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Ten Things You Need to Know Today - Thursday, October 1, 2015

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City. There are 91 days left in 2015.

Congress averts a government shutdown. The new Medicaid expansion proposal may already be in trouble. Utahns do not favor the creation of new national monuments in the state.

The clock:

  • 33 days to the 2015 election - (11/3/2015)
  • 109 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - (1/18/2016)
  • 116 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (1/25/2016)
  • 117 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary - (1/26/2016)
  • 161 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (3/10/2016)
  • 271 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 404 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)

Thursday's top-10 headlines:

  1. The House votes to prevent a government shutdown, with 151 Republicans voting "no" on the legislation [CNN, The Hill].
  2. The next Republican primary debate will have a smaller field on the main stage as CNBC is implementing stricter polling criteria [New York Times].
  3. Donald Trump maintains his national lead in the latest poll while Ben Carson and Carly Fiorina are tied for second [New York Times].
  4. Russian hackers tried to access Hillary Clinton's private email account with messages disguised as speeding tickets [The Hill].
  5. The Medicaid expansion proposal unveiled to GOP lawmakers this week is already facing opposition [Deseret News, Tribune].
  6. A report says Secret Service officials leaked embarrassing information about Rep. Jason Chaffetz after he was critical of the agency [Utah Policy, Tribune, Fox 13].
  7. Most Utahns do not support the creation of a new national monument in the state [Utah Policy].
  8. Gov. Gary Herbert joins other Western governors to slam what they call excessive meddling by the federal government [Tribune, Deseret News].
  9. Supporters of a proposed sales-tax hike raise more than $400,000 to push for its passage in November [Tribune].
  10. Utah lawmakers want information on salaries paid to professors in the face of another proposed tuition hike at the state's colleges and universities [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1890 - President Benjamin Harrison signs legislation creating Yosemite National Park.
  • 1908 - Henry Ford introduced the Model-T automobile, selling it for $825.
  • 1938 - Nazi troops march into the Sudetenland, annexing the border regions of Czechoslovakia.
  • 1949 - Mao Zedong proclaimed the People's Republic of China.
  • 1992 - Dallas billionaire Ross Perot announced his candidacy for the presidency. He called his group the Reform Party.

Today At Utah Policy

Poll: Utahns Do Not Favor New National Monuments in the State

Most Utahns do not favor President Barack Obama designating new national monuments in the state, a new UtahPolicy poll shows....

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Author to Speak on How Librarians are Fighting the NSA

In the wake of the revelations by Edward Snowden of widespread government surveillance of American citizens, there's a surprising battle front in the fight for privacy. The public library....

Report: Secret Service Official Wanted to Embarrass Chaffetz

The Secret Service's assistant director urged the public release of unflattering information about Rep. Jason Chaffetz following critical remarks by the Utah Congressman....

Weekly Survey: Will Sen. Mike Lee get a GOP Challenger in 2016

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Policy News

Utahn's Cross Country Bike-Ride for Homelessness Ends with Visit to Senator Hatch
Senator Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, welcomed Utahn Carol Hollowell, the executive director of the Switchpoint Community Resource Center in St. George, in the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday afternoon as she completed a 3,760 mile bike ride across the country to raise awareness about home...

Nominees Announced for Utah Supreme Court Vacancy
The Appellate Judicial Nominating Commission has selected nominees for a vacancy on the Utah Supreme Court.  ...

Lee, Grassley, Hatch Introduce FTC Reform Bill
Senators Mike Lee (R-UT), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) introduced the Standard Merger and Acquisition Reviews Through Equal Rules Act (SMARTER Act).  ...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Chaffetz humiliates himself with attack on Planned Parenthood

2 Utah schools awarded Blue Ribbon from U.S. Department of Education

Comic Con fans help Utah Transit Authority set another ridership record

Years-old bail problem leads to recent Utah jailing of undocumented immigrants

States' rights: In congressional hearing, Herbert, GOP blast federal intrusion

Prop 1 supporters raise $425,000 for campaign

Uber now operates legally at SLC International Airport

Utah lawmakers weighing tuition hike want more info on professor salaries

Utah college apologizes after students were told to erase anti-abortion messages

New Utah health coverage proposal may already be in jeopardy

Modest gains highlight Utah program to break intergenerational poverty

Legislator seeks to restore $500,000 to Utah liquor agency

Report: Secret Service agents wanted to embarrass Utah's Chaffetz

Deseret News

Dan Liljenquist: GOP should oppose Boehner's quest to fund Export-Import Bank

Op-ed: Private sponsors continue to hold elected officials' attention

Herbert, other governors slam federal government over excessive meddling

Health care providers speak out against being taxed for Medicaid expansion

Nominees announced for Utah Supreme Court vacancy

Utah's uninsured grasp onto latest Medicaid expansion proposal, hope it gains favor

Hatch calls shutting down government over Planned Parenthood 'downright stupid'


Op-ed: A vote for RAMP a wise choice for Layton (Standard-Examiner)

Editorial: Walking the Envision talk (Standard-Examiner)

Utah ranks in the middle when it comes to defense spending (Standard-Examiner)

Sagging democracy: Unopposed candidates win, but do voters? (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Number of Clinton emails now deemed classified doubles (Politico)

Russia 'pours gasoline' on Syrian civil war (Politico)

Democrat pushes ObamaCare coverage for all immigrants (The Hill)

GOP shifts Planned Parenthood attacks (The Hill)

Congress clears legislation to avert a shutdown (Washington Post)

Mitt Romney weighs in on 2016, says Trump 'will not be the nominee' (Washington Post)

Clinton kept a close eye on her reputation, State e-mails show (Washington Post)

Jeb Bush angers Native Americans, says Washington Redskins shouldn't change name (

Bernie Sanders is the first candidate to reach a million donations this year, says his campaign (Washington Post)

Federal Court Blocks Obama Administration Fracking Rule (Wall Street Journal)

Lagarde Predicts Sluggish, Uneven Growth in Global Economy (New York Times)


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