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Monday, November 17, 2014

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Ten Things You Need to Know for Monday - November 17, 2014

GOP may have used Twitter to share information in violation of campaign finance laws. Hughes previews the 2015 session. Lee says no government shutdown to stop Obama on immigration.


  • Days until the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 70
  • Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 115
  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 267
  • Days to the 2015 election - 351
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative) - 427
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 722

Monday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Republicans and outside groups used anonymouse Twitter accounts to share polling data before the midterm elections which may have violated campaign finance laws [CNN].
  2. The State Department shuts down its email system after a hacker attack [CNET].
  3. House Speaker-elect Greg Hughes previews some of the big issues facing the Legislature in 2015 [Utah Policy].
  4. Sen. Mike Lee says there will be no government shutdown to stop President Obama from taking unilateral action on immigration [Utah Policy, TribuneDeseret News].
  5. Al Jackson wins the race to replace Sen. John Valentine by a single vote [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News, Daily Herald].
  6. Rep. Steve Eliason wants to require minors who get a drivers license to pass a final written test which will include questions to demonstrate the consequences of driving under the influence of alcohol [Tribune].
  7. The Division of Consumer Protection will not let the public take a look at complaints about businesses filed with the agency [Tribune].
  8. Freeway speeds along the Wasatch Front are set to rise sometime in December [Tribune, Deseret News].
  9. Mitt Romney will speak at BYU on Tuesday [Deseret News].
  10. Pope Francis announces he will visit the United States in 2015 [ABC News].

On this day in history:

  • 1800 - Congress held its first session in Washington, D.C.
  • 1973 - President Richard Nixon told an Associated Press managing editors meeting in Orlando, Florida, "I'm not a crook."
  • 2003 - Arnold Schwarzenegger was sworn in as governor of California.

Today At Utah Policy

Hughes Previews 2015 Legislative Session
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Chaffetz Battles for Oversight Gavel
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Lee: No Government Shutdown to Stop Obama on Immigration
Sen. Mike Lee says in no uncertain terms that Republicans won't shut down the federal government to prevent President Obama from taking unilateral action on immigration....

Jackson Wins Race to Fill Valentine's Senate Seat
It took three rounds of voting before Utah County GOP delegates selected consultant Al Jackson to fill the seat of outgoing Senator John Valentine....

Bob Bernick's Notebook: Political Pugilism in the Race for Speaker
It was supposed to be a close vote....

Video: Bernick and Schott on Politics - Episode #212
How will the Utah House operate under the leadership of Speaker Greg Hughes? Are Utah's liquor laws hurting economic development in the state? Plus, plenty of cheap shots! Bryan Schott and Bob Bernick run down the week in Utah politics....

Podcast: Bernick and Schott on Politics - Episode #212
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Herbert Plans to Unveil 'Healthy Utah' to Lawmakers on December 4
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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Rolly: Swallow probe may have saved the new House speaker's career

Op-ed: Hatch's Employee Rights Act keeps unions politically honest

Editorial: Raising Utah speed limit is not without cost

Editorial: Lee should not push another shutdown

Rolly: Beware, party faithful, Utah County GOP targeting 'apostates'

Utah set to bump speed limit on urban freeways to 70 mph

Advice for Rep.-elect Mia Love: Don't leg wrestle Stephen Colbert

Becoming American: The story of Mia Love's Haitian parents

Mike Lee: GOP stands ready to respond to Obama executive actions on immigration

Deseret News

Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Post elections: Can leadership team make real progress?

John Florez: No separation of powers in Utah when it comes to education

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

Chris Herrod: Amnesty is not as simple as Republicans think

Editorial: A Supreme missed opportunity on helping define marriage

GOP delegates elect Highland man to replace Sen. John Valentine

4 reasons why Utah does small cities well

So just what is it that makes Utah tops for business?

Romney, Lee take to the airwaves to take on Obama


Connor Boyack: Election Day has little effect on big picture (Daily Herald)

National Headlines

Clinton: No Obama immigration action may have hurt in midterms (Politico)

Obama makes legacy play on trade (Politico)

McCaskill 'not crazy' about executive action on immigration (The Hill)

Romney says there are 'more productive ways' to fight Obama than shutdown (The Hill)

U.S. review of Islamic State video confirms American's death (USA Today)

Republicans reject government shutdown as a viable option for immigration reform (CNN)

President Obama Defends Executive Authority on Immigration (ABC News)

Officials Say No Decision Yet on Ferguson Policeman's Future if He Is Not Indicted (Wall Street Journal)

'9/11 hijacker' wants role in terror cases (Australian)

David Axelrod Calls Jonathan Gruber 'Stupid' (Daily Caller)

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