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Morning must reads for Wednesday, August 30, 2017

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Today At Utah Policy

Tensions between Hughes and Biskupski erupt over Operation Rio Grande

Well, frustrations UtahPolicy.com had heard about between Utah House Speaker Greg Hughes and Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski over "Operation Rio Grande" erupted on live radio Tuesday morning....

Hatch will vote to release testimony about Trump/Russia dossier

Sen. Orrin Hatch says he would vote to release the transcript of more than 10 hours of testimony from a former journalist who helped compile an explosive dossier alleging collusion between President Donald Trump's campaign staff and Russian intelligence officials....

Court rules excluding third-party candidates from presidential debates does not violate the First Amendment

A federal court ruled Tuesday that Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson and Green Party nominee JIll Stein's constitutional rights were not violated when they were excluded from presidential campaigns in 2012....

Policy News

Consumer confidence remains high despite increase in cost of living statewide
The Zions Bank Utah Consumer Attitude Index increased 0.8 points in August to 115....

Office of the State Auditor releases review of the Lone Peak Fire Department within the Lone Peak Public Safety District
 The Office of the State Auditor released its Review of the Lone Peak Fire Department (LPFD) within the Lone Peak Public Safety District. ...

Sen. Lee commends Utah Task Force 1 for Harvey assistance
Sen. Lee (R-UT) issued the following statement Tuesday after Urban Search and Rescue Utah Task Force 1 was dispatched from Salt Lake City to Houston, Texas to assist with Hurricane Harvey rescue efforts....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Utah business leaders decry Utah governor's lack of 'will' to improve air quality

'We're friends,' Biskupski says after on-air confrontation with Hughes over how to pay for Operation Rio Grande

Provo-Orem transit project is full steam ahead as opponents drop legal challenges

Group sets hearings for ballot initiative aimed at curbing 'gerrymandering' of political districts

SLC mayor touts magic-bullet solution to airport TRAX extension, though council wonders why details are secret

Should state pay ex-AG Shurtleff's $1M in legal bills? State judge will decide

Salt Lake County Council narrowly votes to send money to Hale Centre Theatre after hot debate

Gehrke: Mayor Jackie Biskupski's inaction jeopardizes the gains of Operation Rio Grande

Deseret News

Op-ed: Why I support the DREAM Act

Op-ed: Trump has a historic opportunity to place a check on the trend of expansive national monuments

Op-ed: The southern Utah economy should not be dependent on coastal elites

Editorial: Texas devastation brings together hearts and helping hands

'Great amount of responsibility': Utah medical disaster response team mobilizes to Texas

Utah consumers bullish on local economy

New state middle school policy boon to local control, board member says

Solar advocates, manufacturers supportive but not thrilled with temporary power deal

Council questions secrecy of mayor's fix for airport TRAX line

Checks won't be accepted at state liquor stores after Sept. 30

Hughes, Biskupski get in heated spat over Operation Rio Grande plan

Intermountain Healthcare: Utah center 'well-stocked' with medical supplies in case of disaster


Utah County election canvass complete (Daily Herald)

A Park City political spectacle: election, Treasure on back-to-back days? (Park Record)

National Headlines

'Antifa' violence in Berkeley spurs soul-searching within leftist activist community (Los Angeles Times)

Marco Rubio calls for temporary protected status for Venezuelans (McClatchy)

Virginia received DHS warning before Charlottesville rally (Politico)

Trump to seize populist mantle for pitching messy tax overhaul (Politico)

Trump vows vigorous response after viewing Harvey's devastation (The Hill)

Trump, in Texas, Calls Harvey Recovery Response Effort a 'Real Team' (New York Times)

University fires professor who called Harvey 'karma' for Texas GOP (The Hill)

Harvey victim with freezing kid curses out CNN reporter (New York Post)

Russia Fears New US Nuclear Arms Make Bombing More Likely (Newsweek)

FBI shuts down request for files on Hillary Clinton by citing lack of public interest (FOX News)

Federal flood insurance program in limbo on Capitol Hill as Harvey's toll mounts (Washington Post)

Wise Words


"A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both." Dwight D. Eisenhower

Lighter Side

Still Got It

"In her new book, Hillary Clinton calls Donald Trump a "creep" who "made her skin crawl." When he heard, Trump smiled and said, "I still got it." Conan O'Brien

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