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Ten Things You Need to Know Today - Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City. There are 37 days left in 2015.

Utahns aren't sure who is likely to win the 2016 presidential race. Osmond withdraws from consideration to head up UCAT. The fight over SB54 may be heading back to court.

The clock:

  • 62 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (1/25/2016)
  • 69 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus - (2/1/2016)
  • 77 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary (tentative) - (2/9/2016)
  • 108 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (3/10/2016)
  • 119 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic caucus meetings (3/22/2016)
  • 151 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic State Conventions (4/23/2016)
  • 218 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 350 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)

Tuesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Turkey shoots down a Russian jet after military officials say it violated its airspace near the border with Syria [Washington Post, CNN].
  2. Utah Republicans and independents aren't sure who will win the 2016 election while Democrats say Hillary Clinton is most likely to win next year according to a new poll [Utah Policy].
  3. Sen. Aaron Osmond withdraws his candidacy to head up the Utah College of Applied Technology [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune].
  4. It looks more and more likely that the fight over SB54 is heading back to court [Deseret News, Tribune, KUER].
  5. A legislative task force votes against a bill to put charter school funding on tax notices and approves a bill that boosts charter school funding by $9 million [Tribune].
  6. Salt Lake County is set to pass a small tax hike as part of next year's budget [Tribune].
  7. Salt Lake County and Salt Lake City are teaming up to construct a series of smaller homeless shelters at a cost of $27 million [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Fox 13, Tribune, KUER].
  8. Utah officials may not have much say on whether Syrian refugees eventually make their way to the state [2 News].
  9. Donald Trump defends his claim that "thousands of people" in Arab and Muslim communities in New Jersey cheered the 9/11 attacks, claiming he has "the world's greatest memory." [The Hill]. Meanwhile, Ben Carson is walking back his support for Trump's controversial claim [The Hill, New York Times].
  10. Ted Cruz is starting to surge in polls in Iowa [New York Times].

On this day in history:

  • 1859 - Charles Darwin's "On the Origin of Species" was published.
  • 1869 - Women from 21 states met in Cleveland to organize the American Women Suffrage Association.
  • 1963 - Lee Harvey Oswald, accused assassin of President John F. Kennedy, was fatally shot by Jack Ruby in the Dallas police headquarters basement two days after Kennedy was slain.
  • 1971 - A passenger who became known as "D.B. Cooper" hijacked a Northwest Airlines flight from Portland Oregon, parachuted south of Seattle with a $200,000 ransom collected from the airline - and disappeared.

Today At Utah Policy

Poll: Who Will Win the White House in 2016?

Utah Democrats think Hillary Clinton will win the presidency in 2016, a new UtahPolicy poll shows....

Osmond Withdraws Candidacy to Head Up UCAT; Will Resign from Utah Senate

Less than two weeks after being tapped to head up the Utah College of Applied Technology, Sen. Aaron Osmond (R-South Jordan) announced he was no longer seeking the position, but would still step down from the Utah Legislature....

Salt Lake City and County Join Forces on Homelessness Plan

Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams and Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker announced a plan and a strategy to minimize homelessness has unanimous support from stakeholders on two working groups that have been meeting for the past year. ...

Mormons, Gays and Religious Freedom

A blogger at The Economist looks at the Mormon Church's idiosyncratic, almost libertarian approach to negotiating the tension between gay rights and religious freedom....

FreedomWorks for America Launches TV Ad Praising Mike Lee in Utah

FreedomWorks for America, a political arm of FreedomWorks, launched a $48,000 TV ad buy in Utah praising Senator Mike Lee’s conservative record. The ad will run for ten days in across the state....

Policy News

U Law Professor and Students Ask U.S. Supreme Court to Take on Case of Robert Cameron Houston
A team of students from the S.J. Quinney College of Law and their professor are petitioning the U.S. Supreme Court to take on the case of Robert Cameron Houston, who was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole in 2006 for killing a youth counselor when ...

'Grinch Proof' Holiday Shopping by Adding Consumer Protection to Your List
Francine A. Giani, Executive Director of the Department of Commerce, announced that the Utah Division of Consumer Protection is releasing its annual list of shopping tips ahead of Thanksgiving Day, Black Friday and Cyber Monday retail events to keep consumers safe and inform...

In Sixth Speech in Series, Hatch Speaks on Threats to Religious Liberty Abroad
Senator Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, took to the Senate floor to deliver the sixth in a series of speeches on religious liberty Thursday afternoon....

Hatch Sponsors Resolution to Increase Adoption Awareness
The United States Senate has unanimously adopted a resolution recognizing November as National Adoption Month and November 21 as National Adoption Day. Senator Hatch, an original co-sponsor of this resolution, issued the following statement:...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Divide and conquer the right approach to homelessness

Salt Lake County set to adopt budget with small tax hike

Osmond steps down from Senate and UCAT consideration

City and county to seek $27 million for homeless shelters, services

Herbert gets three names to fill state treasurer vacancy

Salt Lake County set to adopt budget with small tax hike

Draft bill raises $9M for Utah charter schools without taxpayer notice

Herbert wishes he would’ve vetoed SB54; GOP may be in trouble

Deseret News

Derek B. Miller: Stop playing politics with Syrian refugees

Editorial: Utah is abundantly richer for the life of Randy Horiuchi; his passing leaves a void not easily filled

Ex A.G. John Swallow wants FBI, DOJ evidence in criminal case against him

Utah lawmaker declines offer to lead Utah College of Applied Technology

Utah GOP, state appear headed to court on new election law — again

Next step to help the homeless: new shelters, personalized care

3 counties want Supreme Court to hear complex jurisdiction dispute with Ute Tribe

Census: Utah has youngest newlyweds, high rate of moms and dads living together


Licenses of 20 Utah teachers revoked in Utah since 2010 (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Rubio battles Cruz for Iowa edge (Politico)

Grassley turns up heat on Clinton, State (Politico)

Syria refugee fight emerges as government shutdown threat (The Hill)

Carson backs up Trump's 9/11 claim (The Hill)

Sanders invokes MLK legacy as he aims for black support (Associated Press)

Trump Fires Warning Shot At RNC: ‘That Wasn’t The Deal!’ (Daily Caller)

Pew: 65% say the news media has a 'negative effect' on America (Washington Examiner)

How GOP campaigns are strategizing for Super Tuesday delegate bonanza (Washington Post)

Hillary Tweets All Sexual Abuse Accusers Deserve To Be ‘Believed,’ Is Reminded Of Her Husband (Daily Caller)

Massachusetts's Rejection of Common Core Test Signals Shift in US (New York Times)

Why did David Vitter’s prostitute problem kill him in 2015 and not in 2010? (Washington Post)


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