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Ten Things You Need to Know Today - Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City. There are 347 days left in 2016.

Obama plans an "audacious" use of executive powers. Most Utahns want lawmakers to pass some kind of Medicaid expansion. Gov. Gary Herbert decides to use signature-gathering to get on the 2016 ballot.

The clock:

  • Six days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (1/25/2016)
  • 13 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus - (2/1/2016)
  • 21 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary - (2/9/2016)
  • 51 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (3/10/2016)
  • 63 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic caucus meetings (3/22/2016)
  • 95 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic State Conventions (4/23/2016)
  • 161 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 294 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)

Tuesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. The White House says President Barack Obama plans an "audacious" use of his executive power during his final year in office [The Hill].
  2. A significant majority of Utahns want the Utah Legislature to pass some sort of Medicaid expansion according to a new poll [Utah Policy].
  3. The Utah GOP heads back to court to see if they're allowed to exclude candidates who don't go through the convention system [Deseret News, Tribune, Fox 13].
  4. Gov. Gary Herbert is using the signature-gathering route to get on the 2016 primary ballot [Utah Policy, Deseret News].
  5. Businessman Michael Weinholtz is reportedly set to launch a bid for Utah Governor on the Democratic ticket [Utah Policy].
  6. A proposed bill would raise the smoking age in Utah from 19 to 21 [Fox 13].
  7. Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski keeps three department heads from Ralph Becker's administration while two others decide to leave [Deseret News, Tribune].
  8. The Utah Attorney General's office says they've been investigating San Juan County Commissioner Phil Lyman in some fashion since 2013 [Tribune].
  9. A new law allows some consumer complaints filed with the Division of Consumer Protection to be made public [Tribune].
  10. Tuesday marks the official start of tax season [Washington Post].

On this day in history:

  • 1861 - George seceded from the Union and joined the Confederacy.
  • 1944 - The federal government relinquished control of the nation's railroads after settling a wage dispute.
  • 1966 - Indira Gandhi was elected prime minister of India.
  • 1977 - President Gerald Ford pardoned Iva Toguri D'Aquino, who had been convicted of treason for her World War II Japanese propaganda broadcasts as "Tokyo Rose."
  • 2001 - In a deal sparing himself possible indictment, President Bill Clinton acknowledged for the first time making false statements under oath about Monica Lewinski; he also surrendered his law license for five years.
  • 2010 - In a major upset, Republican Scott Brown captured the Senate seat held by Democrat Edward Kennedy for nearly half a century as he defeated Democrat Martha Coakley in a special election.

Today At Utah Policy

Michael Weinholtz to Launch Democratic Bid for Governor

Sources tell that CHG Healthcare CEO Michael Weinholtz is set to launch a bid for Utah Governor, running on the Democratic ticket....

Poll: Big Majority of Utahns Want Some Sort of Medicaid Expansion

Nearly three-fourths of Utahns want the upcoming 2016 Legislature to pass some kind of Medicaid expansion to cover low-income, uninsured citizens, a new UtahPolicy poll finds....

The Race for the 2016 Nomination is Speeding Up (Video)

Jason Perry, Director of the University of Utah's Hinckley Institute of Politics, says we are finally reaching decision time in the 2016 election season....

Herbert to Gather Signatures to Get on 2016 Primary Ballot

After playing a short game of "will he or won't he," Gov. Gary Herbert has finally declared his intention to use the signature route to get on the 2016 primary ballot....

Bishop Blasts New Moratorium on Coal Leases

Rep. Rob Bishop says the Obama administration's newly announced moratorium on coal leases mined from federal lands will undermine America's energy security and harm workers in coal states like Utah....

Policy News

Jason Perry Named Director of U's Hinckley Institute of Politics
The University of Utah has named Jason Perry the new director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics....

Gov. Jon Huntsman Returns to Utah as Keynote Speaker for WTC Utah's 10 Year Anniversary
The year 2016 marks 10 years since Gov. Jon Huntsman called for the creation of World Trade Center Utah. To celebrate the successes achieved, Gov. Huntsman, former U.S. Ambassador to China and former presidential candidate, is returning to the state to be the keynote speaker...

Utah Human Services Director Receives National Award for Outstanding Leadership, Improving Lives of Children and Families
Ann Silverberg Williamson, executive director for Utah’s Department of Human Services, has been honored with the national Casey Excellence for Children Leadership Award....

Salt Lake Community Action Diversion Program Making Immediate Impact
The new Diversion Program run by Salt Lake Community Action in partnership with The Road Home and United Way 211 is showing great promise in the effort to end homelessness....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Rolly: Legislature may meddle again in U. of U. affairs

Op-ed: Payday lenders use legal system as their collection muscle

Editorial: Heed prosecutor’s advice, allow medical marijuana

Attorney: Don’t let the FEC pile on former Utah AG Swallow

Utah GOP back in court, trying to block election law changes

Survey: Half of Utahns approve of UTA’s performance

Poll: 4-way tie among GOP presidential candidates in Utah

Targeting fraud: Complaints against hard-sell Utah coaching firms made public

Rolly: Utah County GOP’s purity test runs counter to state’s view of new election law

Poll: Sen. Mike Lee’s approval rating still below 50 percent

Mia Love avoids playing celebrity card in Congress

Utah attorney general confirms investigation of San Juan County Commissioner Phil Lyman

Deseret News

Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: State of the Union sets the stage for presidential campaign ahead

Rep. Bruce Cutler: Diversity of Utah's Republicans

Mia Love: One subject at a time

Editorial: Time for Evans to drop contentious battle

Bishop set to unveil 'Grand Bargain' bill on public lands for Utah

Utah GOP sues state again over controversial election law

Friends, family, Democrats and Republicans alike pay tribute to Randy Horiuchi

Interior Department halts new federal coal leases

Poll shows half of Utahns approve of UTA

New bill may snuff out smoking rooms at Salt Lake airport

Utah's poorest may get chance for health care, without help from Affordable Care Act

Utah group aims to help more women win public office

Utah, national mining groups decry land withdrawals for sage grouse

Homelessness, jail recidivism highlight S.L. County's legislative agenda

Bill would allow cameras in rooms at assisted living facilities

Gov. Gary Herbert to gather voter signatures


John Morris campaigning for Utah House of Representatives District 6 seat (Daily Herald)

Editorial: We need more women running in Utah County (Daily Herald)

Utah County index crime rates flat overall, some cities experience drop (Daily Herald)

Editorial: The time to begin discussing our shared challenges is now, not 2017 (Standard-Examiner)

Army blames former Dugway commander for shipments of live anthrax (Standard-Examiner)

Ogden best in the West or among most dangerous? (Standard-Examiner)

Webb sponsoring assessment, property tax and insurance amendments this year (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

Dem insiders: Sanders failed to dent Clinton (Politico)

The 8 biggest moments of the Dem debate (Politico)

Kerry 'very angry' over Iran's footage of sailors (The Hill)

Cruz blasts Trump's ties to Democrats (The Hill)

5 Things We Learned From Sunday’s Democratic Presidential Debate (ABC News)

Donald Trump makes the religious argument at Liberty University (CBS News)

Can this US company ban Muslim prayer breaks? They just did. (Christian Science Monitor)

Chris Christie: Keep the White House out of the cafeteria (CBS News)

Rubio: faith ‘single greatest influence in my life’ (Washington Post)

Taxes Chased GE Out Of Connecticut (Daily Caller)

The 62 Richest People On Earth Now Hold As Much Wealth As The Poorest 3.5 Billion (Huffington Post)


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