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Ten Things You Need to Know Today - Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City. There are 339 days left in 2016.

Trump tells Fox News to "stuff it." Utah Democrats are sick of the Utah GOP fighting against SB54. Proposed legislation would drastically change the way Utahns deal with water.

The clock:

  • Five days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus - (2/1/2016)
  • 13 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary - (2/9/2016)
  • 43 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (3/10/2016)
  • 55 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic caucus meetings (3/22/2016)
  • 87 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic State Conventions (4/23/2016)
  • 153 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 286 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)

Wednesday's top-10 headlines:

  1.  Authorities arrested Ammon and Ryan Bundy along with several others who were occupying a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon have been arrested. During the arrest, gunshots were exchanged, and LaVoy Finicum was reportedly killed [Washington Post, New York Times].
  2. Donald Trump says he won't participate in the final debate, sponsored by Fox News, ahead of the Iowa Caucuses. Instead, he will host a rally in Iowa at the same time [Politico, Washington Post]. Not surprisingly, Fox News was not happy but responded to Trump's shunning with some first-rate trolling [Mediaite]. Meanwhile, Ted Cruz says he would debate Trump one-on-one [New York Times].
  3. The Utah Democratic Party is jumping into the lawsuit the Utah GOP has filed against the dual-track system for candidates to get on the primary ballot. Democrats say Republicans are using "frivolous litigation" to interfere with state law and wants a judge to order them to comply with SB54 or be disqualified as a political party [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune].
  4. Utahns are split on whether lawmakers should eliminate existing budget earmarks for transportation [Utah Policy].
  5. Sen. Scott Jenkins is proposing several bills to change drastically how the state deals with water, including legislation to prohibit cities and towns from requiring property owners to plant grass [Utah Policy, Tribune, KUER].
  6. Sen. Gene Davis is pushing legislation for Utah to accept full Medicaid expansion [Utah Policy].
  7. Lawmakers propose boosting funding for charter schools by $36 million [Deseret News].
  8. Rep. Kraig Powell is sponsoring a bill to give priority to heterosexual couples over same-sex couples in adopting children [2 News].
  9. Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski delivers her first State of the City Address [2 News, Fox 13, ABC 4, Tribune, Deseret News]. Following the speech, Biskupski's spokesperson attempts to shield her from asking questions from a reporter about the ouster of some longtime city hall employees [2 News].
  10. A Utah man has filed a federal lawsuit against Ted Cruz, alleging he is not eligible to be president because he's not a natural born citizen [Tribune, Deseret News].

On this day in history: 

  • 1785 - The first public university in the United States was founded as the University of Georgia.
  • 1880 - Thomas Edison was granted a patent for an incandescent electric lamp.
  • 1945 - Soviet troops liberated the Nazi concentration camps Auschwitz and Birkenau in Poland.
  • 1967 - U.S. astronauts Virgil "Gus" Grissom, Ed White and Roger Chaffee died in a fire aboard the Apollo 1 spacecraft during a launch simulation at Florida's Kennedy Space Center.
  • 1973 - The United States and North Vietnam signed a cease-fire agreement. On the same day, the United States announced an end to the military draft.
  • 1987 - President Ronald Regan acknowledged mistakes and accepted responsibility in the Iran-Contra arms scandal. 

Today At Utah Policy

Proposed Water Legislation Could Drastically Change Water Use in Utah

State Sen. Scott Jenkins is moving forward this session with several bills that could – in years ahead – lead to significant changes in how Utahns deal with water....

Poll: Utahns Split on Eliminating Transportation Earmarks

GOP Gov. Gary Herbert wants legislators to remove the sales tax earmark now in the state’s Transportation Fund, but a new UtahPolicy poll finds Utahns are mixed on that proposal....

Davis Wants Utah to Accept Full Medicaid Expansion (Video)

Even though Republicans in the Utah House have blocked every effort to expand Medicaid, one Democratic Senator is launching an effort to get the state to sign on to full Medicaid expansion....

Rift Opens Between Lee and Cruz over Sentencing Reform

Everyone in Washington seems to hate Ted Cruz---except Mike Lee. But their friendship took a hit last October when Cruz viciously attacked Lee's proposed criminal-justice reform bill....

