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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

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Utahns think climate change is happening and humans are partially the cause. Hughes previews the 2015 session. Bill would give terminally ill patients access to experimental drugs.


  • Days until the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 12
  • Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 57
  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 209
  • Days to the 2015 election - 293
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - 369
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 664

Wednesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. More than 3/4 of Utahns think the climate is getting warmer, and 57% say human activity is at least partially to blame [Utah Policy].
  2. Congressional Republicans are set to debate a funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security that would also block some of President Obama's actions on immigration [Reuters].
  3. President Obama is planning an executive action to increase broadband speeds in the U.S. and reduce costs [The Verge].
  4. An Ohio bartender is indicted for threatening to kill House Speaker John Boehner [Washington Post].
  5. Utah House Speaker Greg Hughes previews the 2015 Legislature [Utah Policy].
  6. Rep. Gage Froerer unveils legislation designed to give terminally ill patients access to experimental drugs [Utah Policy, Tribune].
  7. Seven Utah lawmakers miss the deadline to complete mandatory online ethics training [Tribune].
  8. Rep. Curt Oda is proposing legislation to force the DABC to give special event liquor permits to events and festivals that meet state requirements [Tribune].
  9. Jon Huntsman Sr. called Sen. Mike Lee an "embarrassment." Jon Huntsman Jr. disagrees, calling the Senator "brilliant" during an interview [Tribune, Deseret News].
  10. Utah School Board officials are urging Congress to change No Child Left Behind [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1639 - Connecticut's first constitution, the Fundamental Orders, was adopted.
  • 1784 - The United States ratified a peace treaty with England ending the Revolutionary War.
  • 1963 - George C. Wallace was sworn in as governor of Alabama with a pledge of "segregation forever."
  • 2008 - Republican Bobby Jindal, the first elected Indian-American governor in the United States, took office in Louisiana.

Today At Utah Policy

Poll: Most Utahns Think Climate Change is Happening, Caused by Humans
A solid majority of Utahns believe the Earth is getting warmer and humans are, at least, partially to blame....

Speaker Greg Hughes Previews the 2015 Session (Video)
Rep. Greg Hughes is preparing to take the reigns of the Utah House when the 2015 Legislative Session gets underway on Jan. 26....

Greg Hughes Plays the 'Lightning Round'
When was the last time Speaker Greg Hughes was punched in the nose? Find out in this edition of the "Lightning Round."...

Podcast: A Conversation with Speaker Greg Hughes
Rep. Greg Hughes is preparing to take the reigns of the Utah House when the 2015 Legislative Session gets underway on Jan. 26....

Bill Would Give Terminally Ill Patients Access to Experimental Treatments (Video)
A proposed bill would give terminally ill access to experimental drugs that have not been fully approved by the FDA....

Lee: Build a New Agenda Around the Family
Tuesday, Senator Mike Lee gave remarks at a policy summit hosted by Heritage Action for America outlining many of the challenges American families face as a result of dysfunctional government policy.  ...

Chaffetz on Bush 2016: 'Been There, Done That'
Rep. Jason Chaffetz,underwhelmed by the prospect of another Bush-Clinton presidential showdown, says he'll work to convince conservatives to support Mitt Romney's possible bid....

Featured Items

Utah Breakfast Club Set to Launch
The Utah Breakfast Club announced the launch of a new monthly event series that begins with two January 2015 events on "Making Utah an Entertainment and Technology Hub."...

Real Women Run Announces Winter Training
Real Women Run announces its annual all-day winter training on Saturday, January 17th, 2015, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Miller Campus of Salt Lake Community College. ...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Time to raises taxes in Utah

7 Utah legislators miss ethics training deadline

Utah opens new hub for GRAMA open-records requests

Utah lawmakers push to give patients access to experimental drugs

County exploring 3 more 'Pay For Success' issues

Rolly: Price mayor cited for tirade over daughter's grade - teachers say it's not enough

Jon Huntsman disagrees with his dad, calls Utah Sen. Mike Lee 'brilliant'

Deseret News

Richard Davis: Using correct party name restores civility, respect

Dean Dinas: We should support GOED's strategies, mission

Jay Evensen: Je suis Charlie? We are hypocrites

Editorial: Revisiting No Child Left Behind

Lawyers want to delay Jeremy Johnson fraud trial

Conservative agenda should be built around helping families, Sen. Mike Lee says

Uneasy breathing: Leaders searching for air clearing solutions

Chaffetz says Mitt 'making it clear, here he comes' for third run for president

Price mayor admits to disorderly conduct after beauty school dust-up

Jon Huntsman Jr. disagrees with his dad, calls Sen. Mike Lee 'impressive'


How a tax hike might help Utah County schools (Daily Herald)

Utah County commissioner considers repeal of Bus Rapid Transit funding (Daily Herald)

Op-ed: Time to give terminally ill the right to try experimental drugs (Standard-Examiner)

Op-ed: Republican Party has right to pick own candidates (Standard-Examiner)

Clinton lawmaker: Weber County a model for E-cig regulation (Standard-Examiner)

Froerer presents 'Right to Try' bill for the terminally ill (Standard-Examiner)

Water: A 2015 priority for this Layton lawmaker (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

The selling of Mitt 3.0 (Politico)

McConnell on Romney: 'More the merrier' (The Hill)

Congressman Randy Weber Apologizes for Tweet Comparing President Obama to Hitler (ABC News)

Romney sparks new 2016 competition among GOP establishment (Associated Press)

Kamala Harris launches campaign to succeed Barbara Boxer in Senate (San Jose Mercury News)

Can Mayor de Blasio and NYPD chart a path to reconciliation? (Christian Science Monitor)

Democrats plan efforts to promote Obama's immigration action as GOP tries to chip away at it (FOX News)

Huckabee criticizes Obamas' parenting over Beyonc (CBS News)

Obama Seizes on Sony Hack to Break Logjam on Cybersecurity Bill (Bloomberg)

IRS Warns Of Slower Tax Refunds, More Identity Theft Risk (ABC News)

Job openings hit 14-year high; small business cheers the economy (Christian Science Monitor)

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