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Wednesday, July 1, 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 Wednesday - July 1, 2015

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City. 

Utah may miss the July 31 deadline to come up with a plan for Medicaid expansion. LDS Church reaffirms it's commitment to heterosexual marriages. The FBI is hindering Utah's plan to conduct stronger background checks on undocumented immigrants who want a driving privilege card.


  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 41
  • Days to the 2015 election - 125
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - 202
  • Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - 209
  • Days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary - 211
  • Days to the 2016 Utah primary election - 364
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 497

Wednesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox says the group working to find a compromise on Medicaid expansion might miss their self-imposed July 31 deadline [Utah Policy].
  2. The LDS Church sends a letter to members reaffirming the church's doctrinal commitment to traditional marriages [Tribune].
  3. The FBI is blocking a new Utah law requiring more stringent background checks on undocumented immigrants who want a driving privilege card [Tribune].
  4. The Utah GOP is making a big push to raise money ahead of next year's elections [Utah Policy].
  5. Nearly 100 cities want voters to consider a sales tax hike on this year's ballot to pay for transportation [Deseret News, Tribune].
  6. Jonathan Johnson is acting like he's running for governor in 2016 even though he hasn't officially declared his candidacy yet [Utah Policy].
  7. A Delta man who claimed he was the victim of anti-gay hate crimes admits to police he staged the attack himself [Tribune, Deseret News, ABC 4].
  8. President Barack Obama will announce an agreement with Cuba to open embassies in Washington and Havana in another move to re-establish diplomatic relations between the two countries [The Hill].
  9. Rep. Kraig Powell says Utah's adoption laws will have to change in the face of the Supreme Court ruling on marriage [Tribune].
  10. California passes one of the toughest childhood vaccination bills in the entire nation, requiring immunizations for nearly every schoolchild in the state [NPR].

On this day in history:

  • 1847 - The first U.S. postage stamps were issued.
  • 1863 - The Civil War Battle of Gettysburg began.
  • 1898 - Teddy Roosevelt and his Rough Riders led a charge up Cuba's heavily fortified San Juan Hill in the Spanish-American War.
  • 1941 - NBC broadcast the first FCC-sanctioned TV commercial, a spot for Bulova watches shown during a Dodgers-Phillies baseball game. It cost Bulova $9.
  • 1966 - The Medicare federal insurance program went into effect.

Today At Utah Policy

Cox Says Lawmakers May Miss July 31 Medicaid Expansion Deadline (Video)
When lawmakers left the hill at the end of the 2015 session, they gave themselves a deadline of July 31 to come up with a plan for Medicaid expansion. Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox says, they're getting closer, but they may have to push that deadline into August....

Utah GOP Trying to Shake Off Fundraising Problems
Utah GOP Chairman James Evans is starting a heavy push to raise money for the state Republican Party....

Johnson Edges Closer to Running for Governor in 2016
Jonathan Johnson is inching closer to making a run for governor in 2016....

Policy News

7th Annual Clear the Air Challenge Begins July 1
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The Strength of Utah Tech
Utah is often noted for the strength of its high-tech sector and the "Silicon Slopes" that have produced phenomenally successful companies like Omniture (now Adobe), Instructure, Qualtrics,, Vivint and many others. But the state's high-tech se...

Office of the Utah State Auditor Launches Online Training Series for Local Government Finance Professionals
The Office of the Utah State Auditor today announced that it has launched a series of online training webinars for finance professionals working at local government entities such as cities and counties. ...

White House Fact Sheet - ConnectED: Two Years of Delivering Opportunity to K-12 Schools & Libraries
Two years ago, President Obama announced the ConnectED Initiative, setting an ambitious goal to provide 99 percent of American students with access to next-generation broadband in their classrooms and libraries by 2018. ...

Hatch, Blunt, Ernst Introduce Legislation to Reduce Outdated Regulations, Spur Job Creation and Economic Growth
Lawmakers proposed a new approach to tackling the problems posed by outdated regulations. ...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Even without taxpayer money, land grab makes Utah look bad

Utah cities want higher tax for transportation, ask counties to put it on the ballot

Rolly: Magna to Confederate group: Keep your flag at home

FBI blocks new Utah background checks on undocumented-immigrant drivers

West Jordan city attorney submits resignation

U. geologist's claims of water raise doubts about tar sands mine expansion

Council finds enough common ground to move forward with 'preservation' plan for Salt Lake County townships, unincorporated areas

Police say Utah man admits to vandalism, injuries originally reported as anti-gay attack; donations returned

Top Mormon leaders sending letter to members, reaffirming God's law against same-sex marriage

Summer ozone blast threatening Utahns' health, thanks to sunshine and car exhaust

Deseret News

Jay Evensen: Allowing states to collect sales taxes from online purchases is a tough sell

Editorial: APUSH in the wrong direction? Looking at revised U.S. history curriculum for AP students

Utahns continue to have confidence in economy, despite higher gas prices

Oil sands mining plan in Utah draws strong reaction

Working group to address possible American Fork Canyon land swap

First Presidency sends letter with counsel for members after Supreme Court's same-sex marriage decision

Delta man staged hate crimes in a 'cry for help,' attorney says


Hard to breathe? Utah sees heavy ozone buildup (Standard-Examiner)

Coalville ballot is full (Park Record)

Local lawmakers say it's time to deal with Medicaid expansion (Park Record)

National Headlines

Chris Christie: I mean what I say, and I'm running for president (Politico)

States move to counter gay marriage ruling (The Hill)

Obama rolls out overtime rules, triggering fight with business (The Hill)

Senate Republicans slam the door on scrapping the filibuster (The Hill)

Orthodox Christians Must Now Learn To Live as Exiles in Our Own Country (TIME)

Chris Christie's Town Hall Bluntness to Be Tested (New York Times)

Jeb Bush is worth up to $22 million (CNN)

Oklahoma Supreme Court rules Ten Commandments monument must go (Religion News Service)

With court approval, NSA resumes bulk collection of phone data (Washington Post)

Florida's 24-Hour Abortion Waiting Law Put on Hold (Bloomberg)

Class-action lawsuit seeks cash for millions of federal workers harmed by hackers (


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