Duckworth Introduces Proposal to Remove Sales Tax from Personal Hygiene Items

OK, time to talk about a. . . difficult subject: incontinence and feminine hygiene items....

Policy News

Utah Democratic Party Files Motion to Intervene in Utah Republican Party v. Herbert
Tuesday the Utah Democratic Party filed a motion to intervene in Utah Republican Party vs. Herbert....

Utah's Business Community Releases Priorities for 2016 General Legislative Session
Tuesday the Salt Lake Chamber, Utah’s business leader, announced its priorities for the 2016 General Legislative Session. Lane Beattie, president and CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber, presented the 2016 Public Policy Guide to Governor Gary Herbert, Senate President Wayne N...

Longtime Senator and U Alum Robert Bennett to be Inducted into Hinckley Institute of Politics Hall of Fame
The Hinckley Institute of Politics will induct former Sen. Robert Bennett into the Hinckley Institute Hall of Fame on Jan. 27....

The Women's Leadership Institute Hosts Recruiting, Retaining and Advancing Women Event
The Women’s Leadership Institute hosted the Recruiting, Retaining and Advancing Women event at the Questar Center on Tuesday, January 26 to discuss the progress on the ElevateHER Challenge....

Press Release: Doug Owens Announces Over $670,000 in Total Campaign Contributions
Doug Owens today announced his fundraising total of $350,000 in the fourth quarter of 2015, bringing total campaign contributions to over $670,000. Owens now has $500,000 cash on hand to challenge Mia Love in the race for Utah’s 4th Congressional District....

Press Release: More Utah Republicans Announce Their Support For Carly Fiorina
Monday nineteen more Republican leaders announced they are joining the leadership team supporting Carly Fiorina in Utah....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Utah’s Pay for Success pre-K model is a worthy innovation

Use a lot of water? Utah's rates could soon rise through 'conservation pricing'

Utahn’s federal suit challenges presidential eligibility of Cruz

West Jordan to slash lobby expenses

Body-cam bill would create state standards and make recordings private

Dems want GOP stripped of party status for obstructing election law

Lawmaker hopes creating ‘teacher leaders’ will boost Utah’s retention rates

After outlawing job discrimination, lawmakers seek job accommodation

Central Utah residents tell EPA their air is fine, say coal-plant pollution controls would cost jobs

Biskupski State of the City: SLC can be improved with focus on results

County buying Salt Palace land from Mormon church for $6.6M. Its value: $34M

Professors sue USU Eastern, attorney’s office after Utah mayor’s alleged ‘tirade’

Deseret News

Jay Evensen: Chances are, your grandchildren still will be fighting over federal lands in Utah

Editorial: No to 'Constitutional Carry'

Consumer confidence down, even amid Sundance Film Festival

A bill to help pregnant and breastfeeding women

Group slams measure to pay for water projects

Workforce development, education funding top business community's legislative priorities

Death benefits proposed for Utah National Guard members

Utah Democrats want to weigh in on court battle over state election law

Coal miners, families pack Salt Lake hearing on regional haze

Biskupski commits to cleaner, safer Salt Lake in first State of the City address

The plan: $36 million for charter schools, among other things


Utah County Commissioners postpone decision on American Fork Canyon resolution (Daily Herald)

Editorial: Use time, money wisely legislators (Standard-Examiner)

Soft side surprises friends of gruff cowboy commissioner (Standard-Examiner)

King braces for difficult 2016 session (Park Record)

National Headlines

Trump basks in growing sense of inevitability (Politico)

5 takeaways from the Democratic forum (Politico)

States appeal to Supreme Court in fight against Obama’s climate rule (The Hill)

Republican rivals launch effort to villainize Donald Trump (The Hill)

China warns Soros against ‘declaring war’ on its currency (MarketWatch)

Can an openly gay Democrat unseat Sen. Rand Paul? (Christian Science Monitor)

How the Iowa caucus predicts presidential losers, not winners (Christian Science Monitor)

Fox News head will let Trump walk before replacing Megyn Kelly as debate moderator (Washington Post)

Evangelical leader Jerry Falwell Jr. endorses Trump (Washington Post)

Sanders and Clinton battle for youth vote with college plans (Reuters)

Antiabortion activists to Iowa voters: ‘Support anyone but Donald Trump’ (Washington Post)


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