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Ten Things You Need to Know Today - Thursday, October 29, 2015

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City. There are 63 days left in 2015.

Rubio and Cruz shine at the third GOP debate. Ryan officially nominated to be Speaker. Becker and Biskupski face off for the final time.

The clock:

  • 5 days to the 2015 election - (11/3/2015)
  • 88 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (1/25/2016)
  • 95 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus - (2/1/2016)
  • 103 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary (tentative) - (2/9/2016)
  • 134 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (3/10/2016)
  • 244 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 376 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)

Thursday's top-10 headlines:

  1. The third GOP primary debate took place last night. Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz grabbed the spotlight while Jeb Bush and the moderators did not have a good night [Washington Post, New York Times, NBC News, NPR, National Review].
  2. Congressional Republicans officially nominate Paul Ryan to replace John Boehner as Speaker [Politico].
  3. Utah's House delegation unanimously back Ryan's bid for Speaker [Deseret NewsTribune].
  4. Ralph Becker and Jackie Biskupski meet in their final debate before next week's election [Tribune, Deseret News, Fox 13].
  5. PAC spending in the Salt Lake City mayor's race has slowed down considerably from the primary election [Utah Policy].
  6. A judge orders San Juan County Commissioner Phil Lyman to pay $96K in damages for leading an ATV ride into Recapture Canyon [Deseret News, Tribune, Fox 13].
  7. Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams backs off his plan to cut employee retirement plans [Tribune].
  8. The Utah GOP is continuing their battle against SB54 [Utah Policy].
  9. Utah Transit Authority executives say they will forego any bonuses for two years [Tribune].
  10. Robin Riggs, who helped to craft the Utah Compact, passes away at the age of 62 [Utah Policy, Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1901 - Leon Czolgosz was electrocuted for the assassination of President William McKinley.
  • 1929 - The sale of 16 million shares marked the collapse of the stock market, setting the stage for the Great Depression. This day became known as "Black Tuesday."
  • 1966 - The National Organization for Women was founded.
  • 1969 - The first connection on what would become the Internet was made when bits of data flowed between computers at UCLA and the Stanford Research Institute.
  • 2004 - Osama bin Laden, in a videotaped message, said he ordered the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States.


Today At Utah Policy


Utah GOP Continuing the Battle Over SB54

Wow, does Utah Republican Party Chairman James Evans like to twist up the insides of SB54 and state election folks....

PAC Spending Slows Down in SLC Mayor Contest

The two Political Action Committees backing Jackie Biskupski's bid for Salt Lake City Mayor are throwing money around again in the general election, but not to the same extent as before....

Weekly Survey: Who Will Win the SLC Mayor Race

Will it be Ralph Becker or Jackie Biskupski who emerges victorious next week? Call your shot in our newest survey....

Policy News


Chaffetz Votes against Busting the Budget Caps
Congressman Jason Chaffetz released the following statement after voting against the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 that passed the House of Representatives today. This legislation would increase spending for domestic and defense programs over the next two year...

Bengal Bouldevard Highlights Cost of Deferred Maintenance
Bengal Boulevard residents will sigh with relief when construction on their roadway wraps up....

State and Business Community Loses Advocate, Friend
Lane Beattie, president and CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber, issued the following statement regarding the passing of Robin Riggs....

Press Release: Chairman Hatch Leads Finance Committee Hearing to Question IRS Commissioner about Targeting Conservatives
IRS Commissioner John Koskinen faced questions Tuesday from the Senate Finance Committee about the embattled agency’s progress on reforms recommended by the key panel....

New Report: Utah Has One of the Lowest Rates of Health Coverage for Children in the Nation
A report released Wednesday shows that while most of the nation experienced significant gains in children’s health insurance coverage between 2013 and 2014, Utah stagnated. Approximately 85,000 Utah children were uninsured in 2014; the same number as in 2013....

Lee's Statement in Opposition to Latest Budget Deal
Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) issued the following statement after reviewing the 144-page budget deal released by Speaker Joh Boehner....

Press Release: Switching Marketplace Plans Resulted in Significant Savings for Utah Consumers
Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced Wednesday the findings of a new report that shows that Utah consumers who re-enrolled in the Health Insurance Marketplace last year and who switched to a plan with the same level of coverage saved $6 per month a...

Luncheon with the Ambassador of Vietnam
World Trade Center Utah, in partnership with the Governor's Office of Economic Development and the Salt Lake Chamber is delighted to welcome His Excellency Pham Quang Vinh, Ambassador of Vietnam to the United States. ...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

‘The person who lights a fire is responsible for the consequences’: Utah commissioner ordered to pay $96K for ATV ride

Top UTA executives vow to forfeit bonuses for two years

Speaker to World Congress of Families: Don’t lament gay-marriage ruling, fight it

Utah House members support Ryan for speaker

Utah House members unified against budget deal

Gay marriage ‘could destroy America,’ Ted Cruz’s father tells Salt Lake City crowd

Robin Riggs, a familiar face at Utah’s Capitol, dies at 62

McAdams softens retirement-reduction plan for Salt Lake County employees

Too many Salt Lake City renters are living on the edge, study shows

Dillon Taylor’s family sues Utah city and ‘trigger-happy’ police over ‘vicious culture’

World Congress of Families opens on a Mormon note as LDS apostle preaches love for all

Last stand: Becker and Biskupski draw distinctions in Tribune debate

Deseret News

Op-ed: An opposing view on payday lending

Dan Liljenquist: McAdams’ compensation proposal is actually a really good deal for county employees.

Jay Evensen: Nation's Report Card keeps the arguments over fixing schools going

Editorial: Paul Ryan: The one-man revolution

Utah delegation backs Paul Ryan for House speaker, opposes budget deal

Judge orders Recapture Canyon ATV protest riders to pay $96K in damages

Families conference focuses on declining birth and marriage rates, poverty

Becker, Biskupski spar in final debate before Election Day

Utah student performance 'holding steady' despite national decline

Other

Bountiful residents clog hearing to fight proposed land swap (Standard-Examiner)

UTA budget plan: No executive bonuses, no Sunday FrontRunner (Standard-Examiner)

Logan employees still get coverage under ill-fated Arches Health Plan (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

5 takeaways from the third GOP debate (Politico)

Trump? Carson? Rubio steals the debate show (Politico)

RNC chief: 'CNBC should be ashamed' (The Hill)

End of Days for Republican establishment (Financial Times)

Cruz spars with CNBC hosts in breakout moment (Daily Mail)

Sanders proposes nixing marijuana from federal list of dangerous drugs (Washington Post)

Peace Breaks Out Among the Republican Candidates (New York Magazine)

Republican debate: Winners and losers (CNN)

Lindsey Graham pours beers, contemplates marrying Carly Fiorina (Washington Post)

Prince Harry goes to Washington (CNN)

Ex-House Speaker Dennis Hastert pleads guilty in hush-money scheme (Associated Press)


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