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Thursday, November 19, 2015

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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.

The clock:

  • 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:

  1. 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].
  2. Utah lawmakers are eyeing some tweaks to SB54 in conjunction with the state GOP [Utah Policy].
  3. Two Utah Transit Authority board members resign following a controversial trip to Switzerland [Tribune, Deseret News, 2 News, Fox 13].
  4. The state is facing a $7 billion shortfall for transportation projects through 2040 [Tribune].
  5. Utah House Republicans stop short of calling on Gov. Gary Herbert to halt Syrian refugees from coming to Utah [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News].
  6. House Minority Leader Rep. Brian King mocks those opposed to bringing Syrian refugees to Utah, calling them "bedwetters." [Fox 13].
  7. The Salt Lake City Council denies mayor-elect Jackie Biskupski's request for $25,000 to fund her transition team [Tribune].
  8. 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].
  9. Two proposed pieces of legislation for the 2016 session would defund Planned Parenthood and restrict abortions in Utah [2 News, Deseret News, Tribune, KSL].
  10. 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

GOP Lawmakers Considering Tweaks to SB54

If you want to get a Utah legislator’s attention, start talking about the specifics of his re-election....

Newly Renovated House GOP Caucus Room Honors Lockhart

The large 63-member Utah House Republican Party caucus has an enlarged, remodeled meeting room, used for the first time Wednesday during an open interim study day caucus....

Obama Official Objects to Bishop's Conservation Bill

The Interior Department's Kristen Sarri announces her opposition to Rep. Rob Bishop's proposed overhaul of the Land and Water Conservation Fund....

Utah House Republicans Divided on Syrian Refugee Issue

Some Utah House Republicans don’t like GOP Gov. Gary Herbert’s stand on Syrian refugees perhaps coming to the state, and they want a “pause” in the Obama administration's refugee program....

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 ...

Policy News

Salt Lake Chamber Women's Business Center Hosts 39th Annual American Express Women & Business Conference and Wells Fargo ATHENA Awards Luncheon
The Salt Lake Chamber Women’s Business Center hosted its 39th Annual American Express Women & Business Conference and Wells Fargo ATHENA Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, November 17th, 2015 at the Little America Hotel & Tower....

Press Release: House Passes Reform for Regulations Covering New Medical Therapies, Bill Heads to President's Desk
A new measure that would bring predictable timeframes to the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) scheduling process so new treatments can reach patients in a timely and transparent manner has passed in Congress and is now on its way to the President’s desk....

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...

Hatch Defends Utah Police in Senate Hearing Critical of the 'War on Police'
As police and policing tactics are under increased public scrutiny, the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on Tuesday about how the federal government undermines state and local law enforcement. ...

Local Headlines

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

Deseret News

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)

National Headlines

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)


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