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Thursday, December 3, 2015

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Ten Things You Need to Know Today - Thursday, December 3, 2015

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City. There are 28 days left in 2015.

Mass shooting in California. Utahns give mostly high marks to the state's Congressional delegation. Voter turnout jumped by 52% this year.

The clock:

  • 53 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (1/25/2016)
  • 60 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus - (2/1/2016)
  • 68 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary (tentative) - (2/9/2016)
  • 99 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (3/10/2016)
  • 110 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic caucus meetings (3/22/2016)
  • 142 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic State Conventions (4/23/2016)
  • 209 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 341 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)

Thursday's top-10 headlines:

  1. A mass shooting in San Bernadino, California leaves at least 14 dead [New York TimesCNN].
  2. The San Bernadino shooting is the 355th mass shooting in America in 2015 [Washington Post].
  3. Connecticut Democratic Senator Chris Murphy says offering "thoughts and prayers" for the victims of mass shootings is not enough anymore [The Hill].
  4. A new report details more security breaches around President Obama allowed by the Secret Service [Washington Post]. Rep. Jason Chaffetz says the Secret Service is endangering the president's safety [Tribune].
  5. A new poll shows most of Utah's members of Congress get high approval ratings from their constituents, except for Rep. Chris Stewart [Utah Policy].
  6. Vote-by-mail increased turnout in Utah by 52% this year according to a new report [Tribune, Deseret News].
  7. Rep. Mia Love defends the House investigation into Planned Parenthood after some Democrats call for disbanding the panel in the wake last week's mass shooting in Colorado [Tribune].
  8. The Utah College of Applied Technology is looking for a new leader after Sen. Aaron Osmond withdraws his candidacy [Tribune].
  9. The number of Utahns who signed up for Obamacare jumped by 52% so far this year [Tribune].
  10. New Census numbers show nearly 40% of the single moms in Utah are below the poverty line [Deseret News].

On this day in history:

  • 1818 - Illinois became the 21st state.
  • 1967 - Surgeons in Cape Town, South Africa, performed the first human heart transplant.
  • 1984 - Poison gas leaked at a Union Carbide pesticide factory in Bhopal, India, in the world's worst chemical disaster. More than 4,000 people died.
  • 1979 - Eleven people were killed in a crush of fans at Cincinnati's Riverfront Coliseum before a rock concert by The Who.

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Extend land and water fund that has done so much for Utah

Editorial: Vaping supplies deserve state oversight

Does imperiled Mexican gray wolf belong in Utah? No way, 4 states say

Voting by mail increased Utah turnout by 52%

Study: Utah is 9th safest state for driving

Think tank: Salt Lakers reside in Utah’s least free city

Utah’s Love defends Planned Parenthood congressional probe

More than 37,000 Utahns signed up for Obamacare in November

After Osmond’s reversal, who will lead Utah College of Applied Technology?

Utah’s Chaffetz: Obama’s safety ‘is in jeopardy’ with Secret Service lapses

Deseret News

James Evans: Make America’s best-managed state even better

Dan Liljenquist: Olene Walker's political heirs

Jay Evensen: While we fight over the Christmas spirit, Christians are dying

Editorial: Does the Iran deal provide increased security for American families?

Report offers few answers to increasing voter turnout in Utah

Utah Supreme Court to decide merits of refinery case

EnergySolutions says state requirements for depleted uranium too stringent

5 GOP, 5 Demo presidential candidates file to compete in Utah

Sen. Orrin Hatch fighting to replace Obamacare with his health care plan

Health care spending grows, but Utahns still spend the least

Hatch talks about benefits of religion in floor speech

Census: More single moms falling below poverty line in Utah


Editorial: Medical marijuana deserves honest debate (Daily Herald)

County drops proposal for municipal services tax, elected pay raises (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

GOP candidates offer thoughts, prayers after Calif. shooting (The Hill)

US healthcare spending jumps past $3 trillion under ObamaCare (The Hill)

Yes, Iowa Still Matters (Politico)

Tax deal swelling into $800 billion blowout (Politico)

Private memo lays out how the GOP would deal with Trump as its nominee (Washington Post)

Carson announces endorsement of South Carolina faith leaders as poll numbers fall sharply (Washington Post)

Florida Supreme Court approves overhaul of congressional maps (Reuters)

ISIS Sympathizers In The U.S. Are Mostly Young, Male And American (Huffington Post)

Dems Reject GOP’s First Omnibus Proposal (Daily Caller)

Iran had 'coordinated effort' relevant to atom bombs: IAEA (Reuters)

Fed's Yellen says 'looking forward' to day of first rate rise in decade (Reuters)


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