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Ten Things You Need to Know Today - Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City. There are 92 days left in 2015.

Lawmakers get their first look at Medicaid expansion plan. A judge blocks Herbert's order cutting off funding to Planned Parenthood. Lee has a big lead over his Democratic challenger.

The clock:

  • 34 days to the 2015 election - (11/3/2015)
  • 110 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - (1/18/2016)
  • 117 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (1/25/2016)
  • 118 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary - (1/26/2016)
  • 162 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (3/10/2016)
  • 272 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 405 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)

Wednesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Utah lawmakers get their first look at a plan for expanding Medicaid in the state [Deseret News, Fox 13, Tribune].
  2. Rep. Jason Chaffetz tangles with the head of Planned Parenthood in a Congressional hearing [Reuters, Tribune, Fox 13].
  3. A judge blocks Gov. Gary Herbert's order to cut off federal funding to Planned Parenthood Utah [Deseret News, Associated Press, KUER].
  4. Sen. Mike Lee has a 30-point lead on Democratic challenger Jonathan Swinton [Utah Policy].
  5. Rep. Mia Love spent $83,000 on direct mail and communicating with constituents during the last fundraising quarter, which is higher than most other members of Congress [Tribune].
  6. Sen. Jerry Stevenson wants to restore $500,000 that was cut from the DABC budget [Tribune].
  7. Rep. Jake Anderegg wants to crack down on police speed traps [Tribune].
  8. Officials show off what the Salt Lake City International Airport renovation will eventually look like [Tribune, Fox 13].
  9. Embattled Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis reportedly met with Pope Francis when he visited Washington last week [New York Times].
  10. Will Rand Paul be the next GOP candidate to drop out? One of the super PAC's backing his campaign stops raising money [Politico].

On this day in history:

  • 1630 - John Billington, one of the first pilgrims to land in America, was hanged for murder - the first European criminal executed in the American colonies.
  • 1788 - The Pennsylvania Legislature elected the first two members of the U.S. Senate - William Maclay of Harrisburg and Robert Morris of Philadelphia.
  • 1938 - British, French, German and Italian leaders agreed at a meeting in Munich that Nazi Germany would be allowed to annex Czechoslovakia's Sudetenland.
  • 1962 - James H. Meredith, an African-American, was escorted onto the University of Mississippi campus by U.S. marshals, setting off a riot in which two men died before violence was quelled by more than 3,000 soldiers.

Today At Utah Policy

Poll: Mike Lee - 55%, Jonathan Swinton - 25%

There are still lingering doubts about U.S. Sen. Mike Lee, a new UtahPolicy poll finds....

Trade Mission to China and How the European Refugee Crisis Affects Utah (Video)

Derek Miller, President and CEO of the World Trade Center Utah, talks with Managing Editor Bryan Schott about a recently completed trade mission to China, how the Chinese economic slowdown impacts Utah and what the European refugee crisis means for the Beehive State....

Chaffetz Grills Planned Parenthood Chief

At a combative congressional hearing Tuesday, House Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz wonders why Planned Parenthood deserves federal funding when it apparently has excess money to spend on political activities, travel expenses, and lavish salaries....

Policy News

Hatch Statement at Finance Hearing on Puerto Rico's Debt Crisis
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) Tuesday delivered the following opening statement at a hearing to examine Puerto Rico’s current economic conditions and long-term fiscal health:...

Lee Introduces National Labor Relations Board Reform Bill
Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) introduced legislation that would strip the National Labor Relations Board of its power to prosecute and adjudicate labor disputes. ...

Hatch: Asia-Pacific Trade Deal Must Meet Requirements of Bipartisan Trade Promotion Authority
In a speech on the Senate floor Tuesday, Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) called on the Obama Administration to ensure any agreement on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) meets the bipartisan objectives of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) as laid out by Congre...

Utah Consumer Attitude Index Dips Slightly as Expectations for Home Prices and Business Conditions Decline
The Zions Bank Utah Consumer Attitude Index decreased 1.2 points to 110.0 in September. ...

Press Release: House Democrats Point to Leadership Failures in Medicaid Expansion Debate
In anticipation of the closed-door caucus meetings of Utah House and Senate Republicans Tuesday, House Democratic Leader Brian King released the following statement:...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Chris Herrod: Why is Kim Davis held to letter of law, but not immigrants?

Editorial: Utah fraud cases needlessly complicated by federal lawyers

Ann Romney opens up about battle with MS in new book

Legislator seeks to rein in possible speed-trap ruse in Utah

Legislator seeks to restore budget cut to Utah liquor agency

Rolly: Guilty or innocent? Depends on political office

Utah's Chaffetz says Planned Parenthood raises enough money to not need federal funds

Mia Love spent $83k on mass mailings, communications in first six months

Designs take flight for rebuild of Utah's biggest airport

Salt Lake County gives out $1.8 million in ZAP-funded grants

Disabled-rights group blocks Utah governor's office

Leaders roll out latest plan to provide health care to Utah's poor

EPA's new rules aim to curb pollution, and Utah is ahead of the curve

Deseret News

Op-ed: Refugees are welcome in Utah

Richard Davis: Utah needs leadership in education funding

Jay Evensen: Utah's canceled elections are a bad sign

Editorial: John Boehner will be missed

New initiative creates incentives for Utah prison inmates to get out early

Dabakis headed to D.C. for monument push

Disability rights group stages protest outside governor's office

Federal judge halts Herbert directive to cut off Planned Parenthood funds

Former South Jordan City Council candidate sues councilman for defamation after bribery allegations

Ann Romney writes about finding hope, increasing faith and fighting MS

New Medicaid expansion plan unveiled to lawmakers


Op-ed: Attacks on Blue Sky Program are inaccurate (Standard-Examiner)

Cool and hip Ogden attracting influx of young entrepreneurs (Standard-Examiner)

Park City School District could increase taxes if bond fails (Park Record)

National Headlines

Gowdy movement shows dissatisfaction with leadership choices (Politico)

How McConnell outfoxed Ted Cruz (Politico)

Boehner, McConnell, Obama to take last stab at budget deal (The Hill)

House, Senate reach deal on DOD spending (The Hill)

Republicans, Planned Parenthood square off in Congress (Reuters)

Danish Minister Slips in Briefly Promoting Joe Biden (New York Times)

Trump gives Putin an 'A' on leadership (Associated Press)

Hillary Clinton Calls For Eliminating Obamacare's 'Cadillac Tax' (Huffington Post)

Congressional report: U.S. has 'failed' to stop flow of foreign fighters to ISIS (CNN)

Economists question Bush's prescription for lower gas prices (Associated Press)

New York joins terror-busting network 'Strong Cities' as activists fear program will target Muslims (New York Daily News)


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