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Ten Things You Need to Know Today - Friday, October 23, 2015

Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City. There are 69 days left in 2015.

Clinton faces an 11-hour grilling. Ryan jumps into the race for Speaker. Biskupski still holds a lead over Becker.

The clock:

  • 11 days to the 2015 election - (11/3/2015)
  • 87 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - (1/18/2016)
  • 94 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (1/25/2016)
  • 95 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary - (1/26/2016)
  • 140 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (3/10/2016)
  • 250 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 382 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)

Friday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Hillary Clinton survives an 11-hour grilling by the Benghazi committee and comes out mostly unscathed [Politico, New York Times, Washington Post, MSNBC, CBS News, Roll Call].
  2. Wisconsin Republican Paul Ryan jumps into the race for Speaker, which he is expected to win [Washington Post].
  3. A new poll shows Jackie Biskupski still holds a slight lead over Ralph Becker ahead of November's election [Utah Policy].
  4. Becker picks up endorsements from most of the members of the Salt Lake City Council [Deseret News, Tribune].
  5. The judge in the SB 54 case orders the Utah GOP to bring on another lawyer because their present counsel is overworked [Deseret News, Fox 13].
  6. Gov. Gary Herbert says he's frustrated by the stalemate over Medicaid expansion [Utah Policy, Deseret News, KUER].
  7. A judge denies embattled San Juan County Commissioner Phil Lyman's request for a new trial [Tribune, Deseret News, Fox 13].
  8. Business leaders tout new and innovative ways to improve performance at Utah's schools [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News, KUER].
  9. West Valley City police officers are offered a cash incentive to live within the boundaries of the city [Deseret News].
  10. Many Utahns will see their health insurance skyrocket 22 percent in the next year [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1707 - British Parliament met for the first time.
  • 1962 - President John F. Kennedy signs Proclamation 3504, authorizing the naval blockade of Cuba following the discovery of Soviet missiles on the island.
  • 1973 - President Richard Nixon agreed to turn White House tape recordings requested by the Watergate special prosecutor over to Judge John J. Sirica.
  • 1983 - Suicide bomb attacks on peacekeeping troops in Beirut killed 241 U.S. Marines and 58 French soldiers.
  • 2001 - Apple Computer introduced the iPod portable digital music player.

Today At Utah Policy

Bob Bernick's Notebook: Herbert Flummoxed by Medicaid Expansion Failure

GOP Gov. Gary Herbert was sideswiped this week when House GOP leaders presented Obamacare numbers to their caucus showing Utah is taking in $20 million more in federal health care dollars than Utahns are paying out in new Affordable Care Act taxes and fees....

Bernick and Schott on Politics - Episode #259

Utah House Republicans are tired of getting beaten up over Medicaid expansion. Can they change the narrative?...

Poll: Biskupski Leads Becker 49-45% Among Likely Voters

With less than two weeks to go before the 2015 election, Jackie Biskupski looks to be building momentum in the Salt Lake City mayoral race....

Podcast: Bernick and Schott on Politics - Episode #259

Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott run down the week in Utah politics....

Lee Demands Full Repeal of Obamacare

Sens. Mike Lee, Ted Cruz, and Marco Rubio announce that they'll oppose a fast-track budget package to dismantle parts of Obamacare and defund Planned Parenthood because it doesn't go far enough to fully repeal the health-care law....

Policy News

Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
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Hatch, Wyden, Ryan, Levin Joint Statement on ITC Report Detailing India's Trade Practices
Thursday, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) along with House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Ranking Member Sander Levin (D-Mich.) issued the following joint statement regarding the Inte...

Lee, Cruz, and Rubio Issue Joint Statement on House Reconciliation Bill
Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT), Ted Cruz (R-TX), and Marco Rubio (R-FL) issued the following statement Thursday in anticipation of Friday’s House vote on H.R. 3762:...

Press Release: Kennecott Withdraws Plans for Mine Rock Crusher Expansion
Air quality advocates are expressing their appreciation this week for the recent news that Kennecott Copper has abandoned its plans to construct a new rock crusher plant as part of the mine's overall expansion effort....

Press Release: Utah Employers Now Required to File Tax Information Electronically
Although the income tax filing season rests on the horizon, now is the time for Utah employers to prepare to meet new electronic filing requirements....

Hatch: Administration Should Work with Congress on Fiscal Future as Debt Deadline Nears
In a speech on the Senate floor Thursday, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) outlined concerns regarding the nation’s more than $18 trillion debt and called on the Obama Administration to work with Congress to find a responsible path forward to ensu...

Business Community Issues Report Card of Utah's Legislative Efforts to Take the State Into the Top Ten in the Nation in Education
A packed Salt Lake Chamber board room heard principals of Prosperity 2020 and Education First present a 2015 Prosperity Through Education Report Card highlighting the positive strides the Utah Legislature made in 2015 to improve education, and what must happen in 2016 to ele...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Biskupski will be welcome relief from Becker’s arrogance

Op-ed: Becker has been a friend to local businesses like mine

Editorial: Bipartisan agreement on criminal justice reform (Salt Lake Tribune)

San Juan’s embattled Phil Lyman gives up Commissioner of the Year award

Rolly: Capitol gains — How serving in the Utah Legislature can pay off later

Business leaders tout ‘cone’ model to improve student performance at Utah schools

Becker picks up endorsements from Salt Lake City Council members

West Valley City officers who live there can get $10,000 bonus — and $200 per month

Utah bans voice speedup for car ads’ fine print

Herbert defends ‘welcoming’ controversial convention to Utah

Utah lawmakers hear allegations of horrific health-insurance fraud at treatment centers

Utahns’ health-insurance premiums to soar in 2016

Deseret News

A. Scott Anderson: Corporate philanthropy is important to building strong communities

Op-ed: We need to get back to original intent of Affordable Care Act

Editorial: The reasons for increased highway fatalities should concern all of us

Judge denies new trial for convicted San Juan County commissioner

Judge orders Utah GOP to get new lawyer in SB54 case

Fraud summit targets consumer protection strategies

Gov. Herbert has little to say about 'spin' on Obamacare spending

Business leaders call for targeted, long-term investment in education

Federal marketplace plans in Utah post significant rate increases

Majority of S.L. City Council endorses Becker; Biskupski takes slight lead in new poll


Provo council candidate stressing retail in election (Daily Herald)

Editorial: Weber County charter schools need resource officers (Standard-Examiner)

Hate the First Amendment? That's OK, it's Free Speech Week (Standard-Examiner)

Only officials show up for Prop 1 tax hearing in Davis County (Standard-Examiner)

Infected livestock found in Weber, 8 other Utah counties (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Gowdy, Dems battle over Benghazi transcripts (The Hill)

Anti-immigration group goes after Ryan (The Hill)

How Ryan conquered the Freedom Caucus (Politico)

House GOP likely to abandon debt-limit bill (Politico)

Republicans on Benghazi panel attack Clinton over ties to former aide (Los Angeles Times)

Obama vetoes $612 billion defense policy bill in rebuke to GOP (Associated Press)

Paul Ryan's risky road ahead as House speaker (Los Angeles Times)

WikiLeaks Releases Second Batch of Hacked Emails from CIA Chief John Brennan (Newsweek)

San Francisco board reaffirms status as immigrant sanctuary (Associated Press)

Cracking jokes, Jimmy Carter honors former VP Mondale (Associated Press)

Could Social Security be immune from student loan debt collection? (MarketWatch)


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