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Morning must reads for Thursday, August 24, 2017

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 236th day of the year. There are 129 days remaining in 2017.

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Today At Utah Policy

Hatch 'not being pushed' to decide on political future

 Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch's announcement on his political future has been pushed back; a top advisor to Hatch is saying the senator may not declare if he's running or not next year until the end of October....

Romney, Holland, Stewart: the chosen three on Hatch's short list

Congressman Chris Stewart acknowledged one of the worst-kept secrets in Utah politics on Wednesday when he said he was interested in running for the U.S. Senate next year if Sen. Orrin Hatch decides to retire....

History is against Jim Bennett's candidacy in November's special congressional election

Just how well can we expect United Utah Party candidate Jim Bennett to perform in November's special congressional election?...

Facebook followers tend to flock to the politically extreme members of Congress

Members of Congress who are more extreme in their ideology have more followers on Facebook according to a new analysis....

Weekly survey: Will Operation Rio Grande have a lasting impact?

State officials are on phase two of the three-phase Operation Rio Grande to clean up the lawlessness around the homeless population in downtown Salt Lake City. Will the plan be a permanent success, or will any benefits just be temporary? Vote now in our weekly survey....

Policy News

NRA Mobilizes Utah Members and Supporters to Oppose Permit Fee Increase
The National Rifle Association's Institute for Legislative Action is asking members and supporters in Utah to attend a hearing to voice their opposition to a recent fee increase for first-time Utah Concealed Firearms Permit applicants....

Salt Lake Chamber enters agreement with Mexico Chamber of Commerce
In an effort to promote trade, tourism, and investments between the United States, Utah and Mexico, the Salt Lake Chamber entered into an agreement with the Association of Mexican Chambers of Commerce (CONCANACO SERVYTUR) in a show of support for the protection of existing f...

Treasurer Damschen warns of unclaimed property scam website NeverClaimed.com
Utah State Treasurer David Damschen today warned Utahns about scam website NeverClaimed.com which requires users to pay fees up to $29.99 per month to identify, claim and obtain missing personal property held for safekeeping by the Utah Division of Unclaimed Property....

US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce President visits Salt Lake County; highlights Hispanic entrepreneurship
Mayor Ben McAdams joined Don Salazar, VP of Government Relations and Chair of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce on "Hispanic Entrepreneurship Day" in Salt Lake County....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Wild horse summit excludes key advocates, public

Tech jobs are everywhere in Utah. State leaders want to get you the training to fill one.

With redraw of Bears Ears, Grand Staircase looming, Utah State University study says national monuments are neither economic 'boon nor bane'

Gehrke: Nearly 16 years in, there is no good end game for Afghanistan, but Trump avoided the worst one

Utah legislators light fuse that may change fireworks laws

Chris Stewart says he'll seek Senate seat if Orrin Hatch doesn't run for re-election

Gun-rights activists up in arms about concealed carry fee hike

It could take 2 years for Operation Rio Grande to truly eliminate crime - and that'll require more state funding

Rep. Chris Stewart goes behind bars at Utah State Prison to talk with inmates about 'elites,' Clinton, Trump and Russian meddling

Deseret News

Jay Evensen: An easy way to boost the economy

Several Utah lawmakers eyeing restrictions to fireworks laws

State leaders don't want to cast blame for conditions in Rio Grande area

U.'s Education Policy Center to survey state's teachers on why they stay, why they leave

Bishop seeks full investigative report on BLM agent

Renewable energy developers call for energy task force, deregulation

Gun enthusiasts oppose state's new concealed carry fee

Stewart 'almost certainly' would run for Senate if Hatch doesn't

Herbert announces new IT education pathway

Groups gather in Salt Lake to tackle wild horse overpopulation problem

High risk pools find support among insurers, cause concern for some families

National Headlines

Dershowitz: Antifa 'trying to tear down America' (The Hill)

Canada frets over possible huge surge in asylum-seekers (Reuters)

Donald Trump's Base Couldn't Care Less That Steve Bannon Is Gone (Daily Beast)

Debt Ceiling 'Brinksmanship' Could Test U.S. Top-Notch Credit Rating (Wall Street Journal)

WSJ Editor Admonishes Reporters Over Trump Coverage (New York Times)

ESPN Pulls a Broadcaster, Robert Lee, and Encounters a Storm (New York Times)

US to Say Power Markets Must 'Evolve' to Value Coal, Nuclear (Bloomberg)

Paul Ryan visits Oregon, preaches tax reform at Intel (OregonLive.com)

Lawyers for fired Google programmer ask other employees to come forward (The Hill)

Massachusetts sues student loan servicer (Washington Post)

Dakota Access pipeline developer sues Greenpeace, others for $1 billion (USA Today)

Wise Words

Be One

"Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one." Marcus Aurelius

Lighter Side

Wise Decision

"President Trump said that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's choice to not attack Guam was a "wise and well-reasoned decision." Trump said, "Someday I'm gonna make one of those." Conan O'Brien

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