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Friday, March 28, 2014

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Herbert wants to wrap up Medicaid expansion by the summer. Democrats nearly recruited a top LDS Church official to run for office. An audit says the Utah State Fair gets too much money from the state.


  • 28 days until the Utah State Republican and Democratic conventions
  • 88 days until Utah's 2014 primary elections
  • 221 days to the 2014 midterm elections
  • 304 days to the start of the 2015 Utah Legislature
  • 584 days to the 2015 elections
  • 649 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses
  • 955 days to the 2016 presidential election
Today's Utah political news highlights:
  • Gov. Gary Herbert says he hopes to wrap up Medicaid expansion by this summer [Deseret News, Tribune].
  • Sen. Jim Dabakis says Utah's Democrats came close to recruiting LDS General Authority Marlin Jensen to run for office in 2012 [Tribune].
  • State elections officials are still trying to wrap their heads around the compromise between lawmakers and the "Count My Vote" group [Utah Policy].
  • An audit says the Utah State Fair gets too much state money in relation to the number of people who attend [Tribune].
  • South Weber Councilman William Poff is charged with embezzling $200,000 from an elderly assisted living center [Standard-Examiner, Deseret News, Tribune].
  • Utah's lawyers are engaging in mock arguments to prepare for their defense of Amendment 3 [KSL].
  • Utah County Republicans say they are seeing more interest from delegates at meet the candidates events [Daily Herald].
  • Republican Salt Lake County Council candidate Aimee Winder Newton is working to attract Democratic supporters [Utah Policy].
  • Utah's autism rate is not increasing, but it's still above the national average [Deseret News, Tribune].
  • Enrollment at Utah colleges continues to drop following the LDS Church's decision to lower the age requirements for missionaries [Tribune].
  • Ann Romney will be the commencement speaker at Southern Utah University [Deseret News].
  • A new healthcare clinic serving needy Utahns opens in Midvale [Tribune, Deseret News].
On this day in history:
  • 1834 - The U.S. Senate voted to censure President Andrew Jackson for the removal of federal deposits from the Bank of the United States.
  • 1854 - Britain and France declared war on Russia during the Crimean War.
  • 1930 - The names of the Turkish cities of Constantinople and Angora were changed to Istanbul and Ankara.
  • 1939 - The Spanish Civil War ended.
  • 1941 - Novelist Virginia Woolf drowned herself near her home in England.
  • 1969 - Dwight D. Eisenhower, the 34th president of the United States, died at the age of 78.
  • 1979 - a partial meltdown occurred at the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant near Middletown, Pennsylvania.
  • 2001 - President George W. Bush rejected the Kyoto Protocol on climate.

Today At Utah Policy

Bob Bernick's Notebook: A Very Complicated Bill
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Republican SLCO Candidate Reaching Out to Democratic Voters
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Count My Vote Pulled in Cash from Both GOP and Democratic Heavy Hitters
The Count My Vote citizen initiative petition is now officially shut down, following the compromise in political party candidate nomination reached in SB54, passed earlier this month and signed by GOP Gov. Gary Herbert.But Friends of Count My Vote will continue to operate to...

Bryan Schott's Political BS: Political Blunderdome
Utah's Democrats like to blame their small numbers on the Hill on gerrymandering. If that's true, then why aren't they doing anything to reverse the tide ahead of 2020?...

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Bernick and Schott and Politics - Episode #182
Jim Dabakis resigns as head of the Utah Democratic Party and Republicans consider suing over the "Count My Vote" compromise.Plus, find out why Bob's new nickname is "The Big Woo Woo"!Bryan Schott and Bob Bernick break down the week in Utah politics....

Weekly Survey: Grading Dabakis' Tenure
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Revenge of the Utah Establishment
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Mitt Romney: Featured Speaker at A Giant In Our City
Every year, the Salt Lake Chamber recognizes an individual who has had an immeasurable impact on Utah and our communities as A Giant In Our City--one of the most distinguished business recognitions offered in the state of Utah. This year, the Chamber has the pleasure of havi...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Given constraints, Utah legislators did right by autistic children

Editorial: Bishop's attack on Antiquities Act is a bad idea

Abuse charges drove county GOP chair to resign

Herbert: Feds seem softer on Medicaid

Dabakis: Utah Democrats nearly convinced top LDS leader to run

So. Weber councilman charged with embezzlement

Paul Rolly: Utah teacher who balked at testing gets placed on leave

Key Swallow deputy on investigators' radar

Millard County salt dome to begin storing liquid fuels

State fair garners no ribbons in new audit

Deseret News

Editorial: Digital Fourth Amendment

Editorial: Amend the 1906 Antiquities Act

Utah's Duchesne County among fastest-growing counties as energy boom spurs growth west of Mississippi

Ann Romney selected as SUU commencement speaker

Gov. Herbert hopes to resolve Medicaid expansion by summer

South Weber city councilman charged with embezzling funds

New health clinic opens in Midvale with Affordable Care Act funds


Republicans see spike in delegates at meet-and-greet (Daily Herald)

Editorial: E-cigarettes need more regulation (Standard-Examiner)

USU professor hopes aspen's designation as state tree will lead to conservation (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

Review clears Christie in bridge scandal (The Hill)

Biden: Illegal immigrants are 'already Americans' (The Hill)

Pelosi: Immigration reform more important than winning back House (The Hill)

GOP gripes about 'bull----' vote (The Hill)

Chris Christie advisers had a 'personal relationship' ahead of Bridgegate scandal: report (New York Daily News)

Leland Yee withdraws from secretary of state race (San Jose Mercury News)

When Secret Service agents go rogue (BBC News)

Senate advances unemployment benefits bill, but House GOP balks (Los Angeles Times)

Obama: End collection of Americans' phone records (Associated Press)

James R. Schlesinger, Cold War Hard-Liner, Dies at 85 (New York Times)

Trail lawyers fueling Braley's run to stop 'farmer' from taking Senate Judiciary chair (Washington Examiner)

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