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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

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Ten Things You Need to Know for Wednesday - February 11, 2015

Stewart signing off the Daily Show. Senate Republicans can't reach a consensus on Medicaid expansion. Utahns favor professional development for teachers.


  • Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 29
  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 181
  • Days to the 2015 election - 265
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - 341
  • Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - 348
  • Days to the 2016 Utah presidential primary - 503
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 636

Wednesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Jon Stewart announces he is leaving the Daily Show sometime this year [New York Times].
  2. Senate Republicans caucus behind closed doors to consider Medicaid expansion but are unable to come to a consensus [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News].
  3. Poll shows Utahns favor professional development training for teachers [Utah Policy].
  4. Rep. Curt Oda says he will withdraw his bill to allow anyone to carry a concealed weapon without a permit after cutting a deal with Gov. Gary Herbert who vetoed similar legislation in 2013 [Tribune].
  5. The Utah House unanimously approves a bill making it clear that a person who is unconscious cannot consent to sex [Tribune].
  6. Sen. Orrin Hatch says Congress should give President Barack Obama more flexibility to fight ISIS and other organizations [Tribune].
  7. Gov. Herbert signs an executive order to increase protections for the greater sage grouse [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune].
  8. Same-sex marriage advocate Derek Kitchen announces his candidacy for the Salt Lake City Council [Tribune, Deseret News].
  9. LDS Church critic John Dehlin has been excommunicated [Tribune, Deseret News].
  10. NBC News suspends anchor Brian Williams for six months [Daily Beast].

On this day in history:

  • 1937 - A sit-down strike against General Motors ended with the company agreeing to recognize the United Automobile Workers Union.
  • 1975 - Margaret Thatcher became the first woman to head a major party in Britain when she was elected leader of the Conservative Party.
  • 1990 - South African black activist Nelson Mandela was freed after 27 years in captivity.
  • 2011 - Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak resigned in the face of massive protests.

Today At Utah Policy

Poll: Utahns Favor Professional Development for Teachers
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Senate Republicans Fail to Come to a Decision on Medicaid
Senate Republicans met for two hours Tuesday on Medicaid expansion, but so far no decisions have been made.As reported in UtahPolicy Tuesday, Senate President Wayne Niederhauser, R-Sandy, is leaning toward supporting GOP Gov. Gary Herbert’...

Resolution Aims to Curb Executive Power in Washington
A resolution currently winding its way through the Utah Legislature would encourage Congress to take steps to reign in what some see as an expansion of power by the executive branch....

Niederhauser Leaning Toward Supporting Healthy Utah
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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Jordanelle landowners shouldn't get legislative bailout

Editorial: SB60 yet more legislative interference in education

After closed-door caucus on Medicaid expansion, Senate GOP still split

Treatment, breaks on drug crimes urged in Utah prison reforms

Senate moves to help early graduation

Big tax hike advances for school funding equalization

Utah's Mia Love joins black members of Congress in meeting with Obama

County calculating impact of cheap gas, no snow

Taxes aren't enough - group seeks $1 million in donations for Jordan classrooms

Poll: Utahns' views about public lands similar to other westerners'

Utah's Hatch seeks flexibility, including ground troops, for Obama to fight ISIS

Utah guv directs state agencies to protect sage grouse

House unanimously - and without comment - passes bill on sexual consent

Governor cuts deal to avert showdown on gun issue

Judge Deno Himonas gets nod from Senate committee for Utah Supreme Court

Deseret News

Jay Evensen: Time for Utah to regulate e-cigarettes

Richard Davis: Putting religious exemptions into practice - here are my experiences and my suggestions

Shurtleff partied with questionable businessmen, warrant says

Bill puts brakes on Salt Lake City ordinance requiring drive-thrus to serve pedestrians, cyclists

Senate Republicans talk Medicaid expansion but make no decisions

Utah lawmakers considering competing bills on cellphone use while driving

Criminal justice reform groups rally for a system that helps, not hinders

Herbert signs executive order ramping up Utah protections for sage grouse

Bill seeks to adjust property tax rate to equalize school funding

Bill offering incentives for early high school graduation passes Senate

House approves sexual assault bill without debate

House, Senate approve base budgets for public, higher education

Bill seeks to prohibit tattooing for youths, even with parental permission


Provo mayor announces Google Fiber for Small Businesses in State of City (Daily Herald)

Brad Wilson: Who should pick the state school board? (Standard-Examiner)

Strong opposition smothers proposed burning ban (Standard-Examiner)

Base budget bill for education, with 2 percent cuts, rouses Democratic opposition (Standard-Examiner)

Commemorative AR-15 marketed to lawmakers at lunch Tuesday (Standard-Examiner)

Suicide prevention bill gets hearty support from House committee (Standard-Examiner)

Brad Smith 'poster child' for school officials licensure bill (Standard-Examiner)

Billions in Medicaid funds await if Utah can say 'yes' (Park Record)

Tobacco bill would raise the legal age of purchase to 21 years old (Park Record)

National Headlines

Hillary Clinton fundraising off to slow start (Politico)

White House won't 'quibble' with claim that Obama concealed gay marriage views (Politico)

Ethan Czahor, Jeb Bush's New CTO, is Guilty of Being a Young Conservative (Bloomberg)

Jeb Bush releases eight years' worth of emails: Is that legal? (Christian Science Monitor)

Henry Kissinger Chooses Jeb Bush: Sources (Observer)

American hostage Mueller's family, U.S. government say she is dead (Reuters)

Walker opens Iowa campaign office (Wheeler News Service)

Senate panel approves Obama's choice for Pentagon chief (Associated Press)

White House Says Shooting at Kosher Market in Paris Was 'Random' (ABC News)

Judge: No bond for Illinois woman accused in terrorism case (Associated Press)

Congressional Impasse Over Immigration, Homeland Security (Associated Press)

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