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Ten Things You Need to Know Today - Thursday, January 7, 2016

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City. There are 359 days left in 2016.

Joe Biden says he regrets not running for president. Another fight over SB54 flares up. The new prison won't be completed until at least 2020.

The clock:

  • 18 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (1/25/2016)
  • 25 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus - (2/1/2016)
  • 33 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary - (2/9/2016)
  • 63 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (3/10/2016)
  • 75 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic caucus meetings (3/22/2016)
  • 107 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic State Conventions (4/23/2016)
  • 173 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 306 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)

Thursday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Joe Biden says he regrets his decision not to launch a bid for president in 2016 [New York Times].
  2. The House passes an ObamaCare repeal that includes cutting off funding for Planned Parenthood for one year. The measure now heads to President Barack Obama's desk, where it faces a certain veto [The Hill].
  3. Jeb Bush says he will not launch a third-party run if Donald Trump wins the GOP nomination [Reuters].
  4. Another fight has erupted over SB54. This time, the Utah GOP and state elections officials are battling over when signatures gathered by candidates can be verified by county clerks [Utah Policy].
  5. The new Utah prison won't be completed until at least 2020 according to a new timeline submitted to lawmakers [Deseret News, Tribune].
  6. Rep. Jason Chaffetz throws his support behind Marco Rubio's presidential campaign [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune].
  7. Rep. Chris Stewart has some harsh words for North Korea's announcement that they had a successful test of a hydrogen bomb [Deseret News].
  8. A state investigation into whether Rep. Ken Ivory was defrauding local governments was closed because the attorney general's office could not find any victims [Tribune].
  9. Sen. Stephen Urquhart announces he will not run for re-election in 2016 [St. George News].
  10. A legislative clerical error has delayed the distribution of $24 million to Utah's public schools [Tribune, Deseret News].

On this day in history:

  • 1789 - The first U.S. presidential election was held. Americans voted for electors who, a month later, chose George Washington to be the nation's first president.
  • 1953 - President Harry Truman announced the United States had developed the hydrogen bomb.
  • 1980 - The U.S. government authorized $1.5 billion in loans for Chrysler Corp.
  • 1999 - President Bill Clinton's impeachment trial opened in the Senate. He was later acquitted.
  • 2006 - Rep. Tom DeLay, facing corruption charges, stepped down as House majority leader.

Today At Utah Policy

While Candidates Gather Signatures, Utah GOP and Election Officials Battle Over Verifying Them

State Republican Party chairman James Evans says some GOP officeholders are “dishonestly” misinterpreting a letter he recently sent to state party bosses concerning the party’s continued battle over SB54....

Weekly Survey: Running for Governor in 2020

Both Rep. Jason Chaffetz and Josh Romney said they are strongly considering a run for governor in 2020. Who do you think is best positioned to run for Utah's top office four years from now? Vote in our weekly survey....

'The Spin Room' - That's a Bold Move, Let's See if it Pays Off!

Jonathan Johnson has decided to forego gathering signatures to get on the 2016 ballot, instead opting to use exclusively the convention system....

Chaffetz to Campaign for Rubio

Rep. Jason Chaffetz endorses Marco Rubio for president and announces his plans to join the Florida senator at a campaign event in New Hampshire on Friday....

Policy News

Rep. Love Votes for Reconciliation
Congresswoman Mia Love voted for H.R. 3762, Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act.  This bill passed the Senate in December, and is now headed to the White House. ...

It Takes a Village - Utah's Outdoor Industry
What is the outdoor industry? How did it begin and develop new economic clusters? What are the benefits it provides to our state?...

Hatch Applauds House Action on Bill to Repeal Obamacare
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) issued the following statement after legislation repealing Obamacare through the budget reconciliation process cleared Congress and was sent to the President to be signed into law: ...

Rep. Bishop Votes to Repeal Obamacare
Rep. Rob Bishop (UT-01) voted in favor of HR 3762, the Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act. Following the vote, Rep. Bishop released the following statement:...

New SLC Council Leadership Chosen for 2016
City Council Members have elected a new leadership team for 2016....

Better Utah Welcomes BYU Public Service Fellow
The Alliance for a Better Utah welcomes Chase Thomas as its new Policy and Advocacy Associate Director.  The position is made possible through a generous partnership with the BYU Law School and the Mary Alice Woolley Public Service Fellowship program.  ...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Federal lands transfer would be a blow to Utah’s recreation economy

Editorial: To improve justice courts, start with full-time judges

Utah politicos express sympathy with Oregon protesters, oppose tactics

New prison will be built by July 2020, state hires Big D to consult on project

New mayor names Jennifer Seelig and Holly Mullen to posts in City Hall

Utah soldiers under fire in latest Afghanistan fighting

Residents in 13 Utah school districts paid higher taxes, didn’t get more funding

State environmental regulators resolve to build public support for Utah’s air, water quality in 2016

Ken Ivory was cleared in fraud probe because Utah AG found no victims, records say

Deseret News

Jay Evensen: Suppose they called an armed rebellion and nobody showed up?

Dan Liljenquist: Obama's executive overreach on gun control

Editorial: Americans shouldn't ignore conflicts overseas

Chaffetz to campaign for Marco Rubio

Sen. Mike Lee compares fixing broken government to cutting a mullet

Legislative 'glitch' delays distribution of $24M in tax revenue for schools

New prison won't be done until July 2020

Rep. Stewart: North Korea's actions indicate 'extraordinarily dangerous time'


Editorial: Not a good start for new Provo council (Daily Herald)

Provo Municipal Council selects new leadership (Daily Herald)

Potter to run for Legislature, other County Council members discuss future (Logan Herald Journal)

New Logan councilman eyes downtown, neighborhood growth (Logan Herald Journal)

Local candidates quick to gather signatures (Standard-Examiner)

Utah weapon sales boom predicted with Obama's gun control actions (Standard-Examiner)

Davis political newcomer among several who will gather signatures (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Ryan eyes Islamic State war measure (Politico)

Sanders cracks Clinton's Nevada firewall (New York Times)

Keystone pipeline developer sues Obama (The Hill)

House passes ObamaCare repeal, sending measure to president (The Hill)

For Hillary Clinton, old news or new troubles? (Washington Post)

Alabama chief justice: Same-sex marriage ban still in effect (CNN)

Native tribe blasts Oregon takeover (CNN)

Joe Biden Says He Regrets Not Running Again for President (New York Times)

Carson’s ex-campaign head: Trump will win GOP nomination (New York Post)

Jeb Bush on why Donald Trump is a jerk (CNN)

After Nevada Pulls Its Subsides, Solar City Liquidates 550 Energy Jobs (Daily Caller)


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