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Ten Things You Need to Know Today - Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City. There are 319 days left in 2016.

The political games surrounding Justice Antonin Scalia's replacement begin. Lawmakers take no action on a contentious same-sex adoption bill. The LDS Church clarifies it's opposition to a medical marijuana bill.

The clock:

  • Four days to the Nevada Democratic Caucuses and South Carolina Republican Primary (2/20/2016)
  • Seven days to the Nevada Republican Caucuses (2/23/2016)
  • 11 days to the South Carolina Democratic Primary (2/27/2016)
  • 23 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (3/10/2016)
  • 35 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic caucus meetings (3/22/2016)
  • 67 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic State Conventions (4/23/2016)
  • 133 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 153 days to the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland (7/18/2016)
  • 160 days to the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia (7/25/2016)
  • 266 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)

Tuesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died suddenly on Saturday [New York Times]. Politicians on both sides of the aisle wasted no time politicizing his death, with Republicans vowing to block any replacements in Obama's final year in office [CNN, Yahoo, Washington Post, New York Times]. If that wasn't enough, there are already some conspiracy theories swirling around the circumstances of Scalia's death [Washington Post].
  2. Here's a great breakdown of the remaining 2016 nominating contests that concludes a brokered convention is increasingly likely for Republicans [Utah Policy].
  3. A bill to treat married same-sex couples just as heterosexual married couples in adoptions and foster care cases stalls in a legislative committee [Associated Press, Deseret News, Fox 13].
  4. The LDS Church clarifies its opposition to Sen. Mark Madsen's medical marijuana legislation [Deseret News, Tribune]. Medical marijuana supporters plan to launch a ballot initiative on the subject to possibly let Utahns decide the issue in November [Fox 13].
  5. The number of free lunches for lawmakers has dropped while groups hoping to lobby legislators are opting to host more receptions instead [Tribune].
  6. Rep. Johnny Anderson, who was facing a tough re-election rematch this year, has opted not to run for another term [Utah Policy].
  7. Legislators are eyeing a hefty tax hike on e-cigarettes to help pay for rural health care [Deseret News, Tribune].
  8. A renewable energy company with ties to the polygamist Kingston clan donated quite a bit of money to Utah lawmakers [Tribune].
  9. Members of Utah's Congressional delegation send a letter to President Barack Obama asking him not to designate a new national monument in Utah [Utah Policy, Deseret News].
  10. A new poll shows what Utah Republican delegates think are the top issues facing the state [Utah Policy].

On this day in history:

  • 1923 - Archaeologists open the tomb of Tutankhamen, "King Tut," in Egypt's Valley of the Kings.
  • 1948 - NBC aired the first nightly newscast, "The Camel Newsreel Theatre," which consisted of Fox Movietone newsreels.
  • 1959 - Fidel Castro was sworn in as Cuba's leader and set up a Communist regime.
  • 1968 - The nation's first 911 emergency telephone system was inaugurated in Haleyville, Alabama.

Today At Utah Policy

Poll: What is the Top Issue in Utah for GOP Delegates?

Utah Republican delegates rank education as the top issue facing the state of Utah....

Rep. Johnny Anderson Will Not Run for Re-Election in 2016

Rep. Johnny Anderson is hanging up his legislative boots after three terms in office....

Mia Love Finishes Low-Key First Year in Office

Congresswoman Mia Love spent her first year in office keeping her head down, learning the issues in her assigned committees, and focusing on constituent services....

Utah Policy/KSL Insider Survey: Who Will Win the 2016 Nomination?

With no clear frontrunner following the first two 2016 nominating contests, our "Political Insiders" think Hillary Clinton is most likely to win the Democratic race, but they're not sure who will prevail among Republicans....

The Republican Nomination: It's a Matter of Mathematics

The following policy brief from Leavitt Partners lays out the state of the Republican race as candidates fight to reach 1237 delegates to secure the GOP presidential nomination....

Hatch Floated as Possible Supreme Court Nominee

Republicans are demanding that Pres. Obama leave it to his successor to fill the Supreme Court seat of the late Antonin Scalia. But the GOP might change its mind if the president nominates a "consesus pick" like Sen. Orrin Hatch....

Policy News

Utah GOP Holds Caucus Night on March 22, 2016; Launches First Ever Presidential Preference Caucus
Every election year Utahns are accustomed to the Utah Republican Party’s caucus night....

