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Ten Things You Need to Know Today - Monday, January 4, 2016

Good MondayThursday morning from Salt Lake City. There are 362 days left in 2016.

President Obama readies to unveil executive orders on gun control. Chaffetz says he wants to run for governor in 2020. 28% of Utahns say Hillary Clinton will win the White House in 2016.

The clock:

  • 21 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (1/25/2016)
  • 28 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus - (2/1/2016)
  • 36 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary - (2/9/2016)
  • 66 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (3/10/2016)
  • 78 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic caucus meetings (3/22/2016)
  • 110 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic State Conventions (4/23/2016)
  • 176 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 309 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)

Monday's top-10 headlines:

  1. An armed group of activists occupied part of a national wildlife refuge Oregon to protest two local ranchers who were sentenced to prison for arson [Washington Post, CNN]. There is a debate over whether the militia members should be referred to as protestors or domestic terrorists, but some are mocking the group, calling them "YallQaeda" and "YeeHawd" [Gawker, Raw Story].
  2. President Barack Obama is set to unveil an executive order on gun control sometime this week [Politico].
  3. Donald Trump shrugs off his appearance in a terrorist recruitment video [New York Times].
  4. Rep. Jason Chaffetz says he's eyeing a run for Utah governor in 2020 [Deseret News].
  5. A new poll shows 1/4 of Utahns think Hillary Clinton will win the 2016 race for president while 11% say Trump. 33% said they did not know [Utah Policy].
  6. An appeals court issues an emergency order temporarily stopping Gov. Gary Herbert's order cutting off funding to Planned Parenthood [Tribune, Deseret News].
  7. Monday is the day candidates can start gathering signatures to appear on the 2016 primary ballot, but some face a decidedly uphill battle to get the number they need [Tribune].
  8. House Speaker Greg Hughes replaces former Senate Majority Leader Sheldon Killpack on the Utah Transit Authority board with Democrat Babs DeLay [Tribune].
  9. Outgoing Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker is among those prominent Utahns who either did not pay their property taxes this year or paid late [Tribune].
  10. A coalition of tribes bushing to conserve the Bear Ears area have cut off talks with Utah's congressional delegation, instead asking President Obama to declare the area a national monument [Deseret News, Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1893 - President Benjamin Harrison granted amnesty to all people who had abstained from practicing polygamy since Nov. 1, 1890. It was part of a deal for Utah to achieve statehood.
  • 1896 - Utah was admitted as the 45th state.
  • 1965 - The "Great Society" is proclaimed by President Lyndon B. Johnson during his State of the Union address.
  • 1974 - President Richard Nixon refused to hand over tape recordings and documents subpoenaed by the Senate Watergate Committee.

Today At Utah Policy

Poll: More than 1/4 of Utahns Think Hillary Clinton Will Win in 2016

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Conducted Properly, Polling Provides Accurate Snapshot of Public Opinion

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Chaffetz Demands Answers from NSA on Monitoring of Lawmakers

In a letter, Rep. Jason Chaffetz requests that the NSA provide more information concerning the intelligence agency's disclosure that it monitored conversations between members of Congress and Israeli officials....

Rep. Jack Draxler Will Not Seek Reelection

Republican State Representative Jack Draxler, District 3, announced he will not run for reelection when his current term concludes in 2016....

Policy News

Utah Consumer Attitude Index Falls as Expectations for Next Six Months Decline
The Zions Bank Utah Consumer Attitude Index decreased 5.1 points to 108.9 in December. Declining expectations for the next six months were the main contributor to the decrease, as consumers are less confident in future economic conditions, but slightly more confident in the ...

Utah's Startup Culture Plays the Long Game
In a newly released ranking, Datafox, a business intelligence firm, named Salt Lake City the No. 12 best city to found a startup. Citing the need for a strong culture of growth and high standard of living, Datafox ranked Utah highly in availability of capital, affordability,...

