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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

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Ten Things You Need to Know Today - Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City. There are 30 days left in 2015.

Biskupski shakes up city hall. Utah is most definitely not favorably territory for Hillary Clinton. Johnson hits the airwaves.

The clock:

  • 55 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (1/25/2016)
  • 62 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus - (2/1/2016)
  • 70 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary (tentative) - (2/9/2016)
  • 101 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (3/10/2016)
  • 112 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic caucus meetings (3/22/2016)
  • 144 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic State Conventions (4/23/2016)
  • 211 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 343 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)

Tuesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Salt Lake City Mayor-elect Jackie Biskupski shocks city employees by asking for the resignations of all department heads as part of her transition. Former Mayor Rocky Anderson, who supported her during the campaign, calls the move "arrogant" [Utah Policy, 2 News, Fox 13, Deseret News, Tribune].
  2. No big surprise here. A new poll shows Hillary Clinton would be crushed by any one of many GOP candidates in Utah [Utah Policy].
  3. Gubernatorial candidate Jonathan Johnson hits the airwaves with his first radio ad buy [Deseret News].
  4. Johnson also takes on the Utah Transit Authority, proposing that board members be elected rather than appointed [Tribune].
  5. The White House asks Gov. Gary Herbert to use his position as chair of the National Governors Association to get information about Syrian refugees to other governors around the country [Tribune].
  6. Sen. Mike Lee taps Allyson Bell as his new chief of staff [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune].
  7. The state is considering pay raises and increased staff hours for the DABC to cope with increased alcohol sales [Tribune].
  8. Funeral services are set for former Governor Olene Walker [2 News, Fox 13, ABC 4Tribune, Deseret News].
  9. President Barack Obama calls for urgent action against global climate change [Washington Post].
  10. Today is World Aids Day.

On this day in history:

  • 1824 - The House of Representatives convened to decide the presidential election because no candidate had received a majority in the Electoral College. John Quincy Adams was eventually chosen the winner over Andrew Jackson and Henry Clay.
  • 1891 - The game of basketball was invented when James Naismith put peach baskets at the opposite ends of a gym and gave students soccer balls to toss into them.
  • 1917 - The Rev. Edward Flanagan founded Boys Town near Omaha.
  • 1955 - Rosa Parks was arrested in Montgomery, Ala., for refusing to give up her seat to a white man on a city bus. Her arrest sparked a year-long boycott of the buses by blacks.

Today At Utah Policy

Poll Shows Clinton Would Lose Handily to GOP Candidates in Utah

Hillary Clinton is not popular in Utah....

Lee Endorses New Obamacare Repeal Effort

After a conference meeting Monday, Sen. Mike Lee says he's "very encouraged" by a new Senate GOP plan to defund Planned Parenthood and gut the Affordable Care Act....

Hatch Targets Private Museums

Sen. Orrin Hatch sends letters to 11 private museums and foundations asking for clarification over questions about their tax exempt statuses....

2016 Candidate Tracker - Utah State Senate

There are 15 seats in the Utah State Senate up for election in 2016. Who's running and who is challenging?...

2016 Candidate Tracker - Congressional and Statewide Offices

The 2016 election is less than a year away. Here's a roundup of all the statewide and Congressional offices up for election showing incumbents along with declared and possible challengers....

2016 Candidate Tracker - Utah State House

All 75 House seats are up for election in 2016. Here's our list of who is running and who might be challenging....

Policy News

Mayor-elect Biskupski Statement on Transition Process
Mayor-elect Jackie Biskupski released the following statement regarding her transition process:...

Lee Calls on President Obama to Submit Paris Climate Agreement to Senate
Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) issued the following statement Monday in reaction to the beginning of the United Nations climate conference in Paris....

Lee Applauds Implementation of the USA Freedom Act
Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) issued the following statement Monday, commending the end of the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of Americans’ personal data....

Hatch: Details on Puerto Rico's Financial Health Needed Before Congress Can Act
In a speech on the Senate floor Monday, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) outlined concerns regarding several proposals aimed at addressing the growing debt crisis in Puerto Rico and said Congress must first have access to clear and thorough information ...

Rep. Mia Love Sponsors Bill to Help Small Banks and Companies
Congresswoman Mia B. Love [R-UT-04] has introduced H.R. 4049, the Volcker Rule Relief Act of 2015. ...

U.S. Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, Names Allyson Bell as New Chief of Staff
After serving for three years as Senator Lee’s chief of staff, Boyd Matheson is stepping down and will transition to become a consultant to the senator’s reelection campaign. Allyson Bell, who has served as Lee’s administrative director since he took office...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Olene Walker demonstrated politics at its best

Rolly: Some homeless say shelter is booting them out into the cold for minor offenses

Wendover mayor wary as politicians join campaign for Utah’s iconic Bonneville Salt Flats

Court affirms Utah massage law, suit calls it regulation run amok

Ex-Mayor Anderson: Biskupski’s call for resignations is 'arrogant'

Industry says new e-cig rule could dry up vape liquids in Utah

Jonathan Johnson proposes elections for UTA board

Lee taps longtime aide as new chief of staff

White House asks Herbert to use his position to funnel refugee info

State recommends more pay, hours for Utah liquor-store workers

Deseret News

James K. Glassman: Puerto Rico's largest bondholders willing to work toward a deal

Op-ed: The payday loan problem

Sen. Mike Lee names Allyson Bell new chief of staff

State workers close up 'hazardous' mine openings near Moab

Evidence hearing in Shurtleff criminal case postponed until February

Feds still won't say which labs received Dugway's live anthrax shipments

Funeral services Friday for former Utah Gov. Olene Walker

Biskupski calls for resignations of nearly all Salt Lake City department heads

GOP gubernatorial candidate Jonathan Johnson runs first radio ads


Op-ed: A medical marijuana death sentence? (Daily Herald)

Lehi resident starts GoFundMe for money to file lawsuit against LDS Church (Daily Herald)

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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"If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn't sit for a month." Theodore Roosevelt Brainy Quote

Lighter Side

More Clowns

"I saw that NBC has officially granted Mike Huckabee, John Kasich, Jim Gilmore and Lindsey Graham free airtime to equal Donald Trump's recent Saturday Night Live appearance. When asked how they'll feature the candidates, NBC was like, “Let's just say the Thanksgiving Day Parade just got a few more clowns.” Jimmy Fallon Political Humor

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