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Thursday, November 20, 2014

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Ten Things You Need to Know for Thursday - November 20, 2014

Obama to announce executive action on immigration. Plan to cut off water to NSA data facility moves ahead. The firing squad could be coming back to Utah.


  • Days until the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 67
  • Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 112
  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 264
  • Days to the 2015 election - 348
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative) - 424
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 719

Thursday's top-10 headlines:

  1. President Obama will announce his executive order on immigration during a primetime address Thursday night [Utah Policy, New York Times].
  2. Members of Utah's Congressional delegation slam Obama taking unilateral action on immigration [Deseret News].
  3. A plan to cut off water to the NSA's data facility gains steam on Capitol Hill [Deseret News, Tribune].
  4. State officials are not ready to release a study about the cost and benefit to the state of taking control of public lands [Tribune].
  5. Outgoing House Speaker Becky Lockhart wants to stay involved a proposed land swap with the federal government before she leaves office at the end of the year [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune].
  6. A proposal to bring back the firing squad in Utah moves forward [Deseret News, Tribune].
  7. A legislative committee once again kills a proposal to limit campaign contributions [Tribune].
  8. Some lawmakers worry a change in the way Utah schools are graded might not give an accurate assessment of school performance [Tribune, Deseret News].
  9. House Democrats elect Rep. Brian King as minority leader [Utah Policy].
  10. Prosecutors seek to drop a racketeering charge against former Attorney General Mark Shurtleff [Deseret News, Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1789 - New Jersey became the first state to ratify the Bill of Rights.
  • 1910 - Revolution broke out in Mexico.
  • 1945 - Twenty-four Nazi leaders went on trial before an international war crimes tribunal in Nuremberg, Germany.
  • 1969 - The Nixon administration announced a halt to residential use of the pesticide DDT as part of a total phase-out.

Today At Utah Policy

Bryan Schott's Political BS: Adapt or Die
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Rep. Brian King Elected Minority Leader (Video)
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Lockhart Not Going Gently Into That Good Night
In years gone by some retiring Utah House speakers have kind of just faded away, taken a step back before their term ended, even quietly cleaned out their speaker’s office....

Mayor Becker to Lead 19,000-Member National League of Cities
This Saturday, Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker will become President of the National League of Cities. ...

Weekly Survey: Will Lawmakers Reduce the Penalty for Drug Possession Offenses?
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Why Do Conservatives Keep Threatening to Shut Down the Government?
Sen. Mike Lee is vehement that there will not be another government shutdown to stop President Obama from taking executive action on immigration. But, there's a good reason why the shutdown spectre keeps popping up time and again....

Obama to Announce Executive Action on Immigration Thursday
It looks like President Obama's executive action on immigration will come on Thursday....

Utah Has $2.8 Billion in Bond Debt
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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....
Chamber Coalition Addresses Growing Transportation Needs with Statewide Information Campaign
The Salt Lake Chamber, Utah Transportation Coalition launched a new statewide information campaign regarding the benefit of transportation investment on November 17, 2014. ...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Uber and allies shouldn't bully local governments

Limits on campaign contributions lose again in Utah Legislature

Davis County lawmaker wants jail fees legal again

Concealed weapon permit numbers dip

GOED lauded, but audit is concerning

Speaker: Utah lawmakers must have a say on expansion of bombing range

House GOP leader working on alternative method for state school board election

Utah cities seek sales tax increase to improve local roads

Prosecutor seeks to drop racketeering count against Shurtleff

Firing squad executions back on the table in Utah Legislature

Officials say economic outlook good for public land transfer, but keep study under wraps

Shutting off NSA's water gains support in Utah Legislature

Deseret News

Drew Clark: A better solution on Net Neutrality: Trust the law or change it

Op-ed: Improvements needed in AG's Office

Dan Liljenquist: Obamacare was a rude awakening for Americans

Editorial: Smoking aside, Utah can still limit lung cancer with improved air quality

State seeks to drop racketeering charge against ex-A.G. Mark Shurtleff

Retiring House speaker wants place at table for lawmakers on testing range expansion

Bill would increase noncustodial parents' time with children

Bill would require state agencies to expunge public records of administrative sanctions

Firing squads could be legal again in Utah

School grading system changes in light of new assessment

Utah members of Congress slam Obama's immigration reform plan

Report: Utah among top 10 states for effective use of student data


County buys $2.9M in properties for West Davis Corridor (Standard-Examiner)

Weber vote canvass shows 39 percent turnout, total GOP domination (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Obama to shield 5 million from deportation (Politico)

Poll: Cassidy leads Landrieu by 11 points (The Hill)

Warren: US 'headed in wrong direction' (The Hill)

Obama to announce immigration executive action in prime time address Thursday (CNN)

5 questions about Obama's immigration plan (USA Today)

Rick Perry Says Texas May Sue Obama Over Immigration Action (NBC News)

University of California System Committee Backs Tuition Increase (Wall Street Journal)

Al Sharpton Criticizes New York Times Report on Unpaid Taxes (New York Times)

Ferguson braces for finding on shooting of unarmed black teen (Reuters)

Before Snowden, a debate inside NSA (Associated Press)

Christie's Strategy on National Issues: Address Some, Not Others (Wall Street Journal)

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