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Herbert announces his solution for Medicaid expansion. A deal is reportedly in the works to scrap the "Count My Vote" initiative. New revenue estimates coming on Friday morning.

Countdown:

  • 13 days until the final day of the 2014 Legislature
  • 14 days until the Utah candidate filing period opens
  • 18 days until the Utah Democratic Party caucus meetings
  • 18 days until the Utah candidate filing period closes
  • 20 days until the Utah GOP caucus meetings
  • 57 days until the Utah State Republican and Democratic conventions
  • 116 days until Utah's 2014 primary elections
  • 249 days to the 2014 midterm elections
  • 612 days to the 2015 elections
  • 677 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses
  • 983 days to the 2016 presidential election
Today's Utah political news highlights:
  • Gov. Gary Herbert announces the state will ask for block grants from the federal government to buy private health coverage for low income people instead of expanding Medicaid [Deseret News, Tribune].
  • Utah lawmakers will get new revenue estimates Friday morning [Utah Policy].
  • Legislators and backers of "Count My Vote" are reportedly discussing a deal to scrap the initiative proposal [Deseret News].
  • Utah argues thata lawsuit filed by same-sex couples who got married before the court ruling overturning Amendment 3 was stayed should be dismissed [Tribune].
  • A pair of bills prompted by the John Swallow investigation move forward on the Hill [Tribune].
  • A bill allowing elementary schools to teach parents on how to prevent sexual abuse of children moves out of the House unanimously [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • The House kills a proposal to give a tax break to parents who homeschool their children [Deseret News, Tribune].
  • A Senate committee approves a bill to slap reforms on payday lenders [Tribune].
  • Rep. Craig Hall's bill to make it harder for school districts to split is approved by the House and on the way to the Senate [Deseret News, Tribune].
  • The Utah House approves a measure requiring the Governor's Office of Economic Development to hold a meeting on whether the state should dump Daylight Saving Time [Tribune].
  • A Senate panel approves the creation of a statewide student safety tip line [Daily Herald, Deseret News].
  • A House committee gives the thumbs up to a resolution calling for a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution [Tribune].
On this day in history:
  • About 50 opponents of slavery met in Ripon, Wisconsin to form a new political group that eventually became the Republican Party in 1854.
  • The Territory of Colorado was organized in 1861.
  • Scientists James Watson and Francis Crick announced the discovery of the double-helix structure of DNA in 1953.
  • The album "War" by U2 was released in 1983.
  • Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme was shot to death in Stockholm in 1986.
  • A gun battle erupted at the Branch Davidian compound near Waco, Texas when agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms tried to serve warrants on the group in 1993.


Today At Utah Policy

Bob Bernick's Notebook: Can Lawmakers Find a Caucus Compromise?
Utah House GOP leaders told UtahPolicy this week that they are hoping for some kind of "grand compromise" with the Count My Vote backers; an agreement that could allow the Legislature to adopt some new candidate nomination law acceptable to the citizen petition supporters.I'...

Utah Lawmakers to Receive New Revenue Numbers Friday (Video)
Sen. Lyle Hillyard says Utah lawmakers are going to have a tough time deciding how to set the state's budget once new revenue estimates are announced Friday morning....

House Passes Bill to Prevent Sexual Abuse of Schoolchildren
There was an emotional moment in the Utah House on Thursday morning when a bill that would set up an opt-in program in schools teaching youngsters how to avoid being sexually abused passed....

Bryan Schott's Political BS: Plans, Agendas and Relevancy
As Alice asked the Cheshire Cat, "Where shall I go?" The reply? "Depends on where you want to end up."...

No In-Session Veto Showdown Coming Over Bill that Would Neuter 'Count My Vote'
A bill that would neuter the Count My Vote citizen initiative is being held in the Utah House, giving time for supporters of SB54 to negotiate with CMV leaders....

Featured Items

Bernick and Schott on Politics - Episode #178
We're moving into the final two weeks of the 2014 Utah legislature. What will lawmakers do with Speaker Becky Lockhart's education technology proposal? What other big issues may pop up before the end of the session? Plus, Utah beats Texas in something.Bob Bernick and Bryan S...

Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
Outdoor Notes--Tribune:Ski Lift of the Week: Motherlode at Park City Mountain Resort--Tribune:Recreation: If you can't train like an Olympian, at least eat like one--Tribune:Quagga mussels have invaded Lake Powell, Glen Canyon Dam--Tribune: Utah Legislature leaves stream acc...

Weekly Survey: Countering "Count My Vote"
Sen. Curt Bramble's SB 54 would essentially make the "Count My Vote" citizen's initiative moot. What do you think will happen with Bramble's legislation this session?Let us know in our weekly survey....

Chaffetz Seeks Coveted Oversight Chairmanship
Rep. Jason Chaffetz is actively campaigningtosucceedRep. Darrell Issa as chairman of the powerful House Oversight and Government Reform Committee....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Refusing Medicaid expansion is a dreadful idea

Payday-loan reform bill still rolling

Utah panel OKs call for convention to amend U.S. Constitution

Lawmakers want voters to amend Constitution on education

Boundary bill moves forward, wording unclear

Bill advances to make school district splits tougher

Senate panel votes to beef up U. Reading Clinic

As Elizabeth Smart watches, Utah House passes sex abuse bill

House wants study on dumping Daylight Saving Time

House kills tax credit for home schooling

Lawmakers advance 'bill of rights' for Utah parents

State attorneys: 'Hold' on Utah same-sex marriages warranted

Post-Swallow reform bills advance

Paul Rolly: Republicans square off in Utah's payday-lending debate

Medicaid plans divide Utah GOP

Deseret News

Dan Liljenquist: Negative impact: the Affordable Care Act, pensions and hourly workers

Op-ed: Bolstering the Earned Income Tax Credit

Editorial: Planning for parking

Resolution advances giving governor, Senate power over State School Board

Senate panel approves bill creating safety tip line for students

Bill gives enrollment preference to grandchildren of charter school founders

Governor encourages Utahns to give 100 hours of service in 2014

Bill would bar 'cherry-picking' of tax bases in a school district split

Lawmakers reject bill granting tax credit to home-school parents

Senate gives preliminary approval to school funding equalization bill

Lawmakers, Count My Vote talking deal that would end initiative petition

Tax or donation? Opinions differ on clean air funding bill

House passes bill requiring meeting to discuss daylight saving time

Utah House panel endorses election reform prompted by Swallow investigation

Gov. Gary Herbert offers 'Utah solution' to Medicaid expansion

Elizabeth Smart, Deondra Brown on hand to watch as child sexual abuse prevention bill passes House with applause

Other

Provo's 311 line causing a stir on Capitol Hill (Daily Herald)

Editorial: Re-energize West Ogden (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Centrist Dems pressure Reid to hold votes on ObamaCare fixes (The Hill)

Eight cities named finalists to host 2016 Republican convention (USA Today)

Reid hammered by GOP after claiming all ObamaCare 'horror stories' untrue (Fox News)

Hillary pulls into passing lane on ObamaCare (Fox News)

Obama Will Announce Initiative to Empower Young Black Men (New York Times)

Ted Cruz: No shelf life for Obamacare slams (Politico)

Top tea party group celebrates five years (CNN)

Border Patrol's use of deadly force criticized in report (Los Angeles Times)

Tax Reform Only A Mother Could Love (Forbes)

Obama 2015 Budget to Seek Increased Health-Care Training Funds (Bloomberg)

California's drought is extreme, but the government is making it worse (Washington Post)






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