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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

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Ten Things You Need to Know Today - Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City. There are 50 days left in 2015.

GOP Presidential candidates meet for their fourth debate. Most Utahns recognize the value of a well-educated workforce. The Utah GOP wants a judge to settle their latest dispute with the state over SB54.

The clock:

  • 75 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (1/25/2016)
  • 82 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus - (2/1/2016)
  • 90 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary (tentative) - (2/9/2016)
  • 121 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (3/10/2016)
  • 132 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic caucus meetings (3/22/2016)
  • 164 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic State Conventions (4/23/2016)
  • 231 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 363 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)

Wednesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio had good performances during the fourth GOP presidential debate on Tuesday night [Politico, The Hill, Roll Call, New York Times, Washington Post, CBS News].
  2. A new poll shows Utahns overwhelmingly think a well-educated workforce is vital to the state's future success economically [Utah Policy].
  3. The Utah GOP wants a judge to settle their dispute with the Lt. Governor's office on whether the party can keep candidates from gathering signatures to get on the primary ballot [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune].
  4. Legislators from around the country meet in Salt Lake City today to plan for a possible Constitutional Convention [Utah Policy, Tribune, KUER].
  5. Former Attorney General Mark Shurtleff wants the federal government to release evidence he says will help in his defense on corruption charges [Deseret News].
  6. Enrollment at charter schools in Utah is on the rise [Tribune, Deseret News].
  7. A state audit blames flooding in Ogden on mismanagement by a local water district [Tribune, KSL].
  8. There will be another 80-mph zone on I-15 near St. George [Tribune].
  9. The New York Attorney General orders daily fantasy sports sites DraftKings and FanDuel to stop accepting bets from New York residents because the games are illegal gambling [New York Times].
  10. T-Mobile announces they will stop counting video streaming against the monthly data limit on cell phone plans [TechCrunch].

On this day in history:

  • 1620 - Forty-one Pilgrims aboard the Mayflower, anchored off Massachusetts, signed a compact calling for a "body politick."
  • 1918 - World War I ended with the signing of the Armistice of 11 November 1918 in a railroad car in a forest in France.
  • 1921 - President Warren Harding dedicated the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery in Virgina.
  • 1987 - President Ronald Reagan nominated Judge Anthony Kennedy to the U.S. Supreme Court after Judge Douglas Ginsburg withdrew his nomination and Judge Robert Bork was rejected by the Senate.
  • 1989 - An estimated 1 million East Germans poured into reopened West Germany for a day of celebration.
  • 2000 - Republicans went to court seeking an order to block manual recounts from continuing in Florida's presidential election.

Today At Utah Policy

Poll: Utahns Say a Well-Educated Workforce is Vital to the State's Economic Success

You probably couldn’t find a civic, business or political leader in Utah who doesn’t want a strong economy driving job growth....

GOP Infighting Breaks Out Over Bishop's Conservation Bill

A few congressional Republicans signal their opposititon to Rep. Rob Bishop's proposed overhaul of the Land and Water Conservation Fund, arguing that the LWCF should be renewed in its current form....

Love Faces More Questions about Travel Expenses

National Journal looks at the concerns surrounding Rep. Mia Love's use of taxpayer money, which have given Democrats an opening of attack ahead of her 2016 showdown with challenger Doug Owens....

Hatch is Utah's 'Richest' Member of Congress; Stewart is the 'Poorest'

Sen. Orrin Hatch is Utah's "wealthiest" member of Congress with an estimated net worth of $2.11 million. Meanwhile, Rep. Chris Stewart and Rep. Rob Bishop both have a negative net worth....

Policy News

Press Release: Utah Republican Party Seeks to have Court Decide Next SB 54 Issue Because LG's Office is No Longer Seen as Honest Broker
Tuesday James M. Evans, Chairman of the Utah Republican Party, sent a letter asking Lt. Governor Spencer Cox to respect the Party’s position regarding SB 54 and either acknowledge the Party’s rights in deciding how it intends to proceed or frame the issue so that...

