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Ten Things You Need to Know Today - Wednesday, December 16, 2015

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

GOP presidential candidates face off in Las Vegas. Congress comes up with a spending bill to avoid a shutdown. Salt Lake County approves the 2016 budget.

The clock:

  • 40 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (1/25/2016)
  • 47 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus - (2/1/2016)
  • 55 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary (tentative) - (2/9/2016)
  • 86 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (3/10/2016)
  • 97 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic caucus meetings (3/22/2016)
  • 129 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic State Conventions (4/23/2016)
  • 196 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 329 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)

Wednesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. You might have heard that the Republican presidential candidates had a little get together in Las Vegas Tuesday night [New York Times, Washington Post, CNNThe Hill, Vox].
  2. Congressional Republicans unveil a $1.6 trillion spending deal to avoid a government shutdown [The Hill, Roll Call].
  3. Los Angeles shut down their school system on Tuesday due to a terrorist threat. That turns out to have been a hoax [LA Times].
  4. Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams has high approval ratings heading into his re-election bid in 2016 [Utah Policy].
  5. The number of times cops accessed the state prescription drug database has fallen dramatically after lawmakers passed a bill requiring a warrant to look at the list [2 News, Tribune].
  6. The Salt Lake County Council passes next year's budget that keeps a tax in place to fund criminal justice reform [2 News, Deseret NewsTribune]. 
  7. Next year's legislative session could be a record-setter with the number of bills filed [Fox 13].
  8. Republican gubernatorial candidate Jonathan Johnson and Democratic Sen. Jim Dabakis will debate twice this week [ABC 4].
  9. Ridership on the Sugar House Streetcar is up nearly 20% this year, but that's still far below what planners predicted [Tribune].
  10. Former GOP presidential candidate Scott Walker is paying off his campaign debts by selling his donor email lists to other candidates [Politico].

On this day in history:

  • 1770 - Composer Ludwig van Beethoven was born in Bonn, Germany.
  • 1773 - About 50 American patriots, protesting the British tax on tea, dumped 342 chests of it into Boston Harbor in what became known as the "Boston Tea Party."
  • 1916 - Gregory Rasputin, the monk who had wielded powerful influence over the Russian court, was murdered by a group of noblemen.
  • 1944 - Germany announced a counteroffensive in World War II that became known as "The Battle of the Bulge."
  • 1978 - Cleveland, Ohio defaulted on its financial obligations, the first American city to do so since the Great Depression.
  • 2010 - Larry King concluded his CNN talk show after 25 years.

Today At Utah Policy

Poll: McAdams Enjoying Sky-High Approval Ratings

Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams is going to be very tough to beat in 2016 if his approval ratings are any indication....

The Top-10 Utah Political News Stories of 2015: #9 (Video)

The LDS Church decided to stay with the Boy Scouts after the organization announced they would allow openly gay men to serve as leaders. Additionally, the LDS Church changed their policy regarding same-sex couples in the church and their children. ...

Podcast: The Top-10 Utah Political News Stories of 2015 - #9

Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott continue their countdown of the top-10 Utah political news stories of 2015....

Johnson Challenging Herbert from the Right

E&E Publishing takes an in-depth look at Jonathan Johnson's uphill bid to unseat popular Utah Gov. Gary Herbert, focusing particularly on Johnson's desire to transfer most of Utah's public lands from federal to state control.Reports Jennifer Yachnin:Johnson, who launched...

'The Spin Room' - Medical Marijuana and the 2016 Legislature

A new survey finds 61% of Utahns support the legalization of medical marijuana. Will Utah lawmakers be able to pass a measure legalizing marijuana in the 2016 session?...

Policy News

Better Utah Challenges Candidates to End Violent Rhetoric
The Alliance for a Better Utah, a founding member of the Ballots Not Bullets Coalition, is uniting with organizations across the country to call on political and media elites to stop using violent rhetoric in the face of an increasing number of politically-motivated sho...

Lower Housing and Gasoline Prices Contribute to Decline in Wasatch Front Consumer Price Index
The Zions Bank Wasatch Front Consumer Price Index decreased 0.6 percent from October to November on a non-seasonally adjusted basis....

Ron Jibson to be Honored as 37th Giant in Our City
The Salt Lake Chamber, Utah’s largest and longest-standing statewide business association, has announced that Ron Jibson will be honored as the 37th Giant in Our City....

Prosperity 2020 Lauds Governor's Commitment to Education in Proposed 2017 Budget
Alan Hall, Chairman of Prosperity 2020, in partnership with Education, First issues the following statement regarding Gov. Herbert’s fiscal year 2017 budget proposal:...

Hatch Delivers Final Speech in Series Highlighting Importance of Religious Liberty
Senator Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, the senior Republican in the United States Senate, delivered the eighth and final speech in a series on the importance of religious liberty in public life....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Don’t give outside public-lands lawyers a $14 million ‘blank check’

Editorial: Utah congressman reaches out to local Muslims

Sugar House Streetcar ridership up 19% this year, still less than half feds' prediction for opening

Kasich will bring presidential campaign to Utah, tour LDS facility

Jeffrey Holt resigns as Utah Transportation Commission chairman

Senate committee approves John Pearce for Utah Supreme Court seat

Rolly: Want to know which Utah lawmakers are throwing away your $14 million? Here they are

Use of Utah drug database plummeted after crackdown over abuse

Council keeps jail tax alive in budget OK

Deseret News

Richard Davis: The attorney general's office has something to hide?

12 candidates file to appear on Utah GOP presidential caucus ballot

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

Study: Salt Lake among most affordable health care cities, but with some caveats

Council concedes to tax continuation for criminal justice reform


Expanding northern Utah County cities thirsty for new water sources (Daily Herald)

1,500 Ogden acres at stake amid land conservation dispute (Standard-Examiner)

County's 2016 internal audit to focus on revenue (Logan Herald Journal)

Smithfield named safest city in Utah (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

Rubio and Cruz rumble in Las Vegas (Politico)

Trump swats at CNN, mocks Bush's poll numbers (The Hill)

Republicans slam Trump -- and each other -- at debate (CNN)

Ryan, McConnell: Obama standing in the way of tax reform (The Hill)

Congress on verge of major deal freezing ObamaCare taxes (The Hill)

Who really supports Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Ben Carson, Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush — in 5 charts (Washington Post)

Clinton seeks stark contrast with GOP on terrorism and national security (Washington Post)

Oil Exports Last Obstacle to U.S. Spending Bill, Reid Says (Bloomberg)

Analysis: Super PACs dominate airwaves in presidential contest (USA Today)

GAO hits EPA for ‘covert propaganda’ to promote ‘waters of the United States’ (WOTUS) rule (Washington Post)

Here's how long it's been since the Fed raised rates (CNNMoney)


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