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Wednesday's essentials: Hatch bids farewell. Republicans still don't have a spending plan to avoid a government shutdown. Pelosi cuts a deal that all but assures she will be the next speaker.

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Today at Utah Policy

Watch: The View's Joy Behar says Orrin Hatch 'needs to go to jail' for not standing up to Trump

by Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Joy Behar, co-host of morning chat show "The View" had some harsh words for Sen. Orrin…

Podcast: Bernick and Schott on politics Ep. 401

by Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott discuss a week chock full of political news.

Watch: Seth Meyers says Hatch's defense of Trump shows Republicans don't care about the rule of law

by Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Late night host Seth Meyers had some laughs at the expense of Oen. Orrin Hatch and his…

Weekly survey: Salt Lake City mayoral race

by Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Jim Dabakis announced on Tuesday he was running for Salt Lake City Mayor in 2019. Of the…

Podcast: Derek Miller on Utah's 'trajectory changing' economy

by Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Salt Lake Chamber President Derek Miller joins Managing Editor Bryan Schott to discuss…

Guest opinion: The discomfort of growth - what residents say they need to ease the heartburn

by Jon Pike and Cameron Diehl
We can manage growth or growth will manage us.

Policy News

Amer Sports selects Utah for future expansion

  • WRITTEN_BY Press release

The Governor’s Office of Economic Development announced Amer Sports Winter & Outdoor Company will expand its operations in Utah, planning to add up to 155 jobs, $6.5 million in new state revenue, and up...

Local Headlines

Deseret News

Editorial: Utah must get the homeless solution right

Jay Evensen: A wakeup call for better accountability of homeless programs

Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch laments discord, calls for civility in final Senate speech

Salt Lake City a 'no-brainer' choice to bid for another Olympics, Ski Utah leader says

Herriman City Council calls for immediate resignation of mayor accused of misusing funds

Group wants Utahns to keep safety, new DUI law in mind as they enjoy the holidays

Utah Inland Port Authority hires 6-month interim director for $100,000

Salt Lake Tribune

Michelle Quist: Slow down the Inland Port. It’s the Utah way.

State wants to launch a full-blown study of health risks of dust blowing from Point of Mountain

Gehrke: We shouldn’t squander Legacy Parkway’s special features before we know what we want it to be

‘Something has to give’: In his farewell address, Utah’s Orrin Hatch says the Senate is in crisis

Cafes, bars, police say Utah’s toughest-in-nation DUI law — taking effect Dec. 30 — should not scare residents from eating out and partying

U.S. Attorney for Utah John Huber won’t testify before House panel on Clinton probe

UTA passes budget that increases spending by 13.3 percent

Temporary UTA chief delays retirement as agency seeks permanent director. Deal will pay him $106 an hour for part-time work.

Inland Port Authority Board hires an interim director in hopes of advancing Utah development project

Inland port board opponents raise concerns about the project’s impact on Legacy Parkway truck ban

Lighter Side

Colbert Being Colbert
“Of course, earlier this year President Trump was famously not invited to former first lady Barbara Bush’s funeral. But he was welcomed today after the ‘Bush family promised Trump that’ the ‘funeral would avoid criticizing him.’ They even assured him that the choir would drown out the sound of...

Wise Words

Love

"Immature love says: 'I love you because I need you.' Mature love says 'I need you because I love you." Erich Fromm