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Morning must reads for Monday, August 21, 2017

Good Monday morning and happy Eclipse Day from Salt Lake City. Today is the 233rd day of the year. There are 132 days remaining in 2017.

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Today At Utah Policy

How did John Curtis overcome a flood of negative advertising?

John Curtis was able to win the GOP nomination last week in Utah's 3rd CD, despite a deluge of negative advertising aimed at him....

Zinke will unveil recommendations for Bears Ears and Grand Staircase on Thursday

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke will make his recommendations about the future of the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments this week....

'Political Insiders' say John Curtis is the favorite to win in November

Surprising no one, our "Political Insiders" say Provo Mayor John Curtis is the odds-on favorite to win the special congressional election in November....

Great Scott: The woman behind Chaffetz's congressional career plans her next step

The last 11 years have been full of surprises for Jennifer Nielson Scott....

Beg to Differ podcast: Elections, negative ads, and Nazis. Oh, My!

Bryan Schott and Mike Winder help make you the smartest person in the room when you discuss politics....

Thank God it's over - Bernick and Schott on politics episode #338

The GOP 3rd District primary election is finally over. John Curtis is now the overwhelming favorite to win in November....

Bob Bernick's notebook: The caucus/convention system isn't dead yet

 As pro-SB54 and Provo Mayor John Curtis supporters bask in the limelight of his victory in Tuesday's 3rd District GOP primary race, many political pundits are saying Utah's old caucus/delegate/convention system is finally dead....

'Count My Vote' readying 2018 ballot initiative to eliminate caucus/convention system for nominating candidates (updated)

UtahPolicy.com has been told that the group behind Count My Vote has decided to run a citizen initiative petition in 2018 that will do away with the caucus/delegate/convention route for candidates and only allow candidates to get on the primary and general election ball...

Policy News

Bishop announces August town hall meetings
Congressman Rob Bishop (UT-01) will host a series of Town Hall meetings around Utah's first congressional district....

Fox Files: 'Back to school'
The evenings are crisp, the BBQ grills are hot, and college football is right around the corner: yep, ready or not it's back to school time. ...

Neighborhood residents, businesses, & advocates applaud Operation Rio Grande
Residents, businesses, and advocates of Utah's Rio Grande neighborhood support efforts by the State of Utah, Salt Lake County, Salt Lake City, and other jurisdictions to combat lawlessness through "Operation Rio Grande."...

As youth go back to school, new laws go into effect for youth justice system
 Many youths across the state of Utah will be back in school next week. Several Utah non-profit organizations wish to remind these youth and those who care for and about them that positive changes have been made to Utah laws regarding the juvenile&...

Despite Washington dysfunction, Hatch scores legislative victory as Rapid DNA becomes law
 Senator Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, a member and former Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, offered the following statement after his Rapid DNA legislation became law. Rapid DNA is Hatch's 769th legislative proposal that has become law....

Sen. Lee hosts 4th annual Solutions Summit highlighting the importance of collaboration
 Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) is partnering with the Salt Lake Chamber, the Utah Manufacturers Association, the Utah Mining Association, Silicon Slopes, the World Trade Center Utah, the Utah Food Industry Association, and the Utah Retail Merchants Association to host a day long...

Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
Outdoor Notes--Tribune: Utah Hike of the Week: Malan's Peak and Basin--Tribune:Utah event pits runners vs. trains and 'willpower versus horsepower'--Tribune:Traveling to see the total solar eclipse? Here is what you can expect.Weekend EventsNew Films-- Brigsby Bear: Tribune ...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Rio Grande cleanup will fail because it addresses symptoms, not cause

Chris Stewart: Loose lips of press leaks do indeed sink ships

Op-ed: Utah students and teachers need real middle school health, PE and art

Editorial: It's time to join the homeless effort

John Curtis locks down the Republican nomination in the 3rd District race, as Chris Herrod concedes

Mia Love says she'll support 'any changes' in the White House after Bannon firing

Leaders say crackdown brought 'remarkable' change near SLC homeless shelter. But has the exodus changed nearby areas for the worse?

Gehrke: Utah needs to think about security above all as it buys new voting machines

Special-group license plates show Utahns love their colleges, wildlife, pets and veterans

Landfill near the Great Salt Lake could become one of the nation's largest industrial waste repositories

Deseret News

Frank R. Pignanelli and LaVarr Webb: Negative ads lose big in Curtis 3rd District win

Mike Lee and Lane Beattie: Collaboration is our blueprint for success

Op-ed: Why you should consider the Libertarian candidate for the 3rd District

Editorial: 3rd District primary retaught Utahns important lessons

'The storm' is over: Gardiner sworn in as new recorder; embattled deputy is out

Utah jobless rate edges up slightly to 3.5 percent

John Curtis sews up 3rd District GOP victory; Herrod concedes

Provo mayoral candidates holding out for second place vote count

After a week of arrests, Operation Rio Grande leaders focus on treatment

Multimillion-dollar effort underway to help the Logan River

Task force considering new revenue models for transportation infrastructure


Editorial: Utah County continues to struggle with criminal justice (Daily Herald)

Herrod concedes 3rd Congressional District primary to John Curtis after more results released (Daily Herald)

Many Utah County races become clearer with latest results (Daily Herald)

Bountiful mayoral hopefuls' messages focus on listening, inspiring trust (Standard-Examiner)

A tense, but rollicking, campaign may await Williams, Beerman (Park Record)

National Headlines

Trump commits to more troops in Afghanistan, vows 'fight to win' (Reuters)

Trump ramping up for 2020 reelection (Politico)

Billionaire Moguls Join Musk, Bezos in Race to Outer Space (Bloomberg)

North Korea warns Australia that supporting Trump is a 'suicidal act' (Guardian)

Left warns Democrats in tax reform fight (Politico)

Trump: Fake news media is 'out of control' (Politico)

McCain praises Trump's Afghan speech: 'Big step in right direction' (The Hill)

Trump denounces hate, bigotry in primetime address (The Hill)

Trump 'seriously considering' a pardon for ex-Sheriff Joe Arpaio (FOX News)

McConnell: There's 'Zero Chance' That Congress Fails to Raise Debt Limit (New York Magazine)

Trump administration dismisses climate change advisory panel (CNN)

Wise Words

World of Ours

"This world of ours... must avoid becoming a community of dreadful fear and hate, and be, instead, a proud confederation of mutual trust and respect." Dwight D. Eisenhower

Lighter Side


"I saw that a life-sized statue of President Trump was just installed on a park bench here in New York. Even pigeons were like, "I'm gonna take my business elsewhere." Jimmy Fallon

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