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Ten Things You Need to Know Today - Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City. There are 72 days left in 2015.

Trump and Carson lead the GOP field. Rubio visits Utah. Biden moves closer to launching a presidential campaign.

The clock:

  • 14 days to the 2015 election - (11/3/2015)
  • 90 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - (1/18/2016)
  • 97 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (1/25/2016)
  • 98 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary - (1/26/2016)
  • 142 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (3/10/2016)
  • 252 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 385 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)

Tuesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. A new national poll has Donald Trump and Ben Carson atop the GOP field, while Carly Fiorina has dropped 11 points in the last month [CNN].
  2. Presidential candidate Marco Rubio visits Utah for a fundraiser and a public rally [Deseret News, Tribune, 2 News, ABC 4, Fox 13].
  3. Sources say Vice President Joe Biden is inching closer to launching his own bid for the White House [Fox News].
  4. Jim Webb may drop out of the Democratic presidential race to launch an independent bid [The Hill].
  5. Which presidential candidates are Utahns donating to? [Fox 13]
  6. The relocation of the state prison is not much of a factor in the Salt Lake City mayoral contest according to a new poll [Utah Policy].
  7. The Utah Transit Authority may start requiring board members to get approval before any international travel [Tribune].
  8. Utah school districts are prohibited from asking teachers if they carry a concealed weapon [KSL].
  9. The owner of a dog shot by a Salt Lake City police officer has filed a $2 million lawsuit against the city [Tribune, Deseret News, 2 News].
  10. Here's the first full-length trailer for the new Star Wars film, and it's amazing! [YouTube]

On this day in history:

  • 1803 - The U.S. Senate ratified the Louisiana purchase.
  • 1818 - The United States and Britain established the 49th parallel as the official boundary between the U.S. and Canada.
  • 1918 - Germany accepted U.S. President Woodrow Wilson's terms to end World War I.
  • 1947 - The U.S. House of Representatives Un-American Activities Committee opened public hearings into alleged communist influence in Hollywood.
  • 2011 - Deposed Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi was killed as he tried to escape from his hometown as revolutionary troops closed in on him.

Today At Utah Policy

Poll: Prison Relocation Not Much of a Factor in Salt Lake City Mayoral Contest

Most Salt Lake City voters say the decision by the legislature to relocate the state prison will not be a factor in how they vote come November....

Hatch Raises Red Flag on Asia-Pacific Trade Deal

Sen. Orrin Hatch was one of Congress' strongest boosters of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, but now he's well-positioned to delay or even kill it if he decides to do so....

Panel Discussion on the Salt Lake City Mayoral Race (Video)

What have been the defining moments so far in the Salt Lake City mayoral race?...

Policy News

Lee Makes Case for Reform in Criminal Justice Hearing
Monday, Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) participated in Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2015....

Hatch Reiterates Need for Meaningful Criminal Intent Requirements at Rare Monday Afternoon Judiciary Committee Hearing on Criminal Justice Bill
Senator Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, member and former chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, spoke out today on the importance of including a default mens rea requirement in criminal justice reform efforts, as a means to combat over criminalization by ensuring that i...

Governor Appoints Mike Hussey as New Head of Technology Services
Gov. Gary R. Herbert has appointed Mike Hussey to lead the Utah Department of Technology Services. After 32 years of service in state government, Mark VanOrden will retire effective Nov. 12, 2015....

Press Release: White House Announces Commitments to the American Business Act on Climate Pledge
Monday, the White House will announce new commitments from companies from across the American economy who are joining the American Business Act on Climate Pledge....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Legislature should inspect beef over meat

Community Preservation: One election begets another

Critics say Utah’s food inspection has big problems

Rolly: Phil Lyman’s award stirs up trouble in Salt Lake County

UTA board may extend travel policy to include itself

Prop 1: A needed fix or a subsidy for UTA?

Utah rally: Marco Rubio calls ’16 election a crossroads

Deseret News

Op-ed: Providing workers with greater family-work balance

Editorial: Utahns work to bridge social divide on LGBT Issues

California sun, Wyoming wind may help power Utah

BLM hosts sage grouse meetings, proposes to halt new mining in specific Utah areas

Judge threatens to remove Utah GOP attorney from SB54 case

San Juan Navajo criticize Bears Ears proposal

Gov. Herbert appoints new technology services head

GOP presidential candidate Marco Rubio rallies Utahns


South side poised for growth, Provo candidates say (Daily Herald)

Another Ogden gang injunction? Law enforcers say city needs it (Standard-Examiner)

Ogden is pummeling Colorado in outdoor industry growth (Standard-Examiner)

New riverside Ogden apartments give 'downtown living' experience (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Boehner faces treacherous path to the exits (Politico)

Biden watch kicks into high gear (Politico)

Dems join Trump’s 9/11 bashing of Jeb Bush (The Hill)

Poll: Sanders holds post-debate lead in NH (The Hill)

Texas cuts Planned Parenthood from Medicaid (CNN)

Feds Looking Into Reports CIA Director's Email Was Hacked (NBC News)

Jim Webb may be contemplating running as an independent instead of as a Democrat (Washington Post)

The Great Bush-Trump War of October 2015: A Bush weakness exposed (Washington Post)

The murky state of the Republican presidential race, in two graphs (Washington Post)

Ohio delays executions until 2017 over lack of lethal drugs (Associated Press)

Discordant Financial Messages From China Spur Global Unease (New York Times)


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Two Middle Names

Analysts are saying that Joe Biden was actually the biggest loser in the debate, and that he missed his chance to enter the race. Yeah, they said entering now would be awkward and inappropriate - or as Biden put it, “Those are my two middle names! I’m in!” Jimmy Fallon Political Humor 

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