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Ten Things You Need to Know Today - Monday, January 11, 2016

Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City. There are 355 days left in 2016.

Donald Trump bemoans the reduction of concussions in the NFL. Utahns support keeping those on the terror watch list from buying guns. Sen. Mike Lee quietly builds clout in Washington.

The clock:

  • 14 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (1/25/2016)
  • 21 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus - (2/1/2016)
  • 29 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary - (2/9/2016)
  • 59 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (3/10/2016)
  • 71 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic caucus meetings (3/22/2016)
  • 103 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic State Conventions (4/23/2016)
  • 169 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 302 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)

Monday's top-10 headlines:

  1. President Barack Obama delivers his final State of the Union address on Tuesday [New York Times, Roll Call].
  2. Donald Trump is apparently a fan of concussions and traumatic brain injuries. The GOP frontrunner bemoans the outlawing of helmet-to-helmet hits in the NFL, saying the game has gone "soft" like the rest of the country [Washington Post].
  3. An overwhelming number of Utahns say they would support legislation to keep suspected terrorists from buying guns [Utah Policy].
  4. Sen. Mike Lee has quietly become of the most influential dealmakers in the U.S. Senate [Politico].
  5. Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams is requesting jail time for former Rep. Justin Miller when he is sentenced for communication fraud on Monday [Tribune].
  6. The number of guns purchased in Utah last year was the highest since 2012 [Tribune].
  7. Michael Clara claims he was fired by the Utah Transit Authority for telling executives they were violating federal safety regulations, which his superiors ignored ahead of November's vote on Prop. 1 to avoid bad public relations [Tribune].
  8. Utah State Superintendent Brad Smith is taking a 90-day medical leave of absence [Deseret NewsTribune].
  9. The recent snowstorms have helped Utah's drought situation, but state water officials say we're not out of trouble yet [KUER].
  10. Farewell to Ziggy Stardust and the Goblin King. Rock and roll icon David Bowie dies at the age of 69 following a battle with cancer [CNN, Time].

On this day in history:

  • 1785 - The Continental Congress convened in New York City.
  • 1861 - Alabama seceded from the United States.
  • 1935 - Aviator Amelia Earhart completed the first solo flight ever made between the Hawaiian Islands and the American mainland.
  • 1949 - Los Angeles noted a record-setting snowfall when a storm dumped more than a foot of snow on the area.
  • 1964 - U.S. Surgeon General Luther Terry issued the first government report saying smoking may be hazardous to one's health.

Today At Utah Policy

Utahns Overwhelmingly Support Stopping Gun Sales to Suspected Terrorists

A massive number of Utahns say they would support preventing individuals on the terrorist watch list from buying firearms....

Ivory Leads Push to Take over Federal Land

The New York Times looks at Utah state Rep. Ken Ivory's efforts to secure state control over millions of acres of Western public lands currently managed by the feds. ...

Mike Lee: From Tea Party Firebrand to Senate Dealmaker

Politico profiles Sen. Mike Lee, noting that he has transformed himself into an unexpected dealmaker who arguably holds more sway inside the Capitol than GOP presidential candidates Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, and Rand Paul. ...

Utah Policy/KSL Insider Survey: Running for Governor in 2020

Last week both Rep. Jason Chaffetz and Josh Romney made waves by expressing their interest in running for governor when 2020 rolls around (it must have been a slow news week). That completely jumps over the 2016 election that is later this year....

Follow the 2016 Election with the Utah Policy Candidate Tracker

Candidates for office are busy gathering signatures to get on the 2016 ballot. ...

State Legislator Kay McIff Will Not Seek Re-election

Rep. Kay McIff (R-Richfield) announced he will not seek re-election in 2016....

Handy: Don't Text and Drive

In an op-ed in the Standard-Examiner, Rep. Steve Handy discusses whether government should regulate things like texting while driving and seat-belt use. He strongly encourages Utahns to buckle up while driving and avoid cell phone use....

Policy News

Public Memorial Service Planned for Randy Horiuchi
A public memorial service for Randy Horiuchi will be held on Friday, January 15th at 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at the Calvin L. Rampton Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City....

Kings and Queens of the Mountains - Utahns Love to Run and Bike
Utah isn’t a run of the mill state when it comes running, biking and enjoying outdoor recreation. According to new data from Strava, a popular app for tracking fitness, Utahns are 10th in the nation for running and eighth for biking activity....

ACLU of Utah Executive Director to Retire in 2016
ACLU of Utah Executive Director and long-time Salt Lake City community leader Karen McCreary has announced that she will retire at the end of June, 2016. ...

Hatch Applauds House Passage of SCRUB Act
The U.S. House of Representatives passed on a bipartisan basis the Searching for and Cutting Regulations that are Unnecessarily Burdensome, or SCRUB, Act—major legislation aimed at reducing the burden posed by federal regulations. ...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Rolly: Retiring Sen. Steve Urquhart will leave a lasting impression on Utah

Op-ed: Oregon occupiers have much in common with Utah legislators

Op-ed: Utah needs more women running for office, and we will help them

Editorial: Utah land grab: A fool and other people’s money

Editorial: Give school districts room to operate, legislators

Official claims UTA fired him for warning it violated safety rules

New panel will explore needs of Utah’s minority and at-risk students

Utah group hopeful after trip to occupied Oregon wildlife reserve

Salt Lake County mayor requests jail time for his former deputy

ACLU director who challenged Utah on same-sex marriage, immigration to retire

Deseret News

Frank Pignanelli and LaVarr Webb: Signature-gathering period in primary election process marks new era

John Florez: We have lawmakers who keep on spending our money for things we don’t want

Editorial: In Utah, two-party negotiation not necessary to get laws passed, and that’s too bad

Editorial: The Utah Media Coalition calls for increased transparency from state Republican leaders

Top education leader Brad Smith to take 90-day medical leave

State education funding priorities: Paying for pupil influx, local needs

What's the cost of a shrinking middle class?

West Jordan leaders seek to keep City Hall civil in 2016

ACLU leader Karen McCreary announces June retirement

Doug Robinson: Sean Reyes — Out of the ’hood, into the AG's office


Senator Mike Lee draws crowd with town hall (Daily Herald)

Utah bills limiting medical marijuana to certain illnesses have advocates wary (Standard-Examiner)

Former Ogden mayor Matthew Godfrey surprised by mission president call (Standard-Examiner)

Bill to exempt military pensions from state income tax will go to Legislature (Standard-Examiner)

Erickson to run for full term on Cache County Council (Logan Herald Journal)

Legislators visit Summit County Board of Health (Park Record)

Utahns weigh in on gun control (Park Record)

National Headlines

Paul Ryan dreams of a kinder, more substantive GOP (Politico)

Conservative group nears big payoff in Supreme Court case (Politico)

White House: Obama won't endorse in primary (The Hill)

Vegas billionaire donor keeps GOP candidates guessing (The Hill)

Exclusive: Republican Party Chairman Calls Donald Trump ‘Varsity’ (TIME)

Trump Tells 3,000 In Reno NFL Has Gone ‘Soft’ Like The US (Associated Press)

Supreme Court case could undercut public sector union power (Reuters)

Clinton Defends Latest E-Mail Flare-Up in Rare Sunday Show Appearance (Bloomberg)

ABC drops Union Leader from Republican debate, Donald Trump takes glee (Boston Globe)

Hillary Clinton Says A Republican President Would 'Break' The Supreme Court (Huffington Post)

Tax Error Complicates Financial Help for Some With Obamacare (Associated Press)


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