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Morning must reads for Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the first day of August, the 214th day of the year. There are 151 days remaining in 2017.

Greg Hughes says he doesn't expect a special session for the Legislature to tackle the homeless problem. Wasatch County sent 1,400 GOP ballots to unaffiliated voters. The Trump Administration wants to investigate colleges and universities for discriminating against white applicants.

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Today At Utah Policy

Hughes: Don't expect special session to address homeless issues

 Rumors of a legislative special session to give more money or laws concerning the homeless and lawlessness in downtown Salt Lake City are premature, House Speaker Greg Hughes tells UtahPolicy....

Expanding the child tax credit is a win for Utahns

Now that Congress appears to be moving on from health insurance reform, national tax reform is up next....

Approximately 1,400 voters mistakenly sent Republican ballots in Wasatch County

Utah election officials are dealing with another vote-by-mail snafu. Wasatch County officials say 1,400 Republican ballots in the 3rd Congressional District were mistakenly sent to unaffiliated voters ahead of the August 15 primary election....

Gov. Gary Herbert to hold fundraiser in September to help Utah GOP pay off debt

The Utah GOP is slowly but surely chipping away at the massive amount of debt accrued during the past four years, and Gov. Gary Herbert will hold a fundraiser next month for the party....

Weekly survey: Will Gen. John Kelly end the White House drama?

President Donald Trump hired retired Gen. John Kelly as his new chief of staff. Will Kelly be able to end the constant drama coming out of the White House, or will it remain chaotic as usual? Vote now in our weekly survey....

Policy News

Hatch: It's time to move on from healthcare gridlock
Following the Senate's failure to take action on health care last week, Senator Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, the Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, announced that he plans to move on to tax reform....

Stewart and Tipton introduce bill to preserve sage-grouse and mule deer habitat
U.S. Representatives Chris Stewart (UT-02) and Scott Tipton (CO-03) introduced the Sage-Grouse and Mule Deer Habitat Conservation and Restoration Act (H.R. 3543), a bill that would streamline the approval process for vegetation management projects to protect or restore the h...

Salt Lake Chamber announces new Cybersecurity Leadership Council
The Salt Lake Chamber is proud to announce the launch of the Cybersecurity Leadership Council. The Council will be made up of public and private professionals with the goal of educating the business community on the shared responsibility of cybersecurity....

SLCC 'Rocks it' with $334K National Science Foundation Geoscience Grant
Salt Lake Community College received a $334,000 grant from the National Science Foundation aimed at increasing the number and diversity of geology majors and improving their transfer rates....

Local Headlines

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Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: For Utah prisoners, the doctor is not in

Charging station network launches to allow electric-car travel on Utah freeways

Utah's Chris Stewart wants to help Trump in his war on leaks

Officials say unfair Persian Gulf airline subsidies hurt Delta Air Lines, Utah

Gehrke: Frustrated, ignored voters are taking matters into their own hands

Council hopes to 'move on' after Gary Ott leaves office and GOP looks for replacement

Concerned about her safety at a big town hall meeting, Rep. Mia Love tries small group chats

Deseret News

Editorial: Redraw district boundaries based on common sense, not partisanship

Utah sues over massive Gold King Mine spill

Utahns invited to test new voting machines the state might buy

Sen. Orrin Hatch says it's time for Congress to move on from health care reform

Granite School Board unanimously adopts 12% property tax increase

Groups unveil 'Mighty Five' electric vehicle corridor initiative

Rep. Mia Love holds 'open house' for constituents, asked about town hall meetings

Dole sworn in as acting county recorder; Ott's office aide resigns

U. faculty: Koch Foundation gift 'raises serious concerns' about academic freedom


Bountiful mayoral race tops Davis County contests, but it's not the only one (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Former Obama Aide Ben Rhodes now a person of interest in unmasking investigation (Circa)

Poll Shows Kid Rock as Republican Front-Runner, 8 Points Behind Stabenow (Roll Call)

Justice Dept. to Take On Affirmative Action in College Admissions (New York Times)

Kelly's challenge? Bringing stability to Trump White House (The Hill)

9 people who might be the next DHS secretary (CNN)

Sen. Cory Booker puts marijuana legalization at the center of his new racial justice bill (Washington Post)

Baker proposes bill to tighten immigration enforcement (Boston Globe)

Great Lakes Gray Wolves' Spot Safe On Endangered Species List - For Now (NPR)

Mayor's race centers on income inequality in liberal Seattle (Washington Post)

Gaps found in Pentagon guidance on Internet of Things devices, overall cybersecurity (CNBC)

Trump touts Dow's fast rise (Washington Post)

Wise Words

Qualities of Men

"Wisdom, compassion, and courage are the three universally recognized moral qualities of men." Confucius

Lighter Side

Undercover Boss

"Spicer's not the only one doing a reality show. On the next episode of "Undercover Boss,", Vladimir Putin is going to go work at the White House. "Hello. I'm a tour guide here. How are things at home?" Jimmy Fallon

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