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Top Things You Need to Know for Friday - May 22, 2015

Have a great holiday weekend. Utah Policy Daily will take Monday off and we'll return on Tuesday. Here are your Friday news highlights:

-Bob Bernick writes about Utah legislators going on the road again, and relates memories of road trips past (Utah Policy).

-Utah Gov. Herbert and Colorado Gov Hickenlooper mostly agree on energy development (Utah Policy).

-Gov. Gary Herbert touts Utah's $21B energy sector at his annual Energy Development Summit while a handful of environmentalists dressed in Halloween costumes protest outside (Salt Lake TribuneStandard-Examiner). 

-A debate is brewing among Utah lawmakers and law enforcement about police use of body cameras (Deseret News). 

-More 80 mph speed zones are coming to Utah's rural freeways (Salt Lake Tribune). 

-Utah is growing twice as fast as the nation as a whole (Salt Lake Tribune). 

-In the face of pressure from a conservative group, Reps. Rob Bishop and Chris Stewart renounce their previous support for the Ex-Im Bank (Salt Lake Tribune). 

-U.S. Senate confirms Utah’s Jill Parrish to federal bench (Deseret NewsSalt Lake Tribune).

-LDS Church leaders are watching to see if Boy Scouts drop ban on gay adult leaders (Salt Lake TribuneDeseret News).


  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 81
  • Days to the 2015 election - 165
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - 242
  • Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - 249
  • Days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary - 250
  • Days to the 2016 Utah primary election - 404
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 537

Today At Utah Policy

Herbert and Hickenlooper Mostly Agree on Energy Development
Two western governors, one a Republican and one a Democrat, sounded similar themes on Thursday as they talked about energy development, public lands, and federal regulation in a discussion with Jack Gerard, president & CEO of the American Petroleum Institute.Ap...

Anderson Encourages Support for TPA
In his Deseret News column, Zions Bank President & CEO Scott Anderson thanked Sen. Orrin Hatch for his work on Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), and called on the Utah’s congressional delegation to support the trade legislation.Robust international trade is abs...

Bob Bernick's Notebook: Legislative Travel Plans Spark Remembrances of Road Trips Past
On the road againJust can't wait to get on the road againThe life I love is making music with my friendsAnd I can't wait to get on the road again                    &n...

Press Release: UF Research Report Looks at Millenials
Across the United States, the Millennial generation -- those born from 1981 through the early years of the 21st Century -- are just now surpassing the Baby Boom generation (born 1946-1964) as the largest population group.  In Utah, Millennials have been the la...

Lee Clarifies Support for Paul's Filibuster
Unlike his Tea Party ally Sen. Rand Paul, who on Wednesday filibustered (with Lee's help) the Senate's extension of the Patriot Act and would like to see the surveillance law expire altogether, Sen. Mike Lee says he supports a derivative of the Patriot Act that would end the...

Lee Compares Ex-Im to Enron
In a Washington Examiner op-ed, Sen. Mike Leesays Congress should let the Export-Import Bank expire because the taxpayer-backed credit agency has become "a modern day 'Enron' of the federal government."...

Featured Items

Press Release: Rep. Mia Love Introduces First Bill
WASHINGTON— Congresswoman Mia Love (R-UT) introduced her first bill on Thursdayas a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, The Student Right to Know Before You Go Act. The bill addresses the issues facing millions of college students who, while gra...

Press Release: Club for Growth Lauds Bishop & Stewart for Opposing Ex-Im Bank
The Club for Growth released the following statement after Chairman Rob Bishop (UT-1) and Representative Chris Stewart (UT-2) announced their opposition to reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank:“The Club for Growth applauds Chairman Bishop and Congressman Stewart f...

Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
Outdoor Notes-- Utah Hike of the Week: Fremont River Trail in Capitol Reef National Park -- For the latest wildlife news and information and the fishing report visit the?DWR websiteWeekend EventsConcerts-- "Celli on the Square," Friday, 7:30 p.m., Assembly Hall on Temple Squ...

Press Release: Senators Introduce Bill Prohibiting Presidential Water Grab
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Mike Lee (R-Utah) today introduced S. 1416, a bill to prevent the president from changing the federal water-rights designation of lands declared to be nat...

Press Release: Women's Group Fails Utah on Women Issues
A new state-by-state analysis released today by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) finds that Utah ranks last in the nation (50th) for political participation and 50th for work and family, receiving “F” grades in both areas. Politica...

Utah Launches Nation's First Comprehensive Econ Dev Map
This week the Governor's Office of Economic Development (GOED) and EDCUtah launched a premier interactive economic development map called, which showcases Utah's "fastest internet in the west" along with key infrastructure information.L...

Salt Lake Chamber Celebrates Hinckley Institute's 50 Years
For five decades, the Hinckley Institute has championed student and community civic engagement. The last 10 years, specifically, have been marked by explosive growth—particularly on a global level.The Salt Lake Chamber has been a long-time supporter of the Hinckley Ins...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Healthy Utah needed on the streets

Google unveils program to bridge digital divide in Salt Lake City, Provo

Draft bill seeks education compromise, would make Utah superintendent elected, state school board appointed

Group pulls ads targeting Bishop, Stewart as they hurry to announce stands against Export-Import Bank

Money-laundering charge filed against former A.G. Swallow; witness list unveiled

Governor touts $21B energy sector while 'zombies' protest Utah's fossil-fuel bias

Rolly: Investors shun the gun, but Utah legislators love it

Reform advocates: Moving Utah Prison offers chance to help inmates prepare for return to society

More 80 mph speed zones coming on rural Utah freeways

Utah growing twice as fast as nation as whole

Deseret News

Op-ed: Reducing benefits gradually can make Social Security sustainable

Dan Liljenquist: Utah Retirement System audit shouldn't be a 'Monday morning quarterbacking' effort

Editorial: Hatch-Cardin bill to make permanent a law allowing religious organizations to bring non-ministerial workers into the U.S.

Utah lawmakers debate police use of body cameras

Report: Millennials in Utah mirror dropping birth, religious rates in U.S.

Mia Love backing higher education act

Advocates see potential to reform inmates in proposed prison move

Sen. Orrin Hatch calls HBO story on dietary supplements 'inaccurate'

Report, summit show energy development fueling billions in Utah


Former Sunset Mayor wants to be a councilman (Standard-Examiner)

Energy Summit themes denounced by environmental protesters (Standard-Examiner)

Stakeholders brainstorm ways to strengthen College Town bonds (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

McConnell promises Ex-Im Bank vote (The Hill)

Senate takes key step toward passing fast-track for Obama (The Hill)

Hillary Clinton sets a date for her first big 2016 campaign rally (CBS News)

Rand Paul seizes political moment with NSA protest (CNN)

Jeb Bush Opens His Campaign Playbook by Opening Himself (New York Times)

Christie says he deserves media apology over bridge scandal (Miami Herald)

Man who flew gyrocopter to Capitol pleads not guilty (Reuters)

Illinois Is Very Close To Decriminalizing Marijuana Possession (Huffington Post)

Watchdog Finds Huge Failure In Surveillance Oversight Ahead Of Patriot Act Deadline (Huffington Post)

'RAPPERS' DELIGHT': 50 Cent joins other hip-hop heavyweights in endorsing Hillary Clinton (New York Daily News)

De Blasio suggests he may start doing town halls (Newsday)


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