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Friday, November 14, 2014

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Ten Things You Need to Know for Friday - November 14, 2014

Obama plans executive action on immigration. Herbert plans to unveil Healthy Utah on December 4. Love goes to D.C.


  • Days until the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 73
  • Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 118
  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 270
  • Days to the 2015 election - 354
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative) - 430
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 725

Friday's top-10 headlines:

  1. President Barack Obama's planned executive action on immigration will let up to five million unauthorized immigrants stay and give many of them work permits [New York Times].
  2. Gov. Gary Herbert plans to unveil his "Healthy Utah" plan for lawmakers on December 4 [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune].
  3. Hebert doesn't think Utah's liquor laws hurt economic development or tourism in the state [Utah Policy, Tribune].
  4. Mia Love begins learning the ropes in Washington, D.C. [Tribune].
  5. The proposal from the Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice for reducing Utah's prison population does not address sex offenders who are behind bars [KSL].
  6. Bob Bernick says the choice of Greg Hughes as Speaker may prove to be an interesting one [Utah Policy].
  7. The Census Bureau says Utah is tops in the nation for people who live in a home with a computer [Tribune].
  8. The case against alleged fraudster Jeremy Johnson hits a snag as defense lawyers say a former employee for Johnson took a computer that contains information vital to his defense [Deseret News, Tribune].
  9. The National Cathedral will host a Muslim prayer service for the first time ever [Washington Post].
  10. There's turmoil within the Utah County GOP over party faithful who supported a non-GOP candidate [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1881 - Charles Guiteau went on trial for assassinating President James Garfield. He was convicted and hanged.
  • 1972 - The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed above 1,000 for the first time.
  • 1995 - The U.S. government instituted a partial shutdown, closing national parks and museums while government offices operated with skeleton staffing.

Today At Utah Policy

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Herbert Plans to Unveil 'Healthy Utah' to Lawmakers on December 4
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Hatch: Executive Amnesty Will Backfire
In a Politico op-ed, Sen. Orrin Hatchwarns Pres. Obama that true immigration reform can only happen with the legislative cooperation of the new GOP-controlled Congress....

Herbert: Liquor Laws Not Hurting Economic Development
Gov. Gary Herbert disagrees with public perception that Utah’s liquor laws are hurting economic development....

Bryan Schott's Political BS: I Call Shenanigans!
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Weekly Survey: A Republican Controlled Congress
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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Utah looks to break Drug War addiction

Box Elder ranching family held up as examples of sage grouse stewardship

Gov. Herbert promises Dec. 4 debut for Healthy Utah details

Guv says Utah's alcohol laws do no harm

Love starts her 'first day of school' in D.C.

Deseret News

A. Scott Anderson: Big opportunities ahead for political leaders in Washington and Utah

David Blankenhorn: Marriage today is still good for children, wealth and civil society

Editorial: Don't let politics impact much-needed immigration reform

Wetlands, water proposal stirs controversy among states, farmers, sportsmen

Attorneys in Jeremy Johnson case combing through 'haystack' of documents

Gov. Gary Herbert says Utahns will reject outside group's attack on Healthy Utah


Forbes pegs Utah number one for business (Daily Herald)

Cache County Council members may get raise (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

Has Gruber-gate resurrected Obamacare as a front-rank issue? (Christian Science Monitor)

Pelosi calls out media for sexism (Politico)

David Axelrod: Hillary Clinton needs a rationale for W.H. run (Politico)

Obama plans to shield up to 5 million immigrants from deportation (Reuters)

GOP votes McConnell to lead Senate; Dems elevate Warren (USA Today)

Can this Man Secure the Republican Senate Majority? (Bloomberg)

Brown Family Urges Police, Protester Restraint (Associated Press)

Series of Secret Service Blunders Eased Way for White House Intruder (New York Times)

Budget deficit higher in October than a year ago (The Hill)

Arkansas Governor to Pardon Son in 2003 Drug Offense (New York Times)

Democratic Sen. Begich still won't concede Alaska race, after rival declared winner (FOX News)

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