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Thursday, June 18, 2015

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Ten Things You Need to Know for Thursday - June 18, 2015

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is "National Dump the Pump Day," which encourages people to ride public transportation instead of driving their cars. 

Trump hires actors to cheer for him at his presidential announcement. Pope Francis says it's time to acknowledge climate change is a crisis. Hughes says the state should get out of the Medicaid expansion business.


  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 54
  • Days to the 2015 election - 138
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - 215
  • Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - 222
  • Days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary - 223
  • Days to the 2016 Utah primary election - 377
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 510

Thursday's top-10 headlines:

  1. The race for the White House: Donald Trump's campaign allegedly offered actors $50 to pack the house at his presidential announcement [Hollywood Reporter].
  2. Pope Francis issues a call for a "bold cultural revolution" to fight against climate change [CNN].
  3. House Speaker Greg Hughes suggests that Utah should get out of the Medicaid business [Utah Policy].
  4. Rep. Brad Wilson, the co-chair of the Prison Relocation Commission, suggests moving the facility could yield a bigger economic impact than the $1.8 billion estimate [Deseret News].
  5. Embattled Democratic Rep. Justin Miller says he has no intention to step down from his seat [Deseret News, Fox 13].
  6. Salt Lake County Mayoral candidate Luke Garrott says Chris Burbank would not have continued as Salt Lake City Police Chief in his administration [Utah Policy].
  7. Lawmakers are looking at possibly shifting some sales-tax money from transportation to education needs [Tribune].
  8. Legislators consider setting aside some funding for teacher training programs [Tribune, Deseret News].
  9. Legislators may not be able to come to a consensus on how to deal with the plurality problem created by SB54 [Deseret News, Tribune, KUER].
  10. State Auditor John Dougall and Democratic Party Chair Peter Corroon sign on to an effort to establish term limits for elected officials [Utah Policy, Deseret News, ABC 4].

On this day in history:

  • 1812 - The United States declared war on Britain.
  • 1815 - British and Prussian troops defeated the French under Napoleon Bonaparte at Waterloo.
  • 1873 - Suffragist Susan B. Anthony was fined $100 for attempting to vote in the 1872 presidential election.
  • 1979 - President Jimmy Carter and Soviet President Leonid Brezhnev signed the SALT II strategic arms limitation treaty in Vienna.
  • 1983 - Sally Ride became the first American woman in space.

Today At Utah Policy

Speaker Hughes Suggests a Solution for Medicaid Expansion
Utah House Speaker Greg Hughes, R-Draper, has an idea that could break the political logjam over Medicaid expansion at the Capitol:...

Lawmakers Adopt New Interim Meeting Schedule
Attention lobbyists, citizen activists and other sorry souls who attend Utah legislative interim meetings:Starting in July the 75 House members and 29 senators will have new committee meeting times for their interim study days – which usually fall on the third Wednesda...

Garrott: I Would Have Fired Burbank if Elected Mayor (Video)
Salt Lake City Council Chair and mayoral candidate Luke Garrott says he would have fired former Salt Lake City Police Chief Chris Burbank if he were to be elected Mayor....

Weekly Survey: Where Should the Utah Prison Move?
Lawmakers are considering four potential sites for a new Utah State Prison. Which site do you think would be the best for a new facility, or should the prison move at all? Vote now in our weekly survey....

Utah Term Limits NOW! Gains High-Level Support
Utah Term Limits NOW! — the campaign which calls upon the Utah Legislature to refer to the November 2016 ballot a state constitutional amendment to limit the offices of Governor, Lieutenant Governor, State Auditor, State Treasurer, and Attorney General, to no more than...

Featured Items

Chamber to Launch Smart Regulation Initiative with Regulation Round Table Series
Smart regulation has an important role in our economy, but many business leaders are rightfully concerned about regulation and its impact. Regulations can impose substantial costs on businesses, often with little or no demonstrable benefit....

Lee, Labrador Introduce Bill Protecting Religious Liberty
Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Rep. Raúl Labrador (R-ID), today reintroduced legislation to clarify and strengthen religious liberty protections in federal law, by safeguarding those individuals and institutions who promote traditional marriage from government retaliation....

Hatch: Regardless of Court Ruling, Obamacare's Negative Consequences will Continue Absent Reform
In a speech on the Senate floor today, Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) outlined Obamacare’s failures and detailed how the Supreme Court’s upcoming ruling on the administration’s unlawful implementation of the health law could, once again, ca...

Lee Questions Federal Debt Programs During Senate Hearing
Today, Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) issued the following statement after the Joint Economic Committee’s hearing on “The Economic Exposure of Federal Credit Programs.”...

Hatch, Grassley Question CMS's Issuance of Tax Credits Under Obamacare
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) today sent a letter to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Acting Administrator Andrew Slavitt raising a number questions about how the agenc...

Utah.Gov Launches 'Doing Business in Utah' Initiative
The Governor’s Office of Management and Budget has simplified the process of locating services applicable to each business industry by grouping all 500-plus online services into industry classifications. ...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Utah set to waste more money on public land battles

Will Utah need to have runoff elections after primaries? Maybe

Utah lawmakers contemplate artificially boosting per-student spending with teacher training money

Utah lawmakers talk of shifting transportation funds to schools or other needs

Education campaign begins on 'huge' Salt Lake County vote

Survey: Salt Lakers ready to pony up for parks, trails, open space - but for golf? Not so much

Deseret News

Op-ed: There is too little discussion of how the state manages available education funds

Dan Liljenquist: Modern Greek tragedy: economic self-destruction leading to death of democracy in Greece

Mike Lee: First Amendment Defense Act protects critical 'space of freedom'

Corroon, Dougall join effort pushing term limits for statewide offices

U.S. Rep. Chris Stewart: Dad taught lesson of justice, merc

Lawmakers may not agree on how to handle election plurality

Embattled Utah lawmaker says he won't resign

Lawmakers push to set aside more money for teacher training

Lawmakers drill down on complex water issues

Prison relocation co-chairman asks if $1.8 billion economic impact estimate too low

Lawmakers resume deliberations of possible e-cigarette tax

Sen. Mike Lee files bill to protect traditional marriage believers from government retaliation

Gun owners whose criminal records are not fully expunged may fall into 'legal trap ready to snap'


Provo Council passes tentative budget, calls for Truth in Taxation hearing (Daily Herald)

Proposed land swap has some wondering about Snowbird in American Fork Canyon (Daily Herald)

Orem candidates question timing of vote by mail (Daily Herald)

Layton adds RAMP tax to ballot (Standard-Examiner)

Cache School District passes budget with funding increase (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

U.S. may name 'czar' for Iran nuclear deal (Politico)

House rejects withdrawal from ISIS war (The Hill)

Obama meeting with pro-trade Democrats at White House (The Hill)

Dolezal was asked if she tried to mislead Howard University (Washington Times)

In bid for Millennial votes, Clinton proposes apprenticeship program (Christian Science Monitor)

Congressional GOP plans to continue health law subsidies (Associated Press)

Court Reinstates Post-Sept. 11 Claims by Immigrants Against Bush Officials (Wall Street Journal)

Challenge flags? A chess clock? Group looks to improve debates (CNN)

Obama: Lynch has already made her mark (USA Today)

In Iowa, Bush Defends 4 Percent Economic Growth Goal (Bloomberg)

Fed holds off on interest rate hike, downgrades economic forecast (Los Angeles Times)


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