Press Release: Lee Applauds Fifth Circuit Decision Upholding Injunction of Obama's Executive Amnesty Program
Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) issued the following statement Tuesday, following the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit decision affirming a federal district court’s nationwide injunction against President Obama’s Deferred Action for Parents of...

Hatch Presses CMS on Obamacare Advertising
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) sent a letter to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Acting Administrator Andrew M. Slavitt calling for more transparency and accountability in the administration’s advertising practices. The letter...

GREENbike Sets National Ridership Record
GREENbike, Salt Lake City’s non-profit bike share program, eclipsed 100,000 rides for the season this past weekend....

The Assembly of State Legislatures to Meet at Utah Statehouse Nov. 11-13
More than 80 state legislators representing at least 30 states will meet this week to continue working to establish the procedural rules needed to hold a state-led convention for proposing amendments to the U.S. Constitution....

Press Release: Democrats Block Resolution Honoring Pregnancy Resource Centers
Senator Mike Lee (R-UT)  requested unanimous consent from the Senate to approve Senate Resolution 312, which would designate the second week in November as “National Pregnancy Center Week.” Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) objected to the request....

White House Fact Sheet: Administration and Fire Chiefs Around the Country Take Action to Reduce the Risk of Wildfires in the Wildland Urban Interface Exacerbated by Climate Change
President Obama has made clear that climate change is one of the greatest threats facing our country and our planet. With a changing climate comes more extreme weather, including droughts and wildfires....

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...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Readiness program worth pursuing, even with doubts

Editorial: End earmarks, but improve budget transparency

I-15 near St. George will get an 80-mph zone

Biskupski wants meeting with Mormon leaders on new policy, broader issues

Rolly: Salt Lake City parking cop might need a new watch

Lawmakers meet in Utah to draw blueprint for constitutional convention

Refugees thank Gov. Herbert for center focused on job training, English courses

Biskupski wants meeting with Mormon leaders on new policy, broader issues

Utah charter enrollment hits new high; number of students living in poverty drops

Mismanagement blamed for continual flooding in Utah city

GOP wants Utah to let judge settle election dispute

Utah official indicted on federal embezzlement charges

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

Deseret News

Richard Davis: Utah’s schoolchildren are underperforming, but it's not their fault

Jay Evensen: It's been more than a week; who won the election?

Editorial: Veterans Day a time for somber reflection, gratitude

Utah GOP wants state Supreme Court to resolve nominating process

Utah Refugee Education and Training Center a 'home,' refugee leaders tell Gov. Herbert

Video: 'Campaign against religious liberty has three prongs,' Hatch says in floor speech

Feds indict former Carbon County emergency manager

Pricey mayoral race prompts Salt Lake City Council to consider campaign finance reform

School enrollment counts show more student diversity, charter growth

Ex A.G. Mark Shurtleff cites info he wants feds to release in criminal case


Lindon mayor appointed to UTA's board of trustees (Daily Herald)

Editorial: To fight gangs, rebuild Ogden's Mexican-American culture (Standard-Examiner)

Water pumped out of Indian reservations, waste trucked in (Standard-Examiner)

PCSD Board of Education readies next step after bond defeat (Park Record)

Council reassured after UAC visit (Park Record)

National Headlines

5 takeaways from the GOP debate (Politico)

The 11 most explosive moments of the GOP debate (Politico)

Team Bush huddles with donors after debate (The Hill)

Rubio, Cruz have strong GOP debate performances (The Hill)

Sharp Policy Divisions Emerge on Awkward Republican Debate Stage (ABC News)

The fourth GOP debate is more about the party’s path than personal attacks (Washington Post)

GOP debates policy -- not personality (CNN)

White House Seeks to Ease Veterans' Access to Care (New York Times)

Fast Food Protesters Set Sights on Presidential Candidates (Associated Press)

University of Missouri Police Department: Report 'hurtful' or hateful' speech to us (Chronicle)

Fed's Williams says 'very strong case' to raise rates next month (USA Today)


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