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Ten Things You Need to Know for Friday - April 17, 2015

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Utahns divided on gas tax hike passed by lawmakers in 2015. Herbert says GOP bigwigs may step into the fight over SB 54. Jowers is stepping down from the Hinckley Institute.


  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 116
  • Days to the 2015 election - 200
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - 277
  • Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - 284
  • Days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary - 285
  • Days to the 2016 Utah presidential primary - 439
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 572

Friday's top-10 headlines:

  1. A new survey finds Utahns are split on whether they favor or oppose the gas tax hike passed by the legislature during the 2015 session [Utah Policy].
  2. Gov. Gary Herbert expects the Republican Party bigwigs to step into the fight over SB 54 [Utah Policy, Tribune].
  3. State Sen. Curt Bramble is fighting efforts by the Utah GOP to have him testify in court as part of the lawsuit against SB 54 [Fox 13].
  4. Herbert says he expects to start meeting with the Obama administration to continue negotiations on Medicaid expansion within the next two weeks [Deseret News].
  5. Herbert also says meeting behind closed doors to find a compromise on Medicaid expansion do not violate state open meetings law [ABC 4].
  6. Herbert is worried the depleted uranium EnergySolutions plans to store in its facility near Clive, Utah is far more radioactive than we've been led to believe [Deseret News, Tribune].
  7. A study shows Utah would see more tax revenue if President Obama's executive orders on immigration move forward [Tribune].
  8. Kirk Jowers announces he is stepping down from the Hinckley Institute of Politics to take a job in the private sector [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News].
  9. Sen. Harry Reid threatens to force a vote on the stalled nomination of Loretta Lynch for Attorney General [Politico].
  10. Florida Gov. Rick Scott says he will sue the Obama administration over what he calls "coercive tactics" to force the state to accept Medicaid expansion [The Hill].

On this day in history:

  • 1790 - American statesman Benjamin Franklin died in Philadelphia at the age of 84.
  • 1961 - A force of CIA trained, anti-Castro rebels began the Bay of Pigs attempt to overthrow Cuba's new communist government.
  • 1970 - Apollo 13, which suffered a severe malfunction on its journey to the moon, returned safely to Earth.
  • 2001 - By a 2-1 margin, Mississippi voters decided to keep their state flag which includes the Confederate battle cross in the upper left corner.

Today At Utah Policy

Poll: Utahns Nearly Evenly Divided on Gas Tax Hike
Utahns are split right down the middle over whether the 2015 Legislature should have raised the state gasoline tax, a new UtahPolicy poll finds....

Bob Bernick's Notebook: The Heavyweights Weigh In
Count on GOP Gov. Gary Herbert and U. S. Sen. Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee, both R-Utah, to weigh in on the State Republican Party’s SB54 fight this spring, Herbert told his monthly KUED Channel 7 news conference Thursday morning....

Bernick and Schott on Politics - Episode #233
Jim Dabakis drops out of the Salt Lake City Mayoral race after just 10 days. Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott discuss his quick campaign and our poll that shows Mayor Ralph Becker may have a tough fight ahead of him for a third term....

Podcast: Bernick and Schott on Politics - Episode #233
Jim Dabakis drops out of the Salt Lake City Mayoral race after just 10 days. Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott discuss his quick campaign and our poll that shows Mayor Ralph Becker may have a tough fight ahead of him for a third term....

Chaffetz' Chairmanship Wins Bipartisan Praise
Rep. Jason Chaffetz has establishedhimself as a fierce watchdog over federal employees in his first few months atop the House Oversight panel, reports The Hill....

Bishop Pushes 'Grand Bargain' That Could End Utah's Decades-Long Land Use War
High Country News takes an in-depth look at Rep. Rob Bishop's efforts to craft a compromise Utah land use bill that will satisfy conservationists, energy producers, and everyone in between....

Kirk Jowers Leaving Hinckley Institute of Politics
Kirk Jowers is leaving the Hinckley Institute of Politics after a decade at the helm of that organization....

Weekly Survey: Will the Utah GOP Comply with SB 54?
Last week a federal judge ruled against the Utah GOP's request for a preliminary injunction to keep SB 54 from going into effect. Even though litigation is still pending, do you think the party will make the changes required to comply with the law? Vote now in our weekly...

Featured Items

Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
Outdoor Notes--Tribune: Utah Hike of the Week: Pine Canyon Conservation Area near Tooele --?Tribune: ROCK Project visits Utah to train new generation of climbers in ethics and environment --?Tribune:?North Ogden family siblings continue their dynasty in Junior Duck Stamp con...

Former Utah State Budget Director to Join David Eccles School of Business
The David Eccles School of Business today announced the appointment of Juliette Tennert as the Director of Economic and Public Policy Research.In this role, Tennert will direct the economic and public policy research and analysis prepared by The Policy Institute, a newly cre...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Water conservation must be Utah's new normal

Study: Utah could benefit from Obama immigration orders to tune of $11M

At 79 and counting, Social Security faces some challenges of aging

Late Gov. Bangerter regularly advised Herbert, guv says during tribute

Cost of getting Utah ready for a quake is high, but price of not doing it is even higher

Kirk Jowers leaving Hinckley Institute of Politics at U.

Ralph Becker gets 33 percent in Salt Lake City mayoral poll

Herbert regrets GOP 'infighting,' believes party hopefuls will be on '16 ballot

Deseret News

Greg Bell: The problem of being a conservative

Mike Noel: Utah leads out on win-win solution to climate controversy

Kirk Jowers stepping down from U.'s Hinckley Institute

EnergySolutions shouldn't store uranium before review, Herbert says

Gov. Herbert to participate in graveside service for former Gov. Bangerter

Poll gives Becker early lead in Salt Lake City mayor's race

Herbert to meet with Obama administration to negotiate Healthy Utah caps


Op-ed: Headlines show taxing entities abuse taxpayers (Standard-Examiner)

Layton goes back to traditional voting this year (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

The fall of coal (Politico)

Supreme Court halts birth-control mandate for more groups (The Hill)

Doug Hughes and his gyrocopter: under the radar to make a political point (Christian Science Monitor)

5 Things Hillary Clinton Accomplished In Iowa (And 5 Questions That Still Remain) (ABC News)

Lawmakers Clear Path for 'Fast Track' Trade Deal Face-Off (NBC News)

Walker's Approval Ratings Tumble in First Marquette Poll of 2015 (WUVM)

Obama immigration orders face major test in federal court (The Hill)

NY Senate leader pledges to cooperate after federal probe reported (Reuters)

Hillary Clinton Praises Elizabeth Warren as Celebs Urge Her to Enter the Presidential Race (People)

Tennessee senate kills bill that would make the Bible the state's official book (The Week)

Harry Reid threatens hardball tactics to get Lynch vote (Politico)


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