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Clinton flies commercial, carries own bag in 'everywoman' push. Kirk Jowers to leave U. for corporate gig. Herbert optimistic Utah GOP infighting will get resolved.

Happy Friday. Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign is almost a week old and she's trying to show that she can be an average American, such as taking her team on the road in vans instead of large buses and stopping in at Chipotle for lunch. And she's taking it a step further: Yesterday, Clinton flew commercial from Omaha to New Jersey and was even spotted carrying her own luggage. Of course, it only goes so far. Secret Service met the plane on the tarmac with a motorcade to drive her home. [" target="_blank">DailyMail]

Topping the news: Kirk Jowers, often called the most quoted man in Utah politics, announced that he is leaving his position as the director of the U.'s Hinckley Institute of Politics for a corporate job with doTERRA. [" target="_blank">Trib] [" target="_blank">DNews]

-> Utahns are split evenly on whether the state Legislature was right to raise the gas tax during this year's session. [" target="_blank">UtahPolicy]

-> Public comment has been cut off for a proposal to bury much of the nation's radioactive waste in Tooele County to give EnergySolutions more time to respond to safety concerns. Gov. Gary Herbert said he is concerned the waste is hotter than the company can handle. [" target="_blank">Trib] [" target="_blank">Fox13] [" target="_blank">DNews] [" target="_blank">Fox13]

-> Herbert honored his friend and mentor former Gov. Norm Bangerter, who passed away from a stroke Tuesday. [" target="_blank">Trib] [" target="_blank">ABC4] He will participate in the former governor's graveside service this Saturday. [" target="_blank">DNews]

-> Herbert shared plans to meet with the Obama administration with Utah's House Speaker Greg Hughes and Senate President Wayne Niederhauser within the next couple of weeks to negotiate details of his Healthy Utah alternative to Medicaid expansion. [" target="_blank">DNew" target="_blank">s]

Tweets of the day: From @" target="_blank">RobertGehrke: "I need a quote on the significance of Kirk Jowers leaving the Hinckley Institute, but now I don't even know who to call!"

Happy Birthday: To Taylorsville City Council Chair Kristie Overson, gubernatorial spokesman Marty Carpenter and attorney Randy Dryer.

Tune in: Tribune reporters Robert Gehrke and Matt Canham, health, environment and education reporter Brian Maffly and columnist Paul Rolly join Jennifer Napier-Pearce to talk about an about-face in the Salt Lake City mayor's race, a stalled public process on Energy Solutions' uranium storage plan, a changing of the guard at the Hinckley Institute of Politics and memories of former Gov. Norm Bangerter. Listen to Behind the Headlines at 9 a.m. on KCPW 88.3/105.3 FM or" target="_blank">

In other news: Gov. Herbert defended closed door meetings on Medicaid expansion as the discussion continues among Utah politicians, saying in time such meetings will be open to the public. [" target="_blank">ABC4]

-> He addressed Utah's water situation, saying it's not as bad as it could be but Utahns need to conserve any way they can. [" target="_blank">ABC4]

-> And the governor expressed sorrow at the infighting among the GOP over the method of choosing political candidates, saying that he's optimistic things will be resolved and the Republican Party will be on the ballot next year. [" target="_blank">Trib] [" target="_blank">UtahPolicy]

-> Sen. Curt Bramble is fighting a subpoena to have him testify in the Utah Republican Party's ongoing lawsuit over the "Count My Vote" law. [" target="_blank">Fox13]

-> Acting Social Security Commissioner Carolyn Colvin visited Utah yesterday and said despite facing an aging population and budget cuts as it nears its 80th birthday, the Social Security program still has a long life ahead of it. [" target="_blank">Trib]

-> A new article in the New York Times lists one former Utah woman, who now teaches in Washington, as one of the 11 people who were critical to the equal pay movement. [" target="_blank">Trib]

-> Despite Utah's move to unite with other states and challenge President Barack Obama's executive orders on immigration, if the orders go through Utah could collect an extra $10.9 million in taxes next year. [" target="_blank">Trib]

-> Worldwide ride-hailing service company Blacklane announced that it is launching operations in Salt Lake City, and because it uses licensed limousine and airport drivers it is arriving under much more welcome arms that competitors Uber and Lyft. [" target="_blank">Trib]

-> Bryan Schott and Bob Bernick discuss Sen. Jim Dabakis' withdrawal from the SLC mayoral race, the latest poll in that race and the Utah GOP's fight against the new ballot procedure. [" target="_blank">UtahPolicy]

-> Major delays are expected on Utah's freeways in Salt Lake, Davis, Utah and Summit counties this weekend as UDOT launches some new construction projects. [" target="_blank">Trib] [" target="_blank">ABC4]

-> Paul Rolly discusses idling firefighters, tax day, the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award going to a Mormon critic and more. [" target="_blank">Trib]

-> Officials are urging Utahns to do what they can to "Slow the Flow," especially after sprinklers were seen watering lawns during yesterday's snow storm. [" target="_blank">Fox13]

Nationally: A new book detailing the private lives of Hillary and Bill Clinton in the White House during Bill's presidency — including the four months during the Monica Lewinsky scandal when Bill was forced to sleep on a sofa — has debuted at No. 1 on The New York Times' best-seller list. [" target="_blank">Politico]

-> A new bill in the Senate reflects a recent push to put a woman's face on the $20 dollar bill. [" target="_blank">WaPost] [" target="_blank">CBS] [" target="_blank">HuffPost]

-> The postal worker who flew a gyrocopter onto the lawn of the Capitol Wednesday was released to his Florida home while his case moves through the legal system, though he has to wear a GPS tracking device and is banned from flying in the meantime. [" target="_blank">TheHill] [" target="_blank">WaPost] [" target="_blank">CNN] [" target="_blank">Fox]

Where are they?

  • Rep. Jason" target="_blank">Chaffetz spends the day in his Utah office.
  • Gov. Gary" target="_blank">Herbert attends the GOED Economic Summit and meets with UEA Board Members. On Saturday, he attends the Utah County GOP Convention.
  • SLC Mayor Ralph" target="_blank">Becker has no public events.
  • President Barack" target="_blank">Obama hosts Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi at the White House to discuss Ukraine, Libya, ISIL and more. Later the president hosts a poetry reading with First Lady Michelle Obama in honor of National Poetry Month.
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    —— Thomas Burr and Erica Palmer" target="_blank"> and">