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Ten Things You Need to Know Today - Friday, November 6, 2015

Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City. There are 55 days left in 2015.

Becker needs to win 65% of the outstanding ballots to win another term as mayor. The LDS Church announces that children of same-sex couples will be considered apostates. Huckabee and Christie dropped from the main GOP debate stage.

The clock:

  • 80 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (1/25/2016)
  • 87 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus - (2/1/2016)
  • 95 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary (tentative) - (2/9/2016)
  • 126 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (3/10/2016)
  • 137 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic caucus meetings (3/22/2016)
  • 169 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic State Conventions (4/23/2016)
  • 236 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 368 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)

Friday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Ralph Becker needs to get approximately 65% of the remaining uncounted ballots to catch Jackie Biskupski, which is a very tall order [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune].
  2. Same-sex marriage backlash. The LDS Church announces that children living in a same-sex household are considered apostates [Washington Post, Tribune, Deseret News, Daily Herald].
  3. Chris Christie and Mike Huckabee are dropped from the main event for the next GOP presidential primary debate [Washington Post, New York Times, CNN Money].
  4. State leaders want to get construction on the new prison underway as soon as possible [Tribune, Deseret News].
  5. Former Salt Lake City Police Chief Chris Burbank takes a job at the Center for Policing Equity [Tribune, Deseret News].
  6. Bob Bernick says Gov. Herbert and lawmakers can and should step in to end the SB54 legal mess [Utah Policy].
  7. A judge rules a law to block access to streams on private lands violates the Utah Constitution [Tribune, Deseret News].
  8. Rep. Rob Bishop wants to restrict the federal government's ability to buy land in the West [Tribune].
  9. A group aiming to impose term limits on appointees by the governor drops their effort to get that issue on the 2016 ballot [Utah Policy, Tribune].
  10. New York's Attorney General is investigating whether Exxon Mobil misled the public and investors about the risks of climate change [Washington Post].

On this day in history:

  • 1860 - Abraham Lincoln defeated three other candidates for the presidency.
  • 1869 - In the first formal intercollegiate football game, Rutgers beat Princeton, 6-4.
  • 1888 - Republican Benjamin Harrison was elected president, beating incumbent Grover Cleveland in the Electoral College, even though Cleveland led in the popular vote.
  • 2009 - The U.S. unemployment rate reached 10.2 percent in October, the highest rate in 26 years.

Today At Utah Policy

Becker's Chances of Catching Biskupski are Basically Slim and None

Say goodbye to Salt Lake Mayor Ralph Becker....

Bob Bernick's Notebook: Blunting GOP Attacks on SB54

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Bernick and Schott on Politics - Episode #261

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Metcalf: Feds Need to Measure Economic Value of Public Lands

In an op-ed, Black Diamond CEO Peter Metcalf pushes proposed legislation that would require the Commerce Department to track the economic impact of the outdoor recreation industry....

Lee Declines to Make Presidential Endorsement

Sen. Mike Lee says he's not ready to throw his support behind anyone in the GOP presidential field, which includes his three "favorite coworkers" in the Senate....

Bishop Looks to Overhaul Conservation Program

Rep. Rob Bishop introduces legislation that would reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund but shift its focus to state and local projects while limiting the feds' ability to purchase private land....

Policy News

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Hatch Statement on Administration's Notice to Sign Trans-Pacific Partnership
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Southern Utah Comes Together to Expand Globally and Build the Local Economy
The R. Haze Hunter Conference Center at Southern Utah University in Cedar City, Utah was filled with 120 business and community leaders who came together for World Trade Center Utah’s second annual Southern Utah International Business Forum....

Press Release: Utah Term Limits NOW! Succumbs-For Now, to Delayed Political Process
Effective immediately, Utah Term Limits NOW! (UTLN) is terminating its year-long effort to bring the issue of terms limits on key appointments by the governor to the 2016 ballot....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: New mayor must be a collaborative leader

Utah’s Bishop would restrict feds from buying more land in the West

Chris Burbank finds new job as police research center director

NRA urges members to oppose proposed target-shooting ban in southern Utah

Group abandons effort to limit terms for Utah governor’s appointees

Once site secured, new Utah prison will begin with lines of dirt-filled trucks

Rolly: Republicans break out the big guns in Draper only to see their attacks backfire

Utah’s Mike Lee touts bipartisan cooperation

Door closing on Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker’s chances for re-election

Judge invalidates law, says Utah’s trout rivers and streams must remain accessible

Deseret News

Natalie Gochnour: Utah’s threshold economy breaks through

Greg Bell: Support Salt Lake's homeless and needy, not panhandlers

Bishop's proposal to reform land fund draws criticism

Five powerful clips from Sen. Orrin Hatch's faith and public life floor speech

Low energy prices lead to turmoil, rumors for Utah oil operations

Former S.L. police chief takes new job with law enforcement think tank

State School Board considering new assessment for kindergarteners

Snowbird to forego development in lower American Fork Canyon

Becker sees 'improbable, not impossible' hurdle in S.L. mayor's race

Utah anglers reel in a win as judge tosses 'stream access' law

State to hire firm to manage construction of new prison 'as soon as possible'


Editorial: It's never too soon to play Wednesday-morning quarterback (Daily Herald)

Provo police invite conversation on race and relations with officers (Daily Herald)

Taking a look at Utah County's 2016 tentative budget (Daily Herald)

Editorial: Prop 1: Voters ensure a brighter future in Weber, Davis counties (Standard-Examiner)

Prop 1 aftermath: Now what? Officials weigh in (Standard-Examiner)

American Indians now have big influence in water and land issues (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Ryan flexes muscles in Ways and Means showdown (Politico)

Trump courted megadonors he now scorns (Politico)

Senate Democrats block defense bill for third time (The Hill)

Carson hits 'secular progressives' over pyramid theory (The Hill)

Unions, lawmakers promise closer scrutiny of Pacific trade pact (Reuters)

What Ben Carson’s new rap ad means for his campaign (Christian Science Monitor)

Jeb Bush’s Dick Cheney problem (Washington Post)

Agents round up 235 criminal immigrants in 4 Western states (FOX News)

Highway Bill Passes House, but Funding Shortfall Remains (New York Times)

Trump, Carson will receive Secret Service protection, DHS confirms (Washington Post)

Chris Christie unlikely to qualify for main event at next GOP 2016 debate, could be headed for ‘kiddie table’ (New York Daily News)


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