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Friday, June 26, 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 26, 2015

Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City. 

The Supreme Court upholds Obamacare again. The Salt Lake City Police Department turns over the investigation into Rep. Justin Miller to the FBI.


  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 46
  • Days to the 2015 election - 130
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - 207
  • Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - 214
  • Days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary - 215
  • Days to the 2016 Utah primary election - 369
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 502

Friday's top-10 headlines:

  1. In a 6-3 ruling the Supreme Court says federal subsidies for those who buy health insurance on the federal healthcare exchanges are constitutional [Utah Policy, New York Times, Tribune, Deseret News]
  2. Lots of observers think Republicans are relieved the court ruled in favor of the Affordable Care Act [Washington Post]. However, they plan to continue their efforts to kill Obamacare [Tribune].
  3. Here's what the ruling means for the 2016 presidential race [Politico].
  4. Rep. Jason Chaffetz reverses his decision to strip Rep. Mark Meadows of his subcommittee chairmanship for voting against the wishes of leadership [Utah Policy].
  5. The State Department says they cannot locate 15 emails from then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as part of the investigation into Benghazi [Washington Post].
  6. The Salt Lake City Police Department withdraws from the investigation into claims that Rep. Justin Miller stole money from Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams' campaign account, leaving the probe up to the FBI [Tribune].
  7. Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker takes some broadsides from his opponents during the most recent mayoral debate [ABC 4].
  8. A new study says rail expansion projects boosted Utah's economy [Tribune].
  9. The Attorney General's office is fighting an order to release documents about an investigation into a Beaver County Sheriff who is, accused of choking a man [Tribune].
  10. Salt Lake County is mulling creating more off-leash dog parks [Deseret News].

On this day in history:

  • 1917 - The first troops of the American Expeditionary Force reached France in World War I.
  • 1950 - President Harry S. Truman authorized the Air Force and Navy to enter the Korean conflict.
  • 1963 - President John F. Kennedy visited West Berlin, where he declared in a speech "Ich bin ein Berliner."
  • 1973 - Former White House counsel John W. Dean told the Senate Watergate Committee about an "enemies list" kept by the Nixon White House.
  • 1990 - President George W. Bush discarded his "no new taxes" campaign pledge, saying "it is clear to me" taxes are needed as part of a deficit-reduction package.

Today At Utah Policy

Supreme Court Rules Obamacare Subsidies are Constitutional
In a 6-3 decision Thursday morning, the Supreme Court once again upheld Obamacare, ruling that federal subsidies to purchase health insurance are constitutional....

Bernick and Schott on Politics - Episode #242
We recorded our latest episode just hours after the Supreme Court upheld Obamacare for the second time. We break down what that decision means for Utah....

Podcast: Bernick and Schott on Politics - Episode #242
We recorded our latest episode just hours after the Supreme Court upheld Obamacare for the second time. We break down what that decision means for Utah....

Authors of Mormon Rivals Take Center Stage at the National Press Club Next Monday
Though the 2012 election is far in the rear-view mirror at this point, its impact is still felt today - and as a new book. ...

Weekly Survey: Burbank's Ouster
Do you agree with Salt Lake City Mayor's decision to get rid of police chief Chris Burbank? How do you think his ouster will play in the upcoming mayoral election? Vote now in our weekly survey....

Chaffetz Forced to Reverse Course on Meadows Punishment
Rep. Jim Jordan successfully maneuvers behind the scenes to overturn Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz's decision to strip Rep. Mark Meadows of his subcommittee gavel....

Hatch Praises Roberts as 'Clever Judge'
Sen. Orrin Hatch says only "a really clever judge" like Chief Justice John Roberts could have written thetortured majority opinionupholding the federal insurance subsidies under Obamacare....

Policy News

Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
Outdoor Notes-- Utah Hike of the Week: Lisa Falls -- For the latest wildlife news and information and the fishing report visit the?DWR websiteWeekend EventsNew Films-- A Little Chaos: Tribune review -- Max: Tribune review -- Me and Earl and the Dying Girl: Tribune review -- ...

Speaker Greg Hughes' Statement on King v. Burwell Ruling
Speaker of the Utah House of Representatives Greg Hughes (R-Draper) issued the following statement Thursday, after the Supreme Court’s ruling on King v. Burwell:...

AFP Utah Responds To Supreme Court Ruling
Today, Americans for Prosperity Utah released the following statement in response to the Supreme Court’s decision earlier this morning to uphold the federal Obamacare Exchange in the controversial case, King v. Burwell:...

Governor's Statement on Supreme Court Ruling in King v. Burwell
Gov. Gary R. Herbert issued the following statement regarding the Supreme Court ruling in the Affordable Care Act case, King v. Burwell:...

Hatch Statement on King v. Burwell Supreme Court Ruling
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) today issued the following statement regarding the Supreme Court’s ruling on King v. Burwell:...

Utah House Democrats Celebrate ACA Success, Urge Action on Medicaid Expansion
House Democrats celebrated the announcement of Supreme Court ruling on King v. Burwell today by calling for passage of the last critical element of the Affordable Care Act: full Medicaid expansion in Utah....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Ruling means Obamacare is staying, and Utah should go along

'Mormon Rivals' - After 2012 defeat, Romney faced a crushing loss in the social-media spotlight

What the Supreme Court health care ruling means for Utahns

Study: UTA rail projects helped fuel economic growth

Utah Attorney General's Office appeals order to release documents to The Tribune

Poll: Utahns wary of any conflicts in A.G. campaign donations

Utah's share of federal lands payments totals $34.7 million this year, down 7.4 percent from last year

Rolly: Salt Lake City police pull out of Justin Miller probe, leave it to the FBI

Feds say they were obligated to obtain Johnson's evidence, despite immunity deal

Deseret News

Michael and Jenet Erickson: 7 inconsistencies in the case for same-sex marriage

A. Scott Anderson: Trade promotion authority a big win for Utah, U.S.

Op-ed: Public, police would benefit from ongoing bridge of communication

Editorial: In wake of ACA ruling, Congress and president can calmly address needed improvements

Jay Evensen: Jury duty makes people better citizens

Federal regulators hear Utah testimony on depleted uranium

'No more red herrings' for Medicaid expansion in Utah?

Hatch plays key role in Senate passing trade bill

Utahns have mixed reactions to health care decision


Editorial: Vote-by-mail leaves no excuse for Orem voters to deliver on democracy (Daily Herald)

Editorial: Review police procedures (Standard-Examiner)

Utah advocates support high court's ACA ruling (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Obamacare ruling: Six takeaways for 2016 (Politico)

Scalia blasts 'SCOTUScare' ruling (The Hill)

GOP bill would force the Supreme Court to enroll in ObamaCare (The Hill)

Transgender illegal immigrant heckler says she couldn't tolerate Obama's hypocrisy (Washington Times)

Ted Cruz, angered by Obamacare ruling, tells 'rogue justices' to resign and run for Congress (Washington Times)

Trump gains on Bush in New Hampshire among Republicans, poll finds (CNN)

Roberts vs. Scalia in Obamacare bout (CNN)

Bobby Jindal wants downplay his Indian heritage, but Twitter won't let him (Christian Science Monitor)

Chris Christie preps for plunge into presidential pool (Christian Science Monitor)

California Set to Mandate Childhood Vaccines Amid Intense Fight (New York Times)

Judge Blocks Kansas' Ban on 2nd-Trimester Abortion Procedure (Associated Press)


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