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Ten Things You Need to Know Today - Thursday, February 11, 2016

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City. There are 324 days left in 2016.

Cliven Bundy is arrested as the standoff at an Oregon wildlife refuge may be ending. Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders prepare to debate. What issues are most important to Utahns this election year?

The clock:

  • Nine days to the Nevada Democratic Caucuses and South Carolina Republican Primary (2/20/2016)
  • 12 days to the Nevada Republican Caucuses (2/23/2016)
  • 18 days to the South Carolina Democratic Primary (2/27/2016)
  • 31 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (3/10/2016)
  • 43 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic caucus meetings (3/22/2016)
  • 75 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic State Conventions (4/23/2016)
  • 141 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 158 days to the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland (7/18/2016)
  • 165 days to the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia (7/25/2016)
  • 274 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)

Thursday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Cliven Bundy is arrested in Oregon as the standoff at a remote wildlife refuge seems to be coming to an end [Washington Post, CNN, ABC News].
  2. Let's get ready to rumble! Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton meet face-to-face in Milwaukee for the first time since Sanders clocked her by 20 points in New Hampshire [New York Times, Politico, New Republic].
  3. Chris Christie and Carly Fiorina drop out of the GOP presidential race after a dismal showing in New Hampshire [NPR. CNBC, FiveThirtyEight, New York Times, CNN].
  4. Utahns say the economy and education are their top issues in this election year [Utah Policy].
  5. A House panel advances a bill that would change the partisan makeup of two key legislative committees, putting Democrats squarely at a disadvantage [Deseret News, Tribune].
  6. Wait, what? Sen. Margaret Dayton says the Commission on Women in the Economy is patronizing to women in Utah because she says it implies "women need special help" [Tribune].
  7. The Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control says some cities are blocking construction of new state liquor stores [Tribune].
  8. A House committee rejects a bill to cut the Utah Transit Authority out of future tax hikes to fund transportation [Deseret News, Tribune].
  9. An all-male legislative panel kills a proposal to remove sales taxes from feminine hygiene products [2 NewsTribune, Deseret News].
  10. Lawmakers say they have Olympic fever and want Utah to bid to host the Winter Games again [Fox 13, Deseret News].

On this day in history:

  • 1945 - President Franklin Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Soviet Leader Josef Stalin ended a wartime conference at Yalta.
  • 1965 - U.S. and South Vietnamese planes made their first bombing raids on North Vietnam.
  • 1975 - Margaret Thatcher became the first woman to head a major party in Britain.
  • 1979 - Followers of Ayatolla Ruhollah Khomeini seized power in Iran after the religious leader returned to his home country following 15 years of exile.
  • 1990 - Nelson Mandela was released after 27 years in prison.
  • 2011 - Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak resigned in the face of massive protests.

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Press Release: U.S. Supreme Court Halts EPA's Unlawful Power Plan
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Senator Hatch Applauds Supreme Court's Stay of EPA 'Clean Power Plan'
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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Utah teacher shortage reflects lack of respect

Many Utah cities blocking new liquor stores, leading to lack of funding in Herbert’s budget

Request could advance controversial Book Cliffs highway

Postal deliverers could become Utah emergency workers

Money sought to upgrade Utah State Fair Park

New category of licensed Utah vehicles approved: ‘autocycles’

Utah bill would protect gunmakers, sellers from lawsuits

Utah senator says ‘Women in the Economy’ commission is patronizing to women

Legislators say Utah wants the Olympics again

Bill would name House office building after Speaker Lockhart

Bill creating a primary election for state school board heads to the House

Utah lawmakers reject bill to cut UTA out of future tax hikes

So-called ‘Tampon tax’ exemption defeated

Utah Democrats say GOP is upending balance on two key committees

Deseret News

Op-ed: Many stakeholders working together to achieve success

Op-ed: Taxes, surplus and the Utah Legislature

Dan Liljenquist: Increasing police officer pay

Jonathan Johnson: The truth about sales tax collection

Editorial: Critics of porn resolution miss point

State senator shelves 'constitutional carry' gun bill

Senate panel passes bill to remove FBI check for driver privilege cards

Change in alcohol permit law will save Utah embarrassment, state senator says

House defeats bill changing referendum deadlines

After-school programs a 'comprehensive' way to help kids, lawmakers say

Foundation's failure would set back foster care two decades, Leavitt cautions lawmakers

Animal lovers gather in support of proposed gas chamber ban

House committee backs bill shifting power on key legislative committees

House panel shuts down bill to exclude UTA from future tax hikes

Lawmaker proposes new statue for Capitol

All-male legislative committee blocks bill to eliminate tax on feminine hygiene products

Summit County wants rewrite of Bishop's public lands initiative

Lee, Stewart urge action on behalf of BYU student who went missing in China


Editorial: Lawmakers, follow Lindquist's lead on WSU Social Science Building (Standard-Examiner)

Utah Dems decry lawmaker's attempt to let parties choose their candidates (Standard-Examiner)

Woman behind LDS-opposed medical marijuana bill now wants it on voters' ballots (Standard-Examiner)

Utah bill proposes online courses for parents who exempt kids from vaccinations (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

How Much Trouble Is Hillary Clinton In? (Politico)

GOP establishment stares into the abyss (Politico)

Murdoch calls Christie a 'suicide bomber' (The Hill)

Cruz: I'm the only one who can beat Trump (The Hill)

Documents suggest State Dept. asked Clinton to delete classified emails (Washington Examiner)

Bernie Sanders’s fundraising prowess boosts his post-New Hampshire efforts (Washington Post)

After New Hampshire, Sanders and Clinton woo black voters (Washington Post)

Fiorina ends her Republican presidential campaign (Washington Post)

Ohio Bill to Strip Planned Parenthood Funds Heads to Kasich (Associated Press)

Supreme Court's Blow to Emissions Efforts May Imperil Paris Climate Accord (New York Times)

Yellen: Fed not likely to reverse course on rates despite risks (Reuters)


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