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Morning must reads for Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 263rd day of the year. There are 102 days remaining in 2017.

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Today At Utah Policy

Poll: Broad support among Utahns for medical marijuana ballot initiative, including strong support among Mormons

Attention LDS Church leaders: You had better get with it concerning medical marijuana in Utah, for a super-majority of citizens wish to legalize what you don't want....

Weber County GOP's move to bar signature candidates from convention appears to conflict with state law

The Weber County GOP is moving to exclude candidates who gather signatures to get on the ballot from their conventions, which is not legal under state law. ...

Weekly survey: The return of Count My Vote

Count My Vote is relaunching their ballot initiative to end the caucus/convention system for nominating candidates. If it passes a direct primary would be the only way for candidates to get on the ballot. Do you think voters will approve or reject the proposal? Vote now...

Huntsman: 'No question' Russia interfered in the 2016 election

Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday that Russia unequivocally meddled in the 2016 presidential election....

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....

Policy News

ACLU of Utah statement on Operation Rio Grande
The ACLU of Utah has been asked by several community partners and ally organizations to share our evaluation of the constitutionality of the on-going, multi-agency Operation Rio Grande....

Hatch, Wyden introduce bill to extend and improve critical children's healthcare program
Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), the Senate Finance Chairman, and Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), the Senate Finance Ranking Member, introduced the Keeping Kids' Insurance Dependable and Secure (KIDS) Act (S. 1827)....

Locate.utah.gov combines with UtahSureSites.com to create full-service business resource
The Governor's Office of Economic Development (GOED), Utah Broadband Outreach Center and Economic Development Corporation of Utah (EDCUtah) have partnered to add critical real estate data to Utah's economic development map available at Locate.Utah.gov. The website redes...

Cottonwood Heights to host open space open house
Open spaces are valuable assets and integral to the quality of life that the residents of Cottonwood Heights enjoy. Parks, natural trails, the foothills and other open spaces are central to the community's identity.  ...

BioUtah announces registration for the 8th annual Utah Life Sciences Summit
BioUtah, Utah's one and only association dedicated to the life sciences community, announced that registration is open for the 8th Annual Utah Life Sciences Summit (ULSS), the premier conference for Utah companies on the front lines of medical innovation....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Utah would benefit from another Winter Olympics

Lawmakers question how Utah school districts found money 'in the couch cushions' for teacher salary wars

Rocky Mountain Power, other parties defend plan to raise Utah power bills to pay for solar power

Utah has nation's 4th strongest financial position

Senators praise Jon Huntsman, as the nominee says 'no question' Russia meddled in U.S. election

Citing 'fair trial' issues, developer Terry Diehl wants his fate in the hands of a judge, not a jury

Five takeaways from Jon Huntsman's hearing to be ambassador to Russia

Salt Lake County Council reacts with mild sticker shock to Operation Rio Grande bill

Deseret News

Lois Collins: Protests should build and illuminate, not stifle others' voices

Op-ed: Identity politics won't win elections - focus on the economic issues that affect us all

Op-ed: Congress, stand by your commitment to kids

Editorial: The best ideas are found through freedom of speech

Ogden signs charter agreement with European outdoor sports firms

In preparation of special session, Utah lawmakers tour Rio Grande shelter, discuss proposed 'safe space'

Huntsman faces few tough questions in confirmation hearing

'Be mindful of our children': State lawmakers shown around Midvale family shelter

Teacher salary wars has devolved to 'cannibalism,' superintendent says


Utah's Third Congressional District candidates differentiate themselves at Provo event (Daily Herald)

National Headlines

Remember When James Clapper Categorically Denied Any Wiretap Against Trump Campaign? (Mediaite)

Did Obama Know about Comey's Surveillance? (Wall Street Journal)

Manafort Calls On DOJ To Release His Intercepted Communications With Foreigners (Daily Caller)

Hungary set for fresh anti-Soros blitz (AFP)

Cruel September shifts to Democrats (The Hill)

Continuing a fierce assault on 'sanctuary' policies, Sessions attacks California bill (Los Angeles Times)

Donald Trump Jr. wants to give up Secret Service protection (Washington Post)

Rolling Stone Faces Revived Lawsuit Over Campus Rape Article (New York Times)

Leaders line up to meet with Ivanka Trump at UN gathering (CNN)

GOP governors launch 'news' site (The Hill)

Woman complains Hobby Lobby's raw cotton decor is racially insensitive (McClatchy)

Wise Words


"A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes." Charles Spurgeon

Lighter Side


"After meeting with Democratic leaders, it seems like Trump changed his mind on DACA. Democrats were like, "Yeah, we told him it stood for Doughnuts Across America." Jimmy Fallon

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