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Tuesday, February 17, 2015
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Ten Things You Need to Know for Tuesday - February 17, 2015
Federal judge blocks Obama's executive actions on immigration. Poll shows Utahns want non-partisan school board elections. Hunstman being courted to challenge Lee in 2016.
- Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 23
- Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 175
- Days to the 2015 election - 259
- Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - 335
- Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - 342
- Days to the 2016 Utah presidential primary - 497
- Days until the 2016 presidential election - 630
Tuesday's top-10 headlines:
- A federal judge in Texas has temporarily blocked the Obama administration's executive actions on immigration [Washington Post].
- A new poll shows a majority of Utahns want State School Board members selected through non-partisan elections [Utah Policy].
- Former Gov. Jon Huntsman is reportedly being wooed by Republicans to mount a challenge to Sen. Mike Lee in 2016 [Politico].
- The Utah House narrowly passes a measure reinstating the firing squad as a method of execution [Tribune].
- The Utah Senate confirms Constandinos Himonas as an associate justice of the Utah Supreme Court [Deseret News, Tribune].
- Utah is a lone voice in the wilderness in the fight to gain control of public lands from the federal government [Tribune].
- A legislative committee approves a measure offering salary increases for math, science and special education teachers [Deseret News].
- A deal to build a minor-league soccer stadium at the Utah State Fairpark may fall by the wayside [Deseret News].
- Search warrants in the case against former Attorneys General Mark Shurtleff and John Swallow suggest the two men used their positions to secure perks and donations [Deseret News].
- A Florida-based group has launched a radio ad opposing Gov. Gary Herbert's Healthy Utah plan [Utah Policy].
On this day in history:
- 1801 - The House of Representatives broke an electoral tie between Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr, choosing Jefferson to be president.
- 1972 - President Richard M. Nixon departed on an historic trip to China.
- 2002 - The new Transportation Security Administration took over supervision of aviation security from the airline industry and the Federal Aviation Administration.
- 2009 - President Barack Obama signed a $757 billion economic stimulus package into law.
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Salt Lake Tribune
Op-ed: State workers need more pay to continue Utah's prosperity
Rolly: Bill adds roadblocks to investment transparency
Op-ed: Despite rhetoric, Utah is quite capable of managing federal lands
Editorial: No need to hide gas tax hike
Editorial: BLM right to choose history over expediency
Editorial: Utah should let death penalty go
Himonas unanimously confirmed to the Utah Supreme Court
New vision for U.S. 40 unveiled
Firing squad bill passes Utah House after tough debate
Count My Vote: Don't back out on nominating deal
House endorses clean-burning school bus bill
Bill advances to make prosecuting human trafficking easier
Utah is lone cowboy trying to wrangle public lands
Volunteers and staff worried prison may be built too far away
Housing for the homeless: a scrum for site selection
Rolly: LaVar Christensen could be Utah LGBT community's best friend
Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Legislature review: Fierce debate involving federal government
Jill Major: Utah lags behind in educational storm
A. Scott Anderson: Time to pass Immigration Innovation Act
John Florez: Courts should protect children's interests, too
McMillen and Cortez: Drug possession reform is long overdue
Michael and Jenet Erickson: Protecting conscience is not discrimination
Robert Bennett: The vote on war should never turn into 'policy by bumper sticker'
Editorial: Proposed altering of 'death tax' inflicts the estate tax on nearly every successful family business
Editorial: Public schools deserve greater responsibility for innovation
Committee OKs $13.5M bill for teacher salary increases
School capital funding equity bill gets House approval
In RootsTech speech, former first lady Laura Bush encourages savoring family, life's moments
Bill to replace worst polluting school buses passes House
Utah House narrowly passes bill to restore firing squad
Performance funding for higher ed would preserve college missions, lawmakers say
Count My Vote supporters call legislation undoing agreement 'troubling and alarming'
Salt Lake City mayor, councilman oppose North Temple sites for homeless support housing
Senate confirms new Utah Supreme Court justice
Warrants allege how Mark Shurtleff, John Swallow used political power
Should Utah bid an early farewell to SAGE testing?
Protections for breast-feeding women may be added to Utah's anti-discrimination laws
Legislative showdown erupts over Fairpark, soccer stadium deal
Huntsman apparently hasn't ruled out run against Sen. Mike Lee
Op-ed: Legislators must move Utah education toward the top (Standard-Examiner)
Editorial: Let police enforce seat belt law (Standard-Examiner)
Bill could change how juveniles are dealt with in court (Standard-Examiner)
Rep. Chris Stewart trying to change veterans health care law (Standard-Examiner)
With four bills pending, Utah Hospital Association backs Healthy Utah (Standard-Examiner)
Football analogy gave North Salt Lake lawmaker the edge Friday (Standard-Examiner)
Editorial: Provo responds to retail demands, but will residents help? (Daily Herald)
Openshaw: Redirect the prison, don't move it (Daily Herald)
Laura Bush talks family, memories and ancestry at RootsTech (Daily Herald)
Balance is at the heart of LGBT rights and religious freedom, legislators say (Daily Herald)
Texting and driving bills go head to head (Daily Herald)
Cities encouraged to participate in Utah Lake Commission (Daily Herald)
Lawmakers look to prioritize $1 billion funding requests (Logan Herald Journal)
New York Times corrects Scott Walker column (Politico)
Sanders puts brave face on single-payer troubles (The Hill)
Egypt strikes ISIS targets in Libya after latest video (The Hill)
Where's the respect for Santorum? (The Hill)
GOP cools on Loretta Lynch (The Hill)
Is GOP 2016 becoming a two-man race? (Washington Post)
Meet your 2016 GOP front-runners: Jeb Bush, yes, and a Midwestern surprise (Christian Science Monitor)
Watch Barbara Bush Tell Son Jeb She's Changed Her Mind About 'Enough Bushes' (ABC News)
Obama To Wrap Up Palm Springs Golf Getaway (CBS News)
Why Rand Paul's Biology Degree Claim Matters (Bloomberg)
Best President Ever: 2016 Hopefuls Name Their Favorites (NBC News)
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