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Ten Things You Need to Know for Tuesday - July 28, 2015

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City. 

Most Utahns remain opposed to same-sex marriage. The LDS Church is re-evaluating their relationship with the Boy Scouts following the decision to allow gay leaders. Most Salt Lake City residents say Mayor Ralph Becker did not act appropriately when he forced out former Chief Chris Burbank.

The clock:

  • 14 days to the Utah municipal primary elections - (8/11/2015)
  • 98 days to the 2015 election - (11/3/2015)
  • 174 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - (1/18/2016)
  • 181 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (1/25/2016)
  • 182 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary - (1/26/2016)
  • 226 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (3/10/2016)
  • 336 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 469 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)

Tuesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. 58% of Utahns remain opposed to same-sex marriage following the Supreme Court decision making the practice legal in all 50 states [Utah Policy].
  2. The LDS Church is reevaluating their relationship with the Boy Scouts following the group's decision to end their ban on gay adult leaders [Deseret News, Tribune].
  3. A majority of Salt Lake City residents say Mayor Ralph Becker did not act appropriately when he ousted former Police Chief Chris Burbank; about 40% say that decision will make them less likely to vote for Becker in this year's election [Utah Policy].
  4. Opponents of the plan to move the state prison away from Draper say a new study touting the benefits of the move does not make enough of a case to warrant the relocation [Deseret News].
  5. Sen. Mike Lee abandons his effort to force a vote on repealing Obamacare after one of his staffers emailed outside conservative groups asking them to add the vote to their legislative scorecards which would have forced his Republican colleagues to weigh in on the measure [Washington Post].
  6. Rep. Jason Chaffetz calls for the resignation of IRS Commissioner John Koskinen [Tribune].
  7. Gov. Gary Herbert says the so-called "group of six" is less than a month away from having their Medicaid expansion proposal ready for legislative consideration [Deseret News].
  8. Former Attorney General John Swallow pleads not guilty to the 14 counts of corruption and bribery. His trial is set for April of next year [Tribune, Deseret News, ABC 4].
  9. Mail-in ballots for this year's municipal primary are making their way back to election officials in smaller than expected numbers [Tribune].
  10. 33 local governments in Utah are proposing tax hikes this year [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1868 - The ratified 14th Amendment was adopted into the Constitution, guaranteeing citizenship and all its privileges to African-Americans.
  • 1896 - The city of Miami, Florida was incorporated.
  • 1914 - World War I began as Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia.
  • 1945 - A U.S. Army bomber crashed into the 79th floor of New York City's Empire State Building, killing 14 people.
  • 1965 - President Lyndon B. Johnson announced he was increasing the number of American troops in South Vietnam from 75,000 to 125,000.

Today At Utah Policy

Poll: Burbank's Ouster Taking a Political Toll on Becker's Re-Election Chances

A slim majority of Salt Lake City residents say Mayor Ralph Becker did not act appropriately when he forced out former Police Chief Chris Burbank....

Chaffetz Calls for IRS Chief's Head

House Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz says John Koskinen should resign or be impeached for stonewalling Congress's efforts to investigate the IRS's inappropriate targeting of Tea Party groups....

The Case for Immigration Visa Reform

Some of the most ambitious and intelligent people in the world immigrate to the United States—particularly those who are unsatisfied with opportunities available to them in their home countries. ...

Poll: 58% of Utahns Oppose Same-Sex Marriage

It's been a month since the Supreme Court ruled same-sex marriage was a constitutionally-protected right for all Americans. A new poll shows most Utahns remain opposed to the decision. Utahns also overwhelmingly support legal protections for businesses that refuse to pro...

Policy News

Lee Calls On Senate Republicans To Repeal Obamacare Through Budget Reconciliation
Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) released the following statement Monday in advance of Senate consideration of a Republican Leader amendment to fully repeal Obamacare....

