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Thursday, September 18, 2014

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Ten Things You Need to Know for Thursday - September 18, 2014

Gov. Herbert says there will be no new national monument in Utah for now. Lawmakers are wary of considering any proposal to expand Medicaid before next year's legislative session. Sen. John Valentine is confirmed as the new chair of the Utah Tax Commission.


  • Days to the 2014 midterm election - 47
  • Days until the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 130
  • Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 175
  • Days to the 2015 election - 411
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative) - 487
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 782

Thursday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Gov. Gary Herbert says he's received assurances from Interior Secretary Sally Jewell that there will be no new national monument created in Utah in the near future [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News].
  2. Lawmakers are still wary of considering any sort of Medicaid expansion before the 2015 Legislature [Utah Policy].
  3. A proposal would require all Utah high school students pass the U.S. Citizenship Civics test in order to graduate [Utah PolicyDeseret News].
  4. The Utah Senate says goodbye to Sen. John Valentine as they confirm him as the new head of the Utah Tax Commission [Tribune, Deseret News, Daily Herald].
  5. Utah Transit Authority officials promise reforms will come out of a legislative audit critical of some of their business practices [Tribune].
  6. Lawmakers and the ACLU of Utah tangle over a program that gives surplus military weapons to police departments [Tribune, Deseret News].
  7. The Utah Supreme Court rules in favor of Draper residents who want to place a referendum about taxes on November's ballot [Deseret News].
  8. A new study from the Utah Foundation says Utahns should be paying more for water [Utah Policy, Tribune].
  9. HEAL Utah files an appeal to stop construction of a nuclear power plant near Green River [Tribune, Deseret News].
  10. Daily Herald political reporter Billy Hesterman accepts a position as vice president of the Utah Taxpayers Association [Daily Herald].

On this day in history:

  • 1793 - President George Washington laid the cornerstone of the U.S. Capitol.
  • 1850 - Congress passed the Fugitive Slave Act, which allowed slaveowners to reclaim slaves who had escaped to other states.
  • 1851 - The first edition of the New York Times was published.
  • 1961 - United Nations Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold was killed in a plane crash.
  • 1975 - Newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst was captured by the FBI in San Francisco, 19 months after being kidnapped by the Symbionese Liberation Army.

Today At Utah Policy

Will Lawmakers Consider Medicaid Expansion Before 2015?
Gov. Gary Herbert could be headed for a showdown with legislative GOP leaders over whether they will pass his Healthy Utah Medicaid expansion in a fall special session....

Herbert Praises Healthcare Poll
Gov. Gary Herbert took time Wednesday to praise a UtahPolicy poll on his Healthy Utah Medicaid expansion plan....

Utah's Water Outlook
In a new research report, the Utah Foundation focuses on the interaction between the Beehive State's population growth and its future water supply and presentssix recommendations for policy strategies or further study in the fields of rate structure, local response, and plan...

Could You Pass the U.S. Citizenship Civics Test?
Utah High School students may soon be required to pass the U.S. Citizenship Civics test in order to graduate. How do you think you would do?...

Legislators, Community Leaders Announce New Civics Initiative for High School Students (Video)
In order to graduate, Utah high school students may soon be required to pass the very same citizenship test for immigrants seeking U.S. citizenship....

Herbert: No New National Monument in Utah
Gov. Gary Herbert says there will be NO new national monument surrounding the current Canyonlands National Park, at least not soon....

Poll: Utahns Agree with Work Requirement in Healthy Utah Plan
About two-thirds of Utahns think government should help poor people who can't afford health insurance to find coverage, but they also think those recipients should contribute to the cost and that they should be either working or looking for work to receive benefits....

Featured Items

Public Policy-September Update
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Weekly Survey: Should Third-Party Candidates be Included in Debates?
The Utah Debate Commission says a candidate needs to meet a 10% threshold in public opinion polling to participate in this year's debates. That means no independent or third-party candidates will be included. Should the debates only feature major-party candiates, or shou...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: UTA must turn a corner to earn support

Another rejected candidate wants on Utah state school ballot

Utah law seems to cut teen tanning by one-third

UTA defends high pay, sweetheart deals while pledging reform

Proposal: Pass citizenship test to graduate from Utah high school

Traverse Ridge residents have right to vote on taxes, Utah Supreme Court says

HEAL Utah files appeal to halt Green River nuclear power plant

Feds charge five Utahns in Recapture Canyon protest ride

Judge orders Utah County candidate onto school board ballot

Jon Huntsman won't rule out 2016 run, but eyes sidelines for now

Senate confirms Valentine to chair Tax Commission

Utah lawmakers support sending military weapons to police

Report: Utahns should pay more for their water

Utah governor: No surprises, no monument - for now

Deseret News

Jonathan E. Johnson III: Keep our republic: Support civics education

Op-ed: Utah, where do you stand on marriage?

Dan Liljenquist: The Utah Debate Commission helps create well-informed voters

Editorial: Now a thriving urban hub, Salt Lake City must plan for future demand

Utah Supreme Court rules in favor of Draper voters in taxation dispute

Groups appeal decision in Utah nuclear power plant case

Senate confirms Sen. John Valentine to head Utah Tax Commission

Lawmakers, critics debate 'militarization' of Utah police agencies

Utah minority students learning English but not applying it in other subjects

Utah senator aims to bring computer coding to every student

Stericycle critics: Shut it down now

Interior secretary promised no surprise new monuments in Utah, Herbert says

Lawmakers, business leaders back bill requiring civics test

Protest ride results in charges against commissioner, amps up federal showdown

Utah's water future: Develop or conserve?

Utah facing affordable housing crisis, advocates tell lawmakers


Editorial: Utah County teamwork a formula for success (Daily Herald)

Business leaders look to the future at Utah Valley Chamber's Executive Summit (Daily Herald)

Lawmakers briefed on program that gives police military equipment (Daily Herald)

Senate says goodbye, confirms Valentine to Utah State Tax Commission (Daily Herald)

Hesterman accepts role with Utah Taxpayers Association (Daily Herald)

Ogden city council welcomes huge Latino contingent (Standard-Examiner)

Stericycle linked to burning of radioactive waste (Standard-Examiner)

'Healthy Utah' proponents must now convince Legislature (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

G.O.P. Gains Strength and Obama Gets Low Marks, Poll Finds (New York Times)

Poll: Record-low on foreign policy (Politico)

The left leery of Obama's ISIL action (Politico)

Obama rules out ground troops ahead of key House vote on ISIS (Politico)

Biden: 'Shylock' a 'poor choice of words' (The Hill)

Chinese hacked U.S. military contractors, Senate probe finds (Reuters)

U.S. atty general urges changes to fight more Wall St crime (Reuters)

Detroit's revitalization goal swayed retiree committee (Detroit Free Press)

Poll: Hickenlooper trails Beauprez by 10 points (Associated Press)

Amid Drought, New California Law Will Limit Groundwater Pumping for First Time (National Geographic)

Feds: NY store owner plotted to send jihadists to Syria, kill U.S. troops himself (CNN)

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