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Ten Things You Need to Know Today - Thursday, November 12, 2015

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City. There are 49 days left in 2015.

Utahns favor an income tax hike to fund schools. Democrats pick former Rep. Lynn Hemingway to replace Justin Miller. A Utah judge orders a foster child removed from the care of a lesbian couple.

The clock:

  • 74 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (1/25/2016)
  • 81 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus - (2/1/2016)
  • 89 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary (tentative) - (2/9/2016)
  • 120 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (3/10/2016)
  • 131 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic caucus meetings (3/22/2016)
  • 163 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic State Conventions (4/23/2016)
  • 230 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 362 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)

Thursday's top-10 headlines:

  1. More than 2/3 of Utahns say they favor a slight income tax hike to provide more money for schools [Utah Policy].
  2. Utah Democrats tap former Rep. Lynn Hemingway to replace disgraced Rep. Justin Miller in HD40 [Utah Policy, Deseret News, KUTV, Fox 13, ABC 4, KUER].
  3. A Carbon County judge orders a foster child be taken away from a lesbian couple because he feels the infant would be better off in the care of heterosexual parents [Washington PostTribune, Deseret News, KUTV].
  4. The rematch between Rep. Mia Love and Democrat Doug Owens is already in the national spotlight [Deseret News].
  5. Jackie Biskupski, the presumptive winner of the Salt Lake City mayoral race, says Utah's capital city should not bear the burden of trying to deal with homelessness alone [Deseret News].
  6. How much progress is the state making to meet Gov. Gary Herbert's goal of having 2/3 of Utahns with a college degree by 2020? [KUTV]
  7. An environmental organization launches a TV ad campaign that targets Rep. Rob Bishop's lands reform legislation [Deseret News].
  8. Sandy officials table a proposed controversial townhome development on Utah Transit Authority land [Tribune].
  9. The Utah National Parks Council for the Boy Scouts of America says they will have to lay off employees because donations have dropped [Deseret News].
  10. Donald Trump says New Jersey Governor and fellow presidential candidate Chris Christie could have a place on his ticket if Trump wins the GOP nomination [The Hill].

On this day in history:

  • 1927 - Joseph Stalin consolidated power in the Soviet Union following the expulsion of Leon Trotsky from the Soviet Communist Party.
  • 1936 - President Franklin Roosevelt pressed the Presidential Gold Key to open the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge officially.
  • 1954 - After processing more than 12 million immigrants, the immigration station at Ellis Island closed its doors for the last time.
  • 1982 - Yuri Andropov was elected to succeed the late Leonid Brezhnev as general secretary of the Soviet Communist Party's Central Committee.
  • 1999 - President Bill Clinton signed a sweeping measure knocking down Depression-era barriers and allowing banks, investment firms and insurance companies to sell each other's products.

Today At Utah Policy

Poll: Utahns Favor a Small Tax Hike to Better Fund Education

More than two-thirds of Utahns say raise their state income tax slightly to provide more funds for public education, a new UtahPolicy poll says....

Hemingway Wins HD40 Special Election by One Vote (Video)

By the slimmest of margins, one single vote, Utah Democrats returned former Rep. Lynn Hemingway to Utah's Capitol Hill Wednesday night....

Weekly Survey: Assembly of State Legislatures

Utah is hosting about 100 legislators from 30 states this week to discuss rules and procedures for a state-led constitutional convention under Article V of the Constitution. Do you think a constitutional convention is a possibility? Vote now in our weekly survey....

Be Cautious About Current Talk of a Special Session

Rumors are swirling. Some sources are reporting a special session of the Legislature will be held next week....

Policy News

Salt Lake Chamber Women's Business Center hosts 39th Annual American Express Women & Business Conference and Wells Fargo ATHENA Awards Luncheon
The Salt Lake Chamber Women’s Business Center will host its 39th Annual American Express Women & Business Conference and Wells Fargo ATHENA Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, November 17th, 2015 at the Little America Hotel & Tower....

Utah's Public Schools Add 11,743 Students This Year
Utah’s public schools added 11,743 students this school year bringing the total enrollment count to 633,896, according to data released today by the Utah State Office of Education....

University of Utah Ranks No. 17 for Entrepreneurship
The University of Utah continues to lead in entrepreneurship education....

Utah Senate Requests Public Comment on Supreme Court Nominee
The Utah Senate Judicial Confirmation Committee is seeking public comment on John A. Pearce, who was recently appointed to fill a vacancy on the Utah Supreme Court....

Hatch, Wyden Announce Hearing on Physician Owned Distributorships
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) announced the Committee will hold a hearing on physician owned distributorships (PODs), entities in which physicians derive revenue from the sale of medical devices they prescribe to...

Press Release: Congressional App Challenge Open to Students in Utah's 3rd District
Congressman Jason Chaffetz announced the participation of Utah's Third Congressional District in the second annual Congressional App Challenge (CAC) – an app design competition for U.S. high school students who are learning coding skills. ...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Utah schools deserve better than pseudo-science of ‘Pay for Success’

Editorial: State should heed study on health effects of pollution

Sandy sidetracks controversial development on UTA land

Draper settles lawsuit over 11 p.m. cap on soccer arena operation

Japanese diplomat tours Topaz, the Utah camp where his grandparents were behind barbed wire

Utah Dems elect Hemingway to replace Miller

Utah judge orders same-sex couple to give up foster child, says baby would be better off with heterosexual parents

Deseret News

Dan Liljenquist: Who knew a presidential debate process could be so compelling?

Jay Evensen: Think police can't confiscate your property?

Editorial: The collapse of health care cooperatives confirms the need to restructure Obamacare

Ad campaign targets Bishop's lands reform bill (+video)

Fighting grim statistics, Pacific Islanders unite over health

Lawmakers from around the country visit Utah to discuss constitutional convention

Salt Lake Democrat returns to state House seat in special election

Homelessness ought not be sole responsibility of one municipality, one county, Biskupski says

Love-Owens rematch already attracting national attention

Advertise with usReport this ad Biskupski says one of her first goals as mayor is to meet with LDS leaders


State audit blisters water district's response to Ogden flooding (Standard-Examiner)

Residents rail against county tax increase proposal (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

Ben Carson slams 'infantile' college protests (Politico)

How the Kochs created Joni Ernst (Politico)

Could Ryan defy White House history? (The Hill)

Republicans divided over how far to go with ObamaCare repeal (The Hill)

Hillary's Hairdresser Laughs Off Claims That the Presidential Hopeful Wears a Wig (People)

Immigration advocates aren’t letting a court ruling on deportations get in their way (Washington Post)

Jeb Bush Still Thinks He's the Better Bet (ABC News)

Is Ben Carson the New Republican Frontrunner? (Atlantic)

Charles Koch isn't planning on supporting any Republican candidate in the primary (The Week)

Senator Vitter's Race for Governor Could Bring the Senate Together (New York Times)

Veterans Affairs bonuses still doled out despite agency woes (Denver Post)


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