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Morning must reads for Thursday, August 17, 2017

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 229th day of the year. There are 136 days remaining in 2017.

John Curtis' lead over Chris Herrod is virtually insurmountable. Utah leaders break ground for the new prison. Steve Bannon says some jaw-dropping things in a conversation with a journalist.

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Winners and losers from Tuesday's election

Now that John Curtis has secured the GOP nomination in the 3rd District special congressional election let's take a look at who came out on top and who took it in the shorts on election day....

SLCO GOP focusing on ethics violations in investigation of Julie Dole

The investigation into acting Salt Lake County Recorder Julie Dole by the Salt Lake County GOP is apparently focusing on possible ethics violations....

Weekly survey: Who is the favorite to win November's special congressional election?

Now that John Curtis has won the GOP nomination in the CD3 special election, which candidate do you think stands the best chance of winning in November? Vote now in our weekly survey....

Don't expect Chris Herrod to catch John Curtis when outstanding ballots are counted

According to rough numbers given to UtahPolicy by state election officials and some math by me Chris Herrod would have to get more than two-thirds of the remaining votes to be counted in Tuesday's 3rd District GOP primary to beat Provo Mayor John Curtis....

Policy News

Count My Vote celebrates primary election process
Count My Vote initiative leaders congratulated Provo Mayor John Curtis, winner of yesterday's Republican Party Primary Election in Utah's 3rd Congressional District, and celebrated Utah's new process that gives all party voters a voice in choosing their candidates for public...

2017 Utah SNAP Challenge hosted by Utahns Against Hunger
 Starting September 15th, Utahns Against Hunger encourages ALL Utahns to take the 2017 Utah SNAP Challenge and experience what it is like to eat on $4.20 a day....

Dr. Deneece Huftalin announced as 2017 ATHENA Leadership Award winner
The Salt Lake Chamber, Utah's largest and longest-standing statewide business association, has announced Dr. Deneece Huftalin as the 2017 ATHENA Leadership Award recipient....

Utah STEM Bus takes to the road for the 2017-2018 school year
Gov. Gary R. Herbert and STEM industry leaders unveiled the Utah STEM Bus at a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the State Capitol....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Michelle Quist: What's changed for Julie Dole? Everything.

Editorial: Rivera's rise comes at a crucial time

Lawsuit filed over Kane, Garfield commissions' meetings with Zinke

State urges all Utah schools to test water systems for lead after detecting contamination

Utah submits small-scale Medicaid expansion plan to feds - again

Utah's Mike Lee criticizes Trump's Charlottesville comments

Officials break ground at site of new prison, which is set for completion in 2020

No, these Republicans haven't endorsed Julie Dole in her bid to keep county recorder's post

Will self-driving cars, taxis make mass transit obsolete?

ACLU says Operation Rio Grande is 'business as usual' and, so far, prioritizes jail over treatment

Deseret News

Jay Evensen: Where will the bad guys go?

Op-ed: Utahns can't afford $700 million tax hike

Editorial: Civic leaders and citizens must internalize the answer to the question, 'Who is my neighbor?'

UDOT warns of heavy traffic heading back from eclipse

Utah awaits approval of terms for expansion of medical benefits

ACLU decries Operation Rio Grande's surge of arrests, lack of treatment

Herrod wants to see updated results before conceding to Curtis

Lee criticizes Trump's remarks on Charlottesville; Hatch urges president to be careful with statements

Gov. Herbert says new prison will restore hope for inmates' future


Trump congratulates Curtis on unofficial GOP win (Daily Herald)

Utah County Clerk: Waiting several days for election results may be the new norm (Daily Herald)

3rd district Democrat Kathryn Allen holds Provo event highlighting health care stances (Daily Herald)

Election mix-up: Bradfield in, Borup out (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

What if the DNC Russian 'hack' was really a leak after all? A new report raises questions media and Democrats would rather ignore (Salon)

The Rise of the Violent Left (Atlantic)

N.Y. Times Editor Testifies He Didn't Intend to Link Sarah Palin to Shooting (Hollywood Reporter)

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe said police found weapons stashed by white nationalists. Police say they didn't. (Reason)

Silicon Valley escalates its war on white supremacy despite free speech concerns (Washington Post)

Sessions makes sweeping attack on Chicago's sanctuary city policy (Washington Post)

Trump to reverse Obama-era order aimed at planning for climate change (Washington Post)

Twitter users trying to expose the Charlottesville white supremacists doxxed the wrong guy (Business Insider)

Search continues for 5 soldiers after Black Hawk copter crashes off Oahu (Star-Advertiser)

New national poll finds Kasich no threat to Trump in 2020 - yet (Columbus Dispatch)

Trump administration kills push to ban bottled water in national parks (SFGate)

Wise Words


"Let us tenderly and kindly cherish, therefore, the means of knowledge. Let us dare to read, think, speak, and write." John Adams

Lighter Side

Not So Bad

"A Russian spy plane was spotted over New Jersey. Yeah. The Russian pilot was overheard saying, "You know, Siberia's not so bad." Conan O'Brien

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