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Friday, May 15, 2015

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Top Things You Need to Know for Friday - May 15, 2015

Happy Friday! Another work week done. Have a great weekend. Here are today’s highlights:


  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 88
  • Days to the 2015 election - 172
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - 249
  • Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - 256
  • Days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary - 257
  • Days to the 2016 Utah primary election - 411
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 544

Fridayday's top headlines:

-- 51 percent of Republicans think GOP Chair James Evans should be re-elected (Utah Policy).

-- Gov. Gary Herbert is keeping an open mind on legalizing medical marijuana for medical purposes (Utah PolicyTribuneDeseret News).

-- Herbert says the 'civil war' within Utah GOP ranks is unhealthy and needs to be resolved (Associated Press). 

-- Herbert says state leaders are on track to have a Medicaid expansion plan in place by this summer(Deseret NewsSalt Lake Tribune). 

-- Paul Rolly spotlights the upcoming fight-for-charity between Mitt Romney and Evander Holyfield (Salt Lake Tribune).

-- An outside consultant says Salt Lake City's homeless services are disorganized and dysfunctional (Salt Lake TribuneDeseret News). 

-- The Utah Women’s Leadership Institute gets off to a rousing start (Utah Policy, Tribune).

-- Greg Bell says minority graduation improvements are impressive, but Utah has much work ahead to create education excellence (Deseret News).

On this day in history:

  • 1252 - Pope Innocent IV issued the papal bull ad exstirpanda, authorizing torture of heretics
  • 1869 - National Woman Suffrage Association was founded by Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton
  • 1937 - Madeleine Albright, America’s first female secretary of state, is born Maria Jana Korbelova in Prague, Czechoslovakia
  • 1940 - McDonald's opened its first restaurant, in San Bernardino CA

Today At Utah Policy

By 2050, Utah Will Have Almost 1 Million Students
There are more than 600,000 students in the state's public schools. That population is expected to grow 64 percent by 2050, when Utah will have almost a million students in kindergarten through 12th grade. Higher education will experience similarly robust growth.Yet Utah...

Prison Relocation Chairs To Attend Open House, Q&A Sessions
Events Set for Salt Lake, Tooele, and Utah CountiesThe co-chairs of the Legislature's Prison Relocation Commission (PRC) will attend and participate in the three informational meetings hosted by the PRC. Events will be held in Salt Lake, Tooele, and Utah counties, home o...

Businesses Take Challenge to Elevate Women
A new Utah organization, the Women’s Leadership Institute (WLI) got off to a rousing start Thursday afternoon with dozens of major Utah businesses, non-profits, and educational institutions taking the challenge to elevate more women into leadership ranks. Of ...

Bernick and Schott on Politics - Episode #237
Allegations of corruption are flying back and forth between Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams and his former campaign manager Rep. Justin Miller....

Herbert Keeping Open Mind on Medical Marijuana
GOP Gov. Gary Herbert seemed to open the door Thursday a bit on legalizing medical marijuana in Utah – an idea that was killed in the 2015 Legislature.In his monthly KUED TV Channel 7 press conference with local reporters, Herbert – who himself was stru...

Bob Bernick's Notebook: 51 Percent of Republicans Think GOP Chair James Evans Should be Re-elected
Considering all the public problems he’s had recently, Utah State Republican Party Chairman James Evans is not in that much trouble among his party’s rank-and-file, a new poll shows.Pollster Dan Jones & Associates finds that 51 percent of those...

Podcast: Bernick and Schott on Politics - Episode #237
Allegations of corruption are flying back and forth between Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams and his former campaign manager Rep. Justin Miller....

Mike Lee to Boycott ABC News?
After formerDemocratic Party operative, now televisionanchor George Stephanopoulos admits to donating $75,000 to the Clinton Foundation, Mike Lee's communication director says the Utah senator won't appear on ABC until Stephanopoulos "recuses himself from all2016 presidentia...

Poll: Utah Voters Say Gov. Gary Herbert Deserves Another Term in 2016
Most Utah voters say Gov. Gary Herbert has done a good enough job to deserve re-election next year....

Featured Items

Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
Outdoor Notes-- Utah Hike of the week: Stansbury Island Interactive Trail -- For the latest wildlife news and information and the fishing report visit the?DWR websiteWeekend EventsNew Films-- Dior and I: Tribune review-- Far From the Madding Crowd: Tribune review-- Gett: The...

Governor Orders Flags Lowered for Peace Officers Memorial Day
Gov. Gary R. Herbert has ordered the lowering of the flags of the United States of America and the State of Utah to half-staff on Fri., May 15, 2015 in recognition of Peace Officers Memorial Day....

Lee Commends House Passage of the USA FREEDOM Act of 2015
Today, Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) issued the following statement after a sweeping, bipartisan majority in the House of Representatives voted to approve the USA FREEDOM Act of 2015, a bill that would end the government’s dragnet collection of Americans’ data under Se...

Hatch: Common Sense Prevails as Democrats Agree to Take up Trade Debate
In a speech on the Senate floor today, Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) welcomed an agreement that paves the way for further debate on Trade Promotion Authority.  ...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Time to implement Count My Vote

Lawmakers do about-face, will attend public meetings about Utah prison move

New Utah group calls for more women CEOs, elected officials

Utah governor open to legalizing medical marijuana

Herbert, Dunnigan confident Utah Medicaid expansion plan on track for July deadline

Outside expert says Salt Lake City's homeless services disorganized and dysfunctional

Auditor finds more than $100K swindled from Utah County water district

Rolly: Fight of the Century II? Hardly, but Romney, Holyfield ready to trade jabs for charity

Deseret News

Editorial: Digital demands are on the verge of outpacing current infrastructure

Gov. Gary Herbert says he's 'open to the idea of medical marijuana'

New incentives expected to bring 900 jobs to Utah over next 20 years

Utah A.G. Sean Reyes urges Congress to pass international Megan's Law

Greg Bell: Despite improved progress, Utah still has education challenges to overcome

Solid Medicaid expansion solutions still absent as deadline looms

Test comparison gives Utah high marks, but are exams the problem?

Controversial consultant recommends consolidation of homeless services


Gov. Herbert says 'civil war' in GOP is unhealthy (Associated Press)

Gov. Herbert: Police need training to diffuse situations (Associated Press)

Utah County needs assessment: Education must begin early (Daily Herald)

Editorial: The slapstick opposition to diesel testing (Standard-Examiner)

Centerville residents oppose high density development (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Scott Walker's crisis of faith (Politico)

U.S. may raise Arab states to 'major' ally status (Politico)

White House: 'No need' for Iran deal to lead to 'regional arms race' (The Hill)

Majority of businesses taking steps to avoid ObamaCare tax (The Hill)

George Stephanopoulos Won't Moderate 2016 Debate After Donation Revelation (Huffington Post)

White House locked down after toy drone scare (CBS News)

John Bolton will not run for president in 2016 (MSNBC)

Wisconsin Democrat Feingold running for his old U.S. Senate seat (Reuters)

Hillary Clinton returns to Iowa next week (Politico)

Why Stephanopoulos tarnished his credibility by hiding his Clinton Foundation donations (FOX News)

Does putting Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill matter in the gender equality trenches? You bet. (Washington Post)


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