Utah Delegation sends letter to President Opposing Use of Antiquities Act in Utah
Members of the Utah Delegation sent a letter to President Obama expressing strong opposition to the use of the Antiquities Act to create a national monument within San Juan County....

'Velocity' is the Operative Word in the Growth of Salt Lake City's CBD
In late 2016 or early 2017, the new office tower 111 Main will grace the skyline in Salt Lake City's Central Business District....

Jill Flygare Accepts Operations Role in State Economic Development Office
The Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) is pleased to announce Jill Flygare has joined the GOED team as the new managing director overseeing internal operations....

Gov. Herbert Orders Flags Lowered to Honor Justice Scalia
Gov. Gary R. Herbert has authorized the lowering of the flag of the United States of America and the flag of the state of Utah as a mark of respect for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.  ...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Medical Cannabis Act is the wrong process and policy for Utah

Editorial: Safe parole system is essential to justice reform

Editorial: Only in Utah is minimal Medicaid plan seen as progress

Previously untaxed e-cigarettes may face an 86.5% tax in Utah

Lawmakers pass death benefit for Utah National Guard members

Obama has ‘big ambitions’ for protecting land, White House says

House approves expansion of death penalty

ZAP tax bill advances in Utah Legislature

Bill advances to make Little Sahara sand dunes a state park

Mormon church elaborates on reasons for opposing medical marijuana bill

Medicaid expansion — for poorest of the poor — may have traction on Capitol Hill

Utah officials hit the presidential campaign trail

Biofuel company with polygamous ties spent big on Utah politicians even as frauds were found

Utah lawyers, politicians praise Scalia for upholding original meaning of Constitution

Rolly: Bills could silence attorneys who buck Utah lawmakers on fight with feds

Activists call for changes to Salt Lake City’s police civilian review board

Free lunches becoming more rare for Utah legislators

Deseret News

Pignanelli & Webb: Delicate issues facing Utah's lawmakers

Op-ed: What's behind water funding travesty

Op-ed: Voters must make a generational decision

Op-ed: The real reason Trump will destroy the GOP

Op-ed: The high cost of the death penalty: $1.6 million is just the tip of the iceberg

Editorial: Utah needs to reverse its appallingly low voter participation rates

State: EPA didn't clue in Utah on San Juan River contamination

Committee OKs resolution encouraging return of Olympics to Utah

Lawmakers postpone vote over gay couples adoption bill

Utah delegation urges Obama to refrain from monument creation

Scalia's death leaves major void in high court, Utah legal experts say

Race heating up as congressional Democrats target Mia Love

20 Millcreek candidates looking ahead to new city's first election

A still youthful Val Oveson takes a look back

Slicing and dicing money for your child's education

Will the Utah Legislature opt for lower tuition increases?

Advocate: How will policies under new Gateway ownership affect homeless?


Editorial: Governor Herbert calls Utah 'light on the hill' (Daily Herald)

A tale of two bills: the differences between Utah's medical marijuana bills (Daily Herald)

Editorial: LDS Church clears the way for a candid, factual debate on medical marijuana (Standard-Examiner)

Battling beekeeping bills collide Wednesday on Utah's Capitol Hill (Standard-Examiner)

Critics: Flimsy constitutional protections in Utah's justice courts (Standard-Examiner)

Preschool and kindergarten hot topics on the Utah hill (Standard-Examiner)

Legislators target opiate overdoses with increased access to emergency medication (Logan Herald Journal)

Summit County says Bishop's Public Lands Initiative draft is inconsistent with proposals (Park Record)

National Headlines

Scalia's death could change court on abortion, race, climate (Politico)

Srinivasan, Lynch fit Obama's formula for nominees (Politico)

Trump mocks Jeb’s campaign appearance with brother (The Hill)

Republicans stand down for FBI investigation of Clinton server (The Hill)

Mapped: Negative central bank interest rates now herald new danger for the world (Telegraph)

Trump: RNC breaking pledge, calls Cruz a ‘liar’ (The State)

Republicans Are Already Tearing Each Other Apart Over Scalia Successor Fight (Bloomberg)

University of Missouri officials to confer over new Melissa Click video (Chicago Tribune)

First US terror trial over ISIS links to begin in Phoenix (Associated Press)

Kentucky lawmaker takes aim at anti-abortion law with 'Viagra' bill (Reuters)

Bill Clinton Says 'We Are All Mixed-Race' (Huffington Post)


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