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Thursday, January 22, 2015

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Ten Things You Need to Know for Thursday - January 22, 2015

Mitt Romney and Jeb Bush set to meet in Utah. Herbert and Matheson would generate most interest in a gubernatorial run in 2016. Proposed bill could gut some campaign finance reporting requirements.


  • Days until the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 4
  • Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 49
  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 201
  • Days to the 2015 election - 285
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - 361
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 656

Thursday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Mitt Romney and Jeb Bush are set to meet privately in Utah this week which is raising speculation that the two men will try to avoid competing against each other in 2016 [New York Times].
  2. Romney speaks in Salt Lake City where he discusses politics, economy and climate change [Tribune, Deseret News, Associated Press].
  3. A new poll finds Gov. Gary Herbert and former Rep. Jim Matheson would generate the most interest among Utahns with a presidential campaign [Utah Policy].
  4. Rep. Brian Greene is sponsoring a measure that could inadvertently gut some campaign financial disclosure requirements in the state [Utah Policy].
  5. Provo City Councilman Stephen Hales passes away after a serious illness [Daily Herald, Deseret News].
  6. Jim Matheson is hosting a fundraiser for House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer in Park City this week [Tribune].
  7. The Utah State School Board mulls shifting some funding from public to charter schools as part of a budget exercise [Tribune].
  8. Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker orders most of the reports about investigations by the Police Civilian Review Board be made public [Deseret News, Tribune].
  9. The U.S. Senate votes 98-1 in favor of a measure stating climate change is real and not "a hoax" [NBC News].
  10. City and county officials in Salt Lake are set to start a comprehensive review of services for the homeless [Deseret News].

On this day in history:

  • 1973 - The Supreme Court handed down its Roe vs. Wade decision which legalized abortion.
  • 1997 - The Senate confirmed Madeline Albright as the nation's first female secretary of state.
  • 2009 - President Barack Obama ordered the terrorist detention center at Guantanamo Bay close within a year and banned harsh interrogation of terror subjects. The prison remains open.

Today At Utah Policy

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Healthy Utah is especially needed for those 50 to 64

Op-ed: It is time to open up police-review process

Editorial: Remembering Becky Lockhart

Editorial: Lawmakers pretend poverty doesn't affect schools

Price tops list of Utah cities with shortest commutes

Becker orders Police Civilian Review Board reports be released to public

State budget exercise hints at charter-school funding reform

'Lethal loopholes' in Utah road safety laws criticized

Utah law professor opposes effort by Alan Dershowitz to intervene in victims' rights suit

Jim Matheson, now with lobbying firm, raises money for his political mentor

Romney mum on presidential run, shares political and financial views at Utah event

Deseret News

Dan Liljenquist: Gratitude for Lockhart's well-lived life and service

Andrew Riggle: Inmates deserve better mental health treatment

Jay Evensen: Obama must make religious freedom a priority

Editorial: Obama's State of the Union address was 'missed opportunity'

EPA inventory highlights 'toxic' releases; Utah is No. 2 spot in the nation

Provo councilman remembered as 'thoughtful,' 'creative,' 'brilliant'

Salt Lake mayor orders some officer shooting reports to be made public

S.L. county, city convening panels to study services, facilities for homeless population

Survey ranks Utah's best and worst commutes

Mitt sounds like a candidate at Salt Lake speech


Editorial: Lockhart, Hales both pillars of our community (Daily Herald)

Provo City Councilman Stephen Hales dies after serious illness (Daily Herald)

Prayer reinstated to open Weber County Commission (Standard-Examiner)

Don't like police? Wait until you need them (Standard-Examiner)

Box Elder lawmaker proposes stiffer seat belt law (Standard-Examiner)

USU, Weber State professors discuss study of proposed federal land transfer (Logan Herald Journal)

'99 percent not in favor': Hundreds gather to speak out against wood burning ban at public hearing (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

John Boehner's Bibi invite sets up showdown with White House (Politico)

GOP seeking Plan B on immigration (Politico)

Key House conservative rips Senate GOP on immigration (The Hill)

Issue on appeal: Did health-care reform rules hurt senator? (Associated Press)

Scalia seems skeptical of bid to narrow key civil rights law (MSNBC)

Does new Republican bill back Obama's call for 'open Internet'? Sort of. (Christian Science Monitor)

Protests at start of Supreme Court session (FOX News)

U.S. top court backs former air marshal in whistleblower case (Reuters)

Biden: 'There is a chance' I'll primary Clinton (CNN)

In Congress, anti-abortion bill runs into GOP resistance (Associated Press)

Grand Jury Indicts Ohio Man Held in Capitol Terror Plot (New York Times)

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