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Ten Things You Need to Know Today - Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City. There are 43 days left in 2015.

Biskupski wins. Prop. 1 falls in Salt Lake County. Orem voter turnout jumps by a whopping 100 percent.

The clock:

  • 68 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (1/25/2016)
  • 75 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus - (2/1/2016)
  • 83 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary (tentative) - (2/9/2016)
  • 114 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (3/10/2016)
  • 125 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic caucus meetings (3/22/2016)
  • 157 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic State Conventions (4/23/2016)
  • 224 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 356 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)

Wednesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. More than 100 French police raid an apartment in northern Paris where some people suspected of having a role in Friday's deadly terrorist attacks were holed up. Two people died after a woman blew herself up during the siege [Washington Post, New York Times, Associated Press].
  2. It's official. Jackie Biskupski beats Ralph Becker to become the next mayor of Salt Lake City [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune, KUTVABC 4].
  3. Prop. 1, which would have slightly raised sales taxes to fund transportation, fails in a number of counties, including Salt Lake and Utah [Tribune, Deseret News, KUTV, Fox 13].
  4. Vote by mail caused Orem voter turnout to jump by 100-percent [Daily Herald].
  5. An Air France plane en route to Paris from Los Angeles makes an emergency landing in Salt Lake City due to a bomb threat [KUTV, KSL, ABC 4, Fox 13Deseret News, Tribune].
  6. Utah's congressional members want to keep Syrian refugees from entering the country until security measures can be tightened up [Tribune].
  7. Utah Transit Authority officials say they knew nothing about a trip to Switzerland even though it included two board members and lawmakers [Tribune, Deseret News].
  8. Lawmakers expect nearly 10,000 new students in Utah's schools next year, which will carry a price tag of $90 million [Utah Policy, Deseret News].
  9. Gov. Gary Herbert reverses himself and says he would not support a new national monument designation in Utah [Tribune].
  10. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal ends his presidential campaign [Washington Post].

On this day in history:

  • 1883 - The United States adopted Standard Time and set up four time zones.
  • 1928 - Mickey Mouse appeared for the first time in "Steamboat Willie."
  • 1978 - More than 900 people died in a mass suicide-murder led by the Rev. Jim Jones at the People's Temple commune in Guyana following the slaying of U.S. Rep. Leo Ryan of California.
  • 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, in a 4-3 ruling, declared the state's ban on same-sex marriage to be unconstitutional.


Today At Utah Policy

Lawmakers Must Figure Out How to Pay for Just Under 10,000 New Public School Students Next Year

It’s going to cost Utah about $90 million next year just to pay for the new kids coming into the state’s 41 school districts; top legislators were told Tuesday....

Biskupski Bests Becker; Prop. 1 Fails in Salt Lake, Utah Counties

It took two extra weeks, but Jackie Biskupski is now the mayor-elect of Salt Lake City....

Hatch Warning About Obamacare Co-Ops Proves Prophetic

In an interview with National Journal, Sen. Orrin Hatch discusses his 2013 warning to the Obama administration about the impending collapse of the nonprofit insurance CO-OP program under Obamacare---a warning that liberals dismissed but has since been proven correct as 21 of...

Weekly Survey: Should Utah Refuse Syrian Refugees?

In the wake of last week's deadly terrorist attacks in France, a number of the nation's governors have said they will take steps to block refugees from Syria from resettling in their states. Gov. Gary Herbert says Utah will still welcome Syrian refugees, but wants to review ...

Why Biskupski's Victory Matters

A decade and a half after making history as the first openly gay member of the Utah Legislature, Jackie Biskupski is at it again—now officially named as the Salt Lake City’s Mayor-elect. ...

Lawsuit Says Utah Law Violates the First Amendment

The Center for Competitive Politics announced today that it has filed a lawsuit to declare unconstitutional a recent Utah law requiring nonprofits that engage in advocacy to report the private information of their supporters to the government. CCP is representing three plain...

Policy News

Hatch Statement at Finance Hearing on Physician Owned Distributorships
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) delivered the following opening statement at a Committee hearing to examine physician-owned distributorships (PODs), entities in which physicians derive revenue from the sale of medical devices they prescribe to patients...

