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Friday, August 15, 2014

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Ten Things You Need To Know for Friday Morning - August 15, 2014

Gov. Gary Herbert says he should wrap up negotiations with the feds over his "Healthy Utah" plan in the next month. A federal judge tosses a case against Rick Koerber. The head of the Utah Public Employees Association is stepping down.


  • 81 days until the 2014 midterm elections
  • 164 days to the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature
  • 445 days until the 2015 elections
  • 521 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative)
  • 816 days to the 2016 presidential election

Friday's top headlines:

  • Gov. Gary Herbert discusses Medicaid expansion, same-sex marriage and whether Obama will create a new national monument in Utah [Utah Policy].
  • Herbert says he expects to wrap up negotiations with federal officials over his "Healthy Utah" alternative to Medicaid expansion next month [Utah Policy].
  • A federal judge dismisses all charges against accused fraudster Rick Koerber [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • Former Attorney General John Swallow's name pops up during a federal court hearing [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • West Jordan officials release the details of a severance package for their former city manager who resigned this week after a former employee filed a lawsuit against the city [Tribune].
  • Audry Wood, head of the Utah Public Employees Association, is stepping down from that post [Tribune].
  • Patricia Tingey is appointed to replace her late husband, Roy, on the Riverton City Council [Deseret News].
  • Some say the sudden resignation of state Deputy Superintendent Brenda Hales points to internal problem with the Utah Office of Education [Tribune].
  • The BLM is looking for vandals who spray painted near Native American rock art in Utah County [Deseret News].
  • Chuck Todd is set to take over NBC's "Meet the Press" from David Gregory [Politico].

On this day in history:

  • 1057 - Macbeth, King of Scots, was killed in battle by Malcom, the eldest son of King Duncan, whom Macbeth had slain.
  • 1935 - Humorist Will Rogers and aviator Wiley Post were killed in a plane crash.
  • 1939 - "The Wizard of Oz" premiered at Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood.
  • 1947 - India became independent after some 200 years of British rule.
  • 1969 - The Woodstock Music and Art Fair opened in New York.

Today At Utah Policy

Bob Bernick's Notebook: The Fight Over 'Healthy Utah'
Gov. Gary Herbert tells UtahPolicy that his negotiations with federal officials over Obamacare and Medicaid expansion should be wrapped up by the end of next month....

Bernick and Schott on Politics - 200th Episode Extravaganza
To help us celebrate the 200th episode of this little weekly video rundown of Utah's political scene, we're joined by Gov. Gary Herbert!...

Newsweek: Obama Administration Legalizes Internet Gambling, Dealing Parents a Bad Hand
Rep. Jason Chaffetz saysthe Department of Justiceopened a Pandora's box in 2011 when it reversed 50 years of legal precedent by legalizingonline poker and slots....

Bryan Schott's Political BS: A Monumental Issue
It's not a matter of if, but when....

Featured Items

Utah Policy/KSL Insider Survey: A New National Monument in Utah?
President Obama says he's "not done" when it comes to using the Antiquities Act to set aside federal land for protection. Many people think that means he's going to create a new national monument in Utah....

Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
Outdoor Notes--Tribune:Hike of the Week: Naomi Peak Trail--Tribune:Utah Bucket List: Violinist in tune with Zion National Park-- Tribune: Recreation: Ten good suggestions for late-season Utah camping-- For the?latest wildlife news and information?and the?fishing report?visit...

Goldman Sachs to Expand its Presence in Utah
The Governor's Office of Economic Development met today and has extended an incentive offer to The Goldman Sachs Group Inc., in consideration for the company's plan to create up to 350 additional jobs over the next 20 years.... Announces Plans to Bring Hundreds of IT Jobs to Utah
The Governor's Office of Economic Development and announced today the company will grow its employee base by bringing 333 additional jobs to Salt Lake County....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: State education board is maintaining Utah's independence

Editorial: Wildfire Disaster Funding Act should not burn away

Feds: 4,300 Utahns must verify immigration status or lose coverage

Head of government employees union leaving after 25 years

John Swallow mentioned during federal court assault case

County signs off on Olympus Hills annexation

Rick Koerber walks on $48 million Ponzi scheme charges

Paul Rolly: Deputy's departure signals rift in Utah education

West Jordan OKs lucrative severance for resigned city manager

Deseret News

Greg Bell: New minimum-wage laws - Government as provider

Editorial: Monument supporters

Woman appointed to late husband's Riverton City Council seat

Salazar, sportsmen chide states' public lands movement

Judge tosses $100M fraud case against Alpine businessman Rick Koerber

Salt Lake City Council discusses options to keep rideshare companies in the city

Online marketer says he associated with ex-A.G. John Swallow to 'change the world'


Editorial: Get cannabis extract in Utah (Standard-Examiner)

Bishop works the Maverik counter (Standard-Examiner)

Editorial: Cache County audit a big wake-up call (Logan Herald Journal)

Voting by mail coming to Cache County for November election (Logan Herald Journal)

Logan City School District formally passes property tax increase (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

Hillary Clinton's lead over GOP candidates shrinks (McClatchy)

'Hug summit' for Obama, Clinton (Politico)

Democrats to White House: Immigration's your call (Politico)

Rand Paul: Demilitarize police forces (The Hill)

House Democrats can't figure out why Obama won't talk to them (The Hill)

Warren dances around 2016 states (The Hill)

Obama Calls for Open Inquiry Into Police Shooting of Missouri Teenager (New York Times)

Obama: 'We Broke The ISIL Seige Of Mt. Sinjar' In Iraq (Huffington Post)

Hawaii judge to hear request for delay in makeup Senate vote (USA Today)

Support for Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel slipping (USA Today)

Rick Perry: Border crisis isn't just a Texas issue (FOX News)

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