP)

Scaramucci promises 'dramatic action' to stop the leaks (Axios)

Gas Prices Fall to 12-Year Low Under Trump (Grabien News)

OPEC Grapples With Growing Threats to Oil Deal (Wall Street Journal)

'Ruthless human smugglers' blamed for deaths of 9 people left in a truck in 100-degree Texas heat (Los Angeles Times)

Republicans brewing Russian scandal to target greens (Politico)

Senator Kid Rock. Don't Laugh. (Politico)

John McCain Went Hiking With His Daughter Following Cancer Diagnosis (TIME)

Gingrich, small biz to launch major tax cut campaign (The Hill)

Sanders keeping door open on 2020 (The Hill)

Wise Words


"Bad humor is an evasion of reality; good humor is an acceptance of it." Malcolm Muggeridge

Lighter Side

White Russians

"According to friends of Donald Trump Jr., back in college he was a black-out drunk. So, he does have a long history of meeting with White Russians." Conan O'Brien

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