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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

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Ten Things You Need to Know Today - Wednesday, December 30, 2015

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

Pataki stops running for president. Trump planning to spend big on his campaign. Becker reflects on his time in office.

The clock:

  • 26 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (1/25/2016)
  • 33 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus - (2/1/2016)
  • 41 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary - (2/9/2016)
  • 70 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (3/10/2016)
  • 83 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic caucus meetings (3/22/2016)
  • 115 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic State Conventions (4/23/2016)
  • 181 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 314 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)

Wednesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Was he still running? George Pataki ends his presidential campaign [Boston Globe].
  2. Donald Trump says he will spend $2 million a week in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina on television ads [New York Times].
  3. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie tees off on Florida Senator Marco Rubio for missing votes in the Senate saying "Dude, show up to work" [The Hill].
  4. Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker sits down for an "exit interview" as he prepares to leave office after eight years [Utah Policy].
  5. Get ready for gasoline prices to go up on Friday as a gas tax hike passed by lawmakers in 2015 goes into effect [2 News, ABC 4, Tribune].
  6. Rep. Chris Stewart defends Marco Rubio after a super PAC backing Jeb Bush attacks the Florida Senator in an ad airing in Iowa [Tribune].
  7. Utah Planned Parenthood asks a judge for an emergency order to keep federal funding in place after a lower court ruled Utah could cut off money to the organization [Deseret News].
  8. Salt Lake County leaders might have trouble getting funding from the Legislature for their plan to address the homeless problem [2 News].
  9. The north arm of the Great Salt Lake hits a record low for the second year in a row [Deseret News, Tribune, Fox 13].
  10. EPA officials may deem northern Utah's air quality problem "serious" as state officials are struggling to prove they are making progress on fixing the problem [KUER].

On this day in history:

  • 1813 - The British burned Buffalo, N.Y. during the war of 1812.
  • 1853 - The United States bought 45,000 square miles of land along the Gila River from Mexico for $10 million. The area is now Southern Arizona and New Mexico.
  • 1922 - Vladimir Lenin proclaimed the establishment of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.
  • 1958 - Revolutionaries under the command of Ernesto "Che" Guevara battled with government troops loyal to Cuban President Fulgencio Batista for control of the city of Santa Clara. After the rebel victory, Batista fled the country, with control passing to Fidel Castro.
  • 1972 - U.S. President Richard Nixon ordered a halt to the bombing of North Vietnam and announced peace talks with the Hanoi government would resume in Paris in January.
  • 2006 - Former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein was executed by hanging in Baghdad.

Today At Utah Policy

An 'Exit Interview' with Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker (Video)

As he prepares to leave office, outgoing Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker sits down with Managing Editor Bryan Schott for a final time. ...

The Top-10 Utah Political News Stories of 2015: #1 (Video)

Jackie Biskupski's win over two-term Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker is our #1 Utah political news story of 2015....

Policy News

Salt Lake City Announces Award Recipients of 2016 Signature Event Fund
Mayor Ralph Becker is pleased to announce the award recipients of the 2016 Signature Event Fund. ...

Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
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Stadler Rail Makes its First Move for U.S. Manufacturing Expansion
Stadler Rail, along with the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, is pleased to announce that Stadler U.S. Inc. will open a temporary manufacturing and assembly facility in Utah as part of the first phase of a 15-year plan to expand the company’s North Amer...

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....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Utahns, not RMP, should drive our energy future

Utahns see bleaker future, consumer index says

Gas tax hike of 4.9 cents per gallon hits Friday

Travel takes a bite out of winter school attendance in Utah

Utah’s Stewart defends Rubio over pro-Bush attack ad

No Utah police killed in 2015, but nationwide toll increased

Deseret News

Richard Davis: The 2015 Simon Bamberger Award for Political Courage

Op-ed: Obamacare's Legacy: U.S. now leads world in health care spending

Editorial: Lyman sentencing

Gov. Herbert names new member to Board of Pardons and Parole

Utah Planned Parenthood seeks emergency order to keep funding in place

Consumer confidence down, spending up in December

UEA: New regulations deny due process to disciplined teachers


Mayor Curtis lists goals for 2016 (Daily Herald)

New superintendent revitalizes school district (Logan Herald Journal)

Major projects mark 2015 in Summit County (Park Record)

National Headlines

Wave of regulation looms in 2016 (The Hill)

USS Harry S. Truman launches first missions against ISIS (The Hill)

ISIL aims to launch cyberattacks on U.S. (Politico)

6 moments that could haunt Hillary Clinton (Politico)

One person shows up to O'Malley event in Iowa, remains uncommitted (Politico)

Oregon bakery pays damages in lesbian wedding cake case (Reuters)

It’s a Cruel Winter in Iowa for Martin O’Malley (New York Magazine)

How a failed attack on Rubio got a second wind (Washington Post)

Massive database of over 190 million registered voters’ information leaked online (Washington Post)

President Obama's motorcade buzzed by drone (CNET)

Obama signs bill banning microbeads in personal care products (Michigan Radio)


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