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Ten Things You Need to Know Today - Friday, October 30, 2015

Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City. There are 62 days left in 2015. Don't forget to turn your clocks back Saturday night.

Ryan takes the gavel. The Senate approves the budget deal. Biskupski and Becker accuse each other of dirty campaigning.

The clock:

  • 4 days to the 2015 election - (11/3/2015)
  • 87 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (1/25/2016)
  • 94 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus - (2/1/2016)
  • 102 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary (tentative) - (2/9/2016)
  • 133 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (3/10/2016)
  • 243 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 375 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)

Friday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Paul Ryan officially takes the Speaker's gavel after being elected to replace John Boehner [Politico, New York Times].
  2. Republican presidential campaigns plan to meet in Washington, D.C. to discuss how to change the party's debate process [Politico].
  3. The U.S Senate approves the two-year budget deal in an early morning vote [The Hill, Washington Post].
  4. Jeb Bush's campaign is floundering in Iowa. They've recruited just four volunteers and found 1,260 supporters [New York Times].
  5. The group that's backing Prop. 1, which would raise sales taxes for transit, has raised $675,000 [Tribune].
  6. Ralph Becker and Jackie Biskupski are accusing each other of dirty tricks in the waning days of the campaign [Deseret News].
  7. Has the stalemate over Medicaid expansion taken a political toll on House Speaker Greg Hughes? [Utah Policy].
  8. Utah lawmakers voiced early support for legislation to expand kindergarten [Deseret News, Tribune].
  9. Legislators are considering a plan to reign in spending on buildings by colleges and universities [Deseret News].
  10. Rep. Fred Cox is prepping legislation to do away with Daylight Savings Time [Fox 13].

On this day in history:

  • 1918 - The Ottoman Empire signs an armistice with the Allies, ending the First World War.
  • 1938 - Orson Welles triggered a national panic with his radio dramatization of a Martian invasion, based on H.G. Wells' "War of the Worlds."
  • 1975 - The New York Daily News ran the headline "Ford to City: Drop Dead" a day after President Gerald Ford said he would veto any proposed federal bailout of New York City.
  • 1983 - The Rev. Jesse Jackson announced plans to become the first African-American to mount a full-scale campaign for the Democratic Party presidential nomination.

Today At Utah Policy

Bob Bernick's Notebook: Has Medicaid Expansion Taken a Political Toll on Hughes?

On the Medicaid expansion front, some may say 2015 has not been a good year for Utah House Speaker Greg Hughes....

Bernick and Schott on Politics - Episode #260

Bob and Bryan make their pick for the Salt Lake City mayor's race. Will Jackie Biskupski's dominant fundraising push her to victory or will Ralph Becker's big-time spending prevail?...

Podcast: Bernick and Schott on Politics - Episode #260

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

Bishop Puts Conservation Plans in Limbo

Controversy swirls around House Natural Resources Chair Rob Bishop's decision to allow the Land and Water Conservation Fund to expire, owing to concerns it had strayed from its original purpose....

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

Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
Outdoor Notes--Tribune: Utah Hike of the Week: Eagle Crags Trail near Rockville-- For the latest wildlife news and information and the fishing report visit the?DWR websiteWeekend EventsNew Films-- The Assassin: Tribune review -- The Keeping Room: Tribune review -- ...

Hatch: Positives Outweigh Negatives in Budget Deal that Preserves Defense Capabilities
Lawmakers are considering a budget deal this week that would reform entitlements, repeal an integral Obamacare provision, avoid default, and fund the military, and Sen. Orrin Hatch, Utah’s senior senator, argues that conservatives should support it.  ...

Lee Takes Budget Deal Concerns to Senate Floor
Thursday, Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) spoke on the Senate Floor regarding concerns about the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015....

Chaffetz Supports Paul Ryan for Speaker of the House
Today, Congressman Jason Chaffetz released the following statement after casting his vote in favor of Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) as Speaker of the House of Representatives:...

Hatch Statement on Paul Ryan's Election to Speaker of the House
Senator Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, the senior Republican in the United States Senate, and Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, issued the following statement on the election of Paul Ryan to Speaker of the House of Representatives:...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Innovation, not Medicaid expansion, is the true health-care solution

Editorial: Utah must work to manage its growth

Editorial: End of Arches points to single-payer

Rolly: Cottonwood Heights cops are feeling picked on, too

Money race over Prop 1 is one-sided

World Congress of Families speakers lament sexual revolution, family breakdown

New official UTA goal: improve public trust

Video: Nine ways Biskupski and Becker differ

Sugar House streetcar extension passed over for federal funds

Utah lawmakers signal intent to expand full-day kindergarten

State grants aim to spruce up, restore Jordan River corridor

Salt Lake County planning district created over ski resort objections

Curtain rises on plans for a big hotel near Salt Lake City’s new theater

Did BLM make undue show of force during Blanding artifact arrest?

Sugar House apartment project would bring impacts — not impact fees

Curtain rises on plans for a big hotel near Salt Lake City’s new theater

Deseret News

Editorial: Amazon takes unusual legal action

Op-ed: School administrators should handle incidents differently

Lawmakers: Are 'biggest, shiniest' college buildings best use of taxpayer dollars?

Becker, Biskupski accuse each other of dirty campaigning

McAdams proposes higher pay raise, eases up on benefit cuts for county employees

Legislators make moves toward expanding full-day kindergarten

Judge to decide if agent used excessive force in raid of Blanding doctor's home


Ozone concerns, electric cars at Utah Air and Energy Symposium (Standard-Examiner)

Utah's student debt is lowest in the country (Standard-Examiner)

Envision Layton offers core redevelopment scenarios (Standard-Examiner)

Gov.'s education adviser says narrative on education needs to change (Logan Herald Journal)

Untapped potential: Conference held for local business women (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

Senate approves two-year budget deal in 3 a.m. vote (The Hill)

Joe Biden meets with Bernie Sanders (Politico)

Exclusive: GOP campaigns plot revolt against RNC (Politico)

Bush supporters pick up the pieces after disappointing debate (The Hill)

Budget deal: Winners and losers (The Hill)

GOP contenders brace for volatile November after freewheeling debate (Washington Post)

Andrew Cline: When CNBC fumbled, Rubio picked up ball (USA Today)

Cruz says he raised $1.1 million since debate (Washington Post)

Senate approves two-year bipartisan budget agreement (Washington Post)

States Struggle With What to Do With Sex Offenders After Prison (New York Times)

European Lawmakers Vote in Support of Edward Snowden (Atlantic)


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