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Monday, March 9, 2015
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Ten Things You Need to Know for Monday - March 9, 2015
A majority of Utahns want lawmakers to pass Healthy Utah. Anti-bias/religious liberties legislation passes the Utah Senate. Support for the Count My Vote compromise passed last year appears to be falling.
- Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 3
- Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 155
- Days to the 2015 election - 239
- Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - 315
- Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - 322
- Days to the 2016 Utah presidential primary - 477
- Days until the 2016 presidential election - 610
Monday's top-10 headlines:
- A new survey finds 55% of Utahns want the legislature to pass the Healthy Utah plan while just 20% favor the Utah Cares alternative [Utah Policy].
- The Utah House moved forward with the Utah Cares plan for Medicaid expansion on Friday despite attempts by Democrats to hijack the bill to replace it with Healthy Utah [Tribune, Deseret News].
- Implementing the Utah Cares plan instead of Healthy Utah would leave $2.7 billion in federal funding on the table [Utah Policy].
- The anti-bias/religious liberty bill clears the Senate and heads to the House [Deseret News, Tribune].
- LGBT groups are worried about a bill allowing government employees to refuse to marry same-sex couple [Tribune, Deseret News].
- A poll shows public support for the "Count My Vote" compromise is falling. The same survey also shows Utahns prefer a runoff election if no candidate wins a majority of the vote under that compromise [Utah Policy].
- The Utah GOP votes to hold a presidential caucus in 2016 instead of a primary. That decision is still subject to approval by delegates at their convention this summer [Deseret News].
- The preliminary budget numbers show lawmakers have boosted education funding, but it's short of the $500 million benchmark set by Gov. Gary Herbert [Tribune].
- Lawmakers are close to approving a measure requiring the legislature and Gov. Gary Herbert to sign off on relocating the prison [Tribune, Deseret News].
- Salt Lake City will honor the legacy of former mayor Deedee Corradini on Monday [Tribune].
On this day in history:
- 1841 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled the African slaves who seized control of the Amistad slave ship had been illegally forced into slavery and were free under U.S. law.
- 1862 - A battle between ironclad ships - the Union's Monitor and the Confederate's Merrimac - ended in a draw off the coast of Virginia.
- 1933 - Congress, called into special session by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, began its 100 days of enacting New Deal legislation.
- 2005 - Dan Rather stepped down as anchor and managing editor of "CBS Evening News" after acknowledging major flaws in a story about U.S. President George W. Bush's National Guard service.
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Salt Lake Tribune
Op-ed: Stop dumping billions into unreliable wind power
Op-ed: Healthy Utah would be lifesaving help for good people
Op-ed: Utah can move past 'lock 'em up' prison mentality
Op-ed: Draper is still the best site for Utah Prison
Op-ed: Lake Powell pipeline bill would be a drain on Utah
Rolly: The Utah tea partyer who's all about local control, except when he isn't
Editorial: Utah should not bring back the firing squad
Compromise emerging on how to pick a prison site
E-cigarette regulation bill advances to Utah House
Utah House again rejects guv's health plan, passes its own
Bells will toll Monday to honor late Salt Lake City mayor
As gas tax compromise nears, House OKs tripling tax on clean fuels
In the search for engineers, Utah comes up short
Hatch's Obamacare-bridge plan may be a way out for high-court conservatives
The Utah Effect: Why Utah, unlike most states, is majority male
Looking north to quench the Wasatch Front's thirst
Utah lawmakers get premium state health care while debating what to give the poor
Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Will legislators be able to resolve big issues this session?
Op-ed: After decades of planning and study, it's time to act on transportation funding
Drew Clark: How should government regulate the employer-employee relationship?
John Florez: Lawmakers are losing moral ground
Bill requiring full Legislature to vote on new prison site passes committee
State School Board seeks another waiver from No Child Left Behind
Panel OKs bill allowing divorcing parents online option for mandatory course
House endorses bill to tighten e-cigarette regulations
Burbank's ties to camera company 'wasn't the best decision,' spokesman says
House passes GOP's alternative health plan after contentious debate
Resolution to reduce student testing moves to Senate floor
Recovering Utahns rally for health care, drug addiction treatment
House advances bill to relax public records restrictions
Utah GOP votes to hold presidential caucus, despite plea from Mitt Romney
Eggs & Issues: 5 Utah legislative topics covered at the final 2015 series (Daily Herald)
Editorial: Alternative health care plan is no plan (Standard-Examiner)
More ninth-graders could soon play high school sports (Standard-Examiner)
Bill to increase penalties for cockfighting clears another hurdle (Standard-Examiner)
Utah House approves 'Utah Cares' plan after rejecting 'Healthy Utah' (Standard-Examiner)
Davis vote-by-mail a tougher sell second time around (Standard-Examiner)
Education rally planned for Monday at the Capitol (Standard-Examiner)
Bill would force failing schools to use contract experts (Standard-Examiner)
Sequestration budget cuts could be back soon (Standard-Examiner)
Cache legislators discuss looming Utah health care decision (Logan Herald Journal)
Bill would maintain Utah's allure for filmmakers (Park Record)
Hillary in Nixon's shadow (Politico)
The Iowa Ag Summit: 10 takeaways (Politico)
Jeb Bush in Iowa (Politico)
Issa: Clinton could face criminal charges (The Hill)
Gowdy: Months of Clinton emails missing (The Hill)
ATF again under Republican fire (The Hill)
American democracy is doomed (Vox)
Sen. Lindsey Graham Admits He's Never Sent an Email (TIME)
New mayoral runoff poll shows a week of campaigning did little to move the needle (Sun-Times)
Clergy and others call for overhaul of Ferguson leadership (Post-Dispatch)
Greek warning: With no rescue funds, 'there could be problems' (Los Angeles Times)
Reading and Learning
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