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Ten Things You Need to Know for Monday - December 8, 2014

Congress races to keep the government running. Herbert welcomes the GOP lawsuit against SB 54. Love raised tons of cash.


  • Days until the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 49
  • Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 94
  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 246
  • Days to the 2015 election - 330
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - 406
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 701

Monday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Congress has until Thursday to pass a funding bill to avoid another government shutdown [Politico].
  2. Gov. Gary Herbert says he welcomes the Utah GOP's lawsuit against SB 54 [Tribune].
  3. Is the Utah GOP playing political games with SB 54? [Utah Policy]
  4. Mia Love raised more than $5 million in her 2014 run for Congress [Deseret News].
  5. Doug Owens suggests he could mount a second campaign against Mia Love in 2016 [Tribune].
  6. Veteran lawmaker Mel Brown does not secure a committee chairmanship in the next legislative session [Utah Policy].
  7. LaVarr Webb wonders if Utah needs to establish a Fair Elections Commission [Utah Policy].
  8. Federal prosecutors want to re-file fraud charges against Rick Koerber [Deseret News, Tribune].
  9. The top leaders of the LDS Church are mostly Republicans [Tribune].
  10. The speed limit will rise to 70 mph along Utah's urban freeways on Monday [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1776 - George Washington's retreating army crossed the Delaware River during the Revolutionary War.
  • 1886 - The American Federation of Labor was founded in Columbus, Ohio.
  • 1941 - The United States entered World War II as Congress declared war against Japan one day after the attack on Pearl Harbor.
  • 1980 - John Lennon was shot to deat outside his New York City apartment building by Mark David Chapman.
  • 1993 - President Bill Clinton signed into law the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Today At Utah Policy

Is the Utah GOP Playing Games with SB 54?
Last week, Utah GOP chairman James Evans told the media that he won’t ask the Republican-controlled Legislature to make any changes to the primary ballot compromise law, SB54....

Utes in DC Laying 'Wreaths Across America' to Honor Fallen Veterans
Wreaths have been a symbol of Christmas for centuries, but this year a group of University of Utah alumni are making them a symbol to honor fallen patriots as well....

Love's 2014 Campaign Fundraising May Be a Record Breaker
4th District Representative-elect Mia Love raised more than $5 million during the just completed 2014 election cycle, a staggering sum that may be a Utah record breaker....

Herbert Supports GOP Suit Against SB 54
Gov. Gary Herbert's political director told a meeting of the GOP State Central Committee on Saturday he supports the lawsuit the party has filed against the compromise between Utah lawmakers and organizers of the "Count My Vote" initiative....

House Committee Assignments Include Some Surprises
Newly-elected Utah House Speaker Greg Hughes and his leadership team have announced the House committee assignments for the 2015-2016 Legislature, and among the chairs and vice chairs one name is surprisingly missing....

Herbert Unveils Healthy Utah
Governor Gary Herbert finally took the wraps off his Healthy Utah alternative to Medicaid expansion on Thursday morning....

Featured Items

Pluralsight, Gov. Herbert and the Utah Technology Council Participate in 'Hour of Code' for Computer Science Education Week
Pluralsight announced a partnership with Utah Gov. Gary R. Herbert and the Utah Technology Council to bring “Hour of Code” to Utah during Computer Science Education Week. To kick off CSEW, Gov. Herbert will join Utah students and dedicate an hour of his...

Does Utah Need Some Sort of Fair Elections Commission?
While the 2014 election wasn’t particularly nasty in Utah, it had its share of negative campaigning. In some local and legislative races, candidates and parties on both sides sent out last-minute flyers that distorted records and made questionable accusations....

Thoughts About Charter Schools
After reading the Deseret News’ editorial on charter schools, I felt compelled to write.  ...

Utah Policy/KSL Insider Survey: GOP Sues to Kill SB 54
Last week the Utah Republican Party filed a lawsuit against SB 54, the compromise between lawmakers and organizers of the "Count My Vote" initiative, seeking to undo the legislation....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Rolly: GOP suit against Count My Vote could backfire

Stuart C. Reid: To restore the republic, we must repent to heaven

Op-ed: It's society, not police, who need to change

Chris Herrod: Count My Vote compromise was bought by Utah elites

Op-ed: Utah's counties face diverse economic challenges

Stuart Adams: Utah shares the entrepreneurial spirit of ridesharing

Editorial: Healthy Utah, sick politics

Tech/insurance company crying foul over Utah regulations

New 70 mph urban freeway speed limit coming Monday

Highway projects: $1.2B in bonds proposed

15-cent fares for TRAX in mid-December

West Jordan and neighbors oppose prison moving to high-growth area

A Love-Owens rematch? Democrat says it could happen

Gov. Herbert lauds GOP for suing him

A GOP star emerges to run for Utah's new seat in Congress

Top Mormon leaders mostly Republican; two switch to unaffiliated

Much of Utah likely to violate proposed lower ozone standards

Deseret News

Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: The hullabaloo behind the Count My Vote lawsuit

Rep. Jason Chaffetz: Oversight must go beyond outrage

John Florez: I'm not paranoid, I'm a minority

Lane Beattie: Healthy Utah has business support

Drew Clark: Is Utah friendly to disruptive innovation? Zenefits poses a test

Editorial: Support the Healthy Utah plan

Editorial: Legislature needs to address transportation needs now

Final report shows Mia Love raised more than $5 million

Carbon County Commission puts sheriff on paid leave

Judge erred in tossing charges against Utah businessman Rick Koerber, feds say

Tech firm claims Utah is unfairly banning it from doing business

Mayor says West Jordan 'not the place' for state prison

In search of a bridge between STEM education and employment


Editorial: State prison does not belong in Utah County (Daily Herald)

Former Benghazi security officer visits Utah, condemns recent government report (Daily Herald)

Op-ed: Greatness lost, we are in great peril (Standard-Examiner)

Editorial: Contract with feds over land (Standard-Examiner)

Layton receives favorable audit report (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

HHS doesn't want Jonathan Gruber at the table (Politico)

5 ways Supreme Court could thwart Obama (The Hill)

Sen. Mary Landrieu loses runoff in Louisiana to Rep. Bill Cassidy (Washington Post)

Protest over chokehold decision turns violent (USA Today)

Acid reflux causing Obama's sore throat (Associated Press)

Bush 43 on his book '41': 'It's a love story' (CNN)

Royal fever builds as Duke and Duchess of Cambridge fly into New York (Telegraph)

US Navy engineer 'tried to pass details to Egypt' (AFP)

House Intelligence chairman: Release of Senate report on CIA torture will cause deaths abroad (Associated Press)

Four years on, something of an Arab Winter (Associated Press)

Key elements of Rolling Stone's U-Va. gang rape allegations in doubt (Washington Post)

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