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Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Ten Things You Need to Know Today - Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City. There are 332 days left in 2016.
Obama plans to visit a mosque for the first time as president. Utah GOP Delegates support Cruz and Rubio for president. Utah GOP lawmakers hear pitches about medical marijuana legislation.
- Six days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary - (2/9/2016)
- 17 days to the Nevada Democratic Caucuses and South Carolina Republican Primary (2/20/2016)
- 20 days to the Nevada Republican Caucuses (2/23/2016)
- 24 days to the South Carolina Democratic Primary (2/27/2016)
- 39 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (3/10/2016)
- 51 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic caucus meetings (3/22/2016)
- 83 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic State Conventions (4/23/2016)
- 149 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
- 282 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)
Wednesday's top-10 headlines:
- President Barack Obama will make the first visit of his presidency to a U.S. mosque on Wednesday [Washington Post, New York Times].
- Jeb Bush's campaign takes out a full-page ad in New Hampshire trashing Marco Rubio [Politico].
- Utah GOP Delegates favor Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio for president. Donald Trump is far behind those two in third place [Utah Policy].
- A comparison of two recent surveys finds Utah Republican Delegates are much more conservative than Utah Republicans as a whole [Utah Policy].
- The number of lobbyists outnumbers lawmakers on the Hill by a stunning 4-1 margin [Tribune].
- Sen. Jim Dabakis is tweaking his proposed constitutional amendment to boost funding for public education with a way to protect higher education [Utah Policy].
- A bill to eliminate straight-ticket voting dies in a House committee [Deseret News, Tribune, Fox 13].
- House Republican Caucus members discussed medical marijuana legislation but declined to take an official position on the issue [Deseret News].
- UDOT officials warn lawmakers that highway projects will suffer if a plan to divert funding to the Lake Powell Pipeline is approved [Tribune].
- Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams delivers his State of the County address, touting technological advances for a more responsive and open government [Tribune, Deseret News, KUER].
On this day in history:
- 1690 - Massachusetts Colony issued the first paper money in America.
- 1783 - Spain recognized the independence of the United States from Great Britain.
- 1870 - The 15th Amendment was ratified. It decreed the right to vote shall not be denied on account of race, color or previous condition of servitude.
- 1813 - The 16th Amendment, allowing the establishment of an income tax, was ratified following a vote by Wyoming.
- 1973 - The Endangered Species Act was signed into law by President Richard Nixon.
Today At Utah Policy
|Dabakis Tweaking His Education Funding Plan|
Sen. Jim Dabakis' proposal to cut higher education out of the income tax equation would take nearly $600 million annually out of that system. However, Dabakis says he's got a proposal to fix that problem....
|Polling Methodology is Crucial for Accurate Opinion Analysis|
Monday’s Iowa caucus results once again have raised questions about the accuracy of survey research. Polling just before caucus day had Donald Trump winning. Instead, Ted Cruz won. And Marco Rubio did much better than his standing in the final polls....
|Hatch Calls on Senate to Pass Judicial Redress Act Swiftly|
Senator Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, member and former chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and chairman of the Senate Republican High-Tech Task Force, spoke on the Senate floor on the importance of passing the Judicial Redress Act, which passed in the Judiciary Committee las...
"An investment in knowledge pays the best interest." Benjamin Franklin Brainy Quote
Endorsement for Trump
"Trump got a major endorsement this week from the reverend Jerry Falwell Jr. It does seem strange that a Christian leader would endorse a candidate who's kind of a poster child for the seven deadly sins: Pride, greed, lust, envy, gluttony, wrath, and sloth. Which in this case -- Is living on his head." Jimmy Fallon Political Humor