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Ten Things You Need to Know Today - Monday, February 1, 2016

Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City. There are 334 days left in 2016.

The Iowa Caucuses are tonight. Most Utah GOP delegates do not like the new dual-track system to the primary ballot. Doug Owens raises more money than Mia Love.

The clock:

  • The Iowa Caucuses are today - (2/1/2016)
  • Eight days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary - (2/9/2016)
  • 19 days to the Nevada Democratic Caucuses and South Carolina Republican Primary (2/20/2016)
  • 22 days to the Nevada Republican Caucuses (2/23/2016)
  • 26 days to the South Carolina Democratic Primary (2/27/2016)
  • 41 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (3/10/2016)
  • 53 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic caucus meetings (3/22/2016)
  • 85 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic State Conventions (4/23/2016)
  • 151 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 284 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)

Monday's top-10 headlines:

  1. You can officially start paying attention now. The Iowa Caucuses are tonight [Washington Post, The Guardian, ABC News, New York Times]. A poll shows a lot of Iowans think their caucuses are rigged for the rich and powerful [Des Moines Register]. Here's how tonight's caucuses will work, courtesy of Legos [YouTube].
  2. A new poll of Utah Republican delegates finds that group does not favor the new dual-track system to get on the state's primary ballot [Utah Policy].
  3. The Utah GOP and state elections officials agree on what question they'll ask the Utah Supreme Court to determine in the ongoing lawsuit over SB54 [Deseret News].
  4. Fundraising shocker! Democrat Doug Owens raised more money in the last quarter than Republican Mia Love, but Love still maintains an overall fundraising lead [Tribune].
  5. Some Utah legislators are wary of a plan to shift money from highway funding to help pay for the Lake Powell Pipeline [Tribune].
  6. Lawmakers may ban some state staffers from lobbying them and bar state agencies from taking a position on proposed legislation [Utah Policy].
  7. Rep. Rob Bishop says lawmakers should pursue a lawsuit to win control over public lands in the state [Tribune, Deseret News].
  8. Lawmakers do not anticipate approving a measure to remove the so-called "Zion Curtain" this year [Deseret News].
  9. Republican gubernatorial candidate Jonathan Johnson discusses his proposal for overhauling the state's public education system [Utah Policy].
  10. Robert "LaVoy" Finicum, who was killed during the standoff at a remote wildlife refuge in Oregon, urged Utah ranchers to tear up their contracts with the BLM while a member of the Utah A.G.'s office was present in November [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1790 - The U.S. Supreme Court convened in New York City for its first session.
  • 1861 - Texas seceded from the United States.
  • 1865 - President Abraham Lincoln signed the 13th Amendment, which abolished slavery.
  • 1999 - Former White House intern Monica Lewinsky gave a videotaped deposition for senators weighing impeachment charges against President Bill Clinton.
  • 2003 - The space shuttle Columbia broke apart during its descent over the southwestern United States. All seven astronauts aboard were killed.

Today At Utah Policy

Poll: GOP Only 1/3 of GOP Delegates Support Dual Route to Utah Ballot

A third of Utah state Republican Party delegates support the new dual-route candidate primary law, also known as SB54, a new poll by Dan Jones & Associates shows....

Should Lawmakers Do Something About Deer Deaths on Our Highways?

Representative Mike Schultz, R-Hooper is sponsoring legislation that prohibits the Utah Department of Transportation from posting signs with deer silhouettes on Utah's highways and interstates....

Jonathan Johnson's Public Education Proposal (Video)

Republican gubernatorial candidate Jonathan Johnson says lack of funding is not necessarily what's wrong with Utah's public education....

Utah Policy/KSL Insider Survey: Who Will Win the Iowa Caucuses?

Our "Political Insiders" say Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders are most likely to win the 2016 Iowa Caucuses....

Lee: How to Fix Congress

In an op-ed, Sen. Mike Lee lists five "modest" steps that he says will repair what has become a dsyfunctional legislative branch....

Lawmakers May Block State Staffers from Lobbying

Lobbying is not a bad thing in the Utah Legislature....

Policy News

Press Release: AFP Led Coalition Releases Letter To Legislators On Internet Sales Tax
Americans for Prosperity and a broad-based coalition of 22 conservative organizations are releasing a letter to lawmakers urging legislators to oppose the plan to force retailers to collect sales taxes on internet sales. ...

Neighborhoods in Herriman, Midvale, Murray, Salt Lake City and South Jordan Exhibit Fastest Growth in Salt Lake County since 2010
A new report released by the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute provides estimates at the neighborhood-level of Salt Lake County’s growth and development since 2010....

