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Friday, May 2, 2014

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How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics - May 2, 2014

Welcome to Friday and have a great weekend.

More Utahns than expected, nearly 85,000, have signed up for health insurance available through the Affordable Care Act, well above the goal of 57,000 (Deseret News) (Tribune).


  • 54 days until Utah's 2014 primary elections
  • 185 days to the 2014 midterm elections
  • 269 days to the start of the 2015 Utah Legislature
  • 549 days to the 2015 elections
  • 614 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses
  • 920 days to the 2016 presidential election
Today's Utah political news highlights:
  • Rep. Jason Chaffetz grills officials on Bengazi attack that killed four Americans (Deseret News/AP)
  • Tape reveals emotional meeting between Jeremy Johnson and Mark Shurtleff (Tribune).
  • Nearly 85,000 Utahns signed up for health insurance available through the Affordable Care Act, well above the goal of 57,000 (Deseret News) (Tribune).
  • Rep. David Lifferth apologizes for calling NAACP a racist organization (Tribune).
  • Utah State Wildlife Board joins criticism of BLM for overpopulation of wild horses in southwestern Utah (Deseret News)
  • Officials at transportation expo say Utah can cope with rapid growth with careful planning (Tribune).
  • Western governors worry that endangered listing for sage grouse would reduce conservation efforts and cause more problems (Deseret News).
  • Opinion: Scott Anderson writes that new federal mortgage lending rules will suppress the housing market (Deseret News).
  • Op-ed: Sen. Mike Lee assails cronyism and wants to eliminate the Export-Import Bank (Deseret News).
  • Tribune editorial says Rep. Chris Stewart is wrong to suggest federal agencies should rely on local law officers to enforce federal law (Tribune).

Today At Utah Policy

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Stewart misses the point on BLM cops

Utah ranchers sue BLM, demand removal of wild horses

Paul Rolly: UTA bonuses don't necessarily buy efficiency

BLM urges halt to illegal Recapture Canyon ATV ride

Utah lawmaker Lifferth apologizes for bad-mouthing NAACP

Utah handled a boom in growth and can do it again, experts say

Tape reveals raw emotions of Shurtleff-Johnson meeting

Deseret News

Mike Lee: Uniting against cronyism and restoring equal opportunity for all

Editorial: Obama falters on free trade, comes back from Asia empty-handed

Western governors worry endangered listing for sage grouse will derail conservation

State Wildlife Board sounds off to BLM over wild horse management

Is Salt Lake City's reputation for above-average upward mobility in danger?


Engelman steps down as chair of Washington County Democratic Party (The Independent)

Rick Jones: Factors creating a lack of competitive elections (Standard-Examiner)

Editorial: Shurtleff on the offensive (Standard-Examiner)

Bishop bemoans U.S. space 'trampoline' predicament (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

When Common Core becomes a punch line (Politico)

White House takes heat from Republicans on Benghazi (The Hill)

Pelosi: 2014 midterms won't be about me (The Hill)

Bush 43: 'I hope Jeb runs' (The Hill)

Got the urge to leave your state? You must be from Illinois. (Christian Science Monitor)

General: poor response time in Benghazi attack (USA Today)

Gonzalez: City school budget agreement could set pattern for city worker contract talks (New York Daily News)

'Stand your ground' laws get major test in recent shootings (Associated Press)

Supporters say Keystone bill short of 60 votes (Associated Press)

NJ credit rating drops as Christie looks to close $807M budget gap (Associated Press)

Applications for unemployment benefits rise 14K (Associated Press)

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