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Ten Things You Need to Know Today - Monday, December 21, 2015

Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City. There are ten days left in 2015.

Ted Cruz leads the GOP pack in Utah. Payday lenders sued a lot of Utahns last year. Phil Lyman gets ten days in jail and three years probation.

The clock:

  • 35 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (1/25/2016)
  • 42 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus - (2/1/2016)
  • 50 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary - (2/9/2016)
  • 80 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (3/10/2016)
  • 92 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic caucus meetings (3/22/2016)
  • 124 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic State Conventions (4/23/2016)
  • 190 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 323 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)

Monday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Ted Cruz surges to the head of the GOP field in Utah while Donald Trump falls to fourth place [Utah Policy].
  2. Hillary Clinton looked like a candidate with an eye on next year's general election during the Democratic presidential debate on Saturday [New York Times, Washington Post, Politico].
  3. Bernie Sanders' campaign says he's beaten Barack Obama's record for individual donors during a presidential campaign [New York Times].
  4. San Juan County Commissioner Phil Lyman is sentenced to 10 days in jail and three years probation for his role in leading an illegal ATV protest into Recapture Canyon [Deseret News].
  5. Sentencing for former Rep. Justin Miller is delayed in his communications fraud trial because the judge in the case had a conflict [Deseret News, Tribune].
  6. Payday lenders sued nearly 8,000 Utahns last year for not being able to pay back their loans [Tribune].
  7. Incoming Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski announces she is engaged to be married [Deseret News, Fox 13].
  8. Biskupski sets her priorities for her first year in office [Deseret News].
  9. Senate President Wayne Niederhauser says budget, infrastructure and education will be the top issues during the 2016 Legislature [Daily Herald].
  10. Utah's unemployment rate is up slightly from last year's numbers [Deseret News].

On this day in history:

  • 1620 - The Pilgrims arrived at Plymouth, Mass., following a 63-day voyage from England aboard the Mayflower.
  • 1864 - Union Gen. William T. Sherman continued his Civil War "march to the sea" across the South and arrived in Savannah, Ga.
  • 1937 - Walt Disney's "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," the first full-length animated film, opened in Los Angeles.
  • 1988 - A bomb exploded aboard a Pan Am Boeing 747 over Lockerbie, Scotland, killing 270 people.
  • 1991 - 11 former Soviet republics declared an end to the Soviet Union and forged a commonwealth that guaranteed independence.

Today At Utah Policy

Poll: Ted Cruz Leading GOP Field in Utah; Trump Slips to Fourth Place

Donald Trump has slipped to fourth place among Utah Republicans in the presidential contest following his controversial statements on Muslims being allowed into the U.S., a new UtahPolicy poll finds....

The Top-10 Utah Political News Stories of 2015: #6 (Video)

Businessman Jonathan Johnson's desire to take on Gov. Gary Herbert for the GOP nomination in 2016 has been one of the worst-kept secrets in Utah politics. ...

Love to Trump: Quit Currying Favor with Putin

Rep. Mia Love says GOP presidential frontrunner Donald Trump should focus on winning over Americans rathern than Russian strongman Vladimir Putin....

Bishop: Is EPA Sabotaging Gold King Mine Spill Investigation?

In a letter to the EPA's inspector general, Rep. Rob Bishop expresses concern that the agency is trying to derail an internal review of its handling of a massive mine wastewater spill in Colorado....

Policy News

Press Release: UAMPS Honors Key Leaders & Organizations
Several key leaders who have made significant contributions to public power were recently honored at the Utah Associated Municipal Systems (UAMPS) 2015 Member Meeting in Salt Lake City. Matt Draper, vice chair of the UAMPS board, presented the awards....

Hatch Applauds Nomination of Ronald G. Russell to U.S. District Court
The White House announced the nomination of Ronald G. Russell, a shareholder in the Salt Lake City law firm Parr Brown Gee & Loveless, to the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah. U.S. Senator Orrin G. Hatch (R-Utah), a senior member and former Chairman of the Se...

Hatch Pays Tribute to Beloved Utahn, Bishop Nathan Graham
Senator Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, the senior Republican in the United States Senate, spoke on the Senate floor to pay tribute to native Utahn Nathan Graham, a beloved bishop and member of the Washington D.C. LDS community who passed away suddenly....

Salt Lake County Council Approves Candidates for New Mountain Planning Commission
The Salt Lake County Council has interviewed and approved an eight candidates nominated by Mayor Ben McAdams for the newly-created planning commission overseeing the Mountainous Planning District....

Press Release: Child Advocates Celebrate a Day of Congressional Wins for Children
Voices for Utah Children welcomes the news that a bipartisan agreement has been reached to prevent provisions of the Child Tax Credit and the Earned Income Tax Credit from expiring....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: UTA’s governance problems are solvable

Op-ed: Hughes’ Swiss trip is further sign that Mountain Accord pushes unwanted canyon rail

Op-ed: Hatch’s test-range bill is a win for Utah schoolchildren

Rolly: Utah GOP has become its own worst enemy

Editorial: Compromise saves conservation fund

Editorial: Utah needs more brain power to compete

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

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

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

Biskupski names David Litvack deputy chief of staff

Utah’s Lee says Rubio is ‘dead wrong’ about USA Freedom Act

Utahn elected chairman of the Federal Election Commission

Huntsmans to donate up to $1 million for fundraiser to benefit homeless people in Utah

In wake of ‘black eye’ from audit, UCAT postpones naming president at request of Utah Senate

West-sider sought for planning board

Nearly 1 million Utah acres sit unused by oil industry or recreation, report says

Undocumented immigrant among Utahns learning to spur activism through filmmaking

Payday lenders sued 7,927 Utahns last year

Deseret News

Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Pontificating on the possibility of running out of party ice

Op-ed: Clean power plan means prosperity for Utahns

Op-ed: Utah needs to use new technologies to get cleaner buildings and air

Editorial: Gun safety

Editorial: The Constitution sputters back to life

Judge sentences San Juan Commissioner Phil Lyman to 10 days in jail, 3 years of probation

Sentencing delayed for former McAdams campaign manager

Utah unemployment rate up from last year, down from last month

McAdams seeks $20M to 'realign' system of homeless services in Utah

Doug Robinson: A record run on Sandy's City Council

Biskupski's priorities: Homelessness, economy and crime

Dam problems on Klamath River could mean higher power bills for Utah

New beginnings: Biskupski set to take office, start new family


Senate president: Budget, infrastructure key issues in next legislative session (Daily Herald)

'One of the challenges:' Retention critical for school districts (Logan Herald Journal)

Why do people in Northern Utah support Donald Trump? (Standard-Examiner)

Park City Latinos outline concerns about housing, work force equality (Park Record)

National Headlines

Clinton looks past debate to attack GOP (Politico)

14 key moments from the Democratic debate (Politico)

Poll: Trump holds sizable leads in NH and SC; Cruz ahead in Iowa (The Hill)

Republicans grope for way to kill Paris climate agreement (The Hill)

Clinton Went Missing From Democratic Debate (Briefly) (Wall Street Journal)

CBS News December 2015 Battleground Tracker, New Hampshire (CBS News)

Tashfeen Malik’s visa ‘sloppily approved,’ according to congressman who reviewed immigration application (Washington Post)

Fact check: The third Democratic debate (USA Today)

Snowden to Appear Via Video Link at New Hampshire Convention (Associated Press)

Hate Attacks on Muslims in U.S. Spike After Recent Acts of Terrorism (NBC News)

How a Nevada newspaper sale could rock politics (USA Today)


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