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Ten Things You Need to Know for Thursday - July 16, 2015

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City. 

Former President George H.W. Bush suffers a fall. A Billboard company's new PAC is roiling the Salt Lake City mayoral race. Rep. Mia Love pulls in big bucks from banks.


  •  26 days to the Utah municipal primary elections - (8/11/2015)
  • 110 days to the 2015 election - (11/3/2015)
  • 187 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - (1/18/2016)
  • 194 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (1/25/2016)
  • 195 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary - (1/26/2016)
  • 239 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (3/10/2016)
  • 349 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 482 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)

Thursday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Former President George H.W. Bush suffered a fall and broke a bone in his neck. Doctors say his injury is not life-threatening [Reuters].
  2. A new PAC formed by a billboard company is putting up signs supporting Salt Lake City mayoral candidate Jackie Biskupski. Other candidates in that race are crying foul [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune].
  3. Rep. Mia Love rakes in big campaign bucks from financial institutions because of her position on the House Banking Committee [Tribune].
  4. The Medicaid expansion debate gets personal for House Speaker Greg Hughes [Utah Policy].
  5. A judge rules in favor of a lesbian couple who sought to have both women listed as the legal parents on their infant daughter's birth certificate [Tribune, Deseret NewsFox 13].
  6. Utah GOP Chairman James Evans probably won't draw a serious challenger in his re-election bid next month [Utah Policy].
  7. Sen. Al Jackson proposes a new method for selecting state school board members which includes some by non-partisan elections, others by partisan elections and a third group appointed by the governor [Tribune, Deseret News].
  8. Rep. Kim Coleman wants to find a compromise to allow Tesla to sell vehicles from its dealership in Salt Lake City. Right now, Utah law prohibits dealers from directly selling cars to consumers [Deseret News].
  9. Tooele County Commissioners approve a 24-percent raise for themselves while giving county employees a 3-percent cost of living pay bump [Tribune].
  10. Oh, hey there Pluto! Looking good! []

On this day in history:

  • 1790 - The U.S. Congress designated the District of Columbia as the permanent seat of the U.S. government.
  • 1918 - Russian Czar Nicholas II and his family were killed by Bolsheviks who had held them captive for two months.
  • 1945 - The first test of the atom bomb was conducted at a secret base near Alamogordo, N.M.
  • 1969 - Apollo 11, the first moon-landing mission, was launched from the Kennedy Space Center, carrying astronauts Neil Armstrong, Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin and Michael Collins.
  • 2004 - Martha Stewart was sentenced to five months in prison and five months of house arrest after being found guilty of conspiracy, obstruction of an agency proceeding and making false statements to federal investigators.

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Medicaid Expansion Debate Hits Home for Hughes

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International Cybersecurity: Is it Die or Grow?
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House Democrat Calls for Cautious, Thorough Exploration of Alternative Treatments Including Marijuana
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White House Fact Sheet: Enhancing the Fairness and Effectiveness of the Criminal Justice System
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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Survey shows Utahns know they should be voting

Committee post translates into big money from big banks for Mia Love

Sign company's PAC buys billboards for Biskupski; Becker camp protests

School-board proposal takes catch-all approach to the selection process

Tooele commissioners vote themselves a 24 percent raise, but will it stick?

Mia Love meets Hillary Clinton during Capitol Hill visit

Utah air: Not so much yuck, still lots of bleck, state monitor says

Utah joins 8 states in suing federal government over Clean Water Rule

Do recent low fuel prices hurt or help UTA? Agency won't say much

Rolly: In a legal bind? Mark Shurtleff is your lawyer, says ad

Utah medical marijuana study 'encouraging' for children with epilepsy

While Medicaid debate drags on, Utahns are dying

Deseret News

Op-ed: Utah needs to move forward with health coverage for those below poverty level

Dan Liljenquist: U.S.-Iran nuclear deal is Obama's Iranian capitulation

Editorial: Few seem happy with U.S.-Iran nuclear deal - and rightfully so

Lawmaker pushing for compromise over Tesla sales in Utah

Phil Lyman finds irony in being face of ATV activism

Action urged on Medicaid expansion, but deadline won't be met

Senate approves appointing Stan Lockhart to State School Board

Lawmaker proposes new 'compromise' bill for State School Board elections

Judges would have greater sentencing discretion under bill discussed by legislative committee

Ex-A.G. Mark Shurtleff starts business selling nicotine mist

Becker demands Biskupski take down billboards paid for by advertising agency PAC

Utahns admit marijuana use to encourage lawmakers to budge on legalization


Utah County lawmaker renews push for medical marijuana law (Associated Press)

Clinton Mayor's request for more money gets little support (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Republican field walloping Clinton in money race (Politico)

Hill Democrats press Biden for answers on Iran deal (Politico)

Former ObamaCare official becomes top lobbyist for insurers (The Hill)

Obama questioned by CBS News' Major Garrett on Iran hostages (CBS News)

'Don't let them have their yellowcake and eat it too' (CBS News)

Obama on Bill Cosby: No Way to Revoke Cosby's Medal of Freedom (NBC News)

2016 fundraising shows power tilting to groups backed by wealthy elite (Washington Post)

Donald Trump Claims That He's Worth $10 Billion (NBC News)

Bogus enrollees kept getting ObamaCare, probe finds (Associated Press)

Report: IRS taxpayer service goes from bad to terrible (USA Today)

Yellen defends Fed policies from critical House lawmakers (Associated Press)


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