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Monday, January 12, 2015

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Ten Things You Need to Know for Monday - January 12, 2015

Utahns oppose tax hike for schools. Herbert touts Utah's economy. Utah GOP concerns about SB 54 are off-base.

Countdown:

  • Days until the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 14
  • Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 59
  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 211
  • Days to the 2015 election - 295
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - 371
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 666

Monday's top-10 headlines:

  1. President Obama is set to propose new cybersecurity measures to increase online privacy and protect consumer information [CNet].
  2. Prosecutors recommend felony charges against former CIA Director Gen. David Petraeus for allegedly sharing classified information with his mistress [The Hill].
  3. 54% of Utahns oppose a 1% hike in the personal income tax to give more money to schools [Utah Policy].
  4. Gov. Gary Herbert says Utah's economy is roaring even though wages remain stagnant [Tribune, Deseret News].
  5. The State Elections Office says some of the concerns expressed by the Utah GOP about SB 54 are simply not true [Utah Policy].
  6. Sen. Mark Madsen is at odds with is constituents over relocating the prison [Tribune].
  7. Gov. Herbert says he has some concerns that President Obama's plan to offer free tuition to community college students could put a financial strain on Utah [Tribune].
  8. The number of Mormons in Congress is higher than their numbers in the general population [Tribune].
  9. It's been two years since the scandal involving former Attorneys General John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff came to light [Tribune].
  10. Bike paths are increasingly becoming an integral part of transportation plans across the Wasatch Front [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1932 - Hattie W. Caraway, a Democrat from Arkansas, became the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate.
  • 1971 - The sitcom "All in the Family" premiered on CBS.
  • 1991 - A deeply divided Congress gave President George H.W. Bush the authority to use force to expel Iraq from Kuwait. (The Senate vote was 52-47; the House followed suit 250-183.)
  • 2010 - Hati was struck by a magnitude-7 earthquake, killing as many as 300,000 people.
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Today At Utah Policy


Some Utah GOP Concerns About SB 54 Are Off Base
Ever since leaders of the Utah Republican Party a month ago began saying that SB54, the grand compromise election reform bill of the 2014 Legislature, was hopelessly flawed and must be changed, postponed or repealed in the upcoming general session, interested parties have be...

Poll: Utahns Oppose Tax Hike to Pay for Schools
A majority of Utahns oppose a proposal to increase the personal income tax rate by 1% to provide more funding for schools....

Winning the Political Game: Basic Elements of a Political Campaign
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Lee Has Higher Approval Rating than Hatch
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Romney Looking More and More Like a 2016 Candidate...Maybe
Mitt Romney told a number of big GOP donors that he was seriously considering another run for president in 2016....

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Which Member of Utah's Congressional Delegation Will Have the Most Impact?
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Outlook for Utah Economy Positive in 2015
A group of leading economists released a consensus economic forecast predicting positive performance in 2015. ...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Rolly: Check your legislator for Count My Vote flip-flop

Op-ed: Don't put Utah County foothills at risk

Op-ed: No more lame excuses for not funding schools

Op-ed: Utah hunters must know a coyote from a wolf

Editorial: Law has a role in clearing the air

Editorial: Weapons-on-bus argument takes the cake

Aloof senator at odds with his voters on prison

New bike paths key in long-range transportation plan

Romney tells donors he may run again

10 key players in the Swallow-Shurtleff scandal

Utah insists wolf-coyote confusion won't be a problem

Two years later, what have we learned from the Swallow-Shurtleff scandal?

Washington Insight: Mormons hold outsized share of Congress

Lawsuit claims Saratoga Springs mayor involved in shady real estate sale

Deseret News

Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Will this Congress be productive or dysfunctional?

Robert Bennett: Republicans are on party probation

John Florez: Our paths seldom cross in a nation divided by many factors

Editorial: Hey, look up! Plenty of reasons for optimism

What's so healthy about Utah?

Gov. Herbert's take on Utah's economic outlook for 2015: 'What's not to like?'

Why Mitt Romney wants to run for president

Lee Benson: A life story about receiving - and giving

'I have no regrets': Beau Babka reflects on 4-year law enforcement suspension

Other

Guest Editorial: Ezra Taft Benson played key roll in Utah ag industry (Daily Herald)

Utah women bucking national work trends (Daily Herald)

We Decide: Grassroots movement is picking up momentum (Daily Herald)

Political sign guidelines stir concerns in Centerville (Standard-Examiner)

Partners create STEM hubs in Ogden schools (Standard-Examiner)

Weber County lawmaker takes on Count My Vote (Standard-Examiner)

Lawmakers to repeal some tax credits (Standard-Examiner)

Valley lawmakers plan on variety of bills including school tax hike (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

Bush and Romney: Ready to rumble? (Politico)

Blue billionaires on top (Politico)

Top Obama military adviser: No al Qaeda link to Paris attacks (The Hill)

Former Intel chairwoman: Major attack on US 'in the realm of possibility' (The Hill)

Clinton now ready to embrace President Obama on economy (The Hill)

Paris shooting: As world leaders march in Paris, United States represented by ambassador (AFP)

Holder mum on report Petraeus faces felony charges, as senators rally for the ex-CIA director (FOX News)

Feinstein to Justice Department: Don't charge Gen. Petraeus, he has 'suffered enough' (Washington Times)

Halving The Price Of Oil Makes Keystone XL More Important, Not Less (Forbes)

Idea for natural gas terminal in waters off New York, New Jersey rankles fracking critics (Associated Press)

Was 2014 Really the Strongest Year of Job Growth Since 1999? (Wall Street Journal)





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