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Morning must reads for Thursday, August 10, 2017

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 222nd day of the year. There are 143 days remaining in 2017.

Democrats launch ads critical of Rep. Mia Love for not holding town hall meetings. North Korea says they plan to test missiles by launching them towards Guam. The FBI raids Paul Manafort's home as part of the Russia investigation.

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Today At Utah Policy

Poll: A slight majority of Utahns oppose euthanizing or slaughter of wild horses

The question of whether wild horse populations in Utahn should be rounded up and killed or sold into slaughter to control their numbers is an emotional one....

Salt Lake County Democrats to pick new County Sheriff on Saturday

Salt Lake County Democrats will pick a successor for Sheriff Jim Winder this Saturday....

Who's Taking College Spots From Top Asian Americans? Privileged Whites.

More than a decade ago, I chatted with Asian-American seniors at Hunter College High School in New York City about their college admission prospects....

Chaffetz to become fellow at Harvard this fall

Former Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz is joining the Harvard Institute of Politics this fall....

Weekly survey: Will Hatch run again in 2018

Sen. Orrin Hatch has not yet said definitively whether he plans to run for another term in 2018 or retire. What do you think he'll do? Vote now in our weekly survey....

Policy News

Cycling Utah surveys SLC Council candidates on bicycling in Salt Lake City
CyclingUtah.com, the source for bicycling in the region, recently surveyed each of the candidates running for Salt Lake City Council on their views on cycling in the city....

Lisa J. Church named as the City of Moab's Communications and Engagement Manager
The City of Moab is delighted to announce that Lisa J. Church will become the City's first Communications Manager....

Press release: New report on threatened national monuments highlights wide public support, economic benefits
A new report by the Natural Resources Defense Council highlights the tremendous economic and environmental benefits of some two dozen American parklands and waters....

Consumer group's solar incentive analysis highlights Utah's incentives and importance of pro-solar, pro-grid and pro-consumer policies
As part of Consumer Energy Alliance's Solar Energy Future campaign, the organization released data from an upcoming report that provides a comprehensive quantification of solar incentives available to families, businesses and other energy users in Utah....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Michelle Quist Mumford: Count My Vote's legacy: More money and more dirt

Op-ed: Nothing is more important than comprehensive tax reform

Editorial: Time for a woman to represent Utah in the U.S. Capitol

Utahns light up rooftop solar proposal as Rocky Mountain Power negotiates with clean-energy advocates

Gehrke: Why so many negative political ads? A lot of times they work

District 7 race gets uncomfortably partisan for some as 6 strive to succeed SLC Councilwoman Adams

Former Rep. Jason Chaffetz to serve as a Harvard fellow this fall

Polygamists and polygamy sympathizers sending money to support Joe Darger's run for Herriman mayor

Salt Lake City seeks major transit improvements, but money could be a roadblock

ACLU warns Utah's members of Congress not to block social media users

Democratic group launches ad buy criticizing Rep. Love for not holding town halls

Salt Lake County now has extra jail beds to lock up suspects in mysterious 'Operation Rio Grande'

West Jordan residents will vote on city's form of government, but some say that's not the most pressing issue

Deseret News

Op-ed: The natural monopoly business model works

A. Scott Anderson: An ingenious way to bolster investment in at-risk communities

Editorial: State Board's policy expands choice but may limit opportunity

This is how Utah continues to keep the American dream alive

Utah panel greenlights cash for final homeless shelter site

Good deed gone bad? Kaysville councilman sues public works director for damaging driveway with plow

Other candidates in 3rd District race promise more positive campaigns

Rooftop solar advocates oppose power company proposal to raise rates

Weapons testing brings more air traffic to HAFB, western desert


Ogden City Council approves budget, tax increase (Standard-Examiner)

Logan ponders future of downtown (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

Poll: Voters support Trump-backed immigration bill (Politico)

Lawsuit Says Seattle's 'Tax-the-Rich' Measure Violates State Constitution (Wall Street Journal)

Mattis warns North Korea to stop actions that would 'lead to end of regime' (Reuters)

Republicans playing defense in August recess (The Hill)

Unarmed Russian Air Force jet overflies the Pentagon, Capitol, CIA (CNN)

US embassy employees in Cuba possibly subject to 'acoustic attack' (CNN)

McConnell, Trump point fingers (The Hill)

Gym owner displays vulgar sign to ban police officers, military members from using facility (New York Daily News)

Why more workers are copying Trump's 'working vacation' (CBS News)

Former attorney for Loretta Lynch now working for congressional probe of former AG (Washington Times)

Contentious Memo Strikes Nerve Inside Google and Out (New York Times)

Wise Words


"Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves." Henry David Thoreau

Lighter Side


"Scientists just discovered that millions of years ago, flowers had both male and female parts. As a result, President Trump has banned those flowers from serving in the military." Jimmy Fallon

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