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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

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Local News Highlights: Daily Briefing

Ten Things You Need to Know Today - Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Good Wedsday morning from Salt Lake City. There are eight days left in 2015.

Half of Americans say they would be "embarrassed" by a Trump presidency. Clinton will not apologize to Trump. Huntsman says a third-party presidential bid would be a "suicide mission."

The clock:

  • 33 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (1/25/2016)
  • 40 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus - (2/1/2016)
  • 48 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary - (2/9/2016)
  • 78 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (3/10/2016)
  • 90 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic caucus meetings (3/22/2016)
  • 122 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic State Conventions (4/23/2016)
  • 188 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 321 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)

 Wednesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Donald Trump is struggling mightily to explain what he meant when he said Hillary Clinton got "schlonged" by Barack Obama in the 2008 election. Trump insists it's not a vulgar term [The Hill, Washington Post].
  2. Good news for Trump as a new national poll shows he leads his closest GOP rival, Ted Cruz, by 21 points [CNN].
  3. The next GOP debate in January could feature just six candidates on the main stage [The Hill].
  4. Cruz is blasting a Washington Post editorial cartoon depicting his two young daughters as monkeys [NBC News].
  5. Bernie Sanders' support in Utah is falling according to a new poll [Utah Policy].
  6. A judge rules Gov. Gary Herbert's actions to stop federal funding to Planned Parenthood [2 News, Fox 13, ABC 4, Deseret News, Tribune].
  7. A coalition of media outlets in Utah claim Utah Legislative Republicans are breaking the law by holding closed caucus meetings [Deseret News, Fox 13, Tribune].
  8. Rep. Rob Bishop throws his support behind Marco Rubio's presidential campaign [Tribune, Deseret News].
  9. The DABC grants a beer and wine license to a Washington County restaurant despite opposition from the LDS Church [Tribune].
  10. Utah's population is nearly 3 million according to new Census numbers [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1620 - Construction began on the first permanent European settlement in New England,  one week after the Mayflower arrived at Plymouth Harbor in present-day Massachusetts.
  • 1783 - Gen. George Washington resigned his commission with the U.S. Army and retired to Mount Vernon, Va. (He became the new nation's first president in 1789.)
  • 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.
  • 1913 - The U.S. Federal Reserve System was established.
  • 1968 - Eighty-two crew members of the U.S. intelligence ship Pueblo were released by North Korea, 11 months after they had been captured.

Today At Utah Policy

Poll: Bernie Sanders' Support in Utah Falls; Clinton Dominating Among Utah Democrats

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders still slightly leads the Democratic presidential field among all Utahns, but Utah's Democrats overwhelmingly back Hillary Clinton....

The Top-10 Utah Political News Stories of 2015: #4 (Video)

Court battles, lawyers and more court battles about changes to Utah's election laws....

Podcast: The Top-10 Utah Political News Stories of 2015 - #4

Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott say the continuing fight over SB54 and "Count My Vote" is our #4 Utah political news story of 2015....

Utah Achieves Recognition as America's Top Pro-Business State

Utah's "silicon slopes" are attracting huge amounts of venture capital, and now the rest of the nation is starting to take notice, reports

Congratulations to Ron Jibson, the Newest 'Giant in Our City'

Congratulations to Questar Corporation Chairman and CEO Ron Jibson, who was named the 37th "Giant in Our City" by the Salt Lake Chamber last week. He will receive the award at a ceremony on April 12 at the Grand America Hotel....

'The Spin Room' - First We Kill All the...Journalists?

GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump deflects when asked about Russian President Vladimir Putin killing journalists, then calls the press corps "liars."...

Policy News

Press Release: In Utah 143,391 People Are Enrolled In Marketplace Coverage
As of December 19, the number of consumers signed up for Marketplace coverage surged to more than 8.2 million nationally, including 143,391 in Utah....

Statement on Planned Parenthood Court Decision
Gov. Gary R. Herbert issued the following statement in response to the recent ruling allowing the state to end Planned Parenthood contracts:...

Workforce Woes?
Last Wednesday EDCUtah hosted a press conference for the Utah Foundation, where the organization announced the findings of its survey of 151 local employers....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Prices, not politics, dictate how much drilling happens in Utah

Utah’s official population nearly hits 3 million in end-of-year count

Judge: Utah has authority to cut federal Planned Parenthood money

Chaffetz asks judge for help in releasing video of 2014 Salt Lake City courthouse shooting

Rep. Rob Bishop backs Sen. Marco Rubio for president

Despite Mormon church opposition, Utah restaurant gets beer and wine permit

Utah media lawyers say GOP lawmakers break the law with closed caucuses

IRS employee who worked in Utah is charged with stealing $1M from taxpayers

Deseret News

Editorial: State Budget

Report: Homelessness and hunger up in 22 American cities

Judge denies Planned Parenthood's motion for preliminary injunction

Refugees face 26 steps to ensure homeland security, Utah lawmakers told

Rep. Bishop endorses Sen. Marco Rubio for president

Chaffetz requests release of 2014 courtroom shooting video

Census estimates support 3 million milestone for Utah

Utah media outlets urge GOP lawmakers to open caucus meetings


Students plan to lobby for tougher e-cig regulations (Standard-Examiner)

UHP assistance an option for Syrian refugees in Utah (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Clinton donors say Sanders is raising more than the front-runner (Politico)

Jeb Bush shows signs of life in New Hampshire (Politico)

Next GOP debate stage could shrink to six candidates (The Hill)

Cruz: I would pull US out of Paris climate deal (The Hill)

How Donald Trump May Be Helping Hillary Clinton (Bloomberg)

Clinton stands by claim that Trump helps ISIS recruitment (CNN)

Inside the Immigration File of San Bernardino Shooter Tashfeen Malik (ABC News)

Virginia revokes handgun permit agreement with 25 states (Associated Press)

Secret Service agent's gun, badge stolen. Agency 'in crisis'? (Christian Science Monitor)

Donald Trump, Education Policy and the Future of American Politics (Huffington Post)

Analysis of Donald Trump Tax Plan Sees a Boon for Wealthy and Trillions in Debt (New York Times)


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