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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

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Ten Things You Need to Know for Wednesday - November 19, 2014

Democrats lose three seats they thought they had won. Chaffetz named chair of the Oversight Committee. Utah has $2.8 billion in bond debt.

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  • Days until the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 68
  • Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 113
  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 265
  • Days to the 2015 election - 349
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative) - 425
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 720

Wednesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Utah Democrats lose three House seats they thought they had won on election night [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News].
  2. Rep. Jason Chaffetz is named chair of the high-profile Government Oversight Committee while Rep. Rob Bishop takes over the House Natural Resources Committee [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune, ABC 4].
  3. A judge may split the cases against John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff into separate prosecutions [Tribune, Deseret News].
  4. Utah lawmakers are grappling with $2.8 billion in bond debt and its impact on the state budget [Utah Policy].
  5. Utah's alcohol consumption is on the the rise while an audit shows high turnover rates and low morale at state liquor stores [Deseret News, Tribune, Daily Herald].
  6. Utah's schools are set to see lower growth over the next few years [Tribune].
  7. The House passes Rep. Chris Stewart's bill that makes changes to the EPA's science advisory board [Tribune].
  8. The U.S. Senate fails to pass a bill authorizing the Keystone XL pipeline [Time].
  9. The Utah Highway Patrol vows to strictly enforce the new 70 mph speed limit on Wasatch Front freeways [Tribune].
  10. Mitt Romney speaks at BYU [Deseret News, Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1863 - President Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address.
  • 1919 - The Senate rejected the Treaty of Versailles.
  • 1985 - President Ronald Reagan and Soviet Leader Mikhail Gorbachev met for the first time as they began a summit in Geneva.
  • 1998 - Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr laid out his evidence against President Bill Clinton during a daylong appearance before the House Judiciary Committee.

Today At Utah Policy

Utah Has $2.8 Billion in Bond Debt
Here’s one for you – recall how conservatives in the Utah Legislature complain and complain about how much in debt the federal government is?...

Chaffetz Selected Chair of Prestigious Oversight Committee
Utah's clout in Washington, D.C. is rising. Rep. Jason Chaffetz has been selected as the new chair of the high-profile House Oversight Committee....

House Democrats Lose Three Seats They Thought They Had Won on Election Night
Oh, how quickly things can change. House Democrats were celebrating a one-seat pickup after Election Day. Then, when Salt Lake County revealed the final totals after absentee and same-day ballots were counted, three seats that Democrats thought they had won fell into Republi...

Sen. Robles is Now Sen. Escamilla
“It’s a question of branding,” joked state Sen. Luz Robles, D-Salt Lake....

To Bond or Not to Bond? Utah Facing a Big Question
Utah is in a bit of a catch-22 right now. The state has taken on a lot of debt recently through bonding to pay for capital projects. But, there are some high-profile needs coming down the pike which could push the state's debt level beyond the comfort level of lawmakers ...

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
Think money doesn't matter in politics? Think again....

How Your Name Predicts Your Politics
Here's another use for big data. What you're named can determine whether you're more likely to donate to Republicans or Democrats....
Growing Utah's Regional Center for Culture, Commerce and Entertainment Through Urban Exploration
Last May the Downtown Alliance took a delegation of 20 business and government leaders from Salt Lake City's central business district on an urban exploration trip to New York City. Next May the organization will make another urban exploration trip, this time to Chi...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Houston pastors show way to defeat non-discrimination laws

Editorial: Do not lengthen Utah's legislative session

House passes Stewart bill reforming EPA's science board

Slower education growth relieves some budget pressure

BLM leases 70,000 acres in Uinta Basin for oil and gas

Chaffetz to head key oversight panel in U.S. House

Swallow, Shurtleff may face separate prosecutors

Mitt Romney to BYU students: Most important work is serving others, God

Dems lose 3 House seats they thought they'd won

UHP to strictly enforce 70 mph limit

Deseret News

Op-ed: Can we meet EPA carbon emissions goals without going nuclear?

Richard Davis: Our representatives should be elected, not appointed

Editorial: When it comes to nuclear development, can Iran really be trusted?

Utahns get key congressional committee chairmanships

Republicans gain 3 more seats in Utah Legislature

Imbibing in Utah grows with population, state alcohol report shows

A GDP showdown: How do state GDP numbers line up against country numbers?


Romney talks religion at Brigham Young University (Daily Herald)

Editorial: Lead liquor reform, governor (Standard-Examiner)

Bishop, Chaffetz named to head House committees (Standard-Examiner)

County election results official (Park Record)

National Headlines

GOP seeks creative ways to avert a shutdown (Politico)

How the Democrats Lost Texas (Politico)

Democrats lash out at Nancy Pelosi (Politico)

Gruber frequently visited White House (The Hill)

Supporters set deadline to convince Warren to run for president (The Hill)

Reid: Immigration order 'should be done now' (The Hill)

House GOP looks to block Obama but keep government open (The Hill)

Keystone Supporters Hustle for 60 Yes Votes in Senate (Wall Street Journal)

Missouri governor activates National Guard (Associated Press)

Fmr. Obama Adviser: White House Considered Gruber An 'Important Figure,' 'The Man' (Daily Caller)

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

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