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Friday, January 9, 2015

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Ten Things You Need to Know for Friday - January 9, 2015

Obama to propose free community college tuition. Barbara Boxer to retire. Plan to convert buses in Utah from diesel to natural gas has wide support.


  • Days until the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 17
  • Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 62
  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 214
  • Days to the 2015 election - 298
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - 374
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 669

Friday's top-10 headlines:

  1. President Barack Obama is set to unveil a plan to make community college "tuition free" for students in an effort to boost the number of Americans with a college education [Washington Post]
  2. California Senator Barbara Boxer announces she will retire and not run for re-election in 2016 [Los Angeles Times].
  3. The House of Representatives is poised to approve the Keystone XL pipeline [The Hill].
  4. A proposal to convert buses from diesel to natural gas has widespread support among Utahns [Utah Policy].
  5. Incoming Rep. Norm Thurston wants to make it legal for Utahns to carry weapons on public transit [Tribune].
  6. Bob Bernick says there's an effort afoot to delay SB 54 until after the 2016 election, which would have the effect of saving Mike Lee's re-election bid [Utah Policy].
  7. The State School Board begins work on updating the state's science education standards [Tribune].
  8. The Salt Lake County Health Board approves a ban on wood burning during voluntary air action days [Deseret News, Tribune].
  9. A new study by the Salt Lake County Health Department shows the liquid used in e-cigarettes often contains more or less nicotine than what is shown on their labels [Tribune, Deseret News].
  10. Boston will bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics. The selection means Salt Lake City will likely not bid to host the 2026 Winter Games [ESPN].

On this day in history:

  • 1788 - Connecticut became the fifth state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.
  • 1861 - Mississippi seceded from the Union.
  • 1987 - The White House released a memorandum prepared for President Ronald Reagan in January 1986 that showed a definite link between U.S. arms sales to Iran and the release of American hostages in Lebanon.
  • 2007 - Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveiled the iPhone.

Today At Utah Policy

Bob Bernick's Notebook: Stopping SB 54 to Save Mike Lee
There is now some talk in the upper levels of the Utah Republican Party that the 2014 grand compromise bill, SB54, which provides an alternative route to a political party’s primary ballot, should be “postponed” until after the 2016 elections....

Poll: Plan to Convert Diesel Buses to Natural Gas Has Far-Reaching Support
Utahns like the idea of a state/natural gas producer program to convert diesel buses to cleaner-burning compressed natural gas, a new UtahPolicy poll finds....

Bernick and Schott on Politics - Episode #219
So, the Utah Republican Party is suing the Republican-controlled legislature and a Republican governor. We'll have the latest developments on the controversy surrounding SB 54. ...

Podcast: Bernick and Schott on Politics - Episode #219
So, the Utah Republican Party is suing the Republican-controlled legislature and a Republican governor. We'll have the latest developments on the controversy surrounding SB 54....

Hatch, Obama Unite to Push Trade Liberalization
Pres. Obama is hoping to overcome the determined opposition of his own party to hisinternational trade agenda by enlisting the support of Sen. Orrin Hatch and other GOP congressional leaders....

Increased Civics Education for Utah High School Students Enjoys Wide Support
Utahns overwhelmingly support the idea of the Legislature requiring public high school graduates to pass a civics test similar to the one new American citizens must pass....

Is Mia Love Part of the Tea Party?
It's a question that has dogged Rep. Mia Love since she first ran for Congress in 2012. Is she a member of the Tea Party?...

Featured Items

Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
Outdoor Notes--Tribune: Utah woman shreds the slopes 102 months in a row - and counting (with video)--Tribune: Recreation: Now's the time to learn to ski or snowboard-- For the?latest wildlife news and information?and the?fishing report?visit theDWR websiteWeekend EventsNew ...

Advice Media Plans Expansion in Park City
The Governor’s Office of Economic Development and Advice Media announced today the company will expand its operations in Summit County, creating up to 100 new jobs.“We are pleased that Advice Media has chosen to expand in Utah,” said Val...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Justice for the Circle Four Four

Poll shows strong support for requiring students to pass citizenship test

New state school board elects leaders

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart shines positive light on Utah

Jeremy Johnson wants judge to release $2.8M bond

State school board starts work on Utah science standards

Rolly: Utah Emmy winner saves a rooster - with CPR

Lawmaker wants to allow weapons on public transit

Deseret News

A. Scott Anderson: 2015 - Trends to watch in the year ahead

Jay Evensen: Could cable TV be coming unbundled?

State education leaders seek permenant resolution to No Child Left Behind conflicts

Comedy Central's 'The Daily Show' shines a spotlight on Utah's homelessness policy

Supreme Court to conference Friday to decide whether to take up same-sex marriage cases

Muslims say Utah provides a safe environment


Woods Cross audit shows deficit problems (Standard-Examiner)

Herbert talks to Air Force chief about UTTR expansion (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Keystone on the brink (Politico)

California: The $1B Senate race? (The Hill)

Paris Attack Suspect Trained With Al Qaeda in Yemen: U.S. Officials (NBC News)

Barbara Boxer's Retirement Marks Beginning Of 'A Big Shakeup' In California (Huffington Post)

New Jersey Gov. Christie among guests at Baker inauguration (Associated Press)

Obama to propose two free years of community college for students (Politico)

Unlike Mitt Romney in '12, Jeb Bush makes transparency push (Boston Globe)

Bush blasts off (Politico)

Jobless claims fall, suggests strong hiring (Associated Press)

Obama tells Americans: Don't buy a gas guzzler (Reuters)

House backs bill redefining full-time workweek under ACA (USA Today)

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