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Ten Things You Need to Know Today - Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City. There are 23 days left in 2015.

Trump calls for a total ban on Muslims entering the U.S. Utah's revenues jump by $560 million. Sen. Mike Lee discusses the proper response to last week's terrorist attack in California.

The clock:

  • 48 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (1/25/2016)
  • 55 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus - (2/1/2016)
  • 63 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary (tentative) - (2/9/2016)
  • 94 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (3/10/2016)
  • 105 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic caucus meetings (3/22/2016)
  • 137 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic State Conventions (4/23/2016)
  • 204 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 336 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)

 Tuesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Donald Trump calls for a "total" ban on Muslims entering the United States. The ban would include American Muslim citizens who may be traveling or living abroad [, Washington Post, New York Times, Vox]. Experts say Trump's plan is patently unconstitutional [Washington Post].
  2. A Fox News commentator gets suspended for calling President Barack Obama a vulgar name during a live broadcast [Washington Post].
  3. Utah lawmakers will have an extra $560 million to spend next year [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune, KUER].
  4. Sen. Mike Lee discusses the proper response to last week's terrorist attacks in San Bernadino and the effort to repeal Obamacare [Utah Policy].
  5. Utah lawmakers will not get a pay raise next year, but the legislative budget is set to rise more than $300,000 next year [Utah Policy].
  6. A legislative group says the best course of action for the Utah State Fairpark is to leave it where it is and give it a facelift [Deseret News].
  7. The fight over medical marijuana is set to return to Utah's Capitol Hill [2 News].
  8. Utah's high school graduation rate rises to 84% [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News, Fox 13].
  9. The Utah Department of Public Safety says they will work with Syrian refugees arriving in Utah to help them assimilate [Tribune, 2 News, Deseret News].
  10. The U.S. Supreme Court rejects a challenge to a Chicago law banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines [Reuters, Washington Post].

On this day in history:

  • 1776 - George Washington's retreating army crossed the Delaware River from New Jersey to Pennsylvania during the Revolutionary War.
  • 1886 - Delegates from 25 unions founded the American Federation of Labor, the forerunner of the modern AFL-CIO, in Ohio.
  • 1941 - President Roosevelt asked Congress to declare that "a state of war has existed between the United States and Japanese Empire" as a result of Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor.
  • 1980 - Former Beatle John Lennon was shot to death outside his apartment building in New York City.
  • 1991 - The Soviet Union ceased to exist when the republics of Russia, Belarus and Ukraine signed an agreement creating the Commonwealth of Independent States.
  • 1993 - U.S. President Bill Clinton signed the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).


Today At Utah Policy

No Pay Raise for Lawmakers, but Legislative Budget is Going Up

Utah’s 104 part-time lawmakers should not get a general pay raise next year, a special, independent Legislative Compensation Commission says....

Sen. Mike Lee on Terrorism and Repealing Obamacare (Video)

Sen. Mike Lee talks with Managing Editor Bryan Schott about the Senate successfully passing a repeal of Obamacare and what he hopes to accomplish even though President Obama will veto the measure once it gets to his desk....

Podcast: Sen. Mike Lee on Obamacare and Responding to Terrorism

Sen. Mike Lee sits down with Managing Editor Bryan Schott to discuss a number of topics including the attempts to repeal Obamacare, how we should respond to last week's terrorist attack in San Bernadino and his efforts to pass criminal justice reform....

State Budget Revenues Up More Than $500 Million

Utah lawmakers will have $380 million in new tax revenue to spend in the 2016 Legislature for next fiscal year and $180 million in one-time tax surpluses in the current budget year, GOP Gov. Gary Herbert and legislative leaders were told Monday afternoon....

'The Spin Room' - Herbert vs. Johnson vs. the Utah Transit Authority

Welcome to the inaugural edition of our new daily podcast, "The Spin Room." Today, Managing Editor Bryan Schott runs down Gov. Gary Herbert's sky-high approval ratings and what that means for next year's elections. But, Jonathan Johnson's radio ad attacking the Utah Transit ...

Policy News

Utah's High School Graduation Rate Increases to 84 Percent in 2015
A total of 36,933 students graduated from Utah’s public high schools in 2015 bringing the total high school graduation rate to 84 percent, an increase of 1 percent over 2014, according to data released by the Utah State Office of Education....

Cities and Counties File Legal Brief Urging U.S. Supreme Court Action on Immigration Reforms
Cities United for Immigration Action announced that 84 cities and counties are filing a friend-of-the-court brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in the Texas vs. United States lawsuit, urging its review of a nationwide injunction by a district court judge halting implementation...

Utah's Escalante Elementary School to Receive $10,000 from
Escalante Elementary School has been selected by for a $10,000 award for the school to purchase computer hardware and accessories to improve computer science learning for students....

Congress Advances Key Business Community Priorities
This past week Congress advanced several priorities that are key to the success of the state’s business community....

Lee Press Release: 'The Failed Policy and Cynical Process of the Highway Bill'
Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor outlining the problems with the highway bill and the broken process that produced it....

End Citizens United Endorses Doug Owens for Congress
End Citizens United PAC officially endorsed Doug Owens for the U.S. House of Representatives in Utah’s 4th Congressional District. ...

Gov. Herbert Orders Flags to Remain Lowered for San Bernardino Victims
Gov. Gary R. Herbert has authorized the lowering of the flag of the United States of America and the flag of the state of Utah to continue until Dec. 7, 2015 to honor the victims of the San Bernardino, California attack....

Lee Letter Asks McConnell Not To Include Federal Land Buying Program in Spending Bill
Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Jeff Flake (R-AZ), and James Lankford (R-OK) sent a letter to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) Friday, asking him not to include language permanently reauthorizing the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) in any end of the yea...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Coyote bounty is human mismanagement of predator/prey balance

Op-ed: Pass the America Gives More Act to keep charitable work going

Editorial: UTA shows how bad ideas bloom in secret

Rate of high-school graduates climbs again in Utah

Sen. Mike Lee to donate suspect donations to charity

Utah law enforcement to welcome Syrian refugees and help them assimilate

Utah lawmakers will have $560 million more to spend next year

Councilman drops legal claims against West Jordan City, colleagues

Update on the cast of characters in the Swallow-Shurtleff scandal three years after the saga began

Deseret News

Evelyn Everton: Utah's ongoing energy threat

Ralph Hancock: John Rawls and the mirage of liberal neutrality

Utah's graduation rate increases to 84 percent

Legislative group favors fixing up Utah State Fairpark, keeping it in place

Utah Department of Public Safety to tighten security on refugees

Utah has $560M in new money for upcoming budget, but sales tax revenue down


Provo installs new technology in council chambers in transparency effort (Daily Herald)

Local firearm sellers see increase in sales in wake of mass shootings (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

Donald Trump goes to war (Politico)

Oval Office address, RIP? (Politico)

Reid rankles Dems with push for casino rider in funding bill (The Hill)

Clock ticks down on funding bill (The Hill)

CAIR Likens Donald Trump to 'Leader of a Lynch Mob' (ABC News)

Donald Trump Calls for Barring Muslims From Entering US (New York Times)

Will any of Obama's ISIS proposals succeed? (CNN)

Two Fox News contributors suspended after using profanity while criticizing Obama (Los Angeles Times)

Supreme Court won’t review laws banning assault weapons (Washington Post)

Gun Shares Have Done Well, but Divestment Push Grows (New York Times)

Donald Trump called out Jeff Bezos on Twitter. Then Bezos called his bluff. (Washington Post)


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