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Monday, February 2, 2015

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Ten Things You Need to Know for Monday - February 2, 2015

Obama makes his budget proposal. Lawmakers not convinced they should move funding from roads to schools. Utah's 2016 presidential primary may be in trouble.


  • Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 38
  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 190
  • Days to the 2015 election - 274
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - 350
  • Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - 357
  • Days to the 2016 Utah presidential primary - 512
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 645

Monday's top-10 headlines:

  1. President Barack Obama unveils his $3.99 trillion budget proposal [Reuters].
  2. Mitt Romney's supporters says they're disappointed that the two-time presidential candidate will not make a third run in 2016 [Deseret News].
  3. Republican candidates are scrambling to pick up Romney's donors now that he's not running [New York Times].
  4. Lawmakers say they're not convinced Gov. Gary Herbert's proposal to shift funding from transportation to schools will work [Tribune].
  5. Rep. David Lifferth claims Gov. Herbert favors moving the state prison to a site near the Salt Lake International Airport [Tribune]. Lifferth has since walked that claim back a bit [Deseret News].
  6. Utah may have to move its 2016 presidential primary because both possible dates conflict with national rules. However, Utah's Democrats say there's an effort to move the state into a regional primary on March 22 [Utah Policy].
  7. There may be no primary in 2016 at all because Utah's Republicans are mulling a party-held caucus [Deseret News].
  8. The Utah Transit Authority spent more than $800,000 on travel costs for employees during a 28-month period [Tribune].
  9. Very troubling. The Great Salt Lake has dropped to a near-record low level, and should surpass the 50-year-old mark sometime soon [Tribune].
  10. Hundreds of Utahns rally at the State Capitol for clean air [KSL].

On this day in history:

  • 1653 - New Amsterdam - now New York City - was incorporated.
  • 1887 - Punxsutawney, Pa., held its first Groundhog Day festival.
  • 1990 - South African President F.W. de Klerk lifted a ban on the African National Congress and promised to free Nelson Mandela.
  • 2009 - Hillary Rodham Clinton was sworn in as U.S. secretary of state.

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Op-ed: No reason to rush a Utah anti-discrimination law

Editorial: HB80 balances states' rights and responsibilities

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Fairpark asks lawmakers to endorse stadium deal

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert favors moving prison to Salt Lake City, lawmaker says

Lawmakers question governor's highways-to-schools funding shift

Democrats say Utah would be different if they were in charge

Lawmakers worry about bill to ban deceptive photos in ads

Rolly: Legislature moves when LDS Church shifts

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Deseret News

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Drew Clark: The beams and motes of getting healthier air in Utah

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Romney decision not to run again disappoints some Utah supporters

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Democratic lawmakers see religious freedom, nondiscrimination as separate issues

Utah's 'toolbox' addresses homelessness 'very well,' Labor secretary says

Charter students celebrate their choice in education with Utah lawmakers

State GOP chairman wants caucus, not a primary

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Jackie Biskupski kicks off campaign for Salt Lake City mayor

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Mitt Romney would have been great president, Summit County GOP says (Park Record)

National Headlines

How Mitt Romney got to 'no' (Politico)

Countdown to Iowa: Ranking the Republican field one year out (The Hill)

GOP senator: 'Alarm ringing' in Middle East (The Hill)

Scott Walker On 2016: 'I Wouldn't Bet Against Me' (Huffington Post)

Jeb Bush & Rand Paul's post-Romney moves (CNN)

Obama budget's boost for military spending points to brewing national security debate (Washington Post)

John McCain stands by Sarah Palin (CNN)

Iowa Poll: Jeb Bush Has a Big Problem (Bloomberg)

Wading Into Foreign Policy, Walker Says He Wouldn't Rule Out Boots in Syria (Bloomberg)

With Romney Gone, Ryan Says He Will Stay Neutral in 2016 (Bloomberg)

Mike Huckabee Talks About His Gay Friends (Bloomberg)

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