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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

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Ten Things You Need to Know for Wednesday - January 21, 2015

Obama calls for unity during his State of the Union Address but Republicans aren't on board. Herbert calls for increased education funding. Lawmakers want to address police shootings.


  • Days until the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 5
  • Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 50
  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 202
  • Days to the 2015 election - 286
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - 362
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 657

Wednesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. President Barak Obama calls for unity in his State of the Union Address [Politico]. Republicans immediately rejected most of the proposals in the president's address [New York Times].
  2. Utah's members of Congress give the president's speech low marks [Tribune, Deseret News].
  3. Gov. Gary Herbert says it's time for lawmakers to step up and fund education [Utah Policy].
  4. Legislators call for a task force to address police shootings [Tribune].
  5. Rep. Lee Perry says he has a personal reason for pushing a primary seat belt law during this year's session [Deseret News].
  6. Legislators will consider putting new regulations on e-cigarettes [Tribune].
  7. One of the state's largest pro-education groups will not pressure lawmakers to pass a tax hike for schools [Utah Policy].
  8. Utahns give Gov. Herbert and lawmakers mostly high marks for their job performance [Utah Policy].
  9. Former Rep. Jim Matheson joins a Washington, D.C. lobbying firm [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News].
  10. A judge says former Attorneys General Mark Shurtleff and John Swallow will not have to testify in the fraud trial against Marc Sessions [Deseret News, Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1861 - Five Southerners resigned from the U.S. Senate, including Jefferson Davis of Mississippi. He would later become the president of the Confederacy.
  • 1977 - President Jimmy Carter pardoned almost all Vietnam War draft evaders.
  • 1997 - Speaker Newt Gingrich was reprimanded and fined as the House voted for the first time in history to discipline its leader for ethical misconduct.
  • 2010 - The Supreme Court ruled on the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission case which increased the power of big business and labor unions to influence government decisions by allowing them to spend money directly to sway elections for president and Congress.

Today At Utah Policy

Poll: Herbert's Approval Ratings Remain High; Lt. Gov. Cox Relatively Unknown
Going into the 2015 Utah Legislature, Gov. Gary Herbert and the 104 part-time lawmakers should feel pretty good about themselves, a new UtahPolicy poll shows....

Gov. Gary Herbert Says Now is the Time to Fund Education (Video)
Utah Governor Gary Herbert says, ready or not, the 2015 session is upon us....

Pro-Education Group Will Not Ask Legislature for Tax Hike to Fund Schools
GOP Gov. Gary Herbert and state legislators can take a quiet breath of relief – one of the largest pro-education groups in Utah won’t be asking for a tax hike this general session....

Podcast: Governor Gary Herbert
Utah Governor Gary Herbert speaks with Managing Editor Bryan Schott in our latest podcast....

Hatch Vows to Dismantle Obamacare
As finance chairman, Sen. Orrin Hatch plans to chip away at Obamacare "piece by piece," perhaps through the use of the budget reconciliation process....

Chaffetz Slams Obama's Tax Hike Populism
Rep. Jason Chaffetz saysPres. Obama's SOTU proposal to increase taxes on the rich to pay for benefits for the middle classwill be dead on arrival in Congress....

Matheson Joins D.C. Lobbying Firm
Former Rep. Jim Matheson has joined K Street firm Squire Patton Boggs in Washington, D.C....

Featured Items

Utah's Business Community Unites with 'Leaders for Clean Air'
United in their concern over Utah’s air quality and the associated health impacts, 13 Utah business leaders today announced the formation of Leaders for Clean Air, a non-profit organization founded to provide the targeted push they believe necessary to build demand for...

Governor's Office of Economic Development Announces New Managing Director
The Governor’s Office of Economic Development announced today the appointment of Benjamin Hart as the new managing director for urban and rural business services....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Utah Ex-Rep. Jim Matheson joins D.C. lobbying firm

War on Drugs: Cartels target Salt Lake City's Rio Grande neighborhood

Judge says former Utah A.G.s won't have to testify at fraud trial - for now

Utah beer group wants extra labels on flavored malt beverages removed

Utah's reps pan Obama speech, but look for common ground

Deseret News

Jay Evensen: Leave free tuition programs to the states

Op-ed: Utah's fiscal condition improves despite hidden retirement debt

Richard Davis: Will 2015 Legislature listen to the voters for a change?

Business leaders launch electric vehicle initiative

Judge: Shurtleff, Swallow, Ligety won't testify in Jenson case

Utah's congressional delegation criticizes Obama's speech, tax proposals


Stan Lockhart: Becky asked, 'What does God want me to do?' (Daily Herald)

State of the County address draws sparse turnout (Daily Herald)

Mia Love, Jason Chaffetz thoughts on Obama's speech (Daily Herald)

Editorial: Education a priority (Standard-Examiner)

Editorial: Becky Lockhart cracked Utah's glass ceiling and left too soon (Park Record)

Legislative session to address education (Park Record)

National Headlines

GOP: Obama ignored message of midterm thumping (Politico)

Joni Ernst's response: GOP-led Congress is 'back to work' (Politico)

Obama 2015: Back to the future (Politico)

SOTU: What Obama left out (The Hill)

Tea Party goes sunny with SOTU response (The Hill)

No mention of in SOTU (The Hill)

U.S. is bright spot for Davos CEOs in troubled global economy (Reuters)

Obama urges skeptical Republicans to back his 'middle-class economics' (Reuters)

Ban on Prison Beards Violates Muslim Rights, Supreme Court Says (New York Times)

Keystone pipeline firm files for eminent domain against Nebraska landowners (Los Angeles Times)

Senate blocks efforts to ban exports from Keystone XL pipeline, use American-made steel (Associated Press)

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