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Thursday, April 30, 2015

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Gov. Herbert and Utah legislative leaders meet in Washington for negotiations on Medicaid expansion. Salt Lake City residents give the police department high marks. Lehi announces water restrictions.


  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 103
  • Days to the 2015 election - 187
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - 264
  • Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - 271
  • Days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary - 272
  • Days to the 2016 Utah primary election - 426
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 559

Thursday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Gov. Gary Herbert and Utah legislative leaders meet with Obama Administration officials for negotiations on Medicaid expansion [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune, ABC 4].
  2. Our latest poll of Salt Lake City residents gives the city's police department high marks [Utah Policy].
  3. The streets of Baltimore were mostly quiet after a mandatory curfew was in effect for a second night [ABC News].
  4. Rep. Jason Chaffetz slammed the breakdown in communication between federal agencies when a small gyrocopter violated restricted federal airspace to land at the U.S. Capitol [Associated Press].
  5. Two Utah cities, Salt Lake City and Logan, win an ignominious honor as they land on the top-10 "most polluted cities" in the nation [Tribune].
  6. The DABC will change the way they contract for security services at state liquor stores in an effort to save money [Tribune, Fox 13].
  7. Lehi City announces summer water restrictions to deal with a growing drought in the state [ABC 4].
  8. UDOT officials say they will include a proposed freeway overpass in Lehi as part of its $450 million expansion project for I-15 [Daily Herald].
  9. Few people have commented on the proposed Mountain Accord management plan [Fox 13].
  10. Alliance for a Better Utah executive director Maryann Martindale is stepping down after four years at the head of that organization [Deseret News].

On this day in history:

  • 1789 - George Washington was inaugurated as the first president of the United States.
  • 1803 - The U.S. completed the Louisiana Purchase. It obtained all French territory west of the Mississippi River for $15 million.
  • 1945 - The body of Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler was found in a bunker in Berlin.
  • 1975 - The South Vietnamese capital of Saigon fell to Communist forces.

Today At Utah Policy

Poll: Salt Lake City Residents Give Police High Marks
Congratulations to the Salt Lake City Police Department – city residents overwhelmingly say you do a professional job....

Bryan Schott's Political BS: Someone to Hear Your Prayers, Someone Who Cares
I am genuinely worried about the Utah Democratic Party....

Herbert, Legislative Leaders Still Negotiating with the Feds Over Medicaid Expansion
Governor Gary Herbert and legislative leaders say they are not starting from square one on Medicaid expansion, and they say they will absolutely meet the self-imposed deadline of July 31st to come up with a deal....

Bishop: Sage Grouse Protections Could Harm National Defense
The House Armed Services Committeeapproves an amendment by Rep. Rob Bishop that would prohibit the Obama administration from declaring the greater sage grouse an endangered species....

Impact Hub Salt Lake Open for Business (Video)
Soren Simonsen, co-founder of Impact Hub Salt Lake, talks about the new co-working space that opens this week in downtown Salt Lake....

Weekly Survey: Is the Utah GOP's Plan to Vet Candidates a Good Idea?
The latest plan from the Utah GOP to interview candidates who choose to use the signature route to get to the primary ballot instead of the caucus system is causing a lot of infighting among Republicans. Do you like or dislike the proposal? Vote now in our weekly survey....

Poll: Salt Lake City's Parking Meters Could Become Political Issue
Well, challengers to Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker in his re-election effort this year have their issue: Salt Lake City’s new – and sometimes non-functioning – on-street parking meters....

Featured Items

How Does Water Impact Your Business?
Across the west, business leaders are becoming increasingly aware of the potential risk that record droughts present to the economy and our quality of life. ...

Press Release: Trans-Pacific Partnership: A Historic Trade Pact in Making
Today, as Congress welcomed Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to the Capitol, negotiations for a historic trade agreement continued between the United States, Japan and ten other countries.  ...

Utah Small Business Selected by Navy to Compete for Prestigious Contracts
Centeva LLC, an 8(a), woman-owned business, recently won the right to compete for contracts under the Navy’s new Seaport Enhanced (Seaport-e) Multiple Award Contract vehicle for Zone 6, which includes Utah and various surrounding states.  ...

Bipartisan Coalition Led By Senators Lee and Leahy Introduce Legislation to Ban Bulk Collection Under Section 215
Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) on Tuesday introduced legislation to restore Americans’ eroded privacy rights by ending the government’s dragnet collection of phone records under Section 215 of the USA...

AARP Utah Volunteers Head to Washington to Push for Better Retirement Investment Advice Standard
Today AARP Utah volunteers and staff dropped off petitions containing more than 26,000 signatures at the U.S. Department of Labor in support of a conflict of interest standard, following the release of a proposed rule earlier this month. ...

Utah Consumer Attitude Index Drops as Gasoline Prices Continue to Rise
The Zions Bank Utah Consumer Attitude Index decreased 8.8 points to 105.6 in April....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Before expanding ski resorts, we should look at golf

Editorial: Utah looking even worse on Lung Association's list

Testimony about guns off the table in trial of Utahns who organized Recapture Canyon ATV ride

Guv, legislative leaders meet with Obama administrators on Utah health care

Nation's students flatline in U.S. history, geography and civics education

Utah's first female police chief fired by mayor

West Jordan City Council divisions on full display

City Creek Center: Boon for downtown or one of SLC's 'biggest mistakes'?

Deseret News

Jay Evensen: Will civics test help boost dismal Nation's Report Card?

Dan Liljenquist: No vetting, no 'initiation fee' - in short, no litmus test for Utah Republican candidates

Editorial: Godspeed to Bishop Wester, who is named archbishop of Santa Fe

Many Salt Lake residents still balk at city's new parking meters, poll shows

Herbert, legislative leaders starting over on Medicaid expansion

Salt Lake residents offer opinions on future of homeless service providers

Utah gets federal boost to help prevent wildfires

Bug infestation becoming big problem for Box Elder ranchers


Utah officials to hold public meetings on prison relocation (Daily Herald)

Residents seek referendum to stall BRT funding (Daily Herald)

Utah County receives poor grades for air quality (Daily Herald)

A familar face new Davis economic guru (Standard-Examiner)

Will protecting sage grouse hurt military training? (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Marco Rubio won't back away from Iran amendments that could scuttle deal (Politico)

Cruz: Obama trying to scare Hispanics into voting for Dems (The Hill)

GOP unveils budget deal that seeks repeal of ObamaCare (The Hill)

5 faith facts about Bernie Sanders: Unabashedly irreligious (Washington Post)

Citing Baltimore unrest, Hillary Clinton calls for police body cameras and an end to mass incarceration (New York Daily News)

Canadian Partnership Shielded Identities of Donors to Clinton Foundation (New York Times)

Justices Fire Sharp Questions During Death-Penalty Hearing (Huffington Post)

Analysis: The political perils Bernie Sanders poses for Hillary Clinton (USA Today)

FBI 'helped US hostage's make ransom payment to al-Qaeda' (Telegraph)

Fed's downgrade of economic outlook signals later rates lift-off (Reuters)

Economic growth struggles in first quarter (MSNBC)


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