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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

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Ten Things You Need to Know for Wednesday - January 28, 2015

LDS Church voices support for non-discrimination and religious liberty legislation. Utahns rank education and job development as most important factors for Utah's future. House committee holds campaign finance limit bill.


  • Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 43
  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 195
  • Days to the 2015 election - 279
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - 355
  • Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - 362
  • Days to the 2016 Utah presidential primary - 517
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 650

Wednesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. LDS Church officials voice support for non-discrimination and religious liberty legislation [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune].
  2. A new poll shows Utahns rank education and job development as most important to Utah's future [Utah Policy].
  3. Lawmakers take their first crack at next year's public education budget [Deseret News].
  4. A House committee holds Rep. Brian King's bill setting limits on campaign contributions [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune].
  5. Sen. Alvin Jackson wants to make all school board elections in the state partisan affairs [Tribune].
  6. Sen. Gene Davis wants the state to accept full Medicaid expansion from the federal government [Utah Policy].
  7. The state liquor commission proposes higher fines for those caught serving liquor to minors [Tribune].
  8. An internal survey from the Ralph Becker campaign shows him in good shape during his bid for a third term as Salt Lake City Mayor [Utah Policy].
  9. Sen. Mike Lee is named as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights [Deseret News].
  10. Clark Gilbert, CEO of Deseret Digital Media, has been named as the new president of BYU-Idaho [KSL].

On this day in history:

  • 1909 - The United States ended direct control over Cuba.
  • 1986 - The space shuttle Challenger exploded 73 seconds after liftoff from Cape Canaveral, killing all seven crew members.
  • 2003 - President George W. Bush said in his State of the Union address that Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein had sought uranium from Africa. (The claim was later disputed by former ambassador Joseph Wilson, who had been asked by the CIA to investigate.)
  • 2009 - The Democratic-controlled house approved a $819 billion stimulus bill.

Today At Utah Policy

Poll: Utahns Say Education, Job Development Most Important to State's Future
Utahns say the most important long term issues for the state are education and job development....

Poll Shows Becker In Good Shape in Bid for a Third Term
Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker is in good position in his bid for a third term....

Rep. Patrice Arent Discusses the 2015 Session (Video)
Rep. Patrice Arent joins managing editor Bryan Schott to talk about air quality legislation, improving the legislative process and why she frequently answers emails at 3 in the morning during the session....

Rep. Patrice Arent Plays the Utah Policy 'Lightning Round' (Video)
Snacks and marshmallow peeps. Rep. Patrice Arent faces a food-themed edition of the Utah lightning round....

Lawmakers Put the Kibosh on Campaign Limits Bill
Well, two-thirds of Utahns don’t seem to count for much when legislators’ own ability to raise their campaign funds are at risk....

LDS Church Statement on Non-Discrimination Bill Was a Politically Bold Move
On Tuesday morning, the LDS Church announced their support for a statewide non-discrimination bill. That move flies directly in the face of the political landscape in Utah....

LDS Church Voices Support for Non-Discrimination, Religious Liberty Bills
LDS Church leaders Tuesday morning gave indications they support two controversial bills – antidiscrimination for gays and lesbians in housing and employment and religious freedom enhancements, both now before the Utah Legislature....

Davis Wants Utah to Accept Full Medicaid Expansion
Up to this point, the fight over Healthy Utah and Medicaid expansion has been between Gov. Herbert and Republican lawmakers. Now a Democratic Senator is offering up a third option - full Medicaid expansion....

Featured Items

Business Leaders: Now is the Time to Invest in Both Education and Transportation
Today, Utah’s business community called on the state legislature to seize the opportunity to make investing in Utah’s future economic success a priority. ...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Mormon leaders wisely back LGBT protection law

Rolly: Civics test might challenge Utah lawmakers; bug sweep in the House

Bill requiring citizenship test for Utah students approved by committee

County reaffirms support for 'Healthy Utah'

Utah lawmaker: All school board elections should be partisan

In major move, Mormon leaders call for statewide LGBT protections

With LDS announcement, is anti-discrimination bill now a slam-dunk?

Lawmakers use Swallow scandal to stall campaign-donation caps

We all can be more civil on LGBT issues, Mormon leader says

Deseret News

Mike Lee: Tax reform shouldn't penalize single-worker families

Richard Davis: Obama, Congress must negotiate to make higher education more affordable

Michael and Jenet Erickson: Utah businesses need religious freedom bill

Jay Evensen: Will Obama visit Utah? Do we care?

Editorial: Encouraging dialogue taking place concerning corporate tax rate

Lawmakers take first look at public education budget bill

Senate committee passes bill to beef up liquor law enforcement

Bill seeks to improve civic engagement among students

House committee holds bill setting limits on campaign contributions

Index indicates Utah economy thriving

LDS statement could move Utah nondiscrimination, religious freedom debate forward

LDS leaders reemphasize protection of religious freedoms, support for LGBT nondiscrimination laws

Business community supports tax increases for schools, roads

Bill would increase incentives for early high school graduation


Op-ed: Efforts to gut County my Vote about politics, power (Standard-Examiner)

Clinton lawmaker photobombs rally against his firing squad bill (Standard-Examiner)

Anti-death penalty protest takes aim at Ray's firing squad bill (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Dems give Obama two months to reach Iran deal (Politico)

Obama opens Atlantic to new drilling (The Hill)

Senate GOP plots plan B for ObamaCare (The Hill)

GOP shifts plans on border bill (The Hill)

Obama defends U.S. ties as he pays respects in Saudi Arabia (Associated Press)

Army says no decision made in Bergdahl investigation (Reuters)

House GOP Moves Toward Possible Lawsuit on Immigration (Associated Press)

White House Drone Crash Is Tied to Drinking by Intelligence Worker (New York Times)

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence Seeks To Reassure Critics Of Controversial 'State-Run News Outlet' (Huffington Post)

Relax. Is Kochism really bad for America? Is it really a big deal? (NBC News)

Hensarling's Housing History Lesson (Wall Street Journal)

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