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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

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Morning Must Reads for Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 320th day of the year. There are 46 days left in 2016.

Utahns want better-funded schools. Jim Dabakis loses his leadership slot. Gov. Gary Herbert announces another special session.

The clock:

  • 34 days until the Electoral College meets to cast their votes for president and vice president (12/19/2016)
  • 66 days until Inauguration Day (1/20/2017)
  • 69 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature (1/23/2017)
  • 114 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature (3/9/2017)
  • 357 days until the 2017 municipal elections (11/7/2017)
  • 721 days until the 2018 midterm elections (11/6/2018)

Ten talking points for Tuesday:

  1. Poll: Utahns overwhelmingly want better-funded schools to move the state out of last place in per-pupil funding [Utah Policy].

  2. Sen. Jim Dabakis is ousted from Senate leadership, which means he loses his spot on two powerful committees [Utah Policy].

  3. Sen. Ralph Okerlund says he sees a real opportunity to make progress on public lands issues in a Donald Trump administration [Utah Policy].

  4. LaVarr Webb wonders why states that legalize marijuana (either medical or recreational) get away with violating federal law [Utah Policy].

  5. Gov. Gary Herbert calls a special session to fix some gas tax funding issues for Wednesday [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune].

  6. Donald Trump's plan for his first 200 days in office includes either renegotiating or withdrawing from NAFTA and stopping the TPP [CNN].

  7. President Barack Obama holds his first press conference since the election of Donald Trump. The president says Trump will remain committed to NATO [Fox News]. Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin speak by phone and agree to foster better relationships between their two countries [New York Times].

  8. Donald Trump asks for top-secret security clearances for his children [CBS News].

  9. Donald Trump's chief strategist Steve Bannon, who previously ran Breitbart News, is raising some eyebrows because of that website's history of "Mormon baiting" [Tribune].

  10. Former Rep. Kraig Powell's nomination as a judge clears a Senate committee despite some opposition from LGBT groups [Deseret News, Tribune]. 

On this day in history:

  • 1777 - The Second Continental Congress approved the Articles of Confederation, a precursor to the Constitution of the United States.
  • 1864 - General William Tecumseh Sherman's March to the Sea begins with the burning of Atlanta, Georgia.
  • 1969 - 250,000 people demonstrated in Washington against the Vietnam War.
  • 2011 - Hundreds of police officers in riot gear raided the Occupy Wall Street encampment in New York City, evicting hundreds of protesters and then demolishing the tent city.

Today At Utah Policy

Utahns Overwhelmingly Want Better Funded Schools

Utah remains last place among the states in per-pupil spending, and Utahns are not happy about it....

Dabakis Toppled from Senate Leadership Slot

Senate Democrats picked their leadership for the next two years on Monday, and Sen. Jim Dabakis, D-Salt Lake City, was ousted from his leadership position....

Let's Pick & Choose What Federal Laws We Obey

The election was pretty good for advocates of medical and recreational marijuana, with a number of states making marijuana use legal – for certain purposes – according to state law....

Okerlund Sees Opportunity for Public Lands Progress in Trump Administration

Senate Majority Leader Ralph Okerlund says he's hopeful that many public lands issues in the West can be solved with Republican Donald Trump in the White House....

Gov. Herbert Calls Special Session of the Utah State Legislature

Gov. Gary R. Herbert has issued a call for a special session of the Utah State Legislature....

Policy News

EDCUtah Readies to Take Next Steps in Mega Sites Program
When EDCUtah laid out its FY 2016-2017 Program of Work, the organization challenged itself to develop and deploy a statewide mega sites program that would focus on large tracts of land that could attract landmark economic development projects. The aim was to complete the fir...

Gov. Herbert Announces Exploratory Committee to Study Utah Inland Port
Plans are underway to develop an inland port in Utah and EDCUtah is grateful to have a seat on the exploratory committee, which Gov. Gary Herbert announced during the third annual Utah Global Forum on Oct. 24.Inland ports are sites that possess strong transportation assets a...

Office of the State Auditor Releases Comparison of First-year Salaries for Education Majors to First-year Salaries for Other Majors
The Office of the State Auditor released its Comparison of First-year Salaries for Education Majors to First-year Salaries for Other Majors.  ...

Utah.Gov Honored by Center for Digital Government
Utah.Gov was recognized by the Center for Digital Government in three of its industry leading contests....

Press Release: The U and SLC Tackle Dirty Air by Making Electric Cars Easy and Affordable
Utah’s winter inversion season is here, but this year Utah will have more clean, electric cars on the road to help to improve air quality....

Utah Broadband Outreach Center Celebrates Award-Winning Year
The Utah Broadband Outreach Center and the Governor’s Office of Economic Development celebrated an award-winning year at the 2016 Broadband Tech Summit. The industry-focused event highlighted the state’s broadband accomplishments as well as best practic...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

More 80 mph zones coming to S. Utah freeways

Poll reveals mixed feelings on Utah's 'Zion Curtain' law as restaurants plan new effort to tear down the walls

Gov. Herbert calls special session Wednesday for Legislature

Utah lawmaker changes LGBT leader's mind, clears committee on way to becoming judge

Southeastern Utah tribe worries about contamination

Deseret News

Orrin Hatch: Religious Liberty and the National Defense Authorization Act

Editorial: Successful prison move will take variety of viewpoints

Committee approves judge nominee despite LGBT concerns

Utah lawmakers to fix gas tax revenue dispute in special session

Utah Senate Democrats announce leaders for next two years


Report: Education among worst-paying college majors in Utah (Deseret News)

Provo representative wants Utahns to vote on whether to ditch Daylight Saving Time (Daily Herald)

County still completing processing of mail-in ballots (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

Two presidential electors encourage colleagues to sideline Trump (Politico)

Report: Giuliani favorite to be secretary of State (The Hill)

Rudy Giuliani Says Defeating ISIS to Be Early Focus of Donald Trump's Foreign Policy (Wall Street Journal)

Trump, Putin agree in phone call to improve 'unsatisfactory' relations between their countries, Kremlin says (Washington Post)

Mayor Rahm Emanuel: 'Chicago Always Will Be A Sanctuary City' (NPR)

NYPD to boost security for Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade after ISIS terrorists call event an 'excellent target' (New York Daily News)

Tim Ryan weighs run against Pelosi for Dem leadership post (CNN)

Ruth Bader Ginsburg: post-election, 'perhaps Congress will do some work' (CNN)

After blasting Clinton, Pence in an email battle of his own (CNN)

Trump Tech Meltdown Hits Fourth Day With Amazon Cut by $35 Billion (Bloomberg)

Mnuchin Said to Be Top Treasury Pick Among Trump's Advisers (Bloomberg)

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Rule of Law
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A Good Run
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