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Thursday, December 4, 2014

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Ten Things You Need to Know for Thursday - December 4, 2014

Congress works to avoid another shutdown. 6 possible sites for the new Utah State Prison are unveiled. Utah sues to stop Obama's executive action on immigration.


  • Days until the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 53
  • Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 98
  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 250
  • Days to the 2015 election - 334
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - 410
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 705

Thursday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Protests erupt nationwide after a grand jury declines to indict a New York police officer whose choke hold on Eric Garner resulted in the unarmed black man's death [New York Times].
  2. Congress and the White House consider a plan to avert another government shutdown [Politico].
  3. The Prison Relocation Commission unveils six potential sites for the new Utah State Prison location [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune].
  4. Utah lawmakers chew on a new report about the potential benefits and risks of wresting control of public lands from the federal government [Utah Policy, Tribune].
  5. Utah joins 16 other states in a legal challenge over President Obama's executive actions on immigration [Deseret News, Tribune].
  6. Gov. Gary Herbert proposes a ban on wood burning from November to March [Tribune, Deseret News].
  7. Gov. Herbert says hydraulic fracking in Utah has not harmed the environment [Deseret News].
  8. Rep. Dean Sanpei is tapped as the House Chair of the Executive Appropriations Committee [Utah Policy].
  9. The romantic relationship between Salt Lake City Council members Erin Mendenhall and Kyle LaMalfa comes under more scrutiny [City Weekly].
  10. A federal appeals court rules Florida's plan to drug test welfare applicants is unconstitutional [Miami Herald].

On this day in history:

  • 1783 - Gen. George Washington said farewell to his officers at Fraunces Tavern in New York.
  • 1945 - The Senate approved U.S. participation in the United Nations.
  • 1978 - Dianne Feinstein became San Francisco's first woman mayor when she was named to replace George Moscone, who had been assassinated.

Today At Utah Policy

Bryan Schott's Political BS: Political Relativity
I’ve been thinking about Einstein’s theory of relativity lately....

Lawmakers Debate Taking Control and Future Profitability of Federal Lands
Most Utahns pay attention to the price of oil only as far as the gasoline pump where they fill up their car....

Prison Relocation Committee Narrows Search to Six Possible Sites
From 26 to 6. The Utah Prison Relocation Committee has narrowed their search for a new site for the prison down to six locations. ...

Weekly Survey: Republicans Sue to Stop SB 54
The Utah Republican Party has filed a lawsuit claiming the compromise between lawmakers and organizers of "Count My Vote" is unconstitutional. Let us know what you think in our weekly survey....

People Magazine Interviews Mia Love
Congresswoman-elect Mia Love gives a terse one-word answer when asked if she would like to see Hillary Clinton run for presidentin 2016: "Nope."...

Sanpei Named House Chair of Executive Appropriations Committee
New Utah House Speaker Greg Hughes has named Rep. Dean Sanpei (R-Provo) as the new House chair of the Executive Appropriations Committee....

SB54 Causing a Schism Among Republicans While Democrats Support the Compromise
It took them a while, but leaders of the Utah State Democratic Party formally endorsed SB54 and said the political compromise, reached in the 2014 Legislature, that allows for party candidates to bypass delegates and go directly to a party’s primary ballot sh...

Could Citrus Unlock Utah Oil Sands?
A Canadian company with a lease to develop Utah oil sands plans to use a new citrus-based solvent that "will cut the cost and reduce the energy needed to separate oil from sand, lowering the environmental impact," reports Reuters....

Becker Doesn't Want the Prison to Relocate to Salt Lake City
Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker is objecting to two proposed sites for the relocation of the state prison within Salt Lake City's borders....

Featured Items

Women's Business Center: This Is Me!
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State Launches Electric Vehicle Website
The Governor’s Office of Energy Development announces today the official launch of, a website aimed at educating Utahns about the many benefits of electric vehicles and about how technological advances have brought a variety of vehicles ...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Utah must first see if Stericycle cooked the books

McAdams honored for school program

Utah joins 16 states in suit challenging Obama immigration orders

Panel seeks counsel on public lands transfer

Hikes studied for gas tax, sales tax, registration fees

Phil Lyman still wants federal defender, courtesy of U.S. taxpayers

State approves fine, future moving date for Stericycle

Six potential Utah prison sites unveiled

Forum discusses the benefits of police body cameras

Gov. Herbert proposes wood-burning ban

Deseret News

Dan Liljenquist: Saudia Arabia and OPEC's gamble to restrict oil production will fail for these reasons

Jay Evensen: Line between popular culture and criminal intent is getting thin

Editorial: Policy dilemna - how to handle prison issues with large number of sex offenders?

New state government ethics website launched

Herbert: Fracking safe in Utah

Jailed Utahns need more seamless health care options; Healthy Utah plan may be key

Six sites now under consideration for new state prison

Forum emphasizes support for police body cameras in Utah

Utah one of 17 states suing over executive actions on immigration


Editorial: Secondary path to Utah ballots a good thing (Daily Herald)

Doug Gibson: 'Feardom' looks at how power structure exploits fear (Standard-Examiner)

Editorial: A petulant GOP lawsuit (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Hillary hesitates (Politico)

Reinventing Jeb Bush (Politico)

White House dodges on veto of Boehner plan (The Hill)

Cruz urges GOP to 'stand up' to Obama on immigration orders (The Hill)

Supreme Court Wrestles With Job Protections for Pregnant Workers (NBC News)

States Sue Federal Government Over Immigration Policy (Bloomberg)

Ben Carson: Political phenomenon (CNN)

Senator Harkin creates stir over Affordable Care Act (Quad City Times)

Critics question why Rolling Stone reporter did not contact men accused of UVA gang rape (PBS News)

Kurtz: Why Does Media Cover 'Obscure' GOP Staffer But Not Gruber's Obamacare Comments? (Daily Caller)

Louisiana Senate Runoff Leads to Last-Minute Donations (TIME)

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