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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

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Local News Highlights: Daily Briefing

Ten Things You Need to Know for Tuesday - December 2, 2014

GOP races to avoid another government shutdown. Study says Utah could manage public lands. Becker announces run for a third term.


  • Days until the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 55
  • Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 100
  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 252
  • Days to the 2015 election - 336
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - 412
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 707

Tuesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. House Republicans meet Tuesday morning to try and avoid another government shutdown [Roll Call].
  2. President Obama says his administration will provide funds to buy body cameras for police officers and tighten standards for police ownership of military style equipment [New York Times].
  3. Attorney General Eric Holder is set to unveil new guidelines to limit racial profiling by federal law enforcement agencies [Reuters].
  4. A new study suggests Utah could profit if it took control of public lands in the state from the feds [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune].
  5. Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker announces he's running for a third term [Utah Policy, Deseret News, ABC 4, Tribune].
  6. The Utah GOP sues to kill the "Count My Vote" compromise [Deseret News, Tribune].
  7. Stericycle agrees to pay a $2.3 million fine which could be cut in half if the company moves its medical incinerator to Tooele County [Tribune, Deseret News].
  8. Regulators are considering cracking down on wood burning stoves along the Wasatch Front [Tribune].
  9. Utah schools are still working to send parents SAGE testing reports to parents [Tribune].
  10. Even though you didn't ask for it, here's Michelle Bachmann rapping "Thrift Shop" [Mediaite].

On this day in history:

  • 1804 - Napoleon was crowned emperor of France.
  • 1823 - President James Monroe outlined his doctrine opposing European expansion in the Western Hemisphere.
  • 1942 - A self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction was demonstrated for the first time at the University of Chicago.
  • 1954 - The Senate voted to condemn Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy for "conduct that tends to bring the Senate into dishonor and disrepute."
  • 1982 - Doctors at the University of Utah Medical Center performed the first implant of a permanent artificial heart in a human. Barney Clark lived 112 days with the device.

Today At Utah Policy

Study Says Utah Might Profit from Management of Public Lands
A new study, released Monday, shows that the Utah State government can take over all federal BLM and U.S. Forest Service lands in Utah and manage those lands at a profit....

Becker in the Driver's Seat for 2015
Bad news Monday for former state Rep. Jackie Biskupski, current Sen. Jim Dabakis or any other Democrat who was looking to run for Salt Lake City mayor next year....

Utah GOP Files Lawsuit to Kill 'Count My Vote' Compromise
The Utah Republican party took to federal court to undo a compromise reached between Utah lawmakers and organizers of the "Count My Vote" initiative that provides for a second path to the primary ballot. ...

Becker's In for a Third Run
Ralph Becker officially launched his bid for a third term as Salt Lake City Mayor on Monday morning....

See How Conservatives and Liberals Ignore Each Other on Twitter
This could be the best illustration of the partisan divide on social media. Liberal and conservative Twitter users basically ignored each other when talking about the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson, Missouri....

Will Utah Lawmakers Ever Pass Campaign Finance Reform? (Video)
House Minority Leader Brian King tells Managing Editor Bryan Schott why Utah lawmakers are so reluctant to pass campaign finance restrictions, but he thinks the tide is beginning to turn....

Podcast: Rep. Brian King Talks Campaign Finance Reform
House Minority Leader Brian King tells Managing Editor Bryan Schott why Utah lawmakers are so reluctant to pass campaign finance restrictions, but he thinks the tide is beginning to turn....

Updated: Becker to Announce He Will Run for a Third Term, Garrott Also Running for SLC Mayor has confirmed Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker will announce his bid for a third term Monday morning....

Featured Items

In Utah, Economic Development is a Team Sport
It's time to add a new "first" to EDCUtah's list of successes. In addition to its record number of project wins, active projects, site visits and jobs created and retained, EDCUtah has also set a new membership record.Kevin Bischoff, director of member...

Hungarian Gold Cross of Merit Awarded in Utah
The Governor’s Office of Economic Development, in conjunction with the World Trade Center Utah and the Consulate General of Hungary in Los Angeles, hosted an award ceremony at the State Capital on November 25th, 2014. ...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Tax hike to pay for schools should be pursued

Economists: Transferring federal lands could generate revenue for Utah

Rolly: Teacher who balked at Granite's testing fighting to get her job back

County fleet shop to have regional appeal

Citing increasing bear population, state proposes changes to hunt

Becker seeking third term; Garrott to challenge him as Rocky, Biskupski consider running, too

Utah GOP sues state to invalidate Count My Vote changes

Stericycle agrees to record $2.3 million fine that will be halved if company moves to Tooele County

Deseret News

Henri Sisneros: Utah's chance to fix justice system

Op-ed: School board needs better elections

Faith, business and Utah leaders weigh in on Clean Power Plan

Study: Federal lands transfer for Utah could be profitable

Utah GOP sues state over changes to candidate selection process

Judge expects ex-A.G.s Mark Shurtleff, John Swallow to attend all court hearings

Ralph Becker to seek third term as Salt Lake mayor

Proposed Stericycle settlement calls for $2.3 million fine, move to Tooele County


Federal land transfer to Utah could be profitable (Standard-Examiner)

Economic report: transfer of federal lands to Utah could yield millions (Logan Herald Journal)

Coming Down the Pike: Jon Pike weighs in on RAP Tax, Ambulance wars and curbside recycling (SU Independent)

National Headlines

Congress on the brink (Politico)

Reid threatens to extend lame-duck (The Hill)

White House Calls for Funding for Police Body Cameras (Newsweek)

Elizabeth Lauten, critic of Sasha and Malia Obama, resigns (Los Angeles Times)

When are violent Facebook posts a crime? The US Supreme Court decides (Telegraph)

Military Warned to Be Wary of 'Home-Grown' ISIS-Inspired Attacks (NBC News)

Early Voting Data Looks Troublesome For Mary Landrieu (Huffington Post)

Hillary Clinton slates return trip to Canada (CNN)

Death toll from crashes linked to faulty GM ignition switches rises to 36 (Guardian)

Attorneys petition Supreme Court to stay mentally ill man's execution (Al Jazeera)

UAW presses Daimler at Alabama plant after NLRB victory (Reuters)

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