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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:

  1. President Barack Obama says the U.S. does not yet have a strategy for fighting ISIL [Politico].
  2. Gov. Gary Herbert says he's worried any sort of tax hike in 2015 will hurt Utah's economic growth [Utah Policy].
  3. Herbert says the state should appeal a federal judge's ruling striking down part of the Utah's ban against polygamy [Tribune, Daily Herald].
  4. 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].
  5. 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].
  6. Sen. Todd Weiler wants a criminal investigation into the Utah Transit Authority following that legislatitve audit [Fox 13].
  7. Bob Bernick looks at whether Speaker Becky Lockhart has a chance to snag the State Superintendent's position [Utah Policy].
  8. Our "Political Insiders" think Lockhart is not qualified for Utah's top education slot [Utah Policy].
  9. 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].
  10. 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.

Today At Utah Policy

Bob Bernick's Notebook: Lockhart's Switcheroo
House Speaker Becky Lockhart shocked more than a few folks when she announced several days ago that she was applying to become Utah’s next superintendent of public schools....

Utah Policy/KSL Insider Survey: Becky Lockhart for Superintendent?
House Speaker Becky Lockhart says she wants the Utah State Superintendent job with the Utah Board of Education. Our "Political Insiders" say they're not so sure she's the right woman for the job....

Bernick and Schott on Politics - Episode #202
Utah lawmakers discuss how to gain control of public lands from the feds plus how the Utah Debate Commission may actually put a damper on political debates in Utah. Plus, fun with stereotypes! Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott run down the week in Utah politics....

Herbert Not Sold on 2015 Tax Hike
If Utah GOP legislative leaders are serious about raising taxes in 2015 for education, don’t count on Republican Gov. Gary Herbert rubber-stamping any tax hikes....

Bryan Schott's Political BS: Your Own Private Idaho
“The reason I talk to myself is because I’m the only one whose answers I accept.” - George Carlin...

Featured Items

Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
Outdoor Notes--Tribune:Utah Hike of the week: 10,420 Peak and Bloods Lake - Guardsman Pass--Tribune: Utah's famous Canyonlands rock art unexpectedly recent--Tribune:Recreation: North Face Endurance Challenge coming to Park City-- For the?latest wildlife news and information?...

Women's Business Center Accomplishments and Stats
The Women’s Business Center has had an excellent year. ...

Lt. Governor kicks off The 2014 Road to Registration Tour
With Election Day just two months away, the Utah Lt. Governor’s Office Thursday launched "The 2014 Road to Registration Tour" – a new awareness campaign aimed at encouraging young Utahns to register, and ultimately, vote in the 2014 election....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: UTA still has work to do to gain public trust

Utahns increasingly optimistic about economy

Ralph Becker shares beers with Salt Lake City residents

UTA attacked, defended after tough audit

Herbert supports appeal of ruling against Utah's bigamy law

'Capitol 13' group vows to fight disruption charges

Utah's alternative to Medicaid expansion still stalled

Utah plaintiffs ask U.S. Supreme Court to hear gay marriage case

Gov. Gary Herbert says UTA has fixed most problems in audit

Deseret News

Op-ed: Equality in family life does not mean sameness

Editorial: A slippery 'immoral' Tweet

Couples in Utah same-sex marriage case ask Supreme Court to hear state's appeal

Gov.: Elected officials need to serve on UTA board to boost accountibility

Gay rights activists to fight charges for disrupting Utah Legislature

National Headlines

A different Iraq hangover for Obama (Politico)

Will Harry Reid Run? (Politico)

State Dept. not ready to call Russian military moves an 'invasion' (The Hill)

Rand Paul criticizes Clinton's 'shoot first' policy on Syria (The Hill)

Pelosi: No need for Iraq vote yet (The Hill)

Sister of Boston bombing suspect arrested in NYC (USA Today)

Could Mitt Mania lead to Ryan Renaissance? (Washington Times)

Christie keeps high profile as bridge-closing inquiries advance (Bloomberg)

Dem senator claims male colleague told her: Don't get 'porky' (FOX News)

New poll deepens re-election gloom for Pennsylvania Governor Corbett (Reuters)

Most Americans Think The Economy Is Permanently Damaged (Huffington Post)

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