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Local News Highlights: Daily Briefing

Morning must reads for Monday, June 26, 2017

Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 177th day of the year. There are 188 days remaining in 2017. Today is the 157th day of Donald Trump's presidency.

Utahns support Chaffetz's decision to step down from Congress. Gerrymandering gave the Utah GOP an unfair advantage in 2016. Republicans push to pass their Obamacare repeal bill this week.

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Why health care reform is so difficult for Congress

In a divided Congress reflecting a divided country, passing a healthcare plan that wins support from all competing interests is impossible....

Can Democrats win in Utah?

Democratic candidates have lost so often in recent years, it's tough to keep track of them all. Progressives. Moderates. People with no name recognition. People with high name recognition. Mormons. Non-Mormons....

Utah Patients Coalition launches 2018 medical cannabis ballot initiative campaign

Utah Patients Coalition has launched its 2018 ballot initiative campaign to establish a medical cannabis program for patients in Utah....

Poll: Utahns support Jason Chaffetz's decision to leave Congress early

Last week Rep. Jason Chaffetz formally submitted his resignation from Congress as he prepares to leave Washington at the end of the month. Most Utahns say they support Chaffetz's decision to leave before his term is up according to a new UtahPolicy.com survey....

'Political Insiders' say Curtis should prevail in the August GOP primary

Our "Political Insiders" think Provo Mayor John Curtis is the most likely to prevail in the three-way GOP primary in the special election for Congress....

Chaffetz: Congress should keep an eye on Mueller (with video)

Rep. Jason Chaffetz says Congress should keep an eye on special counsel Robert Mueller, who was appointed to investigate Russian involvement in the 2016 election....

Analysis shows Utah electoral maps gave GOP a three-seat advantage in 2016

The Utah GOP won three more state legislative seats than they should have in 2016 because of partisan gerrymandering according to a new analysis....

Ainge can't be thrown off the ballot for not being a registered voter

Since Tanner Ainge was not registered to vote when he filed to run as a Republican in the special congressional election, could he be disqualified from running as a Republican?...

Beg to Differ podcast: 'Special election wrangling'

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

Policy News


Hatch praises Supreme Court ruling on religious liberty
Senator Orrin Hatch, R-Utah-the senior Republican in the United States Senate and a principal author of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act-applauded the Supreme Court's 7-2 ruling in favor of Trinity Lutheran Church in Trinity Lutheran Church v. Comer....

Refugee Justice League responds to Supreme Court ruling on travel ban
The Refugee Justice League issued a statement in response to the Supreme Court's new ruling that will allow a limited version of President Trump's ban on travelers from six mostly Muslim countries to take effect....

Press release: United Utah Party celebrates certification
Utahns in search of a less partisan political home may now have one - officially....

USTAR Industry Partnership Program attracts EP Systems to northern Utah
Electric Power (EP) Systems and Utah State University (USU) recently became the newest recipients of a USTAR grant through the Industry Partnership Program (IPP)....

Chris Boyle named Chairman Of Utah District Export Council
Global Access President and Founder Chris Boyle was recently named Chairman of the Utah District Export Council. ...

Hatch, Wyden, Brady and Neal urge President Trump to address U.S.-India trade barriers during Prime Minister Modi's visit
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-Texas) and Ranking Member Richard Neal (D-Mass.) urged President Trump to advocate for market-based reforms and eliminate t...

Local Headlines

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Salt Lake Tribune

Holly Richardson: By picking Herrod, GOP delegates may have accidentally killed the caucus system

Op-ed: Trump's cure for rising drug prices, importing drugs, won't help

Editorial: Closing liquor store won't cut off supply

Court to hear GOP's SB54 appeal, so why isn't Utah party's new chief turning cartwheels?

Chaffetz submits letter to officially resign next week, meets with Trump at the White House

Council considers investigating whether troubled recorder Gary Ott actually lives in Salt Lake County

Gehrke: Marijuana initiative offers hope in face of legislative apathy - just ask my friend Forrest

Why is Rep. Chaffetz really leaving Congress? Five possibilities - that he may be keeping hush-hush

Congressman Jason Chaffetz limps to political sideline, but says he won't leave the arena

Salt Lake County is becoming less Mormon - Utah County is headed in the other direction

Rep. Jason Chaffetz's top career highlights: From a chart-gone-wrong to a run for speaker

Utah's Mike Lee says there's only one amendment that could get him to vote for the Senate health care bill

Deseret News

Frank R. Pignanelli and LaVarr Webb: Special election squabbles and Dem congressional losses

Paul Sharp: Public transit is a 'phony' miracle

Orrin Hatch: The Better Care Reconciliation Act is a win for health care in Utah

Ralph Becker: Agenda for a better public lands future in Utah and the West

Editorial: Fighting preventable summer fires puts a burden on public funds

Analysis: What Georgia and Maine could teach Utah about the Chaffetz special election

Trump calls Mike Lee a 'good guy' despite opposing health care bill

Chaffetz announces his resignation from Congress again for Utah lawmakers

Proposed oil and gas leases near Dinosaur National Monument stoke opposition

Advocates ready to launch whole-plant medical marijuana ballot initiative

Other

Editorial: Lots of things mattered to Utah lawmakers in 2017. But not special elections (Standard-Examiner)

Cache School District has plenty of land in waiting (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

Sketchy firm behind Trump dossier is stalling investigators (New York Post)

Senate Republicans face key week as more lawmakers waver in support for health-care bill (Washington Post)

After string of defeats, Democrats rudderless in Trump era (AFP)

Trump to Call for U.S. 'Dominance' in Global Energy Production (Bloomberg)

Gowdy: Oversight panel won't pursue Russia, obstruction probes (Politico)

Kennedy stays quiet on whether he'll retire at end of Supreme Court term (Politico)

Dems push leaders to talk less about Russia (The Hill)

GOP agrees on one thing: ObamaCare taxes must go (The Hill)

Nebraska Dem Party Official Loses Job After Saying He's 'Glad' Scalise Got Shot (Free Beacon)

CIA Director Pompeo: Intel leaks on the rise, cites leaker 'worship' (Associated Press)

The story behind Planned Parenthood's big, bad investment in Jon Ossoff (Washington Examiner)

Wise Words

Perseverance
"The difference between perseverance and obstinacy is that one comes from a strong will, and the other from a strong won't." Henry Ward Beecher

Lighter Side

All 50
"White House officials said Russia targeted election systems in 21 states last year. Trump was furious. He said, "I paid for all 50." Jimmy Fallon

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