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Ten Things You Need to Know Today - Thursday, November 5, 2015

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City. There are 56 days left in 2015.

More than 20,000 ballots are still outstanding in Salt Lake County. Utah Transit Authority officials are smarting after Prop. 1 fails in two of Utah's largest counties. The Fed could hike interest rates next month.

The clock:

  • 81 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (1/25/2016)
  • 88 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus - (2/1/2016)
  • 96 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary (tentative) - (2/9/2016)
  • 127 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (3/10/2016)
  • 138 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic caucus meetings (3/22/2016)
  • 170 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic State Conventions (4/23/2016)
  • 237 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 369 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)

Thursday's top-10 headlines:

  1. It ain't over 'til it's over. The Salt Lake County Clerk says there are more than 20,000 ballots still to count from Tuesday's election [Tribune, Deseret News, KUER, Fox 13].
  2. If Ralph Becker is to close the gap with Jackie Biskupski, he's going to need the numbers to break in his direction [Utah Policy].
  3. State law prohibits any updates on voting until the official canvass two weeks after the election. Rep. Steve Eliason wants to change that [Deseret News, Tribune].
  4. The Utah Transit Authority is stinging after voters reject Prop. 1 in Utah's two largest counties [Tribune, Deseret News, Fox 13].
  5. The battle over SB54 could be headed back to court unless the legislature decides to step in [Tribune].
  6. An audit says the financial records for Utah's public and charter schools are reasonably accurate. [Tribune, Deseret News].
  7. Derek Miller of the World Trade Center Utah discusses how global events affect trade in Utah [Utah Policy].
  8. No drought relief yet. Utah's water year is off to a sluggish start [Deseret News].
  9. The Fed may hike interest rates next month [USA Today].
  10. Former President George H.W. Bush slams former Vice President Dick Cheney and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld in a new book [Washington Post].

On this day in history:

  • 1605 - Guy Fawkes and fellow conspirators attempted to blow up the English Parliament and failed. They were captured, tried and beheaded.
  • 1872 - Suffragist Susan B. Anthony, in defiance of the law, votes for the first time. She is later fined $100.
  • 1930 - The first commercial television broadcast was aired.
  • 1940 - Franklin D. Roosevelt won an unprecedented third term in office, beating Republican challenger Wendell L. Willkie.
  • 1974 - Ella Grasso of Connecticut became the first woman governor in the United States without succeeding her husband.

Today At Utah Policy

Can Becker Close the Gap with Biskupski? The Math is Against Him

While Salt Lake Mayor Ralph Becker says he will wait until the official Nov. 17 canvass to see if he wins a third term, or Jackie Biskupski becomes the new mayor of the state’s largest city, the numbers are decidedly against him....

NYT Raises Questions about Utah School Program

The New York Times interviews experts who question the efficacy of a Goldman Sachs-funded Utah preschool program that Gov. Gary Herbert has hailed as a model for a new way of financing public projects....

How Events in China, Syria and Israel Affect Utah Businesses (Video)

It's time for our monthly visit with Derek Miller, President and CEO of the World Trade Center Utah. He discusses how rising tensions in China and Russia's involvement in Syria is affecting Utah business overseas, and how unrest in Israel is impacting medical device manufact...

Weekly Survey: Will Lawmakers Cut Taxes in 2016?

Even though Utah has another budget surplus, Speaker Greg Hughes says he does not anticipate an effort to cut taxes next year. What do you think? Vote in our weekly survey....

Policy News

Prosperity 2020 and Education First Call on Education and Policy Leaders to Fund Strategic Education Investments to Assure the State's Ongoing Prosperity
On October 22nd, Prosperity 2020 and Education First released a "2015 Prosperity Through Education Report Card" highlighting the positive strides the Utah Legislature made in 2015. Additionally, this report card highlighted initiatives that must take place in 2016 to elevate...

Count My Vote Statement on SB54 Ruling
Count My Vote today expressed its appreciation to Judge David Nuffer for his hard work and timely decision in the SB54 case. Judge Nuffer’s ruling provides sorely needed clarity for Utah’s candidates and political parties....

With Announcement of US Ground Troops to Syria, Udall, Lee, Murphy Re-introduce Bill to Block Military Arms to Syrian Rebels
Following news that President Obama will station ground troops in Syria, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Chris Murphy (D–Conn.) re-introduced their bipartisan legislation to prohibit the administration from using any funds on military and covert...

Lee Calls on Congress to Assert Constitutional Powers Ahead of Climate Talks
Wednesday at The Heritage Foundation, Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) called on Congress to assert its constitutional powers ahead of the upcoming U.N. climate-change negotiations in Paris....

Hatch Welcomes Kevin Brady to Head House Ways and Means Committee
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) issued the following statement after Kevin Brady (R-Texas) was selected to serve as Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee:...

Press Release: Hatch Speaks on Faith and Public Life in Fourth Religious Liberty Address
Senator Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, took to the Senate Floor to deliver the fourth in a series of speeches on religious liberty Wednesday afternoon....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: UTA should change its structure to restore voter confidence

Prop 1 hits apparent dead end in Salt Lake County

Millcreek to become Salt Lake County’s 17th city

State law delays unveiling of winner in Salt Lake City mayor’s race

UTA vows to earn public trust in wake of mixed election results

SLC race for mayor is over ... or not

Millcreek boosters now looking for leaders

Utah election dispute likely headed back to court, unless lawmakers intervene

ICE crackdown: Hundreds of criminal immigrants nabbed in Utah, other western states

Auditors ‘pleasantly surprised’ by accuracy of Utah school finance reporting

Deseret News

Dan Liljenquist: Arches Health Plan's demise exposes Obamacare's fundamental flaws

Op-ed: Medicare question: Switch it or stick with it?

Jay Evensen: A few lessons from Tuesday's election

Editorial: An apparent changing of the guard in the mayor’s office, based on unofficial vote counts

Utah coal brings Oakland activists to a boil

Los Angeles smog comparison riles Utah air quality agency

Video: Sen. Orrin Hatch: 'Erroneous' wall of church-state separation 'narrowed' religion's role

Lawmaker wants daily post-election vote updates

Audit: Sensitive student information released in 5,500 transactions

Becker's comeback odds unclear with 24,000 S.L. County ballots yet to be counted


UTA may have soured Prop 1 in Morgan, Box Elder counties (Standard-Examiner)

2-vote margin in Syracuse council election; recount possible (Standard-Examiner)

Large wildfires fueled by more than just dry weather, study says (Standard-Examiner)

Davis bond passes, school construction expected this spring (Standard-Examiner)

Simmonds, Olsen remain on Logan council, Jensen unseats Ward (Logan Herald Journal)

Park City School District $56 million bond fails (Park Record)

East Side voters choose incumbents (Park Record)

Beerman re-elected as voters also put Worel and Gerber into office (Park Record)

National Headlines

The Ryan Revolution (Politico)

Jeb Bush's view from the bottom (Politico)

Trump leads new Fox poll (The Hill)

US intel suggests ISIS bombed Russian plane (The Hill)

Gun Sales Set Record for Sixth Month in a Row (Free Beacon)

Rush Limbaugh: The Conservative-Media Revolution Has Forced the Liberal Media to Abandon Any Pretense of Objectivity (National Review)

What the election results mean for 2016 (CNN)

U.S. will not pause Keystone review; Obama expected to reject (Reuters)

Brady gets nod for Ways and Means chair (Washington Post)

Marco Rubio dismisses questions about his finances (CNN)

U.S. economic data seen supporting December interest rate hike (Reuters)


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