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Ten Things You Need to Know Today - Friday, October 9, 2015

Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City. There are 83 days left in 2015.

McCarthy withdraws from the race for Speaker. Chaffetz may have an opening in his bid to become Speaker. Pressure mounts on Paul Ryan to run for Speaker.

The clock:

  • 25 days to the 2015 election - (11/3/2015)
  • 101 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - (1/18/2016)
  • 108 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (1/25/2016)
  • 109 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary - (1/26/2016)
  • 153 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (3/10/2016)
  • 263 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 396 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)

Friday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Shocker! California Republican Kevin McCarthy suddenly withdraws from the race to replace John Boehner as Speaker, throwing the House Republican Caucus into chaos [Washington Post, CNN, New York Times].
  2. McCarthy's withdrawal could mean there's an opening for Utah's Jason Chaffetz [Tribune, Deseret News, Fox 13].
  3. With McCarthy out, pressure mounts for former Republican Vice Presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan to step to the plate [Roll Call].
  4. Rumors have been circulating for a few months that McCarthy is involved in an extramarital affair with another member of Congress, North Carolina Rep. Renee Ellmers [Gawker].
  5. Bob Bernick says Chaffetz and Utah House Speaker Greg Hughes find themselves in similar political situations [Utah Policy].
  6. Ralph Becker and Jackie Biskupski exchange jabs during their latest debate [Deseret News, Tribune].
  7. The State School Board says while parents may opt their children out of a mandated civics test, they must still pass said test to graduate [Deseret News].
  8. Sen. Mike Lee speaks at the Heritage Foundation about criminal justice reform [Utah Policy].
  9. The Salt Lake City Police Department wins a federal grant that will allow them to hire more police officers [Deseret News].
  10. About 30 percent of all calls to 911 are accidental [Deseret News].

On this day in history:

  • 1635 - Religious dissident Roger Williams was banished from the Massachusetts Bay Colony.
  • 1888 - The Washington Monument opens to the public.
  • 1936 - The first generator at Boulder Dam (later renamed Hoover Dam) began transmitting electricity to Los Angeles.
  • 1967 - One day after being captured in the jungles of Bolivia, Marxist revolutionary Ernesto Che Guevara, a leading figure in the 1959 Cuban revolution, is executed by the Bolivian military.
  • 1983 - James Watt, facing U.S. Senate condemnation for a racially insensitive remark, resigned as interior secretary.

Today At Utah Policy

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Lee Seeks To End 'Industrialized And Bureaucratized' Penal System With Criminal Justice Reform

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Hatch: Filibuster Crucial to Constitutionally Limited Government
Senator Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, the President Pro Tempore of the United States Senate, spoke on the Senate floor today on the importance of maintaining the filibuster. (Via YouTube)“The filibuster is a key bulwark against error and against the ability of short-lived ...

Hatch: TPP Must be Balanced, Hold Trading Partners Accountable & Meet Congressional Requirements
In a speech on the Senate floor, Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) questioned whether the Obama Administration closed a high-standard Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, citing initial reports that could be problematic for Congressional approval of the t...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Johnston, Salazar and Luke the best choices for Salt Lake City Council

Utah's Chaffetz sees opening in speaker's race with front-runner's withdrawal

Utah Highway Patrol blitz will target express-lane violators

Rolly: Takin' it to the street - the politics of road repairs

Becker and Biskupski spar in Salt Lake City mayoral debate

Salt Lake City to hire 15 more police officers, thanks to a federal grant

Fight over value - and cost - of solar ignites again in Utah

Feds coming to Utah college to investigate handling of reported sexual assault

Deseret News

Op-ed: Misinterpretation of Second Amendment is paralyzing

A. Scott Anderson: We all must take steps to prevent cybercrime

Salt Lake police receive $1.8 million federal grant to hire new officers

Gov. Gary Herbert among the first to 'fly' in F-35 interactive cockpit simulator

State School Board: Parental opt-out law doesn't apply to civics test graduation requirement

S.L. mayoral candidates tangle over political track records, city issues

Is 'Speaker Chaffetz' more likely with McCarthy out?


Editorial: Orem's election bringing out the worst in supporters and its politicians (Daily Herald)

Vote-by-mail ballots out this week (Daily Herald)

Lehi resident takes opposition to RAP tax (Daily Herald)

Editorial: Secret Service abused privacy of Chaffetz (Standard-Examiner)

Utah millennials politically hesitant, but less than other states (Standard-Examiner)

Firearms training: Some teachers prepare for the unthinkable (Standard-Examiner)

USU sets enrollment records, sees 6 percent increase for full-time students (Logan Herald Journal)

Logan metropolitan area recognized as second best city nationwide for career opportunities (Logan Herald Journal)

Rep. Redd to discuss state Medicaid expansion in town hall (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

Behind McCarthy's decision to bail (Politico)

Clinton donors place side bets on Biden (Politico)

Planned Parenthood billed Medicaid for abortion services, ex-employee claims (The Hill)

GOP drama hurls budget talks into disarray (The Hill)

Paul Ryan Resists Calls to Run For House Speaker (Wall Street Journal)

House Republicans are torn over who should be speaker, and few want the job (Los Angeles Times)

One of Donald Trump's fans took the stage in Vegas and declared: 'I am Hispanic, and I vote for Mr. Trump!' (Washington Post)

Court refusal to combine Clinton email cases creates State Department headaches (Washington Times)

Texas Sues Volkswagen Claiming Deception, Diesel Pollution (Bloomberg)

Clinton courts left with promise to break up risky banks (Reuters)

Fed awaiting evidence global chill not knocking U.S. off track (Reuters)


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