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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

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Top Things You Need to Know for Tuesday - May 19, 2015

You survived a rainy Monday, so welcome to a rainy Tuesday. It’s rocker Pete Townsend’s birthday, and Youth & Sports Day – in Turkey. Here’s your Tuesday news highlights:

-Utah House members don’t get a lot of love (even Love herself) in a new poll measuring favorability (Utah Policy).

-Utah joins three other states in a lawsuit challenging a new federal rule governing hydraulic fracturing (Deseret News).

-The Koch brothers open a new chapter of Americans for Prosperity in Utah (Deseret News).

-Last Friday's boxing showdown between Mitt Romney and Evander Holyfield raised over $1 million for CharityVision, a nonprofit dedicated to saving the eyesight of impoverished peopled in developing nations (Salt Lake Tribune).

-Sen. Karen Mayne says the DABC should be managed using better business practices adopted from the retail industry (Salt Lake Tribune). 

-The Davis County Republican Party changes out three of its four top officers (Standard-Examiner).

-Utah Transit Authority is praised for building 70 miles of rail ahead of schedule and under budget, and also for making changes to be more accountable to taxpayers and improve customer service (Progressive Railroading).

-Sen. Orrin Hatch writes about the importance of passing Trade Promotion Authority, expected to be debated this week in Congress (Utah Policy).


  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 84
  • Days to the 2015 election - 168
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - 245
  • Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - 252
  • Days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary - 253
  • Days to the 2016 Utah primary election - 407
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 540

Today At Utah Policy

Take the Envision Utah Survey to Have a Voice in Utah's Future
Utahns don’t have a lot of time left to help plan the future of the state.The ambitious Envision Utah initiative to get 50,000 Utahns to take an in-depth survey indicating choices for future growth is scheduled to end in the next few weeks.Utah’s population is pr...

Utah House Members Don't Get a Lot of Love (Even Love Herself)
None of Utah’s four U.S. House members have very good “favorability” ratings, a new UtahPolicy poll shows, although many survey respondents have no opinion.Low ratings could give courage to possible challengers next year under new candidate election process...

Governor Seeking Candidates for Tax Commission
Tax Commissioner D’Arcy Dixon Pignanelli has informed Gov. Gary R. Herbert she will not seek reappointment to the Utah State Tax Commission. She will serve until June 30, 2015.“D’Arcy has served this state well, and I appreciate her service to the citizens ...

Guest Column: TPA Will Boost Jobs & Economy
By Sen. Orrin HatchThe Senate is currently considering my Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation—a tool that will strengthen Congress’s role in international trade agreements— and ensure that American-made goods find their way to more cu...

Medicaid Enrollment Surges Under Obamacare
Some GOP governors say "I told you so" asMedicaid enrollment under the new health law skyrocketsbeyond expectations, posing difficult choices for Utah and other statesthat want to expandthe program but not at the cost of breaking their budgets....

Featured Items

Lee Leads Group Opposing Reauthorization of Ex-Im Bank
As Congress decides whether to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank, Utah Sen. Mike Lee will join other members of Congress and some conservative groups in a press conference calling on Congress to let the Bank expire on June 30. Members will also address what they call common...

National Railroading Publication Looks at UTA
Progressive Railroading takes an in-depth look at Utah Transit Authority and its accomplishments since UTA in 2008 began its ambitious effort to build 70 miles of new rail. The article covers the big construction projects, which finished $300 million under budget and two yea...

Press Release: UTA Announces Extended Rail and Bus Service, New FAREPAY and Group Pass Offers
UTA has announced a number of service improvements that will take effect onSunday, August 16. These changes include extended hours on TRAX and the S-Line and increased service on select bus routes.“UTA has a long tradition of coming in under budget due to our capable s...

Press Release: Americans for Prosperity Launches Utah Chapter
Americans for Prosperity, an advocacy group for economic freedom, announced the launch of its Utah chapter on Monday. Evelyn Everton, a 22-year Utah resident and long-time advocate for economic freedom, will lead the new chapter. The group will educate Utahns on sound econom...

Utah Shared-Parenting Law is National Model
The National Parents Organization has applauded Utah for being one of the first states in the nation to pass shared parenting – the family court reform highlighted in The Wall Street Journal story, “Big Shift Pushed in Custody Disputes.”Utah’s new law...

Winning the Political Game: Proper Use of Power
Politicians might not admit it, but one thing that clearly attracts people to politics is POWER.Policymakers who make, execute and interpret laws and ordinances clearly have power. They wield the awesome coercive power of government. They can take my money, regulate my busin...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Don't let testing kill the thrill of learning

Editorial: Toxic water treatment plan demands ongoing monitoring

Rolly: Charity that inspired Romney-Holyfield fight is a hit in poor nations

Gas stations fined by Utah's consumer watchdog will remain public rest stops

Utah liquor agency deals with budget cuts as lawmaker seeks better business practices

Deseret News

Final environmental analysis released on huge transmission line

Utah joins lawsuit over federal fracking rule

Koch brothers group launches Utah chapter

How do Utah wages stack up nationally?


Lehi considers RAP tax to fund parks, arts (Daily Herald)

Top pick of five final prison sites expected by August (Standard-Examiner)

In political twist, Davis County GOP changes leadership (Standard-Examiner)

Rain soaks Northern Utah, but is it enough? (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Police union accuses White House of politicizing cop safety (Politico)

Skyrocketing Medicaid signups stir Obamacare fights (Politico)

WH: Fall of Ramadi to ISIS a 'setback' (The Hill)

Warren disputes Obama's promises on trade deal (The Hill)

Lindsey Graham on White House bid: 'I'm running' (Politico)

Alone in GOP field, Rand Paul vows to end Patriot Act (Christian Science Monitor)

Obama Limits Military-Style Equipment for Police Forces (New York Times)

Bobby Jindal White House bid could widen already crowded GOP race (Christian Science Monitor)

YouTube may show 'Innocence of Muslims' film: U.S. court (Reuters)

Chris Christie, Rand Paul Bring Patriot Act Debate to Campaign Trail (Wall Street Journal)

U.S. top court hands win to Florida felon over gun ownership (Reuters)


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"Senate Democrats blocked President Obama's trade bill. . . . because they're worried it could hurt jobs. It's not an issue for Republicans, since they've all found work as presidential candidates." Jimmy Fallon Political Humor