Ten Things You Need to Know for Monday – July 20, 2014

Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City. 

"Conceptual framework" announced for Medicaid expansion. Trump disparages McCain's time as a POW. The Utah Supreme Court rejects a proposed referendum to keep the prison in Draper.

The clock:

  •  22 days to the Utah municipal primary elections – (8/11/2015)
  • 106 days to the 2015 election – (11/3/2015)
  • 183 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) – (1/18/2016)
  • 190 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – (1/25/2016)
  • 191 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary – (1/26/2016)
  • 235 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – (3/10/2016)
  • 345 days to the 2016 Utah primary election – (6/28/2016)
  • 478 days until the 2016 presidential election – (11/8/2016)

Monday's top-10 headlines:

  1. The "Gang of Six" announces they have agreed on a "conceptual framework" for expanding Medicaid in Utah [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune, Fox 13, ABC 4].
  2. Donald Trump is taking an enormous amount of heat for questioning the heroism of Sen. John McCain [Washington Post]. For his part, Trump tries to defend himself in an op-ed [USA Today].
  3. Here's a roadmap of the legal wrangling in the case involving Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams and Rep. Justin Miller [Tribune].
  4. The Utah Supreme Court rejects a proposed referendum to keep the Utah State Prison in Draper [Deseret News, Fox 13].
  5. Gov. Gary Herbert is ordering the Utah National Guard to find more ways to protect its troops following a shooting rampage in Tennessee [Utah Policy, Deseret News].
  6. Utah elected officials are joining a push against any new national monuments in the state [Tribune].
  7. Regulators are requiring the operators of a tar sands mine to monitor for potential groundwater contamination [Tribune, Deseret News].
  8. High-tech companies in Lehi say the state has not come through with millions of dollars in promised transportation upgrades [Tribune].
  9. Hillary Clinton plans to push for a revamping of the capital-gains tax in a speech later this week [Wall Street Journal].
  10. Despite lower numbers of tourists than last year, Utah Valley officials say they still hope for an economic boost this year [Daily Herald]. 

On this day in history:

  • 1881 – Sioux leader Sitting Bull surrendered to the Army, which promised amnesty for him and his followers.
  • 1944 – President Franklin D. Roosevelt was nominated for an unprecedented fourth term at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago.
  • 1945 – The U.S. flag was raised over Berlin as the first American troops moved in to take part in the post-World War II occupation.
  • 1969 – Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin became the first men to set foot on the moon.
  • 2013 – Helen Thomas, UPI White House reporter through the administrations of 10 presidents, died at age 92.