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Ten Things You Need to Know Today - Friday, December 4, 2015

Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City. There are 27 days left in 2015.

Senate passes Obamacare repeal. Utah's Congressional delegation votes against a No Child Left Behind fix. Utahns say goodbye to Olene Walker.

The clock:

  • 52 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (1/25/2016)
  • 59 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus - (2/1/2016)
  • 67 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary (tentative) - (2/9/2016)
  • 98 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (3/10/2016)
  • 109 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic caucus meetings (3/22/2016)
  • 141 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic State Conventions (4/23/2016)
  • 208 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 340 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)

Friday's top-10 headlines:

  1. The U.S. Senate passes a bill repealing Obamacare, bringing the step one step closer to heading to the president’s desk [The Hill].

  2. Donald Trump has his largest lead of the 2016 election season in a new poll, besting his nearest competitor by 20 points [CNN].

  3. The FBI is treating Wednesday's mass shooting in San Bernadino as a possible terrorist attack [New York Times, Washington Post].
  4. Bob Bernick wonders how safe the Utah Capitol is following the San Bernadino attack [Utah Policy].
  5. All four of Utah's House members vote against a bill updating No Child Left Behind [Tribune].
  6. The Pentagon announces all combat jobs are now open to women as well as men [Washington Post, New York Times].
  7. House Speaker Greg Hughes discusses the latest Medicaid expansion plan that will focus on the "most vulnerable" residents [Deseret News, Associated PressABC 4].
  8. To crack down on fraud, lawmakers may require drug treatment centers to be licensed [Deseret News, Tribune].
  9. UTA board member Justin Allen says he will not resign following a controversial trip to Switzerland [Tribune].
  10. Hundreds of Utahns say goodbye to former Gov. Olene Walker [Deseret News, Tribune, ABC 4].

On this day in history:

  • 1783 - Gen. George Washington said farewell to his officers at Fraunces Tavern in New York.
  • 1942 - President Franklin D. Roosevelt ordered the liquidation of the Works Progress Administration, created during the Great Depression to provide work for the unemployed.
  • 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.
  • 1992 - President George H.W. Bush ordered U.S. troops into Somalia.

Today At Utah Policy

Daily Beast Interviews Johnson

The Daily Beast posts a lengthy profile of Chairman Jonathan Johnson, who's challenging Gary Herbert for governor and wants Utah voters to get to know him as a candidate....

Bob Bernick's Notebook: Is the Utah State Capitol Safe?

Another tragic mass gun killing/shooting this week, this one in a public building in San Bernardino, just east of Los Angeles....

Bernick and Schott on Politics - Episode #264

Jackie Biskupski is firing everybody before she takes office. Has she mishandled the situation?...

Podcast: Bernick and Schott on Politics - Episode #264

Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott run down the week in Utah politics....

In Signal to Conservatives, Ryan Taps Lee for Opening Remarks

House Speaker Paul Ryan asks Sen. Mike Lee to perform the introductory honors as Ryan gives his first major address Thursday since taking up the gavel. ...

Weekly Survey: Biskupski's City Hall Purge

Mayor-elect Jackie Biskupski is catching some flak for asking for the resignations of all appointed department heads in the city as part of the transition to a new administration. What do you think? Vote now in our weekly survey....

Policy News

Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
Outdoor Notes--Tribune: Recreation: Humanizing 399, the world’s most famous grizzly bear--Tribune: Recreation: A holiday gift guide for people who love the Utah outdoors-- For the latest wildlife news and information and the fishing report visit the?DWR websiteWeekend ...

White House Fact Sheet: Congress Acts to Fix No Child Left Behind
Thursday, the Obama Administration is praising action by the House of Representatives to pass the Every Student Succeeds Act, a bipartisan bill to fix No Child Left Behind, and is calling on the Senate to take swift action on the legislation so that it can be signed into law...

Lee Backs Obamacare Repeal Bill
Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) delivered a Senate floor speech on the need to repeal the Affordable Care Act....

Hatch: Time to Repeal Obamacare's $1 Trillion Tax Hike
From the outset, Obamacare has been a sad series of broken promises that has failed to address one of the top concerns Americans have when it comes to health care: rising costs....

Senators Hatch, Coons: Trade Secrets Bill Ready for Markup, Floor Vote
After a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the bipartisan, bicameral Defend Trade Secrets Act, authored by U.S. Senators Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Chris Coons (D-Del), the Senators said that overwhelming, bipartisan committee support and backing of key industry leader...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Grazing decision cost us a great ‘library’ in Tushar Mountains

Editorial: Progress at state liquor agency moves slowly

Utah economy: Census data show a ‘tale of two recoveries’

Utah may license drug treatment centers to crack down on fraud

Former Sen. Bob Bennett says his cancer has not spread

Rolly: Remembering Olene Walker, a governor with no guile but lots of guts

Capitol farewell for former Utah Gov. Olene Walker

No Child Left Behind replacement still has too much federal flavor for Utah delegation

Amid Swiss trip flap, one UTA Board member decides not to resign

Voting by mail increased Utah turnout by 52%

Deseret News

Greg Bell: Knowing God makes all the difference

Natalie Gochnour: Inspiration from 'Olene'.

Lawmakers looking to restore dental benefits to Utah's disabled, blind

Utahns pay their final respects to former Gov. Olene Walker

House speaker reveals more details on newest Medicaid expansion plan

Libertarian group ranks Salt Lake as least free city in Utah


Editorial: #getserious, Utah lawmakers — focus on education, not hashtags (Standard-Examiner)

Utah think tank ranks Ogden 49th of 50 for individual freedoms (Standard-Examiner)

Proposed Davis school boundaries may be changing again (Standard-Examiner)

Bishop invokes long-ago baseball star to overturn Obamacare (Standard-Examiner)

Vote by mail gives boost to municipal turnouts (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Republicans raise alarm about women in combat (Politico)

Trump, Carson flop with Jewish Republicans (Politico)

McConnell turns Senate to No Child Left Behind overhaul (The Hill)

Clinton asked about rape accusations against husband (The Hill)

Syed Farook Wrote Of Spending His Free Time At Mosque And ‘Memorizing The Quran’ (Daily Caller)

San Bernardino: The Most Twisted Terrorist Plot Yet (Daily Beast)

Senate sends highway, Export-Import Bank bill to Obama's desk (CNN)

Senate passes budget bill repealing Obamacare, defunding Planned Parenthood (CNN)

Rubio Goes After Cruz for Wanting to Keep Assad in Power (Slate)

Tribute and a Reunion for Dick Cheney in Capital (New York Times)

In historic decision, Pentagon chief opens all jobs in combat units to women (Washington Post)


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So Late So Soon

"How did it get so late so soon? Its night before its afternoon. December is here before its June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?" Dr. Seuss Brainy Quote

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Too Early

"A new poll found that 54 percent of Americans say it’s too early to be playing Christmas music. I couldn’t agree more. Now let’s talk about the 2016 presidential race." Seth Meyers Political Humor 


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