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Morning must reads for Friday, August 11, 2017

Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 223rd day of the year. There are 142 days remaining in 2017.

John Curtis still leads the 3rd CD GOP primary race, but his lead is shrinking. The Salt Lake County GOP extends their investigation into Julie Dole. Donald Trump thanks Vladimir Putin for expelling U.S. diplomats.

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Poll shows Curtis still leading in 3rd District GOP primary race but Herrod is closing

A new poll by Dan Jones & Associates finds Provo Mayor John Curtis still leading in the GOP 3rd District race with 31 percent of the vote -- but former state lawmaker Chris Herrod has closed considerably....

Bob Bernick's notebook: How stupid do they think we are?

With all of the negative TV, radio and flyer ads running in the U.S. 3rd District GOP primary race, you have to ask this:How stupid do these out-of-state sponsors think Utahns are?...

Spending by outside groups in Utah's 3rd CD approaching $1 million ahead of Tuesday's primary

 The amount of outside independent spending in Utah's 3rd CD is inching closer to a cool $1 million....

Call your shot. What will be the order of finish in Tuesday's GOP 3rd CD primary election?

Polls show that the race for the GOP nomination in Utah's 3rd CD is coming down to the wire. What do you think will be the order of finish for the three candidates? Vote now....

United Utah Party calls for state legislature to refuse taxpayer money for closed primary elections

The United Utah Party today called on the state legislature to stop spending taxpayer money on closed primaries.  ...

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

Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
Outdoor Notes--Tribune: Utah Hike of the Week: Timpanogos Cave--Tribune: Hike to a cold, dark place part of the journey for teens in Utah youth program--Tribune: 'Glamping' destinations popping up all over Utah for a taste of luxury in the outdoorsWeekend EventsNew Films-- 1...

Utah Patients Coalition approved to begin collecting signatures for 2018 medical cannabis initiative
Utah Patients Coalition has received approval from Lt. Governor Spencer Cox to begin gathering signatures to qualify for the November 2018 ballot....

Nominees announced for 5th District Court vacancy
The 5th District Judicial Nominating Commission has selected nominees for a vacancy on the 5th District Court. ...

Register for the Utah Global Forum
Register now for the Utah Global Forum, an event that facilitates dialogue on how businesses can expand beyond local boundaries and develop an import and export strategy to expand into the global marketplace....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Super PACs dump $853,000 into Utah special election to replace Chaffetz

Open SLC race in District 3 features a familiar face and two challengers who've knocked on 5,000-plus doors

Where's the Love? Congresswoman's constituents say they were left off her invite list

New party seeks to end state funding for closed Republican primaries

Salt Lake County GOP discusses investigation into acting Recorder Julie Dole, but postpones potential action

Opening 300 new jail beds leads to last-minute shuffling, changes in lead-up to secretive 'Operation Rio Grande'

Utah approves signature-gathering for 2018 medical marijuana initiative

Study: Utah isn't toughest on DUIs - only No. 8 - before its new law kicks in

Provo Mayor John Curtis' lead is shrinking in 3rd District race

Deseret News

Op-ed: Time to get the 'Trigger Trash' out of Saratoga Springs

Op-ed: The 'New West's' big lie

Editorial: Leaders must combat youth violence

Park City lawyer nominated to state alcohol commission

NPR: Feelings about Trump are dividing Utah candidates

Rep. Mia Love hasn't held public town hall in 628 days, Democratic group says

6 who dropped out or were disqualified still on Utah County ballots

Salt Lake County GOP extends investigation into acting recorder

Curtis continues to lead Herrod, Ainge in latest 3rd Congressional District primary poll

'Now the real work begins': Medical cannabis advocates cleared to collect initiative signatures


Editorial: The most unglamorous election happens to be the one you need to vote the most in (Daily Herald)

Utah County starts official counting of vote-by-mail ballots (Daily Herald)

National Headlines

New York Times guilty of large screw-up on climate-change story (Washington Post)

Judge orders writer of NY Times' Palin editorial to testify (Associated Press)

Blowback from staffer scandal burns Wasserman Schultz (Politico)

Bill O'Reilly set to make first appearance on CNN (CNN)

Defense Secretary Mattis begins tech outreach with Amazon visit (Reuters)

U.S. destroyer challenges China's claims in South China Sea (Reuters)

Political tensions depress world stocks (AFP)

A surge of migrants crossing into Quebec tests Canada's welcome (New York Times)

Trump: 'The opioid crisis is an emergency' (CNN)

Federal judge orders State Department to search for more Clinton Benghazi emails (CNN)

Are Trump's Staff Turnovers Abnormal? (National Review)

Wise Words


"Man is an animal that makes bargains: no other animal does this - no dog exchanges bones with another." Adam Smith

Lighter Side

Nine Months

"Hospitals in Chicago have seen the number of baby deliveries double this month. Which would be remarkable, until you realize that's exactly nine months after the Chicago Cubs won the World Series." James Corden

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