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Ten Things You Need to Know for Monday - July 13, 2015

Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City. 

Scott Walker joins the 2016 presidential race. Utah cities are turning to lobbyists to represent them on Capitol Hill. A new program aims to get more women involved in business and politics.


  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 29
  • Days to the 2015 election - 113
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - 190
  • Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - 197
  • Days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary - 198
  • Days to the 2016 Utah primary election - 352
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 485

Monday's top-10 headlines:

  1. The race for the White House: Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker joins the 2016 fray [Politico].
  2. Donald Trump unleashes a profanity-laced soliloquy during an interview and says he won't back down from his controversial comments about Mexican immigrants [Washington Post].
  3. Sen. Lindsey Graham says Trump's comments on immigration is a "wrecking ball" for the GOP as they try to appeal to Hispanic voters [New York Times].
  4. Euro Zone leaders reach an agreement on an economic bailout for Greece [Huffington Post].
  5. More and more Utah cities are hiring lobbyists to represent them on Utah's Capitol Hill [Tribune].
  6. The driving force behind the effort to move the Utah State Prison is an economic analysis showing the move could have a $1.8 billion impact [Deseret News].
  7. Rep. Mia Love is taking a very cautious approach toward the debate over the display of the Confederate battle flag [Tribune].
  8. Former Sen. Pat Jones has a new mission - trying to get more women involved in politics and business [Utah Policy].
  9. Religious freedom advocates are worried the Supreme Court's ruling on marriage will infringe on their First Amendment rights [Deseret News].
  10. A new survey finds Utahns are split over whether the United States is the "most respected country" in the world [Utah Policy].

On this day in history:

  • 1863 - Opposition to the Federal Conscription Act triggered riots in New York City in which at least 120 people died, and hundreds were injured.
  • 1960 - Democrats nominated Sen. John F. Kennedy of Massachusetts for president against GOP Vice President Richard Nixon.
  • 1967 - Race-related rioting broke out in Newark, N.J.; 27 people died after four days of violence.
  • 1977 - A state of emergency was declared in New York City during a 25-hour power blackout.
  • 2013 - George Zimmerman was acquitted in the 2012 shooting death of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin in Florida.

Today At Utah Policy

Polls: Utahns Split on Whether America is Respected on the International Stage

Utahns are split over whether the United States is the most respected country in the world, a new UtahPolicy poll shows....

Program Aims to Bring More Women Into Politics and Business (Video)

Former Utah State Senator Pat Jones has a simple idea - get more women involved in politics and business in the Beehive State....

Bishop to Target Antiquities Act

In the wake of Pres. Obama's latest round of national monument designations, Rep. Rob Bishopsays it's time to revisit the more-than-a-century-old law that allows presidents to bypass Congress and establish such protected areas....

Policy News

Utah Policy/KSL Insider Survey: Medicaid Expansion
Last week Utah lawmakers said they may have to wait until next January's legislative session to do something about Medicaid expansion. That's not too surprising to our "Political Insiders" panel....

Utah State University Licenses Syllabus Software to Oasis4HE
Oasis4HE, a limited liability company, is pleased to announce it has licensed SALSA, a web-based application for creating syllabi, from Utah State University.Oasis4HE was formed to house the SALSA project for its next phase, which includes supporting the open source applicat...

Economic Outlook: Strong in the Long-Term
U.S. Long-Term OutlookThe long-term economic outlook for the United States looks strong as job growth and low inflation free up more disposable income for many Americans. The U.S. is well-positioned to benefit from increasing world trade. Trade liberalization is rising ...

Utah Farm Bureau Hosts Midyear Conference in Cedar City, July 16-17
The Utah Farm Bureau Federation will be holding its annual Midyear Conference July 16-17 at Southern Utah University in Cedar City. The conference theme is Farm Bureau Proud. Conference topics will focus on pertinent production agriculture and rural issue...

Bishop, Chaffetz React to Obama Monument Designation
Utah Congressmen Rob Bishop and Jason Chaffetz responded to President Obama’s impending use of the Antiquities Act in Lincoln County and Nye County Nevada to create the 700,000-acre Basin and Range National Monument.  ...

Hatch Statement on Resignation of OPM Director Katherine Archuleta
Senator Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, the senior Republican in the United State Senate, issued the following statement after the announced resignation of Office of Personnel Management Director Katherine Archuleta:...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Rolly: Tea party founder raises ire with same-sex marriage support

Op-ed: Salt Lake City's public-space successes abound

Op-ed: End the stalling and pass Healthy Utah so that more Utahns may live

Op-ed: If it stops issuing marriage licenses, Utah would gain nothing and lose much

Editorial: Police shouldn't check immigrant status

Editorial: Feds can't steal land they already own

Obama administration seeks Latino help to fight climate change

Utah cities turning to lobbyists as their lifeline to the Legislature

How should Utah spend $3.5B on transportation?

Paul Rolly: Mormon church moves to build a city in Florida

Deseret News

Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Fireworks not the only explosions in the Beehive State

Op-ed: Why Utah won't miss the Export-Import Bank

Pat Jones: Step up, women - and be willing to lead

Drew Clark: The lessons of Roe v. Wade for judicial same-sex marriage

Editorial: Supreme Court's ruling won't buck trend of reduction of harmful emissions

Editorial: After 14 years of No Child Left Behind, there's still too many lagging behind in the classroom

Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton coming to Utah for fundraiser

Are Utah students up for the challenge of STEM academics?

Mountain Accord plan released; now the real work begins

Economic analysis of prison move was key to pushing project forward

Religious freedom experts worry about their First Amendment rights after marriage ruling


Editorial: Which side do you belong to in Utah? (Daily Herald)

Students greet STEM subjects with enthusiasm (Daily Herald)

West Davis Corridor will impact Layton leaders' land (Standard-Examiner)

One Wasatch stays in the game (Park Record)

National Headlines

Breakthrough? Iran deal may be imminent (Politico)

Sanders, Dems urge Obama to expand Social Security (The Hill)

Trump hints against a third-party run (The Hill)

GOP strategists to Jeb: Treat Trump with kid gloves (The Hill)

Greek debt crisis: Tsipras resists key bailout measures after 15 hours of talks (Guardian)

Treasury Secretary Encouraged by Reports on Greek Talks (Wall Street Journal)

Walker joining White House race Monday, amid high expectation in already crowded field (FOX News)

Confederate flag supporters rise up to defend embattled symbol (Reuters)

3 Truths About Trump (Atlantic)

Teachers' union endorses Clinton's 2016 presidential bid (Associated Press)

Why is the 2016 GOP candidates field so big? (Associated Press)


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