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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

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Ten Things You Need to Know for Wednesday - April 1, 2015

Here's the top news for your Wednesday morning - no fooling!

Obama to stay overnight in Utah. How much do lawmakers have to move to find a deal on Medicaid expansion? Herbert signs criminal justice reform into law.


  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 132
  • Days to the 2015 election - 216
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - 293
  • Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - 300
  • Days to the 2016 Utah presidential primary - 455
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 588

Wednesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. President Barack Obama is expected to stay overnight in Utah when he visits on Friday [Deseret News].
  2. The Utah Latino community is planning a rally to show support for the president during his visit [ABC 4].
  3. Just how far do lawmakers have to go to get to a deal on Medicaid expansion before the July 31 deadline? [Utah Policy]
  4. A BYU poll finds an overwhelming number of Utahns support Healthy Utah, while few support the House alternative [Tribune].
  5. Utah lawmakers give their perspective on the troubles Indiana is going through with their controversial "religious freedom" law [Fox 13, ABC 4].
  6. Gov. Gary Herbert signs a number of bills including sweeping reforms to Utah's criminal justice system [Deseret News, Tribune].
  7. Educators are wary of a new law requiring high school students to pass a civics test in order to graduate [Deseret News].
  8. New studies find Utah's commute times are among the lowest in the nation while drivers in the Beehive States are better when compared to other states [Tribune].
  9. Rep. Rob Bishop plans to hold a number of public hearings this year on federal land ownership [Deseret News].
  10. Google backed out of a fundraiser for Sen. Mike Lee after he announced he would lead a probe into why the federal government stopped a probe into the company's business practices [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1789 - The U.S. House of Representatives held its first full meeting in New York City.
  • 1924 - Adolf Hitler was sent to prison for five years after failing to take over Germany by force in the unsuccessful "Beer Hall Putsch."
  • 1945 - U.S. forces invaded the Japanese island of Okinawa.
  • 1982 - The United States transferred control of the Panama Canal Zone to the government of Panama.

Today At Utah Policy

How Far Away Are We From a Deal on Medicaid Expansion?
While no doubt all six members of the “super Medicaid committee” organized by GOP Gov. Gary Herbert hope a compromise can be worked out over Healthy Utah and Utah Cares – the two competing government-sponsored health insurance plans for Utah’s poorest...

Bryan Schott's Political BS: Why Dabakis Should Not Run for Salt Lake City Mayor
So, Sen. Jim Dabakis is making noise about running for Salt Lake City Mayor and says he will make his decision this week....

Why Indiana Should Have Followed Utah's Lead
Jonathan Rauch admits that the hysteria over Indiana's religious-freedom law is overblown but says Mike Pence could have avoided trouble by looking to Utah for a better model of compromise between religious-conscience accommodations and gay rights....

The GOP Nominee in 2016 Will Have to Win a Sizeable Portion of Minority Voters
A longtime GOP pollster says the Republican nominee in 2016 must nearly double the percentage of the non-white vote Mitt Romney won in 2012 in order to win the White House....

Singer Brandon Flowers Says Romney 'Wasn't a Great Ambassador' for the LDS Church
Brandon Flowers, lead singer of The Killers, says Mitt Romney didn't do a great job promoting the LDS faith during his 2012 campaign....

Harry Reid Refuses to Apologize for Romney Smear
When asked by CNN if he regrets lyingfrom the Senate floor about Mitt Romney's tax record during the 2012 presidential campaign, Harry Reid smugly replies: "Romney didn't win, did he?"...

Herbert Plans to Bend Obama's Ear on Utah Issues
Governor Gary Herbert hopes to discuss public lands issues with President Obama when he visits Utah on Friday....

Featured Items

Math Competency is Vital to Student Success
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New Utah Foundation Report Looks at Progress, Challenges for Traffic Safety
Seat belts save lives, and Utah has now made it easier to enforce the law requiring their use. ...

Capitalizing on Sundance Cachet
When celebrities and dignitaries posed for the cameras at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival in Park City earlier this year, the backdrop was Utah's "Life Elevated" brand. That backdrop wasn't an accident or photo bomb, either. Rather, it was part of a ke...

Governor Gary Herbert Hosts 9th Annual Economic Summit
Quite a few thrilling features will set this year’s summit apart from the rest, including stories about scaling actual mountain summits. ...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Obama finally pays Utah a visit

Police reform: How much does Utah need?

Japan's ambassador seeks to beef up trade with Utah

Despite what you think, studies say Utah drivers, congestion aren't all that bad

'I don't want my daughter to see the struggles I went through': Ogden program seeks to end Utah's cycle of poverty

BYU poll finds big support for Healthy Utah, but House plan? Not so much

Google backs out of Mike Lee fundraiser because of probe

Acquitted Utah developer will get access to some documents from investigation of Shurtleff, Swallow

Sentences for some drug crimes reduced under newly signed Utah law

Deseret News

Jay Evensen: Obama's visit to Utah - what happened to all the protesters?

Editorial: House's passing of Medicare reform is evidence of bipartisan approach to responsible government

Utah, others, tackle 'aging out' of foster care with initiatives to support education, life goals

Ranchers, agencies teaming up to help small bird, other species

Utah consumer confidence at high level, report says

State School Board awaits waiver from No Child Left Behind

Utah educators skeptical of civics test requirement

State unveils plans to 'measurably reduce' rates of intergenerational poverty among Utah children

Obama expected to stay overnight in Utah for HAFB visit


Some vets say renaming portion of I-15 not such a big deal (Standard-Examiner)

Seat belts, helmets and cell phones scrutinized in new traffic safety report (Standard-Examiner)

Cache County Council discusses new sales tax option for road, transportation funding (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

Why the busted Iran deadline matters (Politico)

The price of Barack Obama's Iran muddle (Politico)

IRS chief to GOP: You can't abolish us (The Hill)

Obama's 'Quickie' Union Favor (Wall Street Journal)

Hillary Clinton also used iPad for email while at State Department, often mixed personal, work chats (New York Daily News)

Indiana law draws Republican White House hopefuls into the culture wars (Washington Post)

Campaign watchdogs claim 2016 hopefuls skirting finance laws (McClatchy)

New Jersey asks to take pension funding appeal to top state court (Reuters)

U.S. House committee subpoenas two Secret Service agents over security incident (Reuters)

Obama's Strategy on Climate Change, Part of Global Deal, Is Revealed (New York Times)

Activists Stop Paying Their Student Loans (WPRL)


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