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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

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Ten Things You Need to Know for Wednesday - December 10, 2014

Congress reaches a deal on a spending bill. Torture report details C.I.A. actions during the Bush Administration. Utah has a big budget surplus.


  • Days until the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 47
  • Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 92
  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 244
  • Days to the 2015 election - 328
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - 404
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 699

Wednesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Congress reaches a spending deal to avoid a government shutdown [Washington Post].
  2. A new report gives gruesome details of C.I.A. torture during the Bush Administration [New Yorker].
  3. BYU graduate Jay Bybee, who wrote the controversial memo which was used to greenlight that torture program, did so because of bad information [Tribune].
  4. Utah has a budget surplus of more than $600 million but lawmakers still want some tax cuts [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune].
  5. Legislative Democrats nearly derail a plan to hire an attorney to move forward with a plan to sue the federal government over public lands in the state but ultimately relent [Utah Policy].
  6. An independent commission recommends a pay hike of nearly 37% for Gov. Herbert [Tribune].
  7. Incoming House speaker Greg Hughes names Greg Hartley as the new Chief Deputy of the House [Utah Policy].
  8. Newly elected Rep. Mia Love sends a letter to the Prison Relocation Commission urging them to keep the new prison from being located in Saratoga Springs [Deseret News].
  9. Utah Democratic Party chair Peter Corroon says he hopes Doug Owens runs again in 2016 [Utah Policy].
  10. The Salt Lake County Council approves a $1.1 billion budget that includes no tax hikes [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1817 - Mississippi was admitted to the union as the 20th state.
  • 1948 - The U.N. General Assembly adopted its Universal Declaration on Human Rights.
  • 1964 - The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. received the Nobel Peace Prize.
  • 1980 - Rep. John W. Jenrette resigned to avoid being expelled from the House following his conviction on charges related to the FBI's Abscam investigation.

Today At Utah Policy

Corroon Hopes Owens Will Run Again in 2016 (Video)
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Utah Democratic Party Chairman Peter Corroon Plays the 'Lightning Round' (Video)
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Podcast: A Conversation with Democratic Party Chair Peter Corroon
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Utah Revenue Estimates Up Meaning Tax Hike Unlikely in 2015 (Updated)
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Legislative Democrats Almost Block State From Hiring Attorney to Sue Feds Over Public Lands
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Group Opposed to Healthy Utah Launches Attacks on Wyoming Medicaid Expansion Alternative
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Hatch Slams Obama's 'Shocking Arrogance'
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GOP Majority in Congress Biggest Since 1947
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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Nature not excuse for allowing harmful ozone

Salt Lake County OKs $1.1B budget that has no tax increase

Council may delay vote on 24-7 Salt Lake City Library

Utah court reinstates posthumous marriage

Pay commission: Give governor a 36.5 percent salary bump

WVC may outfit entire police force with body cameras

Garrott: Becker to blame for Hoberman Arch theft

Deseret News

Richard Davis: SB54-opposing Republicans wrong to oppose open electoral system

Jay Evensen: 70 mph on the freeway will change absolutely nothing

Commission will pursue outside counsel for public lands fight

New court dates set in cases against ex-A.G.s John Swallow, Mark Shurtleff

Despite revenue growth, lawmakers want initial budget cuts

Rep.-elect Mia Love says new state prison 'not warranted' in her district

Lawmakers expect bill that would require all Utah officers to wear body cameras


Former legislative candidate's sentencing delayed for drug deal gone awry (Daily Herald)

Mia Love doesn't want prison in Saratoga Springs, Eagle Mountain (Daily Herald)

Editorial: Support Healthy Utah plan (Standard-Examiner)

Utah's higher speed limit is just a 'suggestion' (Standard-Examiner)

Summit County economy gradually improving (Park Record)

Cache County Council approves salary increase for its members (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

Obama health adviser apologizes for 'glib' remarks (Daily Mail)

Jonathan Gruber Apologizes As Darrell Issa Asks 'Are You Stupid?' In Latest Obamacare Flap (International Business Times)

Senators: Don't let Rolling Stone article get in way of fixing 'broken' system (Politico)

Can the Left Launch Its Own Tea Party? (Politico)

Dems push to revive failed gun control legislation (The Hill)

Senate report: CIA engaged in torture, misled Bush White House (The Hill)

Spies fire back at 'biased, inaccurate, and destructive' report (The Hill)

Another California freeway shut down as 'Week of Outrage' gets under way (CNN)

IG: Billions lost to potential child tax credit fraud (Politico)

U.S. top court rejects worker pay for security-screening time (Reuters) prepares $1m push for Warren presidential run (Boston Globe)

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