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Former VP candidate Mindy Finn may leave the GOP. Lee helping to write alternative GOP health care bill. New Utah group targets redistricting.

Happy Wednesday. As a vice presidential candidate, Mindy Finn and her top-of-the-ticket-partner Evan McMullin grabbed 21 percent of Utah's vote for president in November. Now Finn may be leaving the GOP. "Donald Trump's Republican Party is not a party I recognize," Finn said, deriding the president as "dangerous" for the country. "It is not a party that I feel very comfortable affiliating with." [<a href="http://www.politico.com/story/2017/07/05/whats-next-for-mindy-finn-240205">Politico</a>]

<strong>Topping the news: </strong>Sen. Mike Lee is part of an effort to write a conservative alternative to the Senate's health care bill that would garner the support of the majority. [<a href="http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865684187/Sen-Lee-seen-as-shifting-from-bomb-thrower-to-consensus-builder-on-health-care.html">DNews</a>] [<a href="http://kuer.org/post/utah-sen-mike-lee-proposes-update-senate-health-bill">KUER</a>]

-> Utah offers 91 sales tax exemptions that keeps the state from $650 million in revenue each year. [<a href="http://www.sltrib.com/news/5445020-155/utah-loses-650-million-each-year">Trib</a>]

-> A new political issues committee, Utahns for Responsive Government, is pushing for a ballot initiative that would create an independent commission to redraw political district boundaries. [<a href="http://www.sltrib.com/news/5470528-155/ballot-initiative-forming-to-create-independent">Trib</a>]

-> If Obamacare is repealed without a replacement, as many as 200,000 Utahns could lose health insurance according to the Utah Health Policy Project and Voices for Utah's Children. [<a href="http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865684188/Groups-say-ACA-repeal-without-replacement-could-hurt-200K-Utahns.html">DNews</a>]

<strong>Tweets of the day:</strong> From @<a href="https://twitter.com/jackshafer">jackshafer</a>: "The 4th isn't complete unless some lazy op-ed page publishes a 'Declaration of Interdependence.'"

-> From @<a href="https://twitter.com/BronzeHammer">BronzeHammer</a>: "North Korea launched a missile huh? Whoopee doo. Hey Kim, call me when you launch a beloved comedy podcast. Unless you're scared"

-> From @<a href="https://twitter.com/GeorgeTakei">GeorgeTakei</a>: "Many are concerned there's no agenda for Donald's meeting with Putin. Not sure how much time will be left after the arm wrestling match tho."

<strong>Happy Birthday: </strong>To former state Rep. Johnny Anderson.

<strong>In other news:</strong> The Utah Supreme Court ruled that a naked self-portrait a father sent to his 5-year-old daughter is not sexually suggestive. [<a href="http://www.sltrib.com/news/5433194-155/mans-drawing-of-himself-naked-was">Trib</a>]

-> Josh Holt, a Utah man who has been held in a Venezuelan prison for over a year, was reportedly injured. [<a href="http://www.good4utah.com/news/local-news/josh-holt-injured-in-venezuelan-prison/757539230">ABC4</a>]

-> A former child bride is seeking millions of dollars from Warren Jeffs and the FLDS church. [<a href="http://fox13now.com/2017/07/03/ex-child-bride-could-get-millions-in-lawsuit-against-utah-polygamous-church/">FOX13</a>]

-> Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke plans to overhaul the BLM's planning and environmental review procedures. [<a href="http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865684162/BLM-wants-to-streamline-its-review-planning-procedures.html">DNews</a>]

-> Michael Fowlks was appointed interim director of the Division of Wildlife Resources after former Director Greg Sheehan was named head of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. [<a href="http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865684167/Division-of-Wildlife-Resources-gets-interim-director.html">DNews</a>]

-> Myton, a tiny Utah city, decided to drop an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court and instead negotiate with the Ute Indian Tribe in a border dispute. [<a href="http://www.sltrib.com/news/5470990-155/tiny-utah-city-drops-appeal-to">Trib</a>]

