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Ten Things You Need to Know Today - Monday, November 9, 2015

Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City. There are 52 days left in 2015.

Ben Carson says the media is focusing too much on inconsistencies in his biography. Polling data suggests Tea Party influence in Utah is on the decline. Herbert's fundraiser pulls in cash for his re-election bid.

The clock:

  • 77 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (1/25/2016)
  • 84 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus - (2/1/2016)
  • 92 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary (tentative) - (2/9/2016)
  • 123 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (3/10/2016)
  • 134 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic caucus meetings (3/22/2016)
  • 166 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic State Conventions (4/23/2016)
  • 233 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 365 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)

[Editor's note: In Friday's newsletter we erroneously reported that the new LDS Church policy that regards same-sex couples as apostates also applied to their children. We sincerely regret the error.]

Monday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson is perturbed that the media is focusing on apparent fabrications in his biography [Washington Post, New York Times]. It's unlikely that Carson's Utah supporters will abandon him despite the embarrassing revelations [Deseret News].
  2. An extensive study of polling data in Utah shows support for the Tea Party is waning [Utah Policy].
  3. The new LDS Church policy toward same-sex couples is drawing sharp reactions from all quarters [TribuneFox 13].
  4. Gov. Gary Herbert holds his annual gala fundraiser and pulls in a reported $1.1 million for his re-election efforts [Deseret News].
  5. President Barack Obama rejects the Keystone XL pipeline [CNN]. Utah's all-Republican Congressional delegation is not happy with the decision [Tribune].
  6. Rich McKeown, one of the leaders of the "Count My Vote" effort, talks about the recent court ruling in the case and what he sees as the path going forward [Utah Policy].
  7. Sen. Todd Weiler wants clarification from the Lt. Governor's office on how candidates can get on the primary ballot next year because of the SB 54 compromise [Tribune].
  8. Greenhouse gas levels in our atmosphere have passed 400 parts per million, which is raising worries of long-term consequences for the environment [Washington Post].
  9. Football players at the University of Missouri threaten to boycott their next game over the way administrators have failed to address racial events on campus. Missouri's next opponent is BYU on Saturday [CNN, Washington Post].
  10. Los Angeles residents were freaking out over an unidentified light in the sky on Saturday night. Turns out it was a naval missile test off the Southern California coast [Mashable].

On this day in history:

  • 1906 - Theodore Roosevelt travels to Panama to observe the progress being made on the construction of the canal. He was the first sitting President of the United States to embark on an official trip outside the country.
  • 1938 - Mobs of Germans attacked Jewish businesses and homes throughout Germany in what became known as Kristallnacht, the "night of broken glass."
  • 1965 - A massive power failure left more than 30 million people in the dark in the northeastern United States and eastern Canada.
  • 1989 - Communist East Germany threw open its borders, allowing citizens to travel freely to the West.

Today At Utah Policy

Analysis: Tea Party Popularity Waning in Utah

Support for the Tea Party in Utah – since its loud emergence in the 2010 State Republican Party Convention – has slowly been dwindling in the state, a compilation of Dan Jones & Associates polling over the last five years shows....

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Policy News

Hatch Statement on the President's Decision to Reject the Keystone XL Pipeline
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Press Release: What Happens when Eyewitnesses Misidentify a Crime Suspect?
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Hatch: Inadequate Intellectual Property Protections Could Complicate TPP Passage
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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Attacking poverty won’t change the need for Medicaid

Op-ed: With imports rising fast, Japan’s connections to Utah are only growing

Op-ed: Fix DABC, but don’t privatize liquor sales

Editorial: Utah should have a real election for state school board

Editorial: Coal port scheme lives in the shadows

Harry Gibbons, former Salt Lake County health director, dies

Rolly: Republican Party chair’s victory lap is a bit premature

Utah school board wants more power over charters

Jackie Biskupski hopes new LDS direction on gay couples will be short-lived

Senator seeks clarification on Utah election dispute

The slow migration: Syrians to be Utah’s next refugee community

Stop road- and water-project earmarks, experts say

New Utah research: Bad air can literally cause a heart attack

Organizers of Utah’s privately funded preschool program stand behind model after NYT criticism

Deseret News

Pig & Webb: Give thanks to pundits, voters and courts for the entertainment

John Florez: Running for office reveals friends

Op-ed: The EPA’s clean power plan oversteps federal authority

Patricia Jones: Utah earns an A+ in finance and economics skills among public school students

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

Editorial: U.S. District Judge David Nuffer’s ruled this week on Utah’s new election law

State School Board recommends lawmakers end funding for Electronic High School

Next up for Millcreek: unite community, form city government

Report: 85,000 Utah children uninsured, among worst states in nation

Fracking study: Big benefits for local, state economies

Gala fundraiser to add $1.1 million to Herbert's campaign war chest

Utah voters not likely to abandon Ben Carson over West Point claims

Apparent election of gay mayor in Salt Lake sends a signal

'You are college material': Big push from educators starts this week


Gov. Herbert: National gov't too large; state control needed (Daily Herald)

Eagle Mountain mayor: Are we preventing water concerns from ever becoming a crisis? (Daily Herald)

Why does Ogden have a gang problem? (Standard-Examiner)

Local school districts among those statewide that revealed student info (Logan Herald Journal)

Legislative audit questions UCAT progress on 66 percent goal (Logan Herald Journal)

East Side voters choose incumbents (Park Record)

Park City Council winners quickly set priorities (Park Record)

National Headlines

State of the 2016 race: One year out (Politico)

Democrats look to ride Clinton wave to Senate control (Politico)

Trump gives 'SNL' biggest ratings in years (The Hill)

Paul Ryan seen as boost to criminal justice reform push (The Hill)

GOP senators desert Bush for Rubio (The Hill)

Dr. Ben Carson Plays Defense as Biographical Questions Pile Up (NBC News)

Carson thanks 'biased media' for $3.5M fundraising haul (The Hill)

Israeli leader heads to Washington as spokesman draws fire (Associated Press)

U.S. Military Officials Aim to Bolster Troop Presence in Europe (Wall Street Journal)

A lot of people just don’t like Ted Cruz. How come that’s okay with him? (Washington Post)

The GOP's Bush 43 Wounds Still Haven't Healed (NBC News)


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