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Ten Things You Need to Know for Monday - July 20, 2014

Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City. 

"Conceptual framework" announced for Medicaid expansion. Trump disparages McCain's time as a POW. The Utah Supreme Court rejects a proposed referendum to keep the prison in Draper.


The clock:

  •  22 days to the Utah municipal primary elections - (8/11/2015)
  • 106 days to the 2015 election - (11/3/2015)
  • 183 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - (1/18/2016)
  • 190 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (1/25/2016)
  • 191 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary - (1/26/2016)
  • 235 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (3/10/2016)
  • 345 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 478 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)

Monday's top-10 headlines:

  1. The "Gang of Six" announces they have agreed on a "conceptual framework" for expanding Medicaid in Utah [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune, Fox 13, ABC 4].
  2. Donald Trump is taking an enormous amount of heat for questioning the heroism of Sen. John McCain [Washington Post]. For his part, Trump tries to defend himself in an op-ed [USA Today].
  3. Here's a roadmap of the legal wrangling in the case involving Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams and Rep. Justin Miller [Tribune].
  4. The Utah Supreme Court rejects a proposed referendum to keep the Utah State Prison in Draper [Deseret News, Fox 13].
  5. Gov. Gary Herbert is ordering the Utah National Guard to find more ways to protect its troops following a shooting rampage in Tennessee [Utah Policy, Deseret News].
  6. Utah elected officials are joining a push against any new national monuments in the state [Tribune].
  7. Regulators are requiring the operators of a tar sands mine to monitor for potential groundwater contamination [Tribune, Deseret News].
  8. High-tech companies in Lehi say the state has not come through with millions of dollars in promised transportation upgrades [Tribune].
  9. Hillary Clinton plans to push for a revamping of the capital-gains tax in a speech later this week [Wall Street Journal].
  10. Despite lower numbers of tourists than last year, Utah Valley officials say they still hope for an economic boost this year [Daily Herald]. 

On this day in history:

  • 1881 - Sioux leader Sitting Bull surrendered to the Army, which promised amnesty for him and his followers.
  • 1944 - President Franklin D. Roosevelt was nominated for an unprecedented fourth term at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago.
  • 1945 - The U.S. flag was raised over Berlin as the first American troops moved in to take part in the post-World War II occupation.
  • 1969 - Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin became the first men to set foot on the moon.
  • 2013 - Helen Thomas, UPI White House reporter through the administrations of 10 presidents, died at age 92.


Today At Utah Policy


Utah Policy/KSL Insider Survey: The Cost to Defend Utah's Same-Sex Marriage Ban

Last week it was revealed the state spent $1.2 million defending its constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. Our "Political Insiders" are split on whether that money was well spent....

Lee Keeps the Gay Marriage Issue Alive on Capitol Hill

Congressional conservatives are rallying behind Sen. Mike Lee's religious freedom bill, even as House Speaker John Boehner and other GOP leaders show little stomach forputting divisive social issues at the top of the Republican agenda....

State Leaders Announce Framework for Medicaid Expansion

Utah State leaders announced today that they have found consensus around a conceptual framework for Medicaid Expansion....

Utah Troops Allowed to Carry Weapons at Military Facilities

Approximately one year ago, Utah state policy was changed to accommodate the carrying of weapons by soldiers at National Guard facilities in accordance with state law. In response to the recent attack of military facilities in Chattanooga, Tenn., Gov. Gary R. Herbert has dir...

Policy News


Salt Lake County Hires New Planning and Budget Director
Mayor Ben McAdams and Salt Lake County Chief Financial Officer Darrin Casper announced today that Rod Kitchens has been chosen as the county’s new director of planning and budget. He replaces Lance Brown, who retired in May, after 20 years in that position....

Hatch Presses Administration for Answers on Puerto Rico Debt Crisis
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) called on the Obama Administration to outline the actions, if any, they are taking toward Puerto Rico to help alleviate the current debt stresses.   ...

Hatch, Wyden Announce Markup of Bipartisan Tax Extenders Package
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) today announced the Committee will markup a tax extenders bill, entitled “An Original Bill to Extend Certain Expired Tax Provisions”. ...

Transportation Prices Drive Increase in Wasatch Front Consumer Price Index
The Zions Bank Wasatch Front Consumer Price Index (CPI) increased 1.3 percent from May to June on a non-seasonally adjusted basis. ...

Hatch Lauds Passage of Older Americans Act Reauthorization Act of 2015
Senator Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, senior Republican in the United States Senate and member and former chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions issued the following statement on the passage of the Older Americans Act:...

In Speech, Hatch Outlines Concerns with OECD International Tax Project
In a speech on the Senate floor, Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) outlined ongoing concerns regarding the Base Erosion and Profit Shifting project that is being developed by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and called on the Obama Admi...

Lee Introduces Bill to Drive Down Costs of Federally Funded Infrastructure Construction Projects
Senator Mike Lee introduced a bill that reduces the inflated costs of federal construction projects on our nation’s transportation infrastructure. ...

Community Foundation of Utah Announces the 2015 Enlightened 50
The Community Foundation of Utah has, for the sixth year, recognized fifty individuals who are making a measurable – but often unsung - difference in the lives of Utahns.  ...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Rolly: State leaders do what they say the feds should not

Op-ed: Salt Lake is growing as a player in international trade

Op-ed: Public Lands Initiative is successfully building a lasting plan

Editorial: Put prison where it's best for people who go there

Editorial: Jackie Biskupski the best choice for mayor

Utah officials, lawmakers join anti-monument push

Ramp meters could be coming to all Salt Lake County freeways

In Salt Lake County government, mix of business and politics preceded embezzlement investigation

Lehi, high-tech companies say Utah owes them better highway, train line

School's out for the summer? Not for thousands of ambitious or catching-up Utah students

Utah guv asks attorney general to probe BLM's closure of Recapture Canyon road

Utah regulators still OK with contentious tar-sands mine expansion, but will require water monitoring

Deseret News

Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Utah's political nerds now have reasons to 'geek out'

Op-ed: Because we're all dependent, Utah should pass health care reform

Op-ed: Supreme Court's Obergefell decision threatens American democracy

Editorial: Mountain Accord is a display of prudent land planning and cooperative effort among many stakeholders

'Especially strong': Utah economy gaining momentum

State orders tar sands mining operation to monitor groundwater

'Conceptual framework' on Medicaid expansion announced

Utah Supreme Court halts effort to launch referendum to keep prison in Draper

Herbert calls for more protection of Guard facilities following Tennessee rampage

Other

Patriotism and voting patterns across generations in Utah County (Daily Herald)

Political PACs packing a punch in Davis cities (Standard-Examiner)

All quiet in this year's county external audit (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

'Black Lives Matter' protesters flummox O'Malley, Sanders (Politico)

GOP field chases Iowa evangelicals (Politico)

Iran deal tests Dems' loyalty to Obama (The Hill)

Spotlight falls on O-Care fraud (The Hill)

Poll: Sharp divisions after high court backs gay marriage (Associated Press)

Obama collecting personal data for a secret race database (New York Post)

Donald Trump, remains unapologetic, faces the wrath of his own party (Los Angeles Times)

Can Bernie Sanders win black voters? (CNN)

US wins Math Olympiad for first time in 21 years. Is math education improving? (Christian Science Monitor)

GOP's Walker struggles with issue of Boy Scouts' ban on gay leaders (Associated Press)

What Iran deal could mean for US ban on oil exports (Christian Science Monitor)

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