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Ten Things You Need to Know for Thursday - September 10, 2015

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City. 

Trump widens his national lead. Utahns aren't sure lawmakers will find the "right" solution to Medicaid expansion. Democrats hammer Mia Love for her trip to a D.C. party.

The clock:

  • 54 days to the 2015 election - (11/3/2015)
  • 130 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - (1/18/2016)
  • 137 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (1/25/2016)
  • 138 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary - (1/26/2016)
  • 182 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (3/10/2016)
  • 292 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 425 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)

Thursday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Donald Trump continues to outpace the Republican field. "The Donald" is the first GOP candidate to move above 30% support in the race for the nomination, gaining 8% since last month. Ben Carson is in second place at 19% [CNN].
  2. A new poll shows Utahns aren't sure that Utah lawmakers will be able to find the "right" solution for Medicaid expansion [Utah Policy].
  3. Opponents of Medicaid expansion in Utah are continuing their fight against whatever plan lawmakers eventually come up with [Deseret News].
  4. A federal judge rules the U.S. House of Representatives can move forward with their latest lawsuit against the Affordable Care Act [New York Times].
  5. Utah Democrats tee off on Rep. Mia Love's use of taxpayer money to travel to a posh social event in Washington, D.C. [Utah Policy, Tribune]. Meanwhile, Love still hasn't provided documentation that she met with staff members while in Washington for the event, which is her justification for using her Congressional account [Utah Policy].
  6. Sen. Mike Lee says he will not vote for a federal budget that includes funding for Planned Parenthood [Deseret News].
  7. A new study says Salt Lake County is well prepared to reduce the number of mentally ill people already in jail and divert more into treatment programs [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News, KUER].
  8. A legislative audit says there's not enough collaboration between Utah public high schools and the Utah College of Applied Technology [Deseret News].
  9. The Disability Law Center is suing the state for keeping mentally ill criminal defendants to stay in jail while they await treatment [Tribune, KUER].
  10. Archeologists announce they have discovered a new species of human ancestor that could ultimately change our understanding of human evolution [National Geographic].

On this day in history:

  • 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.
  • 1846 - Elias Howe received a patent for the sewing machine.
  • 1963 - 20 black students entered the white public schools of Birmingham, Tuskegee and Mobile in Alabama after President John. F. Kennedy federalized the state's National Guard.
  • 1989 - Hungary stopped enforcing East German visa restrictions and opened its borders, beginning a flood of emigration that led to the fall of the Berlin Wall two months later.
  • 2009 - U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) shouted "You lie!" during President Barack Obama's address on healthcare reform to a joint session of Congress.

Today At Utah Policy

Poll: Utahns Aren't Sure Lawmakers Will Find the 'Right' Solution on Medicaid Expansion

Utahns are split over whether the state Legislature can come up with a “right” plan to expand Medicaid to help low-income citizens, a new UtahPolicy poll finds....

Chaffetz Slams EPA's 'Toxic' Workplace Environment

In an op-ed, Rep. Jason Chaffetz warns thatthe EPA'sfailure to punishserial sexual harassers among its employeesmay force Congress to intervene and perform a newtype of "environmental clean-up."...

Democrats Hammer Love for Correspondents' Dinner Trip

The Utah Democratic party is on the offensive against Republican Rep. Mia Love for using her Congressional account to travel to the White House Correspondents' Dinner....

Weekly Survey: Who Will Get the Blame for Another Government Shutdown

It appears President Obama and Congress may be heading towards a budget impasse over federal funding for Planned Parenthood. If there is a government shutdown, who do you think will be most to blame? Vote now in our weekly survey....

Mia Love Explains Her Use of Taxpayer Funds for Correspondents' Dinner

Rep. Mia Love, under fire for using more than $1,000 from her Congressional account to fly to Washington, D.C. for the annual White House Correspondents' Dinner, says she also had a "strategy meeting" with her chief of staff while she was in Washington that wee...

Policy News

Salt Lake Chamber Hosts 128th Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon
Utah’s business leaders gathered on Thursday, September 9, 2015 at the Salt Lake Marriott Downtown at City Creek for the Salt Lake Chamber’s 128th Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon. ...

Westminster Hosts Grand Opening of Veterans Center on 9/11
Westminster will host a grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony for the inaugural Center for Veterans & Military Services on Sept. 11, 2015, at 1 p.m. in front of Walker Hall.The event is open to the community and will include remarks by Gary Harter, executive director...

Press Release: Salt Lake County See Validation in Findings of Independent Report on Flaws Within Criminal Justice System
Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams, Sheriff Jim Winder and District Attorney Sim Gill are endorsing the recommendations of a just-completed, independent study about the county’s ongoing efforts to reduce recidivism and appropriately divert those with mental illness and...

Press Release - Preventing and Responding to Student Suicide: Promising Strategies for Schools
The Utah State Office of Education, with support from the Regional Educational Laboratory West, is hosting a free one-day conference Preventing and Responding to Student Suicide: Promising Strategies for Schools. ...

Press Release: GIVE Salt Lake Announces Expanding Lineup
The line-up of speakers, judges and participants for GIVE Salt Lake is expanding and, according to event producer Michael Merchant, each new participant brings an important new benefit to attendees. ...

Roundtable Luncheon with Minnesota Congressman Erik Paulsen
Join World Trade Center Utah at a Roundtable Seminar with Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) to learn more about the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and the role congress plays. ...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Navy has forged a strong connection with landlocked Utah

Editorial: State must not barter away SB54

Utah Dems slam Mia Love over taxpayer trip to D.C. party

County is ready, but is it able, to deal with mentally ill?

Audit blasts $33 million in mismanaged funds at state rehab agency

State GOP hires new executive director

UTA expands Sunday TRAX service, streetcar hours

Deseret News

Dan Liljenquist: Going hog-wild on comparing pig roasts and pork barrels

Op-ed: When it comes to education, one size does not fit all

Jay Evensen: Fewer poor children are dying - the great success story of our times

Editorial: Is U.S. headed the wrong way? There may be commonality, steps to build upon

Anchors aweigh: Governor marks Navy Week for Utah

Utah GOP hires new executive director

State auditors call for more collaboration between high schools, tech college

Lawsuit alleges Utah agencies 'unconstitutionally delay' mentally ill inmates' treatment

Animal rights activists sue Farmington over now-suspended free speech law

Sen. Mike Lee won't vote for federal budget that includes Planned Parenthood

Medicaid expansion plan still in the works despite opposition

Company files lawsuit against Tooele County over sale of Miller Motorsports Park


3 Weber County mayors trying to undercut '13 library bond election (Standard-Examiner)

Weber County approves new fee to streamline passport process (Standard-Examiner)

Logan District Board reviews SAGE data, plans for future (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

Being a Clinton Apologist is a Hard Life (Politico)

Two DNC vice chairs call for more Democratic presidential debates (Politico)

House GOP changes course on Iran after conservative revolt (The Hill)

Trumpmania hits Capitol Hill (The Hill)

Clinton Takes Tough Shot at Obama (Weekly Standard)

Al Qaeda Mag Urges Attack on Koch Brothers, Buffett, Bloomberg (NBC News)

Justice Department pledges to focus on Wall Street crime (CNN)

Judge allows unusual House GOP lawsuit against president to proceed (Los Angeles Times)

Trump slights rival Fiorina's looks: 'Look at that face' (Reuters)

Planned Parenthood hearing on Hill evokes old battles over abortion (Washington Post)

America has 5.8 million jobs openings (CNN)


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