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Friday, October 24, 2014

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Ten Things You Need to Know for Friday - October 24, 2014

No special session on Medicaid expansion. Ebola comes to New York City. Chaffetz says the White House fence is too easy to scale.


  • Days to the 2014 midterm election - 11
  • Days until the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 94
  • Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 139
  • Days to the 2015 election - 375
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative) - 451
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 746

Friday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Gov. Gary Herbert gives up the ghost on calling a special session for lawmakers to approve his “Healthy Utah” Medicaid expansion alternative [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune, Daily Herald].
  2. Herbert also says the Supreme Court decision that legalized same-sex marriage in Utah could drive efforts by lawmakers to pass a religious liberty statute next year [Tribune].
  3. A doctor in New York City tests positive for Ebola [Wall Street Journal].
  4. Bob Bernick says Utah’s Democrats could hit a historic low point after this year’s elections [Utah Policy].
  5. Rep. Jason Chaffetz says the White House fence is too easy to scale and changes are needed [Tribune].
  6. Grand County officials overcome opposition and vote to join a regional group of counties that plan to push for more transportation funding [Tribune].
  7. Salt Lake County leaders tout their plans to develop more transit-oriented options [Tribune].
  8. Utah ranks #23 on a national report card for energy efficiency [Deseret News].
  9. A federal court upholds a regional plan to curb emissions from power plants [Deseret News].
  10. Frank Mankiewicz, a Democratic strategist who also served as press secretary for Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, passes away at the age of 90 [New York Times].

On this day in history:

  • 1861 - The first transcontinental telegraph message was sent from California to President Abraham Lincoln.
  • 1940 - The 40-hour work week went into effect in the United States.
  • 1962 - President John F. Kennedy signs a proclamation beginning the U.S. blockade of Cuba during the missile crisis.
  • 2002 - Authorities arrested Army veteran John Allen Muhammad and teenager Lee Boyd Malvo in connection with the Washington-area sniper attacks.

Today At Utah Policy

Bob Bernick's Notebook: Utah Democrats on the Decline
Utah could be about to join a rather exclusive club – one that it belonged to briefly in the 1990s and 1980s....

Bernick and Schott on Politics - Episode #210
We are less than two weeks from the election. Does anybody care? Also, Utahns attitudes about same-sex marriage are shifting, and we have a pretty good idea where the Utah State Prison might move.  Bryan Schott and Bob Bernick run down the week in Utah politic...

Video: How to Get Involved in the Community and Protect Your Brand
Salt Lake Comic Con's Dan Farr talks about this weekend's "Hero Dash" for charity and how his organization builds and protects their brand by getting involved in the community....

Podcast: Bernick and Schott on Politics - Episode #210
We are less than two weeks from the election. Does anybody care? Also, Utahns attitudes about same-sex marriage are shifting, and we have a pretty good idea where the Utah State Prison might move.  Bryan Schott and Bob Bernick run down the week in Utah politic...

Herbert: No Special Session on Medicaid Expansion Alternative
There will be no special legislative session this year to consider Gov. Gary Herbert’s Healthy Utah alternative to Medicaid expansion....

Bryan Schott's Political BS: A Noteable Absence
There’s one issue that’s been largely absent during the 2014 campaign season...The alleged misdeeds of former Attorney General John Swallow....

Chaffetz: 'Ebola Czar' Should Testify Before Congress
Rep. Jason Chaffetz wonders why Pres. Obama appointed a Democratic political operative, rather than a medical expert, to lead the U.S. response to the Ebola outbreak....

Featured Items

Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
Outdoor Notes--Tribune:Hike of the week: Y Mountain in Provo--Tribune:Utah's deer population healthier than in other states--Tribune:Utah bounty hunters kill 7,041 coyotes in a year-- For the?latest wildlife news and information?and the?fishing report?visit theDWR websiteWee...

Utah Policy/KSL Insider Survey: Guns on Campus
Last week a prominent feminist blogger cancelled an appearance at Utah State University, citing Utah's lax gun laws allowing firearms on campus as a reason.Our "Political Insiders" are split whether lawmakers should rethink that law, with Republicans favoring t...

Public Transit Investment Can Help Clean Utah's Air
A new study has confirmed the importance of public transit and active transportation in improving Utah’s air quality....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Salt Lake Police must be comfortable with oversight

Gov. Herbert: Deal is done with Obama administration on Medicaid alternative

Planning for a transit-oriented future

Utah governor: Gay marriage may drive religious-freedom law

Despite outcry, Grand County joins energy coalition

Deseret News

Dan Liljenquist: Rights vs. privileges - understand the difference

Op-ed: The best legislation meets all sides

A. Scott Anderson: Give students skills that employers need

Op-ed: Deeper look at Utah's homelessness

Editorial: Overcome 'election disconnect' and cast an informed ballot

No special session for Medicaid expansion alternative, governor says

Camp Williams, surrounding cities seek funding to avoid encroachment

Court: Regional haze pollution plan is not flawed

Utah improves score in national rankings on energy efficiency


Editorial: Utah college enrollment up (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Axelrod: Obama 'negligent' on symbolism (Politico)

Grimes won't be 'bullied' by Chuck Todd (Politico)

Rand Paul to lay out foreign policy vision (Politico)

Key Barack Obama aides eye White House exits (Politico)

Angst grows over Obama's plans for action on immigration (The Hill)

Questions surround Lewinsky's return (The Hill)

Reid: Win or lose, I'm staying (The Hill)

Who will decide who wins the U.S. Senate race in N.C.? Don't count out Latino voters (FOX News)

Labor Secretary: 'We Suck' On The Minimum Wage (Huffington Post)

Senate Democrats push to block benefits for ex-Nazis (Politico)

Chuck Schumer, Elizabeth Warren Seek to Save Democratic Majority With Cash (Bloomberg)

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