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Friday, August 21, 2015

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Ten Things You Need to Know for Friday - August 21, 2015

Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City. 

Herbert authorizes prison move. Special session on Medicaid expansion expected later this year. A Salt Lake City charter school shuts down just days after the school year begins.

The clock:

  • 74 days to the 2015 election - (11/3/2015)
  • 150 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - (1/18/2016)
  • 157 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (1/25/2016)
  • 158 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary - (1/26/2016)
  • 202 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (3/10/2016)
  • 312 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 445 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)

Friday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Gov. Gary Herbert signs a resolution authorizing moving the prison from Draper to Salt Lake City [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Fox 13, KUER, Tribune].
  2. An economist says the new prison could be a boon or a burden for Salt Lake City [Deseret News].
  3. Herbert also says he expects another special session later this year to deal with Medicaid expansion [Deseret News, KUER].
  4. Lawmakers consider keeping details of administrative disciplinary actions from the public [Tribune].
  5. Rep. Rob Bishop's public lands initiative is not gaining any friends among Republicans on Utah's Capitol Hill [Tribune].
  6. If you have DirecTV, you can't watch KSL for the time being [Deseret News].
  7. A charter school in Salt Lake City has shut down just days after the school year started leaving parents scrambling [Tribune, KSLABC 4].
  8. July was the hottest month on record since humans began keeping track in the late 1800s [Washington Post].
  9. Former President Jimmy Carter says he will undergo treatment for melanoma on his brain [Reuters].
  10. Hundreds of government employees apparently used their federal email accounts to access the cheating website Ashley Madison [Associated Press].

On this day in history:

  • 1831 - Nat Turner launched a bloody slave insurrection in Virginia, leading to the deaths of 60 people.
  • 1940 - Exiled Bolshevik leader Leon Trotsky was assassinated in Mexico City on orders from Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin.
  • 1959 - Hawaii became the 50th state of the United States.
  • 1991 - A coup against Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev collapsed in the face of a popular upraising led by Russian federation President Boris Yeltsin.
  • 2011 - Lybian rebels took control of Tripoli and ended the four-decade rule of Moammar Gadhafi.

Today At Utah Policy

Bob Bernick's Notebook: Some Thoughts on the Poll Showing Mormons Want to Leave the Boy Scouts

One of the most popular poll questions/stories UtahPolicy has ever done came out this week – a new Dan Jones & Associates survey showing that nearly two-thirds of “very active” Utah Mormons think their church leaders should get out of the Boy Scouts of ...

Bernick and Schott on Politics - Episode #250

Lawmakers officially decide to move the prison from Draper to Salt Lake City. Utah Democrats try to stop it but they're as effective as, well, Utah Democrats....

Podcast: Bernick and Schott on Politics - Episode #250

Lawmakers officially decide to move the prison from Draper to Salt Lake City. Utah Democrats try to stop it but they're as effective as, well, Utah Democrats....

Mia Love's Emotional Reaction to Planned Parenthood Videos Reveals Softer Side of GOP

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Weekly Survey: Johnson vs. Herbert

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Herbert Signs Legislation to Begin Prison Relocation

Gov. Gary Herbert signed legislation on Thursday to move the state prison from Draper to Salt Lake City....

Policy News

Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
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Press Release: City Launches Redevelopment of Historic Northwest Pipeline Building Site
Mayor Ralph Becker and the City’s Community and Economic Development Department invite residents and media representatives to a kickoff event marking the redevelopment of the Historic Northwest Pipeline Building and Site (former Public Safety Building) at 300 East and ...

Press Release: Lee Seeks Answers And Accountability On EPA Mine Spill
Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) signed two letters calling for accountability and answers from the federal government in the wake of the Environmental Protection Agency's spill of three million gallons of toxic mine wastewater into the Animas River....

Salt Lake Chamber Hosts 7th Annual Clear the Air Challenge Awards
The Salt Lake Chamber, along with its partners UDOT TravelWise, UCAIR, Intermountain Healthcare, UTA, Penna Powers, Fidelity Investments and Rio Tinto hosted the 7th Annual Clear the Challenge Awards Ceremony and Luncheon on Thursday, August 20th at noon....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: I may have lost the election, but the attention to our issues is a winner

Editorial: Hold off on SLC recreation bond

Census: Commuters to Salt Lake County come from all over Utah

Bills would seal information on administrative disciplinary actions

Herbert signs resolution to move prison to SLC

SLC councilman says INN Between homeless hospice 'found loopholes' in order to open

Rolly: Sarah Palin stiffs Utah photographer on copyright credit

Utah lawmakers: Prison move a 'slap in the face' to SLC, already burdened with halfway houses

Utah charter school shuts down after just three days of school

Watch: Paul Rolly Roast, featuring Utah politicians getting their chance to rib Tribune columnist

Rep. Rob Bishop's compromise plan for Utah public lands pleases neither environmentalists nor Republican leaders

Deseret News

Natalie Gochnour: Salt Lake City is earning a new title: 'Wall Street of the West'

Greg Bell: Best method of helping the homeless is to treat them as individuals, not lump them into 'categories'

Op-ed: Data do not support expansion of Utah charter schools

Dan Liljenquist: My case for defunding Planned Parenthood

Jay Evensen: Eroding freedoms in U.S. are troublesome

Editorial: Some companies testing innovative options in parental leave

Money Magazine ranks Draper as one of the best small U.S. cities to live in

Gov. Herbert signs resolution moving prison to Salt Lake site

Economic impact of prison in Salt Lake City uncertain, economist says

Gov. Herbert says special session on Medicaid expansion coming

Utahns sue feds over alleged spying during 2002 Winter Olympics


Presidential candidate schedules Orem visit (Daily Herald)

Editorial: Think local, not national, on tax proposals (Standard-Examiner)

Cougar plan causes uproar among conservationists (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

The Regrets of Jimmy Carter (Politico)

Bottom of GOP heap seething at RNC over debates (Politico)

Judge orders State to coordinate with FBI about Clinton server (The Hill)

Fiery Bush takes aim at Trump (The Hill)

Donald Trump surges; Hillary Clinton slips in Florida (Sun-Sentinel)

Donald has landed (TIME)

Former president Jimmy Carter says cancer has spread to his brain (Washington Post)

Joe Biden is suddenly polling a little better than Hillary (Washington Post)

Rubio campaign swings through Detroit: What does he say about taxes? (Wall Street Journal)

Planned Parenthood honors journalists amid near blackout over undercover videos (FOX News)

Why Obama's Arctic drilling decision is hardly the last word (Christian Science Monitor)


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