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Friday, May 23, 2014
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How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics - May 23, 2014
Herbert says Utah has a duty to defend its same-sex marriage ban. Most Utahns favor Medicaid expansion. Prison relocation committee could start narrowing down list of sites by the end of the year.


  • 32 days until Utah's 2014 primary elections
  • 165 days to the 2014 midterm elections
  • 248 days to the start of the 2015 Utah Legislature
  • 529 days until the 2015 elections
  • 605 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative)
  • 900 days to the 2016 presidential election

Friday's top Utah political news stories:
  • Gov. Gary Herbert says Utah has a duty to defend its same-sex marriage ban [Tribune,Daily Herald].
  • Herbert says he's sure he will be able to convince lawmakers to approve his Medicaid expansion alternative [Utah Policy].
  • More than two-thirds of Utahns favor full expansion of Medicaid, while just 43-percent say they like Herbert's "Healthy Utah" alternative [Tribune].
  • The committee tasked with finding a new site for the prison could narrow down the list by the end of the year [Deseret News, Tribune].
  • Gov. Herbert says he does not expect President Obama to declare any new national monuments in Utah [Tribune].
  • Utah officials say Utah is already in wildfire season because of the drought gripping the state [Tribune].
  • A member of the Utah County GOP is suing the party vice-chairman for defamation and asking for $1 in damages [Deseret News].
On this day in history:
  • 1430 - Joan of Arc was captured by the Burgundians, who sold her to the English
  • 1533 - The marriage of England's King Henry VIII to Catherine of Aragon was declared null and void
  • 1788 - South Carolina became the eighth state to ratify the U.S. Constitution
  • 1915 - Italy declared war on Austria-Hungary in World War I
  • 1934 - Bank robbers Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow were shot to death in Louisiana
  • 1937 - Industrialist John D. Rockefeller died at age 97
  • 1949 - The Federal Republic of Germany (West Germany) was established
  • 1969 - The Who's rock-opera album "Tommy" was released

Today At Utah Policy

Herbert Says He Expects Flexibility from Feds on Medicaid Expansion (Video)
Gov. Gary Herbert says the federal government is getting more and more flexible on how states implement alternatives to full Medicaid expansion, which makes him confident his "Healthy Utah" plan will get the green light....

Herbert Confident He Will Convince Lawmakers to Approve "Healthy Utah"
Always the optimist, GOP Gov. Gary Herbert told a KUED Channel 7 press conference Thursday morning that after he gets what he wants in waivers and flexibility from the Obama administration on his "Healthy Utah" Medicaid expansion program, state legislators will go along with...

Bryan Schott's Political BS: You Only Get One Shot
The Utah political universe is buzzing about the first Mia Love/Doug Owens debate....

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Bernick and Schott on Politics - Episode #188
Lawmakers says they may wait until 2015 to act on any Medicaid expansion. Mia Love and Doug Owens face off for the first time.Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott break down the week in Utah politics....

Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
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Weekly Survey: Mia Love vs. Doug Owens
Following the first debate between Republican Mia Love and Democrat Doug Owens, how do you think the race to replace Jim Matheson will turn out? Give us your opinion in our weekly survey....

Conservative Reform Unites GOP
Sen. Mike Lee's conservative reform agendacould bridge thedifferences betweenthe establishment and Tea Partyfactions within the GOP, reports Jennifer Rubin....

Hatch: 'Stupid' Environmentalists Put Needs of Fish over People
Sen. Orrin Hatch says the effects of California's drought are being worsened bywater flow regulations designedtoprotect the delta smelt....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Law would bring fairness to the marketplace

Editorial: Rio Grande area suffers a web of woes

Editorial: Legislature plays with people's lives

Ute Indian Tribe developing natural gas power plant

Do non-Mormons, others face bias in Davis County schools?

Field of state school board candidates narrows

Utah lawmakers discuss where to move Draper prison

Guv doesn't expect Obama to declare Utah monuments

Wildfire season is already here, Utah experts say

Poll: Utah voters favor expanding Medicaid

Herbert says states have a duty to defend gay-marriage bans

Deseret News

Op-ed: Arkansas alternative to Medicaid expansion succeeding

Editorial: How does Orrin Hatch pass so many laws? Bipartisanship

Report: Utahns lacking insurance aren't necessarily lacking jobs

Utah plan for Medicaid expansion progressing despite opposition

Upset Woods Cross residents want answers about refinery emissions

Panel could narrow down new Utah prison site by end of year

Davis School Board member accuses district of discrimination on basis of race, religion, disability

Rift within Utah County Republican Party leads to $1 defamation suit

Wildfire officials expect 'normal' fire season in Utah

Ute Tribe announces plan to build gas-fired power plant

Gov. Herbert: Still work to do to sell Medicaid expansion alternative


Editorial: Hill earns its F-22 work (Standard-Examiner)

Closed GOP primary often is the final (Standard-Examiner)

Stericycle has third bypass event of year (Standard-Examiner)

Water shutoff a UTOPIA enforcement tool? (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

GOP measure could delay O-Care mandate (The Hill)

VA's Shinseki says he's not quitting: 'There's more to be done' (The Hill)

House of Representatives Votes to End Bulk Collection of Phone Records (

FBI, in historic policy change, to record interrogations (Reuters)

Las Vegas, Cincinnati Drop out for GOP Convention (Associated Press)

Bombs, Bulleyes and a New National Monument (National Geographic)

Hillary Clinton's 'Hard Choices' book tour comes together (MSNBC)

John Boehner: 'Closer' to calling for Eric Shinseki's ouster (Politico)

Putin Pulls Another Ace From His Sleeve In Big Gas Deal With China (Forbes)

How states fared on unemployment benefit claims (Associated Press)

Michigan House overwhelmingly approves $195 million in state aid for Detroit (Detroit Free Press)

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