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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

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Ten Things You Need to Know for Wednesday - July 15, 2015

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City. 

Utah's debt is at $2.5 billion. Utah's Congressional delegation is upset over Iran deal. The state spent $1.2 million defending the ban on same-sex marriage.


  •  27 days to the Utah municipal primary elections - (8/11/2015)
  • 111 days to the 2015 election - (11/3/2015)
  • 188 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - (1/18/2016)
  • 195 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (1/25/2016)
  • 196 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary - (1/26/2016)
  • 240 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (3/10/2016)
  • 350 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 483 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)

Wednesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. A new national poll shows Donald Trump is in a statistical dead heat with Jeb Bush for the lead in the race for the 2016 GOP nomination [Washington Post].
  2. Utah's total debt is at $2.5 billion [Utah Policy].
  3. Legislative reports show the economic benefit of moving the Utah State Prison is dependent on whatever ends up replacing the facility in Draper [Tribune, Deseret News].
  4. Utahns in Congress are upset over the deal the Obama administration reached with Iran to limit that country's nuclear program [Tribune, Deseret News].
  5. Utah spent $1.2 million defending its constitutional ban on same-sex marriage [Deseret News, Fox 13, Tribune].
  6. Lawmakers butt heads over how charter schools are funded [Tribune, Deseret News].
  7. A Senate committee advances tech lobbyist Stan Lockhart's nomination to the state school board [Tribune].
  8. A new study of Utah's millennial population finds that population is much more supportive of gay rights than older residents of the state [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News].
  9. The Salt Lake County Council signs off on a proposal to merge the Salt Lake City prosecutors into the county district attorney office [Tribune].
  10. Gas prices in Utah are sliding down a bit, but they're still among the highest in the country [Deseret News, ABC 4].

On this day in history:

  • 1799 - The Rosetta Stone, which helped decipher ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics, was found in an Egyptian village by French soldiers.
  • 1870 - Georgia became the last of the Confederate states to be readmitted to the Union.
  • 1965 - The unmanned spacecraft Mariner 4 passed over Mars at an altitude of 6,000 feet and sent the first close-up images of the planet back to Earth.
  • 1971 - President Richard Nixon disclosed plans to make an unprecedented visit to the People's Republic of China. He made the historic trip in February 1972.
  • 1996 - MSNBC made its debut on cable TV and the Internet.

Today At Utah Policy

Utah's Debt at $2.5 Billion

You got $962 in your back pocket?If you’re in a family of four, how about $3,848 in the savings account?...

Chaffetz Garners Positive Reviews as Oversight Chairman

RealClearPolitics takes an in-depth look at the first six months of Jason Chaffetz's tenure as chairman of theHouse Oversight Committee, which hasbeen characterized by increased bipartisanship and improved relations with Democrats....

Pro Tip: Try Not to Include Nazis in Your Campaign's Social Media

Oof! Donald Trump tweeted out a patriotic picture of his face that, included Nazi soldiers in the background....

Policy News

Press Release: Prison Relocation Economic Impact Analysis
Representative Merrill Nelson requested that the Office of the Legislative Fiscal Analyst validate the calculations and findings of the economic study prepared by MGT of America regarding the economic benefits of moving the state prison from Draper and commercially redevelop...

Legislative Fiscal Analyst Reviews Economic Impact of Tech Development
The office of the Legislative Fiscal Analyst released a report Tuesday detailing its analysis of economic impacts should the current prison site be redeveloped as a technology corridor....

Winning the Political Game: Survey Research is Valuable; But Don't Live or Die by It
It was enjoyable last week to listen to pollster Dan Jones, the old survey research master, talk about the state of Idaho politics. He spoke in Boise at the Zions Bank Premier Wealth Management Speaker Series luncheon before many Idaho business and political leaders....

Provo is Scorching the Nation in Economic Growth
In a newly released Brookings Institute report, Provo’s job growth is the fastest pace in the nation. ...

Rep. Bishop Reacts to Iran Deal
Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT) released the following statement following the Obama Administration’s announcement of an agreement with Iran:...

Utah's Millennials Show Contrasts with Earlier Generations in Politics, Values
Although Utah is more politically conservative than the rest of the nation, Utah’s Millennials follow national trends of being less likely to identify with either major political party than older generations. ...

Hatch Reacts to Obama Administration's Iran Nuclear Agreement
Sen. Orrin G. Hatch, R-Utah, the senior Republican in the United States Senate, issued the following statement following the Obama administration’s announcement of a nuclear deal with Iran:...

Lee Statement on Iran Deal
Today, Senator Lee issued the following statement after President Obama announced he had reached an agreement with Iran on nuclear weapons....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Mountain Accord keeps hope of progress alive

Salt Lake County OKs DA merger with city prosecutors

Utahns who support gay rights: the young, less religious, non-LDS

Rolly: The long and winding road to renewing a Utah driver license

Audit dings state agency over not ensuring drug testing, health insurance

Senate committee OKs Stan Lockhart for open school board seat

Audit proposes changes for Utah's Poison Control Center

In advance of Utah event, World Congress of Families says it's not an LGBT hate group

Utah taxpayers' tab for attempt to block same-sex marriage: $1.2 million

Utahns in Congress angry over Iran deal

Value of Utah State Prison land in Draper depends on what replaces it

Deseret News

Op-ed: Congress needs to let sage-grouse plans work

Editorial: Health and Human Services still doesn't understand contraceptive rulings and religious liberties

Report: Utah millennials more politically independent, supportive of gay rights

Utah congressional delegation wary of Iran nuclear weapons deal

Provo job growth fastest in the country, report says

Economic impact of Draper prison move could be lower - or almost $1 billion higher - than estimated

Is enrollment the key to a better charter school funding system?

Audit: Utah Poison Control Center has no lease agreement with the U.

Duchesne County: Promised water critical to Utah's energy future

Utah spent $1.2M to defend same-sex marriage ban

Religious groups weigh support for Boy Scouts after vote to end ban on gay leaders


Report classifies Utah as a natural resources hog (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Netanyahu blasts Iran deal as terrorist 'bonanza' (Politico)

Republican lawmakers threaten to kill Iran deal (Politico)

Cruz calls for 'immediate' investigation into Planned Parenthood (The Hill)

Sanders rains on Hillary's parade (The Hill)

Iran president says nuclear deal meets 'all objectives' (AFP)

Iranians Are Euphoric After Nuclear Deal Reached (Vocativ)

Scott Walker Wants Boy Scouts to Stick to Policy of Banning Homosexual Troop Leaders (Bloomberg)

Court: Nuns must comply with ObamaCare's birth control mandate (The Hill)

Prosecutors say Boise man hoped to carry out terror attack (Associated Press)

Democrat Martin O'Malley unveils immigration plan (Associated Press)

Oil-Thirsty China a Winner in Iran Deal (Wall Street Journal)


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