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Friday, November 7, 2014

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Ten Things You Need to Know for Friday - November 7, 2014

Greg Hughes is the new Speaker of the House. Out-of-state group launches campaign against Herbert's "Healthy Utah" plan. Hatch starts to make noise about running for another term.


  • Days until the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 80
  • Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 125
  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 277
  • Days to the 2015 election - 361
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative) - 437
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 732

Friday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Utah Republicans pick Greg Hughes as the new Speaker of the House; Wayne Niederhauser wins another term as Senate President [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune].
  2. A Florida-based group is launching a campaign against Gov. Gary Herbert's "Healthy Utah" alternative to Medicaid expansion [Utah Policy].
  3. Despite promising this would be his last term in Washington, Sen. Orrin Hatch is leaving the door open to another run in 2018 [Deseret News].
  4. Mia Love lands on another list of "rising stars" in the Republican party [New York Times].
  5. Rep. Jason Chaffetz warns his fellow Republicans that Americans want results from them now that they control both houses of Congress [Associated Press].
  6. Rep. Chris Stewart says he expects the Republican-controlled Congress to get things done next year [Utah Policy].
  7. The Cedar Hills Recorder wants the city to move to vote by mail to save money [Daily Herald].
  8. Utah state attorneys plan to look at a federal court ruling upholding same-sex marriage bans in four states to see if it has any bearing on Utah's own ban [Tribune].
  9. A group of clergy and advocates are pushing officials to provide more low-income housing [Deseret News].
  10. Pleasant Grove voters reject a $12.7 bond to build a new public safety building by a scant 322 votes [KSL].

On this day in history:

  • 1893 - Passage of a referendum made Colorado the first state to grant women the right to vote.
  • 1916 - Republican Jeannette Rankin of Montana became the first woman elected to Congress.
  • 1917 - Russia's Bolshevik Revolution took place as forces led by Vladimir Ilyich Lenin overthrew the provisional government of Alexander Kerensky.
  • 2009 - The Democratic-controlled House narrowly passed landmark health care legislation to expand coverage to tens of millions who lacked it and placed tough new restrictions on the insurance industry.

Today At Utah Policy

Florida-Based Group Launches Campaign Against 'Healthy Utah' Plan
The fight over Governor Gary Herbert's "Healthy Utah" alternative to Medicaid expansion is about to heat up....

Hughes Elected Speaker; Niederhauser Wins Another Term as Senate President (Video)
Sometimes the conventional wisdom in politics is way off base....

Video: Rep. Chris Stewart Discusses Congress Under Republican Control
Utah Republican Rep. Chris Stewart talks with Managing Editor Bryan Schott about how the dynamic in Congress will change now that Republicans control both the House and the Senate. He also says Congress should be able to make progress on issues like immigration reform s...

Video: Rep. Chris Stewart Plays the 'Lightning Round'
With just 60 seconds to answer as many stupid questions as possible, Rep. Chris Stewart plays the "Lightning Round."Watch as Rep. Stewart forgets the date of his wife's birthday! ...

Hatch: Keep the Nuclear Option
To stop Pres. Obama from stackingthe federal courts, Sen. Orrin Hatch says the new GOP Senate majority should preserve the changes Harry Reid made last year to the filibuster rule....

Podcast: A Conversation with Rep. Chris Stewart
Utah Republican Rep. Chris Stewart talks with Managing Editor Bryan Schott about how the dynamic in Congress will change now that Republicans control both the House and the Senate. He also says Congress should be able to make progress on issues like immigration reform s...

Utah Policy/KSL Insider Survey: A Third Term for Becker?
The biggest seat up for grabs in the 2015 municipal elections is Salt Lake City Mayor. We asked our "Political Insider" panel and readers if they thought current Mayor Ralph Becker would run for a third term....

Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
Outdoor Notes--Tribune: Hike of the week: Bonneville Shoreline - Steiner Centennial Section--Tribune: State lawmaker wants to take over BLM-managed Little Sahara--Tribune: Tricks and treats - a reflection on Green River fishing-- For the?latest wildlife news and information?...

More Utah Children Are Insured, But State Still Lags Behind Rest of Country
A new report by a Georgetown University research center found the number of uninsured children in Utah declined by 21 percent between 2008 and 2013. ...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Americans still need a Postal Service

Why The Tribune wrote a book about Mia Love

Utah A.G. to review decision upholding gay marriage bans

Will Salt Lake follow Weber on 911?

Former Utah governor, Mormon apostle honored as humanitarians

GOP picks Greg Hughes as new House speaker

Deseret News

Greg Bell: Education in Utah - we must stop getting our lunch eaten by other states, countries

Op-ed: Legal threats on religious schools

Op-ed: More political participation makes for a better community

Natalie Gochnour: My open letter to Mia Love - 'Be something different'

Feds appeal dismissal of fraud charges against businessman Rick Koerber

House Republicans choose Rep. Greg Hughes as new speaker

Cedar City landowners score victory over prairie dogs, Endangered Species Act

Sen. Orrin Hatch leaves door ajar for run in 2018

The least politically active states in America

Clergy, advocates for low-income Utahns lobby for more affordable housing


Cedar Hills recorder wants to go postal with election budget (Daily Herald)

Lobbyist - a dirty word or how things get done? (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

The Democrats' lost generation (Politico)

Wounded Dems look for answers (The Hill)

Obama asked Iran for help against ISIS in secret letter (The Hill)

Boehner warns Obama on immigration: Don't act alone (Associated Press)

Who Shot Bin Laden? A Tale of Two SEALs (NBC News)

Gay marriage bans in four states upheld on appeal (USA Today)

GOP Official Teases Democrats for Silencing 'Best Messenger' Obama (Mediaite)

Democrats bail on Mary Landrieu (Politico)

VA secretary pushes back on Hill criticism (Politico)

'I Would Make That Veto Again,' Says Gov. Perry, Outside Court (CN)

How Obama really felt about a cocktail with McConnell (New York Post)

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