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Tuesday, January 20, 2015
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Ten Things You Need to Know for Tuesday - January 20, 2015
Obama to call for tax hikes/cuts during Tuesday's SOTU. Former Speaker Becky Lockhart dies. Less than 1/5 of Utahns want to keep the caucus system.
- Days until the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 6
- Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 51
- Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 203
- Days to the 2015 election - 287
- Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - 363
- Days until the 2016 presidential election - 658
Tuesday's top-10 headlines:
- President Obama delivers his State of the Union address Tuesday night. He is expected to call for a tax hike on the wealthy and a tax cut for the middle class [New York Times, Washington Post].
- Former Utah House Speaker Becky Lockhart passes away at the age of 46 [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News]. A public memorial for Lockhart is scheduled for Thursday [Tribune].
- A survey finds very little support for returning to Utah's caucus and convention system...even among Republicans [Utah Policy].
- Former Rep. Jim Matheson blasts the caucus system as a "joke" [Utah Policy].
- A proposed bill would turn public schools into state-run charter schools if they have three consecutive years of low performance on standardized testing [Tribune].
- Rep. Brian King wants Utah to recognize Religious Freedom Day as a holiday in the state [Deseret News, Tribune].
- Sen. Allen Christensen says he will push his own proposal for dealing with Medicaid expansion during the 2015 session [Standard Examiner].
- Mitt Romney will headline an event at Abravanel Hall on Wednesday night [Tribune].
- A new poll shows most Utahns want the BYU and the University of Utah football game to be an annual event again [Utah Policy].
- Standard Examiner political reporter Antone Clark passes away from cancer at the age of 60 [Standard Examiner].
On this day in history:
- 1801 - John Marshall was appointed chief justice of the United States.
- 1981 - Ronald Reagan was sworn in as the 40th president of the United States.
- 1981 - Iran released 52 Americans held hostage for 444 days.
- 2009 - Barack Obama was sworn in as the first African-American president of the United States.
Today At Utah Policy
|Rove: Romney May Run Again in 2016|
The 2016 presidential races in the Republican and Democratic parties will be truncated – starting Feb. 1, 2016 and likely over with by the end of March, so says Karl Rove, a “political guru” and top aide to former GOP President George W. Bush....
Salt Lake Tribune
Op-ed: LDS political history shows plenty of successes
Op-ed: Reyes' recusal from SB54 was ethical, not political
Op-ed: For a safer society, send fewer to prison
Editorial: Reyes on the wrong side of immigration suit
Editorial: Job creators need good schools, not tax breaks
Editorial: Metro government
Poll: Most Utahns do not want to return to caucus system
Dem leader in Utah says focus on religious liberty could hurt civil rights
Rove: Romney must break out of shell for shot at White House
Salt Lake County looking to create a 'metropolitan township'
Portrait removal sparks controversy for Utah's Chaffetz
Seeing too many deaths, UHP officer/legislator pushes seat-belt law
Rolly: Becky Lockhart made a habit of exceeding expectations
Stove industry, consumers see hope for Utah's inversions in cleaner-burning technology
Disease that killed Becky Lockhart has 'relentless progression'
Mitt Romney headlines economic event at Abravanel Hall
If Reagan did it, why not Mitt, say backers
Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: What's Utah's role in GOP search for a champion in 2016?
Robert Bennett: Obama's Paris snub jilted a key ally
Drew Clark: What Mitt Romney must do differently to win in 2016
John Florez: State government needs to adopt modern policies
Editorial: Utah's best interests may be in seeing what happens with Common Core in 2015
Utahns on all sides ready for Supreme Court to rule on gay marriage
State lawmaker wants Utah to recognize Religious Freedom Day
Disease that killed Becky Lockhart described as 'Alzheimer's on steroids'
Utah leaders react to death of former House Speaker Becky Lockhart
Members of Utah's congressional delegation bring conservative messages to Utah Eagle Forum
Poll: Utahns support tax hike for education, but don't want higher gas taxes
'Carry on': Friends reflect on Becky Lockhart's commitment to family, faith and work
Editorial: Prison relocation plan overlooks state owned land (Daily Herald)
Former House Speaker Becky Lockhart dies at 46 (Daily Herald)
Local cities are on board with a gas-tax (Daily Herald)
Area police react to national negativity (Daily Herald)
Sen. Christensen to push medicaid proposal (Standard-Examiner)
Layton officials ask legislators for I-15 overpass (Standard-Examiner)
Weiler goal: Soften tax on Social Security benefits (Standard-Examiner)
Lawmaker expects tough fight over surplus funds (Standard-Examiner)
Bill would protect Utah farmers from careless tourists (Standard-Examiner)
Handy pushes for CNG school buses, vehicles (Standard-Examiner)
Cache County Council looks to tackle road funding, water conservancy in 2015 (Logan Herald Journal)
Zions Bank sponsors political website (Idaho Statesman)
The Search for a Slogan (Politico)
Ted Cruz to Republicans: 'Lighten up a little' (Politico)
This week: Abortion and Keystone amid SOTU (The Hill)
GOP finds its secret weapon (The Hill)
State of the Union 2015: Will there be any surprises? (Politico)
Virginia governor hospitalized after being thrown from horse (Associated Press)
Gov. Bobby Jindal Says Muslim 'No-Go Zones' Do Exist, Despite Fox News Apology (International Business Times)
Can judicial candidates solicit donations? Supreme Court to weigh case. (Christian Science Monitor)
Decision looms for Democrats on 2016 convention site (Associated Press)
Report says richest 1% will control most wealth by 2016 (USA Today)
National Taxpayer Advocate Reports Folly in Cutting IRS Budget (Forbes)