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Ten Things You Need to Know for Thursday - July 9, 2015

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City. 

The NYSE technical problems were likely due to a failed systems upgrade. The Prison Relocation Commission will miss their August deadline. Gov. Gary Herbert says it will take some time to sort through the issues raised by the Supreme Court's marriage ruling.


  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 33
  • Days to the 2015 election - 117
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - 194
  • Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - 201
  • Days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary - 202
  • Days to the 2016 Utah primary election - 356
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 489

Thursday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Experts say the computer problems that halted trading at the New York Stock Exchange on Wednesday were due to a failed systems upgrade and not hackers [Fortune].
  2. The South Carolina House voted to remove the Confederate battle flag from the Statehouse grounds. The bill now goes to Gov. Nikki Haley, who supports the measure [NBC News].
  3. The Prison Relocation Commission is going to miss the August 1 deadline to pick a site for the new facility. That decision may wait until October or later [Tribune, Deseret News].
  4. Gov. Gary Herbert says it's going to take some time for the state to work through any issues coming out of the Supreme Court's marriage ruling, but he's not eager to make changes to Utah's religious liberty law because of the decision [Deseret News, Fox 13, ABC 4, Tribune].
  5. Rep. Jon Cox resigns his seat to become Gov. Herbert's spokesperson. Current spokesman Marty Carpenter is leaving the position to work on Herbert's re-election campaign [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News, KUER].
  6. Republican delegates will meet to pick Cox's replacement on July 30 [Utah Policy].
  7. NEA President Lily Eskelsen Garcia during a visit to Utah says the No Child Left Behind law has been an "unmitigated disaster" and desperately needs an overhaul [Utah Policy].
  8. School trust fund managers want changes to make it easier to distribute money to schools from public lands in the state [Tribune].
  9. Reince Priebus, the head of the Republican National Committee, spent an hour on the phone with presidential candidate Donald Trump urging him to tone down his inflammatory comments on immigration [Washington Post].
  10. Medicare may begin paying doctors to have end-of-life discussions with patients [Washington Post].

On this day in history:

  • 1850 - President Zachary Taylor died suddenly of cholera. He was succeeded by Millard Fillmore.
  • 1868 - The 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, guaranteeing African-Americans full citizenship and all people in the United States due process under the law.
  • 1896 - William Jennings Bryan denounced supporters of the gold standard with his "cross of gold" speech at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago.
  • 1955 - Bill Haley and the Comets "Rock Around the Clock" hit No. 1 on Billboard magazine's best-seller records chart, marking what some consider the beginning of the rock 'n' roll era.
  • 1992 - Democratic presidential candidate Bill Clinton tapped Al Gore of Tennessee to be his running mate.

Today At Utah Policy

NEA President Calls NCLB 'Unmitigated Disaster' (Video)
National Education Association President Lily Eskelsen Garcia hopes Congress can get rid of the high-stakes testing that she says has crippled the American education system....

Utah GOP Sets House District 58 Special Election
The Utah Republican Party will hold a special election to fill the House District 58 seat vacated by Representative Jon Cox. ...

Podcast: Lily Eskelsen Garcia
National Education Association President Lily Eskelsen Garcia hopes Congress can get rid of the high-stakes testing that she says has crippled the American education system....

Weekly Survey: What Will Utah Lawmakers Do with Medicaid Expansion
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Lee's Religious Freedom Legislation Gains Powerful Backer
House Majority Whip Steve Scalise endorses Sen. Mike Lee's "First Amendment Defense Act," which would protect people opposed to gay marriage from being penalized by the government....

Rep. Jon Cox Resigning Legislative Seat to Join Herbert Administration
Gov. Gary R. Herbert has named Jon Cox to his senior staff  as director of communication. Cox will take over for Marty Carpenter who is leaving the administration to begin working on the governor’s re-election campaign....

Policy News

Lesson Learned: Boost Educational Achievement to Ensure A Competitive Advantage
It’s no secret that Utah is among the best states for business. Again and again, Utah has been recognized because of our thriving economy, strong job growth and excellent fiscal management.Recently, in fact, CNBC ranked Utah as the #3 state for business. (See Governor ...

Hatch, Wyden Welcome Reports from Bipartisan Tax Working Groups
Today, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) welcomed reports from the Committee’s five bipartisan tax working groups....

Mayor Becker's 'Connecting You to Nature' Proposal Seeks Major Investment in City's Parks, Trails and Open Spaces
Mayor Ralph Becker announced today he is requesting that the City Council place a $125 million to $150 million bond measure on the November ballot to fund his 'Connecting You to Nature' plan, a wide-ranging package of improvements to the City’s system of parks,...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Tribune maligns good work of state regulators on Tavaputs project

Editorial: Keep your eye on Utah college athletic program costs

Becker unveils $150 million parks and recreation makeover for Salt Lake City

'There is just too much information': No end in sight for decision on new Utah prison site

Rule giving neighbors say over highway billboards may vanish

Utah guv: Gay marriage issues will take time to work through

Immigration official: Boost Latino power by helping more become citizens

Utah guv's new spokesman has a familiar name, family connection

U.S. House proposes blocking national monument designation in 3 Utah counties

Deseret News

Ralph Hancock: On the issues of marriage and 'dignity,' which camp is right?

Op-ed: Investment in nutrient reduction will pay big dividends for Utah's water quality

Dan Liljenquist: Sovereign debt crisis - like Greece, we are debt junkies

Rep. Jon Cox resigns to become Herbert's communications director

Gov. Gary Herbert hesitant to tweak Utah anti-discrimination and religious freedom law

Becker proposes investment to revamp Salt Lake City's outdoor recreation

Recommendation about new prison site may not come until October

State teachers of the year call for 'transformation' in education policy, practices


Gov. Herbert speaks at BYU on religious freedom (Daily Herald)

National Latino organization kicks off convention in Utah (Standard-Examiner)

Summit's water ruling could come by August (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Donald Trump, clickbait (Politico)

Obama said to put odds of an Iran deal at 'less than 50-50' (Politico)

New Obama housing rules target segregated neighborhoods (The Hill)

New York Stock Exchange resumes trading after more than three-hour suspension (The Hill)

Lindsey Graham takes on Clinton, Trump over immigration (CNN)

Latinos surpass whites as largest ethnic group in California (Christian Science Monitor)

FBI chief: Terror group turning to encrypted communications (Washington Post)

Donald Trump: I didn't expect business backlash to be 'quite this severe' (CBS News)

Army Advances Its Plan to Cut 40,000 Troops by a Year to 2017 (Bloomberg)

Crime up 13 percent in Los Angeles, reversing declines (Associated Press)

Relatives of Charleston victims urge Congress to vote on gun law (Reuters)


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