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Ten Things You Need to Know Today - Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City. There are 29 days left in 2015.

Don't expect a special session this month to fix election laws. Business leaders launch an effort to improve Utah's education system. The SLC City Council votes to give Biskupski funding for transition efforts.

The clock:

  • 54 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (1/25/2016)
  • 61 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus - (2/1/2016)
  • 69 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary (tentative) - (2/9/2016)
  • 100 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (3/10/2016)
  • 111 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic caucus meetings (3/22/2016)
  • 143 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic State Conventions (4/23/2016)
  • 210 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 342 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)

Wednesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. It looks like there won't be a special session in December so lawmakers can fix problems with Utah's election laws [Utah Policy].
  2. Sen. Orrin Hatch's approval ratings are rebounding, but they're not as high as Sen. Mike Lee's [Utah Policy].
  3. The Salt Lake City Council reverses course and approves some public money to pay for mayor-elect Jackie Biskupski's transition [Tribune, KUER].
  4. A coalition of businesses leaders is pushing to boost Utah's education ranking [2 News, ABC 4Deseret News, Tribune].
  5. A review of the DABC by Gov. Gary Herbert's office recommends restoring $500,000 that was cut from their budget earlier in 2015 [Tribune, Deseret News].
  6. Sen. Todd Weiler is sponsoring legislation to designate "official hashtags" for the state [2 News].
  7. Jeb Bush, Donald Trump, Ben Carson and Ted Cruz have all signed up to participate in the Utah Republican presidential caucus in March [Tribune].
  8. The Utah Department of Health is pushing for new warning labels on e-cigarettes which the industry says will hurt business in the state [2 News, Deseret News].
  9. Utahns spend less on health care than residents of any other state [Tribune].
  10. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg announces he will donate 99% of his stock in the company to charity over his lifetime, which would amount to a staggering $45 billion [Re-Code, Washington Post].

On this day in history:

  • 1804 - Napoleon crowned himself emperor of France.
  • 1823 - During his annual address to Congress, President James Monroe proclaimed a new U.S. foreign policy that became known as the "Monroe Doctrine."
  • 1942 - Scientists at the University of Chicago demonstrated the first self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction.
  • 1954 - The Senate voted 65-22 to condemn Wisconsin Sen. Joseph McCarthy for conduct unbecoming a senator.
  • 1982 - Doctors at the University of Utah Medical Center gave retired dentist Barney Clark the first permanent artificial heart. He survived 112 days.

Today At Utah Policy

Special Session to Fix Election Law Problems Looking Less Likely

While “hope springs eternal,” as one Capitol Hill source put it, a meeting Monday night between GOP Gov. Gary Herbert and Republican leaders in the state House and Senate resulted in no agreement on a special session before all lawmakers meet the end of January....

Poll: Utahns Approve of Lee More than Hatch

As he enters his first re-election cycle, freshman U.S. Sen. Mike Lee is looking pretty good to Utahns, a new UtahPolicy poll shows....

Rep. Eric Hutchings Discusses His Recent Trip to Pakistan (Video)

Rep. Eric Hutchings (R-Salt Lake City) recently returned from Islamabad, Pakistan where he spoke at an international conference about religious tolerance....

Podcast: Rep. Eric Hutchings Discusses His Recent Trip to Pakistan

Rep. Eric Hutchings (R-Salt Lake City) discusses his recent trip to Islamabad, Pakistan where he spoke at an international conference about religious tolerance....

Lee Proposes a New Model for the Pre-K Program Head Start

In an op-ed, Sen. Mike Lee discusses his proposed legislation that would eliminate Head Start's federal bureaucracy by funneling its $8.6 billion budget directly to the states, empowering local communities to fashion solutions that actually help low-income children....

Jonathan Johnson's First Radio Ad Slams the Utah Transit Authority (Audio)

Republican Jonathan Johnson is first out of the gate in the 2016 election media wars with a radio ad critical of the Utah Transit Authority....

Weekly Survey: Biskupski's City Hall Purge

Mayor-elect Jackie Biskupski is catching some flak for asking for the resignations of all appointed department heads in the city as part of the transition to a new administration. What do you think? Vote now in our weekly survey....

Policy News

Senator Lee Delivers Tribute to Governor Olene Walker (Video)
Senator Mike Lee shared a tribute on the Senate floor in honor of former Utah Governor Olene Walker....

Hatch Statement at Finance Hearing on OECD BEPS Reports
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) Tuesday delivered the following opening statement at a committee hearing examining the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation & Development’s (OECD) Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) reports, and the Euro...

Lee, Klobuchar Announce Hearing Date for SABMiller Acquisition by Anheuser-Busch Inbev
Senators Mike Lee (R-UT) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), the chairman and ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy, and Consumer Rights, today announced the committee will hold a hearing on Anheuser-Busch Inbev’s proposal to purcha...

Lake Powell Pipeline Preliminary Licensing Proposal to be Submitted to Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
The Preliminary Licensing Proposal for the Lake Powell Pipeline will be submitted to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Dec. 1, 2015, and FERC is anticipated to post it on its website within one day of that submission....

Can Improved Collaboration Resolve Environmental Disputes in the West?
A new 3-part initiative by the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law Environmental Dispute Resolution Program aims to support the use of collaboration by agencies working on environmental and natural resource issues in the west....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Once again, the holiday inversion season is a call to action

2300 East to get face-lift through Millcreek

Rolly: He’s baaaack — Swallow operative behind payday-lender PAC

Bush joins Trump, Carson, Cruz to qualify for Utah GOP presidential contest

Utah justices question whether term-limits case is moot

Utahns spend least of all Americans on health care

Pro-Becker email from University of Utah dean could test new election law

Utah business leaders call for investments in preschool, full-day kindergarten and teacher training

SLC gives Planned Parenthood a human rights award; city says it’s not a response to cuts or Utah politics

Reversal: Salt Lake City set to give transition funds to Biskupski

Utah guv says he wants to restore $500K that was cut from liquor agency

Revising history: Proposed education standards favor debate, would bring Utah Studies into 20th century

Deseret News

Richard Davis: Lessons from the life of Olene Walker

Op-ed: The case against the Homeless Commission recommendation

Jay Evensen: Politicians who stand on principle often get crushed

Editorial: Salt Lake City and County are leading an innovative approach to homelessness that looks very promising

Governor proposes pay raise for state liquor store workers, better retail service

Education agenda focused on goals and funding

E-cigarette regulations may be coming down the pipe


Provo Municipal Council ends year with packed agenda (Daily Herald)

Hughes: Education top issue for 2016 Utah Legislature (Standard-Examiner)

Utah lawmakers mull ways to collect Internet sales tax (Standard-Examiner)

Citizen's Survey outlines county's strengths, weaknesses (Park Record)

National Headlines

Could an 'accident' by Janet Yellen derail Clinton? (Politico)

Congress actually set to pass bills — lots of them (Politico)

FBI chief is wild card for Clinton (The Hill)

Joint Chiefs chairman: 'We have not contained' ISIS (The Hill)

Chicago police superintendent fired by mayor amid outcry over video of shooting (Washington Post)

Islamic State's online supporters include 300 Americans: report (Reuters)

Trump: 'Err on the side of security' (CNN)

Hillary Clinton Calls For New Civil Rights Laws 60 Years After Rosa Parks (TIME)

Republicans Rebuke President Obama's Climate Agenda (ABC News)

Supreme Court timetable gives President Obama an opening on immigration (USA Today)

O’Malley: Democratic rivals offer choice between ‘crony capitalism’ and ‘socialism’ (Washington Post)


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