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Ten Things You Need to Know Today - Friday, February 19, 2016

Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 50th day of the year. There are 316 days left in 2016.

Trump gets into a feud with Pope Francis. Joe Biden will visit Utah next Friday. Urquhart says the LDS Church torpedoed his hate crimes bill.

The clock:

  • The Nevada Democratic Caucuses and South Carolina Republican Primary elections are tomorrow (2/20/2016)
  • Four days to the Nevada Republican Caucuses (2/23/2016)
  • Eight days to the South Carolina Democratic Primary (2/27/2016)
  • 20 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (3/10/2016)
  • 32 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic caucus meetings (3/22/2016)
  • 64 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic State Conventions (4/23/2016)
  • 130 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 150 days to the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland (7/18/2016)
  • 157 days to the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia (7/25/2016)
  • 263 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)

Friday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Of all the unlikely things I thought would happen in the 2016 election, I never in my wildest dreams imagined Donald Trump would get into a feud with Pope Francis. Francis called Trump's proposal to build a wall on the border with Mexico "not Christian" [Associated Press, Reuters]. Trump's response was very, very Trump [Donald Trump, The Guardian].
  2. Sen. Steve Urquhart, a Mormon, lashes out against the LDS Church's opposition to his hate crimes legislation [2 News, Fox 13, ABC 4, Associated Press, Tribune, Deseret News].
  3. Vice President Joe Biden will visit Utah next week to speak at the Huntsman Cancer Institute [Tribune, Deseret News].
  4. A new poll shows most Utahns want schools to teach comprehensive sex education rather than the current abstinence-only curriculum [Utah Policy].
  5. Sen. Mark Madsen is making some changes to his medical marijuana bill to blunt opposition to the legislation [2 News].
  6. Legislators look to make some fixes to the state's open meetings regulations because they may have been inadvertently breaking the law for the past two years [Utah Policy].
  7. Rep. LaVar Christensen's "marriage sovereignty" bill could step on the rights of legally married couples in Utah [Fox 13].
  8. Sen. Urquhart is proposing the state do away with the death penalty [Deseret News].
  9. Lawmakers hold a bill requiring parents who choose not to vaccinate their children to watch an educational video [Deseret News].
  10. The State Board of Education names Sydnee Dickson as interim state superintendent after Brad Smith resigned [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1878 - Thomas Edison patented the first gramophone.
  • 1881 - Kansas became the first state to prohibit all alcoholic beverages.
  • 1942 - The government began relocating Japanese-Americans living in coastal Pacific areas to internment camps in several states.
  • 1945 - Marines landed on the island of Iwo Jima, opening one of the major battles in the Pacific during World War II.
  • 2008 - Cuban President Fidel Castro stepped down permanently after 49 years in power. His brother, Raul, succeeded him.

Today At Utah Policy

Poll: Utahns Want Comprehensive Sex-Ed Instead of Abstinence Only

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Lawmakers Move to Fix Open-Meeting Law Error

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Bishop Subpoenas Jewell in Probe of Gold King Mine Report

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Policy News

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University of Utah College of Social Work Celebrates 10th Anniversary of Social Justice Lecture Series with Talk on Gang Intervention
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Lee, Klobuchar Call For Review of Proposed Charter, Time Warner, Bright House Merger
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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Senators are representing Rocky Mountain Power, not citizens, with SB 115

Residents’ religion, age, family composition make Utah very different from rest of nation, study finds

Shurtleff’s ‘fixer’ faces new charges accusing him of ripping off Social Security

Biden to visit Utah’s Huntsman Cancer Institute next week as push for cure intensifies

Utah Senate committee advances bill to revamp indigent defense system

Bill advances to help fee waivers for open-records requests

House moves to require judges to have law degrees in some counties

State senator criticizes Mormon church for torpedoing hate-crimes bill

Rolly: It was a bad day in court for former Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff

House endorses a political ‘death penalty’ for delinquent candidates

Board of Education names interim Utah superintendent

EPA: Utah’s proposed peer-review rule could violate federal law

Ranchers who gather in Utah to discuss shrinking lands for grazing receive words of caution

Deseret News

Natalie Gochnour: The Point of the Mountain is beginning to boil

Greg Bell: The mounting (and runaway) national debt

Editorial: Parole reform simply can't be neglected

2 corrections officials resign in wake of crimes by halfway house walkaways

Popular air quality program axed in early budget process

Cancer society advocates share personal stories with Utah lawmakers

Vice president coming to Utah to meet with Huntsman Cancer Institute researchers

Legislature OKs bill lowering age to apply for specialty hunting permits

State senator defends hate crimes bill, but others say balance needed

History at risk? Lawmakers advance bill to stiffen historic neighborhood application process

State school superintendent resigned over 'style'; interim chief appointed

Lawmaker proposes doing away with death penalty


Governor candidate Jonathan Johnson woos Utah County delegates (Daily Herald)

Utah law enforcement would rather see neither medical marijuana bill pass (Daily Herald)

Editorial: Utah Senate may have found a way to save millions on public education (Standard-Examiner)

Rep. Bishop, others tutor attendees on how to caucus (Standard-Examiner)

Bill to improve indigent defense advances to Utah Senate (Standard-Examiner)

Utah attorney general meets with Cache County leaders (Logan Herald Journal)

Legislature considering oversight commission for public defense system (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

The pope flashes his political passions (Politico)

Here's what a Biden campaign would look like (Politico)

Trump slams Pope Francis for questioning his faith: 'Disgraceful' (The Hill)

Sanders tops Clinton in a national poll for the first time (The Hill)

How the DNC Helps Clinton Buy Off Superdelegates (Observer)

Superdelegates help Clinton expand her lead despite NH loss (Associated Press)

Clinton Strong in South Carolina But Warning Signs Ahead (Bloomberg)

Trials for officers in Freddie Gray case delayed as appeals court intervenes (Washington Post)

Top New York law officials call Apple's encryption stance irresponsible (Reuters)

A third-place finish in South Carolina would be a huge setback for Ted Cruz (Washington Post)

Bernie Sanders Takes His Turn Meeting With Civil Rights Leaders (New York Times)


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