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Ten Things You Need to Know for Monday - July 27, 2015

Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City. 

Lee fails in his bid to force a vote on Obamacare repeal. Are the feds plotting a new national monument in Utah? More billboard shenanigans in the Salt Lake City mayoral race.

The clock:

  • 15 days to the Utah municipal primary elections - (8/11/2015)
  • 99 days to the 2015 election - (11/3/2015)
  • 175 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - (1/18/2016)
  • 182 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (1/25/2016)
  • 183 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary - (1/26/2016)
  • 227 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (3/10/2016)
  • 337 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 470 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)

Monday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Sen. Mike Lee fails in his bid to force a vote on repealing Obamacare [The Hill, PoliticoTribune].
  2. Sen. Orrin Hatch slams fellow Sen. Ted Cruz for accusing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of lying about the process on the federal highway bill [Washington Post].
  3. Hatch has donated money to Lee's re-election bid but has not endorsed the state's junior Senator [Tribune].
  4. A secret meeting in southern Utah is stoking fears the federal government is plotting a new national monument in the state [Deseret News].
  5. An independent PAC is putting up more billboards in support of Ralph Becker's opponents in the Salt Lake City Mayoral race [Utah Policy].
  6. Gov. Gary Herbert takes over as head of the National Governors Association [Utah Policy, Tribune].
  7. Democrat Doug Owens says he's ready for a rematch with Rep. Mia Love in 2016 [Deseret News].
  8. Utah gets another waiver exempting the state from portions of No Child Left Behind [Tribune, Deseret News].
  9. The NSA has paid more than $1 million to the state for the Utah Highway Patrol to police the entrance to their data center in Bluffdale [Tribune].
  10. Utah transportation officials are working to reduce congestion at the state's busiest intersections [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1789 - Congress established the Department of Foreign Affairs, the forerunner of the State Department.
  • 1953 - A truce officially ended the Korean War.
  • 1974 - The House Judiciary Committee voted to recommend President Richard Nixon's impeachment on a charge that he had personally engaged in a "course of conduct" designed to obstruct justice in the Watergate case.
  • 1996 - A bomb exploded at Olympic Park in Atlanta during the Summer Games, killing a woman and injuring more than 100 other people. 
  • 2003 - Legendary comic Bob Hope died of pneumonia at his home in California. He was 100 years old.

Today At Utah Policy

More Independent Billboards Hit Salt Lake City Mayoral Contest

A political action committee that independently purchased billboard ads to aid the candidacy of Salt Lake City mayoral candidate Jackie Biskupski is now making expenditures for another candidate - Luke Garrott. Garrott is none too pleased about it....

Chaffetz to Use Subpoena Power to Combat Obama's Environmental Agenda

Republicans on the House Oversight Committeeplanto use the subpoena to restore balance between the Obama administration's rule-making and Congress's ability to write laws....

Bishop: Feds Undermining Energy Revolution

Rep. Rob Bishop says the Obama administration and environmentalists are trying to blockthe American shale renaissance....

Stewart: Cyberattack Exposes U.S. Vulnerabilities

In a Washington Post op-ed, Rep. Chris Stewart says the recent OPM hackunderlines the need to develop a cybersecurity strategythat includes elements of both defense and deterrence....

Utah Gov. Herbert Becomes Chair of National Governors Association

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert officially became the new chair of the National Governors Association at the closing session of the NGA Summer Meeting. Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe was named vice chair....

Utah Remains First in the Nation for Job Growth

Utah posted the highest job growth rate in the nation for total and private sector job growth for the fifth consecutive month. ...

Hatch Calls for Investigation of Planned Parenthood Following Latest Video

Senator Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, the senior Republican in the United States Senate and  member and former chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, spoke out today following the latest video of Planned Parenthood officials discussing the sale of infant body parts:...

