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Thursday, July 23, 2015

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Ten Things You Need to Know for Thursday - July 23, 2014

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City. 

A poll shows a tight contest for Salt Lake City Mayor. Donald Trump threatens a third-party run. Lindsey Graham shows us how to destroy a cell phone.

The clock:

  •  19 days to the Utah municipal primary elections - (8/11/2015)
  • 103 days to the 2015 election - (11/3/2015)
  • 179 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - (1/18/2016)
  • 186 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (1/25/2016)
  • 187 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary - (1/26/2016)
  • 231 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (3/10/2016)
  • 341 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 474 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)

Thursday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Our latest poll shows the race between Ralph Becker and Jackie Biskupski is a virtual dead heat, with nearly 40% of Salt Lake City voters still undecided [Utah Policy].
  2. Donald Trump says he may launch a third-party bid if the GOP establishment is "unfair" to him during his current quest for the Republican nomination [The Hill].
  3. This is probably the best thing you'll watch all day. After Trump gave out his cell phone number at a rally, Lindsey Graham shows us the best ways to destroy an old phone [YouTube].
  4. A proposed $15 minimum wage is headed to the ballot in Washington, D.C. [New York Times].
  5. A group trying to keep the state prison in Draper made another bid to put the issue on the ballot [Deseret News].
  6. Salt Lake County will not send out voter information packets to residents in unincorporated areas regarding the Community Preservation issue on November's ballot [Tribune].
  7. State Auditor John Dougall wants to look into how officials in northern Utah are handling a flooding problem in many Ogden homes [Standard-Examiner].
  8. Salt Lake County leaders want to boost exporting and foreign investment [Tribune, Deseret News].
  9. A new study shows the number of legal and illegal immigrants from Mexico has dropped sharply in recent years [New York Times].
  10. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration services will no longer require new American citizens to pledge they will "bear arms on behalf of the United States" as part of the naturalization process [Washington Examiner].

On this day in history:

  • 1914 - Austria-Hungary issued an ultimatum to Serbia following the killing of Archduke Franz Ferdinand by a Serb assassin; the dispute led to World War I.
  • 1967 - Rioting erupted on 12th Street in the heart of Detroit's predominantly African-American inner city. By the time the riots ended four days later, 43 people had died.
  • 1973 - Watergate special prosecutor Archibald Cox served subpoenas on the White House after President Richard Nixon refused to turn over requested tapes and documents.
  • 1984 - Vanessa Williams became the first Miss America to resign her title, because of nude photographs published in Penthouse magazine.
  • 2011 - Singer Amy Winehouse was found dead in her London home from accidental alcohol poisoning.

Today At Utah Policy

Becker and Biskupski Virtually Tied in New Poll, Nearly 40% of Voters are Still Undecided

The race for Salt Lake City Mayor is essentially a tie between Ralph Becker and Jackie Biskupski heading into the final weeks before the primary election....

Bob Bernick's Notebook: Becker is in Trouble, But There's Still Time

Salt Lake Mayor Ralph Becker is not going to coast to a third-term re-election this year....

Bernick and Schott on Politics - Episode #246

Our latest survey shows the Salt Lake City Mayoral contest is a dead heat between Ralph Becker and Jackie Biskupski, but nearly 40% of voters are still undecided....

Podcast: Bernick and Schott on Politics - Episode #246

Our latest survey shows the Salt Lake City Mayoral contest is a dead heat between Ralph Becker and Jackie Biskupski, but nearly 40% of voters are still undecided....

Lee, Hatch Demand Federal Probe Into Planned Parenthood

Mike Lee, Orrin Hatch, and 10 other GOP senators call foran investigationof the abortion provider after undercover videos show Planned Parenthood officialsnegotiatingthe sale of unbornbaby parts....

Hatch: Why Fight Against Obamacare Isn't Over

In a CNN op-ed, Sen. Orrin Hatch says Obamacare sticker shock threatensthehealthcare reform law muchmore than any Court ruling....

Americans Uncomfortable with Country's Overall Direction on Social Issues

The mainstream media trumpeted liberal victories onObamacare and gay marriagethis year, but a new Washington Post-ABC News poll findsa large majority of Americans are unhappy with where the nation is headed on social issues....

Policy News

Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
Outdoor Notes-- For the latest wildlife news and information and the fishing report visit the?DWR websiteWeekend EventsConcerts-- Rumba Libre Band, Friday, 7:30 p.m., Midvale City Park, 455 West 7500 South, Midvale, free-- Deer Valley Music Festival, through August 14, venue...

Dream Weber-A Model for Improving College Access and Completion
The rising cost of education is killing college dreams for many Americans. ...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Why is Weldon Angelos still in prison?

Maps, postcards to educate county voters

Tribune poll: Biskupski leads Becker in Salt Lake City mayoral race

New push to help Salt Lake County further flex its exporting muscles

ICE deports accused Guatemalan murderer captured in Utah

Jeremy Johnson won't be his own attorney after all; judge gives him 2 veteran Utah lawyers

Deseret News

A. Scott Anderson: 'Tulip bubble' won't repeat, but low euro value challenges European economies

Dan Liljenquist: Reforming the Highway Transportation Fund - Lee's TEA plan can help do that

Op-ed: Why Republicans should not support Healthy Utah

Editorial: Salt Lake City's proposed $150 million bond for parks and rec deserves close scrutiny

Salt Lake County hires new planning and budget director

Utah cities need to take global approach to economic expansion, panel says

Group opposed to prison move tries again to win approval to launch referendum

Poll shows tight race between Becker, Biskupski

How social media is changing the way Americans talk about politics

More homeless people are choosing to camp along downtown streets


Editorial: Lax enforcement allows Utah drivers to remain out of control (Daily Herald)

Mystery flooding grabs attention of state auditor (Standard-Examiner)

'Sitting ducks': Heavily armed man vows to defend Logan military recruitment centers (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

Jeb Bush: Congress should investigate Planned Parenthood (Politico)

Republican candidates get Trumped (Politico)

Fears on the left growing for Planned Parenthood (The Hill)

House GOP, Dems voice strong opposition to Senate highway bill (The Hill)

Poll: Clinton trails top Republicans in battleground states (CNN)

Titans clash as Donald Trump's run fuels his feud with Rupert Murdoch (New York Times)

Marines Said to Divert Gunman in Chattanooga Killings (New York Times)

Donald Trump vs. Rick Perry: The social media battlefront (CNN)

Washington Post petitions U.N. to help free journalist held in Iran (Washington Post)

Appeals Court OKs Tossing Strict North Dakota Abortion Law (Associated Press)

Obama renewing call to reauthorize Export-Import Bank (Associated Press)


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