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Ten Things You Need to Know Today - Monday, October 19, 2015

Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City. There are 73 days left in 2015.

Sanders gains on Clinton following the first Democratic debate. Marco Rubio visits Utah. Voters don't really care that Ralph Becker is running for a third term.

The clock:

  • 15 days to the 2015 election - (11/3/2015)
  • 91 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - (1/18/2016)
  • 98 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (1/25/2016)
  • 99 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary - (1/26/2016)
  • 143 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (3/10/2016)
  • 253 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 386 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)

Monday's top-10 headlines:

  1. The first Democratic debate helped Bernie Sanders more than Hillary Clinton according to a new national poll [CNN].
  2. GOP presidential hopeful Sen. Marco Rubio visits Utah Monday for a fundraiser and public rally [Deseret News, Tribune, Fox 13].
  3. Sen. Allen Christensen is resurrecting his "incremental" plan for Medicaid expansion [Deseret News].
  4. A new poll shows Ralph Becker's quest for a third term as mayor is not a factor for Salt Lake City voters [Utah Policy].
  5. The fight over billboards shows a drastic difference between Becker and Jackie Biskupski [Tribune].
  6. Jackie Biskupski discusses Salt Lake City's economy and the tone of her opponents advertising [Utah Policy].
  7. The judge in the court fight over the "Count My Vote" compromise is threatening to hold the attorney for the Utah GOP in contempt because he has missed 17 filing deadlines in the case [Tribune].
  8. Former Rep. Justin Miller turns himself into jail. He was booked and released [Deseret News, Tribune].
  9. Police identify the man who left a rifle at the State Capitol building who says he did it to protest gun violence [Tribune, Deseret News, Fox 13].
  10. Utah State Treasurer Richard Ellis announces his resignation to take a position with the Utah Educational Savings Plan [Deseret News, Fox 13].

On this day in history:

  • 1765 - The Stamp Act Congress, meeting in New York, drew up a declaration of rights and liberties.
  • 1781 - Britain's Lord Charles Cornwallis surrendered with more than 7,000 troops to Gen. George Washington at Yorktown, effectively ending the American War of Independence.
  • 1812 - Napoleon's French army began its long, disastrous retreat from Moscow.
  • 1969 - Vice President Spiro T. Agnew referred to anti-Vietnam War protesters as "an effete corps of impudent snobs."
  • 1987 - The stock market crashed as the Dow Jones industrial average plunged 508 points, or 22.6 percent - its biggest one-day percentage drop in history.


Today At Utah Policy

Poll: Becker's Third Term Not an Issue for Voters

If he wins in November, Ralph Becker will become one of the few 3-term mayors in Salt Lake City's history. That doesn't seem to be a factor for voters according to a new poll....

Jackie Biskupski Discusses Salt Lake City's Economy, Becker's Record and Negative Television Advertising (Video)

Jackie Biskupski sat down with Managing Editor Bryan Schott for a wide-ranging interview on many issues ahead of November's election....

Utah Policy/KSL Insider Survey: Who Won the First Democratic Presidential Debate?

Democrats had their first shot at the debate stage last week, with five candidates squaring off in Las Vegas. Our "Political Insiders" think Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders was the victor....

Lee: New Era of Creative Destruction Coming to Washington

In an op-ed, Sen. Mike Lee says congressional Republicans should embrace, rather than resist, the chaos and uncertainty swirling around the House Speaker's race....

Policy News

Luncheon with the Ambassador of Georgia to the United Nations
World Trade Center Utah, in partnership with the Governor's Office of Economic Development and the Salt Lake Chamber is delighted to welcome His Excellency Kaha Imnadze, the Ambassador of Georgia to the United Nations....

Governor's Statement on State Treasurer Resignation
Gov. Gary R. Herbert issued the following statement regarding the resignation of Utah State Treasurer Richard Ellis:...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Look at tobacco, e-cig, alcohol and soda taxes to save Medicaid expansion

Rolly: Mormon Democrats trying to become relevant in Utah politics

Op-ed: Speaker Hughes shows Soviet-style subversion of democracy

Op-ed: Becker’s response to Red Butte spill was anything but collaborative

Op-ed: Give up Medicaid expansion and attack the root cause: poverty

Op-ed: Utah arts division should defend the arts instead of playing politics

Op-ed: Re-elect Becker so he can finish what he has begun

Editorial: Utah’s ‘leaders’ are too weak to get anything done

UDOT says higher speed limits not to blame as traffic deaths rise

Community Preservation: One election begets another

Billboard fight shows split among Salt Lake City mayoral candidates

Attorneys sparring, judge fuming over missed deadlines in Count My Vote case

Regents want to boost Utah’s scholarship program

Turnover and staffing lead to less experienced teachers on SLC’s west side

Deseret News

Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Elections, near and far, begin to take center stage

Op-ed: Provo families deserve in-depth discussion on plans to relocate Provo High

Op-ed: John Florez: Utah’s productivity requires healthy workers

Op-ed: Grand bargain is best way to fix the debt

Sen. Mike Lee: Punishments should not promote criminality more than penitence

Drew Clark: Innovation is vital to public sector as much as to entrepreneurs

Editorial: Prop 1 funding is needed for communities in our region

Editorial: Bernie Sanders introduces a new dimension into the presidential campaign

GOP presidential hopeful Marco Rubio to hold fundraiser, rally in Utah

Latest Medicaid expansion plan 'incremental'

Utah treasurer resigns to take post at college savings nonprofit

Rep. Justin Miller turns himself in to jail in communications fraud case

Teachers treated to free concealed weapons class on UEA break

Professional development a solution to Utah's teacher burnout problem, educators say


Orem City Council candidates field questions — Part I (Daily Herald)

Orem City Council candidates field questions — Part II (Daily Herald)

Editorial: Caldwell for Ogden city mayor (Standard-Examiner)

Mail-in ballots shift dynamic of Weber County elections (Standard-Examiner)

Ogden mayoral, council candidates square off in Thursday debate (Standard-Examiner)

Survey: Utahns united in improving air quality (Logan Herald Journal)

Editorial: Handwriting is on the wall: Summit County will need more public transit (Park Record)

County manager suggests 7 percent increase for county budget (Park Record)

Voting starts next week in Park City election (Park Record)

National Headlines

Carly Fiorina blasts Clinton on Benghazi, playing the 'gender card' (CBS News)

Biden keeps Democrats waiting (Politico)

The Freedom Caucus’ Unprecedented Insurgency (Politico)

Cruz's clout wanes in the House (The Hill)

Mulling 2016 run, Biden speaks with top labor leader (CNN)

Are more lies the answer for Hillary? (Washington Times)

Trump suggests he might have prevented 9/11 attacks, extending feud with Bush (FOX News)

Larry David's Bernie Sanders joins 'SNL' political impersonations hall of fame (CNN)

Congress' Benghazi probe not aimed at Clinton, lawmaker says (Reuters)

Last wave: Could Confederate battle flag furl in Mississippi? (Christian Science Monitor)

Paul Ryan open to running for speaker (CBS News)


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