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Ten Things You Need to Know Today - Thursday, January 14, 2016

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City. There are 352 days left in 2016.

It's debate night for the GOP candidates. Donald Trump barely beats Hillary Clinton in Utah according to a new poll. How many SLC employees submitted their resignations when Jackie Biskupski took office?

The clock:

  • 11 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (1/25/2016)
  • 18 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus - (2/1/2016)
  • 26 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary - (2/9/2016)
  • 56 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (3/10/2016)
  • 68 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic caucus meetings (3/22/2016)
  • 100 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic State Conventions (4/23/2016)
  • 166 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 299 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)

Thursday's top-10 headlines:

  1. The GOP presidential candidates face off during their latest debate Thursday night [Politico, Washington Post]. Rand Paul is really mad that he's been left off the main event stage, threatening not to show up at all [The Hill].
  2. Uh oh! Ted Cruz financed his 2010 Senate campaign with a loan from Goldman Sachs, his wife's employer, that he failed to disclose on campaign finance forms [New York Times].
  3. Trouble for the GOP in Utah? A new poll shows Donald Trump would barely defeat Hillary Clinton in a head-to-head matchup in the Beehive State [Utah Policy].
  4. Trump says he's building a political movement bigger and more intense than that of former President Ronald Reagan [Bloomberg].
  5. When Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski asked staffers to submit letters of resignation ahead of her taking office, only 11 did so. Some other staffers left after Biskupski took office, including Jill Remington-Love, who headed up community and economic development [2 News].
  6. A new study from the Utah Department of Health says sexual violence costs the state $4.8 billion annually [2 News, ABC 4, Tribune, Deseret News].
  7. David Damschen is sworn in as Utah State Treasurer [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News].
  8. A diverse group, including Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill, is urging the Utah Legislature to change the state's policy on medical marijuana [ABC 4, Deseret News, Tribune].
  9. At least three winning tickets exist for the record $1.5 billion Powerball jackpot [Washington Post].
  10. NBC announced a 2-hour special reuniting the cast of Friends [Entertainment Weekly].

 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.
  • 1952 - NBC's "Today" premiered. 
  • 1963 - George Wallace was inaugurated as the governor of Alabama, promising his followers, "Segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever!"
  • 1993 - David Letterman accepted a multimillion-dollar deal to move his late-night talk show to CBS after his NBC contract expired. 

Today At Utah Policy

Poll: Trump Barely Beats Clinton Head-to-Head in Utah

Just another indication how much Utahns don’t like Donald Trump: A new UtahPolicy poll shows that he barely beats Hillary Clinton in a presidential head-to-head in the Beehive State....

The Parallel Between Ted Cruz and Enid Greene

There is, at least, one Republican in Utah who may have a bit of sympathy for the plight of Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and his wife....

David C. Damschen Sworn In as 25th Utah State Treasurer

Utah State Treasurer David C. Damschen was sworn in Wednesday as Utah’s 25th State Treasurer by Utah Supreme Court Justice John Pearce....

'The Spin Room' - Beware of Anecdotes and Conjecture

Want to know the value of independent public opinion polling? President Obama's executive orders on gun control provide a great case in point....

Mike Lee: The Most Interesting Republican in Washington?

Unlike his Senate colleagues Rand Paul, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, Mike Lee isn't running for president. But he may be doing something more meaningful: reshaping conservatism for the 21st century....

Weekly Survey: Obama's Final State of the Union Address

On Tuesday night, President Obama delivered his final State of the Union Address. What did you think? Vote now in our weekly survey....

Policy News

A Discussion on Signature Gathering with Lieutenant Governor Spencer Cox
There has been a lot of news about Utah Politicians gathering signatures lately. This begs the question: Why is this happening?...

Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes Appeals for Awareness During January as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month
Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes issues the following statement to bring attention to January as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, placing additional emphasis on this important issue and underscoring his role as Attorney General to educate and pro...

Hatch Hails House Passage of SCRUB Act, Urges Senate to Act
Seeking to cut costly and unjustified federal regulations, the House of Representatives last week passed the Searching for and Cutting Regulations that are Unnecessarily Burdensome—or SCRUB—Act. Senator Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, the bill’s sponsor and the s...

Cruz for President Announces Utah Leadership Team
Presidential candidate Ted Cruz announced his Utah Leadership Team, consisting of some of the Beehive State’s top conservatives.  Utah GOP Vice Chairman Phill Wright will serve as state chairman for Cruz, while former Utah State Rep. Chris Herrod will serve as cam...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Sexual assault costs Utah $4.8 billion annually; health department urges lawmakers to take action

Utah laboratory was decontaminated after receiving live anthrax from Dugway Proving Ground

Another step taken to convert Bangerter Highway into a freeway

Solving FrontRunner delays may require expensive double-tracking

Investigator: Questions remain in Barker shooting

New coalition backs Utah women’s, children’s issues

David Damschen sworn in as new state treasurer

Patients, prosecutor say Utah needs change to medical marijuana policy

Deseret News

Dan Liljenquist: Politics and the BYU vs. Utah rivalry

Editorial: If elected officials were sincere about wanting to help the poor, they would ban lotteries

Utah lawmaker wants to change century-old beekeeping law

United Way echoes call for early childhood education funding

Why a Utah lottery is not in the cards anytime soon

Medical marijuana gets another shot


Editorial: Teaching middle-schoolers about gun safety makes sense (Standard-Examiner)

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

SB54 election law's legality questioned over one signature limit clause (Standard-Examiner)

Local school districts gear up for legislative session (Logan Herald Journal)

County Council wants to emphasize public relations and efficiency this year (Logan Herald Journal)

Legislative candidates to use both signatures and caucuses for primaries (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

Clinton opens the spigots on Sanders (Politico)

Trump fires back at Obama and Nikki Haley (Politico)

Controversy explodes over Iranian images of U.S. sailors (Politico)

Upset Republican donors: Have we wasted our money? (The Hill)

How Obama took on Trump during his State of the Union address (Los Angeles Times)

Obama regrets not unifying America and 4 other State of the Union takeaways (CNN)

Detroit mayor confirms teachers' concerns about unsafe schools. What now? (Christian Science Monitor)

Paul Ryan Cuts Off Iran Vote in Rebuff to Tardy Lawmakers (New York Times)

People flock to rallies for Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders. Does it mean anything? (Washington Post)

How Maria Bartiromo preps for a presidential debate — and will she wear ‘That Brooch’? (Washington Post)

U.S. Budget Deficit Ends Year at Lowest Level Since 2007 (Wall Street Journal)


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