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Monday, December 1, 2014

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Ten Things You Need to Know for Thursday - December 1, 2014

Congress facing a deadline to avoid another government shutdown. Herbert to unveil "Healthy Utah" this week. Becker set to announce his future political plans.


  • Days until the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 56
  • Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 101
  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 253
  • Days to the 2015 election - 337
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - 413
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 708

Monday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Congress resumes work today with a December 11th deadline to avoid another government shutdown [NBC News].
  2. Gov. Herbert is set to unveil his "Healthy Utah" plan on Thursday [Utah Policy].
  3. Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker will announce his future political plans Monday morning [Utah Policy].
  4. Legislators may consider legislation requiring body cameras for police officers [Deseret News, Tribune].
  5. Lawmakers will likely wade into the debate over ridesharing services [Tribune].
  6. Here are the new committee assignments in the Utah Senate [Utah Policy].
  7. Rep. Brian King discusses why Utah lawmakers are so reluctant to pass campaign finance reform measures [Utah Policy].
  8. Salt Lake City Councilmembers Erin Mendenhall and Kyle LaMalfa acknowledge they are in a romantic relationship, but other council members say it is not having an adverse affect on their decision making [Tribune].
  9. Utah's voter turnout was the third-lowest in the nation [Tribune].
  10. Here are this year's best "black Friday" fight videos [Gawker].

On this day in history:

  • 1824 - The House of Representatives decided the presidential election because no candidate received a majority in the Electoral College. John Quincy Adams was eventually declared the winner.
  • 1955 - Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat to a white man on a Montgomery, Alabama bus. Parks was arrested, which sparked a year-long boycott of the buses by blacks.
  • 2004 - Tom Brokaw signed off for the last time as anchor of the "NBC Nightly News."

Today At Utah Policy

Will Utah Lawmakers Ever Pass Campaign Finance Reform? (Video)
House Minority Leader Brian King tells Managing Editor Bryan Schott why Utah lawmakers are so reluctant to pass campaign finance restrictions, but he thinks the tide is beginning to turn....

Podcast: Rep. Brian King Talks Campaign Finance Reform
House Minority Leader Brian King tells Managing Editor Bryan Schott why Utah lawmakers are so reluctant to pass campaign finance restrictions, but he thinks the tide is beginning to turn....

Updated: Becker to Announce He Will Run for a Third Term, Garrott Also Running for SLC Mayor has confirmed Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker will announce his bid for a third term Monday morning....

Let the Games Begin! 'Healthy Utah' to be Unveiled Thursday
On Thursday, Gov. Gary Herbert will make one of the most anticipated announcements of his tenure in office as he takes the wraps off the “Healthy Utah” plan....

Utah Senate Announces New Committee Assignments
The Utah Senate announced their committee assignments for the 2015 session that begins in January....

Federal Reserve Announces Sweeping Review of Its Big Bank Oversight
On the eve of a U.S. Senate hearing about whether regulators are too soft on banks, the Federal Reserve Board announced a broad review of its supervision of the biggest U.S. financial institutions....

Featured Items

Utah Policy/KSL Insider Survey: Should Utah Extend the Legislative Session?
At just 45 days, Utah has one of the shortest legislative sessions in the country. Utah lawmakers are considering extending the session to allow for more debate and consideration of legislation....

The Community Foundation of Utah Takes New Approach to #GivingTuesday
On Tuesday, December 2nd, the Community Foundation of Utah will join the global initiative, Giving Tuesday, to celebrate a day of worldwide altruism. Through a new program called, Pick2 Give2, Utahns can give two dollars to their two favorite nonprofits each month....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Rolly: GOP bosses' long history of broken promises

Op-ed: Tests shouldn't be used to grade schools or teachers

Op-ed: Internet sales tax would hurt many small businesses in Utah

Op-ed: Here's how GOP gained three House seats in S.L. County

Editorial: Utah needs better pipeline police

Editorial: Police must get ready for the Secaucus factor

Utah had 3rd-lowest voter turnout among states

Next stop for ridesharing debate: Utah Legislature

Romantic relationship between Salt Lake City Council members raises concerns

Business incubators are hatching high-tech outlets, transforming downtown Salt Lake City

BYU prof fears Mormon scholars are giving in to secularism

Mia Love discovers love and politics in Utah

Mormon populace picks up the pace

Minor pipeline leaks may pose a major problem in Utah

Utah last in federal aid per person

On shores of idyllic Utah reservoir, a land war is being waged

Deseret News

Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Expressions of gratitude from politicos on Thanksgiving weekend

Robert Bennett: What the departure of Defense Secretary Hagel really tells us

A. Scott Anderson: There are many blessings to living, working in Utah

Paul Mero: Obama and Utah on the same page

Dan Liljenquist: Using thankfulness to see more clearly

Editorial: Mountain Accord shouldn't be 'either-or' options but a balanced consensu

Editorial: Growth of charter schools is positive sign for education

Editorial: Immigration and compromise - opportunity lost

Editorial: Fixing the Affordable Care Act's 'lack of transparency'

Utah lawmakers contemplate law requiring body cameras for officers

Proposed tax increase a 'bold move' for education

EPA proposes stricter ozone standard; concerns expressed for rural Utah

Lawmakers to rehash Utah's stillbirth law due to unintended consequence

Why is my child punished? Finding solutions to uneven discipline in Utah schools

Enoch: 45 years without a tax increase and questions about the future of a small, rural city


Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox pardons Norbest turkey 'Turko' at Thanksgiving Point (Daily Herald)

Residents protest proposed prison relocation sites in Utah County (Daily Herald)

Clearfield supports transportation coalition (Standard-Examiner)

How will Obama's executive order affect Cache Valley's immigrant families, students? (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

How Will the Pope Play in 2016? (Politico)

The GOP's strategy to block Obama's regs (The Hill)

Giuliani stands by comments on black-on-black violence (The Hill)

Will lame duck limp to Christmas? (The Hill)

Ferguson police officer resigned on safety concerns, lawyer says (Reuters)

Gov. Deval Patrick Won't Be Running for President in 2016 (Boston Globe)

Malia, Sasha, and the turkey affair: How it became political (Christian Science Monitor)

California Pushes To Expand Health Care For Immigrants (Huffington Post)

GOP senator-elect: Obama should avoid confirmation showdown (The Hill)

Rains For Drought-Stricken California on the Way (Beta Wired)

Congress Trying To Cram Two Years Of Leftover Business Into Two Weeks (Huffington Post)

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