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Ten Things You Need to Know Today - Thursday, February 4, 2016

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City. There are 331 days left in 2016.

Trump accuses Cruz of stealing victory in Iowa. Chaffetz plans a probe that could end up engulfing Hillary Clinton. Utah Democrat wants residents to vote on Medicaid expansion.

The clock:

  • Five days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary - (2/9/2016)
  • 16 days to the Nevada Democratic Caucuses and South Carolina Republican Primary (2/20/2016)
  • 19 days to the Nevada Republican Caucuses (2/23/2016)
  • 23 days to the South Carolina Democratic Primary (2/27/2016)
  • 38 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (3/10/2016)
  • 50 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic caucus meetings (3/22/2016)
  • 82 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic State Conventions (4/23/2016)
  • 148 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 281 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)

Thursday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Donald Trump goes bonkers on Twitter, accusing Ted Cruz of stealing the Iowa Caucuses and calling for a do-over [New York Times].
  2. Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders face off in a primetime Democratic debate in New Hampshire Thursday night on MSNBC [The Hill, MSNBC,
  3. Republicans Rand Paul and Rick Santorum drop out of the presidential race. Santorum throws his support behind Marco Rubio [New York Times].
  4. Rep. Jason Chaffetz says he plans to probe record keeping by the federal government, which could end up targeting the email scandal surrounding Hillary Clinton [Politico].
  5. Rep. Patrice Arent wants Utahns to cast a non-binding vote on Medicaid expansion in November [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News].
  6. Poll: Utah Republican delegates give the state's top elected officials high approval ratings [Utah Policy].
  7. The Utah Senate advances a measure to reinstate a nominating committee for state school board elections as a short-term fix. A similar nominating committee was found unconstitutional by a judge [Tribune].
  8. A judge allows the Utah Democratic Party to get involved in a lawsuit brought by the Utah GOP over SB54 [Deseret News].
  9. A proposal on the Hill would revive Utah's ban on polygamy, but polygamists would not be prosecuted unless they're breaking other laws [Utah Policy, Associated Press].
  10. President Barack Obama makes a visit to a mosque and references religious persecution against Mormons [Washington Post].

On this day in history:

  • 1789 - George Washington was elected the first president of the United States by all 69 presidential electors who cast votes.
  • 1801 - John Marshall was sworn in as chief justice of the United States.
  • 1861 - Delegates from six southern states met in Montgomery, Ala., to form the Confederate States of America.
  • 1938 - Adolf Hitler seized control of the Germany army and put Nazi officers in key posts as part of a plan that led to World War II.
  • 1974 - Urban guerrillas calling themselves the Symbionese Liberation Army abducted Patricia Hearst, the 19-year-old daughter of publisher Randolph Hearst.
  • 2004 - The Massachusetts high court declared that gays were entitled to marry.
  • 2004 - The social networking site Facebook was launched. 


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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Good Landlord programs disrupt ex-convicts’ path to productivity

Utah’s Chris Stewart seeks Ebola money to fight Zika virus

Bill: Utahns should be asked to weigh in on Medicaid expansion

Anti-retaliation worker protection bill goes to governor

$5.5 million request for drinking water program raises concerns from Utah lawmakers

Utah’s Ken Ivory recruiting ‘leaders’ to launch grass-roots lands-transfer movement

President Obama denounces anti-Muslim bias, mentions anti-Mormon history

House wants feds out of local water regulation

Lawmakers debate need for transparency into how Utah taxpayer money is used by charter-school-hired companies

Senate gives first OK to reinstating school board election committee; Dabakis calls it ‘punting’

Supporter of Doug Owens seeks ethics probe of Utah Rep. Mia Love

Bill advances to require computer techs to report child porn

Deseret News

Op-ed: Congress needs to pass Employee Rights Act

Dan Liljenquist: What we learned from the Iowa caucuses

Editorial: Concerned voters a good sign in wake of Iowa

Judge allows Dems to intervene in GOP, state fight over Utah election law

Dental benefits bill moves forward

Democrat wants Utahns to cast nonbinding vote on Medicaid expansion in November

New specialty license plate would fund research, awareness for childhood cancer

Bill would require IT workers to report child pornography found on the job

UVU leaders ask Legislature to fund 'a missing piece' for arts students

Bill to eliminate requirement for prospective wards' legal counsel in guardianship cases put on hold

Other

Editorial: Could this be the end of the Mantua speed trap? (Standard-Examiner)

Straight-ticket voting stays; bill killed in committee (Standard-Examiner)

Weber officials oppose two bills that could legalize medical marijuana (Standard-Examiner)

Park City Democrat launches congressional campaign outside home district (Park Record)

National Headlines

Portrait of a Trump Town (Politico)

Trump resists staff calls to change course (Politico)

Trump says he 'probably will' sue over results of Iowa caucuses (The Hill)

Carson condemns Cruz's campaign tactics (The Hill)

Hard feelings complicate Ted Cruz’s effort to consolidate evangelical support (Washington Post)

Obama visits US mosque, says impression of Muslims distorted (Associated Press)

Antiabortion activist charged in Planned Parenthood video case turns herself in (Los Angeles Times)

4 holdouts at Oregon refuge have diverse backgrounds (Associated Press)

Rand Paul suspends presidential campaign (Washington Post)

Why Donald Trump's Nobel Nomination Shows The Prize's Vulnerability (Forbes)

Flint crisis reaches Capitol Hill, and it’s a blame game (Associated Press)


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