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Ten Things You Need to Know Today - Monday, November 30, 2015

Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City. There are 31 days left in 2015.

Another government shutdown is looming. Olene Walker, Utah's first female governor, passes. Most Utahns favor SB54.

The clock:

  • 56 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (1/25/2016)
  • 63 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus - (2/1/2016)
  • 71 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary (tentative) - (2/9/2016)
  • 102 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (3/10/2016)
  • 113 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic caucus meetings (3/22/2016)
  • 145 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic State Conventions (4/23/2016)
  • 212 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 344 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)

Monday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Congress needs to act on an omnibus spending bill by the end of next week to avoid another government shutdown [The Hill].
  2. That didn't take long. Hillary Clinton lashes out at Republicans after Saturday's attack at a Planned Parenthood facility in Colorado Springs [The Hill].
  3. Olene Walker, Utah's first female governor, passes away at the age of 85 [Utah Policy, 2 News, ABC 4, KSL, Fox 13, Deseret News, Tribune].
  4. A new poll shows 57% of Utahns favor the dual-track path to the primary ballot established under SB54 [Utah Policy].
  5. A federal judge says Utah's Democrats can continue to allow unaffiliated voters in their primaries [Utah Policy, Tribune].
  6. Sen. Jim Dabakis will debate GOP gubernatorial candidate Jonathan Johnson [Deseret News, Associated Press].
  7. Lawmakers will focus on early childhood education during the upcoming 2016 legislature [Deseret News].
  8. Do Utah's rural counties wield too much influence? The state's largest counties are exploring the idea of forming their own caucus [Tribune].
  9. Alcohol consumption in Utah is up, but underage drinking is on the decline [Deseret News, Tribune].
  10. State education officials are set to debate new science standards that include changes on how the curriculum deals with climate change [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1782 - Preliminary peace articles formally ending the American Revolutionary War were signed in Paris.
  • 1804 - Supreme Court Justice Samuel Chase went on trial, accused of political bias. He was later acquitted by the Senate.
  • 1988 - The Soviet Union stopped jamming broadcasts of Radio Free Europe for the first time in 30 years.
  • 1993 - President Bill Clinton signed into law the Brady bill, which requires a five-day waiting period for handgun purchases and background checks of prospective buyers.
  • 2004 - Ken Jennings lost on "Jeopardy!" after winning 74 games in a row.

Today At Utah Policy

Poll Shows Majority of Utahns Favor Dual Path to Ballot Under SB54

Half of all Utahns believe the Utah State Republican Party’s continued opposition to SB54 is for the benefit of party leaders themselves, not rank-and-file members, nor even the party delegates, a new UtahPolicy poll finds....

Elections Office to Hold Information Sessions on SB54

The Lt. Governor's office will hold a series of informational sessions to help candidates and political parties understand the new primary process under SB54....

Opinion: Sen. Lee Advocates Policy Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship and innovation have long been crucial in the business world. Many businesses and even whole industries have been disrupted and no longer exist because they were not innovative enough. Advanced technology and creative thinking have allowed small, agile and in...

Lee: Obama Plans to Ignore Constitution, Sideline Congress on Climate Deal

Sen. Mike Lee says Pres. Obama wants a global climate deal crafted so that it can be imposed on Americans by executive authority without approval from Capitol Hill....

Gov. Herbert's Statement on Passing of Former Gov. Olene Walker

Gov. Gary R. Herbert issued the following statement regarding the passing of former Utah Gov. Olene S. Walker:...

Federal Judge Issues Order in Election Lawsuit

Federal Judge David Nuffer issued his final order in the litigation against S.B. 54. As part of his decision, the state is prohibited from requiring political parties to allow unaffiliated voters in a primary election or signature-gathering process....

Utah Leads the Intermountain West in Wage Growth and Industry Earnings

Recently, Forbes magazine ranked Utah the No. 1 “Best State for Business and Careers”— but what about making a living? A recent study shows that Utah wages rank very competitively in the Intermountain West region....

Policy News

The Road Home Opens New Community Winter Shelter in Midvale
The Road Home announced the completion of its new Midvale Community Winter Shelter, at 529 W. 7300 South in Midvale, just in time to provide refuge for homeless families during potentially life-threating cold weather....

Utah Consumer Attitude Index Declines Slightly as Expectations for Next Six Months Dip
The Zions Bank Utah Consumer Attitude Index decreased 1.6 points to 114.0 in November....

Utah Farm Bureau Elects Dairy Farmer Ron Gibson as New President
Ron Gibson of Weber County was elected president of Utah Farm Bureau Federation during the opening of the organization’s state convention. Taking office immediately following the convention, Gibson is the 17th president in the history of Utah Farm Bureau, whi...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Rolly: Utah’s nonprofit disclosure law should remain in place

Op-ed: If Lake Powell pipeline is built, will Colorado River provide?

Op-ed: The decline of the Once Great Salt Lake

Editorial: Utah Republicans following the wrong leader

Editorial: Truth suffers when UCAT cooks its books

Editorial: Lake Powell Pipeline must have realistic financing plan in place

Once an Obama ally on trade deal, Utah’s Hatch may fight latest proposal

Utah activist makes app to help ‘dreamer’ undocumented immigrants

Science standards to go before Utah school board with climate-change clarification

‘Rewarding’ program matches refugees in Utah with mentors

Diploma mill is biggest case for Utah Consumer Protection

County Council vets first planning nominees for canyons district

SL County submits water board nominees

Mormon apostle’s European visit underscores need to help refugees

‘Sweet,’ ‘tough’ Olene Walker was a pioneer and an advocate for bettering lives in Utah

Urban counties may form caucus in wake of Lyman controversy

Deseret News

Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Politicos gather 'round the Thanksgiving table

Drew Clark: What makes Utah great? Families, inclusiveness and collaboration

John Florez: Homeless label limits solutions

A. Scott Anderson: Inversions will remain, but we can clean the air inside them

Dan Liljenquist: Even in darkest hours, there are blessings to count

Shopping season is key to Utah's economic vitality

Utah lawmakers eyeing early childhood education

Shurtleff prosecutor working with feds to get withheld evidence

Recruiting crisis? UHP, other agencies concerned about shrinking recruiting pools

Olene Walker, Utah's first and only female governor, dies at age 85


Hatch still with Bush, says refugees need more vetting (Standard-Examiner)

Amid SB54 controversy, Utah election personnel gear up for 2016 (Standard-Examiner)

Utah keeps tabs on its missing Cyber Monday tax revenue (Standard-Examiner)

Editorial: Small businesses offer big benefits for community (Park Record)

Democratic physician offers prescription for ills of Rob Bishop era (Park Record)

National Headlines

Cruz, Rubio line up to steal away Bush supporters (Politico)

The 2016 ballot wars begin (Politico)

GOP donors wrestle with possibility of Trump nomination (The Hill)

Funding for Capitol Hill lawmakers' portraits under fire (The Hill)

Republicans Diverge on Links Between Abortion Rhetoric, Colorado Shooting (Bloomberg)

Planned Parenthood says Colorado shooter opposed abortion (Reuters)

New Hampshire Union Leader endorses Chris Christie (CNN)

NSA phone data collection program ends, forcing debate over terror concerns (FOX News)

Congress faces raft of issues in spending deadline to avoid shutdown (USA Today)

In Red States, Pressure Mounts To Expand Medicaid Under Obamacare (Forbes)

November jobs report likely to give Fed go-ahead to raise interest rates (MarketWatch)


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