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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

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Ten Things You Need to Know for Tuesday - September 16, 2014

Poll: Republican voters like what's in Gov. Herbert's Healthy Utah plan. U.S. to send troops to Africa to fight Ebola. Mia Love hits the airwaves.


  • Days to the 2014 midterm election - 49
  • Days until the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 132
  • Days to the 2015 election - 413
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative) - 489
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 784

Tuesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. The U.S. carries out the first airstrikes against ISIL, targeting one of their positions near Baghdad [CNN].
  2. President Barack Obama may send up to 3,000 troops to Africa to help fight the spread of the Ebola virus [New York Times].
  3. Poll: When Republican voters find out what's in Gov. Herbert's Healthy Utah alternative to Medicaid expansion, they like it very much [Utah Policy].
  4. Mia Love begins her media blitz [Tribune].
  5. A poll for the Utah Debate Commission finds many Democrats barely cross the 10% threshhold for inclusion in their debates. No independent candidate reached that mark [Tribune].
  6. The Utah Supreme Court will take up a dispute over a proposed Draper ballot referendum [Tribune].
  7. Former LDS Presiding Bishop H. David Burton is the odds-on favorite to become the new chairman of the Utah Transit Authority [Tribune].
  8. The State School Board has picked four finalists for the superintendent position, but is keeping those names secret [Tribune].
  9. The Utah Water Development Commission is critical of a Forest Service proposal on the management of groundwater, saying it's a water grab by the agency [Deseret News].
  10. A new book traces the political drift by members of the LDS Church toward the Republican party [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1630 - The Massachusetts village of Shawmut changed its name to Boston.
  • 1810 - Mexico began a successful revolt against Spanish rule.
  • 1940 - Rep. Samuel T. Rayburn, the longest-serving House speaker in history, was first elected to the post.
  • 1974 - President Gerald R. Ford announced a conditional amnesty program for Vietnam War deserters and draft-evaders.
  • 2008 - The federal government announced an emergency $85 billion loan to rescue AIG, the world's largest insurance company.

Today At Utah Policy

Poll: Once Republicans Understand Herbert's Healthy Utah Plan, They Support It
If GOP Gov. Gary Herbert can get Republican legislators to feel about his “Healthy Utah” insurance plan for low-income Utahns like Utah Republican voters feel about it – the plan should sail through the GOP-controlled Legislature....

Washington Post Columnist George Will to Speak in Utah
Syndicated columnist George F. Will is set to speak in Salt Lake City this week on Thursday....

Think Tank Endorses Hatch Pension Reform Plan
A proposal by Sen. Orrin Hatch aimed at getting local governments and states off the hook for future pension liabilities gets a big thumbs-up from the non-partisan Urban Institute....

Unseen Toll: Wages of Millions Seized to Pay Past Debts
Back in 2009, Kevin Evans was one of millions of Americans blindsided by the recession. His 25-year career selling office furniture collapsed. He shed the nice home he could no longer afford, but not a $7,000 credit card debt....

Healthy Utah Poll, Questions and Sampling Info
For your perusal, here's our sampling info and questions for Monday's Utah Policy poll on Healthy Utah....

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....

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Utah should consider easing sentences on sex offenders.

Utah state agencies big users of military weapons

Utah Supreme Court to hear Draper election dispute

Utah poll troubling for Democrats, third-party candidates

Ex-LDS presiding bishop is favorite to head UTA board

Mormons' close-knit nature, values drive them to GOP

In Utah contests, Mia Love leads out with TV ads

Committee chooses superintendent finalists, names still secret

Morgan County owners envision resort on sage grouse turf

SLC Council to consider mandatory rape-kit testing

Deseret News

Ralph Hancock: Socratic observations - Society cannot 'progress' without morality

Op-ed: Medicaid will sting Beehive State's economy

Editorial: Election process for state school board remains an uncertainty

Utah, Western states say feds are all wet on groundwater rule

New definition of homeless would give kids more help


Polls: Utahns don't know much about Herbert's Healthy Utah plan (Daily Herald)

Medicaid expansion would help Midtown clinics (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Poll: GOP has edge on immigration in midterms (Politico)

Report: Obama to ramp up Ebola campaign (The Hill)

Putin, Rouhani not on Obama's UN dance card (The Hill)

US wants 'strong, robust, united' Britain as Scots vote on independence (The Hill)

House GOP moves ahead on Syrian rebel training (Associated Press)

Obama library finalists: U of Chicago, UIC, Hawaii, Columbia (Chicago Sun-Times)

Creditor Syncora reaches Detroit bankruptcy deal, issues apology (Detroit Free Press)

Dreamers Demand Immigration Answers From Hillary Clinton In Iowa (Huffington Post)

ISIS at issue in New Hampshire US Senate race (Boston Globe)

Poll: More Voters Trust Republicans to Fight Terror Than Ever Before (Slate)

Obama's Iraq policy gains bipartisan support, polls show (Los Angeles Times)

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