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Ten Things You Need to Know Today - Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City. There are 346 days left in 2016.

Palin endorses Trump. Cruz and Rubio tied among Utah Republicans. Officials say political parties cannot kick candidates off the ballot for gathering signatures.

The clock:

  • Five days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (1/25/2016)
  • 12 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus - (2/1/2016)
  • 20 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary - (2/9/2016)
  • 50 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (3/10/2016)
  • 62 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic caucus meetings (3/22/2016)
  • 94 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic State Conventions (4/23/2016)
  • 160 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 293 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)

Wednesday’s top-10 headlines:

  1. Taking a break from reading “all” of the newspapers, Sarah Palin endorses Donald Trump, which should give him a boost in Iowa [Washington Post, New York Times].
  2. The Supreme Court is set to rule on President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration [ABC News, New York Times, Los Angeles Times].
  3. A group of House Democrats want Nancy Pelosi to remain as minority leader until 2018 [Politico].
  4. A new poll shows Marco Rubio and Donald Cruz are tied among Utah Republicans; Hillary Clinton leads Bernie Sanders among Democrats [Utah Policy].
  5. The Utah Elections Office says political parties cannot disqualify candidates for gathering signatures to get on the primary ballot [Utah Policy, KUTV, Fox 13Deseret News, Tribune, KUER].
  6. The latest GOP lawsuit against SB54 could cause chaos for candidates and voters during this year's election [Utah Policy].
  7. Reps. Rob Bishop and Jason Chaffetz are set to release their sweeping public lands proposal on Wednesday morning [Deseret News, Tribune].
  8. Sen. Jim Dabakis wants to undo a change that changed the allocation of income tax money to both public and higher education to just public education [Tribune].
  9. New Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski ousts D.J. Baxter, who served as executive director of the city's Redevelopment Agency for eight years [Tribune].
  10. Wait...what? 10% of college graduates say "Judge Judy" is on the Supreme Court [CNN].

On this day in history:

  • 1265 -  Britain's House of Commons met for the first time.
  • 1783 - U.S. and British representatives signed a preliminary "Cessation of Hostilities," which ended the fighting in the Revolutionary War.
  • 1801 - John Marshall was appointed chief justice of the United States.
  • 1945 - Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the only president to be elected to four terms in office, was inaugurated to his final term. He died three months later.
  • 1981 - 52 American hostages were released by Iran after 444 days in captivity.
  • 2009 - Barack Obama was sworn in as the first African-American president of the United States.

Today At Utah Policy

Rubio and Cruz Tied Among Utah Republicans; Clinton Tops Sanders Among Democrats

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz are tied among Utah Republicans in the GOP presidential nomination race, a new UtahPolicy poll finds....

New GOP Lawsuit Against SB54 Could Cause Chaos in 2016 Election (Updated)

For weeks, the Utah media have been reporting about a “friendly” lawsuit to be filed by the Utah Republican Party and the Utah Elections Office in the state Supreme Court seeking clarification of SB54, the state’s new candidate dual-route to his party&rsquo...

Early Childhood Education - Pathway to Significant Improvement

The needs of education in Utah are many. Today I focus on one avenue particularly valuable in improving education outcomes for children: early childhood education....

Chaffetz to Investigate State Department over Transparency Issues

House Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz launches a probe into the State Department's apparent efforts to run cover for Hillary Clinton by deliberately failing to comply with FOIA requests concerning her tenure as Secretary of State....

'The Spin Room' - Game Changer

Gary Herbert's decision to take the signature route to get on the 2016 ballot is a smart one....

Policy News

Lt. Governor Issues Voter and Candidate Clarification on SB54
Lt. Gov. Spencer J. Cox issued the following memo offering clarification to voters and candidates:...

Hatch Applauds Supreme Court's Decision to Review Obama Immigration Orders
The U.S. Supreme Court announced that it will consider a legal challenge to President Obama’s executive actions that aim to grant legal status and work permits to millions of illegal immigrants. Senator Orrin G. Hatch, the senior Republican in the U.S. Senate and a lon...

New Report: Utah's Insurance Rate for Hispanic Children is the Worst in the Nation
A new report cites Utah as the worst state in the nation at enrolling Hispanic children under 18 in health insurance coverage....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Herbert and Lee choose people over party

Utah elections office: Party can’t exclude candidates, voters who gather signatures

Poll: Utahns give thumbs up to governor’s performance, thumbs down to Legislature

Dabakis wants Utah’s K-12 schools to stop sharing income tax revenue with universities

The history and law behind Utah’s bid to gain federal public lands

Utah police want review of alleged cop shooter’s release to treatment center

Rolly: Utah GOP getting legal advice from Idaho attorney in election fight

Utah road deaths rose by 7 percent in 2015

Poll: Utahns want more resources for homeless housing and services

Bishop to unveil long-awaited public lands bill days before inquiry into BLM’s handling of Utah lands

Utah elections office: Party can’t exclude candidates, voters who gather signatures

Vigil planned for two Utah officers shot Sunday

New Mayor Biskupski parts with Salt Lake City’s RDA boss

Deseret News

Jay Evensen: Officer's death reminds us we all have a stake in law enforcement

Richard Davis: The problem is deeper than Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders

Editorial: New tools for the measurement and management of human capital hold great hope for improved social outcomes

Utah GOP, state appear headed to Utah Supreme Court in SB54 dispute

Bishop public lands proposal unveiled, already sparking criticism

'Very disturbing': Utah traffic deaths rise for second year in a row


Provo Municipal Council shares priorities through core values for 2016 (Daily Herald)

Issues for Utah County in 2016 include transportation and trails, commissioners say (Daily Herald)

Another attempt coming to end Utah's 'Zion Curtain' liquor law (Standard-Examiner)

New lawsuit adds to confusion about the SB54 Utah election law (Standard-Examiner)

Tribal coalition ends discussions with Bishop over Public Lands Initiative (Standard-Examiner)

Proposed joint resolution would divert funds back to K-12 (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

How Donald Trump defeats Hillary Clinton (Politico)

Why the GOP Primary Could Be Even Crazier Than You Think (Politico)

Clinton's lead narrows nationally (The Hill)

Clinton emails contained 'need-to-know' classified info (The Hill)

In potential landmark case, Supreme Court takes up Obama's immigration plan (Christian Science Monitor)

Iowa governor wants Ted Cruz defeated (CNN)

The Latino vote is bigger and better educated than ever before, a new report finds (Los Angeles Times)

Donald Trump Bears Down on Iowa as Voting Nears (New York Times)

U.S. Budget Deficit to Widen for First Time Since 2009 (Wall Street Journal)

Foreign policy experts backing Clinton call Sanders misguided on Iran, other flash points (Washington Post)

GOP Power Rankings: Kasich gets a boost (USA Today)


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"Donald Trump has been endorsed by a whites-only group. In response, Trump said, "I’m proud to be the official candidate of the U.S. Ski Team." Conan O'Brien Political Humor

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