Lee Letter Asks For DOJ And HHS Investigation Of Planned Parenthood

Sen. Mike Lee and ten other Republican Senators sent a letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch and Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell, requesting a full investigation of whether Planned Parenthood has violated federal law prohibiting the sale o...

Policy News

Hatch Statement on Senate Vote to Repeal Obamacare
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) issued the following statement after the Senate voted on an amendment to repeal Obamacare:...

Salt Lake County Selects Two Nonprofit Organizations for New Pay for Success Projects
Mayor Ben McAdams says two nonprofit organizations—Parents as Teachers and First Step House—have been chosen as the lead agencies on social service programming for two new Pay for Success projects in Salt Lake County.  ...

Drive Act Modernizes America's Infrastructure, Transportation System
The bipartisan, multi-year Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy (DRIVE) Act would help modernize the nation’s infrastructure and transportation systems to better allow America to compete in the 21st century. ...

White House Fact Sheet: Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the ADA
Every day the Obama Administration works to ensure the full implementation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. ...

Hatch Statement at Finance Hearing Considering Trade and Pension Nominations
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) today delivered the following opening statement during a committee hearing considering nominations for the Office of the United States Trade Representative and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation:...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Mike Lee: Fixing our broken transportation system

Op-ed: Medical cannabis is a matter of personal freedom

Op-ed: Becker deserves a third term as Salt Lake City mayor

Editorial: UTA should be as clean as its buses

Editorial: Raises for state liquor store employees are good, but much more is needed

Rolly: Maybe the Utah Legislature should recuse itself - from passing laws

Attention grabber in fight against tax increase: free money

Is 500 West Salt Lake City's new Pioneer Park?

Tooele County leaders stepping back from 24 percent pay raise

Sen. Orrin Hatch gives Sen. Mike Lee money, but no endorsement

Recreation taxes a hit with counties and cities

As he takes over national guvs association, Herbert touts Utah innovation

Voters not keen on tax hike for $150M 'open space recreation' in SLC, poll shows

NSA has paid Utah $1 million to police entrance on Redwood Road

Utah's 50 busiest intersections - and how the state plans to unclog them

Utah's Mike Lee fails to defund Planned Parenthood or force a vote to repeal Obamacare

Deseret News

Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: A more political version of a Pioneer Day parade

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

Op-ed: Why Republicans should not support Healthy Utah

Op-ed: Pioneering our own future: Let Utah voters decide

A. Scott Anderson: A tribute to Roy Simmons, a Utah business pioneer

John Florez: Prison move calls for humility - and revisiting what the prison system should be now and in the future

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

Editorial: Sen. Mike Lee's proposed First Amendment Defense Act merits a fair hearing

San Juan County commissioner asks that federal judge be dismissed in Recapture Canyon case

Utah gets No Child Left Behind waiver after House, Senate pass potential rewrites

Democrat Doug Owens ready for rematch with Rep. Mia Love

Does secret southern Utah meeting mean feds are plotting new national monument?


Military recruiters can't arm themselves - yet (Standard-Examiner)

Feds OK Utah's demand for more education control (Standard-Examiner)

Some in Christian right embracing environmental causes (Standard-Examiner)

Park City maps the extraordinary growth projected in coming years (Park Record)

National Headlines

Trump vs. Clinton: A tale of 2 Iowa rallies (Politico)

Hillary's emails touch off debate about classified documents (Politico)

Cruz doubles down in McConnell attack (The Hill)

White House launches Iran side deals counterattack (The Hill)

Draft Biden group ramps up outreach (The Hill)

Trump talk dominates the Sunday shows, providing an opening for low-polling rivals (Washington Post)

POWs have mixed reactions to Trump's comments (Boston Globe)

CNN Is Not Limiting Candidates in Debate (Wall Street Journal)

Strong Showings for Donald Trump in Iowa and New Hampshire Polls (New York Times)

Senators defeat Obamacare repeal before highway funding debate (USA Today)

Sanders dismisses 'mythology' about his gun record (MSNBC)


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