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