-> A grass-roots preservation group is working to keep Murray from tearing down four buildings that are more than a century old. [<a href="http://www.sltrib.com/news/5453883-155/wrecking-ball-set-for-four-murray">Trib</a>]

-> West Wendover is considering an ordinance that would allow medical marijuana dispensaries to open in the city. [<a href="http://www.sltrib.com/news/5470233-155/medical-marijuana-dispensary-may-open-in">Trib</a>] [<a href="http://fox13now.com/2017/07/03/west-wendover-city-council-takes-up-marijuana-sales-ordinance-this-week/">FOX13</a>]

-> For someone who starts a wildfire, the maximum penalty is a class A misdemeanor. [<a href="http://www.sltrib.com/news/5470610-155/the-maximum-criminal-penalty-for-accidentally">Trib</a>]

-> This year was Millcreek's first Independence Day as a city. [<a href="http://www.sltrib.com/news/5473456-155/millcreek-an-old-fashioned-4th-in-a">Trib</a>]

-> For 21 Utahns, their first full day as citizens coincided with Independence Day. [<a href="http://www.sltrib.com/news/5465061-155/for-the-first-time-21-utahns">Trib</a>]

-> Pat Bagley depicts what would have happened if dogs had signed the Declaration of Independence. [<a href="http://www.sltrib.com/opinion/5470429-155/bagley-cartoon-the-doglaration-of-independence">Trib</a>]

-> Paul Rolly contends that while celebrating Independence Day, citizens shouldn't forget that the American Dream is still alive for immigrants and refugees like Amandine Akimana. [<a href="http://www.sltrib.com/news/5461464-155/rolly-from-unschooled-refugee-to-college-bound">Trib</a>]

-> Robert Gehrke argues that state Rep. Mike Noel's discourse on the Brian Head Fire leads residents away from the truth. [<a href="http://www.sltrib.com/news/5462842-155/gehrke-mike-noels-inflammatory-screed-blaming">Trib</a>]

-> Many Senate Republicans avoided July 4 festivities, but those that attended faced opposition from constituents concerned about the health care bill. [<a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/04/us/politics/senate-republicans-lay-low-on-the-fourth-or-face-single-minded-pressure.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fpolitics">NYTimes</a>] [<a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/at-parades-and-protests-senators-get-earful-about-health-care/2017/07/04/ab675938-5de2-11e7-9fc6-c7ef4bc58d13_story.html?utm_term=.6fc76a7e67b7">WaPost</a>]

-> Both the U.S. and Russia are uncertain about what will come of a meeting between President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin during a visit to Europe. [<a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/05/us/politics/trump-poland-germany-g20-putin.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fpolitics&action=click&contentCollection=politics&region=stream&module=stream_unit&version=latest&contentPlacement=1&pgtype=sectionfront">NYTimes</a>] [<a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/what-russia-hopes-to-gain-from-this-weeks-putin-trump-meeting/2017/07/04/dd7c30ae-6000-11e7-80a2-8c226031ac3f_story.html?utm_term=.b5caf2438eee">WaPost</a>]

<strong>Where are they?</strong>

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<li>Gov. Gary <strong><a href="https://twitter.com/GovHerbert"; target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Herbert</a></strong> takes a natural resources tour with the <span style="color: #000000; font-family: Times New Roman; font-size: medium;">Six County Association of Governments</span>.</li>

<li>State Auditor John <strong><a href="https://twitter.com/FrugalDougall"; target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Dougall</a> </strong>spends time in his office and meets with auditors from the legislative auditor general's office.</li>

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— Thomas Burr and Emily Anderson

<a title="Thomas Burr" href="https://twitter.com/thomaswburr"; target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Twitter.com/thomaswburr</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/emilyinorgandy">Twitter.com/emilyinorgandy</a>

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