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Morning must reads for Thursday, August 31, 2017


Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 243rd day of the year. There are 122 days remaining in 2017.

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Today At Utah Policy

Herbert won't use emergency powers to shut down Rio Grande Street

Gov. Gary Herbert will not use his broad emergency powers to close about a third of Rio Grande Street in front of homeless providers to create a "safe space," his top aide told UtahPolicy.com on Wednesday....

Herrod says true conservatives are being frozen out of electoral politics

Still smarting from a tough loss in the Aug. 15 GOP 3rd District primary, Chris Herrod tells UtahPolicy that it is still too early for him to think about another race in 2018....

Count My Vote may take initiatve to the ballot because of constant efforts to dismantle SB54

The organizers behind Count My Vote say they're encouraged the SB54 compromise worked beautifully in the recent GOP 3rd CD primary election. But, the ongoing effort to undo that agreement may push them to take the issue of eliminating the caucus system directly to the people...

Sen. Lee says GOP has run out of excuses to not cut government spending

Sen. Mike Lee says it's time for the GOP to make good on their promises to cut wasteful government spending....

Weekly survey: Trump's pardon of Arpaio

President Donald Trump pardoned controversial Arizona Sheriff last week. Arpaio had been convicted of criminal contempt for refusing a judges order for his office to stop using racial profiling toward Latinos. Do you agree or disagree with Trump's decision? Vote now in our w...

Policy News

Debate announced for Third Congressional District special election
The ABU Education Fund and the University of Utah's John R. Park Debate Society have announced they will host a debate for the upcoming special election in Utah's 3rd Congressional District....

Announcing Utah Global Forum keynote speaker Ana Navarro
Ana Navarro, political contributor to CNN, ABC News and Telemundo, will be a keynote speaker at the 2017 Utah Global Forum presented by Governor Gary R. Herbert....

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....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Michelle Quist Mumford: Hurricane Harvey's devastation illustrates weaknesses in U.S. immigration laws

Editorial: Lead is for pencils, not water

Guard against terror threats - from at home or abroad - nation's No. 2 cop tells Utah

Salt Lake City will require commercial building owners to report energy scores

Legislators who almost raised food tax this year now consider eliminating it

Deseret News

Jay Evensen: Should police departments equip themselves like an invading army?

Op-ed: Fix Utah law to protect 'free-range' parenting

Editorial: Solar compromise agreement strikes balance for Rocky Mountain and solar

Jordan School Board: No signature gathering on school property

New interest at Capitol in eliminating sales tax on food

Deputy U.S. Attorney General visits Utah to talk terror, crime fighting

Utah task force faces new challenges in Harvey's wake

Some on S.L. City Council join effort to close Rio Grande Street now


Legislative town hall focuses on attracting and retaining teachers (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

Trump gets boost as GDP growth is revised upward (Politico)

Trump's growing economy faces fall obstacles (The Hill)

Vandals Damage Statue Of Christopher Columbus In Yonkers Amid Growing Controversy (CBS News)

Rand Paul: I'm ready to fight for tax reform (CNN)

France's Macron says his job not 'cool', cites talks with Turkey's Erdogan (Reuters)

Trump launches 'once-in-a-generation' effort to sell tax reform (The Hill)

White House stops plan for companies to report worker pay by race and gender (Los Angeles Times)

What is the Nashville Statement and why are people talking about it? (USA Today)

Linda Sarsour Exploits Hurricane Harvey to Fund Community Organizing (National Review)

A liberal think tank has just pushed out an employee who criticized Google. That's worrying. (Washington Post)

House Commerce Committee delays net neutrality hearing (The Hill)

Wise Words

Societal Guilt

"We must reject the idea that every time a law's broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions." Ronald Reagan

Lighter Side

Rigorous Review

"Before announcing his decision on Afghanistan, President Trump was said to have made a 'rigorous' review of the issue. Yes, Trump said, "I must have read at least four tweets about it!" Conan O'Brien

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