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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.

The clock:

  • 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:

  1. President Barack Obama will make the first visit of his presidency to a U.S. mosque on Wednesday [Washington Post, New York Times].
  2. Jeb Bush's campaign takes out a full-page ad in New Hampshire trashing Marco Rubio [Politico].
  3. Utah GOP Delegates favor Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio for president. Donald Trump is far behind those two in third place [Utah Policy].
  4. A comparison of two recent surveys finds Utah Republican Delegates are much more conservative than Utah Republicans as a whole [Utah Policy].
  5. The number of lobbyists outnumbers lawmakers on the Hill by a stunning 4-1 margin [Tribune].
  6. Sen. Jim Dabakis is tweaking his proposed constitutional amendment to boost funding for public education with a way to protect higher education [Utah Policy].
  7. A bill to eliminate straight-ticket voting dies in a House committee [Deseret News, TribuneFox 13].
  8. House Republican Caucus members discussed medical marijuana legislation but declined to take an official position on the issue [Deseret News].
  9. UDOT officials warn lawmakers that highway projects will suffer if a plan to divert funding to the Lake Powell Pipeline is approved [Tribune].
  10. 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

Analysis: Utah GOP Delegates are Much More Conservative than Other Republicans

A new comparison between two UtahPolicy polls finds that state Republican Party delegates are more conservative than Utah Republicans at large....

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....

Utah GOP Delegates Favor Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio for President

Utah's Republican Delegates are lining up behind Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio in the 2016 GOP presidential contest....

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....

Lee: Rise of the Licensing Cartel

In a Forbes op-ed, Sen. Mike Lee calls for an end to the cartelization of the American workforce by government licensing boards....

Policy News

Clinton Campaign Appoints Utah Leadership
Hillary for America has appointed Utah campaign leadership and is committed to securing the Utah vote in the March 22nd Democratic Presidential caucus election....

Provocative Legal Scholar Erwin Chemerinsky to Visit the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law on Feb. 4 to Speak on '50 Years of the Constitution.'
He calls the U.S. Supreme Court a failure and “an emperor that truly has no clothes.”...

Hatch: Limiting the President's Monument Authority an Important Step to Protect Utahns
Lawmakers in the United States Senate Tuesday considered an amendment to the Senate’s bipartisan energy bill that would protect Westerners from federal land grabs. ...

Lee Calls For State Approval Of Monument Designations
Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) spoke from the Senate floor Tuesday calling on Congress to reform how presidents designate federal land as a national monument....

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...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Put tax increase for schools on the ballot

Bill advances to allow special Real Salt Lake license plates

State may offer refineries huge incentives to produce cleaner fuel

Bill advances to create National Guard death benefit

UDOT reveals projects likely impacted by proposed sales-tax shift

House votes down plan to defy federal labor ruling

Lawmakers blast Utah technical college for unrepentant ‘fraudulent reporting’

Despite opposition, Senate OKs workplace breast-feeding bill

Rolly: Conservative Utah not such a low-tax state after all

Battle over sex education returning to Utah Legislature

Senate rejects Mike Lee’s move to limit president’s Antiquities Act power

Bill advances to declare Spiral Jetty as official ‘state work of art’

Human traffickers could face execution under plan

Bill to eliminate straight party voting is defeated

Committee OKs bill to streamline licensing for Utah birthing centers

UTA pleges reforms to legislators

Deseret News

Richard Davis: Do presidents have to be religious adherents?

Op-ed: 'Death with dignity' and assisted suicide not the answer

Jay Evensen: Utahns and their relationship with speed limits — it's complicated

Smart tools, scientific data drive McAdams' vision for Salt Lake County

State lawmakers propose death penalty for human traffickers in homicide cases

Diesel technician program gives students path into growing career field

Alcohol permit bill clears Senate committee

House Republicans hear medical marijuana bills, not expected to take a position

Bill to permit 18 year olds to petition court to end DCFS supervision stalls

Lawmaker proposes making 'In God We Trust' license plate a standard option

Bill to eliminate straight-ticket voting fails in committee

Biskupski's pick to lead public utilities withdraws, says he lacked political backing

STEM or STEAM: Is there room for both in Utah schools?


Commissioner Larry Ellertson says integrity not compromised (Daily Herald)

Provo Municipal Council director resigns (Daily Herald)

Commissioners pass resolution on controversial American Fork Canyon issue (Daily Herald)

Editorial: It's time for the Utah Parole Board to join the 21st century (Standard-Examiner)

Clinton lawmaker's bill makes some human trafficking cases a capital crime (Standard-Examiner)

USTAR promises better data collection after audit (Logan Herald Journal)

Logan City School District opposes Senate bill diverting funds to charter schools (Logan Herald Journal)

USU professor chides governor, speaker on lands issue (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

How Wounded Are Trump and Clinton? (Politico)

Obama and Ryan's Kabuki summit (Politico)

Bill Clinton: Sanders is no Obama (The Hill)

Sanders won't debate Thursday unless Clinton agrees to future debates (The Hill)

Clinton campaign unnerved by Iowa (New York Times)

Sanders campaign reviewing Iowa caucus totals, says actual result may never be known (Washington Post)

Sarah Palin gears up for South Carolina campaigning for Trump (CNN)

Marco Rubio becomes early hope for mainstream U.S. Republicans (Reuters)

To Protesters Flocking To Oregon Town, Locals Say 'Go Home' (NPR)

New European, U.S. data transfer pact agreed (Reuters)

Carson camp: Cruz apology is too little, too late (MSNBC)


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