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Morning must reads for Friday, September 15, 2017

Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 258th day of the year. There are 107 days remaining in 2017.

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Today At Utah Policy

Count My Vote to re-launch petition drive next week

 Count My Vote is preparing to re-launch their petition drive to move Utah's nominating process to a direct primary, eliminating the outdated caucus/convention system. The group could re-start the effort as soon as next Wednesday....

We blowed it up real good! - Bernick and Schott on politics #341

Mitt Romney wants to run for the Senate in Utah....

Bob Bernick's notebook: How Romney could reshape the GOP

UtahPolicy.com started a Hatch/Mitt political news firestorm Monday when we reported Hatch is likely to retire next year and former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney is seriously interested in running for that open U.S. Senate seat....

Republicans threaten to oust Anderson as Utah GOP Chairman if he drops SB54 lawsuit

There's a possible coup brewing in the Utah Republican Party. Some members of the Republican State Central Committee are warning Chairman Rob Anderson if he decides on his own to end the party's lawsuit against SB54, they'll try to remove him as head of the party....

Herbert threatens to veto any repeal of SB54 compromise

GOP Gov. Gary Herbert said Thursday that he would veto any attempt by upset Republican legislators to repeal SB54 the 2014 compromise law with Count My Vote over how political parties pick their candidates....

Podcast: Bernick and Schott on politics #341

Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott dissect a crazy week in Utah politics....

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

Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
Outdoor Notes--Tribune: Utah Hike of the Week: Dry Fork Canyon Petroglyphs near Vernal--Tribune:Severed heads tell a violent mystery at Utah's Dry Fork Canyon petroglyphs --Tribune:Yes, you can hit a beach in Utah on Saturday for International Coastal Cleanup day-- Tribune: ...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Nominate Ronald Russell for the federal court in Utah

Which counties rely the most on Utah's $8.4B tourism industry for jobs?

Town residents upset as popular road from Bluff into Bears Ears faces closure

Gov. Gary Herbert says changes to tough DUI law can wait until next year

Biskupski is finding it's easier to criticize as a candidate than it is to govern as a mayor

Senate to grill Jon Huntsman next week about his nomination to be the ambassador to Russia

Gov. Herbert wishes GOP would drop lawsuit challenging new election law

New Utah media blitz aims to help parents protect their kids against digital pornography

Utah County sheriff fears his county will turn into Rio Grande, with transients creating longterm camps

Gehrke: Here comes an initiative to get rid of party nominating conventions and it could revolutionize Utah politics

Deseret News

Jay Evensen: Another Utah Olympic bid? Beware of the pitfalls

Greg Bell: Republicans in Congress fumbled in the big Obamacare game

Editorial: Assessment exams still provide useful data

Hatch's pun-filled speech on medical marijuana getting long drag on social media

Love proposes to transfer Forest Service building to Juab County fire district

Elon Musk to unveil a 'beast' Tesla semitruck. Will it hurt Utah jobs?

Will Utah delay .05 percent DUI law?

Gov. Gary Herbert says Utah GOP would be wise to drop SB54 lawsuit

Utah A.G. Sean Reyes latest to back Colorado baker in Supreme Court case

Utah family incomes grow, but poverty still present

Herbert: Multiple monuments at Grand Staircase a possibility


Water experts ask Utah legislators for more research of nutrients in Utah Lake (Daily Herald)

National Headlines

Reminder: Susan Rice Lied About Her Role In The Obama Admin Unmasking Scandal (The Federalist)

Mueller did legal work for a company involved with Flynn (CNN)

Pelosi, Schumer face ire from the left over Dreamer talks (Politico)

Trump may replace Obama's big climate rule - not just repeal it (Politico)

Schumer caught on hot mic saying Trump 'likes me' (The Hill)

Trump stuns Washington with immigration moves (The Hill)

CIA chief pulls out of Harvard talk, rebukes school over Chelsea Manning fellowship (Washington Post)

US Special Operations soldier killed in training exercise (CNN)

Motel 6 says it will stop sharing guest lists with ICE (CNN)

EPA will reconsider Obama-era safeguards on coal waste (Washington Post)

Brady, Mnuchin Promise Tax Details This Month -- Not Now (Bloomberg)

Wise Words


"All I have seen teaches me to trust the creator for all I have not seen." Ralph Waldo Emerson

Lighter Side


"Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have announced they are expecting their third baby. And this time, they're going to name the baby something normal. That's the name. Something Normal West." Seth Meyers

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