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Morning must reads for Friday, August 18, 2017

Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 230th day of the year. There are 135 days remaining in 2017.

"Count My Vote" is planning another ballot initiative to end the caucus system. Salt Lake County Republicans pick Adam Gardiner to be the new county recorder; Gardinier plans to fire acting recorder Julie Dole. Terror in Spain leaves 13 dead and dozens injured.

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Today At Utah Policy

Thank God it's over - Bernick and Schott on politics episode #338

The GOP 3rd District primary election is finally over. John Curtis is now the overwhelming favorite to win in November....

Bob Bernick's notebook: The caucus/convention system isn't dead yet

 As pro-SB54 and Provo Mayor John Curtis supporters bask in the limelight of his victory in Tuesday's 3rd District GOP primary race, many political pundits are saying Utah's old caucus/delegate/convention system is finally dead....

'Count My Vote' readying 2018 ballot initiative to eliminate caucus/convention system for nominating candidates (updated)

UtahPolicy.com has been told that the group behind Count My Vote has decided to run a citizen initiative petition in 2018 that will do away with the caucus/delegate/convention route for candidates and only allow candidates to get on the primary and general election ball...

Podcast: Bernick and Schott on politics #338

Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott discuss the what and why of the week in Utah politics....

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....

Policy News

Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
Outdoor Notes--Tribune: Utah Hike of the Week: Malan's Peak and Basin--Tribune:Utah event pits runners vs. trains and 'willpower versus horsepower'--Tribune:Traveling to see the total solar eclipse? Here is what you can expect.Weekend EventsNew Films-- Brigsby Bear: Tribune ...

Sen. Lee releases statement of support for family of Aaron Butler
Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) released the following statement after learning of the death of Utah National Guardsman Aaron Butler from Monticello, Utah:...

Rep. Bishop's statement on death of Utah National Guardsman
Congressman Rob Bishop (UT-01) released the following statement regarding the death of a Utah National Guardsman and the injuries sustained by others during combat operations in Afghanistan:...

ACLU of Utah statement on Operation Rio Grande
The ACLU of Utah has been asked by some community partners and media representatives to share observations about "Operation Rio Grande," the multi-agency law enforcement effort launched this week in the Rio Grande neighborhood of Salt Lake City....

Newest round of USTAR Tap Funding opens
USTAR's fall round of Technology Acceleration Program (TAP) grants is now open....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: We need more women on Utah's courts

From ski slopes to music in Moab, Utah's tourist attractions share $3.4 million in state funds to help draw visitors

Study: NAFTA has helped Utah businesses with exports

Elementary kids used to get a hot lunch in Carbon County district whether they paid or not - now that has to change

Medical marijuana backers in Utah launch signature-gathering campaign

Herrod says he still has a sliver of a chance to win - enough to wait for votes to be counted

Utah governor extols National Guard staff sergeant killed in booby-trapped Afghanistan building as 'one of Utah's best'

Herrod backers can blame themselves for denying their candidate a chance at a runoff

Want to help the homeless? The Miller family will match up to $10 million in donations for services at new shelters

14k more counted ballots change little in Salt Lake County races

Controversial acting Recorder Julie Dole is out after county Republicans choose Rep. Adam Gardiner as her replacement

Deseret News

Jay Evensen: Eliminating all Down syndrome people is a horrible idea

Editorial: New Salt Lake County Sheriff's distinguished career in law enforcement qualifies her for the job

State, school districts partner to test for lead in drinking water

As large police presence targets crime in Rio Grande, business owners split on operation's potential

'A force of nature:' Monticello remembers hometown hero killed in Afghanistan

Count My Vote not ready to revive initiative - yet

Trump may be losing support of business community, Utah analyst says

Salt Lake County GOP chooses new county recorder, rejects former deputy Julie Dole


Editorial: Primary results prove, yet again, GOP delegates at convention out of touch with electorate (Daily Herald)

Kaysville mayoral hopefuls key in on roads, U.S. 89, economic development (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Calexit III? New ballot measure plots another route to California independence (Sacramento Bee)

Abraham Lincoln monument torched in Chicago: 'An absolute disgraceful act' (Washington Times)

Weather Channel founder denies climate change, so 'put me to death' (My News LA)

U.S.-South Korea war games start Monday as Pyongyang warns of 'catastrophe' (McClatchy)

Partisan divide over Trump's response to Charlottesville (CBS News)

6 in 10 people who approve of Trump say they'll never, ever, ever stop approving (CNN)

Call to Remove Confederate Statues From Capitol Divides Democrats (New York Times)

Kyle Quinn Hid At A Friend's House After Being Misidentified On Twitter As A Racist (NPR)

Strange bedfellows: The ACLU, free speech and Neo-Nazis (Washington Post)

US digital rights group slams tech firms for barring neo-Nazis (New York Daily News)

Architects of CIA interrogation program settle lawsuit brought on behalf of brutalized detainees (Washington Post)

Wise Words

Income Perspective

"Our incomes are like our shoes; if too small, they gall and pinch us; but if too large, they cause us to stumble and to trip." John Locke

Lighter Side

Wal-Mart App

"Wal-Mart is testing out an app that would allow shoppers to skip the checkout line. Currently that service is known as shoplifting." Conan O'Brien

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