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Ten Things You Need to Know Today - Monday, November 23, 2015

Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City. There are 38 days left in 2015.

Bernie Sanders leads the Democratic field in Utah. Utah Republicans pick three candidates to replace the outgoing State Treasurer. Biskupski gets her transition team up and rolling.

The clock:

  • 63 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (1/25/2016)
  • 70 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus - (2/1/2016)
  • 78 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary (tentative) - (2/9/2016)
  • 109 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (3/10/2016)
  • 120 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic caucus meetings (3/22/2016)
  • 152 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic State Conventions (4/23/2016)
  • 219 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 351 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)

Monday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Bernie Sanders leads a new poll of the Democratic presidential field in Utah [Utah Policy].
  2. Utah Republicans pick three candidates to replace outgoing State Treasurer Richard Ellis. Gov. Gary Herbert will appoint one of them to finish the remainder of Ellis' term [2 News].
  3. Salt Lake City mayor-elect Jackie Biskupski prepares to take office in January [Deseret News].
  4. Salt Lake City had 55% voter turnout during this year's vote-by-mail election [ABC 4].
  5. The Utah elections office says candidates can use either the signature-gathering process or the caucus/convention system to get on the ballot, which will likely spawn another court battle over SB 54 [Utah Policy, Tribune].
  6. The White House sends a letter to the nation's governors, including Utah Gov. Herbert, touting the rigorous process the U.S. uses to screen refugees entering the country [Tribune].
  7. A few hundred Utahns rally at the state capitol to support the LGBT community [2 News, ABC 4, Fox 13, Deseret News, Tribune].
  8. Lawmakers will consider more legislation in 2016 to strengthen efforts to keep sexual predators out of Utah's schools [Standard Examiner].
  9. Louisiana voters pick Democrat John Bel Edwards as their new governor over Republican David Vitter. Edwards is the first Democrat to hold that office since 2008 [].
  10. Donald Trump defends his supporters who allegedly roughed up a black protester who was critical of Trump at a campaign rally [Washington Post, New York Times].

On this day in history:

  • 1936 - Life magazine was first published.
  • 1945 - World War II rationing ended in the United States on all foods except sugar.
  • 1971 - The People's Republic of China was seated in the U.N. Security Council.

Today At Utah Policy

Poll Shows Sanders Leads the Democratic Field Overall in Utah; Utah Democrats Back Clinton

Among all Utahns, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is the most popular Democratic presidential candidate. However, Utah Democrats put former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the front of the Democratic field....

Utah Policy/KSL Insider Survey: Should Utah Refuse Syrian Refugees?

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Utah GOP, Lt. Governor's Office Differ on SB54 Interpretations

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Policy News

Princeton Review Ranks BYU and University of Utah in Top 25 for Entrepreneurs
An element of Utah’s vibrant economy is again in the national spotlight, with the entrepreneurship programs of Brigham Young University (BYU) and the University of Utah earning top-25 national rankings according to The Princeton Review. These programs are housed in wor...

Hatch Statement on Latest Anti-Inversion Tax Guidance from Treasury
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) issued the following statement after the U.S. Treasury Department announced new targeted guidance on corporate tax inversions:...

Lee Introduces Resolution Calling on President Obama to Submit Climate Deal to Senate as A Treaty
Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) introduced a resolution, S. Con. Res. 25, calling on President Obama to seek the Senate’s advice and consent on whatever climate agreement is produced in Paris, as required by Article II, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution. The resolution has 30...

Hatch Statement on Committee Passage of Stem Cell Research Reauthorization
Senator Orrin Hatch, the senior Republican in the United States Senate, and member and former chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee issued the following statement after the committee passed the Stem Cell Therapeutic and Research Reaut...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Rolly: Gov. Herbert needs to be careful about who his friends are

Op-ed: Rocky Mountain Power and PSC should embrace solar

Op-ed: Take control of elections away from parties

Op-ed: Why we’re suing the state to protect free speech

Editorial: PSC plays it safe for now, but not for the future

Editorial: Utah lawmakers don’t really care about ‘protecting the vulnerable’

Utah elections boss says candidates can gather signatures to get on the ballot

Rolly: Randy Horiuchi was more than a loyal, jovial, friendly politician — he was my brother

Utah guv’s approval strong, but not tops in the nation

Semitrucks tailgating? No, they’re drafting to save fuel

With EnergySolutions’ acquisition of waste-disposal competitor, is depleted uranium still headed for Utah?

St. George businessman Jeremy Johnson wants judge to protect his emails

Swallow attorney expands request for FBI evidence

White House sends Utah Gov. Gary Herbert a letter about Syrian refugees

Plan calls for smaller homeless shelters scattered throughout Salt Lake area

Deseret News

Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: No political turkeys to expose this Thanksgiving season

John Florez: Salt Lake City has a leader

Editorial: Both economic and environmental impacts of fracking deserve careful consideration

Op-ed: Wisdom of not expanding Medicaid becomes ever clearer

Op-ed: Expanded bus service up Little Cottonwood Canyon is better option than train routes

Editorial: A properly managed transit agency is critical to well-being of community it serves

Utah jobless rate holds steady at 3.6 percent

From Becker to Biskupski: Salt Lake City Hall readies for shift to new mayor

A new approach: What the poor can teach us about helping the homeless

Doug Robinson: The Iron Lady of Utah

Carson tops new poll of Utah voters


Editorial: Utah's Herbert takes a sensible stance on Syrian refugees (Standard-Examiner)

What is the hiring practice for teachers in Utah? (Standard-Examiner)

Two Utah bills add teeth to laws against child sex predators (Standard-Examiner)

Is Washington Boulevard getting 'gentrified' or 'redeveloped?' (Standard-Examiner)

Can Ogden's Washington Boulevard regain its glory? (Standard-Examiner)

Ogden's Washington Boulevard forgotten, some business owners say (Standard-Examiner)

Summit County Republican Party selects Tal Adair for County Council (Park Record)

Dave Ure bids Summit County Council farewell (Park Record)

National Headlines

The five ways U.S. politics changed after Paris (Politico)

Clinton moves to end the primary quickly (Politico)

GOP fears Trump's Muslim comments could hurt (The Hill)

Fox News poll: Six Republicans would beat Hillary Clinton (The Hill)

Iran sentences Post correspondent Jason Rezaian to jail (Associated Press)

In the first majority-Muslim U.S. city, residents tense about its future (Washington Post)

Polls: Donald Trump leads, Ben Carson slips (CNN)

Clinton to propose tax credit for family caregiving costs (Reuters)

Carson, Trump repeat call for intel on Muslims (Associated Press)

Democrat John Bel Edwards wins Louisiana governor's race (CNN)

Obama resolves to defeat Islamic State, urges Americans to reject fear (Los Angeles Times)


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