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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

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Ten Things You Need to Know for Wednesday - September 10, 2014

Obama to address the nation. Herbert says he's close to an agreement with the feds on Medicaid expansion. Poll shows there's not much support for Lockhart's bid to become state superintendent.


  • 55 days to the 2014 midterm election
  • 138 days until the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature
  • 419 days to the 2015 election
  • 495 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative)
  • 790 days until the 2016 presidential election

Wednesday's top-10 headlnes:

  1. President Obama will deliver a primetime address to the nation tonight about combating the ISIL terror group [CNN, NBC News, The Hill].
  2. Gov. Gary Herbert says he should have deal worked out with the feds over his "Healthy Utah" alternative to Medicaid expansion within the next two to three weeks [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News].
  3. Digging into our latest poll numbers shows even Republicans don't support Becky Lockhart's bid to become state superintendent [Utah Policy].
  4. A new survey finds most voters consider Obama's presidency a failure [Politico].
  5. The mayors of six cities are trying to hammer out the language for a ballot question on whether residents support a monthly fee to operate the UTOPIA fiber optic network [Deseret News].
  6. Park City Mountain Resort will pay a $17.5 million bond in order to open this upcoming ski season [Tribune, Deseret News].
  7. Most of the trustees for the Utah Transit Authority ignore a challenge to forego cars and use the transit system for a week [Tribune].
  8. West Valley City is on the list of top-10 most dangerous cities in the U.S. [KSL].
  9. Former Ogden Mayor Matthew Godfrey is becoming a much sought-after economic development guru [Tribune].
  10. The Board of Regents announces three finalists for the new president of Salt Lake Community College [Deseret News].

On this day in history:

  • 1608 - John Smith was elected president of the Jamestown colony council in Virginia.
  • 1813 - Oliver Perry sent the message, "We have met the enemy, and they are ours," after an American naval force defeated the British in the Battle of Lake Erie in the War of 1812.
  • 1963 - Twenty black students entered public schools in Birmingham, Tuskegee and Mobile, Alabama following a standoff between federal authorities and Gov. George C. Wallace.
  • 2002 - Switzerland became the 190th member of the United Nations.

Today At Utah Policy

Poll: Not Even Republicans Are Backing Lockhart for Superintendent
The job of state superintendent of public education is not an elected position; rather the State Board of Education picks the chief staffer of all schools.Otherwise, Utah House Speaker Becky Lockhart could be in trouble...

Herbert Says He's Close to an Agreement with the Feds on Healthy Utah
Gov. Gary Herbert says he expects to have a “finished product” on his Healthy Utah plan sometime within the next two or three weeks....

Lee Makes a Key Hire for 2016
Sen. Mike Lee is raising eyebrows for hiring the former national political director of FreedomWorks to head up his 2016 re-election bid....

Poll: Utahns Think Utah's Public Education Doesn't Need a Massive Overhaul
Just under half of Utahns think the state's public education system is in need of some minor changes, but not a complete overhaul. That's according to a new public opinion survey....

Featured Items

Utah Business Coalition Presents 42 'Legislative Champion' Awards to Utah Legislators
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Weekly Survey: Electing the State School Board
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Business Community Steps Up and Out in Support of STEM Education
The STEM Action Center, with help from Goldman Sachs, the Utah Technology Council, Comcast and Real Salt Lake are hosting a STEM Utah Corporate Soccer Tournament, September 22 from 2 p.m.-4p.m. at Rio Tinto Stadium, in a joint effort to support marketing the study ...

Utah Flies High With Aerospace Education and Leading Aerospace Companies
Standing at the front of a strong heritage in aviation, Utah continues to thrive in the aerospace industry as one of the top states in aerospace employment....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Police officers have to be multi-cultural

Utah County woos feds for bus rapid transit grant

Lee hires tea party strategist who tried to take out Hatch

Former Ogden mayor is sought-after economic development guru

West Jordan pushes to create a downtown

Most UTA trustees ignore challenge to use own system

Utah gov: We have a 'conceptual' deal on Medicaid

Park City Mountain Resort to pay $17.5 million to open this season

Deseret News

Randy Shumway: Setting our sights on education

Jay Evensen: Despite deficits, Postmaster General an 'eternal optimist'

Editorial: We need unity to fight the Islamic State militants

UTOPIA mayors working to finalize language for mail-in ballot

Park City resort will pay $17.5M bond as community breathes 'sigh of relief'

Democrat Doug Owens campaign delays start of TV advertising

Herbert reaches understanding 'conceptually' on Medicaid expansion


County approves BRT funding memo (Daily Herald)

Ski Utah puts its cards on the table (Park Record)

Ski season gets a reprieve (Park Record)

Editorial: A retreat on immigration (Standard-Examiner)

Utah Department of Health representatives discuss governor's alternative to Medicaid expansion (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

Poll: Majority say President Obama a failure (Politico)

Leadership heads to White House hoping to avoid vote on ISIS (The Hill)

White House: Expect few details on cost, length of ISIS campaign (The Hill)

Wisconsin prosecutors seek ruling to restart campaign finance probe (Reuters)

New College Rankings Remind Us Of What's Wrong With American Higher Education (Forbes)

Judge increases Jose Padilla's sentence to 21 years (EFE)

ISIS, ISIL or the Islamic State? (CNN)

Watchdog: VA managers lied about delays (Associated Press)

Cheney rips Obama's foreign policy, tells GOP to focus on defense in midterms (CNN)

Sen. Reid calls for apology for plantation remark (Associated Press)

Nebraska's lieutenant governor resigns after sister alleges threats (Los Angeles Times)

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