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Ten Things You Need to Know Today - Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Good Tuesday Monday morning from Salt Lake City. There are 58 days left in 2015.

It's election day across the United States. Ben Carson takes the lead in another national poll. Hughes says he does not anticipate tax cuts by the 2016 Legislature.

The clock:

  • Today is Election Day 2015 - (11/3/2015)
  • 83 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (1/25/2016)
  • 90 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus - (2/1/2016)
  • 98 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary (tentative) - (2/9/2016)
  • 129 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (3/10/2016)
  • 140 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic caucus meetings (3/22/2016)
  • 172 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic State Conventions (4/23/2016)
  • 239 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 371 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)

Tuesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Today is election day in the United States. Some of the big issues voters will decide include a hotly contested gubernatorial race in Kentucky, restrictions on Airbnb retnals in San Francisco, marijuana legalization in Ohio and establishing an independent redistricting committee in Ohio to get rid of gerrymandering.
  2. Utah voters may find out the results of vote-by-mail elections shortly after polls close tonight [Tribune].
  3. Ben Carson takes the lead in another national poll [New York Times].
  4. Donald Trump says he will negotiate directly with television networks on terms for the next debates, instead of being part of a group effort involving other Republican candidates [Washington Post].
  5. House Speaker Greg Hughes says he does not anticipate any effort by the 2016 election to cut taxes [Utah Policy].
  6. Jonathan Johnson says his company,, is stockpiling precious metals and food in case of economic collapse [Tribune].
  7. Officials are telling lawmakers it's time to expand state parks [Tribune, Fox 13].
  8. Environmental groups say a proposed $53 million loan from the state for a private coal export terminal in Oakland is illegal [Deseret News, Tribune].
  9. A new study finds Mormons are are growing more Republican and more accepting of homosexuality than ever [Tribune].
  10. CBS is launching a new Star Trek series in 2017 on their streaming platform [Tech Crunch].

On this day in history:

  • 1903 - Panama, with the support of the U.S. government, issued a declaration of independence from Colombia.
  • 1868 - John Willis Menard of Louisiana became the first African American elected to the House of Representatives. Opposition to his election prevented him from ever being seated.
  • 1957 - The Soviet Union launched into orbit Sputnik 2, the second manmade satellite with a dog named Laika on board.
  • 1986 - A Lebanese magazine exposed the secret weapons-for-hostages deal between the United States and Iran. The scandal, which would escalate into the Iran-Contra affair, resulted in the indictments of numerous officials including Oliver North.
  • 1992 - Illinois Democrat Carol Moseley-Braun became the first African-American woman elected to the U.S. Senate.

Today At Utah Policy

Will the 2016 Legislature Cut Taxes? Hughes Says 'No'

Utah House Speaker Greg Hughes has not yet seen a proposal to cut taxes in the upcoming 2016 Legislature, nor does he anticipate one....

Chaffetz Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Limit Cellphone Spying

House Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz teams with a pair of Democrats to try to enact new limits on the government's use of cellphone-tracking technology. ...

Hatch: Why are So Many Obamacare Startups Failing?

In a letter to the White House, Sens. Orrin Hatch and Lamar Alexander demand answers as to why nearly half of the 23 taxpayer-funded Obamacare insurance startups are shutting down....

Policy News

Department of Financial Institutions Launches New Website
The Utah Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) launched a redesigned website to help put financial information in the hands of institutions and consumers. The DFI primarily charters and regulates businesses providing financial services to the residents of Utah. The new ...

Following Closure of Utah Obamacare CO-OP, Hatch Presses Administration for Answers
35,000 Utahns will be left without health insurance as a result of the closure of Utah's Obamacare CO-OP, Arches Health Plan, announced last week. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah is seeking answers. ...

Press Release: Lee Facebook Post on Budget Deal Reaches 53 Million Americans
A Facebook post by Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) thanking Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) for leading the fight against the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 has been shared over one million times and has reached over 53 million Americans in just three days – making it one of the most v...

Hatch, Alexander Press Administration on Failed Obamacare CO-OPs, Question Accounting Methods
Monday, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) sent a letter to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Acting Administrator Andrew M. Sl...

Lee, Klobuchar Announce Hearing on Anti-Trust Implications of Occupational Licensing Regulations
Senators Mike Lee (R-UT) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) today announced that the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy, and Consumer Rights will be holding a hearing on Nov. 18th entitled, “License to Compete: Occupational Licensing and the Stat...

Hatch Statement at Finance Hearing on Welfare & Poverty in America
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) delivered the following statement during a Committee hearing to explore solutions and promote self-sufficiency for families living in poverty:...

Lee, Klobuchar React to Walgreens-Rite Aid Merger
Senators Mike Lee (R-UT) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Chairman and Rank Member respectively of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy, and Consumer Rights, issued the following statements in response to the announced merger between Walgreens and Rite...

Republicans Call on Administration to Halt Harmful Opioid Rule
A bicameral group of 23 Republican lawmakers sent a letter to the Office of Management and Budget, calling on the Administration to pull a pending rule that would reverse course on curbing opioid drug abuse....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Millcreek shooting shows one man’s heroism

Smartphone may be Utah driver license of the future

As Election Day arrives, results could come quickly after polls close

City/township vote to set communities’ futures

Rolly: The night I dreamed Hillary Clinton got busted for panhandling

Utah guv candidate: Overstock stockpiled gold in case of economic collapse

As Election Day arrives, results could come quickly after polls close

California coal terminal not a legitimate use of Utah millions, groups say

Utah could get more — and bigger — state parks

Mormons becoming even more Republican, more accepting of gays, sweeping religious study shows

Deseret News

Op-ed: Economic prosperity in Utah, Arizona: What does the future hold?

Editorial: Under the Affordable Care Act, Utah taxpayers are getting back what they put in and more

Groups want proposed loan for Oakland coal shipping port declared illegal

Sandy teacher gets Google donation to fund project for special needs students


Vote by mail now rules in Utah, but you still can vote Tuesday (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Cruz's silent super PACs a growing worry for campaign (Politico)

Ryan's move could be big boost for tax reform (Politico)

Cruz moves into third in Iowa polls (The Hill)

Rubio's numbers skyrocket in NH (The Hill)

Emails show Clinton had 2 Benghazi stories: 1 for Libyans, 1 for Americans (Washington Examiner)

Trump campaign to negotiate directly with TV networks on debate formats (Washington Post)

Paul Ryan's plan to unify Republicans: 'the vision thing' (Christian Science Monitor)

Ex-Facebook President Sean Parker backs California pot initiative (Los Angeles Times)

The 2016 U.S. Presidential Race: A Cheat Sheet (Atlantic)

Inside Sanders’ plan to chip into Clinton’s lead (Politico)

The GOP’s potent new anti-Obamacare argument, in 2 maps (Washington Post)


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