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How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics - April 16, 2014

LDS Church leader meets with President Obama on immigration reform. Herbert says he's making progress on his Medicaid expansion alternative. Stewart opens up a big cash lead over Robles.


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Today's Utah political news highlights:
  • LDS Church leader Dieter Uchtdorf joins a group of faith leaders who met with President Obama to discuss immigration reform [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • Gov. Gary Herbert says he's making progress with the feds on his proposed alternative to Medicaid expansion [Tribune].
  • Rep. Chris Stewart is starting to increase his cash advantage over his Democratic opponent, Luz Robles [Tribune].
  • Prosecutors in the case against accused fraudster Jeremy Johnson are pushing for a trial [Deseret News, Tribune].
  • The Salt Lake City Council tears into the Salt Lake Police Department for the backlogof unprocessed rape kits from sexual assault cases [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • The University of Utahwill keep the "Ute" nickname under a new agreement with the Ute Indian Tribe [Standard-Examiner].
  • Water managers warn a proposed oil pipeline between Salt Lake City and the Uintah Basin poses a significant risk to drinking water supplies [Tribune].
On this day in history:
  • 1789 - President-elect George Washington left his home in Mount Vernon for his inauguration in New York.
  • 1917 - Lenin returned to Russia after 10 years in exile in Switzerland.
  • 1962 - Walter Cronkite became anchorman of "The CBS Evening News."
  • 1964 - The Rolling Stones released their debut album.
  • 1972 - Apollo 16 lifted off on a mission to the moon.
  • 1992 - The House ethics committee named 303 current and former lawmakers who had overdrawn their House bank accounts.
  • 2007 - A student opened fire on the campus of Virginia Tech, killing 32 people.

Today At Utah Policy

2014 Election Race Ratings: Utah House (Updated 4/15/2014)
Here's our first look at the 2014 races for Utah House. All 75 seats are up for election this year. Our first round of ratings show Utah's Democrats could be on the defensive this year....

Race Rating Change: Utah House 30
Democrat Janice Fisher's retirement left future control of this seat up in the air. Now that the nominating dust has settled, this seat shouldremain in the Democratic column....

Race Rating Change: Utah House 40
Even though Democrat Lynn Hemingway is retiring, we expect this seat to remain in Democratic hands. Now that Salt Lake County AssociateDeputy Mayor Justin Miller is that party's nominee, the odds of this seat remaining in the "blue" column got a lot stronger....

Race Rating Change: Utah House 44
When Democrat Tim Cosgrove announced he was not seeking a 5th term in this seat, Republicans immediately saw it as a possible pick-up in 2014. Now that the field has been set, we are moving this seat from "lean Democrat" to "toss-up."...

Race Rating Change: Utah House 31
Democrat Larry Wiley barely held on to this seat in 2012 by a scant 77 votes....

Featured Items

ALEC: Utah Has Best Economic Outlook
The America Legislative Exchange Council putsUtah at the top of its 2014 rankingof states with the strongest economic climates....

How SLC Escaped the Recession
In an interview with National Journal, Ralph Becker points tothe LDS Church's financing of the huge downtown City Creek Center as one of the reasons for Salt Lake City's low unemployment rate....

Rising Gasoline and Food Prices Push Zions Bank CPI Higher for the Second Consecutive Month
The Zions Bank Wasatch Front Consumer Price Index increased 0.7 percent from February to March on a non-seasonally adjusted basis....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Bundy is a lawbreaker, not a hero

Bad weather boosts Utah prices

Chris Stewart has big cash lead over Robles in Utah's 2nd District

LDS leader, Obama meet to push for immigration reform

Herbert: Feds say 'no deal breaker' in Utah health-care expansion plan

County extends deadline to join committee charting future of townships

Will Uinta pipeline hurt Utah's drinking water?

Utah poised to tighten rules on booze education

Paul Rolly: Candidate blames convention eviction on Mia Love's campaign

Deseret News

Editorial: An immigration opportunity

Southern Utah left wanting for water

Salt Lake Mayor Ralph Becker invites residents to schedule one-on-one meetings

Utah consumer prices up 1.4% over one year ago

Less energy use, better cars help drive decreases in U.S. greenhouse gas emissions

LDS Church reaffirms stance on immigration


LDS leader reaffirms church's position on immigration (Daily Herald)

City of Provo looks for ways to trim budget before deadline (Daily Herald)

National Headlines

Meet the tax defiers (Politico)

Tax day socks wealthy (The Hill)

Obama, faith leaders talk immigration reform (The Hill)

WH backs Ukraine crackdown (The Hill)

Immigration activists push House GOP in last-ditch campaign for vote (Los Angeles Times)

Mitt Romney touts Mike Simpson in Chamber ad (Politico)

Rancher inspects cattle after showdown with fed (Associated Press)

Ohio governor airs 1st TV ad in his 2014 campaign (Associated Press)

CBO Lowers Estimate of Health Insurance Gains under Affordable Care Act (Bloomberg)

Yellen says Fed mulling stricter rules for Wall Street (Reuters)

Union fights Congress' intent to have IRS use private collectors (Associated Press)

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