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Morning must reads for Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 207th day of the year. There are 158 days remaining in 2017.

Sen. Mike Lee gets good favorability ratings from Utahns while Sen. Orrin Hatch isn't as popular. Lawmakers will likely have a big budget surplus in 2018. The Senate votes to take up debate on health care, but a proposal to repeal and replace Obamacare was voted down.

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Today At Utah Policy

Poll: Lee gets good favorable ratings from Utahns while Hatch is less popular

U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch, who has yet to start a 2018 re-election campaign, is still under water in his favorability ratings among Utahns, a UtahPolicy.com poll shows....

Utah's economy still red hot; Lawmakers will likely have a healthy budget surplus in 2018

The state could close the last fiscal year, which ended June 30, with a $130 million surplus in its two main funds the Education and the General Funds....

Herbert endorses Curtis in 3rd District Race

Gov. Gary Herbert has endorsed Provo Mayor John Curtis in the 3rd District GOP Congressional primary....

Stephenson: Why I'm voting for Tanner Ainge

As a taxpayer advocate for 40 years and State Senator for 25 years, I am extremely concerned that the replacement we send to Washington to replace Jason Chaffez will be as fiscally conservative as he was.  ...

Weekly survey: Will negative attacks on Curtis work?

Outside groups have launched a series of negative attacks against Provo Mayor John Curtis in the GOP primary election for Utah's 3rd Congressional District. Will they work? Vote now in our weekly survey....

Policy News

Consumer confidence in Utah's economy remains high in July
The Zions Bank Utah Consumer Attitude Index (CAI) remained statistically flat in July, dipping a mere 1.0 point from 115.2 in June to 114.2 in July....

The Fox Files: 'An Ambitious Plan'
We have an ambitious Strategic Recruiting Plan (SRP) this year....

Urban Greens Mobile Market returns for a second year with fresh produce for Glendale and Poplar Grove neighborhoods
It's year two for the Urban Greens Market, which means regular availability of fresh, locally grown, and affordable produce to residents in Salt Lake City's Glendale and Poplar Grove areas....

Local Headlines

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Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Another Eccles gift to the people of Utah

Editorial: After Ott, stop electing county recorders

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert gives Curtis rare pre-primary endorsement

One of these three things could happen when Utah's 3.2 beer selection dwindles

Utah unions, education advocates organizing march in response to Trump, DeVos policies

SEC investigates Utah entrepreneur, owner of The Falls Events Center at Trolley Square

Three Utah liquor stores are test driving new retail technology that could improve selection

Utah's House members vote to add new sanctions against Russia that Trump may veto

Utah's Hatch backs Sessions as Trump continues criticism of attorney general

Utah headed to $130 million budget surplus, thanks to healthy economy

Hundreds of thousands of Utah primary ballots are in the mail

Ethics complaint against Draper mayoral candidate dismissed as 'political stuff'

Outdoor Retailer reflects on Utah memories as it sets up for what could be its final SLC run

SLC mayor's second choice for UTA board gets council OK

Senate votes down Cruz's health care amendment, Lee among the 'no' votes

Deseret News

Op-ed: The hallmark of the U.'s Department of Economics is its commitment to competing perspectives

Boyd Matheson: The Senate is currently embroiled in chaos created by a complete lack of leadership

Derek B. Miller: Together we can accomplish the governor's goal of 25,000 jobs in 25 counties

Editorial: While society finds solutions, individuals should resist texting and driving

Gov. Gary Herbert endorses Provo Mayor John Curtis in 3rd District race

Utah consumer confidence high in July

Lee no longer a holdout on health care - at least for now

Contract with Koch group allows 'in-kind services'; U. says its independence not threatened

Primary ballots on their way to Utah mailboxes

1 killed in assault as politicians prepare to discuss downtown 'lawlessness'

As Senate takes up repeal bill, health care advocates rally in S.L.

Tanner Ainge differentiates himself from Provo Mayor John Curtis

Outdoor Retailer brings products, politics for last Utah show


Claims, statements of Provo mayoral candidates verified, disputed (Daily Herald)

Gov. Herbert endorses Curtis for Congress (Daily Herald)

Editorial: A piece of federal legislation nobody in Ogden wants (Standard-Examiner)

Park City mayoral forum planned as ballots are put in the mail (Park Record)

National Headlines

Senate Republicans Clear Key Health-Care Hurdle (Atlantic)

Trump takes victory lap on health care vote (Daily Mail)

Trump Eyes Tax-Code Overhaul, With Emphasis on Middle-Class Break (Wall Street Journal)

Scaramucci on Leaks: 'I'm Going to Fire Everybody' (New York Times)

Minneapolis police shooting tests mayor as re-election looms (Washington Post)

Senate Judiciary Committee drops Manafort subpoena in Russia probe (Politico)

Ivanka Trump speaks at Pence fundraiser (Washington Post)

US appeals court blocks DC law restricting gun rights (New York Daily News)

US Muslims Concerned About Their Place in Society, but Continue to Believe in the American Dream (Pew)

EPA chief pledges to streamline Superfund pollution cleanups (Washington Post)

House votes to repeal consumer arbitration rule (The Hill)

Wise Words


"The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule." H. L. Mencken

Lighter Side


If any of you call an Uber any time soon, you might want to make sure it's not a white Ford Bronco. I'm just saying. That's right, O.J. Simpson was officially granted parole . . . . and could be out of jail by October. When asked what he plans to do first, he said, "Well, catch up on all the shows about O.J." Jimmy Fallon

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