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Friday, November 21, 2014

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Ten Things You Need to Know for Friday - November 21, 2014

Obama announces executive action on immigration. Utah business leaders call on Congress to reform immigration.


  • Days until the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 66
  • Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 111
  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 263
  • Days to the 2015 election - 347
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative) - 423
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 718

Friday's top-10 headlines:

  1. President Obama announces his executive actions on immigration [Wall Street Journal].
  2. Utah Latinos hail President Obama's plan on immigration [Tribune].
  3. Sen. Mike Lee says Congress will fight back against the president's actions on immigration [Tribune].
  4. A group of Utah business leaders call for Congress to act on immigration reform [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune].
  5. The 2015 Legislature will have the largest Republican majority in 48 years [Utah Data Points].
  6. Half of the Republicans in the Utah House will have 4 years or less of experience on Capitol Hill [Utah Policy].
  7. Sen. Al Jackson, who replaced John Valentine in the Senate, is fighting a $38,000 court judgment from a lawsuit over renovations on a property owned by Jackson that were never paid for [Tribune].
  8. Prosecutors add another felony to the laundry list of charges against former Attorney General John Swallow [Tribune, Deseret News].
  9. New data shows 2014 is on track to be the warmest year on record [Mother Jones].
  10. The Dalai Lama will return to Utah in October of next year [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1789 - North Carolina became the 12th state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.
  • 1877 - Thomas A. Edison unveiled the phonograph.
  • 1922 - Rebecca L. Fenton of Georgia was sworn in as the first woman to serve in the U.S. Senate.
  • 1973 - President Richard Nixon's attorney, J. Fred Buzhardt, revealed the existence of an 18 1/2-minute gap in one of the White House tape recordings related to Watergate.

Today At Utah Policy

Bob Bernick's Notebook: A Proposal to Fix the Utah Legislature
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Podcast: Bernick and Schott on Politics - Episode #213
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Business Leaders Call for Immigration Reform (Video)
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Weekly Survey: Will Lawmakers Reduce the Penalty for Drug Possession Offenses?
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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
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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. ...

Featured Items

Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
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Salt Lake County Named Finalist in 'New Ideas Challenge'
Mayor Ben McAdams is one of 16 national finalists selected for coming up with an innovative policy solution in local government.  The ‘New Ideas Challenge 2014’ is a competition sponsored by The New DEAL (Developing Exceptional American Leaders) ne...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Chaffetz should watch and be watched

Paul Rolly: Utah's newest state senator fighting a $38,000 judgment

Utah Latinos applaud Obama's action

Becker to oversee national group and push for Internet sales tax

Ex-Utah A.G. facing an additional felony charge

Lee to Obama: Shutdown may be out, but Congress will fight back

Deseret News

Jay Evensen: Like it or not, ride sharing is here to stay

Op-ed: Global warming needs free market

Greg Bell: It's time to raise the gas tax

70 mph - driving at the speed of sound engineering or sound policy?

President Obama's immigration reforms seek to 'deport felons, not families'

Ex-A.G. John Swallow took another illegal houseboat trip, prosecutors say

Utah business leaders say Congress must solve immigration problems


Will higher speed limits result in higher freeway speeds? (Daily Herald)

Editorial: Bishop, Chaffetz move on up (Standard-Examiner)

How do you envision northern Utah in 2050? (Standard-Examiner)

Economist to report on federal land transfer's potential impact (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

Obama moves to give legal status to 5 million illegal immigrants (The Hill)

ObamaCare total was inflated, GOP finds (The Hill)

Irked progressives break Obama embargo (The Hill)

GOP's 2016 contenders blast Obama (The Hill)

Republicans Split on How to Block Obama's Immigration Order (Bloomberg)

Ferguson awaits grand jury outcome after police arrest protesters (Reuters)

Jeb Bush doubles down on Common Core, risking conservative ire (Washington Times)

Ex-Senator Jim Webb Explores Presidential Candidacy (New York Times)

No Headway Is Made on C.I.A. Torture Report (New York Times)

NSA director admits U.S. power grid is not safe from Chinese hackers (State Column)

Brittany Maynard calls for more people to be allowed the right to die in posthumous message (Telegraph)

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