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Ten Things You Need to Know Today - Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City. There are 16 days left in 2015.

GOP presidential candidates hit the debate stage tonight in Las Vegas. Chaffetz meets with Utah Muslims. Kasich will visit Utah on Wednesday.

The clock:

  • 41 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (1/25/2016)
  • 48 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus - (2/1/2016)
  • 56 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary (tentative) - (2/9/2016)
  • 87 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (3/10/2016)
  • 98 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic caucus meetings (3/22/2016)
  • 130 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic State Conventions (4/23/2016)
  • 197 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 330 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)

Tuesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Tonight is the second GOP debate in Las Vegas [The Hill, CNN, New York Times, Washingon Post].
  2. Donald Trump soars to 38-percent support among Republicans in the latest national poll [Washington Post].
  3. Congressional negotiators say they're getting close to agreement on a $1.1 trillion spending bill to avoid a government shutdown [The Hill].
  4. Rep. Jason Chaffetz meets with Utah Muslims and calls Trump's proposal to bar members of that faith from entering the country immoral [Deseret News, Tribune].
  5. Nearly 2/3 of Utahns support the death penalty over life imprisonment without parole [Utah Policy].
  6. GOP presidential candidate John Kasich will visit Utah for a fundraiser and will tour Welfare Square on Wednesday [Deseret News].
  7. 12 candidates will appear on the ballot for the 2016 Utah Republican Presidential Caucus [Utah Policy, 2 News].
  8. A judge delays the public corruption trial for former Utah Attorney General John Swallow so his new lawyer has time to prepare [2 News, Tribune, Deseret News].
  9. The massive snowstorm that pounded Utah on Monday won't make much of a dent in the state's drought [Tribune].
  10. Wanna be an astronaut? NASA is taking applications [USA Jobs].

On this day in history:

  • 1791 - The Bill of Rights, comprising the first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution took effect.
  • 1890 - Sioux Indian leader Sitting Bull was killed in a skirmish with U.S. soldiers along the Grand River in South Dakota.
  • 1916 - The French defeated the Germans in the World War I Battle of Verdun.
  • 1973 - The American Psychiatric Association reversed its longstanding position and declared that homosexuality isn't a mental illness.
  • 2003 - The late Sen. Strom Thurmond's family acknowledged Essie Mae Washington-Williams claim that she was Thurmond's illegitimate mixed-race daughter.

Today At Utah Policy

Poll Shows Majority of Utahns Support the Death Penalty

A majority of Utahns still favor the state having the death penalty, a new UtahPolicy poll shows....

The Top-10 Utah Political News Stories of 2015: #10 (Video)

We start our annual countdown of the top-10 political stories of the past year with a look at the failure of Prop. 1 in to of Utah's biggest counties. The measure would have slightly raised sales taxes to fund transit projects....

Podcast: The Top-10 Utah Political News Stories of 2015 - #10

Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott continue their annual countdown of the top-10 Utah political news stories of the year with a look at the failure of Prop. 1 in two of Utah's biggest counties....

Utah GOP Announces Presidential Caucus Candidates

The Utah Republican Party announced today the names of the candidates who will appear on the ballot for the March 22, 2016 Utah Republican Presidential Caucus. ...

'The Spin Room' - Polls, Bias and Personal Belief

Some of our public polling is generating an interesting reaction. People who disagree with the results are claiming we're "biased" or our polling is flawed because it cuts against their personal beliefs....

Policy News

Hatch Statement on Paris Climate Deal
Senator Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, the senior Republican in the United States Senate, issued the following statement following the administration’s announcement that an international climate deal had been reached in Paris:...

Utah State Senator Scott Jenkins Recognized with Alcohol Responsibility Leadership Award
The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility, a national not-for-profit organization funded by distillers that lead the fight to eliminate drunk driving and underage drinking, recognized Senator Scott Jenkins (R-UT, District 20) with its 2015 Leadership Award....

U Researchers: Federal Lands Takeover Won't Help State Obtain Mineral Resources
If states overcome long odds to prevail in their efforts to take over public lands from the federal government, states would not obtain significant mineral resources — a factor that could hobble the state’s economy, a new analysis released from theWallace Stegner...

Hatch, Wyden Applaud Introduction of Bipartisan Bill to Overhaul Medicare Audit & Appeals Process
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) introduced S. 2368, the Audit & Appeal Fairness, Integrity, and Reforms in Medicare (AFIRM) Act of 2015, legislation to improve the Medicare audit and appeals process. ...

Salt Lake County Earns Financial Ratings Upgrade
Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams is praising his fiscal management team and the Salt Lake County Council after receiving notice that Fitch Ratings, a national ratings firm, has assigned new, higher financial ratings to Salt Lake County bonds, including its transportation t...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Herbert should talk the talk by speaking up for Moab MLP

Op-ed: Lieutenant governor keeps legitimate term-limits question from voters

Editorial: Taxpayers should know more about charter schools

Utah judge cancels 2016 public corruption trial for John Swallow

Priority projects identified for ‘leftover’ Utah highway funds

Rep. Jason Chaffetz meets with Utah Muslims, denounces Donald Trump’s comments

Deseret News

Chris Stewart: What every candidate must learn from the debacle in Syria

Op-ed: Strong economy means diversity

Jay Evensen: The Bill of Rights

Judge delays trial in criminal case against ex-Utah Attorney General John Swallow

GOP presidential hopeful John Kasich to tour Salt Lake's Welfare Square

Health care enrollment deadline passes Tuesday

Chaffetz speaks with Muslim Utahns, says ban on Muslim immigration 'not moral'


Why cities against the Wasatch don't worry as much about water, and the rest do (Daily Herald)

National Headlines

McConnell vows ambitious agenda in treacherous 2016 (Politico)

Trump's next target: Ted Cruz (Politico)

Rubio ridicules ‘ridiculous’ Obama climate deal (The Hill)

Negotiators see $1.1T deal in sight (The Hill)

Tashfeen Malik messaged Facebook friends about her support for jihad (Los Angeles Times)

Trump's Medical Report Is More Insane Than His Campaign Somehow (Daily Beast)

Background checks, no-fly-list gun ban debated at tense Sacramento hearing (Sacramento Bee)

The No-Growth Democratic Party (Wall Street Journal)

Feds Make Push as Obamacare Sign-Up Deadline Arrives Tuesday (NBC News)

Fed rate hike likely to tap economy's brakes (USA Today)

Puerto Rico's Governor Won't Run for Re-Election in 2016 (Bloomberg)


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