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Ten Things You Need to Know Today - Thursday, December 21, 2016

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City. There are 345 days left in 2016.

Bishop and Chaffetz unveil their public lands bill. Herbert's approval ratings remain high. Utah Democrats want to boost public school funding.

The clock:

  • Four days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (1/25/2016)
  • 11 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus - (2/1/2016)
  • 19 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary - (2/9/2016)
  • 49 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (3/10/2016)
  • 61 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic caucus meetings (3/22/2016)
  • 93 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic State Conventions (4/23/2016)
  • 159 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 292 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)

Thursday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Reps. Rob Bishop and Jason Chaffetz unveil their long-awaited public lands bill which is already taking fire from critics [Utah Policy, 2 News, Fox 13, ABC 4, Deseret News, Tribune, KUER].
  2. Gov. Gary Herbert is riding high ahead of the 2016 election as more than 70% of Utahns approve of his job performance [Utah Policy]. 
  3. Former Gov. Jon Huntsman says Donald Trump's surge to the head of the GOP field is surprising, but he will support the reality TV star if he ends up winning the Republican nomination [Tribune, Deseret News, 2 News, ABC 4, KUER].
  4. Utah House Democrats are solidly behind a plan to boost funding for public education by taking money away from higher ed [Utah Policy, Deseret News, KUER].
  5. Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski's selection of Mike Reberg to head the public utility division is raising some eyebrows [Tribune].
  6. A Utah-based car manufacturer is re-igniting a debate on whether direct-sales of autos to consumers should be allowed under Utah law [Tribune].
  7. A "whole plant" medical cannabis bill is unveiled ahead of the 2016 session [Fox 13].
  8. Utah's economy is expected to keep chugging along in 2016 [Deseret News].
  9. The markets continued their wild ride as stocks turned around and posted huge gains after days of losses [Bloomberg, CNBC]
  10. 2015 was the hottest year ever on record [New York Times].

On this day in history:

  • 1793 - French King Louis XVI was executed in Paris, ending more than a thousand years of continuous French monarchy rule.
  • 1861 - Mississippi Sen. Jefferson Davis resigned from the U.S. Senate, 12 days before Mississippi seceded from the Union. He later became president of the Confederate States of America. 
  • 1954 - The first atomic submarine, the USS Nautilus, was launched at Groton, Conn.
  • 1977 - President Jimmy Carter pardoned American Vietnam War-era draft evaders and ordered a case-by-case study of deserters.
  • 2010 - The Supreme Court, in a far-reaching and controversial 5-4 decision, ruled the government cannot restrict the spending of corporations and unions for political campaigns.


Today At Utah Policy


Herbert's Approval Ratings Put Him in Good Shape for 2016

Starting out on his third gubernatorial election campaign, GOP Gov. Gary Herbert is looking good – his job approval ratings in a new UtahPolicy poll are very high....

Utah Democrats Hope to Make Education Funding an Election Year Issue (Video)

Just days before the start of the Utah Legislative session, the Utah Democrats seemingly have hit on an issue they think will resonate with the public. Education funding....

Weekly Survey: Bishop's Public Lands Bill

Rep. Rob Bishop unveiled his highly anticipated public lands bill this week. What chances do you think it has of passing Congress? Vote now in our weekly survey....

'The Spin Room' - Security and Safety

While renewing his media pass for the 2016 Legislature, Managing Editor Bryan Schott reflects on the security measures at the Utah State Capitol, especially after December's terrorist attack in San Bernadino....

Policy News


Utah Collaboration - Congress and the Business Community
What has Congress done for the business community in the last year? What will Congress hope to accomplish in the upcoming year? And what is the best way for business leaders and the community to get involved? ...

Hatch Urges Passage of Enhanced Screening for Syrian Refugees
Lawmakers in the U.S. Senate voted on whether to begin consideration of the American Security Against Foreign Enemies (SAFE) Act, a bill to tighten screening of refugees from Syria and Iraq. Senator Orrin G. Hatch, the senior Republican in the Senate, voted to take up t...

Biskupski Appoints Julio Garcia to Oversee Human Resources
Mayor Jackie Biskupski announced she will appoint Julio Garcia to oversee Salt Lake City’s Department of Human Resources....

Hatch, Wyden Press IRS on Record Keeping Practices
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Ranking Member Ron Wyden (R-Ore.) sent a letter to Internal Revenue Commissioner (IRS) John Koskinen asking for answers regarding the agency’s recordkeeping practices after it was revealed the agency ...

Lee Applauds Release of Utah Public Lands Initiative
Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) issued the following statement Wednesday on Reps. Rob Bishop’s (R-UT) and Jason Chaffetz’s (R-UT) Public Land Initiative....

The Exoro Group Rolls Out Annual Legislative Guide
The Exoro Group has released the newest Utah State Legislative Guide. This is the definitive guide for information about Utah’s legislators available on the eve of the 2016 session....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Bishop/Chaffetz lands bill is still a work in progress

UTA staff proposes permanent free parking at rail stations

Wages are rising, and Utahns are upbeat on the economy

Conservationists decry Utah’s Public Lands Initiative, say draft hides ‘poison pills’

Utah-made roadster’s ban from auto show reignites debate on dealer laws

Utah lawmaker substitutes as U.S. government teacher in Riverton

Biskupski’s selection to direct SLC Public Utilities raises questions

Here are the basics of Bishop and Chaffetz’s plan for Utah’s public lands

Utah tribes say public-lands bill ‘adds insult to injury,’ petition Obama to designate monument

New statewide crisis line puts help in the palm of Utah students’ hands

Governor talks reforms with Utah’s urban-county officials

Huntsman surprised by Trump’s lead, will back any GOP nominee

Judge, attorneys saw risks in treatment placement for parolee police say killed Utah officer

Friends, family remember fallen officer in Holladay

Deseret News

Dan Liljenquist: Bracing for the bear market

Op-ed: Make the Internet tax ban permanent

Editorial: Governor's signatures

Bishop public lands bill unveiled, eliciting support and criticism

Utah women in leadership: 2015 was a year of losses and gains

Report forecasts solid year for Utah economy

Did new program allow man who killed officer out of prison early?

Democratic lawmakers favor taking from higher ed to give to public schools

New Salt Lake City mayor ousts three department heads

Huntsman calls on presidential candidates to 'step up,' heal political divisiveness

10 reasons why you should pay attention to the Public Lands Initiative

$27M request for homeless shelters, services presents a 'once-in-a-generation opportunity'

'It's hard to take it all in': Community honors slain officer

Other

Editorial: Officer's death reminds us never to take policemen for granted (Daily Herald)

After unveiling of Utah public lands proposal, many groups decry its contents (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Why Hillary and Iowa Don’t Mix (Politico)

Ted Cruz finds eager religious audience in moderate New Hampshire (Politico)

NRA: Obama, Clinton want Australian-style gun confiscation (The Hill)

Donors changing tune on Trump (The Hill)

Clinton campaign accuses Obama appointee of trying to smear Clinton (McClatchy)

Billionaire green activist Steyer not ready to back Clinton, open to Sanders (Reuters)

Sarah Palin Endorses Donald Trump, Which Could Bolster Him in Iowa (New York Times)

Sarah Palin connects son Track’s arrest to Obama’s record on veterans issues (Washington Post)

Once Upon A Time, Congress Cut Deficits; Now CBO Says That’s Over (NPR)

Oregon standoff: Why local residents say occupiers need to 'go' (Christian Science Monitor)

Few Foreign Visitors to US Overstay Visa, Federal Report Says (New York Times)


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