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Ten Things You Need to Know Today - Monday, December 28, 2015

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

How professional wrestling prepared Donald Trump's run for president. Bernie Sanders makes a pitch to Trump's supporters. Chaffetz discusses the 2016 election.

The clock:

  • 28 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (1/25/2016)
  • 35 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus - (2/1/2016)
  • 43 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary - (2/9/2016)
  • 73 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (3/10/2016)
  • 85 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic caucus meetings (3/22/2016)
  • 117 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic State Conventions (4/23/2016)
  • 183 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 316 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)

Monday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Here's how Donald Trump's venture into professional wrestling helped get him ready to run for president [Washington Post].
  2. Bernie Sanders says Donald Trump's supporters should back him instead [The Hill, CBS News].
  3. Barack Obama's supporters say the rise of Donald Trump is poetic justice for a Republican Party that tapped into voters anger to take control of Congress [Politico].
  4. It seems that former consumer watchdog Bill Gephardt may not be doing his research before endorsing some of the companies that bear his stamp of approval [Tribune].
  5. Planned Parenthood says they will appeal a judge's ruling that Utah can block federal funding to the organization [Deseret News].
  6. Rep. Jason Chaffetz discusses the 2016 presidential race and his plans for the next year [Utah Policy].
  7. The Utah Education Association files suit against the state over new teacher licensing rules [Tribune].
  8. Rocky Mountain Power officials worry renewable energy development in Utah may be in a bubble [Tribune].
  9. One out of every ten workers in Utah is employed by the government [Tribune].
  10. Skiing pioneer Stein Ericksen passes away at the age of 88 [Deseret News].

On this day in history:

  • 1065 - Westminster Abbey was consecrated.
  • 1832 - John Calhoun, at odds with President Andrew Jackson, became the first U.S. vice president to resign.
  • 1846 - Iowa was admitted to the United States as the 29th state.
  • 1945 - Congress officially recognized the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag of the United States.
  • 1973 - Alexander Solzhenitsyn published "Gulag Archipelago," an expose of the Soviet prison system.


Today At Utah Policy


Chaffetz on Trump, Terrorism and Investigating the White House (Video)

Rep. Jason Chaffetz speaks with Managing Editor Bryan Schott about the 2016 presidential race, Donald Trump and responding to terrorism....

Podcast: A Conversation with Rep. Jason Chaffetz

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, Chairman of the House Oversight Committee, speaks with Managing Editor Bryan Schott about terrorism, the 2016 presidential race and his plans for his committee in the next year....

The Top-10 Utah Political News Stories of 2015: #3 (Video)

After years of trying, the Utah Legislature passes a statewide non-discrimination bill that provides protections for LGBT Utahns in employment and housing. The legislation also includes religious liberty provisions....

Podcast: Top-10 Utah Political News Stories of 2015 - #3

Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott say the passage of a statewide non-discrimination bill that includes provisions to accommodate religious liberty is the #3 Utah political news story of 2015....

Utah Wins Planned Parenthood Funding Fight

In an op-ed for National Review, the Sutherland Institute's William C. Duncan looks at Utah's recent legal victory over Planned Parenthood in which a federal judge ruled in favor of Gov. Gary Herbert's ability to defund the abortion provider's Utah affiliate....

Utah's Growth Rate Ranks Sixth in the Nation

Utah has the sixth fastest growth rate in the nation among states at 1.75 percent according to estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau....

Policy News


Salt Lake City Selects Local Development Team for Historic Renovation, Affordable Housing Project
Salt Lake City has selected Cowboy Partners/Form Development to redevelop the historic Northwest Pipeline Building site (former Public Safety Building), 315 E. 200 South, following a competitive, community-based selection process....

Eric Tholen Appointed as Division of Facilities Construction and Management Director
Eric Tholen has been named the new director of the Division of Facilities Construction and Management, a division of the Utah Department of Administrative Services. The appointment follows an extensive nationwide search....

Governor Herbert to Appoint Denise Porter to Board of Pardons and Parole
Gov. Gary R. Herbert has appointed Denise Porter to the Utah Board of Pardons and Parole....

Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control Appoints New Deputy Director
Cade Meier has been appointed as the new deputy director of the Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. With more than 15 years of project and operational management experience, Meier will replace Tom Zdunich who retired in August 2015....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Banning certain guns and clips won’t make us safer

Rolly: Lawmakers’ arguments for secret meeting don’t pass muster

Op-ed: Federal grouse plan denies local economies the chance to grow

Op-ed: Hatch’s test-range expansion bill is bad stewardship

Editorial: Pre-sliced budget leaves too much time for mischief

Editorial: Stop making laws in private, legislators

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

Ever wonder what the average government employee makes? One of every 10 Utah workers is employed by state, local governments

DABC appoints new deputy director

Judge won’t grant delay in start of Jeremy Johnson trial

Black Diamond’s Metcalf appointed to Federal Reserve Bank board

Watching the watchdog: Bill Gephardt goes from consumer reporter to for-profit endorser

Rocky Mountain Power says Utah has overabundance of alternate energy

Deseret News

Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Santa discloses the wish-lists of some prominent politicos

Sen. Orrin Hatch and Brad Smit: The Every Student Succeeds Act: Leaving the old law behind

A. Scott Anderson: Christmas values are society's foundation

Op-ed: Article V movement is a product of government overreach, not people’s ignorance

Editorial: New approach helps the 1% 'sickest of the sick' who account for 24% of all health care costs

Jeremy Johnson pulls request to delay trial, again asks to represent himself

How Orrin Hatch brought Joseph's wife home for Christmas

The state of Utah education: A year of gains in grades K-12

2015 brings shift in college enrollment, progress toward state goals

Utah Planned Parenthood to appeal judge's denial of injunction to preserve funding

Other

Editorial: What are Utah County's 2016 issues? (Daily Herald)

Orem to debut new meeting tech options in 2016 (Daily Herald)

Editorial: Herbert's mean-spirited Planned Parenthood triumph (Standard-Examiner)

Idling law proves to be mostly symbolic (Logan Herald Journal)

Utah State Tax Commission decision could mean millions for the county (Park Record)

National Headlines

Iran deal nears a turning point (Politico)

The GOP's New Hampshire nightmare (Politico)

Trump: Gowdy's Benghazi hearings a 'total disaster' (The Hill)

Republicans split on attacking climate science (The Hill)

Webb Attacks Clinton With Eye on Independent Run (Bloomberg)

Ben Carson: Don't 'inject race' into Sandra Bland death (CNN)

Donald Trump: Bill Clinton has a 'penchant for sexism' (CBS News)

Huckabee: Cruz is not consistently conservative (CNN)

Graham leaving GOP puts key evangelical vote at risk for Republican presidential candidates (FOX News)

Economy not ‘normal’ despite steady progress in 2015 (MarketWatch)

State-Level Brawls Over Medicaid Reflect Wider War in G.O.P. (New York Times)


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