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Friday, August 29, 2014
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Ten Things You Need to Know for Friday - August 29, 2014
Herbert worried a tax hike will hurt the economy. Utah still negotiating with the feds over Medicaid expansion. Does Lockhart have a chance at Utah's top education job?
- 67 days until the 2014 midterm elections
- 150 days to the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature
- 431 days until the 2015 elections
- 507 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative)
- 802 days to the 2016 presidential election
Friday's Top-10 Headlines:
- President Barack Obama says the U.S. does not yet have a strategy for fighting ISIL [Politico].
- Gov. Gary Herbert says he's worried any sort of tax hike in 2015 will hurt Utah's economic growth [Utah Policy].
- Herbert says the state should appeal a federal judge's ruling striking down part of the Utah's ban against polygamy [Tribune, Daily Herald].
- Utah is still negotiating an alternative to Medicaid expansion with the federal government and could bring the issue to the Legislature before the 2015 session [Tribune].
- Herbert thinks UTA has fixed most of the problems highlighted by a legislative audit raising questions about the organization's business practices [Tribune, Deseret News].
- Sen. Todd Weiler wants a criminal investigation into the Utah Transit Authority following that legislatitve audit [Fox 13].
- Bob Bernick looks at whether Speaker Becky Lockhart has a chance to snag the State Superintendent's position [Utah Policy].
- Our "Political Insiders" think Lockhart is not qualified for Utah's top education slot [Utah Policy].
- A group of 13 gay rights activists say they will fight charges filed against them for disrupting the Legislature during the 2014 session [Tribune, Deseret News].
- The plaintiffs in the case against Utah's same-sex marriage ban ask the Supreme Court to hear the case [Tribune, Deseret News].
On this day in history:
- 1632 - English philosopher John Locke was born.
- 1877 - Brigham Young, the second president of the Mormon Church, died in Salt Lake City.
- 1966 - The Beatles performed their last concert at Candlestick Park in San Francisco.
- 2005 - Hurricane Katrina made landfall along the Louisiana coast causing massive flooding in New Orleans.
- 2008 - John McCain picked Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to be his running mate.
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