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Thursday, November 19, 2015
Ten Things You Need to Know Today - Thursday, November 19, 205
Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City. There are 42 days left in 2015.
Lawmakers look to tweak election law. Two UTA board members resign following a controversial trip to Switzerland. Utah is still $7 billion short for needed transportation projects.
- 67 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (1/25/2016)
- 74 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus - (2/1/2016)
- 82 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary (tentative) - (2/9/2016)
- 113 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (3/10/2016)
- 124 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic caucus meetings (3/22/2016)
- 156 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic State Conventions (4/23/2016)
- 223 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
- 355 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)
Thursday's top-10 headlines:
- The official magazine of ISIS publishes a picture of what they claim is the bomb that brought down a Russian airliner last month. The explosive device was allegedly hidden inside a can of soda [Reuters].
- Utah lawmakers are eyeing some tweaks to SB54 in conjunction with the state GOP [Utah Policy].
- Two Utah Transit Authority board members resign following a controversial trip to Switzerland [Tribune, Deseret News, 2 News, Fox 13].
- The state is facing a $7 billion shortfall for transportation projects through 2040 [Tribune].
- Utah House Republicans stop short of calling on Gov. Gary Herbert to halt Syrian refugees from coming to Utah [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News].
- House Minority Leader Rep. Brian King mocks those opposed to bringing Syrian refugees to Utah, calling them "bedwetters." [Fox 13].
- The Salt Lake City Council denies mayor-elect Jackie Biskupski's request for $25,000 to fund her transition team [Tribune].
- Legislators endorse a bill to allow election vote totals to be updated in the time between election day and the official canvass [Deseret News, Tribune].
- Two proposed pieces of legislation for the 2016 session would defund Planned Parenthood and restrict abortions in Utah [2 News, Deseret News, Tribune, KSL].
- October was the hottest ever on record fueling greater fears that we may be approaching the point of no return on climate change [CNN, Bloomberg].
On this day in history:
- 1863 - President Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address on a Civil War battlefield in Pennsylvania.
- 1930 - Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow carried out the first of their series of bank robberies.
- 1969 - Apollo 12 landed on the moon.
- 1998 - Impeachment hearings against President Bill Clinton are initiated by the U.S. House of Representatives.
Today At Utah Policy
|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 ...
|Lee Fights Broken Education Reauthorization Process|
Wednesday, Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) delivered a speech on the Senate floor regarding the fraudulent manner in which the conference process has unfolded with respect to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act Reauthorization bill. ...
|Gov. Herbert Appoints Inspector General |
Gov. Gary R. Herbert has appointed Gene Cottrell to serve as the inspector general of Medicaid services. Cottrell will replace Lee Wycoff to become Utah’s second Medicaid inspector....
|Hatch Votes to Roll Back EPA Overreach|
In response to the Obama administration's recent finalization of the EPA's Clean Power Plan rules that would require significant emission reductions to both new and existing power plants across the country, the Senate passed two bipartisan resolutions to repeal the...
Salt Lake Tribune
Editorial: Secret UTA trip to Alps a cynical breach of trust
Law would end 2-week wait for Utah election updates
Utah lawmakers considering array of rules on drones
‘If we could run a bill that would repeal Roe v. Wade, we would’: Utah lawmakers take aim at abortion, Planned Parenthood
Utah lawmakers eye $7 million expansion for public preschool
UTA board adopts enhanced ethics rules
Even with new taxes, state has $7.3 billion shortfall for transportation projects
SLC Council to Biskupski: No money for transition
UTA board member resigns after controversial Swiss trip
Most Utah GOP House members push for hold on Syrian refugees
Judge’s ruling may leave independent voters out in the cold
Reid dismisses Utah prosecutor’s probe as political grandstanding
Parents say Utah’s experiment with medical marijuana is big boon for children with epilepsy
Utah asks EPA to reimburse $300K for mine-waste spill
Lawmakers give nod to medical marijuana for Utah patients
Dan Liljenquist: Radical Islamic State is cancer that must be eradicated
John Hoffmire: U.S. schools should follow Utah's lead in teaching financial literacy in the classroom
Editorial: Administrators face a difficult balance between sensitivity and safety in schools
Task force recommends changes to charter school funding model
New economic development director to focus on expanding Salt Lake County businesses
Utahns, lawmakers put medical marijuana on upcoming legislative agenda
House GOP caucus falls short of support in asking Gov. Herbert to 'pause' on taking refugees
Lawmakers endorse allowing election results to be updated
Utah lawmaker: Follow-up religious liberty legislation 'likely' next year
Three new homeless shelters along the Wasatch Front?
Pair of GOP lawmakers target Planned Parenthood, abortion
One UTA board member resigns after Switzerland trip, two others to follow
Editorial: Canvass results prove vote by mail should be adopted countywide (Daily Herald)
Expect more than 400,000 residents in northwest Utah County by 2050 (Daily Herald)
Orem council approves raise in mayor's salary (Daily Herald)
Democrat Peter Clemens aims again to unseat GOPer Rob Bishop (Standard-Examiner)
CVTD votes to keep zero-fare policy (Logan Herald Journal)
Paris attacks put Obama on the defensive (Politico)
Syrian refugees split Democratic Party (Politico)
Blue Dog Dems to back GOP refugee bill (The Hill)
Syrian migrant crisis sets up political trap for Democrats (The Hill)
Obama, GOP amp up refugee fight (The Hill)
California Judge Orders Frozen Embryos Destroyed (New York Times)
ISIS video threatens New York City; mayor says city won't be intimidated (CNN)
Utah prosecutor challenges Harry Reid to cooperate with corruption probe (Washington Times)
One Slogan, Many Methods: Black Lives Matter Enters Politics (New York Times)
Nine things that happened during Donald Trump’s visit to Worcester (Washington Post)
Sen. Lindsey Graham: Trump, Carson 'Not Ready to be Commander in Chief' (ABC News)