Daily Fix, June 2


*As rumors continue to circulate that Rep. Chaffetz will go after a Senate seat, several Utah lawmakers are eager to claim his House seat. Politico Included in the hopefuls: Utah Rep. Stephen Sandstrom; Utah Sen. John Valentine; former Utah Rep. Criag Frank; former U.S. Rep. candidate Morgan Philpot; Utah Rep. Chris Herrod; and Sen. Mike Lee staffer Dan Hauser. Way to keep your cards close, guys. Any women out there interested???

*Utah health officials unveiled a plan to overhaul the state’s Medicaid plan today. SL Trib The plan involves grouping Medicaid patients into managed care networks that facilitate close dr./patient relationships and focus on cutting costs and improving efficiency. If endorsed by the federal government, the new procedures will start on July 1, 2012. Louisiana seems to have had a similar idea. These sorts of state initiatives aren’t likely to help Nancy Pelosi’s theory that Democrats are aligned to retake the House over the Medicare issue.

*The Governor has informed state employees that state offices will return to a M – F, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. schedule after Labor Day. Deseret News Lawmakers that forced the issue by overriding the governor’s veto at first assured citizens that returning to the 5-day workweek didn’t mean that extended hours had to end if offices instead chose to use rotating shift schedules. But the governor’s order doesn’t allow for such shifts. It seems that Governor Herbert has given the Legislature exactly what they asked for.

*Former Utah Rep. Merrill Cook is starting an initiative petition drive to repeal HB116, Utah’s infamous guest worker program. Deseret News His new group is called Families for the Prevention of Unlawful Employment Practices. Instead of the usual petition drives that are state-wide, Cook is attempting to get the petition certified county by county, in order to reduce the number of signatures needed and hopefully get it on the ballot in at least some of Utah’s counties. Salt Lake County Clerk Sherrie Swensen is not sure it can be done that way, and has asked “the attorneys” to review it. If certified in Salt Lake County, Cook has until April 15, 2012, to get 37,000 signatures from Salt Lake County voters. If he has to say the name of his group when asking each one, he’ll likely run out of time.

*Meanwhile, the Sutherland Institute has called for changes to HB116 to provide more personal accountability from citizens across the state. Sutherland Inst.

*The Sixth Circuit heard argument today on the constitutionality of the individual mandate in Obamacare. New York Times Unlike last month’s Fourth Circuit hearing, where all three judges were Democrat appointees, two judges in today’s hearing were appointed by Bush and Reagan, and the other by Jimmy Carter. If you don’t think that matters, you’re wrong. Of the 5 district court cases under review today, the three opinions that upheld the individual mandate were written by Democrat-appointed judges, while the two that found it unconstitutional came from Republican appointees. In today’s hearing, one judge asked, “Where, ultimately, is the limit on Congress’s power?” The government attorney’s response? You can’t handle the limit!

*Well, Mitt Romney has finally announced that he IS running for President. Yahoo News No surprises there. Why is he running? Because “Barack Obama has failed America.” Democratic insiders say that Huntsman and Romney are Obama’s biggest threats. Go Mormons! I mean, go members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints!

*The White House Counsel Bob Bauer has resigned his position to work on President Obama’s re-election campaign. The Hill I guess I should be happy that he’s not doing it while employed at the White House. But it just makes me wonder . . . who else will we lose, and who will replace them? Maybe Obama should resign to work on his campaign. That would be neat.

*Goldman Sachs received a subpoena today asking for information on the firm’s activities leading up to the credit crisis. Bloomberg It’s about time. See this book. Did I mention that GS received 100 CENTS ON THE DOLLAR when the government bailed out AIG? Bloomberg That was $43.5 billion in taxpayer money that would’ve come in handy right about now.

*If you live near Davis County, don’t forget the Legislative Redistricting Committee Meeting TONIGHT, 6/2/11 – 6:00 pm at Legacy Jr. High School, 411 N. 3200 W., in Layton.

*And finally, because I lived there once and know the pizza rocks, this is hilarious. Really . . . a FORK????


2 Responses to “Daily Fix, June 2”

  1. Other Says:

    Long time reader. First laugh out loud moment from the Daily Fix today: You can’t handle the limit! Good stuff. Thank you.

  2. Michelle Q. Mumford Says:

    You’re welcome! Thanks for the positive feedback.

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