Utah-Based Medical Device Co. Sells Platform Rights to Merit Medical Systems
Distal Access, a Salt Lake City-based designer and developer of medical devices, has sold the rights to its SPINR platform, to Merit Medical System’s NRI Limited in Dublin, Ireland. SPINR is a suite of medical devices for peripheral vascular, coronary vascular and...

Hatch, Senate Republicans to Administration: Give the Public More Time to Weigh in on Overtime Proposal
Senator Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, member and former chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, alongside current committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) joined a group of Republican senators in urging the administration to give the public “...

Lee, Klobuchar Announce Hearing On Healthcare Insurance Industry Consolidation
Senators Mike Lee (R-UT) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) today issued the following statements regarding recent announcements of mergers in the healthcare insurance industry....

Aerospace Manufacturing Takes Off in Utah
PricewaterhouseCoopers has released a report that Utah is no. 4 in the nation for aerospace manufacturing attractiveness. Citing a robust tax climate and solid industry rank, the report exhibits the work that Utah is doing to create a friendly, magnetic atmosp...

Hatch: Highway Bill a Historic Opportunity to Secure Nation's Infrastructure
In a speech today on the Senate floor, Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) voiced his support for a historic bipartisan bill to fund America’s roads, highways, and bridges for a full three years without increasing taxes or adding to the deficit. ...

Hatch Joins with Bipartisan Group of 49 Fellow Senators Raising Concerns with Planned Parenthood Practices, Urging HHS Secretary to Comply with Investigations, Conduct Assessment to Facilitate Congressional Review
U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) joined a bipartisan group of 49 of his fellow senators in a letter to Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell following the release of footage by the Center for Medical Progress depicting senior Planned Parenthood Fede...

Hatch: Trustee Reports Show Urgent Reform Required to Save Entitlements
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) issued the following statement after the Social Security and Medicare Trustees issued their annual reports on the financial status of the two programs:...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Save program that provides drugs for the poor

Editorial: Do as Hatch says, not as he does

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

Rolly: Look who supports keeping the name 'Negro Bill Canyon' - the NAACP

Nearly three dozen local governments seek property tax increases

Billboard PAC: Anybody but Becker for Salt Lake City mayor

Mail ballots return slowly as in-person, early voting begins Tuesday

Utah transit leaders take a test ride on an electric bus

Utah Dems cry foul as Republican seeks two separate seats

Utah's Chaffetz calls for IRS commissioner's resignation

Interior, tribal meeting sparks fear of new Utah monument designation

LDS Church 'deeply troubled' by Boy Scouts ending ban on gay adult leaders, will re-evaluate relationship with program

Deseret News

Op-ed: Differences should not foster intolerance

Derek B. Miller: The personal side of business - for better and not just for worse

Is report on building prison in Draper conclusive or 'lipstick on a pig'?

Gov. Gary Herbert now heads National Governors Association

Ex-A.G. John Swallow pleads not guilty to public corruption charges

Herbert says new Medicaid expansion plan less than a month away

Most Utahns oppose Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage, new poll shows

Lee takes on new strategy in fight against Affordable Care Act

LDS Church relationship with Boy Scouts in doubt, may create new international program


Report: nearly a third of Provo-Orem roads in poor condition (Daily Herald)

Editorial: How to screw up Medicaid (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

The GOP's battle for 10th place (Politico)

Mitch McConnell summons restive Republicans for 'combative' sitdown (Politico)

Jeb Bush: Huckabee remarks evoking the Holocaust 'wrong' (The Hill)

McCarthy: House will not vote on Senate's highway funding bill (The Hill)

Jeb Bush Snares a Democratic Moneyman on Hamptons Tour (Bloomberg)

Key Shift on Malaysia Before Trans-Pacific Partnership Deal (New York Times)

Bernie Sanders talks guns, racism at Louisiana rally (Christian Science Monitor)

NSA Will Not Be Allowed to Keep Old Phone Records (New York Times)

Benghazi panel, State Dept. reach deal on documents (Politico)

House votes to overhaul the Secret Service (CNN)

Biden, Cuomo are hooked on photonics (USA Today)


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