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Friday, February 12, 2016

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Ten Things You Need to Know Today - Friday, February 12, 2016

Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City. There are 323 days left in 2016.

Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders face off in Milwaukee. Mia Love is squarely in the crosshairs of national Democrats. Jonathan Johnson calls for the repeal of the "Count My Vote" compromise.

The clock:

  • Eight days to the Nevada Democratic Caucuses and South Carolina Republican Primary (2/20/2016)
  • 11 days to the Nevada Republican Caucuses (2/23/2016)
  • 17 days to the South Carolina Democratic Primary (2/27/2016)
  • 30 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (3/10/2016)
  • 42 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic caucus meetings (3/22/2016)
  • 74 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic State Conventions (4/23/2016)
  • 140 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 157 days to the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland (7/18/2016)
  • 164 days to the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia (7/25/2016)
  • 273 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)

Friday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders debate in Milwaukee. Observers say Clinton shone while Sanders struggled [CNN, New York Times, Politico, Washington Post].
  2. National Democrats say they are targeting Rep. Mia Love's 4th Congressional District as one of the most vulnerable Republican seats this election cycle [Utah Policy, Tribune].
  3. Gov. Gary Herbert says he's launching a review of Utah's probation and parole system after some serious violations. Two top officials have already resigned [Tribune, Deseret News, Fox 13].
  4. Republican gubernatorial challenger, Jonathan Johnson calls for the repeal of the dual-track system to Utah's primary ballot and vows to scrap the law if he's elected [2 News].
  5. Are there enough votes on Utah's Capitol Hill to gut the "Count My Vote" compromise this year? [Utah Policy].
  6. Lawmakers give the thumbs up to a proposed 2.5% increase in Utah's per-pupil spending [Tribune, Deseret News].
  7. The Utah House approves a $10 million funding package for all-day Kindergarten [Tribune]. 
  8. A controversial bill allowing Rocky Mountain Power to pass costs for clean energy investments to ratepayers moves out of a Senate committee. Critics say the bill does not provide enough oversight of the utility [Deseret News].
  9. Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski launches a national search for a new economic development director [Tribune, Deseret News].
  10. The standoff at an Oregon wildlife refuge ends as the final occupiers give themselves up. Meanwhile, Cliven Bundy is charged with six counts related to the 2014 standoff with federal authorities at his ranch [Washington Post, Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1733 - The American colony of George was founded by James Oglethorpe.
  • 1877 - Alexander Graham Bell's new invention, the telephone, was publicly demonstrated with a hookup between Boston and Salem, Mass.
  • 1914 - A dedication ceremony was held, and the first stone of the Lincoln Memorial was laid.
  • 1999 - The Senate acquitted President Bill Clinton on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice.

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Despite hypothetical fears, much is known about medical cannabis

Op-ed: Utah shouldn’t take the lead toward Internet taxation

Editorial: Fully fund foster-care foundation so David C. is not forgotten

Editorial: The Utah Public Lands Fairies and Unicorns Act

GOED is sweet on Honeyville expansion plans

Utah’s Lee will push bill to exempt women from Selective Service registration

Dry Oktoberfest no longer a threat in Utah

Bill advancing to transfer money from roads to water projects

Rolly: Where does temporary car registration go? Utah attorney gets mixed signals

Biskupski announces new approach to capital’s economic development

Watchdog group claims e-cigarette company back to old, illegal tricks

Feds say Cliven Bundy used ‘deceit’ to incite supporters to take up arms

Five bills advance to combat overdoses as Utah ‘health emergency’

Without Lake Powell Pipeline open house, Utah activists crash water board meeting

School technology plan advances as Utah lawmakers eye 2.5 percent boost to per-student spending

Hate crimes bill headed to full Utah Senate

Utah House approves $10M boost to full-day kindergarten

Utah bill to ban non-compete clauses gets unanimous endorsement

Raw-milk bill clears first hurdle in Utah Legislature

Controversial Rocky Mountain Power plan moves ahead

Deseret News

A. Scott Anderson: Use Envision Utah blueprint as a policymaking guide

Op-ed: Marijuana: The new miracle drug?

Op-ed: Medical marijuana: Google vs. PubMed

Op-ed: Does going to pot send the wrong message to Utah children?

Bill to alter state's guardianship laws moves to House on 6-5 vote

Cheerleaders for Medicaid expansion ask Utah lawmakers to consider implications

Checking trust fund on tax form will help overcome homelessness

Biskupski launches search for new economic development leader

Bill beefing up hate crime statute passes Senate committee

$100M classroom tech bill gets preliminary OK, but full funding not likely

Controversial Rocky Mountain Power bill gets committee approval

Proposed Utah law aims to swat cybercrime

Group asks lawmakers to ban animal gas chambers

Manti man indicted in Oregon occupation; Arizona man arrested in southern Utah

Lawmakers advance five bills designed to save lives


Editorial: When you don't test diesels, you get air pollution that makes news (Standard-Examiner)

Utah police, shelters want lawmakers to fund new domestic violence training (Standard-Examiner)

Medicaid expansion is back on Utah Legislature's plate (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

A very PBS debate (Politico)

The 8 most important moments of the Democratic debate (Politico)

GOP doubts grow about Rubio (The Hill)

Divided GOP to powwow on budget (The Hill)

Hillary Clinton Asks Black Pastors for Salvation (Daily Beast)

Investors 'go bananas' for gold bars as global stock markets tumble (Telegraph)

Last four occupiers surrender at Oregon wildlife refuge, ending 41-day standoff (Reuters)

Congress gives final OK to banning local Internet taxes (Washington Post)

Donald Trump and Univision Settle Lawsuit Over Miss USA Pageant (Fortune)

What's behind the global stock market selloff? (Reuters)

Fed's Yellen sticks to her guns as global market rout worsens (Reuters)


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