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Monday, February 8, 2016
Ten Things You Need to Know Today - Monday, February 8, 2016
Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City. There are 327 days left in 2016.
Rubio chokes in the final debate before New Hampshire. The LDS Church voices its opposition to a medical marijuana bill. An activist group prepares to sue the state over education funding.
- The 2016 New Hampshire Primary is tomorrow - (2/9/2016)
- 12 days to the Nevada Democratic Caucuses and South Carolina Republican Primary (2/20/2016)
- 15 days to the Nevada Republican Caucuses (2/23/2016)
- 19 days to the South Carolina Democratic Primary (2/27/2016)
- 34 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (3/10/2016)
- 46 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic caucus meetings (3/22/2016)
- 78 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic State Conventions (4/23/2016)
- 144 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
- 277 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)
Monday's top-10 headlines:
- Yikes. Marco Rubio's opponents are piling on after he turns in a brutal debate performance ahead of Tuesday's New Hampshire primary [Politico, Washington Post, New York Times].
- Jeb Bush's campaign manager is warning staffers to watch for "dirty tricks" from the Rubio campaign as voters go to the polls in New Hampshire [Politico].
- Ted Cruz releases a list of New Hampshire endorsements which includes a lawmaker who did not endorse him [New York Times].
- The LDS Church voices its opposition to Sen. Mark Madsen's medical marijuana bill [2 News, Fox 13, Deseret News, Tribune].
- Alliance for a Better Utah is preparing a lawsuit against Utah alleging the Legislature is not adequately funding public schools [Tribune].
- House Speaker Greg Hughes says the relationship between majority Republicans and the minority Democrats has soured to the point that changes in the way the legislature runs are needed [Utah Policy].
- Trouble brewing? Rep. Chris Stewart is the only member of Utah's Congressional delegation with approval ratings below 50% [Utah Policy].
- Utah's highly controversial "guest worker" law, passed in 2011 but never implemented, may be repealed this year [Tribune, Deseret News, Fox 13].
- As we enter week #3 of the 2016 Legislature, lawmakers are staring down the barrel of a record number of bills [Fox 13].
- A Senate committee advances a resolution declaring pornography a public health crisis in Utah [Tribune, Deseret News, Fox 13].
On this day in history:
- 1587 - Mary Queen of Scots was beheaded, charged with conspiring to kill England's Queen Elizabeth I.
- 1692 - A doctor in Massachusetts Bay Colony said two village girls were possibly bewitched, a charge that set off the Salem witch trials.
- 1999 - The Senate heard closing arguments in President Bill Clinton's impeachment trial.
- 2002 - The Olympic Winter Games opened in Salt Lake City.
Today At Utah Policy
|Hatch Condemns President's Moratorium on Coal |
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Salt Lake Tribune
Chaffetz: PLI gives tribes more of what they want in Bears Ears
Op-ed: New hate-crimes bill does not reflect spirit of ‘Utah Compromise’
Editorial: Water policy flows both ways in Utah Legislature
Editorial: GOP power plays kill healthy debate
Utah needs teachers, but college students don’t want to major in education
Utah’s guest worker law, never implemented, may be repealed
After Finicum funeral, Cliven Bundy encourages more Utah ranchers to tear up grazing permits
Mountain Accord seeks immediate solutions for traffic in canyons
Physician-lawmaker introduces ‘Healthy Utah’ style Medicaid-expansion bill
Alliance for a Better Utah preparing to sue state over school funding
After emotional debate, panel OKs Utah bill declaring porn a health crisis
House panel backs requiring judges to have law degrees
Mormon church against Madsen’s Utah marijuana bill; ‘no objection’ to other measure
Low oil prices mire Utah tar sands mine
Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Iowa caucus and New Hampshire primary will affect Utah
H. David Burton: Calling on local leaders to address intergenerational poverty
Drew Clark: Why Utah's thriving technology sector also need gigabit speeds
John Florez: Businesses should help pay for education
Utah House bill would make it crime to fly drones near wildfires
Concerns raised about sustainable energy bill
Senate panel approves resolution calling porn a public health crisis
Bill would cut state involvement in direct food sales from producers
LDS Church opposed to state senator's medical marijuana bill
Lawmaker wants year-end tests thrown out of teacher evaluations
State lawmakers to consider repealing controversial guest worker program
Utah holding presidential caucus, not primary election
Majority Republicans hold open, closed caucuses in Legislature's opening weeks
Should Utah have 'blended sentences' for teen offenders certified as adults?
Envision Utah chairman receives business ethics award from UVU (Daily Herald)
Marijuana, solar energy among topics South County legislators address (Daily Herald)
Editorial: Domestic abusers in Utah can't be allowed to keep their guns (Standard-Examiner)
Utah anti-pornography resolution garners overwhelming support, passes committee (Standard-Examiner)
Bill advances to change justice court judge requirement from diploma to degree (Standard-Examiner)
Legislators reaffirm stance on medical marijuana, support water conservancy (Logan Herald Journal)
Rep. Powell again centers crosshairs on controversial Zion curtain (Park Record)
Summit County Democratic chair considers bid for council (Park Record)
Insiders: Marco Rubio crashed and burned (Politico)
Clinton's margin of victory shrinks to 0.25 after Iowa audit (Politico)
Christie: 'I think the whole race changed last night' (The Hill)
Trump looks for rebound in NH (The Hill)
John Kasich jokes about Democratic primary run in New Hampshire (CBS News)
Marco Rubio Comes Back Swinging After Difficult Debate (New York Times)
Hillary Clinton: 'What Happened in Flint Is Immoral' (NBC News)
Cruz: ‘Nuts’ to draft women into the military (Washington Post)
Marco Rubio downplays Muslim discrimination (Washington Post)
As New Hampshire Votes, Obama Will Ask Congress To Double The Investment In Clean Tech (Forbes)
Workers’ wages up, but slower job growth worries financial markets (Washington Post)
Current Political Climate
"Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost." John Quincy Adams Brainy Quote
Can't Take It
"Donald Trump's plane made an emergency landing in Nashville yesterday after reporting engine problems. When asked what the issue was, the pilot said, "Nothing, I just couldn't take it anymore.” Jimmy Fallon Political Humor