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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

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Ten Things You Need to Know for Wednesday - December 17, 2014

Utahns don't want to move the prison. The 113th Congress comes to an end. Jeb Bush makes a move toward running for president in 2016.


  • Days until the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 40
  • Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 85
  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 237
  • Days to the 2015 election - 321
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - 397
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 692

Wednesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Jeb Bush says he will actively explore a run for president in 2016 [Politico].
  2. The 113th Congress mercifully comes to an end after two years of dysfunction [National Journal].
  3. A majority of Utahns don't want to move the state prison according to a new poll [Utah Policy].
  4. A group of Salt Lake City leaders oppose moving the prison to their city while the panel tasked with finding a new spot for the facility are looking for new potential sites to add to the list [Deseret News, Tribune].
  5. Sen. Mike Lee is denying he helped push through a number of appointments by President Obama with a procedural move that backfired in the waning hours of the 113th Congress [Tribune].
  6. Utah House Republicans meet in an all-day planning session ahead of the 2015 Legislature [Deseret News, Tribune].
  7. Why is Utah's voter turnout so low? The biggest reason is the lack of competitive elections [Utah Data Points].
  8. A new Utah Foundation report says the number of adult Utahns without a college degree is among the highest in the nation [Tribune].
  9. Former Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson says he won't challenge Ralph Becker in 2015 [Tribune].
  10. A new survey finds just 40% of Americans say race relations in the country are good [NBC News].

On this day in history:

  • 1903 - Orville and Wilbur Wright made the first man-powered airplane flight near Kitty Hawk, N.C.
  • 1975 - Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme was sentenced to life in prison for her attempt on the life of President Gerald R. Ford. She was paroled in 2009.
  • 1992 - President George H.W. Bush signed the North American Free Trade Act.
  • 2005 - President George W. Bush acknowledged he's personally authorized a secret eavesdropping program in the U.S. following the Sept. 11 terrorist Attacks.

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: 'Vaping' case exposes Utah consumer division weakness

California company says Utah business-friendly talk just blah-blah-blah

Lee defends weekend move, denies opening door on Obama nominees

Rocky Anderson will not run against Ralph Becker for Salt Lake City mayor

Rolly: When is award bad news for Utah Republican? When it comes from a left-leaning group

Utah Foundation: Try performance pay, other 'game changers' in higher ed

House GOP goes to school on most pressing state issues

West Valley OKs police body camera project

Salt Lake County OKs nearly $10M in ZAP tax grants

State leaders plan to put new sites on prison list

Deseret News

Mike Lee: Change is coming to Washington

Jay Evensen: Should Utah raise its gas tax? No, look for alternatives

Richard Davis: 2014's 'most important' could be personal benefits in employment, health care and education

Editorial: We must be vigilant and realistic about 'lone-wolf' attacks, but not paranoid

Poll: Utah residents crave local agriculture

Groups launch lawsuit over Tesoro refinery plan

Utah House GOP ready to tackle Medicaid policy, gas tax

Top educators consider 'game changers' for college graduation

Plan to relocate prison to Salt Lake City 'too much for our community,' councilman says

Share light with others, governor says at Hanukkah event

Obama signature all that's left in BYU's quest to buy Y Mountain


E-cigarette industry fights proposed Utah tax (Standard-Examiner)

Hill cites $3.3 billion economic impact to the Top of Utah (Standard-Examiner)

Governor's budget puts spotlight on education (Park Record)

National Headlines

Obama signs $1.1T spending package (The Hill)

Jeb Bush's decision to explore presidential bid scrambles the 2016 GOP field (Washington Post)

Rand Paul hits Jeb Bush on support for Common Core (Politico)

Bush announcement makes path to White House tougher for Romney, Rubio (Reuters)

Senate OKs nominees and tax bill as term nears end (Washington Post)

LAPD's plan for 7,000 body cameras comes with challenges (Los Angeles Times)

Cruz apologizes to fellow senators for inconvenience of weekend vote (FOX News)

Conservative Groups Defend Cruz On Spending Bill Tactics (Daily Caller)

The 113th Congress's furious finish (Politico)

Murthy's Confirmation Battle Between Public Health Experts and the Gun Lobby (Bloomberg)

Antony Blinken Confirmed as Deputy Secretary of State (Wall Street Journal)

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