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Ten Things You Need to Know Today - Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City. There are 354 days left in 2016.

Barack Obama gives his final State of the Union Address tonight. Utahns approve of the most recent efforts to kill ObamaCare and defund Planned Parenthood. Hatch says he hasn't yet decided if he'll try for another term, but he's got lots of people asking him to run.

The clock:

  • 13 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (1/25/2016)
  • 20 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus - (2/1/2016)
  • 28 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary - (2/9/2016)
  • 58 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (3/10/2016)
  • 70 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic caucus meetings (3/22/2016)
  • 102 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic State Conventions (4/23/2016)
  • 168 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 301 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)

Tuesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. President Barack Obama delivers his final State of the Union Address tonight [The Hill, New York Times, Politico].
  2. Rand Paul and Carly Fiorina are dropped from the main stage for the next GOP debate on Thursday night [New York Times]. Paul is not happy about it at all! [Gawker].
  3. Polls show some very real warning signs for Donald Trump's chances in the Iowa Caucuses [Washington Post].
  4. A new poll finds a majority of Utahns support the recent effort by Congress to repeal ObamaCare that was coupled with a measure cutting off funds for Planned Parenthood [Utah Policy].
  5. Former Rep. Justin Miller is sentenced to 18-months probation and community service for communications fraud [2 NewsABC 4, Deseret News, Tribune].
  6. Sen. Orrin Hatch says he hasn't decided whether to run for an eighth term in Washington, but he has plenty of people asking him to mount another campaign [Utah Policy].
  7. Gov. Gary Herbert begins the 2016 election year with his campaign coffers full [Tribune].
  8. If you call Herbert's office to lodge a complaint, he just might call you back [2 News].
  9. Legislators seem ready to wade into the sticky briar patch of taxing online sales [Tribune, Deseret News].
  10. A proposed bill for this year's legislative session would eliminate smoking lounges inside Salt Lake International Airport [Fox 13].

On this day in history:

  • 1773 - The first public museum in America was established in Charleston, S.C.
  • 1932 - Hattie Caraway, a Democrat from Arkansas, became the first woman elected to serve a full term as a United States Senator.
  • 1948 - The Supreme Court ruled that states could not discriminate against law-school applicants because of race.
  • 1991 - A deeply divided Congress gave President George H.W. Bush the authority to use force to expel Iraq from Kuwait.
  • 2010 - A magnitude-7 earthquake hit Haiti and its capital Port-Au-Prince, killing tens of thousands of people.

Today At Utah Policy

Poll: Utahns Support Obamacare Repeal and Defunding Planned Parenthood

After years of trying, Congress finally passed a bill to repeal many parts of Obamacare. That legislation also included a provision cutting off federal funding for Planned Parenthood for one year. Even though President Obama promptly vetoed the measure when it made it t...

The Legislature Should Stay Out of the BYU/Utah Brouhaha

What matters most in the Beehive State is and always will be God, family and (insert "Utah" or "BYU" here). So forget about Medicaid expansion or education funding. As Ignacio from "Nacho Libre" would say, "let's get down to the nitty-gritty."...

Hatch on Obamacare, Supreme Court Justices and Running for an 8th Term (Video)

Sen. Orrin Hatch says the biggest issue nobody is talking about in the 2016 election is the impact the next president could have on the Supreme Court. Hatch says there's a scenario where the next occupant of the Oval Office could nominate three or even four new justices....

Lee to GOP: Don't Demean Immigrants

In an interview, Sen. Mike Lee says members of his party should be careful about the rhetoric they use when discussing the challenges of border security and immigration reform....

The Spin Room - Mechanism vs. Message

Rep. Patrice Arent is sponsoring legislation to get rid of Utah's straight-party ticket voting....

Policy News

Where We've Been and Where We're Going
2015 turned out to be an impressive year for economic development in Utah....

Utah Attorney General's Office to Host Human Trafficking Survivor & Healthcare Provider Focus Groups
Victims of human trafficking often go unnoticed and the crime unreported, despite interactions with various types of healthcare providers. In an effort to build awareness of human trafficking among prosecutors, investigators and Utah’s health care community, the U...

Press Release: Rep. Mia Love says Consider Bills 'One Subject At A Time'
Congresswoman Mia Love is keeping her promise to give the people of Utah a stronger voice in the legislative process.  She has introduced a bill that would only allow legislation to contain one subject at a time....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: No pay to play in water permit battles

Rolly: Militia ally goes from Mormon backer to Mormon bucker

Mayor Ben McAdams’ former campaign manager sentenced to probation in theft case

Lawmakers seek to collect taxes owed on Internet sales

House passes Chaffetz bill to slash allowance for ex-presidents

Gov. Gary Herbert starts election year with $1.4M in campaign

Deseret News

Sen. Orrin Hatch: Year in review — restoring the Senate for the American people

Editorial: Earned Income Tax Credit provides better poverty relief than raising the minimum wage

Utah members of Congress join court brief opposing contraceptive coverage mandate

Ex-campaign manager for McAdams gets probation for taking funds

Former Interior Secretary Salazar: Bundys 'out of touch' on lands issues

Gov. Gary Herbert calls new Provo LDS temple ‘work of art’

2016 Legislature may try to force feds to take action on Internet sales tax


Beekeepers want to deregulate law for hobbyists (Daily Herald)

Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes speaks to Utah County Republican Women (Daily Herald)

Bernie Sanders' grassroots appeal extends to Ogden (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Obama, GOP Congress near end of long, ugly relationship (Politico)

Trump soars, Bush sinks in latest N.H. poll (Politico)

Clinton calls for 4 percent ‘surcharge’ tax on wealthy (The Hill)

Trump up by 2 points in Iowa (The Hill)

Ammon Bundy: Oregon protesters want to prevent war with the government (FOX News)

Supreme Court majority is critical of compelled public employee union fees (Washington Post)

Donald Trump is getting much better as a candidate (Washington Post)

White nationalist group calling on Iowa to vote for Trump: ‘We need smart, well-educated white people’ (New York Daily News)

'Sickout' by Detroit Teachers Closes Most Public Schools (New York Times)

Is the Democratic party shrinking? (Christian Science Monitor)

Pro-Carson super PAC staff resigns in New Hampshire (Washington Post)


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