Romneycare exchange transitions to Obamacare. Supreme Court says pray on. Drones too close for comfort in Zion NP.
Happy Tuesday. Mitt Romney's health care overhaul in Massachusetts may be, to some, the model for President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act but the pioneering state-based exchange is being scrapped in favor of the federally run healthcare.gov. In short, Romneycare is transitioning to Obamacare in Massachusetts. The move by the Bay State to transition to the federal exchange comes after officials saw the need to jettison problematic parts of their system. [Politico]
Topping the news: The U.S. Supreme Court voted 5-4 to allow prayers in city council meetings, saying the overtly spiritual messages before government meetings doesn't violate the Constitution's prohibition against the establishment of religion. [Trib] [NYTimes] [WaPo] [LATimes] [WSJ]
-> Watch Joe Biden and the fake vice president Selina Meyer in the hilarious 7-minute video they made for the White House Correspondents' dinner. [TPM]
Tweets of the day: From @Drudge: "I had a nightmare last night that Hillary Clinton was NOT running."
-> From @martycarpenter: "Declaring May as Utah Golf Month, @GovHerbert says he 'loves to play,' but Mrs. Herbert calls it an addiction."
-> From @BenMcAdams: "Amen! Wait, is that ok? '@JeffStenquist: Draper opens w/ "uplifting thought or prayer." Glad #SCOTUS resisted push to interfere.'"
Happy Birthday: To state Sen. Stuart Adams.
In other news: Rep. Jason Chaffetz believes the Obama administration is hiding documents regarding the 2012 Benghazi attack that killed four in Libya. [DNews]
-> Political scientists say a third Mitt Romney run for the presidency is "far fetched." [DNews]
-> Anti-poverty advocates will meet in Salt Lake City to urge policy makers to support programs to help those struggling in the state. [UtahPolicy]
-> An education task force is urging school districts to move to competency-based grading, where only mastery of the material matters when teachers issues grades. [Trib]
-> Questar Gas asked the Public Service Commission to approve their requested increase on the price of natural gas to offset the extra use of gas in the winter. [DNews]
-> A pro-Utah tourism spot that features a martini and well-stocked bar? Yeah, it's happening. [UtahPolicy]
-> An Arkansas state senator is urging Utah lawmakers to avoid what he says is his state's buyer's remorse in believing the administration on expanding Medicaid. [DNews]
-> Get to know Kevin Worthen, Brigham Young University's 13th president. [DNews]
-> Doug Robinson profiles Rep. Ronda Menlove as she nears the end of her service as a state legislator. [DNews]
-> Former Sen. Bob Bennett weighs in on the Don Sterling controversy and political pundits jumping in to back Cliven Bundy before hearing all the facts. [DNews]
-> Two Utahns have been named as presidential scholars. [Trib]
Nationally: The Washington Post's Election Lab predicts the 2014 midterm elections will shift the Senate to a Republican majority and keep the House in GOP hands. [WaPo]
-> Rep Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., will lead a select committee investigating the 2012 Benghazi attacks. [FoxNews]
-> As a result of the Target data breach in January, Gregg Steinhafel, chief executive for the company, resigned. The company's chief financial officer will take his place. [NYTimes]
-> A Republican state senator in Tennessee said signing up for Obamacare compares to riding a Nazi train. [Tennessean]
Where are they?
-- Thomas Burr and Courtney Tanner
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