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Tuesday, January 19, 2016
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.
- 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:
- The White House says President Barack Obama plans an "audacious" use of his executive power during his final year in office [The Hill].
- A significant majority of Utahns want the Utah Legislature to pass some sort of Medicaid expansion according to a new poll [Utah Policy].
- 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].
- Gov. Gary Herbert is using the signature-gathering route to get on the 2016 primary ballot [Utah Policy, Deseret News].
- Businessman Michael Weinholtz is reportedly set to launch a bid for Utah Governor on the Democratic ticket [Utah Policy].
- A proposed bill would raise the smoking age in Utah from 19 to 21 [Fox 13].
- Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski keeps three department heads from Ralph Becker's administration while two others decide to leave [Deseret News, Tribune].
- The Utah Attorney General's office says they've been investigating San Juan County Commissioner Phil Lyman in some fashion since 2013 [Tribune].
- A new law allows some consumer complaints filed with the Division of Consumer Protection to be made public [Tribune].
- 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
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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
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)
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)
"A budget tells us what we can't afford, but it doesn't keep us from buying it." William Feather Brainy Quote
Stop to Doughnuts
"aA self-driving car in Southern California got stuck going in circles without anyone behind the wheel. Police had to use spike strips to get it to stop, which is the first time in history that cops put a stop to making doughnuts. It's very interesting." Jimmy Fallon Political Humor