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Ten Things You Need to Know Today - Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City. There are 326 days left in 2016.

The New Hampshire Primary gets underway. Sen. Mike Lee blames Congress for overreach by the executive branch. King calls a bill to change the makeup of two committees a "power grab" by legislative Republicans.

The clock:

  • The 2016 New Hampshire Primary is today - (2/9/2016)
  • 11 days to the Nevada Democratic Caucuses and South Carolina Republican Primary (2/20/2016)
  • 14 days to the Nevada Republican Caucuses (2/23/2016)
  • 18 days to the South Carolina Democratic Primary (2/27/2016)
  • 33 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (3/10/2016)
  • 45 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic caucus meetings (3/22/2016)
  • 77 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic State Conventions (4/23/2016)
  • 143 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 160 days to the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland (7/18/2016)
  • 167 days to the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia (7/25/2016)
  • 276 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)

Tuesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Voters are already casting ballots in the New Hampshire Primary. Dixville Notch cast its nine votes for Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders [PoliticoNew York Times, Washington Post].
  2. Sen. Mike Lee says Congress is to blame for allowing overreach by the executive branch during the Obama administration [New York Times].
  3. House Minority Leader Brian King calls an attempt to change the partisan makeup of two legislative committees a "power grab" by Republicans [Utah Policy].
  4. The LDS Church's opposition to Sen. Mark Madsen's medical marijuana bill is a crippling blow to the legislation, but advocates say they will still fight on [2 News, Fox 13, Deseret News, Tribune].
  5. Sens. Orrin Hatch and Lee are both enjoying solid approval ratings according to our latest poll [Utah Policy].
  6. Sen. Jim Dabakis introduces his bill to eliminate the so-called "Zion Curtain" in Utah restaurants [Fox 13].
  7. Conservative groups and lawmakers are battling over a proposal allowing Utah to collect sales taxes for online sales [Tribune].
  8. Carolyn Tuft, who survived the Trolley Square shooting in 2007, urges lawmakers to pass Medicaid expansion [Deseret News, Tribune].
  9. Former Gov. Mike Leavitt warns lawmakers they may be making a mistake by not adequately funding the Utah Foster Care Foundation [Tribune].
  10. Clean air advocates say a proposal allowing Rocky Mountain Power to move toward cleaner energy production would give ratepayers the shaft [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1825 - After no presidential candidate had won the necessary majority, the House of Representatives elected John Quincy Adams, the sixth president of the United States.
  • 1861 - The Provisional Congress of the Confederate States of America elected Jefferson Davis president and Alexander H. Stephens vice president.
  • 1950 - Sen. Joseph McCarthy, R-Wis., charged the U.S. State Department was infested with communists, touching off the infamous "McCarthy era."
  • 1964 - The Beatles appeared on television's The Ed Sullivan Show. An estimated 73 million people watched. 

Today At Utah Policy

Poll: Hatch and Lee Enjoy Strong Approval Ratings

U.S. Sens. Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee continue to hold decent job approval ratings in their home state of Utah, a new UtahPolicy poll conducted by Dan Jones & Associates finds....

House Democratic Leader Calls HB220 a 'Power Grab' by Republicans

House Minority Leader Rep. Brian King, D-Salt Lake City, says the bill that changes the makeup of two key legislative committees is nothing more than a "power grab" by House Republicans....

Analysis: Is Mia Love's Campaign Spending Out of Whack?

The adage is you have to spend money to make money. If that's the case, Rep. Mia Love is taking that to heart....

All That Old Is Become New...Hampshire

DATELINE: NEW HAMPSHIRE – So my time writing for Utah Policy began many moons ago, in a fabled era known as 2008 – when the improbable still seemed possible – and I was blogging from the front lines of the Iowa caucuses, a cock-eyed optimist who wanted to s...

Proposal Shields Gun Manufacturers from Lawsuits

There are several bills in the Utah Legislature modeled after federal legislation – putting in place, if you will, state legal guarantees in case the federal law is repealed or struck down by the courts....

Policy News

Salt Lake City Seeks Input on the Future of the Community's Eastside
Salt Lake City’s Planning Division will host a neighborhood open house on February 11th at 6:30 pm, to discuss upcoming Eastside projects, including the East Bench Master Plan....

Governor Herbert Urges Utahns to Donate to the Pamela Atkinson Homeless Trust Fund on Tax Form
After meeting with individuals who are experiencing homelessness, Gov. Gary R. Herbert encouraged Utahns to donate to the Pamela Atkinson Homeless Trust Fund on their Utah income tax form....

Marco Rubio Announces Utah Campaign Team
The Marco Rubio Campaign is proud to announce their Utah Team!  ...

Farm Bureau Applauds Sage Grouse Action
The Utah Farm Bureau Federation supports the state’s legal action against the United States related to land-use restrictions being imposed when the Greater Sage Grouse did not warrant protection under the Endangered Species Act....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Native American rock panels are the true state work of art

Editorial: Logic and humanity argue for medical marijuana

Utah colleges hope for arts, humanities buildings from Legislature this year

Majority Whip plans to request $27 million to fight homelessness

Bill OK’d to allow daily updates of election vote counts

Bill advances to boost charter school funding by $40 million

Critics say Rocky Mountain Power plan would stick it to Utah ratepayers in the name of clean air

Trolley Square shooting victim begs Utah Legislature for Medicaid expansion

Former Utah Gov. Leavitt urges state not to repeat ‘tragic’ history of foster care

House OKs bill aimed at expanding kindergarten

Bill would let Utah distilleries offer samples of spirits

Conservative groups, legislators square off over online sales tax

Mormon church opposition to marijuana bill changes at least one vote

Deseret News

Op-ed: Is it time for our first woman president?

Op-ed: Online purchases are not tax-free

Ralph Hancock: The anti-establishment delusion

Editorial: Government works best when it's not on autopilot

Lawmaker proposes donating unused medications to needy

Committee approves bill allowing tastings at liquor distilleries

Lobbyist group considers suing state over 'inadequate' school funding

Advocacy group says bill would reduce access to mental illness medication

LDS Church's opposition does not necessarily doom medical marijuana bill, sponsor says

Survivor of Trolley Square massacre urges lawmakers to reform Medicaid


$518M tax hike for educational needs may be on Utah ballot (Standard-Examiner)

Local political party caucuses poised for big turnouts (Standard-Examiner)

Utah bill to expand all-day kindergarten programs clears House (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Republicans scramble for second in New Hampshire (Politico)

Rubio’s problem: An excess of caution (Politico)

Clinton staff shakeup may be coming (The Hill)

Pressure on Lynch to step aside in Clinton email probe (The Hill)

$1.8 billion to fight Zika: U.S. says it won’t be easy or quick (Washington Post)

Frantic campaigning on eve of New Hampshire vote (CNN)

Lead Contamination of Flint Water Draws Multiple Lawsuits (Associated Press)

Jailed Oregon occupation leader calls for elected officials' support (Reuters)

Nobody involved in the Madeleine Albright-Gloria Steinem-Hillary Clinton flap has much to be proud of (Washington Post)

Countdown to New Hampshire With 5 Things to Watch in Tuesday's Primary (ABC News)

Yellen Will Testify Amid Predictions of Slower Rate Hikes (New York Times)


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