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Ten Things You Need to Know Today - Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City. There are 333 days left in 2016.

Cruz and Clinton win in Iowa. Half of Utah GOP delegates support blocking candidates who use the signature route to get on the ballot. Biskupski's pick to head up public works withdraws.

The clock:

  • Seven days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary - (2/9/2016)
  • 18 days to the Nevada Democratic Caucuses and South Carolina Republican Primary (2/20/2016)
  • 21 days to the Nevada Republican Caucuses (2/23/2016)
  • 25 days to the South Carolina Democratic Primary (2/27/2016)
  • 40 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (3/10/2016)
  • 52 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic caucus meetings (3/22/2016)
  • 84 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic State Conventions (4/23/2016)
  • 150 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 283 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)

Tuesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Ted Cruz upsets Donald Trump in the Iowa Caucuses. Marco Rubio comes in third [New York Times, Washington Post, Politico].
  2. Hillary Clinton ekes out an apparent victory by the slimmest of margins over Bernie Sanders, despite the race being a virtual tie most of the night [Washington PostNew York Times, CBS News, Politico]
  3. Now that Iowa is over, Martin O'Malley and Mike Huckabee are dropping out of the race. Ben Carson is taking a few days off the campaign trail, but his campaign insists he's still in [NPR, Twitter, CNN].
  4. Utah GOP Chairman James Evans says he hopes the party coalesces around a presidential nominee sooner rather than later [2 News].
  5. A new poll of Utah GOP candidates finds about half would support blocking a candidate from running as a Republican if they took the new signature-gathering route to get on the primary ballot [Utah Policy].
  6. Democrats are furious they are not allowed to see the full legal brief prepared for the Commission for the Stewardship of Public Lands about a potential lawsuit against the federal government [Tribune].
  7. A bill sponsored by Republican Bruce Cutler would remove every reference to the State Office of Education from state code [Tribune]. 
  8. A measure allowing anyone to carry a concealed weapon without a permit, as long as it's not loaded, is back on Capitol Hill for the third time in four years [Utah Policy].
  9. Education backers are pushing another tax hike to pay for public education [Deseret News, Tribune].
  10. Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski's pick to head up public utilities, Mike Reberg, withdraws due to mounting opposition [2 News, Tribune, KUER].

On this day in history:

  • 1653 - The city of New Amsterdam was incorporated. It was later named New York City.
  • 1848 - The war between the United States and Mexico formally ended with the signing of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. It provided for Mexico's cession of the territory that became the states of New Mexico, Arizona, California, Nevada, Utah and parts of Colorado and Wyoming in exchange for $15 million.
  • 1887 - Groundhog Day was celebrated for the first time in Punxsutawney, Pa.
  • 1933 - Two days after becoming chancellor of Germany, Adolf Hitler ordered the dissolution of Parliament.
  • 1943 - The remainder of Nazi forces from the Battle of Stalingrad surrendered in a major World War II victory for the Soviets.


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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Education Fund lets Legislature balance higher, public ed

Editorial: Leaders must defuse rebellion before more are killed

Salt Lake County zeroing in on criminal-justice effort

House defeats bill that would make it easier to overturn new laws

Audit suggests a slew of changes to improve Utah’s parole board

Biskupski’s nominee to head public utilities bows out amid growing criticism

Audit finds that USTAR needs more reforms

Park City Democrat Charlene Albarran to run for Congress against Rep. Chris Stewart

Lawmakers advance bill attacking Mantua’s ‘speed trap’

Utah business leaders want public to vote on new taxes to fund schools

Utah Senate resolution seeks to label porn as a ‘health crisis’

Bill would remove all references to State Office of Education from Utah law

Shawna Cox plans to attend Kanab funerals for LaVoy Finicum, and her son-in-law who died in fire

State paid $640k for public lands analysis; Dems want all the info

Deseret News

Editorial: Americans are skeptical that government can solve the nation's biggest problems

Specialty license plate bills on the way to Senate

Tourism boosters rub shoulders with lawmakers

Virgina-based energy giant to acquire Questar for $4.4B

Will lawmakers consider another tax increase for education?

Lawmaker looks to curb municipal collections from traffic tickets

Audit reveals deficiencies in Utah Board of Pardons and Parole

What you need to know about the effort to clear the air in Utah

Son of Oregon occupier killed by police calls shooting 'grossly wrong'

State senator wants Utah to declare pornography a public health crisis

Republicans, Democrats together on need for clean air legislation

Other

Op-ed: Snowbird a responsible steward of its property and a good neighbor (Daily Herald)

State auditor talks transparency with Utah County Republican Women (Daily Herald)

Committee moves Mantua 'speed trap' bill forward (Standard-Examiner)

Layton lawmaker says land swap proposal could raise millions for Utah schools (Standard-Examiner)

Cache County legislators talk budgets, medical marijuana at first constituent meeting (Logan Herald Journal)

Hillyard's traffic fine bill speeds through committee (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

How Cruz beat Trump (Politico)

Too close to call: Clinton clings to tiny lead over Sanders (Politico)

Clinton declares victory in Iowa (The Hill)

Cruz wins GOP race in Iowa; Dems too close to call (The Hill)

White House won't say if it's behind Facebook gun ban (Washington Examiner)

National debt hits $19 trillion (Washington Examiner)

Ted Cruz's conventional campaign to win Iowa (CNN)

Martin O'Malley, Mike Huckabee end presidential campaigns (CNN)

During Critical Campaign Period, Ben Carson Heads Home To Get Fresh Clothes (Huffington Post)

Rand Paul at 5th place: 'Liberty will live on' (USA Today)

Will America's economy get dragged into recession? (CNNMoney)


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