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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.

The clock:

  • 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:

  1. 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]. 
  2. 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].
  3. 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].
  4. 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].
  5. Warning signs? Utahs tax collections are trending downward [Utah Policy].
  6. 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]. 
  7. 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].
  8. The Utah Senate kills a proposal to ban smoking rooms at the Salt Lake City airport [Tribune].
  9. 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].
  10. 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.


Today At Utah Policy


Poll: Support for Medical Marijuana Growing in Utah

Support for legalizing marijuana for medical purposes has reached 64 percent among Utahns, a new UtahPolicy poll shows....

Utah's Revenue Projections are Trending Downward

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Should Utah's Attorney General Have a Security Detail?

GOP Attorney General Sean Reyes could get full-time personal security under a bill sponsored by Rep. Mike Shultz....

Weekly Survey: Will Lawmakers Alter SB54

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Hatch: Open to Supreme Court Job, but Probably too Old

Sen. Orrin Hatch says his age (he's 82) makes him an unlikely candidate for the Supreme Court, though if he were appointed he'd try to live another 20 years just to mess with the Democrats....

Lawmakers May Institute a 'Secret Shopper' Program at State Liquor Stores

Some may say it’s Big Brother watching you at work....

Utah Welfare Recipients Would be Required to Take 'Self-Reliance' Training

Utah welfare recipients may have to go through two hours of "self-reliance" training to keep their benefits under proposed legislation....

Policy News


Need For Speed's Scott Waugh Returns to Utah to Shoot New Action Feature
The Utah Film Commission announced that the Governor’s Office of Economic Development board has approved three new projects for state film incentives, expected to spend more than $12 million collectively on the ground. ...

Honeyville Inc. to Grow in the Beehive State
The Governor’s Office of Economic Development, along with Honeyville Inc., is pleased to announce that the Utah-based food products company will expand its manufacturing within the state, generating 115 jobs and an expected capital investment of $23 million....

Local Headlines

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

Deseret News

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

Other

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)

National Headlines

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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