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Wednesday, October 28, 2015
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Ten Things you Need to Know Today - Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City. There are 64 days left in 2015.
Third GOP debate on tap tonight. Biskupski posts eye-popping fundraising numbers. A federal judge may strike down parts of SB54.
- 6 days to the 2015 election - (11/3/2015)
- 89 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (1/25/2016)
- 96 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus - (2/1/2016)
- 104 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary (tentative) - (2/9/2016)
- 135 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (3/10/2016)
- 245 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
- 377 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)
Wednesday's top-10 headlines:
- The third GOP presidential primary debate happens tonight in Boulder, Colorado. Here's what you should watch for [The Hill, CNN, US News and World Report].
- Student performance on standardized tests declined for the first time since 1990 [Washington Post].
- Jackie Biskupski is raising more money than Ralph Becker while he has spent nearly double what she has on the race [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune].
- A federal judge appears poised to strike down parts of SB54 which established a secondary path to Utah's primary ballot [Deseret News, Tribune, KUER].
- Rep. Jason Chaffetz introduces a resolution to impeach the head of the IRS John Koskinen [Utah Policy, Tribune].
- Sen. Mike Lee is not happy with the budget deal struck between GOP leaders and the White House [Deseret News].
- Arches Health Plan, a co-op health plan established under the Affordable Care Act, is being shut down because of a shortfall in federal funding [Deseret News, KSL, Tribune].
- Rob DeBirk resigns as executive director of Alliance for a Better Utah a month after taking the job [Utah Policy].
- Salt Lake County and service providers announce an ambitious plan for addressing the homeless problem [Deseret News].
- Respect the hustle! University of Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh says kids should have two Halloween costumes to double the amount of candy they collect [ESPN].
On this day in history:
- 1636 - Harvard College, now Harvard University, was founded in Massachusetts.
- 1886 - The Statue of Liberty was dedicated in New York Harbor by President Grover Cleveland.
- 1919 - Congress passed the Volstead Act, which enforced the constitutional amendment prohibiting alcoholic beverages.
- 1962 - Russian chief Nikita Khrushchev announced all Soviet offensive missiles would be removed from Cuba.
Today At Utah Policy
|Chaffetz Moves to Impeach IRS Chief|
House Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz formally introduces a resolution to impeach IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, arguing that he violated the public trust by impeding Congress' investigation into Lois Lerner's illegal targeting of conservative groups in the run-up to the ...
|Environmentalist: 'Let's Boot Utah from the Union'|
Freelance writer Ty Hansen, who hails from Pennsylvania, pens a screed lecturing Rob Bishop and Ken Ivory on how public lands should be managed in Utah. Hansen knows best, you see, because he's "an avid outdoorsman and skier." Hansen says if Utah leaders don't obey his direc...
|Hatch Statement on Failed Obamacare Co-Op in Utah|
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) issued the following statement today after the Obamacare co-op in his home state of Utah, Arches Health Plan, became the tenth nonprofit health insurance issuers under the President’s health law to fail: ...
Salt Lake Tribune
Op-ed: Why don’t payday lenders give us all the facts?
Editorial: Rocky Mountain Power plans deserve open scrutiny
Ex-Utah Pride Center director’s resignation letter alleges financial troubles, struggles with board
Rocky Mountain Power rolls out plan to cut pollution
Utah town weighs Forest Service land swap that would enable development near gun range
Utah GOP believes it has gutted election-reform law
Utah’s Chaffetz files impeachment articles against IRS commissioner
Two more Utah distilleries can offer liquor samples during tours
Rocky Mountain Power wants more electric cars in Utah
Utah legislators, judges honored for juvenile justice work
Becker outspends his opponent, but Biskupski closes the gap
Utah experts: Loopholes and gaps in oversight allow massive insurance fraud
County Council ponders UAC role after Phil Lyman award
Utah students steady on math and reading as nation’s scores drop
Utah shuts down Arches, Utah’s nonprofit insurance co-op
Richard Davis: Utah’s citizens want high quality public education; but our leaders aren’t delivering
Op-ed: Gov. Herbert ignores college students but makes time for donors
Jay Evensen: Utah law isn't ready for driverless cars — and yet they're coming
Editorial: Another nail-biting crisis brought on by the debt ceiling
LDS doctrine 'completely linked' to traditional family, Elder M. Russell Ballard tells World Congress of Families
Air and energy forum debuts energy initiative
Agency releases Utah plan to help sage grouse
Utah economy particularly strong in October, survey says
Groups announce 'monumental' plan to combat homelessness
Sen. Mike Lee: Substance of budget deal 'stinks'
Judge poised to strike down part of new Utah election law
Legislators, judges honored for advocacy of juvenile justice
Bountiful city leaders hear from residents opposed to proposed land swap
Becker outspends Biskupski, lags behind in last-minute fundraising
World Congress of Families kicks off with message of action
Arches Health Plan won't offer new plans in 2016
Editorial: Utah's poor deserve effective representation in court (Standard-Examiner)
Pros and cons of $298M Davis school bond aired by board members (Standard-Examiner)
Roads, cops and finances among top concerns in South Ogden (Standard-Examiner)
In wake of recent study, local districts examining time spent on tests (Logan Herald Journal)
Editorial: Replacing Ure will be tall order for Summit County Republicans (Park Record)
Summit County Council members discuss budget and transportation at annual retreat (Park Record)
Summit County Council member Dave Ure will soon be stepping down (Park Record)
Park City Council field: no political bombshells, but no gaffs, either (Park Record)
Freedom Caucus gives Ryan a pass on budget deal (Politico)
Money churns in Carson, Inc. (Politico)
Bush faces high stakes with third GOP debate (The Hill)
Bipartisan budget deal appears to have the votes to pass (The Hill)
Donald Trump to Iowa: ‘What the hell are you people doing to me?’ (Washington Post)
11th Video Catches Planned Parenthood Abortion Doc Selling Aborted Babies’ Heads (LifeNews)
Rand Paul plans to filibuster budget deal (CBS News)
House Votes Overwhelmingly to Reopen the Ex-Im Bank (New York Times)
Obama to police chiefs: US safer because of your efforts (Associated Press)
Kasich on rival candidates: 'I've about had it with these people' (CNN)
GOP leaders scramble on budget deal in Boehner's emotional final days (CNN)
"If once you forfeit the confidence of your fellow-citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem." Abraham Lincoln BrainyQuote
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