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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

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Ten Things You Need to Know Today - Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City. There are 51 days left in 2015.

Republican presidential candidates square off on Fox Business Channel. There may be a special session next week, but not for the reason you may think. Mia Love again courts controversy over flight reimbursements.

The clock:

  • 76 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (1/25/2016)
  • 83 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus - (2/1/2016)
  • 91 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary (tentative) - (2/9/2016)
  • 122 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (3/10/2016)
  • 133 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic caucus meetings (3/22/2016)
  • 165 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic State Conventions (4/23/2016)
  • 232 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 364 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)

Tuesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Tonight is the 4th GOP primary debate on Fox Business Channel [Politico].
  2. Lawmakers will likely meet in a special session next week, but not to fix SB54 like everyone things. Instead, they're probably going to deal with Utah's method for electing state school board members [Utah Policy].
  3. Rep. Mia Love is again at the center of controversy because of reimbursements for flights from her congressional account [The Hill].
  4. A new poll shows most Utahns think the state's public education system doesn't get enough money [Utah Policy].
  5. Prosecutors are still pressuring the U.S. Department of Justice to turn over their evidence against former Attorney General Mark Shurtleff [Deseret News].
  6. The Salt Lake City Council plans to take up campaign finance reform in the wake of the massive amount of money spent on the Salt Lake City mayoral election [Tribune].
  7. The Utah Transit Authority approves new ethics rules for handling public funds [Fox 13].
  8. Gov. Gary Herbert appoints Judge John Pearce to the Utah Supreme Court [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune, Fox 13, KUER].
  9. A federal appeals court rules against the Obama administration's plan to shield up to 5 million undocumented immigrants from deportation [Washington Post].
  10. Ted Cruz says an atheist is "not fit to be president" [Huffington Post].

On this day in history:

  • 1775 - The United States Marine Corps, then known as the Continental Marines, was formed by order of the Second Continental Congress.
  • 1871 - Journalist Henry Stanley found Scottish missionary David Livingstone in a small African village. His famous comment: "Dr. Livingstone, I presume?"
  • 1969 - "Sesame Street" premiered on PBS.
  • 1975 - The ore freighter Edmund Fitzgerald broke in two and sank during a storm on Lake Superior, killing all 29 crew members.

Today At Utah Policy

Special Session Will Address State School Board Election Mess, Not 'Count My Vote' Compromise

There may well be a special legislative session next Wednesday, but SB54 will be taking a back seat at it, Capitol Hill sources tell UtahPolicy....

Poll: Utahns Don't Think Public Schools Get Enough Funding

Same old song and dance. Utahns say the funding for public education in the state is simply not enough....

Bishop Blasts Obama's Keystone Decision

Rep. Rob Bishop assails Pres. Obama's rejection of the Keystone XL Pipeline project, saying the decision seals Obama's legacy as "the most anti-energy extremist president" in U.S. history....

No Utahn has Ever Received a Vote for Speaker of the House

More than 550 members of Congress have received votes to become Speaker of the House. Utah is one of nine states that has never had a Representative receive a single vote for the speakership....

Policy News

Director of Office of Outdoor Recreation Returning to Private Sector
Brad Petersen, the first state director of the Office of Outdoor Recreation in the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development, will return to the private sector in December of this year.  OOR was the first outdoor recreation office of its kind in the country. ...

RDA to Host Central Ninth Urban Design Workshop on Streetscape Beautification
The Redevelopment Agency of Salt Lake City (RDA) invites Central Ninth residents, business owners and neighborhood stakeholders to provide input on plans to improve the 900 South streetscape at the Central Ninth Urban Design Workshop, a three-day intensive visioning exercise...

Governor Appoints Pearce to Utah Supreme Court
Gov. Gary R. Herbert has appointed Judge John A. Pearce to serve as a justice on the Utah Supreme Court. Judge Pearce will fill the vacancy created by Justice Jill Parrish when she was confirmed a United States District Court Judge for the District of Utah on August 16, 2015...

White House Fact Sheet: Healthy Communities Challenge for Salt Lake City
As the Affordable Care Act’s coverage provisions have taken effect, 17.6 million Americans have gained coverage, and, since 2010, we’ve reduced the uninsured rate in this country by 45 percent. ...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Addressing poverty? Start with Medicaid expansion

Editorial: End earmarks, but improve budget transparency

Rolly: With a little help from his friends, Lehi man bouncing back in battle with rare diseas

Gov. Herbert taps Cyprus High alumnus to fill vacancy on Utah Supreme Court

Salt Lake City Council takes up campaign finance reform

Utah’s Mia Love to pay back flight tab, second time this year

Deseret News

Ralph Hancock: Secularism prevents people from seeing, naming challenges

Op-ed: Millcreek community is already united

Editorial: Judicial review of search-and-seizure constraints

Governor nominates John Pearce to fill vacancy on Utah Supreme Court

Utah's first outdoor recreation director stepping down

State prosecutors say feds must turn over all evidence in Shurtleff criminal case


Utah slapped with D- grade for state integrity (Standard-Examiner)

Audit: Districts released sensitive data; financial reports good (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Obama and Bibi: Mending fences? (Politico)

Trade pact backers hit 2 big hurdles: Donald and Hillary (Politico)

Reid rips Grassley over Clinton-Abedin probe (The Hill)

Tea Party skips Senate incumbent challenges (The Hill)

Clinton has highest percentage of fake followers (Washington Examiner)

Republicans’ media bias claims boosted by scarcity of right-leaning journalists (Washington Times)

South Park to show life without 'racist, trigger-happy' cops (Entertainment Weekly)

Fraternity files $25M defamation suit against Rolling Stone (Associated Press)

Michigan ranks last in laws on ethics, transparency (Detroit Free Press)

Obama Starts Personal Facebook Page (New York Times)

Judge Deals a Blow to NSA Data Collection Program (New York Times)


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