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Ten Things You Need to Know Today - Monday, October 5, 2015

Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City. There are 87 days left in 2015.

Chaffetz announces a bid for Speaker. Becker takes the gloves off against Biskupski. The LDS Church names three new Apostles.

The clock:

  • 29 days to the 2015 election - (11/3/2015)
  • 105 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - (1/18/2016)
  • 112 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (1/25/2016)
  • 113 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary - (1/26/2016)
  • 157 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (3/10/2016)
  • 267 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 400 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)

Monday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Rep. Jason Chaffetz launches a bid to replace John Boehner as Speaker of the House [Washington Post, Utah Policy, Tribune, KSLFox 13, KUER].
  2. If Chaffetz wins, Utah would accomplish a political feat that hasn't been done in more than 100 years [Utah Policy].
  3. A new poll shows Donald Trump still leading in Iowa and New Hampshire, but his lead is beginning to shrink [NBC News].
  4. Ralph Becker's latest campaign ad hits Jackie Biskupski's qualifications for the job [Utah Policy, Deseret News].
  5. The LDS Church names three new apostles at their semi-annual conference [Deseret News, Tribune, Fox 13].
  6. There's a proposal to rename 900 South in Salt Lake City after gay rights leader Harvey Milk [Fox 13].
  7. Gov. Gary Herbert speaks at the National Press Club in Washington [Utah Policy, Tribune].
  8. The state will continue funneling federal money to Planned Parenthood until the end of the year [Tribune, Deseret News].
  9. Sen. Orrin Hatch says more gun laws will not stop mass shootings [Deseret News].
  10. The Supreme Court opens a new term where they will decide on cases involving public sector unions and affirmative action in higher education. The Court could also hear its first major abortion case since 2007 [New York Times].

On this day in history:

  • 1813 - The Shawnee Indian Chief Tecumseh was killed while fighting on the side of the British during the War of 1812.
  • 1947 - President Harry Truman delivers the first televised White House address.
  • 1953 - Earl Warren was sworn in as the 14th chief justice of the United States.
  • 1969 - "Monty Python's Flying Circus" debuted on BBC Television.
  • 1970 - The Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) is founded.

Today At Utah Policy

Chaffetz Announces Bid for Speaker (Video)

Rep. Jason Chaffetz made it official on Sunday morning. He is running to replace outgoing Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio)....

If Chaffetz Wins the Race for Speaker, Utah Would Accomplish Something That Hasn't Happened for a Century

If Rep. Jason Chaffetz's bid to replace John Boehner as Speaker of the House, it would put Utah in a rarified historical air....

Utah Policy/KSL Insider Survey: Will Mike Lee Get a GOP Challenger in 2016?

Sen. Mike Lee has been able to avoid a challenge from within the party for the Republican nomination in 2016. ...

Abby Huntsman Moves to Fox News

Mediaite breaks the news that Abby Huntsman, daughter of former Utah Governor and presidential candidate Jon Huntsman, has been hired by Fox News as a reporter....

Gov. Herbert Visits DC to Tout States as 'Laboratories of Democracy'

Touting himself as a “Will Rogers guy” who believes that “a stranger is just a friend you haven’t met,” Gov. Gary Herbert introduced himself as chair of the National Governors Association to a gathering at the National Press Club on Friday after...

Becker's Latest Ad Takes Direct Aim at Biskupski (Video)

Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker's latest campaign ad is a direct attack on his challenger Jackie Biskupski....

Policy News

Gov. Herbert Orders Flags Lowered for Roseburg Victims
Gov. Gary R. Herbert has authorized the lowering of the flag of the United States of America and the flag of the State of Utah to honor the victims of the tragedy in Roseburg, Oregon....

Press Release: Hatch Statement on the Resignation of Education Secretary Arne Duncan
Senator Orrin G. Hatch, member and former chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, issued the following statement on the resignation of Secretary of Education Arne Duncan:...

Press Release: Lee, Manchin, Murphy, Udall Call for an End to the Failed Syria Train and Equip Program
U.S. Senators Mike Lee (R-UT) Joe Manchin (D-WV), Chris Murphy (D-CT), and Tom Udall (D-NM) sent a letter to U.S. Department of Defense Secretary Ash Carter, U.S. Department of State Secretary John Kerry and Central Intelligence Agency Director John Brennan urging ...

