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Ten Things You Need to Know for Wednesday - July 8, 2015

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City. 

Lawmakers could put off Medicaid expansion in Utah until next year's legislative session. Utah is paying close attention to Congress' efforts to change No Child Left Behind. Lawmakers want police officers statewide to wear body cameras.


  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 34
  • Days to the 2015 election - 118
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - 195
  • Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - 202
  • Days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary - 203
  • Days to the 2016 Utah primary election - 357
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 490

Wednesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. The Eurozone gives Greece until Thursday to present new proposals for deals with its creditors. On Sunday, the 28 members of the eurozone will meet to discuss Greece's fate [BBC].
  2. Utah lawmakers are hedging their bets on Medicaid expansion saying the issue could wait until the 2016 session [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News, Fox 13, KUER, ABC 4].
  3. State education officials are paying close attention to Congress' efforts to reauthorize and change the No Child Left Behind legislation to see how it could impact Utah [Deseret News].
  4. Embattled San Juan County Commissioner Phil Lyman, who was convicted of leading an illegal ATV ride into Recapture Canyon, hires new lawyers and has his sentencing hearing pushed back to September [Tribune].
  5. A report from the Utah State Auditor shows students at the state's colleges, and universities subsidize athletics at those institutions to the tune of $56 million annually [Deseret News, Fox 13].
  6. Several Utah lawmakers want legislation requiring all police officers in the state to wear body cameras [Fox 13, KUER, Tribune].
  7. The lawyer Utah hired to defend its ban on same-sex marriage says the Supreme Court decision on marriage is a threat to religious freedom in the U.S. [Deseret News].
  8. A Sandy businessman is filing suit against Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker claiming he and two city employees ruined a business deal [Deseret News].
  9. Utah County Commissioners want to keep land in American Fork Canyon out of a proposed land swap with Snowbird Ski Resort [Daily Herald].
  10. On the heels of Hillary Clinton announcing an eye-popping $45 million fundraising haul her chief rival, Bernie Sanders, says he pulled in $15 million, mostly from small donors [New York Times].

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  • 1663 - King Charles II of England granted a charter to Rhode Island.
  • 1776 - The Declaration of Independence was read in public for the first time, to people gathered at Philadelphia's Independence Square.
  • 1835 - The Liberty Bell cracked while being rung during the funeral of U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Marshall.
  • 1889 - The Wall Street Journal was first published.
  • 1969 - U.S. troops began withdrawing from Vietnam.

Today At Utah Policy

Medicaid Expansion May Have to Wait Until 2016 Session
A new economic study comparing Gov. Gary Herbert’s Healthy Utah Medicaid expansion – Healthy Utah -- and the GOP Utah House’s plan called Utah Cares finds Healthy Utah provides six times the financial benefits....

Podcast: Interview with Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox
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....

Weekly Survey: What Will Utah Lawmakers Do with Medicaid Expansion
Utah lawmakers are facing a self-imposed July 31 deadline to come up with a plan for Medicaid expansion. What do you think they'll do? Vote now in our weekly survey....

Bishop: 'Environmental Extremists' to Blame for Wildfires
In a USA Today op-ed, Rep. Rob Bishop says environmental litigation is the true culprit behind the increase in catastrophic wildfires on U.S. forestlandover the last two decades....

Utah Has 16th 'Healthiest' Democracy in the U.S.
A new report from the Center for American Progress gives Utah's political system and government an above average grade, but there's ample room for improvement....

Republicans Might Nuke the Filibuster if they Win the White House in 2016
If Republicans win the White House in 2016, they probably won't have a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate. Most of the Senate seats up for election next year favor Democrats. ...

Utah's Unions are Among the Weakest in the U.S.
Maybe this is why Utah's Democratic Party is in such dire straits. A new analysis says the Beehive State has the third weakest unions in the nation....

Policy News

Mayor Becker Invites City Residents to Apply for 2015 Leadership Utah Fellowship
The Salt Lake City Mayor’s Office of Diversity & Human Rights and the Salt Lake City Human Rights Commission are calling for applications for the annual Leadership Utah Fellowship. Salt Lake City residents from diverse communities are invited to apply....

Lee Offers Tribute to Elder Boyd K. Packer
Today, Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) offered a tribute on the Senate Floor to Elder Boyd K. Packer.  The full text of the tribute can be found below:...

Gov. Herbert Encourages Utahns to Take Clear the Air Challenge
Gov. Gary R. Herbert urges Utahns statewide to reduce vehicle emissions and improve Utah’s air quality in July by participating in the 2015 Clear the Air Challenge.  ...

White House Report: Giving Every Child a Fair Shot
America’s educators, students and families have produced historic progress in student outcomes across the nation in recent years, including reaching the highest high school graduation rate and lowest dropout rates in our history, and narrowing achievement and graduatio...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Richard Davis: Supreme Court gives elections back to the people

Op-ed: We have 3,000 cows on our Utah spread, but it's no factory farm

Editorial: Colorado's early-education success is worth emulating

South Jordan's incoming chief a believer in community policing, body cameras

Salt Lake City Council candidates square off Thursday

Coming soon to every Utah neighborhood: Police body cameras

Utah leaders change Medicaid expansion deadline again

Dixie professor, with eye on Carolinas, asks Utah to reconsider university's name

Deseret News

Op-ed: Medicaid expansion is not best option for a healthy Utah

Op-ed: Time to create more taxes? Rep. Chaffetz thinks so

Editorial: Utah's tale of 2 economies - rural cities, counties needing state attention

New analysis points to governor's health plan as best deal, sparks sharp debate

Utah ranks 11th in U.S. in fiscal health study

Sandy businessman files intent to sue Salt Lake City mayor

What's next for No Child Left Behind and what does it mean for Utah?

A look at the '12 religious freedom grenades' launched by the Supreme Court decision on marriage

On floor of U.S. Senate, Sen. Mike Lee honors President Boyd K. Packer as 'man of principles'


Commissioners ask Mountain Accord to delete county inclusion in land swap (Daily Herald)

Draft shows $3.5 billion in transportation improvements (Standard-Examiner)

Ogden Mayor's race starts to take shape (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

The socialist surge (Politico)

John Kerry plays it cool in final push for Iran deal (Politico)

GOP donors call for sidelining Donald Trump (Politico)

Hillary Clinton plays rope-a-dope with the national media (The Hill)

GOP debate countdown: Who's in and who's out? (The Hill)

Hillary Clinton on Her 'Last Rodeo' (National Journal)

California lawmaker moves to crack down on sanctuary cities in wake of murder (FOX News)

Mitt Romney: GOP kingmaker? (Christian Science Monitor)

California right-to-die bill stalls with Catholics opposed (FOX News)

Obama Urges Germany, Greece to Compromise on Emergency Financing (Wall Street Journal)

Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton support bankruptcy rights for Puerto Rico (CNNMoney)


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