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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 clock:

  • 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:

  1. 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].
  2. 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].
  3. Ted Cruz releases a list of New Hampshire endorsements which includes a lawmaker who did not endorse him [New York Times].
  4. The LDS Church voices its opposition to Sen. Mark Madsen's medical marijuana bill [2 News, Fox 13, Deseret News, Tribune].
  5. Alliance for a Better Utah is preparing a lawsuit against Utah alleging the Legislature is not adequately funding public schools [Tribune].
  6. 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].
  7. Trouble brewing? Rep. Chris Stewart is the only member of Utah's Congressional delegation with approval ratings below 50% [Utah Policy].
  8. Utah's highly controversial "guest worker" law, passed in 2011 but never implemented, may be repealed this year [Tribune, Deseret News, Fox 13].
  9. As we enter week #3 of the 2016 Legislature, lawmakers are staring down the barrel of a record number of bills [Fox 13].
  10. 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

Approval Ratings Suggests Rep. Chris Stewart Might be in Trouble in 2016

Utah's four members of Congress get high approval ratings from their constituents mostly, except for 2nd District Congressman Chris Stewart....

Hughes Cites Deteriorating Relations Between House Republicans and Democrats as the Need for HB220

Utah House Speaker Greg Hughes said Friday afternoon that he supports HB220, a bill legislative Democrats hate for it puts them in the minority in two key legislative management committees....

Utah Policy/KSL Insider Survey: Is Pornography a Public Health Crisis?

Sen. Todd Weiler is getting plenty of attention for his proposed resolution declaring pornography a public health crisis....

Bill Aims to Shift Burden of Proof in Some Property Tax Cases

Sen. Howard Stephenson, R-Draper, says he wants to stop taxing entities from "playing games" with property tax valuations....

Policy News

Press release: UAC Supports Lawsuit Challenging Sage Grouse Land Use Plan Amendments
The Utah Association of Counties supports the lawsuit filed by the State of Utah in U.S. District Court challenging the 2015 Greater Sage Grouse Land Use Plan Amendments and Final EIS of the BLM and Forest Service. ...

Hatch Condemns President's Moratorium on Coal
As the U.S. Senate debated legislation to modernize our nation’s energy infrastructure, lawmakers considered provisions addressing the Obama administration’s decision to halt coal leasing on federal lands, a move that stands to inflict serious damage on jobs and ...

Grazing Conference to Address 'Uncertainty' for Utah Ranchers
The Utah Farm Bureau and Utah Public Lands Policy Coordinating Office are sponsoring a Livestock Grazing Rights Conference to address growing uncertainty facing Utah ranchers and rural communities....

American Lung Association's 'State of Tobacco Control 2016' Report Finds Utah Failing in Efforts to Save Lives by Reducing Tobacco Use
The American Lung Association released its 14th annual “State of Tobacco Control” report that found in 2015 Utah failed to enact tobacco control policies that will save lives....

Hatch Announces Finance Hearings on Administration's Budget with Top Officials
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) announced he will convene three hearings to examine the administration’s budget request for the Department of Treasury, Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). ...

New Dashboard Shows Public how County Government is Working, Spending Tax Dollars
Mayor Ben McAdams has unveiled the county’s new Dashboard – a website tool that allows the public to track progress on a wide range of county services in the metro area....

Local Headlines

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

Deseret News

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)

National Headlines

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)


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