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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.

The clock:

  • 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:

  1. 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].
  2. Student performance on standardized tests declined for the first time since 1990 [Washington Post].
  3. 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].
  4. 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].
  5. Rep. Jason Chaffetz introduces a resolution to impeach the head of the IRS John Koskinen [Utah Policy, Tribune].
  6. Sen. Mike Lee is not happy with the budget deal struck between GOP leaders and the White House [Deseret News].
  7. 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].
  8. Rob DeBirk resigns as executive director of Alliance for a Better Utah a month after taking the job [Utah Policy].
  9. Salt Lake County and service providers announce an ambitious plan for addressing the homeless problem [Deseret News].
  10. 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

Biskupski Massively Outraises Becker While Being Outspent Nearly 2-1

Jackie Biskupski has outraised Ralph Becker by nearly a 2-1 margin over the past two months in the Salt Lake City Mayoral race while Becker has outspent her by almost the same score....

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...

Alliance for a Better Utah Executive Director Rob DeBirk Steps Down

The Alliance for a Better Utah has lost their second executive director in less than six months....

Policy News

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: ...

Republican Oversight Leaders Question CMS on Fraud Prevention System
Tuesday, Republican oversight leaders in the Senate and House sent a letter to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt asking for information on the agency’s plans to update its Fraud Prevention System (FPS), a progr...

Hatch Lauds Passage of Cybersecurity Bill, Including Hatch Government Cybersecurity Provision
Cybersecurity protections for government computer systems will be subject to increased oversight and accountability thanks to a provision passed as part of the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA) on Tuesday in the Senate. ...

Utah Educational Savings Plan Earns Morningstar Analyst Rating of Gold
The Utah Educational Savings Plan, Utah’s official 529 college savings program, received the highest stamp of approval from Morningstar, Inc., a leading provider of independent investment research, for the fifth consecutive year....

Utah Launches Man Therapy to Help Men Maintain their Mental Health the 'Manly Way'
Adult men represented approximately three of every four suicide deaths in Utah last year. The Utah Suicide Prevention Coalition announced the launch of a new statewide campaign for working-aged men to erase the stigma surrounding mental health....

Hatch Statement at Finance Hearing Examining the IRS's Response to Bipartisan Committee Report
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) today delivered the following opening statement at a Committee hearing to examine the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) response to the Committee’s bipartisan report that detailed their investigation into the ...

Utah Consumer Attitude Index Jumps as Labor Market Expectations Increase
The Zions Bank Utah Consumer Attitude Index increased 5.6 points to 115.6 in October....

Local Headlines

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

Deseret News

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)

National Headlines

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)


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