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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

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Local News Highlights: Daily Briefing

Ten Things You Need to Know for Tuesday - November 18, 2014

Vote on Keystone XL pipeline on Tuesday. Hughes has a "big idea" to improve Utah's air quality. Business and civic leaders launch effort to increase transportation funding.

Countdown:

  • Days until the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 69
  • Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 114
  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 266
  • Days to the 2015 election - 350
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative) - 426
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 721

Tuesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. The U.S. Senate is expected to vote on the Keystone XL pipeline Tuesday [Yahoo News].
  2. House Republicans will choose new committee chairs for the next Congress Tuesday. Rep. Jason Chaffetz is in the running to head the Oversight Committee [ABC News].
  3. Sen. Mike Lee is the lone no vote on a program revamping the government's top child care program [Associated Press].
  4. New House Speaker Greg Hughes has a "big idea" to help Utah improve air quality [Utah Policy].
  5. A coalition of business and civic leaders launch an effort to convince lawmakers to increase transportation funding [Tribune].
  6. A panel proposes lengthening the legislative session in order to reduce the flood of bills that come up at the end [Deseret News, Tribune].
  7. The Utah Highway Patrol drops their opposition to a plan raising speed limits on freeways around the Wasatch Front [Tribune, Deseret News].
  8. A same-sex couple from Michigan takes their case to the Supreme Court after a lower court upheld a ban on same-sex marriage in four states [Associated Press].
  9. Rideshare companies Uber, Lyft and Sidecar threaten to cease operations in Salt Lake City if the City Council passes ordinances to regulate the companies [Tribune].
  10. Sen. Aaron Osmond proposed naming the golden retriever Utah's official state domestic animal [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1883 - The United States and Canada adopted a system of standard time zones.
  • 1978 - More than 900 people died in Jonestown, Guyana after Peoples Temple cult leader Jim Jones urged them to commit suicide by drinking cyanide-laced punch.
  • 1987 - The congressional Iran-Contra committees issued their final report, saying President Ronald Reagan bore "ultimate responsibility" for wrongdoing by his aides.
  • 2003 - The Massachusetts Supreme Court ruled 4-3 that the state constitution guarantees gay couples the right to marry.


Today At Utah Policy


Hughes Has a 'Big Idea' to Improve Air Quality in Utah
House Speaker-elect Greg Hughes calls it one of his “big ideas.”...

Bennett: McConnell Has 'Isolated' Cruz and the Tea Party
Former Sen. Bob Bennett says even though Republicans are set to take over Congress come January, don't expect Sens. Ted Cruz and Mike Lee to set the agenda....

Republicans Dominate Governments at the State Level
More than half of the country now lives in states where the GOP controls the legislature....

Money Was the Deciding Factor in Most 2014 Elections
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How Your Name Predicts Your Politics
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Hatch 'Most Productive Lawmaker' in the Senate
The Washington Post's Jennifer Rubin says Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch is the "most productive" member of the Senate....

Republicans Used Twitter to Allegedly Skirt Campaign Finance Regulations
Republicans and outside groups are alleged to have used anonymous Twitter accounts to share polling data which may have violated campaign finance laws....

Hughes Previews 2015 Legislative Session
Don’t expect a general tax hike in the 2015 Legislature, says the Utah House’s new speaker....

Chaffetz Battles for Oversight Gavel
The Washington Examiner interviews Rep. Jason Chaffetz about his bidto replaceDarrell Issa as chairman of the powerful House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Chaffetz is locked in atightintra-party race for the chairman's gavel with two Ohioans, Reps. Jim Jordan an...
Hunting and Fishing App Sets The Standard for Outdoor Mobile Technology
Utah.Gov in partnership with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR), recently launched a free Hunting and Fishing iPhone and Android app. The application gives Utah’s outdoor enthusiasts the best information available on their mobile pho...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Utah should open the records on business enforcement

Utah civic leaders launch unified drive for transportation funding increase

Rideshare firms to SLC: Our way or the highway

Rolly: Utah lawmaker wants to drive home point: DUIs can be deadly, costly

Panel pushes for adding weeks to Utah Legislature

Highway Patrol drops opposition to 70 mph speed limit

Deseret News

Editorial: Keystone Pipeline project makes sense - so let's complete it

Editorial: Don't treat juveniles the same way as hardened criminals

Governor appoints Highland resident to Utah Senate

Former presidential candidate Mitt Romney to speak at BYU

Utah lawmakers debate lengthening general session

Sen. Mike Lee: Congress needs to remind president 'he is not a king'

Other

Coalition wants more money for Utah transportation (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Obama turns to McConnell to secure his legacy (Politico)

Harry Reid unleashes mayhem on Senate floor (Politico)

Dems struggle to turn page on 'stupidity' (The Hill)

Obama in 2006: I've 'liberally' stolen ideas from Gruber (The Hill)

Pelosi dismisses 'fuss' over denial of proxy vote to pregnant lawmaker (The Hill)

Keystone stuck at 59 votes (The Hill)

Mo. governor declares 'emergency' before jury ruling (USA Today)

Islamic State beheading videos might now be backfiring (Christian Science Monitor)

Obama's potential immigration plan could enter uncharted territory (Washington Post)

Jonathan Gruber's 'stupid' voter remarks: For GOP, gift that keeps giving. (Christian Science Monitor)

FCC chairman wants fee hike to expand Internet access (Associated Press)






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