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Friday, December 19, 2014

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Local News Highlights: Daily Briefing

Ten Things You Need to Know for Friday - December 19, 2014

Report dings the Secret Service. Legislative panel gives the thumbs down to Healthy Utah. Herbert nominates Himonas to the Utah Supreme Court.

Countdown:

  • Days until the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 38
  • Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 83
  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 235
  • Days to the 2015 election - 319
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - 395
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 690

Friday's top-10 headlines:

  1. The U.S. is considering a direct confrontation with North Korea over the hacking into Sony Pictures computers [New York Times].
  2. A new report concludes the Secret Service is stretched "beyond its limits" and needs better training and staff [CNN].
  3. Oklahoma and Nebraska file suit against Colorado saying Colorado's legalization of Marijuana is causing the drug to spill into neighboring states where its still illegal [USA Today].
  4. A legislative panel rejects Gov. Herbert's Healthy Utah alternative to Medicaid expansion, instead recommending two other plans [Tribune, Deseret News].
  5. Gov. Herbert nominates Judge Constandinos Himonas to the Utah Supreme Court [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune].
  6. Bob Bernick wonders if lawmakers can be trusted to keep their promise on SB 54 [Utah Policy].
  7. More voices join the chorus calling for moving the homeless shelter in downtown Salt Lake City [Tribune].
  8. A new legislative audit says Utah's colleges and universities need better accounting of privately funded building projects [Tribune, Deseret News].
  9. Another audit says lawmakers need to come up with better requirements for potable water systems [Deseret News].
  10. The owner of a dog killed by a Salt Police officer this past summer plans to sue the Salt Lake Police Department for $1.5 million [Deseret News].

On this day in history:

  • 1732 - Benjamin Franklin began publishing "Poor Richard's Almanac."
  • 1777 - Gen. George Washington led his army to Valley Forge, Pa., to camp for the winter.
  • 1974 - Nelson A. Rockefeller was sworn in as vice president, replacing Gerald Ford, who became president when Richard Nixon resigned.
  • 1998 - President Bill Clinton was impeached by the House of Representatives. He was later acquitted by the Senate.


Today At Utah Policy


Bob Bernick's Notebook: Promise Keepers
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Video: Bernick and Schott on Politics - Episode #217
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10 Utah Political News Stories of 2014 - #8
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Podcast: Bernick and Schott on Politics - Episode #217
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Chaffetz Endorses Cuba Policy Shift
Rep. Jason Chaffetzjoins the small minority of Republicansofferingtentative support for Pres. Obama's decision to normalize diplomatic relations with Cuba....

Legislative Panel Rejects Herbert's Healthy Utah Plan
In a surprising move Thursday morning, the Legislature's Health Reform Task Force did not recommend Gov. Gary Herbert's Healthy Utah alternative to Medicaid expansion....

Governor Appoints Himonas to Utah Supreme Court (Video)
Gov. Gary R. Herbert has appointed Judge Constandinos G. Himonas to serve as an associate justice on the Utah Supreme Court. ...

Audit: Utah Becoming More Dependent on Federal Dollars
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Video: The Top-10 Utah Political News Stories of 2014 - #9
"Bernick and Schott on Politics" runs down the top-10 political news stories in Utah from the last year. Our #9 story is the growing power of Utah's Congressional delegation. ...

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Obama right to end Cuba policy

Momentum building to move Salt Lake City homeless shelter

Gov. Herbert nominates Judge Himonas for Utah Supreme Court

Utah ranked the most charitable state in the nation

Lawmakers press Utah higher education leaders to account for building projects

Lawmakers snub governor's Healthy Utah plan, recommend modest Medicaid expansion

Deseret News

Greg Bell: Socialism vs. the safety net

Natalie Gochnour: My holiday wish - not overindulgence or expectations, but connections and relationships.

Editorial: Utah sees improvement in graduation rates - and can still do better

Audit: More transparency needed in funding maintenance of higher ed buildings

Utah lawmakers recommend lowest-cost solution to Medicaid expansion, insuring only the 'most vulnerable'

Nation, Utah nervously await coal ash rule from EPA

Gov. Herbert nominates 3rd District Judge Deno Himonas to Utah Supreme Court

Other

Utah's school grades: 'What does a C mean?' (Standard-Examiner)

Utah voted the number 1 most charitable state (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Paul breaks with GOP on Cuba (The Hill)

Winners and losers of the lame-duck (The Hill)

Boston bombing suspect seen for the first time since 2013 (USA Today)

Jeb Bush to step down from Barclays (Associated Press)

Use of death penalty falling in U.S. (Detroit Free Press)

Alison Grimes threatens to take Rand Paul to court (The Week)

New York attorney general sends cease-and-desist letter to retailers over toy guns (New York Daily News)

US judge clears black teenager - 70 years after his execution (Telegraph)

One protester sought in Brooklyn Bridge clash in custody, police say (Los Angeles Times)

Big storms put dent in California drought (USA Today)

Dam breaks, tainted wells prompt new look at coal-ash dumps that escaped EPA review (Washington Post)





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