Press Release: Hatch Joins Utah Leaders in Promoting Criminal Justice Reform Efforts
Senator Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, member and former chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, spoke at an event at Pew Charitable Trusts alongside Utah leaders on the topic of criminal justice reform....

Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
Outdoor Notes-- Tribune: Utah Hike of the Week: Big Elk Lake in the Uinta Mountains-- For the latest wildlife news and information and the fishing report visit the?DWR websiteWeekend EventsNew Films-- Breathe: Tribune review-- Goodnight Mommy: Tribune review-- The Martian: T...

Hatch Statement at Finance Hearing on Improper Payments
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) today delivered the following opening statement at a Committee hearing examining how improper payments, including overpayments and underpayments, plague the federal bureaucracy and divert scarce resources away from vital...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Rolly: Herbert's Planned Parenthood fiasco exposes flawed nominating system

Op-ed: Decision to not list sage grouse means birds will continue to vanish

Op-ed: The government collects data on our children, and we never signed off

Op-ed: Marines' resistance to women in combat undermines the nation

Op-ed: Latinos should speak up for public lands, and Moab plan is good place to start

Op-ed: Technology demands a new approach to managing the power grid

Op-ed: Mayor Becker has brought prosperity to Salt Lake City

Op-ed: Becker legacy is failed leadership and broken promises

Editorial: Keep car inspections for the added health and safety

Editorial: Justice wins when Mike Lee plays statesman

Editorial: Utah Republicans want to avoid responsibility for killing health care access

Utah's Chaffetz launching late run for House speaker

Utah's Herbert calls for anti-bullying efforts, not stricter gun laws

Jason Chaffetz: BYU kicker to political novice to GOP star to - House speaker?

New Utah drug laws favor treatment over incarceration

Americans want 'fresh start,' says Utah's Chaffetz in announcing his speaker bid

Deseret News

Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: With government shutdown avoided, focus shifts to Medicaid expansion

Michael Erickson: Stop America's later-term abortion tragedies

Op-ed: The cost of doing nothing on sales tax increase

John Florez: School board members must speak up

Editorial: Secret Service targeting Rep. Chaffetz

Salt Lake County mayor calls out Biskupski in new TV ad for Becker

Higher ed priorities: First teacher and staff pay, then student access

State says it will fund Planned Parenthood until Dec. 31

Davis School District hopes $298M bond will ease space, facilities problems

Orem proposal would ban some State Street businesses, prevent expansion

A look at elections in Utah's 5 'other' biggest cities

'Teacherpreneur,' a new role in the world of education

It's official: Jason Chaffetz to make run for House speaker


Eagle Mountain is back to fast growth, big business plans (Daily Herald)

Editorial: School bond may be in jeopardy due to lack of transparency (Park Record)

Francis City cancels upcoming election (Park Record)

Park City election hinges on issues like housing, community vibe (Park Record)

Editorial: Democracy shrugs (Standard-Examiner)

Local schools on list of lowest- and highest-performing (Standard-Examiner)

As voting machines age, Internet voting gets scrutinized (Standard-Examiner)

EPA sets new ozone regulations and basically no one is happy (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Illegal Immigrants Could Elect Hillary (Politico)

Obama's trash talk (Politico)

A rising conservative resists leadership role (The Hill)

Obama, Republicans on collision course over defense bill (The Hill)

Russia Intensifies Syria Bombing as Cameron Joins Criticism (Bloomberg)

Rand Paul on 2016: Why the GOP candidate says he's not going anywhere (Christian Science Monitor)

As Joe Biden ponders race, past same-sex marriage 'gaffe' becomes political asset (Los Angeles Times)

Bernie Sanders nets $26 million: a new kind of fundraising? (Christian Science Monitor)

Abortion, birth control, race top Supreme Court's agenda (Associated Press)

U.S. system designed to prevent financial crisis 'likely to fail,' say experts (MarketWatch)

After five years of negotiations, Pacific trade talks near deal (Reuters)


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Leaning Toward Trump
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