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Ten Things You Need to Know Today - Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City. There are 325 days left in 2016.

Trump and Sanders cruise in New Hampshire. A sneaky attempt to change the "Count My Vote" compromise stalls on Utah's Capitol Hill. Medical marijuana could be headed to the ballot.

The clock:

  • Ten days to the Nevada Democratic Caucuses and South Carolina Republican Primary (2/20/2016)
  • 13 days to the Nevada Republican Caucuses (2/23/2016)
  • 17 days to the South Carolina Democratic Primary (2/27/2016)
  • 32 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (3/10/2016)
  • 44 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic caucus meetings (3/22/2016)
  • 76 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic State Conventions (4/23/2016)
  • 142 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 159 days to the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland (7/18/2016)
  • 166 days to the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia (7/25/2016)
  • 275 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)

Wednesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Donald Trump wins the GOP contest in New Hampshire while Bernie Sanders crushes Hillary Clinton [Politico, The Hill, New York Times, Washington Post]. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who finished in sixth place in New Hampshire, is heading home to reassess his campaign [The Hill, New York Times].
  2. President Barack Obama submits a $4.1 trillion budget proposal to Congress [CNN].
  3. The Utah House beats back an attempt to gut the "Count My Vote" compromise [Utah Policy].
  4. Utah's new signature route to the primary ballot is proving quite popular with incumbents [Utah Policy].
  5. Proposed legislation creates a body tasked with coming up with a development plan for the land after the Utah State Prison is moved away from the Point of the Mountain [Deseret News].
  6. Backers of medical marijuana consider putting the question on the ballot for voters [Tribune].
  7. Sen. David Hinkins says his so-called "constitutional carry" bill will not see the light of day during the 2016 session. Gov. Gary Herbert has vetoed the bill twice in the last three years [Tribune].
  8. Don't expect much movement on Medicaid expansion this year [Utah Policy].
  9. The Utah Senate misses the deadline to approve next year's base budget by four minutes [Tribune].
  10. Sen. Steve Urquhart introduces legislation to abolish the death penalty in Utah [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1763 - The Treaty of Paris ended the Seven Years' War between Britain and Spain and the French and Indian War, with France ceding Quebec to Great Britain.
  • 1846 - Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints began an exodus west from Illinois.
  • 1949 - Arthur Miller's play "Death of a Salesman" opened on Broadway.
  • 1962 - Captured U-2 spy plane pilot Francis Gary Powers was returned to the United States by Russia in exchange for Soviet spy Rudolf Abel.
  • 1967 - The 25th Amendment to the Constitution, dealing with presidential disability and succession, went into effect.

Today At Utah Policy

Poll: Utahns Want to Move Homeless Shelters Away from Downtown Salt Lake City

More than two-thirds of Utahns want to spread out the Westside Salt Lake City homeless shelters and services to areas along the Wasatch Front, a poll by UtahPolicy finds....

Don't Expect Much Movement on Medicaid Expansion this Year

There will be no debate in the Utah Senate this year on GOP Gov. Gary Herbert’s Healthy Utah Medicaid expansion plan, at least as far as Senate President Wayne Niederhauser is concerned....

Signature Route to the Primary Ballot Proving Positive Among Many Incumbents

As it stands today, most Republican state House members seeking re-election this year, and a huge majority of state GOP senators, are using the new signature petition-gathering route to their party’s primary election, a UtahPolicy review shows....

Does Anyone Want to Be a Utah Democrat?

Will anyone admit to being a Democrat in Utah?...

Weekly Survey: Who Will Win the 2016 Nomination?

Ted Cruz and Donald Trump won the first two Republican nominating contests. Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton split the initial Democratic votes. Who do you think will win the 2016 Republican and Democratic nominations? Vote now in our weekly survey....

Attempt to Gut 'Count My Vote' Compromise Paused in the House

Well, you knew it was coming – the first sneaky attempt to gut SB54 in the Legislature was beaten back Tuesday afternoon in the Utah House....

Chaffetz: Obama Fails Transparency Test

In a USA Today op-ed, Rep. Jason Chaffetz says the Obama administration has consistently flouted laws intended to ensure open and accountable government....

