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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="">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="">DNews</a>] [<a href="">KUER</a>]

-> Utah offers 91 sales tax exemptions that keeps the state from $650 million in revenue each year. [<a href="">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="">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 If Obamacare is repealed without a replacement, as many as 200,000 Utahns could lose health insurance according to the Utah Health Policy Project and Voices for Utah's Children.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="">DNews</a>]

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

-> From @<a href="">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="">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="">Trib</a>]

-> Josh Holt, a Utah man who has been held in a Venezuelan prison for over a year, was reportedly injured. [<a href="">ABC4</a>]

-> A former child bride is seeking millions of dollars from Warren Jeffs and the FLDS church. [<a href="">FOX13</a>]

-> Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke plans to overhaul the BLM's planning and environmental review procedures. [<a href="">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="">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="">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="">Trib</a>]

-> West Wendover is considering an ordinance that would allow medical marijuana dispensaries to open in the city. [<a href="">Trib</a>] [<a href="">FOX13</a>]

-> For someone who starts a wildfire, the maximum penalty is a class A misdemeanor. [<a href="">Trib</a>]

-> This year was Millcreek's first Independence Day as a city. [<a href="">Trib</a>]

-> For 21 Utahns, their first full day as citizens coincided with Independence Day. [<a href="">Trib</a>]

-> Pat Bagley depicts what would have happened if dogs had signed the Declaration of Independence. [<a href="">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="">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="">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="">NYTimes</a>] [<a href="">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="">NYTimes</a>] [<a href="">WaPost</a>]

<strong>Where are they?</strong>


<li>Gov. Gary <strong><a href=""; 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=""; 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

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