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Ten Things You Need to Know for Tuesday - July 13, 2016

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 194th day of the year. There are 172 days left in 2016.

How lawmakers nearly blew a chance to lure Facebook to Utah. A pro-Democratic PAC snaps up lots of commercial time in Salt Lake City this fall. Gov. Gary Herbert calls legislators into another special session.

The clock:

  • Six days to the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland (7/18/2016)
  • 13 days to the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia (7/25/2016)
  • 119 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)
  • 195 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (1/23/2017)
  • 240 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature - (3/9/2017)

Ten talking points for Tuesday:

  1. During the 2016 session, a spat between Utah lawmakers scuttled legislation designed to entice Facebook to build a data center in Utah. In Wednesday's special session, legislators are taking another crack at the economic incentives [Utah Policy].

  2. A pro-Democratic PAC reserves $383,000 worth of media airtime in the fall to presumably boost Doug Owens' bid to oust Republican Mia Love [Utah Policy].

  3. Other items on the agenda for Wednesday's special session include tougher penalties for flying drones near wildfires and money to build a stadium at the Utah State Fairpark [Deseret News, Tribune].

  4. President Barack Obama speaks in Dallas on Tuesday following last week's killing of five police officers [Bloomberg].

  5. Rep. Jason Chaffetz asks the Justice Department to investigate whether Hillary Clinton lied to Congress about her private email server [Talking Points Memo].

  6. Rep. Mia Love plans to campaign in Utah next week instead of attending the GOP Convention in Cleveland [Deseret News].

  7. Rep. Jason Chaffetz introduces legislation to augment the Mountain Accord effort to guide growth and preservation in the central Wasatch Mountains [Tribune, Deseret News].

  8. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell will host a meeting in Bluff, Utah on Saturday to discuss conservation proposals involving the Bears Ears region [Tribune].

  9. The proposed GOP platform includes a number of controversial planks including a call for the federal government to return public lands to the states immediately [Talking Points Memo]. Another proposal slams the Obama administration's directive to public schools on accommodating transgender schoolkids in bathrooms and locker rooms [Yahoo]. The draft document also takes a hard line on same-sex marriage [Politico] and abortion [Politico] and declares pornography a public health crisis [Utah Policy].

  10. Donald Trump is closing in on his VP pick and plans to announce his running mate sometime this week [Washington Post]. One potential name on the shortlist that has started gaining favor is Indiana Governor Mike Pence [Yahoo].

On this day in history:

  • 100 B.C. - Julius Caesar was born in Rome.
  • 1933 - A U.S. industrial code was established to fix a minimum wage of 40 cents an hour.
  • 1984 - Democratic presidential nominee Walter Mondale named Rep. Geraldine Ferraro as his running mate. She was the first woman to share a major U.S. political party's presidential ticket.

Today At Utah Policy

Lawmakers Taking Another Crack at Luring Facebook to Utah After Earlier Effort Fizzled

A spat between Utah lawmakers during the January legislative session may have derailed an effort to entice Facebook to build a data center in Utah. But, they're going to take another crack at it during this week's special session....

Pro-Democratic PAC Makes Big Media Buy in Salt Lake City

A PAC pushing Democratic candidates for Congress signaled their intention to play a big role in Utah's Congressional elections this fall....

Republican Platform May Include Plank Declaring Porn a Public Health Crisis

Perhaps taking a page from Utah, Republicans adopted an amendment to their draft platform declaring pornography a "public health crisis."...

Why Utah is the Epicenter of the 'Never Trump' Movement

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Anti-Trump Republicans Launch Effort to Deny Him VP Pick

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Gov. Herbert Calls Special Session of Utah State Legislature

Gov. Gary R. Herbert has issued a call for a special session of the Utah State Legislature....

Policy News

Mayor Biskupski reappoints Scott Freitag as Salt Lake City 911 Bureau Director
Mayor Jackie Biskupski announced the reappointment of Scott Freitag as Director of Salt Lake City’s 911 Bureau....

Rep. Stewart Launches Bi-Partisan Congressional Caucus on Peru
Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) and Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-N.Y.) have launched a new bi-partisan caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives, the Congressional Caucus on Peru....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Salt Lake City School District dumps diversity goof in new superintendent’s lap

Your next Utah driver license will be more secure, thanks to high-tech makeover

Interior boss, other top federal land officials unveil plans for big meeting Saturday about Bears Ears

Salt Lake City police investigating two possible hate crimes involving race

Guv calls special session to crack down on drones over fires, land a Utah Facebook center

Utah’s Mountain Accord has new hill to climb — Capitol Hill — as Chaffetz unveils bill

Tiny Utah town’s stunning canyon draws thousands of hikers — and a potential federal buyer

Deseret News

Editorial: Demoted female fire marshal’s claims a legitimate public concern

Editorial: Hopeful expectations for Utah's new superintendent of public instruction

Rep. Stewart launches bipartisan congressional caucus on Peru

Rep. Jason Chaffetz introduces bill to manage central Wasatch Mountains

GOP committee hears pitch for simplified platform

Special session on tap for $17 million Fairpark stadium

Rep. Mia Love will campaign in Utah during GOP convention

Were white victims targeted in attacks? Police investigate possible hate crimes

Holiday expenses spark controversy in Kaysville


BRT referendum count verified by county, court next? (Daily Herald)

After some push back, Ogden hopes new plan will improve northwest city section (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

How Trump is changing the Republicans' 2016 platform (Politico)

Bayh shocker upends battle for Senate control (Politico)

House GOP raises pressure on FBI over Clinton (The Hill)

Obama calls for adding public option to ObamaCare (The Hill)

Nation remains on edge after police shootings, officer deaths (Washington Post)

Protests against police violence continue across U.S. (Associated Press)

Trump: Plan to revamp veterans care will save lives (Associated Press)

Same-Sex Marriage Proposed, Rejected for GOP Platform (NBC News)

House Passes Bill to Boost Airport Security, Reduce Lines (New York Times)

Surprising New Evidence Shows Bias in Police Use of Force but Not in Shootings (New York Times)

Jeb Bush: Donald Trump's supporters will feel 'betrayed' (CNN)

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