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Thursday, May 22, 2014
How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics - May 22, 2014
Lawmakers may put off a decision on Medicaid expansion until 2015. Utah spending more than $500,000 on a study about the benefits of taking control of public lands from the feds. Utah Transit Authority approves $1.9 million in bonuses.
Thursday's Utah political news highlights:
- 33 days until Utah's 2014 primary elections
- 166 days to the 2014 midterm elections
- 249 days to the start of the 2015 Utah Legislature
- 530 days to the 2015 elections
- 606 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative)
- 901 days to the 2016 presidential election
On this day in history:
- Lawmakers may wait until 2015 before acting on any sort of Medicaid expansion [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News, Daily Herald].
- Utah is spending more than a half million dollars on a study about the costs and benefits of taking over control of public lands from the federal government [Tribune, Deseret News, Daily Herald].
- President Obama names 500,000 acres along the Mexican border in New Mexico as a national monument. He also promised that he would take steps to protect other public lands as well [Tribune].
- A new report details how working Utahns would benefit from Medicaid expansion [Deseret News, Tribune].
- Lawmakers begin to ponder the future of the Utah State Fair [Tribune].
- A judge rules against Park City Mountain Resort in a lawsuit with the Canyons resort, meaning PCMR losescontrol of the slopes on its mountain [Tribune, Deseret News].
- The Utah Transit Authority approves more than $1.9 million in bonuses for executives even though they did not meet all of their goals [Tribune].
- A Davis School Board member alleges the Davis School District discriminates against minorities and non-Mormons in their hiring practices [Tribune].
- New Census numbers say Vineyard is the fastest growing community in Utah [Tribune].
- Former Mexican President Felipe Calderon and former Senator Joe Lieberman visit Utah to speak at the Zions Bank Trade and Business Conference [Tribune, Deseret News].
- 1761 - The first life insurance policy in the United States was issued in Philadelphia.
- 1849 - Abraham Lincoln received patent number 6469 for his floating dry dock.
- 1859 - Sherlock Holmes author Sir Arthur Canon Doyle was born in Scotland.
- 1868 - The Great Train Robbery took place near Marshfield, Indiana as members of the Reno gang made off with $96,000 in cash, gold and bonds.
- 1939 - Germany and Italy enter into a formal military alliance dubbed a "Pact of Steel."
- 1947 - The Truman Doctrine was enacted as Congress approved military and economic aid for Greece and Turkey.
- 1972 - Richard Nixon arrived in Moscow, becoming the first U.S. president to visit the Soviet Union.
- 1992 - Johnny Carson hosted NBC's "Tonight Show" for the final time.
- 1998 - Voters in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland overwhelmingly approved a Northern Ireland peace accord.
- 2011 - A tornado devastated Joplin, Missouri claiming 159 lives.
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Op-ed: Students should move full STEAM ahead
BLM reaps $2.8 million in Utah oil and gas auction
Utah's tab for studying takeover of federal land? $500,000-plus
Utah awards $2 million contract to fight grouse listing
Utahns in the 'Medicaid gap' are working; here's where
UTA board approves $1.9 million bonus for execs
Vineyard doubles in size; Uinta Basin towns surging, Census shows
Obama names 500,000-acre monument in New Mexico, says 'I am not finished'
Poor Utahns may go without health coverage until 2015
State fair at a crossroads as legislators ponder its future
Davis School board member alleges discrimination
Dan Liljenquist: Intrinsic motivation
Op-ed: Stop meddling With Medicare
Editorial: Decision about validity of marriages during 17-day period of chaos should be delayed for now
Study underway about transfer of federal lands to Utah
State School Board candidates trimmed by nominating committee
A rising tide lifts all boats, Lieberman tells business leaders
Report: Utah's uninsured aren't idle
Utah lawmaker pushes again for states to share birth father registries
Audit complete, land-use study underway for Utah State Fairpark
Lawmakers, educators discuss Utah's educational future
Gov. Herbert faces GOP opposition to special session on Medicaid expansion
Legislature looking to punt on Medicaid expansion decision until 2015 (Daily Herald)
Tax status for local organization inspires legislative discussion (Daily Herald)
Editorial: Obama must fix VA scandal (Standard-Examiner)
Clinton City considers 38 percent tax hike (Standard-Examiner)
2014 primary election results: Establishment, self-funders win big in primaries (Politico)
Pennsylvania primary election: Clinton in-law loses House primary (Politico)
House GOP blocks immigration proposals (Politico)
First Dems call for VA chief to resign (The Hill)
Veterans groups slam Obama comments on VA (The Hill)
Democrat Faces Tough Fall Battle for Georgia Senate Seat (Wall Street Journal)
Obama Stands by VA Secretary Shinseki (Military.com)
First Take: For GOP, VA scandal a crisis with substance (USA Today)
Sen. Thad Cochran, Challenger in Spat Over Photo (Associated Press)
Democrats join GOP-led Benghazi committee (USA Today)
Reid says Senate will OK federal judge who wrote drone memos (Sun-Times)
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