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Friday, December 12, 2014

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Ten Things You Need to Know for Friday - December 12, 2014

Congress passes a spending bill. Herbert proposes a massive funding boost for education. Romney making more noise about 2016.


  • Days until the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 45
  • Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 90
  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 242
  • Days to the 2015 election - 326
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - 402
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 697

Friday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Congress passes a $1.1 trillion spending bill to keep most of the government running through September despite an attempt by Democrats to derail the measure [The Hill].
  2. Gov. Gary Herbert's $14.3 billion budget proposal includes $500 million in new spending for education [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune, ABC 4].
  3. Bob Bernick breaks down Herbert's "sleight of hand" which takes from transportation to pay for his education initiatives [Utah Policy].
  4. Confidants of Mitt Romney say he's becoming "more open" about possibly running for president in 2016 [Politico].
  5. Former gubernatorial candidate "Super Dell" Schanze disrupts a courtroom hearing and is taken into custody [Tribune, Deseret News].
  6. A new report says many Utah students lack the skills necessary to enter the workforce [Deseret News].
  7. Former Utah Republican Party leader Marco Diaz is facing child abuse charges for an incident involving his teenage son [Tribune].
  8. Tooele Mayor Patrick Dunlavy opposes relocating the prison to his area saying it will not bring an economic benefit to his city [ABC 4].
  9. A study concludes foreign born Latinos account for $1.8 billion of economic activity annually in Utah [Tribune].
  10. Saturday will be the last sequential date (12/13/14) of this century [Smithsonian].

On this day in history:

  • 1787 - Pennsylvania became the second state to ratify the U.S. Constitution
  • 1998 - The House Judiciary Committee approved a fourth article of impeachment against President Bill Clinton and submitted the case to the full House.
  • 2000 - The U.S. Supreme Court halted the presidential recount in Florida, effectively declaring George W. Bush the winner.

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Lobby hire feeds suspicions on prison move

Better pollution controls coming to Bonanza power plant

Rolly: Utah conservatives ask: Where is an activist judge when you need one?

N. Utahns want urban amenities and suburban parking

Utah slashes fines for online e-cigarette marketers

Former Utah Republican leader charged with child abuse

Mia Love in 2012: The invincible candidate defeated by Jim Matheson

BYU study shows Mormons, conservatives also dislike 'Zion Curtain' liquor law

Herbert unveils a 'darn good budget,' seeks big boost in school funding

Deseret News

Op-ed: Sen. Hatch holds the key to tax reform

A. Scott Anderson: Time for tax increase for education

Editorial: Mining bans remind us that most land-use decisions ought to be congressional, not presidential

State incentives to bring more than 1,100 new jobs

Herbert proposes $14.3B budget with $500M for education

214 Utah Dept. of Human Services clients died in 2014, new report says

One more reason why Utah is a great place for entrepreneurs and startups

Utah students 'grossly' unprepared for workforce, study says


Local Democrats unite under county party as other groups disband, adapt (SU Independent)

Provo Councilman Hales thanks public, continues to work through illness (Daily Herald)

Utah gas tax increase urged in 2015 (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

House passes $1.1 trillion spending bill (Washington Post)

Tea party fumes over campaign finance plan (Politico)

How Wall St. got its way (Politico)

Liberals: Obama abandoned us (Politico)

Reid, Pelosi split on funding package (The Hill)

Senate to consider $1.1T package Friday (The Hill)

Reindeer farmer saves 'cromnibus' with yes vote (The Hill)

How current events might play into America's shift in favor of gun rights (Christian Science Monitor)

Backers: Romney more open to 2016 run (Politico)

New DOJ report challenges that 'one in five' women are sexually assaulted in college (Daily Emerald)

CIA chief defends harsh interrogation tactics (Washington Post)

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