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Morning must reads for Monday, September 18, 2017

Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 261st day of the year. There are 104 days remaining in 2017.

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Today At Utah Policy

Poll: Utahns are skeptical Operation Rio Grande will be effective

Utahns are not hopeful that the $67 million effort to basically end homelessness in Salt Lake City and County will work, a new UtahPolicy.com poll shows....

'Political Insiders' expect Hatch to retire next year

Our "Political Insiders" think Sen. Orrin Hatch is more likely than not to retire at the end of the year, and former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney will jump into the race to replace him....

Win a copy of 'Unbelievable: My Front-Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American History'

We're giving away a copy of MSNBC's Katy Tur's book about her experience covering Donald Trump's presidential campaign....

Beg to Differ podcast: Mitt, Hatch, and tin foil hats!

Bryan Schott and Mike Winder make you the smartest person in the room when you're discussing politics....

Policy News

Utah student scores on annual end-of-level tests dip for first time in test history
Scores on annual end-of-level Student Assessment of Growth and Excellence (SAGE) tests in language arts, mathematics and science dipped slightly in 2017 for the first time in four years, the Utah State Board of Education (USBE) reported....

Wasatch Front Consumer Price Index remains flat July to August, prices up year over year
The Zions Bank Wasatch Front Consumer Price Index remained unchanged from July to August on a non-seasonally adjusted basis....

Going global: Ogden to host inbound European outdoor recreation industry trade mission
The City of Ogden, in partnership with EU4SportsClusters Alliance, is hosting European businesses in outdoor sports, cycling, skiing and tourism at an inbound trade mission, Sept. 17-20....

Register for the Utah Global Forum
Register now for the Utah Global Forum, an event that facilitates dialogue on how businesses can expand beyond local boundaries and develop an import and export strategy to expand into the global marketplace....

Gov. Herbert calls special session of the Utah State Legislature
Gov. Gary R. Herbert has issued a call for a special session of the Utah State Legislature. The session will be held on Sept. 20, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. The following items will be considered:...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Rocky Mountain Power plays a numbers game

Op-ed: National earthquake program is vital to Utah

Op-ed: Even with the loss of Outdoor Retailer, Salt Lake City's meeting and convention future is bright

Op-ed: How we can invest in citizenship

Commentary: Even with the loss of Outdoor Retailer, Salt Lake City's meeting and convention future is bright

Editorial: Hatch giggles his way forward on medical marijuana

Utah Board of Education takes another look at dropped requirements for middle school health, gym and arts classes

Utah's colleges and universities want $83 million from the Legislature next year

County leaders chide Rocky Mountain Power for putting wind project in Wyoming instead of rural Utah

Provo Mayor John Curtis launches RV campaign in race to replace Chaffetz

Utah highway bosses consider doubling 1-15 express-lane tolls to thin congestion

Utah's newest legislator won her West Jordan seat in a coin toss

Little Cottonwood Canyon tops list for slice of $100 million pot of road money

Utah Debate Commission will redo 3rd District poll that could let a third party candidate onto the stage

Orrin Hatch, 83, says another campaign hinges on his health: 'I'm older but you know, nothing stops me'

'We're humans worthy of dignity and respect,' Utah immigrants say at Salt Lake City march as future of DACA program remains uncertain

Utah quietly tells feds: Trim Bears Ears monument by 90 percent

Deseret News

Frank R. Pignanelli and LaVarr Webb: Here are the political issues we're watching this September

Op-ed: Colorado baker case can be win-win for LGBT protections and religious liberties

Op-ed: Amazon's headquarters search reminds us of the need for an educated workforce

Editorial: We applaud President Trump for his DACA deal with Democrats

Investigation into Draper councilwoman finds 'no intentional misuse of office'

Feds cut 61% of funding for Utah nonprofits that help people enroll in ACA marketplace

Utah jobless rate holds at 3.5 percent for August

United Utah Party candidate gets a second chance to qualify for congressional debate

Number of uninsured Utahns dropped in 2016

Legislature to consider settlement on problematic S.R. 92 rebuild

NBC's Chuck Todd: Sen. Orrin Hatch may not be ready to walk away

Hundreds join Salt Lake march to preserve DACA

A politician and a two-time champion face off in charity boxing event


State review of Mountain Accord program reveals lack of transparency (Park Record)

National Headlines

U.S. stocks haven't had a 5% correction in more than 400 days (Bloomberg)

Trump keeps political world guessing (The Hill)

Climate Change Hype Doesn't Help (Wall Street Journal)

Left warns Pelosi, Schumer: Don't get too close to Trump (Politico)

Emmys Go Political in First Minute (The Wrap)

Trump Overkill Stains Stephen Colbert's Hosting Debut (Deadline)

Senate GOP fast-tracks last-ditch ACA repeal (SFGate)

GOP eying 'blue slip' break to help Trump fill the courts (The Hill)

Shrink at least 4 national monuments and modify a half-dozen others, Zinke tells Trump (Washington Post)

Trump takes on Bannon in Alabama Senate showdown (Politico)

In the nation's capital of rallies, a day full of them featured Trump sentiments and Juggalos (Washington Post)

Wise Words


"If voting changed anything, they'd make it illegal." Emma Goldman

Lighter Side

Small World

"Disney CEO Bob Iger spoke out against Trump's decision to end the DACA immigration program, calling it "cruel and misguided." And so to get back at Disney, Trump deported all those singing dolls from "It's a Small World." Jimmy Fallon

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