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Ten Things You Need to Know Today - Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City. There are two days left in 2015.

Trump sharpens his attacks on the Clintons. 75% of Americans are angry with the way the country is being governed. Candidates can begin gathering signatures to get on Utah's 2016 ballot on Monday.

The clock:

  • 27 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (1/25/2016)
  • 34 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus - (2/1/2016)
  • 42 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary - (2/9/2016)
  • 72 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (3/10/2016)
  • 84 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic caucus meetings (3/22/2016)
  • 116 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic State Conventions (4/23/2016)
  • 182 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 315 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)

Tuesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. A Cleveland grand jury declines to indict two cops who killed 12-year old Tamir Rice, who had a toy gun [NBC News, Associated Press].
  2. Donald Trump is stepping up his attacks on Bill and Hillary Clinton [ABC News].
  3. A new poll shows 75% of Americans say they are dissatisfied with the way the country is being governed, and 69% say they are angry about the direction of the country [CNN].
  4. This week's cold temperatures means worsening air quality is on the way [Deseret News].
  5. Utah political candidates can start gathering signatures to get on the 2016 ballot on Monday [KUER].
  6. Salt Lake County Council member Aimee Winder Newton discusses her efforts to create a "large county caucus" [Utah Policy].
  7. Salt Lake City reverses course on the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan. The city now supports the plan after initially joining a lawsuit against it [Tribune].
  8. A judge's ruling recognizes a common-law same-sex marriage, the first of its kind in Utah [Tribune].
  9. The number of people stopped by police for texting while driving has increased markedly [Associated Press].
  10. Ethan Couch, the Texas teenager who was sentenced to probation for a drunken-driving wreck that killed four people after claiming his wealthy parents coddled him so much he couldn't understand the consequences of his actions, has been taken into custody in Mexico [Fort Worth Star-TelegramCBS News].

On this day in history:

  • 1170 - Archbishop Thomas Becket was murdered in Canterbury Cathedral in England.
  • 1845 - Texas became the 28th state.
  • 1890 - More than 200 Native American men, women and children were massacred by the U.S. 7th Cavalry at Wounded Knee Creek, S.D.
  • 1975 - A terrorist bomb exploded at LaGuardia Airport in New York City, killing 11 people and injuring 75.
  • 1989 - Playwright Vaclav Havel was elected president of Czechoslovakia, becoming the first non-Communist to hold the post in more than four decades.

Today At Utah Policy

A conversation with Salt Lake County Councilperson Aimee Winder Newton

Salt Lake County Council member Aimee Winder Newton discusses her efforts to create a "large county caucus" to discuss issues important to Utah's larger counties. ...

The Top-10 Utah Political News Stories of 2015: #2 (Video)

How many times can you say no? After more than a year of trying, Utah lawmakers still cannot come to a consensus on Medicaid expansion....

Podcast: The Top-10 Utah Political News Stories of 2015 - #2

Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott say the year-long effort to find a solution for Medicaid expansion, without any results, is the #2 Utah political news story of 2015....

Policy News

Qualify for a 2015 Utah State Tax Credit While Saving for Higher Education
Utah taxpayers can qualify for a tax break in 2015 by saving for qualified higher education expenses with the Utah Educational Savings Plan (UESP), Utah’s official nonprofit college savings plan....

HealthEquity to Grow its Utah Headquarters
The Governor’s Office of Economic Development, along with HealthEquity, Inc., is pleased to announce the company will expand at its Utah headquarters, adding an estimated 200 jobs over the next six years....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Planned Parenthood case another that Utah should lose

Salt Lake County sets districts, elections for Millcreek and 5 metro townships

Planned Parenthood appeals Utah funding cut

Struggling Utah schools take first steps in new turnaround program

Utah, SLC take opposite sides on federal Clean Power Plan

Utah mom with chronic pain hopes for change after being convicted of using marijuana

Deseret News

Kirk Jowers: Hail to the chiefs

Op-ed: Will Utah be the nation’s next lemming state on 'medical' marijuana?

Hatch named co-chairman of Rare Disease Congressional Caucus

Q and A with Utah's film queen


Air action days issued for Utah County, plan on inversion muck (Daily Herald)

What do Utah County's small-town mayors have to say about 2015? (Daily Herald)

National Headlines

Trump ties with Pope Francis in U.S. poll for second most-admired man in the world (Politico)

Bush, still hopeful about New Hampshire, calls Trump unserious (Politico)

Bill Clinton to hit New Hampshire for Hillary's campaign (The Hill)

Trump readies early-state ad blitz (The Hill)

Get Ready: Why 2016 Will Be Totally Nuts (Daily Beast)

Carly Fiorina Complains That Hillary Is Playing 'The Woman Card' (Huffington Post)

Donald Trump Takes On Bill Clinton's Behavior Toward Women (New York Times)

Pentagon thwarts Obama's effort to close Guantanamo (Reuters)

Seized documents reveal Islamic State's Department of 'War Spoils' (Reuters)

U.S. sees bearable costs, key goals met for Russia in Syria so far (Reuters)

Honest Tea to pull Trump quotes from bottle caps (Politico)


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