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Morning must reads for Friday, July 28, 2017

Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 209th day of the year. There are 156 days remaining in 2017.

State leaders vow to crack down on the homeless problem in downtown Salt Lake City. Orrin Hatch breaks with President Trump on the issue of transgendered soldiers. The Senate fails again to pass an Obamacare repeal measure.

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Today At Utah Policy

Maybe this is how Trump drains the swamp - Bernick and Schott on politics #336

Ballots have gone out to voters in the GOP primary in the 3rd CD. Provo Mayor John Curtis has a lead, but will it hold up?...

Bob Bernick's notebook: Outside attacks pushed Herbert to endorse Curtis

 GOP Gov. Gary Herbert said Thursday that he disagrees with the state Republican Party's new rule that only sends one candidate out from convention is a special U.S. House election....

'Let my students go!' - Moses to the education bureaucracy

Yesterday in Public Education Appropriations Subcommittee we discussed School Technology Programs and the low utilization of effective reading software in our classrooms....

Rep. Stewart introduces legislation to stop leaks of classified information

Rep. Stewart (R-Utah) introduced H.R. 3448 to prevent the leaking of classified information. The Classified Information Protection Act simplifies existing law and imposes penalties for unauthorized disclosure of classified information....

League of Women Voters of Utah files suit to protect voter privacy

If the lieutenant governor of Utah hands over voter data to the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, he would be violating state law, the League of Women Voters of Utah and the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) of Utah argued in a lawsu...

Herbert vows to end lawlessness around Rio Grande neighborhood

GOP Gov. Gary Herbert said Thursday that he doesn't defend President Donald Trump's Tweet banning transgender people from serving in the U.S. military....

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....

Podcast: Bernick and Schott on politics #336

Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott dissect a busy week in Utah politics....

Policy News

Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
Outdoor Notes--Tribune:Utah Hike of the Week: Lofty Lake in the Uinta Mountains--Tribune:40 things we learned touring Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in southern Utah--Tribune:Contest aims to lure anglers to Panguitch Lake after recent wildfire closureWeekend EventsNew Films--...

Hatch introduces bill to provide land for support of higher education
Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), the senior Republican in the United States Senate, introduced the Confirming State Land Grants for Education Act-a bill that would make certain federal lands available for the purpose of raising revenue for Utah's educational institutions....

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Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Herbert's War Cabinet gets serious about the Rio Grande neighborhood

In a year, Gov. Herbert hopes Pioneer Park will be so safe he can play tennis there

Utah retailers bummed out - to say the least - as massive outdoors trade show makes final SLC run

Utah Gov. Herbert joins Sen. Hatch in speaking out against Trump's ban on transgender military service

Eagle Mountain mayor to make early exit after landing job with Rocky Mountain Power

Rolly: Where's Jackie? KSL's parade coverage skips past Salt Lake City's gay mayor and her wife

Mike Fowlks to head Utah wildlife agency

Group sues to block release of voter information to Trump's election fraud commission

Boisterous Outdoor Retailer rally at Capitol is more about supporting public lands than decrying Utah politicians

Oops. Utah County sends Republican primary ballots to 68,000 unaffiliated voters

He went from foster care in Utah to the White House, and he wants more Latinos to lead

A narrow margin on a 'skinny repeal': Hatch, Lee vote yes on Senate health care bill that McCain helps defeat

Deseret News

Jay Evensen: Enough tough talk about Rio Grande. Let's see some action

Op-ed: We need to demand more from local politicians

Editorial: Monument designations and other issues could be resolved with compromise

Herbert: Goal is to be able to play tennis at Pioneer Park a year from now

Eagle Mountain mayor resigns to take new job

Sacramento Bee opinion writer says Mormons, Utah culture could help California's housing crisis

From foster care to the White House, Mickey Ibarra urges Latinos to 'dream big'

More than 68,000 mistakenly sent GOP ballots in Utah County

Public lands enthusiasts march, sing and chant at state Capitol


Utah County trying to figure out how Republican ballots were mailed to unaffiliated voters (Daily Herald)

Pleasant Grove City Council candidates debate city's future and road debacle (Daily Herald)

Ogden council hopes virtual town hall will spur involvement in city budget process (Standard-Examiner)

Driverless cars, Uber, wayfinding to be discussed in Ogden transportation plan (Standard-Examiner)

Logan mayoral candidates answer questions (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

Intelligence chairman accuses Obama aides of hundreds of unmasking requests (The Hill)

Hill Reporter Lays Into Media on Wasserman Schultz Scandal Cover Up (NewsBusters)

Maxine Waters interrupts Treasury Secretary's single answer - 12 times! (American Mirror)

Three Republicans threaten to vote no on healthcare (Reuters)

African-American women are increasingly buying guns, statistics show (New York Times)

Senate Republicans prepare to pass Obamacare repeal few of them back (Politico)

Justice Department Says Rights Law Doesn't Protect Gays (New York Times)

Senate panel advances measure to protect medical marijuana states (The Hill)

ICE chief: Sanctuary cities are criminals' 'biggest friends' (Washington Examiner)

Bezos knocks Gates off perch as richest person in the world - for a few hours (Washington Post)

Falling tech stocks pull down S&P 500 and Nasdaq, but Dow sets another record (Los Angeles Times)

Wise Words


"The truth is that all men having power ought to be mistrusted." James Madison

Lighter Side


"President Trump said in a new interview that he had regrets about appointing Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Sessions said today that he will continue to serve as long as it is appropriate. So only until about 1955." Seth Meyers

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