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Monday, January 5, 2015

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Local News Highlights: Daily Briefing

Ten Things You Need to Know for Monday - January 5, 2015

Poll shows Utahns want Congress and President Obama to compromise. Utah GOP makes their case for delaying SB 54. Mia Love says embattled House Majority Whip should keep his job.


  • Days until the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 21
  • Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 66
  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 218
  • Days to the 2015 election - 302
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - 378
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 673

Monday's top-10 headlines:

  1. A new Congress gets down to work today. Republican leaders say they'll act fast to enact their agenda [New York Times].
  2. A new poll shows nearly 80% of Utahns want the new Republican-controlled Congress to compromise with President Obama [Utah Policy].
  3. The Utah Republican Party releases a poll showing public support for delaying the implementation of the SB 54 compromise [Utah Policy, Tribune].
  4. Rep. Mia Love says House Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise should keep his job despite the controversy surrounding his speech to a white supremacist group in 2002 [Utah Policy, Tribune].
  5. A new analysis of campaign donations finds special interest groups donated 80% of the money to Utah lawmakers during the 2014 cycle [Tribune].
  6. The deadline passes for the federal government to turn over control of public lands within the state [Associated Press].
  7. Sen. Scott Jenkins is proposing a bill that would prevent unaffiliated voters from participating in party primary elections [Tribune].
  8. Three Salt Lake County officials, including Mayor Ben McAdams, failed to pay their property taxes on time in 2014 [Tribune].
  9. Utah's population should top 3 million sometime this year [Deseret News].
  10. The trial of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnev gets underway today with jury selection [USA Today].

On this day in history:

  • 1925 - Nellie T. Ross succeeded her late husband as governor of Wyoming, becoming the first female governor in U.S. history.
  • 1949 - In his State of the Union address, President Harry S. Truman labeled his domestic program the "Fair Deal."
  • 1973 - Bruce Springsteen's debut album, "Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J.," was released.
  • 1994 - Former House Speaker Thomas P. "Tip" O'Neill died in Boston at age 81.


Today At Utah Policy

Poll: Utahns Want Congress to Compromise with President Obama
As Congress gets back to work, an overwhelming number of Utahns think the new Republican majority should compromise with President Obama to get things done....

Utah Republican Party Poll Shows Public Support for Delaying SB 54
The Utah GOP says a new poll commissioned by the party shows public support for their lawsuit against the SB 54 compromise bill which was passed by lawmakers during the 2014 session.According to the poll, 50% of Utahns support the SB 54 compromise, which established an alte...

Bob Bernick's Notebook: Predictions for 2015
Here are my predictions of political happenings in 2015 (not in any order of importance):...

Bryan Schott's Political BS: Predictions for 2015
Now that 2014 is resigned to the dustbin of history, here are some fearless predictions about what might happen in 2015....

Top-10 Utah Political News Stories of 2014 - #1
A monumental event in Utah politics tops our list of stories for the past year as two former Attorneys General are arrested and charged with multiple felonies....
The Good, Bad and Ugly in Utah Politics from 2014
Now that 2014 is in the rear view mirror, we asked our "Political Insiders" and readers to let us know what was good, bad and ugly about the past year in Utah's politics. Here's what they told us....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Supporters use questionable poll to justify SB 54

Op-ed: With right incentives, ranchers want to help sage grouse

Rolly: Rep. Ivory the king of conflicts

Editorial: Utah should look at how we pay for water

Editorial: Civilian review board should report to us civilians

New Year's rings in end to dog-breed bans in Utah

Trio of county officials among tax delinquents

Senator proposes bill to close Utah primaries

Mia Love: Embattled House leader should keep his job

Special interests give $8 of every $10 in Utah legislator donations

GOP wages rare Sunday fight against law passed by its own members

Go west - new cry for Salt Lake City's downtown development

Deseret News

Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Political issues to keep an eye on in 2015

Robert Bennett: Using last 15 years to predict next 15

Chris Stewart: This Congress can move past Washington's gridlock

Drew Clark: 10 topics for Utah to enhance advantages and confront challenges

Natalie Gochnour: 5 predictions for Utah in 2015

John Florez: Prison is little-town thinking

Editorial: Police, protesters and perspective

Editorial: Difficulties for Medicaid patients?

New Utah laws involving pit bulls, elections, uninsured drivers now in effect

Those in country illegally get protection with U Visas, but fear and inconsistency remain

Utah expected to top 3 million residents in 2015

Utah's top environmental issues from 2014

'Polluting' electric vehicles? Groups say that's not true for Wasatch Front

Chaffetz and Bishop among new GOP faces at the helms of House committees

Mr. (Mia) Love - the man behind the congresswoman


Orem mayor: Looking to 2015 as a year of change (Daily Herald)

Editorial: A year closer to our 401(k) (Standard-Examiner)

Editorial: Oil's ups and downs (Standard-Examiner)

Pit Bull and other dog-breed bans now lifted in Utah (Standard-Examiner)

Summit County shows strong tax collections for 2014 (Park Record)

National Headlines

A Hundred Years' Failure (Politico)

Fighting red maps in purple states (Politico)

Incoming Senate majority leader: Jobs, Keystone and regulations top agenda (The Hill)

Sony hack could be game changer for cybersecurity push (The Hill)

Palin To PETA: 'Chill. At Least Trig Didn't Eat The Dog' (Washington Examiner)

Why most Americans oppose more gun control (FOX News)

Some police turn backs on NYC mayor at slain officer's funeral (Reuters)

Texas, Florida Republicans step forward as alternative to Boehner for Speaker, vote set for Tuesday (

Mike Huckabee shakes up crowded 2016 Republican field with White House move (Telegraph)

NY Dem's advice to Obama: Veto Keystone (The Hill)

Obama Back in Washington After 2-Week Hawaii Trip (Associated Press)

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