Bicameral Conservative Group To Launch Article One Project at Kirby Center
A new network of House and Senate conservatives today announced the upcoming launch of the Article I Project. The group will develop and advance a broad agenda to strengthen Congress by reclaiming constitutional powers now being exercised by the Executive branch....

Hatch Statement at Finance Committee Hearing on Expanding Retirement Savings Plans in the Workplace
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) delivered the following opening statement at a hearing examining ways to empower job creators to offer and increase access to retirement savings plans for their employees: ...

Lee, Klobuchar Announce Hearing on Antirust Implications of Occupational Licensing Regulations
Senators Mike Lee (R-UT) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) announced that the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy, and Consumer Rights will hold a hearing on February 2 entitled, “License to Compete: Occupational Licensing and the State Action Doctrin...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: The state has enough tax money already without Internet sales tax

Op-ed: SLC Council should ensure Biskupski’s purge won’t hurt city

Op-ed: Public Lands Initiative a good compromise that Utahns should support

Op-ed: Lands transfer to states? It would take another Dred Scott decision

Editorial: Take the long view on coal-fired plants

Proposal to shift money from Utah highways concerns some lawmakers

Rep. Mia Love says fetal tissue probe not targeting Planned Parenthood

Bill advances to ban airport smoking rooms

Bill seeks to outlaw ‘gas chambers’ for shelter animals

Rocky Anderson to SLC Council: Don’t ‘rubber stamp’ Biskupski’s appointments

Lawmaker will rework bill to allow 17-year-olds to vote in primary election

‘LaVoy’ Finicum’s funeral will be in Utah

Bishop encourages Legislature to pursue public lands lawsuit

Doug Owens outraises Rep. Mia Love in last three months

Plan to phase out Utah film tax credits quickly watered down

‘If anyone has broken contracts, it’s the BLM’: Boise forum draws Utah ranchers upset with feds

Lawsuit against newspapers is back on as poll shows Utahns want Salt Lake Tribune to survive

Proposed bill to tackle problems plaguing Utah’s indigent defense system

How free-fare transit works in Cache County and Park City

Life without parole sentences for juveniles getting a second look in Utah

Deseret News

Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Gubernatorial and legislative dynamics always interesting to watch

Op-ed: The path forward after Rep. Bishop's failed PLI

John Florez: Justice reform requires culture change

Editorial: Energy legislation highlights bipartisan support

Editorial: Bishop's Public Lands Initiative needs continued engagement from all sides

Rep. Rob Bishop 'offended' by photos in ads attacking public lands bill

S.L. City Council may block one of Biskupski's director appointees

State senator sees hate crimes bill as follow-up to Utah nondiscrimination, religious rights law

GOP, state agree on court question to resolve election law dispute

Love's first-year accomplishments include investigating 'industries' related to abortion

Bill would be a 'stopgap' for State School Board elections

Bill to ban airport smoking soars through Senate committee

Lawmakers seek to 'save lives' by targeting opioid epidemic

Professors sue USU Eastern, alleging preferential treatment of Price mayor after tirade

State lawmaker wants to break school to prison 'pipeline'

Utah legislators not likely to remove barrier shielding liquor dispensing this year


‘Eggs & Issues’ report: not so 'easy over' for 2016 legislative session with its 1,200 bills (Daily Herald)

Steve Densley: Politics and the dog pound (Daily Herald)

Editorial: Do something about Utah's opiate crisis — expand access to Naloxone (Standard-Examiner)

Bipartisan effort to end straight-ticket voting nears committee hearing (Standard-Examiner)

Mantua fuming over speed trap bill (Logan Herald Journal)

Park City businesses cast keen eye on 2016 Utah state Legislature (Park Record)

National Headlines

6 problems with the Iowa polls (Politico)

How Trump confounds, confuses, and intrigues political scientists (Politico)

Sanders gambles on raising taxes (The Hill)

Microsoft on the hot seat in Iowa (The Hill)

From west to east, Iowa voters have starkly different realities and fears (Los Angeles Times)

'Leave Us Alone': Oregon Townsfolk Tired of Occupiers (Associated Press)

Does Iowa really matter? And should it? (Washington Post)

Will Evangelicals Smite Down Donald Trump in Iowa? (Daily Beast)

Clinton compares e-mail questions to Benghazi (USA Today)

Fed will be patient on U.S. policy given global risks: Kaplan (Reuters)

Cruz Polls Show How Ethanol Lobby Has Lost Its Grip On Iowa Voters (Daily Caller)


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