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Friday, May 29, 2015

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Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is "National Paperclip Day." The first patent for the paperclip was issued in 1867.

Hughes says Medicaid expansion talks are ongoing. A poll shows McAdams in good shape to win another term in 2016. Tooele County residents turn out to oppose prison relocation.


  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 74
  • Days to the 2015 election - 158
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - 235
  • Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - 242
  • Days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary - 243
  • Days to the 2016 Utah primary election - 397
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 530

Friday's top-10 headlines:

  1. House Speaker Greg Hughes talks about the ongoing Medicaid expansion talks and gives his thoughts on Rep. Justin Miller's legal problems [Utah Policy].
  2. Utah Superintendent Brad Smith urges lawmakers to focus less on throwing more money at education and more on improving student outcomes [Tribune, Deseret News].
  3. A new poll says a majority of Salt Lake County residents think Mayor Ben McAdams deserves another term in office [Utah Policy].
  4. Tooele County resident turn out in opposition to prison relocation during a legislative open house [Deseret News, Tribune, 2 News].
  5. The DABC is running out of beer and wine licenses [Tribune].
  6. The Department of the Interior releases management plans for the greater sage grouse as part of a larger land management proposal [Tribune, Deseret News].
  7. The Wasatch Front Regional Council unveils their 30-year transportation plan for Utah [KUER].
  8. More bad news for Utah's drought situation [Deseret News].
  9. Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert was indicted by the FBI for paying "hush money" to a longtime acquaintance [Chicago Sun Times].
  10. Former Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley is set to launch his bid for the Democratic presidential nomination this weekend [New York Times].

On this day in history:

  • 1765 - Patrick Henry denounced the Stamp Act before Virginia's House of Burgesses, saying, "If this be treason, make the most of it!"
  • 1790 - Rhode Island became the last of the original 13 states to ratify the U.S. Constitution.
  • 1953 - Edmund Hillary of New Zeland and Tenzing Norgay of Nepal became the first men to reach the top of Mount Everest.
  • 2012 - Texas primary election results gave Mitt Romney enough delegates to clinch the Republic presidential nomination.

Today At Utah Policy

Most Salt Lake County Residents Think Ben McAdams Should Get Another Term as County Mayor
Salt Lake County Ben McAdams is in good shape if he decides to run for another term in 2016....

Bernick and Schott on Politics - Episode #238
Utah has lots of money in the bank, but lawmakers aren't talking about tax cuts, yet....

Bob Bernick's Notebook: What a Time to Be Alive
Are you kind of a "techy" person?Like to get onto the Internet and check out cool stuff?...

Podcast: Bernick and Schott on Politics - Episode #238
Utah has lots of money in the bank, but lawmakers aren't talking about tax cuts, yet....

Hughes Says Talks on Medicaid Expansion Hinge on Supreme Court Decision (Video)
House Speaker Greg Hughes says the "gang of six" is making progress on coming up with a plan for Medicaid expansion, but it all hinges on what the Supreme Court does next month....

Weekly Survey: The McAdams/Miller Scandal
The scandal swirling around Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams and Rep. Justin Miller threatens to do damage to both men's reputations. Do you think the story will do permanent harm to their political careers? Vote now in our weekly survey....

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Utah Ranks First in the Nation for Job Growth for Third Consecutive Month
For the third consecutive month, Utah has posted the highest job growth rate in the nation. According to new data released this week, the Beehive State ranked first for total job growth at 4.0 percent and first for private sector job growth at 4.8 percent....

Lee Says Latest EPA Power Grab Threatens Utah's Economy
Today, Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) issued the following statement in response to the Environmental Protection Agency’s new Waters of the United States rule....

Bishop: Administration Sage Grouse Announcement is about Controlling Land, Not Saving Bird
Today, Chairman Rob Bishop (UT-01) responded to the Obama Administration’s announcement of federal land use plans for the Greater Sage Grouse....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: BLM overreached with Richfield ATV plan

Envision Utah hits goal, but you can still weigh in on state's future

Police stop drivers to educate them on new seat belt law

Rolly: Salt Lake City's new parking kiosks are legal - at last

Interior announces sage grouse land plans for Utah, Western states

6 things to know about Utah facility that mailed live anthrax

Utah's DABC running out of beer and wine licenses for restaurants

Utah school superintendent: 'No virtue in rising higher' on education funding

Utah prison relocation planners get an earful

Deseret News

Op-ed: Utah needs Congress to act on Export-Import Bank

Editorial: IRS data breach is intolerable - and the woes only seem to be worsening

Will raising taxes make better students?

Medicaid expansion in Utah still under (tight-lipped) negotiations

Feds release sage grouse conservation plans for Utah, other Western states

5 Browns sisters to promote bill on statute of limitations of sex crimes

Grantsville residents tell Prison Relocation Commission to 'keep joint at the Point'


Utah County jobless rate edges up slightly in April (Daily Herald)

Report addresses why college grad rates are low (Standard-Examiner)

Clinton lawmaker hopes to make sex trafficking a capital offense (Standard-Examiner)

Utah critics speak out against new Clean Water Act rules (Standard-Examiner)

Cities gear up for candidate filing period next week (Standard-Examiner)

Logan, Providence to try by-mail voting (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

The dozen Dems who'll decide Obama's trade deal (Politico)

Clinton Foundation paid Blumenthal $10K per month while he advised on Libya (Politico)

Democrats buck Obama on water rule (The Hill)

Judge skeptical of Obama's call to dismiss Republican lawsuit (The Hill)

President Obama responds to Twitter questions about NBA finals amid climate change discussion (New York Daily News)

Baltimore gets bloodier as arrests drop post-Freddie Gray (Seattle Times)

Obama meets family of journalist beheaded by ISIS (CNN)

Nebraska gov. blasted for vetoing licenses for undocumented (FOX News)

Paula Jones speaks out against Hillary Clinton (USA Today)

Jindal, Christie take shots at Paul (CNN)

Dean Skelos, Ex-Senate Leader, and Son Are Indicted in Corruption Case (New York Times)


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