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Morning must reads for Thursday, September 21, 2017

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 264th day of the year. There are 101 days remaining in 2017.

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Today At Utah Policy

Poll: Majority of voters support eliminating caucus/convention system

The Count My Vote (CMV) group will file a ballot proposal this week to create a direct primary system for political parties to nominate candidates. A new UtahPolicy.com poll shows a majority of Utah voters support eliminating the caucus/convention process and replacing it wi...

Democrat Kathie Allen is actually underperforming in the CD3 race

Democrat Kathie Allen and her supporters are blaming gerrymandering as the reason she's 30-points behind Republican John Curtis in the latest UtahPolicy.com survey....

Lawmakers approve two-year closure of Rio Grande street so Salt Lake City can't revisit the issue before 2019

Utah legislators approved several bills Wednesday afternoon in a special session, including the closing of Rio Grande Street for homeless mitigation and settlement with a road contractor on a troubled northern Utah County rebuild....

Rep. Chris Stewart mocks liberal reaction to Trump's speech in deleted tweet

Rep. Chris Stewart sent, then quickly deleted a tweet from his congressional account mocking liberals for their reaction to President Trump's speech at the United Nations....

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...

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

Governor appoints director of federal affairs
Gov. Gary R. Herbert has announced the appointment of Gordon Larsen as director of federal affairs....

Governor appoints Bell to the Fifth District Court
Gov. Gary R. Herbert has appointed Matthew Bell as a judge to fill a newly created position on the Fifth District Court....

4 ways your business can develop skilled talent for tomorrow's jobs
Over the past several weeks, the Chamber's workforce development blogs have explored why building a skilled workforce is critical for the continued success of Utah's economy, as well as the importance of career and technical education programs aligning with industry nee...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Jonathan Johnson: States continue straw-grasping internet tax gambit

Utah school board gets earful after dropping middle school arts and health requirements

Frustrated tribal leaders wonder if Bears Ears is a national monument in name only

Murray City Council picks one of its own to serve as interim mayor

Salt Lake Airport Board likes street-level TRAX plan to save $50M-plus

Utah lawmakers take another stab at bill to force removal of an elected leader for mental disability in wake of Gary Ott saga

Utah lawmakers make quick work of special-session bills to support Operation Rio Grande

Lawmaker, bail-bond industry fail to stop changes coming to Utah courts

Utah House Republican will propose bill to cut food tax, though details are unclear

After nurse's arrest, Utah lawmakers will draft a bill that clarifies when police can draw someone's blood

Deseret News

Jay Evensen: Why a Trump 'Bears Ears' decision won't be the last word

Op-ed: The Antiquities Act is an antiquity itself

Editorial: Science may help Utah prevent suicides

Legislature to consider bill to allow removal of mentally incapacitated elected officials

Busywork or valuable data? Utah lawmakers weigh in on new school report card

Utah lawmakers continue work on three-digit suicide prevention line

Fed decisions on interest rates and monetary policy a signal of economic confidence, local analyst says

Lawmaker may revive proposal to ban animal euthanasia by gas chamber

Timpanogos Highway settlement approved in special session

Lawmaker touts bill enhancing Medicaid coverage of IUDs

Utah Lake expert criticizes new nutrient standard

Lawmakers to consider fee increases for drivers' licenses, firearms permits

GOP lawmaker drafting bill to eliminate state sales tax on food

Windfall in treatment beds still expected by around end of year, state official tells lawmakers

Panel pitches possible fixes to Utah's teacher shortage

Utah Legislature passes 2 bills to fund, facilitate Operation Rio Grande

Lawmaker laments forest management in wake of Brian Head Fire

Is Kim Jong Un insane? Rep. Stewart says no, but he's a real threat

State School Board urged to reverse course on middle school core requirements


Editorial: We need a single, comprehensive way to track Ogden's homeless population (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

San Francisco, Oakland sue oil companies over climate change (The Hill)

Scientists admit that world is warming more slowly than predicted (The Times)

AP Writes False Story About Sen. Graham Pleading With A Senator Over The Phone (Daily Caller)

Internet Giants Face New Political Resistance in Washington (New York Times)

Push to unseal the draft Whitewater indictment against Hillary Clinton gets court date (McClatchy)

Bernie Sanders Enters New Territory: A Wealth Tax (BuzzFeed)

Watch MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell's Unhinged Outtakesfor Eight Crazy Minutes (Mediaite)

What Should Have Happened In Hillary Clinton's Useless Book (HuffPost)

Philadelphia finds hundreds of illegal voters (Washington Times)

Prosecutors Want Anthony Weiner to Serve About 2 Years in Prison (New York Times)

Fed keeps U.S. rates steady, to start portfolio drawdown in October (Reuters)

Wise Words

Be Positive

"Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow." Helen Keller

Lighter Side

Target Temps

"Target announced that it will hire 100,000 seasonal employees during the holidays. Ten of them will be on the register; the rest will wander around saying, "I don't work in this department." Jimmy Fallon

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