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Wednesday, June 24, 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.


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Ten Things You Need to Know for Wednesday - June 24, 2015

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City. 

What's at stake for Utah when the Supreme Court rules on Obamacare subsidies? An audit says the AG's office needs more transparency. Some advice for the frontrunners in the Salt Lake City mayoral contest.


  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 48
  • Days to the 2015 election - 132
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - 209
  • Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - 216
  • Days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary - 217
  • Days to the 2016 Utah primary election - 371
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 504

Wednesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. The race for the White House: Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal will announce his 2016 plans on Wednesday [Washington Post]. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will make his 2016 bid for the White House official next week [Politico].
  2. The Supreme Court will rule on whether federal subsidies to pay for health insurance are constitutional either this week or next. Here's what's at stake for Utah [Utah Policy].
  3. Some veteran Utah political consultants give their thoughts on where the Salt Lake City Mayoral race stands right now [Utah Policy].
  4. A legislative audit says the Utah Attorney General's office lacks in accountability and transparency [Deseret News, Tribune, KUER].
  5. Utah State University finally reveals the details of the $6.3 million contract with Maverik for naming rights to their football stadium [Tribune, Deseret News, Fox 13, KUER].
  6. The Utah Attorney General's office says Sen. Jim Dabakis went too far with a Facebook post claiming the office is readying to invalidate Utah's same-sex marriages if the Supreme Court rules state bans on such unions are Constitutional [Fox 13].
  7. Sen. Orrin Hatch wins praise for advancing his trade legislation in Washington. The bill faces one final vote before heading to President Obama's desk [Utah PolicyTribune].
  8. DABC leaders say they need more money to run adequately state liquor stores [Deseret News, Fox 13].
  9. Rep. Kraig Powell plans to sponsor legislation to raise the legal smoking age to 21 in Utah [KSL].
  10. The Salt Lake City airport plans to raise parking rates for travelers [ABC 4].

On this day in history:

  • 1948 - Soviet forces blockaded the western zones of Berlin, setting the stage for the Berlin airlift.
  • 2004 - Federal investigators questioned President George W. Bush for more than an hour in connection with the news leak of a CIA operative's name.
  • 2009 - South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford admitted to having an extramarital affair with a woman in Argentina. He stayed on as governor and was later elected to Congress.
  • 2011 - New York state legislators approved same-sex marriage.

Today At Utah Policy

Where Does the Salt Lake City Mayoral Race Stand Right Now?
The first mail-in ballots for Salt Lake City's primary election will hit mailboxes beginning July 13. There are five candidates vying for Mayor, including incumbent Ralph Becker....

What's at Stake for Utah in the King v. Burwell Ruling?
Sometime this week, or next (or possibly in July) the Supreme Court will rule on King v. Burwell, a case that challenges whether government subsidies to pay for healthcare are constitutional. ...

Hatch Praises Obama as Trade Bill Advances to Final Senate Vote
The debate over fast-track authority is creating strange bedfellows: organized labor and Tea Party conservatives oppose it, while establishment Republicans like Sen. Orrin Hatchhave worked hand-in-glove withPres. Obama to shepherd the legislation toward passage....

Uber No Longer Allows Guns in Their Vehicles
Uber has reversed course and adopted a "strict, no-firearms policy" when it comes to their drivers and passengers....

Policy News

Press Release: South Salt Lake Residents Sue Over Street Closure
South Salt Lake City residents and property owners are taking a disputed street closure to court. ...

Hatch: Advancement of Trade Measure is a Victory for Utah
After weeks of debate, Sen. Orrin Hatch’s bill to promote international trade cleared its most critical hurdle in the Senate today and, following a vote later this week, will move to President Obama’s desk for signature. ...

Obama Administration Announces Actions to Protect Communities from the Health Impacts of Climate Change at White House Summit
President Obama is committed to combating the impacts of climate change and protecting the health of future generations. ...

Gov. Herbert Reports for Jury Selection, is Dismissed
Gov. Gary R. Hebert reported for jury duty this morning in the Provo 4th District Court and was dismissed by the judge. The governor was one of 35 potential jurors interviewed for assignment to a case involving driving under the influence....

Local Businesses Connect with Northrop Grumman
The Procurement Technical Assistance Center and Northrop Grumman Corporation held a small business outreach event today at the Northfront Business Resource Center at Davis Applied Technology College in Kaysville. ...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: USU committed to transparency, but public-private deals are part of future

Editorial: Things are tough in all of rural America, not just Utah

Rolly: Becker's office adds insult to injury, denies Burbank's sick-leave pay

Audit: Utah A.G.'s office needs clearer whistleblower protection, ethics guides

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert reported for jury duty, but was not selected

Audit: How much does upkeep of college buildings really cost?

Utah whiskey maker asks DABC to allow educational tastings at new distillery

Hatch heralded for advancing expanded trade authority; Lee skips vote

Despite immunity deal offered as part of Utah A.G. probe, Johnson's own evidence could be used against him

Deseret News

Richard Davis: Public doesn't seem to matter in prison relocation efforts

Op-ed: Recreation is one of Utah's few renewable resources

Legislative audit: Utah A.G.'s office should be more accountable, transparent

Audit: Concerns persist over higher ed maintenance funds

Ute Tribe seeks to join lawsuit against BLM 'fracking' rule

DABC needs more money to run understaffed state liquor stores, commission chairman says

Gov. Gary Herbert dismissed from jury duty

Salt Lake County Council shuts down community computer labs

Residents decry proposed American Fork Canyon land swap


Orem council likely to give official approval for vote by mail (Daily Herald)

Utah GOP leader learned to avoid confrontations with cops (Standard-Examiner)

Defense bill includes measures that impact Hill AFB (Standard-Examiner)

Group concerned over sales tax option for transportation (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

WSJ/NBC national poll shows Hillary Clinton crushing all rivals (Politico)

Putin's Plot to Get Texas to Secede (Politico)

The GOP finds its millennial star (The Hill)

Cruz does 180 on fast-track (The Hill)

Not so fast? Haley could face tough battle in push to remove Confederate flag (FOX News)

Obama's fast-track trade bill clears key Senate hurdle (Los Angeles Times)

US Won't Threaten to Prosecute Hostages' Families for Ransom (Associated Press)

Number affected by hack soars to 18M, agency head says nobody 'personally responsible' (FOX News)

Poll: Trump near top of GOP pack in New Hampshire (CNN)

Computer glitch at State Department causes havoc for foreign visitors (Washington Post)

Time Running Out for Ex-Im Bank (Wall Street Journal)


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