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Rubio becomes third GOP hopeful to raise money in Utah — Florida senator and Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio will be in Utah later this month for a fundraiser at the home of a Davis County couple. Rubio will appear Oct. 19 at a $2,700 per-person roundtable at the home of Karen and Scott Keller, followed by a $500-per person reception.

Lawmakers get earful on Medicaid expansion plan — Melinda Turner, for example, said she has suffered from a number of ailments, including fibromyalgia, kidney stones and knee-replacement surgery that consumes her entire paycheck from her part-time job at a library. She lives with her parents without whom she would be unable to survive, she said.

Utah guv challenger supports private liquor stores, medical marijuana — "I understand why Utah wants to be in the liquor licensing business and the liquor regulating business and even the liquor taxing business, but I don't think we need to be in the liquor distribution business," he said. "We could have all the same safeguards on regulating, taxing and distribution without having liquor stores run by the state."

Herbert challenger critical of the same corporate tax breaks his company received — But Overstock twice went to the Governor's Office of Economic Development (GOED) board seeking more than $3 million in tax breaks and promising to generate hundreds of jobs to boost the state's economy.

New health coverage plan may already be in jeopardy — Compounding the challenge is Hughes' decision that the 38 votes needed to pass Utah Access Plus will all have to come from the 63 Republican House members, and the votes of the dozen Democratic House members will not matter in the eventual outcome. "It's completely anti-democratic. ... It's obnoxious.
Sep 30, 2015

Hughes says he wants 38 votes to pass Utah Access Plus from Republicans. Won’t consider Dem support.… #utpol

Oct 01, 2015

RT @dklinejones: Utah House Speaker won't count Dems in vote to expand Medicaid, will require a majority of Republicans via @sltrib

Oct 01, 2015

ICYWH: Speaker’s decision to marginalize Dems, tepid response from GOP, jeopardizing new Medicaid expansion:… #utpol

Leaders roll out latest plan to provide health care to Utah's poor — Utah lawmakers got their first preview of a proposal hammered out in closed-door meetings by legislative leaders and Gov. Gary Herbert, seeking to provide health insurance coverage to as many as 126,500 low-income Utahns A ...

Utah Republican lawmakers to huddle behind closed doors on Medicaid expansion — The plan calls for the providers who would receive the additional Medicaid funds - hospitals, doctors, pharmaceutical manufacturers and insurance companies - to pay more than $50 million toward the expanded coverage. Lawmakers have estimated that's about seven cents of every dollar they would get from the expanded coverage.

State penalized $200k for non-compliance with prison-rape bill — "Frankly, it is the federal government trying to pass state law," he said. "They can't pass state law so they say either you comply with it or you lose federal grant money. And historically the state says we're not gong to pass bad law to hold on to grant money."

Former Utah Lt. Gov. picked to try to resolve elections lawsuit — Meanwhile, the Utah Attorney General's office has asked the judge to dismiss the case entirely, arguing that the parties haven't shown any evidence the law changing Utah's process for nominating candidates is unconstitutional.
Sep 22, 2015

Utah GOP, state attys agree to have fmr. LG Greg Bell try to mediate lawsuit over SB54, Count My Vote reforms:… #utpol

If Utah doesn't provide better legal defense for the poor, ACLU may file lawuit — A report due out next month by the Sixth Amendment Center is expected to point to significant flaws in how indigent defendants are represented. Administrators of the state court system plan to recommend structural changes and better funding, and legislators already expect to overhaul state law.
Sep 20, 2015

Changes are expected to Utah’s problematic indigent defense system, one way or another.… #utpol

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Oct 08, 2015

So, if I could be so bold as to suggest a solution for the U.S. House GOP: #VoteGehrke

Oct 07, 2015

Love: "I am putting Utah first. … [I] support Rep. Jason Chaffetz, because I believe he will bring a powerful Utah voice to [DC].“ #utpol

Oct 07, 2015

RT @Slate: Why House Democrats and Republicans need to make a deal to put Kevin McCarthy in charge:

Oct 06, 2015

Johnson: “Signs Utah up for another $600M or more of fed funding….When will we stop looking to [DC] for solutions and funding?” #utpol

Oct 06, 2015

Jonathan Johnson now opposing Medicaid expansion. And oh, hey, he’s running for governor. #utpol

Oct 06, 2015

Representative from optometrists: Only about 80 optometrists will benefit from expansion, all 360 will be taxed. That seems unfair. #utpol

Oct 06, 2015

Dabakis: Process was bad. Dems weren’t included. Uninsured face unlimited risk. Turning back on $470M. A .2-cent tax covers cost. #utpol

Oct 06, 2015

Rep. Anderegg: If we tax the providers, they will shift the costs. Calls it a de facto tax on citizens and providers. #utpol

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