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Friday, June 19, 2015

The Utah Headliners Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists recognized with three awards for journalistic excellence.


"Bob Bernick's Notebook" and "Bryan Schott's Political B.S." were each honored in the online category for "Best Overall Blog." Schott also was recognized for "Best Individual Blog Post." was the only exclusively online publication to receive an award in the 2015 Utah contest.


Local News Highlights: Daily Briefing

Ten Things You Need to Know for Friday - June 19, 2015

Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City. 

South Carolina continues to grieve following a mass shooting at a church. Herbert says lawmakers could consider keeping the prison in Draper. Utahns support a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.


  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 53
  • Days to the 2015 election - 137
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - 214
  • Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - 221
  • Days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary - 222
  • Days to the 2016 Utah primary election - 376
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 509

Friday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Charleston, South Carolina residents are still trying to make some sense of the mass murder of nine church-goers at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church [New York Times].
  2. Gun control activists are pessimistic any new regulations will come from the latest mass shooting in South Carolina [The Hill].
  3. Gov. Gary Herbert suggests lawmakers could consider keeping the Utah State Prison in Draper [Tribune, ABC 4, KUER].
  4. A new assessment says there's not enough undeveloped land at the Point of the Mountain to rebuild the prison in Draper [Deseret News].
  5. Herbert says he hopes a Supreme Court ruling on Obamacare will provide a path forward for Utah's efforts to expand Medicaid [Utah Policy].
  6. A new poll shows most Utahns support a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants [Utah Policy].
  7. Utah Republicans may hit a big roadblock in their efforts to get around SB54 [Utah Policy].
  8. Salt Lake City has put plans to open a hospice for the homeless on hold for now [Tribune, Deseret News].
  9. Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox says Utah businesses should do more to hire refugees [Tribune].
  10. The State School Board is considering more changes to their school grading system [Deseret News].

On this day in history:

  • 1856 - The first Republican national convention ended in Philadelphia with the nomination of explorer John Fremont of California for president. James Buchanan, a Federalist nominated by the Democrats, was elected.
  • 1862 - Slavery was outlawed in U.S. territories.
  • 1953 - Convicted spies Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were executed at Sing Sing Prison in New York.
  • 1964 - The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was approved after an 83-day filibuster in the U.S. Senate.
  • 1987 - The U.S. Supreme Court struck down a Louisiana law that required schools to teach the creationist theory of human origin alongside evolution.

Today At Utah Policy

Majority of Utahns Support Pathway to Citizenship for Undocumented Immigrants
Utahns rather lenient attitudes on illegal immigration continue in a new UtahPolicy poll, with 60 percent saying they’d support providing a pathway to legal status for undocumented immigrants....

Bob Bernick's Notebook: Utah Republicans May Outsmart Themselves on SB54
Interesting tensions are playing out now in the upper levels of the Utah Republican Party, as some leaders are preparing to change party rules to comply with SB54 – and the Utah GOP becomes a “Qualified Political Party” under the new law....

Bernick and Schott on Politics - Episode #241
Chris Burbank is out as Salt Lake City's Police Chief. Will that have any impact on the Salt Lake City Mayoral race?...

Podcast: Bernick and Schott on Politics - Episode #241
Chris Burbank is out as Salt Lake City's Police Chief. Will that have any impact on the Salt Lake City Mayoral race?...

Herbert Hopes Supreme Court Will Provide Clarity on Medicaid Expansion
In the next two weeks, the U.S. Supreme Court will announce what could be a historic decision – will part of Obamacare be struck down?...

Bishop: Religion Has No Place In Climate Policy
Rep. Rob Bishop is unimpressed with Pope Francis's new encyclical on the environment, saying it won't change any minds in the U.S. climate debate....

Stewart Bill Would Exempt Outdoor Recreation Companies from Mandated Minimum Wage Hike
Rep. Chris Stewart introduces legislation to counteract Pres. Obama's Executive Order 13658, which some Utah outdoor recreation companies say could put them out of business....

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....

Featured Items

Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
Outdoor Notes-- Utah Hike of the Week: Little Mountain -- U. researchers helping clarify the life and habitat of wild Alaska salmon -- Federal land managers make Corona, Gemini Bridges rope ban official -- Once infamous, Angels Landing trail now a safety success story -- For...

House Democrats Deeply Saddened at Passing of Former Colleague Roz McGee
House Democratic Caucus Leader Brian King expressed his deepest condolences on the loss of Rosalind McGee, former Representative and his direct predecessor of District 28....

Hatch Statement at Finance Hearing on the Highway Trust Fund
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) today delivered the following opening statement at a hearing examining responsible and sustainable funding options for the Highway Trust Fund:...

Higher Utilities and Lower Food Prices Lead to Small Jump in Wasatch Front Consumer Price Index
The Zions Bank Wasatch Front Consumer Price Index increased 0.6 percent from April to May on a non-seasonally adjusted basis. ...

House Passes Hatch Trade Bill
Congress took another step towards passing Trade Promotion Authority today as members of the House of Representatives passed it on a vote of 218-208, sending the measure back to the Senate....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Salt Lake City loses a great policeman with Burbank's exit

Op-ed: Clean up power-plant emissions to preserve our parks' vistas

Op-ed: Federal and Utah governments must step up for special education

Editorial: Utah's senators wrong to oppose ban on torture

Brookings shows value of tech to Utah

They're fighting the prison move - now they're fighting for office

Utah fashion tip: New tie for Father's Day - seat belt for every day

Herbert: Inmates, not economics, should drive prison site - even if it means rebuilding in Draper

Hospice for Salt Lake City's homeless on hold - for now

Utahns react to Pope Francis' call to combat climate change

Utah lieutenant guv urges businesses to hire refugees

Rolly: Treasured history bites the dust as U. mistakenly digs up, destroys Fort Douglas artifacts

Deseret News

Greg Bell: Happiness comes from constantly improving ourselves

Op-ed: Gov. Herbert doesn't need Congress to have role in public education

S.L. City Council delays opening of homeless hospice

State School Board considers more changes to school grading system

New assessment shows not enough undeveloped land to rebuild state prison on Draper site


Editorial: Taxpayer-funded ATV defense (Standard-Examiner)

Councilman objects to budget, salary increase for mayor (Standard-Examiner)

Governor asks for bigger role in Utah education (Standard-Examiner)

Latin American Chamber looks to expand in N. Utah (Standard-Examiner)

Mayor Petersen, Logan Municipal Council hope to improve social media usage (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

Does the 'Catholic vote' even exist? (Politico)

Jeb Bush looks for Iowa reset (Politico)

SC Gov. Haley fights back tears after mass shooting (The Hill)

OPM letter distances agency from legal liability over hack (The Hill)

Demanding budget talks, Senate Dems block spending bill for military (Politico)

Martin O'Malley: Zero out fossil fuels by 2050 (USA Today)

Federal Probe in Charleston Shooting Won't Mean Automatic Hate-Crime Case (Wall Street Journal)

'You're Hired!': Donald Trump paid actors to attend presidential launch, says Hollywood Reporter (Christian Science Monitor)

Oust Hamilton From the $10 Bill? Not So Fast, Treasury (New York Times)

Trade turnaround: House backs new power for Obama (Politico)

Presidential candidate Rand Paul plans to 'blow up' tax code (Associated Press)


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