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Wednesday, December 2, 2015
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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.
- 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:
- It looks like there won't be a special session in December so lawmakers can fix problems with Utah's election laws [Utah Policy].
- Sen. Orrin Hatch's approval ratings are rebounding, but they're not as high as Sen. Mike Lee's [Utah Policy].
- The Salt Lake City Council reverses course and approves some public money to pay for mayor-elect Jackie Biskupski's transition [Tribune, KUER].
- A coalition of businesses leaders is pushing to boost Utah's education ranking [2 News, ABC 4, Deseret News, Tribune].
- 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].
- Sen. Todd Weiler is sponsoring legislation to designate "official hashtags" for the state [2 News].
- Jeb Bush, Donald Trump, Ben Carson and Ted Cruz have all signed up to participate in the Utah Republican presidential caucus in March [Tribune].
- 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].
- Utahns spend less on health care than residents of any other state [Tribune].
- 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....
|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....
|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....
|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...
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