Virtually all Supreme Court justices end up ruling on policy issues that affect the president who appointed them — but a pile of pending lawsuits over President Donald Trump’s personal and business conduct could put his nominee in an awkward position. The legal pressure Trump faces is likely to spill into the confirmation hearings for his nominee, whom he is expected to name next week to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy, as senators seek to use the high-profile platform to publicize the unusual legal predicaments. [Politico]

Happy Thursday.

Topping the news: America’s Freedom Festival in Provo made history this Independence Day when it allowed LGBTQ groups to participate in the Fourth of July parade for the first time. [Trib] [Fox13] [DNews]

-> Utah County Sheriff Jim Tracy announced unexpectedly at a County Commission meeting that he will resign at the end of the month — an act of protest over what he described as a budget shortfall in his office of up to $1 million. [Trib] [Fox13] [DailyHerald] [DNews]

-> The amount of cash Utah police agencies have taken under a state law that allows officers to seize someone’s property — even if they have never been charged or convicted of a crime — has risen since 2016, according to a new report from the state. [Trib]

Tweets of the day: From @DipityPatronus: “Veteran: Please don’t, I have PTSD. Dogs everywhere: it makes me scared we’re gonna die. Our air: I’m choking, pls don’t. State government: Maybe don’t??? It’s a wildfire powder keg right now!! Utah monkey brains: whee fireworks, I’m a man now”

-> From @petridishes: "Breaking: Donald Trump announces plans to reverse Obama-era policy of removing rabid frogs from children’s lunchboxes, on the grounds that it was an Obama-era policy”

Happy Birthday: To former state Rep. Johnny Anderson.

Trib Talk: Austin Cox, campaign manager for Our Schools Now, discusses November’s non-binding public vote on a 10-cent gas tax increase to support Utah’s public education system. [Trib]

In other news: While new dockless e-scooters appear to be popular among Salt Lake City riders, the city says the company supplying them is currently out of compliance with its business registration rules. [Trib]

-> Despite similarities to Kentucky’s Medicaid program, which a federal judge ruled against last week, the sponsor of an initiative that would expand Medicaid in Utah expects lawmakers will approve and ultimately implement his plan. [Trib]

-> Salt Lake City International Airport has installed 23 new electric vehicle charging ports and plans to have 50 stations by 2020, when the first phase of a $3.6 billion airport construction project is completed. [Trib]

-> The Wasatch Front Regional Council is seeking public comment through Aug. 4 on a proposal to add projects to its new 2019-24 Transportation Improvement Program plan. [Trib]

-> Pat Bagley offers a condensed version of the Declaration of Independence. [Trib]

Nationally: Democrats are working on a campaign to block President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee by convincing Republican Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins to vote against his choice. [WaPost]

-> Though Trump threatened “fire and fury” on North Korea last year, he has recently taken a much softer tone — despite reports that the country is making progress on missile technology and the production of nuclear fuel. [NYTimes]

-> And the president may be undermining his previous promises to promote business and protect energy industries with some of his policy decisions and proposals, which a nonpartisan researcher said have had ”unintended consequences” for those he’s tried to help. [NYTimes]

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-- Taylor Stevens and Connor Richards