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Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Ten Things You Need to Know Today - Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 48th day of the year. There are 318 days left in 2016.
Hatch says Obama should not nominate Scalia's successor. A poll shows support for medical marijuana is growing in Utah. A bill to tear down the Zion Curtain stalls.
- Three days to the Nevada Democratic Caucuses and South Carolina Republican Primary (2/20/2016)
- Six days to the Nevada Republican Caucuses (2/23/2016)
- Ten days to the South Carolina Democratic Primary (2/27/2016)
- 22 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (3/10/2016)
- 34 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic caucus meetings (3/22/2016)
- 66 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic State Conventions (4/23/2016)
- 132 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
- 152 days to the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland (7/18/2016)
- 159 days to the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia (7/25/2016)
- 265 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)
Wednesday's top-10 headlines:
- President Barack Obama says he will nominate someone to replace Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court despite calls by Republicans to let the next president make the selection [Washington Post]. Sen. Orrin Hatch says letting the winner of the election make the pick would be "fair to both sides" [Deseret News, Tribune].
- A new national poll has Donald Trump with a big lead over his Republican rivals for the GOP nomination. Trump hits nearly 40% support [Washington Times]. A new poll of likely caucus goers in Nevada puts the Democratic contest in that state a near dead-heat between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders [CNN].
- A new UtahPolicy.com survey finds some 64% of Utahns support making marijuana legal for medical purposes if prescribed by a doctor. That number includes 37% who "strongly favor" the policy [Utah Policy].
- Medical marijuana supporters say they want to put the issue on this year's ballot, and could start gathering signatures as early as this week [2 News, Fox 13, Deseret News, Tribune].
- Warning signs? Utahs tax collections are trending downward [Utah Policy].
- Lawmakers put off a bill to take down the so-called "Zion Curtain" in restaurants, opting to study the issue during the interim [2 News, Fox 13, Tribune, Deseret News].
- Attorney General Sean Reyes says he will set aside more than $40,000 in political donations from a renewable energy company with ties to the polygamist Kingston clan [Tribune, 2 News].
- The Utah Senate kills a proposal to ban smoking rooms at the Salt Lake City airport [Tribune].
- Sen. Curt Bramble is working on a "fetal pain" bill that would require doctors to administer anesthesia to a fetus before an abortion [Associated Press].
- Activist Terry Tempest Williams won bids on approximately 1,500 acres of federal land that was up for auction for oil and gas development [Tribune, Deseret News].
On this day in history:
- 1801 - The House of Representatives chose Thomas Jefferson as the third president of the United States after he and Aaron Burr tied in the Electoral College. It took 35 ballots before Jefferson won and Burr became vice president.
- 1909 - Apache leader Geronimo died while under military confinement in Oklahoma.
- 1972 - President Richard M. Nixon departed on a historic trip to China.
- 2008 - Kosovo declared independence from Serbia.
- 2009 - President Barak Obama signed a $757 billion economic stimulus package into law.
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Salt Lake Tribune
Editorial: HB300 strikes proper balance on body-cam videos
Tied to prison move, lawmakers want to study high-tech needs from Draper to Lehi
Proposed change to ‘weird’ Utah liquor law shelved for study
Lawmakers balk at bill that would give A grades to Utah schools scoring above 64 percent
Hatch: Don’t replace Scalia until after election
Citing parents’ constitutional rights, Utah lawmaker moves to decriminalize school truancy
Utah House calls for statues of Fathers Escalante, Dominguez
Rolly: Wimmer’s invitations to Bible study pulled from Utah legislators’ desks
Regulations for Utah payday loans advance
Senate hands setback to bill to ban airport smoking
Utah bill advances to raise impound fees for drunken drivers
Utah’s dueling air quality bills have house divided
SLC police chief shows City Council how he wants to de-escalate his way into fewer shooting deaths
Utah’s medical-marijuana backers, conceding defeat on Capitol Hill, look to ballot
Auction of Utah oil & gas leases spurs author Terry Tempest Williams to (legally) purchase hundreds of acres
Richard Davis: Will the Supreme Court get a successor for Justice Scalia this year?
Jay Evensen: Don't count on Utahns voting to raise taxes for education
Editorial: Reform the juvenile justice system — an inspiring though not unique case in point
Sen. Hatch: Waiting to replace Scalia 'fair to both sides'
Senate panel moves to study alcohol barrier in Utah restaurants
Utah Senate votes down bill to eliminate S.L. airport smoking rooms
More time, funding for teacher training gets early Senate approval
Student immunizations bill held in committee
Energy efficiency or home construction costs?
Committee OKs needle exchange bill
Psychiatric medications bill narrowly advances to House floor
Groups say activist and author won oil and gas bids in Grand County
Student effort on SAGE an ongoing concern for lawmakers, educators
Feds are now releasing evidence in Shurtleff case, prosecutor says
Medical marijuana supporters want to put the question to the people
Park City's legislator recalls Antonin Scalia as 'brilliant' but 'combative' (Park Record)
Legislator talks inversion, marijuana during Park City appearance (Park Record)
Advocates announce plan to get medical marijuana on the ballot (Daily Herald)
Lawmakers still discussing education-focused immunization bill (Logan Herald Journal)
Utah's liquor 'Zion curtain' survives another repeal attempt (Standard-Examiner)
Judiciary chairman: No decision on hearing for SCOTUS nominee (The Hill)
Poll: Clinton holds double-digit lead on Sanders in SC (The Hill)
Campaigns secretly prep for brokered GOP convention (Politico)
Rubio surges back to electrify South Carolina (Politico)
Controversial Missouri professor berates police in ‘appalling’ new video (Washington Post)
Justice Antonin Scalia's Health Woes Weren't Publicly Disclosed Before His Death (ABC News)
Is George W. Bush trying to come to terms with his own time in office? (Washington Post)
‘Single-issue’ candidate Bernie Sanders touches on 20 issues during a Michigan campaign stop (Washington Post)
Americans divided on military power, new poll shows (Christian Science Monitor)
Ted Cruz Outlines Plan to Strengthen Military (New York Daily News)
Hillary Clinton barks, Jeb Bush begs, and the most cringe-worthy moments of the 2016 presidential race so far (New York Daily News)
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