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News roundup: Grading Obamacare: A mixed bag

Published March 31, 2014 7:17 am

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Grading Obamacare: It's a mixed bag. Could Shurtleff and Swallow testify? Questions arise about age of Escalante oil spill.

Happy Monday. As the first enrollment period comes to an end for Obamacare (unless, of course, you got grandfathered into a small extension), there are plenty of things you can say about the rollout of the Affordable Care Act's main component: the individual sign ups. Politico took a look at several parts of the law and offered a mixed bag of grades. Take a look to see how the health care law fared. [Politico]

Topping the news: This is not the first debate about taking federal money to pay for Medicaid; that was in 1966. [Trib]

-> Marc Sessions Jenson's lawyer wants to call former AGs Mark Shurtleff and John Swallow to testify. [Trib]

-> Environmentalists taking a look at the oil spill in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument say it looks new; BLM officials say, though, it could be 40 years old. [Trib]

Tweet of the day: From @MattLaslo: "Volume's muted on tv & I can't but wonder if Secretary of State Kerry is announcing the US is going to annex #Cuba in response to Putin."

Happy Birthday: To state Rep. Jim Dunnigan, R-Taylorsville, and ABC's Meredith Nettles.

Opinion section: Massachusetts AG Martha Coakley and Washington AG Bob Ferguson argue that marriage equality makes marriage stronger. [Trib]

-> Kody Partridge, one of the plaintiffs in the case challenging Amendment 3, discusses why she chose to challenge the law. [Trib]

-> Attorney Chris Wangsgard says that a study showing that children do better with married heterosexual parents — a study rejected by a federal judge in Michigan — will not hold up in Utah's defense of its same-sex marriage ban either. [Trib]

-> William Duncan, director of the Center for Family and Society at the Sutherland Institute, said it is the Michigan judge and not the study that is unbelievable. [Trib]

-> Jacobsen Construction chairman and Salt Lake Chamber Clean Air Action Team co-chair Lonnie Bullard says that lawmakers took effective steps to help clean the air. [Trib]

-> Becca Ferry, a rancher and farmer in Box Elder County, argues that the EPA should not be able to make decisions about local land use and development through the Clean Water Act. [Trib]

-> Jody Plant, a retired librarian and visual artist in Salt Lake City, says the VA Hospital provides great care. [Trib]

-> Physicist and professor of mining engineering gives an ode to copper. [Trib]

-> Paul Rolly discusses lawmakers distrust of teachers. [Trib]

-> Rolly also says former state Rep. Carl Wimmer has found a new peace in his rural Utah life. [Trib]

-> Pat Bagley gives his take on granting corporations religious protection. [Trib]

-> George Pyle discusses rock star astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson's lecture at the U. [Trib]

-> Here are some of the best reader comments from sltrib.com. [Trib]

-> Frank Pignanelli and LaVarr Webb talk about races with only one candidate, State Democratic Party Chairman Jim Dabakis' resignation and the 2014 election. [DNews]

-> Former Sen. Bob Bennett says America could have an energy surplus and may even later want to thank Russia for taking over Crimea. [DNews]

Weekend in review: Gov. Gary Herbert signed 51 bills Thursday and Friday, including one to create Vietnam Veterans Recognition Day. [Trib] [Fox13] [KUTV]

-> Rep. Jim Matheson said fear of losing his seat in the 2014 election wasn't the reason he chose to retire. [APviaTrib]

-> Former Salt Lake County Mayor Peter Corroon says he's interested in running for Utah Democratic Party chairman. [UtahPolicy]

-> Dutch John, a Utah town that sustained itself on government aide, is now facing life without the subsidy. [Trib]

-> A Nebraska Senate candidate's relationship with former Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt is an issue in the Republican primary race. [Trib]

-> New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker were in Park City over the weekend. [Trib]

-> Some in Utah are trying to give Utah's presidential primary more prominence. [DNews]

-> Some airline passengers may be twisting a federal law requiring airlines to allow emotional support animals in order to get free rides for their pets. [Trib]

-> San Juan County Commissioner Kenneth Maryboy is running for president of the Navajo Nation. [Trib]

-> Salt Lake County will change how it auctions off properties with delinquent taxes. [Trib]

-> South Jordan residents protested a proposed development near the Jordan River. [Trib] [KUTV]

Nationally: New Jersey Port Authority chairman David Samson resigned Friday after a stinging investigation report. [BergenRecord]

-> Three Republican governors, and potential presidential candidates, wooed potential donors, including billionaire casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, in Las Vegas. [WaPost]

-> Some powerful Republican insiders are pushing former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush to run for president. [WaPost]

-> Some Republican-controlled swing states have passed or are working on restrictions on voting and voter registration. [NYTimes]

Where are they?

Rep. Jason Chaffetz hold office meetings.

Gov. Gary Herbert hits the RGA Breakfast, awards Park City High School the Top AP High School in Utah award, has a bill review with Jacey Skinner, hits the RGA Dinner and the RGA Fireside Chat.

SL Co. Mayor Ben McAdams attends UFA and Wasatch Summit Management Committee meetings.

SLC Mayor Ralph Becker goes to scheduling, budget and Mountain Accord Management meetings.

President Barack Obama meets with senior advisers.

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