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Local News Highlights: Daily Briefing

Morning must reads for Monday, August 7, 2017

Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 219th day of the year. There are 146 days remaining in 2017.

John Curtis still leads the fundraising race in Utah's 3rd CD. Ben McAdams went undercover as a homeless person in downtown Salt Lake City. Mike Pence pushes back against reports he's setting himself up for a run in 2020.

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Today At Utah Policy

Utah Senate Chief of Staff leaving that position to take the same job with Attorney General Sean Reyes

 Ric Cantrell, the chief of staff in the GOP-controlled state Senate, is leaving that post after 14 years to become chief of staff to Republican Attorney General Sean Reyes....

'Political Insiders' doubt John Kelly will bring order to the White House

Our "Political Insiders" say despite an encouraging start, new White House Chief of Staff John Kelly will not be able to end the drama coming out of Washington....

Curtis continues to lead GOP primary fundraising; Ainge spent $81,000 on signatures

Provo Mayor John Curtis continues to lead the fundraising race in the GOP primary in Utah's 3rd Congressional District. ...

Policy News

Sen. Lee introduces 'CBO show your work' bill
Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) introduced the "CBO Show Your Work" Act Thursday, legislation designed to improve the legislative process by making the Congressional Budget Office more transparent and accountable....

Utah Immigration Reform Coalition responds to the RAISE Act and calls for modernized system that harnesses the Power of Immigrants
The Utah Immigration Reform Coalition responded to the RAISE Act, new legislation sponsored by Senators Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and David Perdue (R-Ga.), and called for a revised solution that harnesses the economic power of foreign-born workers in the U.S. economy....

Utah Democratic Party announces new executive director
The Utah Democratic Party Chair, Daisy Thomas, and its Executive Committee are proud to announce Alex Cragun as the Executive Director of the Utah Democratic Party....

Rep. Mia Love to co-chair Dietary Supplement Caucus
Rep. Mia Love R-Utah, is taking on a new leadership role as co-chair of the Congressional Dietary Supplement Caucus (DSC).  Rep. Love replaces Rep. Jason Chaffetz, formerly a DSC co-chair, who retired from the House of Representatives earlier this summer....

Local Headlines

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Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Utah needs a constitutional amendment to protect electronic data

Op-ed: Medical cannabis opponents have irrational position

Op-ed: Estimate of medical marijuana cost is way, way off

Op-ed: All taxpayers should be treated equally

Editorial: Utah should let California be California

Can Daggett County become Utah's latest recreation powerhouse? Maybe with some help from the state, officials say

Gehrke: As long as Teflon Trump drives the partisan divide, his popularity in Utah will remain strong

Salt Lake County Councilman Max Burdick jumps into crowd running to be recorder

Utah ranks No. 28 for cost of living

Former Utah senator criticizes 'secretive,' 'puppet-string' lobbying by Mormon church

Utah Democratic Party hires Alex Cragun as executive director

When will we see 'Operation Rio Grande'? Utah's leaders have some things to work out, first.

Utah Senate staff chief leaves to take on same role in AG's office

Critics say syringe exchange 'party packs' enable drug use and add needles to the streets, while providers say they're saving lives

Mayor Ben McAdams posed as a homeless person for 3 days and 2 nights. Here's what he saw.

Deseret News

Frank R. Pignanelli and LaVarr Webb: Will nasty ads in 3rd District drag down John Curtis?

Hal Boyd: Trump is converting the left to conservatism

Op-ed: We can agree to disagree on some issues

Op-ed: Stop investing taxpayer dollars on a failed project

Editorial: Voters should have meaningful choices in 3rd Congressional District election

Will 'auto-brewery syndrome' get you arrested for DUI in Utah?

Want a job? Move to this Utah city

Is Utah a 'thriving hub' for innovation?

Leavitt to rural leaders: Be proactive to prevent future monuments

S.L. County Councilman running to replace retired recorder

Utah Democratic Party hires new executive director

GOP primary candidates have cash, but super PACs doing the spending

State to use maligned SAGE test in grades 9, 10 one more year

Director of Utah's School Children's Trust resigns

Rio Grande area is an open-air drug market but removal of jail restrictions offers new hope

Is Utah's prison reform working?

Utah Senate chief of staff moving to same job in attorney general's office

Over 100 candidates fill mayoral primary ballots across 4 Wasatch Front counties

Carbon County to enforce needle exchange law, but officials at odds over health and safety concerns

'I didn't feel safe': Mayor Ben McAdams describes secret nights on street, in shelter


Editorial: Provo's failure to screen previous police chief calls hiring process into question (Daily Herald)

Ballot mix-up, municipal drop-outs increase Utah County taxpayers' cost to administer primary election (Daily Herald)

Editorial: Ogden schools need to thoroughly document student conduct (Standard-Examiner)

Official says Summit County's economic outlook remains strong (Park Record)

Primary ballots slowly trickling in (Park Record)

National Headlines

Pence denies eyeing presidential bid (Reuters)

Trump's unprecedented hands-on messaging carries risks (Associated Press)

These are the most - and the least - trusted news sources in the U.S. (MarketWatch)

New Chief of Staff John Kelly moves quickly to bring order and discipline to a West Wing riven by conflict (Wall Street Journal)

Amid immigration battles, College Park considers giving noncitizens voting rights (Baltimore Sun)

The future of the Democratic Party could be written in upcoming gubernatorial races (Washington Post)

Affirmative Action Policies Evolve, Achieving Their Own Diversity (New York Times)

Wasserman Schultz talks about arrested aide Imran Awan (Sun-Sentinel)

As Obamacare twists in political winds, top insurers made $6 billion (CNBC)

Google's Diversity Chief Slams Worker Memo on Gender Inequality (Bloomberg)

Bill de Blasio Will Push for Tax on Wealthy to Fix Subway (New York Times)

Wise Words

Hard Work

"We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid." Benjamin Franklin

Lighter Side


"The publisher of Hillary Clinton's upcoming memoir announced today that the title of her book will be the statement "What Happened." Well, that's the censored version." Seth Meyers

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