Daily Fix, Dec 29

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Welcome to a snowy Wednesday morning during a mostly-quiet week on the political front.  One week from today is swearing-in day in DC, then the 112th Congress will get right to work and news will be hopping.  In the meantime…..

*Breaking news on the Utah political front is that Governor Herbert has named Ally Isom as his Communications Director and Deputy Chief of Staff.  The Utah House Democrats have named Holly Mullen as their Communications Director, meaning we’ll have two Hollys on the Hill come Jan 24. SL Tribune and SL Tribune

*The White House wants to hush discussion on death panels, revived again by the New York Times.  Doctors discussing “end-of-life” options with their clients receive financial kick-backs.  The White House countered by saying the new Medicare regulations simply continue a practice already in place but now OK’s those discussions at annual “wellness” visits.  The Hill

*Senator-elect Mike Lee will have a good chunk of change to hire some 35-40 staffers, plus additional $$ to set up offices around the state as he is sworn in next week. Chaffetz’ district director, Jennifer Scott, shares some of the lessons she learned as she looks back on setting up new offices two years ago. Resumès from Lee staffer-hopefuls outnumber positions available by more than 10 to 1. Deseret News

*The 2012 election cycle has begun. Republicans have a number of Democrat Senators in their sights, including Senator Ben Nelson (D-NE), Senator Kent Conrad (D-ND) and Senator Jim Webb of Virginia. On the Republican side, Orrin Hatch tops the list of Senators who can expect a strong intra-party challenge followed by Senator Dick Lugar from Indiana and Olympia Snowe from Maine. The Hill  Washington Post

*The recently-ended 111th Congress added more debt than the entire 100 first Congresses COMBINED.  Not exactly a record to be proud of. CNSNews

*And if none of that interests you, how about paying your parking fines in gold?  Could happen if one Utah legislator gets his way.  SL Tribune

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3 Responses to “Daily Fix, Dec 29”

  1. DeAnn Says:

    Whoa, a liberal Holly doppleganger!?

  2. JBT Says:

    There are no such thing as “death panels”. Medicare covering the doctor’s fee for a physician /patient consultation to discuss end of life issues is not a “kickback” to the physician.

    Repeating a lie over and over again does not make it true. Let’s do the public a service and stick to the facts, shall we?

  3. utahenergyideas Says:

    Would the NY Times start sticking to the facts?
    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/26/us/politics/26death.html?_r=1

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