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Monday, March 16, 2015
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Ten Things You Need to Know for Monday - March 16, 2015
Did lawmakers put a carrot in a bill to entice Salt Lake City to accept the new prison? Utah's schools got a funding boost in 2015, but it's still not back to pre-recession levels. Becker has visited the White House 40 times.
- Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 148
- Days to the 2015 election - 232
- Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - 308
- Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - 315
- Days to the 2016 Utah presidential primary - 470
- Days until the 2016 presidential election - 603
Monday's top-10 headlines:
- The nomination of Loretta Lynch as Attorney General is on hold because lawmakers are fighting over a human trafficking bill that contains a controversial anti-abortion measure [New York Times].
- There's a provision in a bill setting a deadline for the Prison Relocation Commission to pick a site for the new facility that seems like it's specifically designed to entice Salt Lake City into accepting the new prison [Tribune].
- Utah schools got some budget love from the legislature during the 2015 session, but funding has not rebounded to where it was prior to the recession [Tribune, Deseret News].
- Bob Bernick runs down the lessons learned from the 2015 session [Utah Policy].
- Gov. Gary Herbert still has a sales job to do with many members of the legislature on Medicaid expansion [Deseret News].
- Legislators couldn't figure out a compromise on school board elections, meaning the issue could be left up to a judge to decide [Tribune].
- Lawmakers were finally able to reach a compromise on raising the gas tax, but they almost didn't get there [Tribune].
- Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton are the frontrunners for the 2016 presidential nomination amongst Utahns [Utah Policy].
- Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker has visited the White House 40 times so far during the Obama administration [Tribune].
- Former Congressman Jim Matheson sits down for a Q&A [Deseret News].
On this day in history:
- 1802 - Congress authorized the establishment of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
- 1935 - Adolf Hitler scrapped the Treaty of Versailles.
- 1968 - About 300 Vietnamese villagers died at the hands of U.S. troops in what came to be known as the My Lai massacre.
- 2003 - Vice President Dick Cheney predicted on NBC's "Meet the Press" that American troops would be "greeted as liberators" by the Iraqi people.
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Op-ed: Three things Utah governments can do to let in more light
Op-ed: Don't let Mountain Accord opportunity pass without speaking up
Editorial: Time for another Utah peace treaty
Rolly: Republican strategist has Herbert in his sights
Lawmakers provide cash infusion to Farmington Bay nature center, fight endangered species protections
Bill promises to bring 'peace' to fractious Salt Lake County communities
Prison bill has sweetener that seems tailor-made for Salt Lake City
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Obama clearly loves cities - Salt Lake City in particular
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Consultants raking in millions on Utah's anti-fed campaigns
Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Utah's Super Bowl/World Series of legislative sessions
Drew Clark: A Utah compromise reconciling gay rights and religious freedom?
Khosrow Semnani: Congress can get tough on Iran by channeling Reagan's tactics
John Florez: The Deedee Corradini I knew
Editorial: Legislative wrap - anti-discrimination, religious liberty bills overshadow other successes, disappointments
Legislative session wraps up with $510 million in new money for schools
Tighter e-cigarette regulations await governor's signature
Gov. Herbert: Emotion overriding logic in Healthy Utah debate
Rep. Bishop, Utah farmers fire back on federal groundwater proposal
Will Utah bury nation's leftover depleted uranium?
Community preservation bill creates governance options for Salt Lake County
Utah to have nation's first white collar crime offender registry
Will the 2015 Legislature lead to better outcomes for students?
Utah anti-bias, religious rights law could be model for other states
Intergenerational poverty education initiative on hold until 2016
Q and A: Jim Matheson talks politics past, present, future
Lawmakers increase gas tax, allow local increases for transportation
Residents raise concerns about Mountain Accord plan
Editorial: Utah's presidential caucus limits participation (Daily Herald)
Jason Chaffetz: Immigration: Don't fix one illegal action with another (Daily Herald)
Todd Weiler: Marijuana legislation was poorly drafted (Standard-Examiner)
Op-ed: We need a learner-centered approach in Utah education (Standard-Examiner)
Editorial: Let the the voters decide on medical marijuana (Standard-Examiner)
Lawmakers pass 528 bills, but leave Medicaid expansion until later (Standard-Examiner)
USU, higher education officials celebrate successes at Legislature (Logan Herald Journal)
Editorial: Mountain Accord must move forward (Park Record)
Medicaid expansion fails as ideology trumps finances (Park Record)
Democrats prepared to buck White House on Iran nuclear deal (Politico)
Hillary Clinton's fear of the trail (Politico)
5 big hurdles for the GOP's budget blueprint (The Hill)
Will Hillary Rodham Clinton run for president? Here's why, and why not. (Christian Science Monitor)
McConnell vows: no vote on attorney general until abortion flap solved (Christian Science Monitor)
Gowdy denies Benghazi panel created to thwart Hillary Clinton's 2016 bid (FOX News)
At Gridiron Club Dinner, Anyone and Everyone Is Fair Game for Obama (New York Times)
Getting Hispanics to the polls in Chicago mayor's race no slam dunk for Chuy (Chicago Sun-Times)
Ferguson activists press ahead, undeterred by latest shooting (Reuters)
New Obamacare window opens for those who owe federal fines for being uninsured (Associated Press)
NASA scientist says one year left of California water supply (AJC)
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