Governor Kicks off New Year by Honoring Leaders in Science and Tech
Join Governor Gary R. Herbert on the winner’s podium at Rio Tinto Stadium as he presents the 2015 Governor’s Medals for Excellence in Science and Technology. Gov. Herbert, along with the Utah Science Technology and Research (USTAR) agency and the Governor’s...

'High School Musical' Producer Returns to Utah
The Utah Film Commission is pleased to announce that 10 years after the release of the Utah production High School Musical, its creator and executive producer Bill Borden returns to the state with Archalien, a production that was approved for a state film incentive...

RAM Company Gears Up for Significant Expansion
The Governor’s Office of Economic Development, along with RAM Company, is pleased to announce that the Washington County manufacturer will expand its St. George operations, generating over 100 jobs and an expected capital investment of $11 million....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: To truly honor Olene Walker, we need more affordable housing

Op-ed: Don’t reduce role of school board’s minority advisory committee

Op-ed: Payday-lending story didn’t give a full and accurate picture

Editorial: Salt Lake, not so Great

Editorial: ‘Turnaround’ experts should be prepared to turn on Legislature

Area in Utah County tops nation in job growth rate

Rolly’s 2015 review: Anti-LDS comments from a candidate’s dad, Shurtleff’s sales pitch, a tough teacher and more

Speaker Greg Hughes to replace UTA board member with Babs De Lay after Swiss trip flap

Mayor-elect Jackie Biskupski — Small-town ideals led to pioneering spirit

Some Utah Republicans face huge hurdles in gathering ballot signatures

Utah legislator: Time to make sure judges know the law

Property tax delinquent lists include prominent businesses, people

Utah ICE agent charged with using excessive force says he ‘was only doing my job’

Utah’s Bishop and Chaffetz pressed their agendas from seats of power

Deseret News

Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Our contribution to the year-end reviews and predictions

Dan Liljenquist: For political junkies like me, 2016 should be a wild ride. Buckle up!

Natalie Gochnour: Predictions for the new year

Editorial: A New Year’s resolution for Salt Lake City and Utah lawmakers

John Florez: Legislators redistribute the wealth

Editorial: Lyman sentencing and divided opinions on land use

Editorial: Nearly 8,000 lawsuits by payday lenders against their clients

Education leaders weigh in on a new monument's threat to funding

Trust lands director leaves a legacy of billions of dollars

Tribes cut off talks with Utah delegation over public lands bill

Chaffetz, Stewart want answers about NSA spying on Congress, world leaders

North arm of Great Salt Lake ‘evaporating away’

Is Trump GOP's choice? Utah delegation says no

The view from Washington: From budgets to Benghazi, Utah's lawmakers packed a punch

Rep. Jason Chaffetz eyeing a new title — governor

Becker leaves office confident he made a difference


Editorial: New Year's resolutions for Utah (Daily Herald)

Orem's Mayor Brunst sets goals for 2016 (Daily Herald)

Editorial: Need a reason to legalize medical marijuana in Utah? Meet Enedina Stanger (Standard-Examiner)

UDOT transportation study plans for 2050’s doubled population, I-15 jams (Standard-Examiner)

Abortion issue to again be heard in Utah Legislature (Standard-Examiner)

Bill could offer veterans state income tax exemption (Logan Herald Journal)

Council approves decreased operating budget (Park Record)

National Headlines

Congress probes hover over Clinton as voting nears (Politico)

Clinton and Sanders cash dash tells tale of 2 campaigns (Politico)

Six fights set to erupt in Congress (The Hill)

Armed militia, Bundy brothers take over federal building in rural Oregon (Washington Post)

Carson Responds to Staff Shakeup: 'We're in a Different Ballgame' (ABC News)

NH GOP lawmaker heckles Hillary Clinton over Bill Clinton's sex scandals (CNN)

A Year of Political Pregame Gives Way to a Sprint in Iowa (Associated Press)

Back From Hawaiian Vacation, Obama to Focus on Gun Control (Voice of America)

Trump rallies thousands in Mississippi with anger at media, Iran deal (Washington Post)

Sanders predicts Mass. victory, says The Donald is dividing nation (Boston Herald)

Taxes rise for rich, but favorable system endures (New York Times)


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