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Friday, January 30, 2015
Ten Things You Need to Know for Friday - January 30, 2015
Senate approves Keystone XL. Utahns express confidence in the police. Lawmakers unveil air quality legislation.
- Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 41
- Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 193
- Days to the 2015 election - 277
- Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - 353
- Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - 360
- Days to the 2016 Utah presidential primary - 515
- Days until the 2016 presidential election - 648
Friday's top-10 headlines:
- The U.S. Senate approves the Keystone XL pipeline. President Barack Obama has threatened to veto the measure [New York Times].
- Jeb Bush hires a key Mitt Romney strategist from his 2012 run [New York Times].
- A new poll finds most Utahns feel they are treated fairly by local police departments [Utah Policy].
- A bipartisan group of lawmakers unveil a raft of bills targeting air quality [Deseret News, ABC 4].
- Rep. Jacob Anderegg is pushing a bill to roll back part of a ban on texting while driving that lawmakers passed last year [Tribune, Deseret News].
- Legislators are planning on holding standing committee meetings during the final week of the Legislature, ensuring more bills get a committee hearing before lawmakers have to take a final vote on them [Utah Policy].
- Rep. Chris Stewart visits Utah's Capitol Hill [Tribune, Deseret News].
- Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker unveils a new initiative that aims to build 5,000 units of affordable housing over the next five years [Tribune].
- Utah's Democrats name Lauren Littlefield as their next Executive Director [Utah Policy, Tribune].
- New Census numbers show Utahns get divorced more than the national average, but those people often remarry quickly [Tribune].
On this day in history:
- 1933 - Adolf Hitler became chancellor of Germany
- 1948 - Indian political and spiritual leader Mahatma Gandhi was murdered by a Hindu extremist.
- 1968 - The Tet offensive began as Communist forces launched surprise attacks against South Vietnamese provincial capitals.
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Utah A.G. to police: 'Never, ever feel ashamed to wear your badge'
Op-ed: Free community college will hurt higher education and students
Jay Evensen: In fight over school funding, don't eliminate choices
Editorial: What The New York Times gets wrong about religious liberty
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Joanne Seghini: Unified Plan would make air cleaner, transportation easier
Editorial: Fix, don't repeal, Affordable Care Act
Utah lawmakers unveil $28 million in air quality proposals
Hundreds gather to salute, honor law enforcement
State legislator wants to dial back new distracted driving law
'Crucial' change cuts proposed tax increase for education in half
Jury in fraud case deliberating fate of ex-millionaire Marc Jenson
Rep. Chris Stewart says he's working on 'freedom of conscience' bills
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Utah's largest oil producer lays off 80 employees in Duchesne County
2 bills seek more hunting, fishing opportunities for Utah youth
Mitt Romney calls Utah home, could open up about Mormon faith in potential 2016 run
State School Board explores budget cuts as part of state funding exercise
LDS leaders respond to reaction over their call to balance gay, religious rights
Utah County residents oppose ban on wood burning (Daily Herald)
Weber and Davis counties begin counting the homeless (Standard-Examiner)
Police rights to impound cars debated by lawmakers (Standard-Examiner)
State representative for central Ogden goes to bat for local concerns (Standard-Examiner)
Bush hires top Iowa strategist (Politico)
Obama vs. Bibi (Politico)
Buzz builds around Walker (The Hill)
White House: Taliban not a terror group (The Hill)
Senate votes to build Keystone, defying veto threat from Obama (The Hill)
As Romney weighs '16 bid, his past donors commit to Jeb Bush (Associated Press)
Republicans ask: Is Loretta Lynch just another Eric Holder? (Christian Science Monitor)
Obama budget proposal would boost spending beyond 'sequestration' caps (Washington Post)
Official: Gitmo prisoner traded for Bergdahl reaching out to Taliban (FOX News)
Sen. McCain calls Code Pink protesters 'low-life scum' after they shout at Kissinger (Tampa Bay Times)
GOP's Walker, Gearing Up for 2016, Emphasizes His Faith in Iowa (Wall Street Journal)
Texas GOP chairman sides with Rand Paul (CNN)
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