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Monday, September 15, 2014

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Ten Things You Need to Know for Monday - September 15, 2014

Utahns don't know much about Gov. Herbert's Healthy Utah plan. Utah's Congressional delegation not sure they want to give Obama a "blank check" to fight ISIL. Chaffetz says Romney still eyeing a 2016 run.


  • 50 days to the 2014 midterm election
  • 133 days until the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature
  • 414 days to the 2015 election
  • 490 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative)
  • 785 days until the 2016 presidential election

Monday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Our latest poll shows Utahns don't know much about Gov. Herbert's Healthy Utah plan, but they like it more than Medicaid expansion [Utah Policy].
  2. Utah's members of Congress are wary of giving President Obama unfettered power to combat ISIL [Tribune].
  3. An analysis shows Utah state agencies have amassed an impressive stockpile of military weaponry [Tribune].
  4. Hillary Clinton sparks 2016 chatter with an apperance in Iowa [NBC News].
  5. Rep. Jason Chaffetz says Mitt Romney continues to mull a possible run for president in 2016 [Deseret News].
  6. Reaction from parents at an elementary school where a teacher accidentially shot herself is mixed [Tribune].
  7. The Salt Lake County Republican Party has filed a complaint against County Sheriff Jim Winder for campaign violations [Tribune].
  8. Utah's prison population is growing mostly due to an increase in non-violent criminals and sex offenders [Tribune].
  9. The proposed Sugar House Streetcar expansion fails to win funding from the federal government [Tribune].
  10. Another write-in candidate joins the race for a Utah County Commission seat [Daily Herald].

On this day in history:

  • 1776 - British forces occupied New York City during the American Revolution.
  • 1950 - United Nations forces landed at Inchon in South Korea during the Korean War.
  • 1963 - Four black girls were killed when a bomb went off during Sunday services at a church in Birmingham, Alabama.
  • 1982 - The first edition of the USA Today newspaper was published.
  • 2001 - President George W. Bush identified Osama bin Laden as the prime suspect in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Today At Utah Policy

Exclusive Poll: Utahns Don't Know Much About Healthy Utah, But They Prefer It Over Medicaid Expansion
This week's Utah Policy shows that most Utahns really don't know much about Gov. Gary Herbert's "Healthy Utah" alternative to Medicaid expansion....

Sale In Utah Saves Ski Season
Vail's purchase Thursday of Park City Mountain ensures that all ofPark City's three major ski resorts will be runningthis winter, reports The New York Times....

Why Gun Control Groups Have Moved Away from an Assault Weapons Ban
The morning after the Sandy Hook shootings, Shannon Watts, a mother of five and a former public relations executive, started a Facebook page called "One Million Moms for Gun Control." It proved wildly popular and members quickly focused on renewing the federal ban ...

Bob Bernick's Notebook: Walking on a Thin Line
Oh, the fine line of “advocacy” or “comparative” political campaign advertising as compared to “negative” advertising....

Featured Items

Overcoming Barriers to Utah's Greatest Economic Opportunity
Energy development in the Uintah Basin is clearly Utah’s greatest economic opportunity. Smart, but aggressive, development of the region’s massive energy resources can create tens of thousands of jobs, bolster all segments of Utah’s economy, dramatically in...

Leonardo After Hours: Is Your Food Killing You - Navigating a Full Crop of What Food is Healthy, Toxic and Everything in Between
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Viracon Sees Utah's Business Environment as a Window of Opportunity for Growth
Viracon, along with the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, announced plans to reopen and invest in an existing facility in Washington County. Viracon manufactures and sells high performance architectural glass. Operating since 1970, Viracon’s target ...

'Green' Metalworking Fluid Manufacturing Company to Come to Utah
Together with the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, Oemeta announced it will build a high-tech manufacturing plant in Salt Lake County to support growing demand in the western region. ...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: S.L. meeting shows Utah's leadership in health care efficiency

Op-ed: Brand USA puts tourism dollars in Utahns' pockets

Editorial: Utah, Colorado share a lift as Vail era begins

Editorial: Utah gun accident shows danger of guns on campus

Parents split about teachers carrying guns in school

County Republicans file complaint against sheriff

Rolly: SUU president caves to extremists in renaming Reid Center

Feds give thumbs down to Sugar House Streetcar extension

'Grand boulevard' entrances off I-15 on SLC's wish list

40 students? 50? Teachers share stories of Utah's largest classes

Salt Lake City's Pioneer Park due for face-lift

Former University of Utah President Chase Peterson dies

Sex offenders driving up Utah's prison population

Deseret News

Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Dissatisfaction with Utah's congressmen and Congress as a whole

Brian S. Brown: In defending marriage, Utah is standing in the breach

John Florez: We need a school board elected by voters

Robert Bennett: Obama should not move forward without congressional approval

Drew Clark: Keys to development: City centers, education and entrepreneurship

Editorial: Revisiting racial imbalance on police forces

Editorial: Some universities targeting faith-based campus groups

Utah's Gov. Gary Herbert eyes more appearances on Fox News

Jason Chaffetz: Mitt Romney is leaving door open to another run


Another candidate will run for county commission via write-in campaign (Daily Herald)

Editorial: Don't delay on body cameras (Standard-Examiner)

Video to be used to reach Davis voters (Standard-Examiner)

Councilwoman cleared of misconduct (Park Record)

National Headlines

Senate showdown: GOP frets over Harkin seat (Politico)

No US boots in Syria is a 'fantasy,' Graham says (The Hill)

Sanders may run for White House as a Dem, but 'the issue is not Hillary' (The Hill)

Kerry Flip-Flops On 'War' (Weekly Standard)

U.S. intelligence agencies remain uncertain about danger posed by Islamic State (Washington Post)

Paths to War, Then and Now, Haunt Obama (New York Times)

5 Things to Know About the Harkin Steak Fry (ABC News)

WH: We didn't threaten Foley, Sotloff families (USA Today)

Pro-Clinton super PAC plans November strategy meeting (USA Today)

Analysis: Both parties in Congress play it safe (Associated Press)

U.S. Government Bonds Drop on Fed Jitters (Wall Street Journal)

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