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Utah Politics In 60 Seconds

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City. There are 85 days left in 2015. Lawmakers give the public the first look at the new Medicaid expansion proposal. Huntsman slaps Chaffetz on Twitter. Stewart says he supports Chaffetz's bid for speaker.

Policy News

Insider Surveys

Sen. Mike Lee has been able to avoid a challenge from within the party for the Republican nomination in 2016. 
The crowded GOP presidential field has already lost two candidates in Rick Perry and Scott Walker. That still leaves 15 in the race. Our "Political Insiders" think former Virginia Governor Jim...


Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Charge people, not companies, with environmental crimes

Rolly: Why did McAdams take a jab at Biskupski? Well, they have a history

Ex-West Jordan city attorney alleges conspiracy by top officials, including judge

As Chaffetz seeks speaker post, question remains: Who really wants that job?

State looks into gravel-mining allegations, Draper sets public hearing

Will deal mean ‘early retirement’ for Utah power plant?

S.L. County shows disdain for ‘puppy mills,’ OKs law that favors shelters

Jon Huntsman backhands Jason Chaffetz over speaker bid

Lawmakers get earful on Medicaid expansion plan

Preschool paying off for Goldman Sachs and Utah kids, according to United Way

Speaker cancels talk at BYU, says school ‘fundamentally violates’ religious freedom

Deseret News

Richard Davis: Voters want new ideas and new faces

Jay Evensen: If we do business online, when will we be able to vote online?

Editorial: Arne Duncan leaves behind mixed legacy, passion for education

County leaders show support for Biskupski, criticize Becker for negative TV ad

Stewart supports Chaffetz's bid for House speaker

New Salt Lake County ordinance mandates pet stores sell only shelter animals

Lawmakers hear support for Medicaid expansion but not for taxing health care providers


Provo hosts police chiefs from throughout state to discuss '21st Century Policing' (Daily Herald)

Column: Chaffetz as House speaker a bad prospect for America (Standard-Examiner)

Park City candidates politely cover range of issues (Park Record)

Today At Utah Policy

Policy Buzz

Recently, I was asked to identify my political affiliation. The question caused me to pause. I have always been a Republican; for 15 years I represented my area in the Utah House of Representatives...
Last week's launch of the Utah Aerospace Pathways program by Gov. Gary Herbert is an excellent example of how Utah leaders in government, industry and education are working together to address the...


Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott run down the week in Utah politics.
Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott run down the week in Utah politics.


Lighter Side

Good News
"I read that after facing protests, Whole Foods announced that it will no longer sell food that has been prepared by prison inmates. Customers were like, “This is great news — wait, WHAT?!”  Jimmy Fallon Political Humor 

Wise Words

Endangered Liberty
"Liberty may be endangered by the abuse of liberty, but also by the abuse of power." James Madison Brainy Quote