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Ten Things You Need to Know Today - Thursday, October 22, 2015

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City. There are 70 days left in 2015.

Biden won't run. Clinton to testify in front of the Benghazi committee. Some troubling signs ahead for Utah's economy.

The clock:

  • 12 days to the 2015 election - (11/3/2015)
  • 88 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - (1/18/2016)
  • 95 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (1/25/2016)
  • 96 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary - (1/26/2016)
  • 141 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (3/10/2016)
  • 251 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 383 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)

Thursday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Vice President Joe Biden announces he's not going to try to remove the "V" from his title [New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, Utah Policy].
  2. Hillary Clinton will testify in front of the Benghazi committee today [ABC News, Quartz, Bloomberg].
  3. Wisconsin Republican Paul Ryan inches closer to replacing John Boehner as Speaker [Washington Post, New York Times].
  4. Despite posting another budget surplus, there are some troubling signs ahead for Utah's economy [Utah Policy].
  5. Utah House Republicans say the state is gaining revenue from Obamacare despite not expanding Medicaid [Utah Policy, Deseret News].
  6. Utah Lawmakers discuss a longshot plan to abolish capital punishment [Deseret News, Tribune, Fox 13].
  7. Utah drops its investigation into Rep. Ken Ivory after a watchdog group filed a complaint against his American Lands Council [Deseret News, Tribune].
  8. Legislators consider two medical marijuana bills [Deseret News, Tribune].
  9. Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush floats moving the headquarters of the Interior Department to the Western United States, possibly Salt Lake City [Tribune].
  10. UTA Chairman H. David Burton appears at a news conference urging support for Prop. 1 even though the organization said they would remain "neutral" and not campaign for the sales tax hike [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1836 - Gen. Sam Houston was sworn in as the first president of the Republic of Texas.
  • 1962 - President John Kennedy announced that Soviet missiles had been deployed in Cuba and ordered a blockade of the island.
  • 1966 - The Supremes became the first all-female group to score a No. 1 album, with "Supremes a Go-Go."
  • 1978 - Pope John Paul II was installed as pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church.

Today At Utah Policy

House Minority Leader Brian King on Medicaid Expansion (Video)

House Minority Leader Rep. Brian King says he's frustrated that the latest plan to expand Medicaid failed. But he's even more frustrated that there were so many obstacles put in front of the plan, it virtually assured it's demise....

House Republicans Try to Flip the Script on Medicaid Expansion

Utah House Speaker Greg Hughes and the other 62 Republican representatives have a serious political challenge ahead of them: They have to change the Medicaid expansion debate....

Carly Fiorina to Fundraise in Salt Lake City

Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina is headed to Salt Lake City next week for a fundraiser....

An Interview with Utah Governor Gary Herbert

(Editor's note: This originally appeared in our sister publication Idaho Politics Weekly.)...

Weekly Survey: Will Lawmakers Pass Medicaid Expansion

The latest failure by lawmakers to pass Medicaid expansion begs the question whether they will be able to get anything done. What do you think? Vote now in our weekly survey....

Biden is Not Running for President in 2016

Vice President Joe Biden announced Wednesday he will not launch a bid for the White House in 2016....

Some Troubling Signs for Utah's Economy

Utah’s good economic times are still with us.But they may not be as good over the next year as they were last year, a group of top legislative leaders were told Tuesday....

Policy News

Press Release: State Partnership with to Bring Computer Science to Utah K-12 Students
Today the Utah STEM Action Center and the Utah State Office of Education announced a partnership with that will increase participation in computer science courses by women and underrepresented students of color....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Utah is stronger and U.S. is safer for F-35 installment at Hill

Op-ed: Western Freedom Festival wastes tax money on Ivory’s political agenda

Op-ed: Teacher certification is a state-run racket that charter schools avoid

Editorial: Paying for high achievers’ college is an easy call

Editorial: Speed doesn’t kill. Cell phones do

Small Utah college with big political ties is going under

‘Neutral’ UTA chairman appears at pro-Prop 1 event

Utah alcohol permit bill makes a comeback

Company won’t expand gravel pit at Point of the Mountain

Utah drops investigation of lawmaker who says fraud accusation made by ‘desperate extremist group’

Jeb Bush proposes moving Interior Department to Salt Lake City, Denver or Reno, Nev.

Utah drunken-driving deaths nearly doubled last year

Utah latest red state grappling with death penalty

Advocates keep up pressure for Medicaid expansion

Two medical marijuana bills pitched to Utah Legislature

New director promises big growth of Utah’s school trust lands

Voice-activated systems are dangerously distracting drivers, Utah researcher says

Deseret News

Michael Erickson: World Congress of Families a hate group?

Op-ed: White House starting to control curriculum — in Utah

Jay Evensen: Politicians no longer want to get tough on crime; let's see how long it lasts

Editorial: College degree data show mixed results

Lawmakers give mixed feedback on statewide technology plan

Former lawmaker David Ure named as next director of SITLA

Utah lawmakers eye reforms for Utah water supplies, delivery

Utah lawmaker cleared of fraud allegations in public lands fight

Feds spending 'serious dollars' on Obamacare in Utah, House GOP hears

Some conservative Utah lawmakers favor abolishing death penalty

Elder Oaks made national news because LDS Church position on gay rights is a 'significant development'

Utah lawmakers hear alternative proposal for medical marijuana


Provo Citywide II candidates answer questions (Daily Herald)

Editorial: Make your voice heard on the Ogden gang injunction (Standard-Examiner)

Weber commissioners get earful on proposed transportation tax (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Ryan to proceed with speaker bid (Politico)

Inside Biden's final deliberations (Politico)

Ryan pushes back at conservative criticism (The Hill)

Clinton now has tight grip on Dem nomination (The Hill)

Joe Biden’s exit comes with a sting for Hillary Clinton (Financial Times)

Joe says no (Associated Press)

Is it time to concede that Donald Trump is likely to win the GOP nomination? (Washington Post)

‘Supermajority’ of House Freedom Caucus to back Paul Ryan’s speaker bid (Washington Post)

Wikileaks Posts Documents Allegedly Hacked From CIA Director's Private E-Mail Account (ABC News)

Gallup: Support for legal marijuana at an all-time high and likely to grow (Washington Post)

FBI director: Fewer Americans trying to join ISIS abroad (Associated Press)


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