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Ten Things You Need to Know Today - Friday, December 18, 2015

Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City. There are 13 days left in 2015.

Democratic presidential candidates set to debate Saturday. Biskupski names Litvack to her senior staff. A campaign finance complaint has been filed against Utah's newest state senator.

The clock:

  • 38 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (1/25/2016)
  • 45 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus - (2/1/2016)
  • 53 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary - (2/9/2016)
  • 83 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (3/10/2016)
  • 95 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic caucus meetings (3/22/2016)
  • 127 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic State Conventions (4/23/2016)
  • 193 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 326 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)

Friday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Democratic presidential candidates are set to debate on Saturday night in New Hampshire [Politico, New York Times].
  2. Bernie Sanders' campaign has been accused of improperly accessing voter information gathered by Hillary Clinton's campaign operation [Washington Post].
  3. President Barack Obama is set to use executive action to tighten gun laws after the holiday season [Roll Call].
  4. Congress reaches an accord on a spending bill to keep the government running [New York Times].
  5. Jackie Biskupski taps former House Minority Leader David Litvack as her deputy chief of staff [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune].
  6. Incoming Utah State Senator Lincoln Fillmore has been accused of violating campaign finance law by accepting a donation from a company that manages public charter schools [Tribune].
  7. Sen. Mike Lee is blasting a move to tuck a cybersecurity measure inside the omnibus spending bill [2 News].
  8. A renewal for the Land and Water Conservation Fund has found its way inside the massive omnibus spending bill set for approval on Friday. Previously, Rep. Rob Bishop tried to force some changes to the fund [Tribune].
  9. A judge has put the brakes on the sale of Miller Motorsports Park because Tooele County sold the property below fair market value [2 News, ABC 4Deseret News].
  10. Utah is outpacing the rest of the country with job growth, but wages are not keeping up [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1787 - New Jersey became the third state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.
  • 1865 - The 13th Amendment to the Constitution abolished slavery in the United States.
  • 1957 - The first nuclear facility in the United States to generate electricity, the Shippingport Atomic Power Station in Pennsylvania, went online.
  • 1972 - Following the collapse of peace talks with North Vietnam, President Richard Nixon announced the beginning of Operation Linebacker II, a bombing campaign against targets in Hanoi and Haiphong.

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Lee: Push Spending Vote Into Next Year

Mike Lee urges his Senate colleagues to delay voting on the omnibus spending bill, calling it a "monstrosity" that needs to be properly reviewed and debated. ...

Bishop, Chaffetz Blast Interior Dept. over Lease Sales

Reps. Rob Bishop and Jason Chaffetz call out the Interior Department for delaying a recent series of oil-and-gas lease sales in Utah, Arkansas, and Michigan, accusing the department of kowtowing to pressure from environmentalists....

Policy News

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Lee: The Omnibus: 'An Insult To The American People'
Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the need to pass a six-week continuing resolution to fund the government, which would allow for an open process where controversial policies and issues in the omnibus spending bill can be p...

Press Release: Rep. Bishop Votes to Protect Americans from Tax Hikes
Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT) voted in favor of the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act. The bill makes a number of tax provisions permanent and grants predictability, clarity, and certainty to individuals, families, and job creators. Rep. Bishop offered the followi...

Hatch: Tax Relief Plan Will Directly Help Utahns, Utah Small Businesses
After years of facing years of uncertainty with their tax bills, Utah’s small businesses and job creators no longer have to play a guessing game thanks to the bipartisan PATH Act, which provides permanent tax relief to grow our economy....

Lee Calls For Democratic Process On Omnibus
Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) issued the following statement Thursday regarding the omnibus spending bill scheduled for a vote Friday:...

Biskupski Names Former Democratic House Leader Litvack Deputy Chief of Staff
Mayor-elect Jackie Biskupski released the following statement regarding her choice of Deputy Chief of Staff:...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: County justice reform plan puts brains over bars

Rolly: Utah’s charter schools were supposed to be more frugal — not

EPA decision: Is Utah’s plan to clean up haze OK, or are stricter pollution controls needed?

Complaint cites charter school company’s donation to campaign of prospective Utah senator

Congress set to renew land conservation fund Utah’s Bishop wanted to overhaul

Utah leads nation in job growth, but wages are lower than national average

Biskupski names David Litvack deputy chief of staff

Lyman’s predecessor says ‘an example needs to be made’ of Utah commissioner who led ATV protest

Deseret News

Op-ed: My view: Where have all the conscious consumers gone?

UTA board approves 2016 budget

Utah congressmen want answers from BLM over postponed auctions

EPA proposes two options to address Utah's regional haze

Health officials defend Utah's poor placement in latest infectious disease report

Lawyers again seek to postpone fraud trial for Jeremy Johnson, associates

Mayor-elect Biskupski selects new deputy chief of staff


Davis school board grinds through 5 boundary options (Standard-Examiner)

State purchases $6.7 million piece of land for W. Davis Corridor (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Window for an independent Trump bid is wide open (Politico)

Bad blood: Reid-McConnell relationship hits new low (Politico)

Pelosi unsure omnibus can pass (The Hill)

House approves $622B tax plan (The Hill)

San Bernardino shooter’s friend arrested (Washington Post)

Obama, at Counterterrorism Center, Offers Assurances on Safety (New York Times)

Internet donations power Bernie Sanders ahead of Democratic primary (USA Today)

Pentagon chief’s use of personal email will prompt Senate review (Washington Post)

Pew Report: Financial Gap Between American Families Impacting Parenting (NBC News)

The budget bill will unleash wind and solar. Here’s what that means for the climate (Washington Post)

Global stock markets cheer Federal Reserve rate hike, but deeper questions loom for consumers and countries (Washington Post)


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