Lower Gasoline Prices Contribute to Decline in Wasatch Front Consumer Price Index
The Zions Bank Wasatch Front Consumer Price Index decreased 0.4 percent from September to October on a non-seasonally adjusted basis....

Luncheon with the Ambassador of Fiji to the United Nations
World Trade Center Utah, in partnership with the Governor's Office of Economic Development and the Salt Lake Chamber, is delighted to welcome His Excellency H.E. Peter Thomson, Permanent Representative and the Ambassador of Fiji to the United Nations.&nbs...

Salt Lake County Selected for Code for America Partnership for 2016 Fellowship Program
Tuesday Salt Lake County announced a new partnership with Code for America for the 2016 Code for America Fellowship Program. Fellows and government partners will explore answers to local challenges by engaging with the community, building applications, and testing the result...

Farm Bureau Members Looking to Take Action on Water Development, Natural Resource Issues at 2015 Convention
The Utah Farm Bureau Federation’s annual convention will convene November 19-20 at the Davis Conference Center in Layton, Utah. ...

Hatch Presses Administration on Obamacare's Exchange Notice
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) sent a letter to Health & Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell asking the agency to provide information on a notice meant to inform employers when an employee is eligible for advanced payme...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Herbert shows heart and brains on refugee question

Developers no longer seek Bountiful’s OK for controversial Davis County land swap

Activists cite climate impacts to demand end to all BLM leasing

Utah’s rule on water-heater emissions not dead — yet

Nonprofit groups challenge Utah political disclosure law

West Jordan Councilman to sue city, colleagues

Utah capital elects first openly gay mayor

Prop 1 dies in Salt Lake County; margin of defeat widens after canvass

UTA says it didn’t know about latest Swiss trip — led by current, former UTA officials

State pays $1.3 million to victims of crashes on washed-out road

Rolly: Why Mia Love went MIA on Veterans Day

Utah’s members of Congress want to halt Syrian refugee program now

Shurtleff prosecutor is investigating Harry Reid

Herbert shifts his stance, says no new monuments in Utah

Canvass clarifies Salt Lake County residents like island status

Deseret News

Richard Davis: Finding balance between fighting terrorism and preserving our liberties

Jay Evensen: The focus on stopping refugees is a waste of energy

Editorial: Law enforcement leaders working to reduce prison incarceration rates

Ex-Congressman Jim Matheson encourages students to participate in political arena

Utah sends $300K bill to EPA over mine spill

Price tag for school enrollment growth at least $90 million

Bountiful City Council votes against proposed land exchange

Proposition 1 officially fails in Salt Lake County

Utah homelessness drops, but number of homeless schoolchildren is up

Utah lawmakers, others defend trip to Switzerland

Official results: Biskupski will be next mayor of Salt Lake City

Liberals and conservatives disagree about marriage, but have similar family lives, survey finds


Expect more than 400,000 residents in northwest Utah County by 2050 (Daily Herald)

Orem voter turnout increased by 100 percent (Daily Herald)

Editorial: Democracy works — no land swap in Bountiful (Standard-Examiner)

Democrat Peter Clemens aims again to unseat GOPer Rob Bishop (Standard-Examiner)

East Side candidates vie for open County Council seat (Park Record)

National Headlines

Ryan and McConnell confront their first big test (Politico)

Rubio escalates foreign policy feud with Cruz (Politico)

Schumer: Refugee pause may be necessary (The Hill)

House rushes to halt refugees (The Hill)

Trump Rides a Blue-Collar Wave (Wall Street Journal)

Republican leaders call for ‘pause’ on Syrian refugee program (Washington Post)

Governors Press White House for Refugee Information (Bloomberg)

Jindal Ends Presidential Campaign: 'This Is Not My Time' (NPR)

Trump says US will 'have no choice' but to shut some mosques down (FOX News)

Donald Trump Says Syrian Refugees Should Be Kept Out of U.S.: 'We Have No Idea Who These People Are' (People)

Senate rejects coal emissions cuts (New York Times)


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