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How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics - June 16, 2014

Herbert hopes to have his Medicaid expansion alternative in place by January. Romney again says he's not running in 2016. Days of '47 parade exempt from paying for police coverage.


  • 8 days to Utah's 2014 primary election
  • 141 days until the 2014 midterm elections
  • 224 days to the opening day of the 2015 legislature
  • 505 days until the 2015 elections
  • 581 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative)
  • 876 days until the 2016 presidential election
Monday's Utah political news highlights:
  • Gov. Gary Herbert says he hopes to win approval from the feds for part of his Medicaid expansion alternative within 30 days [Tribune]. Herbert also says he hopes to have the full program in place by January [Deseret News].
  • Mitt Romney again reiterates he is not running for president in 2016 [Deseret News].
  • A clean-air panel approved by the 2013 Legislature is about to die a quiet death due to lack of funding [Tribune].
  • Utah may build a $2 billion rail line to enable energy development in the Uintah Basin [Tribune].
  • Salt Lake City is part of a 60-city effort to end chronic homelessness [Deseret News].
  • Many Utah school budgets are improving after years of cuts [Tribune].
  • 11 Utah cities have until the end of the month to decide whether to jump on board a proposal to build out the struggling UTOPIA fiber optic network [Deseret News].
  • A proposal by a Utah lawyer to broadcast divorce court proceedings is drawing fire from Utah court officials [Tribune].
  • Somehow the Days of '47 Parade is exempt from paying a fee for police protection while other celebrations pay thousands of dollars [Tribune].
  • Many Utah students were not fans of the new SAGE standardized testing [Tribune].
On this day in history:
  • 1812 - The City Bank of New York (later Citibank) opened for business.
  • 1858 - Abraham Lincoln accepted the Illinois Republican Party's nomination for the U.S. Senate.
  • 1897 - The United States signed a treaty of annexation with Hawaii.
  • 1904 - The events in James Joyce's novelUlysses took place, which is celebrated as Bloomsday.
  • 1932 - President Herbert Hoover was renominated at the Republican National Convention in Chicago.
  • 1933 - President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the National Industrial Recovery Act.
  • 1960 - "Psycho," directed by Alfred Hitchcock, premiered in New York.
  • 1963 - The Soviet Union launched the first female Cosmonaut, Valentina Tereshkova, into orbit.
  • 1978 - President Jimmy Carter and Panamanian leader Omar Torrijos exchanged the instruments of ratification for the Panama Canal treaties.
  • 2011 - Rep. Anthony Weiner announced his resignation from Congress.
  • 2004 - The 9/11 Commission determined that Saddam Hussein had no strong links to al-Qaeda.
Monday's World Cup schedule:
  • Germany vs. Portugal (10:00 am, ESPN)
  • Iran vs. Nigeria (1:00 pm, ESPN)
  • Ghana vs. United States (4:00 pm, ESPN)

Today At Utah Policy

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Rolly: Cantor's defeat means we should give Lee money

Op-ed: 'Bean-counting bureaucrats' at BLM are locking up Utah's future

Editorial: State should heed county's Medicaid advice

With no funding, Utah clean-air panel dies as smog lives on

Wells to rails: Utah may build $2 billion line to ship oil

Herbert: Feds 'receptive' to my Medicaid plan

Tea party is dead - long live the tea party

Utah BLM tries contraception to rein in wild horse population

Utah 'high risk' oil wells among those left uninspected

Lawyer wanting to film divorce cases prompts Utah courts to yell 'cut'

What did Utah kids think of new state tests?

Deseret News

Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Examining the implications of the Eric Cantor upset

Joe Andrade: Advanced energy and the governor's summit

John Florez: Utah State School Board should take the heat

Editorial: A welcome change from California on teacher tenure rules

Editorial: Efforts to remove electronic devices from courtrooms should be promptly squelched

Editorial: The best fix for excessive student loan debt is better information about colleges and costs

Romney says it again: 'I'm not running'

Salt Lake City a partner in campaign to house 100K chronically homeless Americans

Governor Gary Herbert wants Medicaid expansion in place by January

Tax or fee? Cities face key decisions on future of UTOPIA


County attorney race: Focusing on past cases (Daily Herald)

County attorney race: Experience vs. Change (Daily Herald)

County government impacts everyday life (Daily Herald)

Layton moves to next step with UTOPIA (Standard-Examiner)

Park City the backdrop for GOP politics (Park Record)

National Headlines

IRS lost Lois Lerner's emails in tea party probe (CBS News)

Romney discusses strategy for beating Clinton (Politico)

Clinton's bumpy road to the White House (The Hill)

Cantor will vote for Brat (The Hill)

McCarthy's rise in House GOP leadership could be boon for tech (The Hill)

Eric Cantor: 'No regrets' after stunning re-election defeat (CBS News)

Poll shows overwhelming majority of New Yorkers oppose Common Core (NBC News)

Mitt Romney for president in 2016? (CBS News)

U.S. factories shutting down, and opening up the wealth gap (Oregonian)

Oil Topping $116 Seen Possible as Iraq Conflict Widens (Bloomberg)

Stats Aplenty, Facts Fewer in Power Plant Debate (Associated Press)

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"House Majority Leader Eric Cantor was defeated in the primary election. He spent $5 million on his primary campaign. Ladies and gentlemen, what is wrong with this country when you can no longer buy an election?" David Letterman Political Humor

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