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Ten Things You Need to Know Today - Friday, January 15, 2016

Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City. There are 351 days left in 2016.

Trump and Cruz dominate the latest GOP debate. Half of Utahns approve of the Utah Transit Authority. Rep. Ken Ivory gets a big raise for advocating for the local takeover of public lands.

The clock:

  • Ten days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (1/25/2016)
  • 17 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus - (2/1/2016)
  • 25 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary - (2/9/2016)
  • 55 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (3/10/2016)
  • 67 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic caucus meetings (3/22/2016)
  • 99 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic State Conventions (4/23/2016)
  • 165 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 298 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)

Friday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Republicans face off in their second-to-last debate ahead of the Iowa Caucuses. Donald Trump and Ted Cruz dominated the affair, cementing their status as frontrunners [The Hill, New York Times, Washington Post, CNN].
  2. Trump's lead among likely Republican primary voters has jumped to its highest level ever [New York Times].
  3. Ben Carson's campaign finance guru quits after media reports he was paying himself a salary of $20,000 per month [Politico, New York Times].
  4. Hillary Clinton's national lead is evaporating in 2016 even faster than it did over Barack Obama in 2008 [Washington Post].
  5. A new poll shows half of Utahns approve of the performance of the Utah Transit Authority. About the same number also would like to see board members elected rather than appointed [Utah Policy].
  6. Tax records show Rep. Ken Ivory paid himself $135,000 as the president of the American Lands Council. That number is $40,000 higher than what he earned in that position in 2014 [Tribune].
  7. A lot of Republican candidates are availing themselves of the signature gathering route to get on the 2016 primary ballot [Utah Policy].
  8. Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski taps Mike Reberg, who most recently was director of animal services for Salt Lake County, to head up Salt Lake's Department of Public Utilities [Utah Policy, Tribune].
  9. Rep. Brian King wants to re-focus Utah's sex education away from "abstinence-based" to something more comprehensive [Fox 13].
  10. In the wake of a $1.6 billion Powerball jackpot, it's worth noting that former Democratic Rep. Arlo James tried to bring the lottery to Utah for a decade, but lawmakers refused to vote on the proposal [2 News].

 On this day in history:

  • 1870 - A cartoon by Thomas Nast appeared in Harper's weekly with a donkey symbolizing the Democratic Party for the first time.
  • 1892 - Dr. James Naismith published the rules of basketball.
  • 1973 - President Richard Nixon called a halt to U.S. military offensives in Vietnam.
  • 2001 - Wikipedia made its debut online.
  • 2009 - US Airways Capt. Chelsey Sullenberger guided a jetliner disabled by a bird strike just after takeoff from New York's LaGuardia Airport to a safe landing on the Hudson River. All 155 people aboard survived.

Today At Utah Policy

Poll: Half of Utahns Say They Approve of the Utah Transit Authority

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Policy News

Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
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Biskupski Taps Mike Reberg as Director of Public Utilities
Mayor Jackie Biskupski announced Mike Reberg will be appointed to lead Salt Lake City’s Department of Public Utilities, filling a vacancy created upon the departure of Jeff Niermeyer in December. Mike Reberg will start in his new role on February 1, 2016....

Hatch: New Year, Same Broken Law
When President Obama kicked off the new year by vetoing Republican legislation to repeal the most consequential provisions of his misguided health law, he made clear he has no intention of freeing American patients and taxpayers from its shackling ramifications....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Utah politicians leading fight for sales tax fairness

Editorial: Lotteries hurt the poor, but not as badly as Utah’s tax system

Rolly: Protesters want feds to leave them alone, and cut a check

Biskupski names Mike Reberg SLC public utilities director

Utah lawmaker got a hefty pay raise for waging lands fight, tax record shows

Group promoting women in politics holds session Saturday

Oil company wants to drill in Utah’s popular Uinta Mountains

Deseret News

Jay Evensen: Make politics more civil? The forces at work are too large

Greg Bell: IDEAS: Their remarkable power

Editorial: A new health care service improves access to care and cuts costs at the same time

State GOP leader, ex-lawmaker to head Ted Cruz campaign team in Utah

John Swallow says FEC trying to 'heap on' allegations against him

Tad Walch: At BYU, conservative Jew says U.S. political debate could use a Family Home Evening

Should Utah welcome the endangered Mexican wolf?

Utahns narrowly pick Trump over Clinton in new poll


Editorial: Commission must be mindful about representing residents (Daily Herald)

Morgan Philpot announces run for Utah State Senate seat (Daily Herald)

New Utah Women’s Coalition backing breastfeeding, parental leave legislation (Standard-Examiner)

Conservative group urges Utah lawmakers to delay carbon emission reduction plans (Standard-Examiner)

Conservationists howl for Mexican wolf protection in Utah (Standard-Examiner)

Sen. Hillyard addresses state budget and prisoner rehab at County Council meeting (Logan Herald Journal)

Board of health cautious on medical marijuana benefits (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

The 12 biggest moments of the GOP debate (Politico)

GOP candidates see hostility in Iranian naval incident (Politico)

Trump-Cruz fire dominates debate (The Hill)

GOP debate winners and losers (CNN)

‘Undercard’ candidates insist they’re the ones who can win the White House (Washington Post)

4,000 artifacts stored at Oregon refuge held by armed group (Washington Post)

Al Jazeera America closing: Casualty of US news climate or falling oil prices? (Christian Science Monitor)

Congressional Republicans Grapple With Donald Trump, 2016 Campaign at Policy Retreat (ABC News)

New Asian-American SuperPAC Formed To Increase 'The Power Of Our Vote' (NPR)

County state’s attorney investigating Martin O’Malley furniture purchase (Washington Post)

Bernie Sanders Rallies Students at NH Town Hal (ABC News)


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