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Ten Things You Need to Know for Wednesday - July 22, 2015

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City. 

Owens vs. Love round two. Clinton could be in trouble in some key swing states. UTA officials cancel planned travel to Japan after the press starts asking questions.

The clock:

  •  20 days to the Utah municipal primary elections - (8/11/2015)
  • 104 days to the 2015 election - (11/3/2015)
  • 180 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - (1/18/2016)
  • 187 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (1/25/2016)
  • 188 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary - (1/26/2016)
  • 232 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (3/10/2016)
  • 342 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 475 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)

Wednesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. It's on like Donkey Kong! Doug Owens wants another shot at Mia Love in 2016 [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News, Fox 13, ABC 4].
  2. A new poll shows Hillary Clinton could be in trouble in the swing states of Virginia, Iowa and Colorado. The Quinnipiac survey shows she would tie or lose to Jeb Bush, Scott Walker and Marco Rubio [Washington Post, Quinnipiac Press Release].
  3. Donald Trump plans to tour the Texas/Mexico border later this week [Texas Tribune].
  4. Trump doxxes Lindsey Graham by reading his cell phone number aloud during a rally in South Carolina [New York Times].
  5. Utah Transit Authority officials abruptly cancel a trip to Japan after a newspaper started looking into the issue. They previously had approved the travel without much public notice [Tribune].
  6. Rep. Patrice Arent wants to close a loophole in Utah campaign finance law which allows candidates for county office spend campaign cash for some non-campaign uses [Utah Policy, Tribune].
  7. Donations to the Utah Food Bank have dropped by half this summer [Tribune].
  8. A new national report shows the well-being of Utah children is on the rise [Utah Policy, Associated Press].
  9. Salt Lake City is launching a project to harvest electricity from water pipes [KSL].
  10. Astonishing! A Canadian man who was struck by lightning last year has won the lottery [Washington Post].

On this day in history:

  • 1937 - The Senate rejected President Franklin D. Roosevelt's proposal to add more justices to the Supreme Court.
  • 1934 - Bank robber John Dillinger died in a hail of bullets from federal agents outside Chicago's Biograph Theater.
  • 1991 - Police in Milwaukee arrested serial killer Jeffery Dahmer, who later confessed to murdering 17 men and boys.
  • 2003 - Saddam Hussein's sons Uday and Qusai were killed by U.S. forces in a 6-hour firefight at a house in Mosul in northern Iraq.
  • 2008 - Warren Jeffs and four other members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints were indicted by a grand jury in Texas on charges of sexual assault.

Today At Utah Policy

Salt Lake City Mayoral Contest Poll Coming Wednesday Morning

Wednesday morning at 10 am, will release a poll on the race for Salt Lake City Mayor....

It's Official! Owens Will Challenge Mia Love in 2016

Democrat Doug Owens is gearing up for a second run for Congress in Utah's 4th Congressional District....

Support for Gay Marriage Declines in Wake of Supreme Court Decision

Three separate national polls show that support for gay marriage has fallen since the Obergefell vs. Hodgesrulingin June....

Americans Skeptical of Iran Deal

A newly released Pew poll finds that among the 79% of Americans who have heard about the Iran nuclear agreement, just 38% approve, while 48% disapprove....

Policy News

Gov. Herbert Orders Flags Lowered for Chattanooga Victims
Gov. Gary R. Herbert has authorized the lowering of the flag of the United States of America and the flag of the State of Utah to honor the five service members killed last week in Chattanooga, Tennessee....

Representative Patrice Arent Calls For Closure of Campaign Finance Loopholes
Representative Patrice Arent, House Democratic Caucus Manager, is calling for the closure of a campaign finance loophole that allows some candidates for public office to use election funds for personal use, such as the purchase of personal vehicles.  ...

UTGOP Statement on Doug Owens' Candidacy
Utah Republican Party Chairman James Evans released the following statement after the announcement of Doug Owens' candidacy for the 4th Congressional District:...

Utah Democratic Party Chair Peter Corroon Issues Statement on Doug Owens Candidacy
Today, Doug Owens officially announced his candidacy for Utah’s fourth congressional district in 2016. Utah Democratic Party Chair Peter Corroon issued this statement following the announcement:...

Utah Kids Compare Favorably in the Annie E. Casey Foundation's 2015 'KIDS COUNT' Data Book
The Annie E. Casey Foundation released its annual KIDS COUNT Data Book and Utah ranks in the top ten for the first time in several years....

Hatch, Wyden Applaud Committee Passage of Bipartisan Tax Extenders Bill
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) today issued the following statement after the Committee voted to advance a bipartisan tax extenders bill by a vote of 23 to 3:...

Hatch Statement at Finance Markup of Bipartisan Tax Extenders Package
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) today delivered the following opening statement at a committee markup on bipartisan legislation to extend certain expired tax provisions:...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: County mayor, consultant a little too cozy

UTA quietly approves, cancels Japan trip

Phil Lyman's attorneys seek judge's recusal before sentencing for Recapture conviction

Rolly: After 72 years, Italian POW's Utah grave visited by relatives

Becker accuses Biskupski of 'skirting' campaign finance law - again

Utah lawmaker seeks to close county campaign finance loophole

Salt Lake County gets $5.8M for State Street land

Doug Owens announces his campaign, wants a second shot at Mia Love

Deseret News

Richard Davis: Does state school board election proposal show how politics operates in Utah?

Editorial: Election debates should be a must-see for savvy voters

4th District campaign already down and dirty as Doug Owens announces another run for Congress

Linda & Richard Eyre: What defenders of traditional marriage may be forgetting

Another PAC backs Biskupski's bid against Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker


Municipal Council looking at budgeting for outcomes (Daily Herald)

Doug Owens to challenge Mia Love in 2016 Congressional election (Daily Herald)

New study ranks Utah as second most lenient state on speeding and reckless driving (Daily Herald)

National Headlines

Help wanted: Top negotiators to stave off shutdown (Politico)

Trump's Waterloo? Don't count on it (Politico)

Senate blocks progress on highway bill (The Hill)

UN backs Iran deal, infuriating lawmakers from both parties (The Hill)

A 2nd Covert Video Targets Planned Parenthood on Fetal Parts (Associated Press)

Chattanooga Shooter's Uncle Being Investigated in Jordan (Wall Street Journal)

Donald Trump gave out Lindsey Graham's personal cell number to America (CNN)

Obama defends Iran deal, decries over-reliance on military force (Washington Post)

Obama Compares Critics of Iran Deal to Iraq War Hawks (New York Times)

Ohio's John Kasich enters GOP race, bringing heat, intrigue (Los Angeles Times)

Kate Steinle's Father Testifies Before Congress About His Daughter's Death, Calls for Immigration Reform (ABC News)


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