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Tuesday, December 9, 2014
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Ten Things You Need to Know for Tuesday - December 9, 2014
Torture report set to be released. Herbert reverses his position on SB 54 lawsuit. Lee names new chief of staff.
- Days until the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 48
- Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 93
- Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 245
- Days to the 2015 election - 329
- Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - 405
- Days until the 2016 presidential election - 700
Tuesday's top-10 headlines:
- A report on whether the U.S. government used torture on foreign detainees following the September 2001 terrorist attacks is set to be released today [New York Times].
- Gov. Gary Herbert reverses his position, says SB 54 is constitutional after a spokesperson tells the Utah GOP State Central Committee he supported the party's lawsuit against the law [Deseret News, Tribune].
- Sen. Mike Lee hires Neil Ashdown as his chief of staff. Ashdown previously served as chief of staff for former Gov. Jon Huntsman [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News].
- The Florida-based group fighting against the Healthy Utah plan launches a similar attack in Wyoming [Utah Policy].
- Jonathan Gruber, the MIT economist who worked on Obamacare, is set to testify in front of a Congressional committee Tuesday [Politico].
- A group of GOP mega donors want to "clear the field" for one presidential candidate in 2016 [Bloomberg].
- The Utah government launches a new website for ethics complaints [Utah Policy].
- The speed limit officially rises to 70 mph along Utah's urban freeways [Tribune, Deseret News].
- Tooele County officials say they're open to having the new state prison there...kinda [Tribune].
- Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James wore an "I can't breathe" t-shirt before Monday night's game in New York in solidarity with protesters who are demonstrating against the killing of an unarmed black man who died after a police officer put him in a choke hold [Washington Post].
On this day in history:
- 1958 - The anti-communist John Birch Society was formed in Indianapolis.
- 2000 - The U.S. Supreme Court ordered a temporary halt in the Florida presidential vote recount.
- 2008 - Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was arrested for scheming to sell Barack Obama's vacant Senate seat to the highest bidder. Blagojevich was later convicted of lying to the FBI.
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Salt Lake Tribune
Editorial: Highways need more money, better planning
Mike Lee hires Huntsman's ex-chief of staff
Tooele open to prison, but not near Motorsports Park
Gov clarifies, says Count My Vote reforms are constitutional
70 mph speed limit now official on Utah's urban interstates
Robert Bennett: Dependent on high oil prices, Russia is now in trouble
Ralph Hancock: Sublime spiritual principle: Christian origins of ethics of equality
Op-ed: Lawsuit against SB54 constitutional
Editorial: With oil prices dropping, Utah's taking control of federal lands isn't the best option available
Students practice computer coding at Capitol
Former Huntsman top aide named chief of staff to Sen. Lee
New 70 mph freeway speed limit signs go up along Wasatch Front
Vail to invest $50 million in upgrades at Park City, Canyons resorts
Gov. Gary Herbert: Count My Vote compromise constitutional, but GOP has right to sue
Speed limit increases are up on I-15 (Daily Herald)
Audit shows Kaysville over budget in two funds (Standard-Examiner)
Will Jonathan Gruber Topple Obamacare? (Politico)
Massive funding bill kicks off 113th Congress' final chapter (Politico)
Will GOP donors clear field for Romney, Bush or Christie? (The Hill)
GOP lawmaker to grill CMS chief on surprise ObamaCare tax bills (The Hill)
For 2016, who will jump in first? (The Hill)
Prince William sits in Oval Office, chats about George (USA Today)
Obama's 'Ebola czar' to leave in March (USA Today)
New York prosecutor seeks to probe police killings of unarmed civilians (Reuters)
CIA torture report sparks controversy before release (USA Today)
DOJ rolls out expanded racial profiling rules (The Hill)
N.J. Republicans Seek End to Democrat-Led Bridge Probe (Bloomberg)
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