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Morning must reads for Thursday, September 14, 2017

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 257th day of the year. There are 108 days remaining in 2017.

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Today At Utah Policy

Analysis: Kathie Allen's campaign is in a ton of trouble

When you are 30 points down in a reputable public opinion poll, you know your candidacy is in trouble....

Democrats are starting to make big electoral gains under Trump

While national Democrats are having trouble capitalizing on President Donald Trump's unpopularity, Democrats at the state level are starting to win special elections in districts that Trump won handily in 2016....

Hatch: It's time to study benefits of medical marijuana

Sen. Orrin Hatch spoke on the Senate floor on Wednesday to introduce bipartisan legislation to study marijuana as a possible alternative to opioids....

Weekly survey: Will Sen. Orrin Hatch run again or retire?

Sen. Orrin Hatch says he will decide on his political future by the end of the year. Will he run for an eighth term or retire? Let us know what you think in our weekly survey....

Policy News

Voting rights lawsuit over Navajo voting rights in San Juan County to advance to trial
Last week, U.S. District Court Judge Jill Parrish issued a decision in Navajo Nation Human Rights Council v. San Juan County, et al, allowing the lawsuit to proceed to a trial on the merits of the plaintiffs' claims that San Juan County is not p...

Office of the State Auditor releases letter regarding college athlete graduation rates
The Office of the State Auditor released a letter sent to Governor Herbert regarding the Office's limited review of athlete graduation rates within Utah's system of higher education....

Hatch speaks on the need for medical marijuana research to potentially save lives
Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), the senior member and former Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, spoke on the Senate floor about removing bureaucratic red tape to allow researchers to study the potential benefits of marijuana as a safe medical treatment for a wide...

Need exporter training? Still a few places available in the fall 2017 Global Business Management Course
The Salt Lake Community College Global Business Center is accepting registrations for the fall 2017 Executive Certificate of Global Business Management course, which begins Sept. 27 and ends Dec. 6, 2017....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Michelle Quist Mumford: Religious test oaths have no place in America

Holly Richardson: Will he or won't he?

Will a new 'green' approach draw new conventions to Utah after the loss of Outdoor Retailer?

Vernal man claims Uintah County school officials broke open-meetings laws with tax hike vote

Feds get just $15K for auction of controversial oil and gas leases on sage grouse habitat

'Huge waste of water' or worth saving? Researchers use field trip to persuade lawmakers to fund efforts to save Utah Lake

More Utahns are getting health coverage, as uninsured rate dips to 8.8 percent

Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch wants feds to allow medical marijuana research, saying drug can 'change people's lives for the better'

1 of every 3 UTA riders is a university student using a school-provided pass

West Jordan approves hate crime resolution that senator hopes will become a catalyst for a new state law

Census: With income up and poverty down, Utah enjoys relative prosperity

Deseret News

Jay Evensen: A fight Utah's Republican leaders should abandon

Sen. Orrin Hatch voices support for medical marijuana, introduces research bill

Herbert to call special session to deal with Operation Rio Grande issues next week

Investigation into Rio Grande drug suppliers leads police to Ogden

Boat tour highlights Utah Lake's benefits, challenges

35 candidates appear in new drug court formed under Operation Rio Grande

National Headlines

Teflon Don confounds Democrats (Politico)

Carbon footprints of the Telethon stars (Daily Mail)

Hillary Clinton demonstrates 'alternate nostril breathing' during CNN interview (Washington Examiner)

Democrats say they have deal with Trump on young immigrants (Associated Press)

Shkreli ordered jailed after online bounty on Hillary Clinton's hair (Reuters)

Trump: Rich people 'will not be gaining at all' under tax plan (The Hill)

US moves to ban Kaspersky software in federal agencies amid concerns of Russian espionage (Washington Post)

Trump Goes All In on a Tax Overhaul Whose Details Remain Unwritten (New York Times)

Medicare for All or State Control: Health Care Plans Go to Extremes (New York Times)

Trump, Ryan offer differing timelines on legislation to protect 'dreamers' (Washington Post)

Trump Blocks China-Backed Bid to Buy US Chip Maker (New York Times)

Wise Words


"When the American spirit was in its youth, the language of America was different: Liberty, sir, was the primary object." Patrick Henry

Lighter Side


"Trump sided with Democrat leaders on combining disaster relief with an increase in the debt [ceiling] and the government funding measure all into one bill. It's basically like the "turducken" of national debt." James Corden

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