Policy News

Hatch on President's Fiscal Year 2017 Budget
In response to the President's Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Budget that was submitted to Congress Tuesday, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) issued the following statement:...

Mayor Jackie Biskupski's Statement on Reappointment of Executive Director of the Salt Lake City Department of Airports
Mayor Jackie Biskupski announced the reappointment of Maureen Riley as Executive Director of the Salt Lake City Department of Airports....

University of Utah Law Professor Paul Cassell Asks President Obama to Commute 55-Year Mandatory Minimum Sentence in Weldon Angelos Case
University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law Professor Paul G. Cassell is asking President Barack Obama to commute the sentence of Weldon Angelos, a music producer who was sentenced to 55 years in prison in 2004 in connection with selling marijuana....

Press Release: Better Utah Launches #NoExcuses, Considers Lawsuit Over Education Funding
The Alliance for a Better Utah announced the launch of #NoExcuses, a campaign aimed at increasing funding for K-12 public school education....

Salt Lake City Seeks Input on the Future of the Community's Eastside
Salt Lake City’s Planning Division will host a neighborhood open house on February 11th at 6:30 pm, to discuss upcoming Eastside projects, including the East Bench Master Plan....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Logic and humanity argue for medical marijuana

Smartphone Utah driver license of the future?

After church says no to medical marijuana, supporters may look to voters

Bill to address Utah Fairpark’s future expected to be out soon

Child prostitution bill goes to full House

Biskupski keeps Riley as airport boss to pilot $1.8B makeover

Rolly: Mormon church balks at increased water testing at Scout camps

Johnson trial: Motion seeks evidence of why feds withdrew from Shurtleff/Swallow probe

Officials seek reforms after Utah youths e-cig use quintuples in 5 years

Utah schools could teach kids how to ‘respect’ but not fear guns under proposed training

Oops. Senate misses budget deadline — by 4 minutes

At Biskupski’s prodding, city looks to boost affordable housing in project near Utah Jazz arena

Legislation would abolish Utah’s death penalty

County moves toward new offices for the DA

Contentious gun bill won’t appear in 2016 session

Deseret News

Op-ed: Mayor Biskupski deserves to build her management team

Jay Evensen: Legislature's pornography resolution hard to hear over all the giggles

Editorial: Internet sales tax should create a 'fair playing field'

UTOPIA hires new executive director

Utah lawmaker proposes studying electronic drivers' licenses

Biskupski retains Salt Lake City airport director

Proposed Utah law would treat child prostitutes as victims, not criminals

Ex-judge asks Obama to commute sentence of Utahn he sent to prison

Elder Oaks speaks at Johns Hopkins: Religious freedom essential for free, prosperous society

Lawmakers already looking at development of Utah State Prison site


Parkite fights for medical marijuana rights (Park Record)

Utah legislator talks clean air, tobacco as Park City event nears (Park Record)

Mike Kipp announces run for Utah County Commissioner (Daily Herald)

Op-ed: Utah needs to proceed slowly on medical marijuana (Standard-Examiner)

Editorial: Utah justice court judges need to hold law degrees (Standard-Examiner)

Sen. Mike Lee to conduct tele-town hall for Cache, Rich, Box Elder counties (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

Sanders beats Clinton in New Hampshire (Politico)

Trump wins big in New Hampshire (Politico)

Trump rout plunges GOP establishment into chaos (The Hill)

Jeb: New Hampshire has reset the race (The Hill)

Iowa Democrats stonewalling on vote totals, but past numbers were available (FOX News)

Bernie Sanders wins every demographic group (New York Times)

GOP set against new Obama budget's proposed tax hikes (CNN)

Kayla Mueller's captor: Iraqi woman charged, but extradition to US uncertain (Christian Science Monitor)

Why Michigan Democrats aren’t clamoring to kick Gov. Rick Snyder out of office (Washington Post)

Judge irked by State Dept.'s delay in releasing rest of Clinton's emails (Politico)

Negative U.S. rates possible, but no panacea for economic woes (Reuters)


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