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Wednesday's planner:

  • The Supreme Court will release opinions in one or more cases at 8:00 a.m.
  • Salt Lake City mayoral candidates will debate at 6:30 pm at the Salt Lake City library.
  • The first of two Democratic presidential primary debates takes place at 7 p.m. The debate will be televised by NBC or streamed online on multiple platforms.

Here are the stories we're following today:

  • A proposed bill to ban nearly all abortions in Utah goes beyond what the LDS Church says on the issue.
  • The Salt Lake County Council calls on the legislature to ban conversion therapy.
  • Mueller agrees to testify before Congress.

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Today at Utah Policy

Utah Thrives podcast: Community growth

by Utah Foundation
Utah Foundation hosted a panel discussion on the challenges posed by Utah’s rapid…

Romney says new rape allegations against Trump should be 'evaluated'

by Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Sen. Mitt Romney said a new rape allegation against President Donald Trump should be…

Bishop attends classified Iran Briefing

by Press release
As a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee and Utah’s sole representation…

Curtis amendment advocating for lands management consensus blocked on partisan basis

by Press release
Representative John Curtis (R-UT) released the following statement after an amendment he…

Sens. Lee and Romney introduce the Early Action Against Ozone Act

by Press release
Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Mitt Romney (R-UT) introduced the Early Action Against Ozone…

Guest opinion: The new northbound train: Weber-Davis collaboration is express route to economic growth

by Michael Parker
Some big news hit Weber and Davis County this past week and having been close to the…

Policy News


Utah student’s national second place financial literacy essay focuses on ethical investing for refugee aid

by Press release
Treasurer David Damschen has announced that Skyline High School student, Abby Bowler,…

UCAIR and Chevron Corporation offer $500 rebate to exchange ultra-low NOx water heaters

by Press release
UCAIR and Chevron Corporation are once again teaming to provide rebates of up to $500 to…

Linda Wardell to take over as Chair of the Salt Lake Chamber Board of Governors

by Salt Lake Chamber
The Salt Lake Chamber has named Linda Wardell, General Manager of City Creek Center, as…

Utah Division of Real Estate announces statewide campaign to warn public of real estate email scam that steals millions in loan proceeds via wire fraud”

by Press release
Francine A. Giani, Executive Director of the Utah Department of Commerce, announced that…

UCAIR opens 2019 grants call for proposals

by Press release
To continue progress toward improving our air quality, the Utah Clean Air Partnership…

Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report

by TraciO
Outdoors Report -- Salt Lake Tribune: Watchdog to investigate whether BLM broke the law…

Lighter Side

“President Trump was in Orlando, Florida, to officially relaunch the presidential campaign he has never stopped. . . . You know, for all his bad environmental policies, Trump is very committed to recycling his garbage.” Stephen Colbert 

Wise Words

Win or Lose

"The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand." Vince Lombardi

National Briefing

Breaking while you were sleeping. The U.S. and North Korea are working behind the scenes to set up a third summit between President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un -

The day Democrats have been waiting for. The first of two presidential primary debates take place tonight in Miami. Ten Democratic presidential hopefuls take the stage this evening, including Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker and Amy Klobuchar -

Get your popcorn. Special counsel Robert Mueller will testify to both the House Intelligence and House Judiciary Committee on July 17. Mueller agreed to testify publicly after Democrats issued a subpoena to compel him to appear -


  • The House passed a $4.5 billion package for the border which includes money for humanitarian aid as well as more border security -
  • A heartbreaking photo of a father and daughter who drowned while crossing the Rio Grande was published by a Mexican newspaper -
  • About 100 children were returned to a facility in Texas that had been emptied after reports of neglect and horrific conditions -
  • Acting Customs and Border Protection head John Sanders is stepping down from his post following reports of children being held in squalor -
  • Mark Morgan, an immigration hardliner and former Fox News contributor will take over as head of Customs and Border Protection -

The investigations. A Federal judge gave Democrats the green light on Tuesday to start digging through President Trump's finances, ruling their lawsuit alleging Trump violated the Emoluments Clause with his private businesses -

Trade. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin says the U.S. is "about 90% of the way" to a trade deal with China -

Yikes. Federal prosecutors say Republican Congressman Duncan Hunter used campaign funds to finance extramarital affairs with five women, including lobbyists and congressional staffers. Hunter has been accused of spending almost $250,000 of campaign funds on personal expenses -

Uh oh. The National Security Agency once again collected records about U.S. calls and text messages it wasn't authorized to obtain. It's the second such incident -

Palace intrigue 

Marijuana. Illinois became the 11th state to legalize recreational marijuana -

Vaping ban. San Fransico became the first city to ban the sale of e-cigarettes -

For your radar. The United Nations says India will overtake China as the most populous country in the world in less than a decade -