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Ten Things You Need to Know Today - Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City. There are 353 days left in 2016.

Obama vows to end cancer in his final State of the Union address. Utah's Congressional delegation lambastes the president's speech. A new poll shows Utahns are worried about terrorism.

The clock:

  • 12 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (1/25/2016)
  • 19 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus - (2/1/2016)
  • 27 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary - (2/9/2016)
  • 57 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (3/10/2016)
  • 69 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic caucus meetings (3/22/2016)
  • 101 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic State Conventions (4/23/2016)
  • 167 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 300 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)

Wednesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. President Barack Obama delivers his final State of the Union address. He talked about the nation's healthy economy, unveiled an initiative to cure cancer forever and knocked the rhetoric of the GOP presidential candidates [The Hill, Washington Post, Time, CNBC].
  2. Not surprisingly, Utah's congressional delegation panned the president's speech [2 News, ABC 4, Deseret News, Tribune].
  3. Iran detained 10 U.S. sailors who drifted into their territorial waters. Those sailors were released from custody early Wednesday morning [The Guardian, CNN].
  4. The Royal Bank of Scotland is advising clients to "sell everything" because they think the global markets are heading toward a cataclysmic year [CNN Money].
  5. A new poll shows the fear of future terrorist attacks is a big worry for Utahns [Utah Policy].
  6. San Juan County Commissioner Phil Lyman will act as his lawyer to appeal his conviction for leading an ATV protest ride through Recapture Canyon [2 News, Deseret News, Tribune].
  7. Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox says the latest flap over candidates who gather signatures to get on the ballot will not affect whether those signatures can be validated in time [Utah Policy].
  8. Sen. Lyle Hillyard wants to revoke a measure allowing Salt Lake City to hike sales taxes because the Utah State prison is relocating there [KUER].
  9. Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams asks the Salt Lake City Council to join in asking the Utah Legislature for funding to address homelessness [Deseret News].
  10. District Attorney Sim Gill says a new video showing the shooting of James Barker by a Salt Lake City police officer does not support claims that the man was shot in the back while handcuffed [Tribune, Deseret News].

On this day in history:

  • 1794 - President George Washington approved a measure adding two stars and two stripes to the American flag, following the admission of Vermont and Kentucky to the union.
  • 1966 - Robert C. Weaver became the first black Cabinet member as he was appointed Secretary of Housing and Urban Development by President Lyndon B. Johnson.
  • 1999 - Michael Jordan announced his retirement.
  • 2012 - The Italian luxury liner Costa Concordia ran aground off the Tuscan island of Giglio and flipped onto its side. 32 people were killed. 


Today At Utah Policy


Poll: Terrorism is a Big Worry for Utahns

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Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox on SB54 and the 2016 Legislature (Video)

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SOTU Disaster Plan: In Case of Tragedy, Orrin Hatch Would Have Become President

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'The Spin Room' - Signatures and Certainty

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Policy News


Rep. Bishop Responds to the 2016 State of the Union
Rep. Rob Bishop (UT-01) offered the following statement in response to President Obama’s 2016 State of the Union address:...

Congresswoman Mia Love Responds to State of the Union Address
Congresswoman Mia Love issued the following statement, following President Obama’s final State of the Union Address:...

Gov. Herbert Announces Affirmation of Utah's AAA Bond Rating
Utah Gov. Gary R. Herbert and Treasurer David C. Damschen announced the recent affirmation of the state’s “AAA” rating by Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s Investors Service. Utah carries the Triple-A bond rating from the two agencies, and is on...

Office of the Utah State Auditor Releases Analysis Report Opportunities for Financial Benefit Using High Deductible Medical Plans: Analysis of State Employees' Medical Costs for Fiscal Year 2015
The Office of the Utah State Auditor released Opportunities for Financial Benefit Using High Deductible Medical Plans: Analysis of State Employees’ Medical Costs for Fiscal Year 2015....

Press Release: Hatch Acts to Protect Religious Freedom from Obamacare Mandates
Religious non-profits fighting one of Obamacare’s most intrusive mandates just received support from a critical constituency—207 members of Congress....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Why does Utah put a price on coyotes’ heads?

Swallow seeks FBI evidence, asks state judge to force Salt Lake County to pursue trove of documents

Rolly: GOP activist has strange lesson for Mormon seminary students

Utah’s A.G. takes part in deposition of Alan Dershowitz in defamation suit

Legislation aims to outlaw smoking rooms at SLC airport

With Powerball jackpot at $1.5 billion, Utahns account for a large portion of Idaho, Wyoming sales

Utah commissioner who led ATV protest ride will appeal 10-day sentence, act as own attorney

Ted Cruz campaign announces Utah team

Hatch stays away from State of Union — but it’s no protest

Hatch lambastes Obama’s State of the Union; Chaffetz ‘just glad that was the last one’

House passes Chaffetz bill to slash allowance for ex-presidents

Deseret News

Richard Davis: The race for the Democratic nomination is not over

Op-ed: A right to vote for our elected leaders

Jay Evensen: Be glad, Utah, that you aren't a part of Powerball

Ralph Hancock: Trumpolgy 101

Editorial: Obama's speech falls short on religious freedom

Phil Lyman appeals conviction in ATV protest ride case sans attorney

McAdams urges S.L. City Council to back legislative ask to reimagine homeless services

Utah's congressional delegation critical of president's State of the Union address

Other

The journey of revitalizing Provo's downtown business sector (Daily Herald)

Public comes to Commissioner Lee's defense (Daily Herald)

Editorial: Ogden police deserve their raises. So do the city's firefighters (Standard-Examiner)

Veterans work to legalize medical marijuana amidst wave of suicides, overdoses (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Sanders bests Clinton in new early state polls (Politico)

Obama's 2016 opponent: Donald Trump (Politico)

GOP governor seems to take shot at Trump in State of the Union response (The Hill)

GOP to Obama: You have no ISIS plan (The Hill)

Iran demands apology after detaining US navy boat crews for 'violating' Gulf waters (Guardian)

Two U.S. Navy boats in Iranian custody but crew will be returned ‘promptly’ (Washington Post)

Hillary Clinton Isn't Holding Back Against Bernie Sanders Anymore (Huffington Post)

Mystery date: Congressman invites Kim Davis to State of the Union (CNN)

Rand Paul, Carly Fiorina cut from main GOP debate lineup (Associated Press)

U.S. Sergeant Bergdahl seeks access to classified info in desertion case (Reuters)

Cruz dismisses questions about his eligibility (Boston Globe)


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