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Ten Things You Need to Know Today - Monday, November 2, 2015

Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City. There are 59 days left in 2015. Don't forget to turn your clocks back Saturday night.

Bush tries to reinvigorate his campaign. Becker may be gaining on Biskupski. Love's rematch with Owens could be a difficult race for her.

The clock:

  • The 2015 election is tomorrow - (11/3/2015)
  • 84 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (1/25/2016)
  • 91 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus - (2/1/2016)
  • 99 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary (tentative) - (2/9/2016)
  • 130 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (3/10/2016)
  • 240 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 372 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)

Monday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Several of the Republican presidential contenders huddle in Washington, D.C. in an effort to take more control of future debates after complaints that the latest event, aired on CNBC, featured a number of "gotcha" questions [Washington Post, New York Times, The Hill, Politico].
  2. Bernie Sanders launches his first television ad, making a $2 million airtime purchase [New York Times].
  3. GOP hopeful Carly Fiorina stops in Salt Lake City for a fundraiser [Deseret News, Tribune, Fox 13].
  4. Jeb Bush is hoping to reinvigorate his struggling presidential campaign [New York Times, Reuters].
  5. Here's another sign Rep. Mia Love could be in for a tough rematch with Democrat Doug Owens [Tribune].
  6. The latest poll says Jackie Biskupski has a slight lead over Ralph Becker heading into election day, but Becker may be gaining [Utah Policy].
  7. Biskupski makes a last-ditch effort to woo Republican voters [Utah Policy].
  8. Ballots for this year's mail-in election must be postmarked by Monday [Deseret News, Tribune]. 
  9. An effort by billionaire Jon Huntsman to buy the Salt Lake Tribune has hit a roadblock after the LDS Church reportedly balked at the deal [Tribune].
  10. The Summit County Attorney is investigating allegations that Park City School District staff have been campaigning in favor of a proposed $56 million bond on school property [Park Record, Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1783 - Gen. George Washington issued his farewell address to the Army near Princeton, N.J.
  • 1889 - North and South Dakota became the 39th and 40th states of the union.
  • 1962 - President John Kennedy announced that Soviet missile bases in Cuba were being dismantled.
  • 1983 - President Ronald Reagan signed the bill establishing a national holiday to mark the birthday of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr.

Today At Utah Policy

Poll: Biskupski Leads Becker 48-46% Among Likely Voters; Becker Appears to be Gaining

Just days before the Salt Lake City mayoral election, a new Dan Jones & Associates poll shows Jackie Biskupski has a slight lead over Ralph Becker, but the incumbent looks to be gaining on the challenger....

Billboard, Construction Interests Fuel Last-Minute Donations to Biskupski and Becker

Jackie Biskupski has pulled in $34,000 so far in the seven-day period before the 2015 election, with about half of that coming from outdoor advertising interests....

Biskupski Makes Last-Ditch Pitch for Republican Votes

Perhaps acknowledging that Salt Lake Mayor Ralph Becker is closing on her as Election Day nears, especially with GOP voters, Jackie Biskupski has sent out a letter of endorsement from a dozen current or former Republican legislators....

A Conversation With the Hinckley Institute's Jason Perry (Video)

Jason Perry, interim director of the Hinckley Institute at the University of Utah, stops by to discuss his plans for the organization with Managing Editor Bryan Schott....

Chaffetz Says He's 'Just Getting Started'

In an in-depth interview with the Washington Examiner, Rep. Jason Chaffetz says his House Oversight Committee will be making some "juicy" announcements in the coming weeks about new investigations into government imcompetence and malfeasance....

Utah Policy/KSL Insider Survey: Who Will Win the Race for Salt Lake City Mayor?

Our "Political Insiders" are mostly of the mind that Jackie Biskupski will emerge victorious after Tuesday's election....

Policy News

As Obamacare Woes Hit Utah, Hatch Touts Highly-Praised Alternative
Reports of continued problems with the President’s signature health-care law in Utah were highlighted by the Beehive State’s senior senator, Orrin Hatch, on the Senate floor Wednesday, covering the gamut from rising premiums to a fai...

Lee Reacts to Failure of Utah's Obamacare Co-op
Today, Sen. Mike Lee (R–UT) released the following statement regarding recent reports that more than 50,000 Utahns will lose their health insurance thanks to the closing of Utah’s Obamacare cooperative Arches Health Plan....

Hatch: As Obamacare Continues to Unravel, Patients and Taxpayers Suffer
In a speech on the Senate floor, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) outlined ongoing challenges with the President’s signature domestic policy, Obamacare, saying the law, “failed to make healthcare more affordable.”...

