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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

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Ten Things You Need to Know for Tuesday - December 23, 2014

Jon Huntsman Sr. blasts Sen. Mike Lee. There will be no decision on relocating the prison during the 2015 session. Love picks Piatt as her communications director.


  • Days until the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 34
  • Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 79
  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 231
  • Days to the 2015 election - 315
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - 391
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 686

Tuesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Jon Huntsman Sr. does not mince words when talking about Sen. Mike Lee, calling him an "embarrassment" and refusing to meet with him [Utah Policy, Tribune].
  2. There will be no decision on relocating the prison during the 2015 Legislative Session [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune].
  3. There's a chance the prison may not move at all [Tribune].
  4. Our latest poll shows Republicans and members of the LDS Church really disagree with President Obama on immigration [Utah Policy].
  5. Mia Love names veteran TV journalist Richard Piatt as her communications director [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune].
  6. Gas prices dip below $2 a gallon in some parts of Utah [Daily Herald].
  7. North Korea suffers a massive internet outage [Bloomberg].
  8. Oklahoma is set to resume executions via lethal injection [New York Times].
  9. Zions Bank celebrates winning a prestigious award from the Department of Defense [Utah Policy].
  10. A federal court says a UDOT policy requiring groups wanting to hold demonstrations along state-owned roads to buy insurance is unconstitutional [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1783 - George Washington resigned as commander-in-chief of the Army and retired to his home at Mount Vernon, Va.
  • 1788 - Maryland passed an act to cede a parcel of land for the seat of the national government, part of which later became the District of Columbia.
  • 1968 - 82 members of the U.S. ship Pueblo were released by North Korea, 11 months after they were captured.
  • 1997 - A federal jury in Denver convicted Terry Nichols of involuntary manslaughter and conspiracy for his role in the Oklahoma City bombing.

Today At Utah Policy

No Prison Relocation Decision During 2015 Session
The 2015 Legislature will NOT pick a new prison location during its general session, which starts in six weeks, the Prison Relocation Commission decided Monday....

Top-10 Utah Political News Stories of 2014 - #6
Utah has given the federal government until December 31, 2014 to turn over control of public lands to the state. We all know that's not going to happen. The fight over control of public lands is our #6 Utah political story from 2014....

Zions Bank Celebrates Freedom Award from Department of Defense (Video)
Zions Bank celebrated receiving the prestigious Freedom Award from the U.S. Department of Defense at a ceremony in downtown Salt Lake City on Monday....

Poll: Utah Republicans and Mormons Disagree with Obama's Immigration Order
Democratic President Barack Obama may well be the most unpopular U.S. president in Utah since James Buchanan....

Mia Love Names KSL-TV's Richard Piatt as Communications Director
Congresswoman-elect Mia Love is pleased to announce she is naming Richard Piatt as her Communications Director.  ...

Trouble on the Horizon for Lee in 2016
The GOP establishment in Utah, with financial backing fromJon Huntsman Sr. and other business leaders, is gearing up to mount a strong 2016 primary challenge to Sen. Mike Lee....

Vote for the Top Utah Political Story of 2014
What was the top news story in Utah politics in the last year? Vote now!...
Global Business Development: Southern California
In November, EDCUtah CEO Jeff Edwards, COO Todd Brightwell and Executive Director of Global Business Development Michael Flynn were joined by Managing Director of Corporate Recruitment Theresa Foxley and Incentives Manager Eric Nay, both from the Governor's Office of Eco...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Tunnel through Oquirrhs not needed

Expanding Air Force's Utah training range to fly again in 2015

Two in three Utahns dislike Obama's immigration orders

Rolly: Searching for hope amid Salt Lake City's homeless

Moving the Utah State Prison isn't a done deal

Love picks veteran TV journalist as spokesman

Three sites make the cut for new prison: Eagle Mountain, Salt Lake, Tooele

Jon Huntsman Sr. calls Utah Sen. Mike Lee 'an embarrassment'

Deseret News

Op-ed: We need children - for their sakes as well as ours

Editorial: Un-merry 'PC' Christmas - holiday political correctness getting out of hand

Mia Love names KSL reporter to head communications post

Schools at top and bottom of Title I achievement list announced

List of potential prison sites cut to three


Top 10 of 2014 #9: County Commissioner race colored by write-in campaign, bankruptcy and more (Daily Herald)

Hatch wants to expand Utah test range (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Dixie Rising: How the Deep South is trying to game the GOP primary (Politico)

Gruber comes to the Supreme Court (The Hill)

GOP probe finds 'culture of bias' at IRS (The Hill)

Report: Elmendorf out as CBO director (The Hill)

New York mayor calls for pause in protests after police killings (Reuters)

The end for Michael Grimm? (Politico)

Bergdahl investigation report goes to senior Army commander (FOX News)

White House Needs To Stop Shielding CIA Director John Brennan, Senator Says (Huffington Post)

US appeals court says NC ultrasound abortion provision unconstitutional (Charlotte Observer)

Arpaio kicks off legal campaign against Obama immigration order, in court hearing (FOX News)

Marathon bombing suspect's lawyers invoke McVeigh (Associated Press)

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Wise Words

Greatest Occasion
"When we recall Christmas past, we usually find that the simplest things - not the great occasions - give off the greatest glow of happiness." ~Bob Hope Quote Garden

Lighter Side

Lunch Break
"This is official today. China has surpassed the U.S. and now has the No. 1 economy in the world. After hearing this, China's children asked, 'So now can we take a lunch break?'" Conan O'BrienPolitical Humor

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