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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

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Ten Things You Need to Know for Tuesday - December 16, 2014

Procedural maneuver backfires on Senate Republicans. Only voters on the far-right oppose "Count My Vote" and SB 54. Another possible site for the new prison bows out.


  • Days until the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 41
  • Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 86
  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 238
  • Days to the 2015 election - 322
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - 398
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 693

Tuesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. The Taliban storms a school in Pakistan killing at least 126 people [CNN].
  2. The U.S. Senate is set to confirm 24 of President Obama's nominations before adjourning thanks to a procedural maneuver by Sens. Ted Cruz and Mike Lee that backfired [The Hill].
  3. A new survey finds only voters on the far-right in Utah oppose "Count My Vote" and the SB 54 compromise [Utah Policy].
  4. Members of the Prison Relocation Commission are struggling to deal with opposition to the sites identified as possible new locations for the state prison [Tribune].
  5. The West Jordan site selected as a finalist for the new prison is off the table as property owners pull it from consideration [Deseret News, Tribune].
  6. Former Rep. Jackie Biskupski says she's "likely" to run for Salt Lake City Mayor with an official announcement coming early in 2015 [Utah Policy].
  7. Education officials release this year's grades for Utah's public schools [Deseret News, Tribune].
  8. Marc Sessions Jenson, a player in the scandal involving former attorneys general Mark Shurtleff and John Swallow, will stand trial next month [Tribune].
  9. Congress passes a bill allowing BYU to purchase Y Mountain [Daily Herald].
  10. Super bad news for Real Salt Lake fans: GM Garth Lagerwey is leaving the club and heading to the Seattle Sounders [Tribune, Deseret News].

On this day in history:

  • 1773 - The Boston Tea party took place as American colonists boarded a British ship and dumped more than 300 chests of tea overboard to protest tea taxes.
  • 1916 - Gregory Rasputin, the monk who had wielded powerful influence over the Russian court, was murdered by a group of noblemen.
  • 1944 - The Battle of the Bulge during World War II began as German forces launched a surprise counterattack against Allied forces in Belgium.
  • 1998 - President Bill Clinton ordered a sustained series of airstrikes against Iraq by American and British forces in response to Saddam Hussein's defiance of U.N. weapons inspectors.

Today At Utah Policy

Poll: Only Far-Right Utahns Oppose 'Count My Vote' and SB 54
Support for the original Count My Vote citizen initiative petition and its 2014 legislative compromise, SB54, remains strong among nearly all Utahns, a new UtahPolicy poll conducted by Dan Jones & Associates finds....

Biskupski 'Likely' to Run for Mayor; Announcement to Come in January
Jackie Biskupski says she is "likely" set to enter the race for Salt Lake City Mayor with an official announcement coming early in 2015....

Conservative Poll Gives Lee High Favorable Marks
A new poll commissioned by the Club for Growth finds 76% of Utah Republicans have a favorable rating of of Sen. Mike Lee....

Vote for the Top Utah Political Story of 2014
What was the top news story in Utah politics in the last year? Vote now!...

Forbes Slams Utah 'Crony Capitalism'
Contributor Patrick Gleasonsays Utah insurance brokers are using the power of the state to unfairly targetZenefits, a San Francisco-based startup that connects companies with health insurance providers....

Featured Items

New .VOTE and .VOTO Web Domains Launched
Monolith Registry today announced the first phase of the introduction of two new generic top-level domains: “dot VOTE” or .VOTE; and its Spanish/Italian/Portuguese counterpart “dot VOTO” or .VOTO. .VOTE and .VOTO are designed to help governm...

AEDI/Pollina Ranks Utah in Top 10 for Economic Development Organizations
In a first of its kind ranking, the Governor’s Office of Economic Development has been recognized by American Economic Development Institute and Pollina Corporate as being in the top ten of state economic development organizations. ...

Mayor Becker Mobilizing Community to Help Fight Relocating Prison to Salt Lake City
Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker is inviting Salt Lake City residents to join him at a meeting Tuesday night to plan a strategy with him for making Salt Lake City’s collective voices opposing the prison heard - at the Legislature and in the Governor’s ...

Governor appoints Gardner to the 3rd District Court
Gov. Gary R. Herbert has appointed James D. Gardner as a judge to fill a vacancy on the 3rd District Court....

Governor appoints Kendall to the 3rd District Court
Gov. Gary R. Herbert has appointed William K. Kendall as a judge to fill a vacancy on the 3rd District Court....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Herbert's budget dares lawmakers

Editorial: Utah should tax e-cigarettes

Emery County mine to shut down; 182 losing their jobs

Commission has misgivings about Utah prison site finalists

Key figure in Swallow-Shurtleff scandal faces trial next month

West Jordan appears out of running for prison

Utah schools get two report cards

Deseret News

Editorial: Moving forward following congressional approval of $1.1 trillion spending bill

Water world: Can the water supply be protected as the state grows?

Overview of the Deseret News water series: A look at water challenges in Utah

Schools get their grades and a dose of criticism

Utahns favor Count My Vote and SB54, new poll shows

Prison relocation sites down to four as West Jordan property pulled by owners


Congress passes bill that allows BYU to purchase Y Mountain (Daily Herald)

Editorial: State pay raise proposal insulting (Standard-Examiner)

No area schools receive Fs in state report, but a few Ds handed out (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Poll: Almost half say torture sometimes needed (Politico)

Will cheap oil kill Keystone? (Politico) faces crucial deadline (The Hill)

Reid in final push to clear Obama nominees, close Congress (The Hill)

The Democratic Party Debates Its Soul (Politico)

At stake for Dems in 2015? Only the future of the party (CNBC)

Is Elizabeth Warren really truly not running for president? (Christian Science Monitor)

Supreme Court allows injunction in Arizona abortion case to stand (Christian Science Monitor)

Jeb Bush Begins to Make His Move (NBC News)

Rolling Stone Writer Contacting UVA Students As Magazine Reviews Disputed Article (Huffington Post)

Supreme Court Says Police Mistakes Can Still Lead to Valid Arrests (NBC News)

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