Hatch Presses Agencies for Answers on Employee Bonuses for Union Workers
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch sent letters to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), and the Social Security Administration (SSA) asking for information on how the three agencies determine financial awards for ...

Youth Advocate of the Year Ceremony Recognizes State's Dedication to Juvenile Justice Services
In an effort to acknowledge the State’s dedication to youth involved in the Juvenile Justice System, Utah agencies, legislators and youth gathered at the Youth Advocate of the Year Ceremony to highlight significant contributions made toward improving the State’s ...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Rolly: Time for Salt Lake County to secede from Utah?

Op-ed: All Utahns benefit as USU breaks another record for research funding

Op-ed: Utah must nurture curiosity and creativity to have a world-class school system

Op-ed: Utah can lead nation in ending the poverty cycle

Op-ed: Point of the Mountain gravel pit is choking us

Op-ed: Congress should carry on conservation fund’s proud legacy in Utah and elsewhere

Op-ed: Rural Utahns open to compromises if politicians would truly negotiate

Op-ed: In its short life, Arches proved it was an innovator

Op-ed: Governor’s summit on air and energy fails to cut through corporate haze

Editorial: Utah should make all-day kindergarten the norm

Editorial: Time to start the Count My Vote petitions again

Salt Lake City envisions environmentally friendly industry around new prison

Political report: Mia Love is vulnerable, hasn’t connected with voters

Another move coming to dump daylight saving time

County attorney investigating bond campaign for Park City schools

Fiorina tells Utah crowd she’s the one who can beat Clinton

Talks with Huntsman to buy The Tribune break down

‘A lot of people are in despair’: Utah’s individual insurance options now costlier and fewer

Lockhart family and others draw attention to rare, deadly disease

Attorneys in Jeremy Johnson case seek dismissal of criminal charges

City/township vote to set communities’ futures

Rob Bishop: Taking hits for blocking land and water fund, says he wants to fix it, not ditch it

‘Nova’ host glad southern Utah monument left unspoiled

Deseret News

Frank R. Pignanelli, LaVarr Webb: Anti-establishment trends continue after third GOP debate

Jay Evensen: Nation's Report Card keeps the arguments over fixing schools going

John Florez: Guadalupe dream gets White House recognition

Op-ed: Prop 1 is for Utahns who care about their communities

Op-ed: Filibuster rule is not good for American government

Op-ed: Prop 1 is green light for too many questionable projects

Drew Clark: Panel at World Congress of Families highlights optimism for future

Editorial: Socialism vs. Capitalism, an individual choice based on two principles

GOP hopeful Carly Fiorina makes quick stop in Salt Lake for private fundraiser

Officials urge voter participation as Election Day nears

Remembrance walk honors former Utah House Speaker

Low emission water heater rule put on hold by legislative committee

Utah Republicans still in search of a presidential pick

Jeremy Johnson wants charges against him dropped due to government 'deceit'

Change in health care marketplace brings uncertainty, not collapse

Change in health care marketplace brings uncertainty, not collapse

Remembrance walk honors former Utah House Speaker

Officials urge voter participation as Election Day nears


Not all elections created equal: The rundown on countywide voting methods (Daily Herald)

Editorial: Will Utah County Vote? (Daily Herald)

Editorial: We need a comprehensive approach to gangs in Ogden (Standard-Examiner)

Editorial: Bountiful needs to reject land swap, protect the foothills (Standard-Examiner)

Editorial: School bond proposal needs more work (Park Record)

Park City election, a standard-fare political event, nears its end (Park Record)

Park City candidates cloak themselves in hues of green (Park Record)

School bond campaign tactics under investigation (Park Record)

National Headlines

U.S. drawing a line against Putin in Europe (Politico)

Rubio and Trump's South Carolina showdown (Politico)

Speaker Ryan passes first test with Sunday show marathon (The Hill)

Libya embassy email warned Clinton not to emphasize video (The Hill)

Scientists question Jerry Brown's claims again (Breitbart)

Rubio scores billionaire backing (New York Times)

Geriatric Democrats should fear Marco Rubio and the Republican youth wing (Telegraph)

Ryan vows 'bottom up' effort to unite GOP (FOX News)

GOP candidates push for debate changes; Rubio and Bush battle for position (USA Today)

Fiorina blasts ‘The View’ hosts for mocking her debate comment (Washington Post)

Officials launch bus tour to promote California health insurance exchange (Los Angeles Times)


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