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Monday, August 10, 2015

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Local News Highlights: Daily Briefing

Ten Things You Need to Know for Monday - August 10, 2015

Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City. 

Utah voters pick Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton as the frontrunners in the 2016 presidential race. Lots of Donald Trump related news this morning. A federal judge orders settlement talks to begin in the lawsuit over the Count My Vote compromise.

The clock:

  • The Utah municipal primary elections are tomorrow - (8/11/2015)
  • 85 days to the 2015 election - (11/3/2015)
  • 161 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - (1/18/2016)
  • 168 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (1/25/2016)
  • 169 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary - (1/26/2016)
  • 213 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (3/10/2016)
  • 323 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 456 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)

Monday's top-10 headlines:

  1. One year after racially-based protests shut down the Missouri town of Ferguson, police officers shot and killed a man who allegedly fired at them [New York Times].
  2. Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton are your frontrunners in the 2016 presidential race in Utah, but a large number are still undecided [Utah Policy].
  3. Red State founder Erick Erickson says he uninvited Donald Trump from an event for his misogynistic comments during the Fox News debate last week [Red State].
  4. Some staffers at Breitbart.com allege Trump is providing financial backing to their outlet in exchange for favorable coverage [Buzzfeed].
  5. A federal judge orders the state and the Utah Republican Party to begin talks for a possible settlement in the lawsuit over the Count My Vote Compromise [Deseret News].
  6. Mail-in ballots for Tuesday's primary election could delay final results for up to two weeks [Tribune, Deseret News].
  7. The Salt Lake County Clerk rules Mayor Ralph Becker's campaign office at Trolley Square is not illegal following complaints from Jackie Biskupski's campaign that it is too close to a polling location [Tribune].
  8. Lawmakers may have to meet in a special session twice to decide prison relocation and Medicaid expansion [Deseret News].
  9. The Navajo Tribe is shutting off their water pumps as a plume of contaminated wastewater from a Colorado mine is headed down the Colorado River toward Lake Powell [Tribune, Deseret News].
  10. Utah officials have staked a claim to a road through Recapture Canyon, which could exonerate San Juan County Commissioner Phil Lyman, who was convicted for taking part in an illegal ATV ride through the canyon [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1776 - A committee of Benjamin Franklin, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson suggested the United States adopt "E Pluribus Unum" - "Out of many, one" - as the motto for its Great Seal.
  • 1821 - Missouri became the 24th state.
  • 1962 - Marvel Comics superhero Spider-Man made his debut in issue 15 of "Amazing Fantasy."
  • 1977 - "Son of Sam" serial killer David Berkowitz was arrested in Yonkers, New York.


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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Commuter trains are a wasteful dream of political correctness

Op-ed: Transit tax needs a humble UTA to help convince voters

Op-ed: Utah schools need 21st Century overhaul to truly 'raise the bar'

Editorial: Sanctuary cities are symptom, not solution, of immigration dysfunction

Editorial: Utahns must make their agrarian dreams fit reality

Survey has mixed news for Mayor Becker on transportation

FBI investigating 2 nonprofits with connections to SLC police, advisers to Mayor Ben McAdams

County Clerk: Becker's campaign office not illegal

PAC spends $113,000 on billboards in SLC mayor's race

South Salt Lake residents march to protest street closure

Navajo Tribe shuts off water pumps as polluted river water nears

Western Governors redefining higher ed 20 years after inception

Five who would be mayor of Salt Lake City

Deseret News

Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: National, local elections offer chance for predictions

Chris Herrod: Illegal immigration has constant impact on modern America

Drew Clark: It makes sense to relocate the prison away from Draper

Editorial: Utah poised to begin transition to alternative energy

Editorial: Global Cities Initiative can help spark Salt Lake County's exports game

Editorial: Teacher tax incentives - Utah needs to create desirable environment for future educators

Poll: Utahns are willing to conserve more water, especially for farms

Jeremy Johnson, others charged in new federal fraud indictment

Judge tells state, Utah GOP to start settlement talks over Count My Vote lawsuit

State School Board to begin new turnaround program for underperforming schools

Thousands of vote-by-mail ballots still absent as primary election approaches

Two special sessions might be needed for prison relocation, Medicaid expansion

San Juan County provides clean water as mine wastewater approaches

Other

Editorial: Local elections of utmost importance (Daily Herald)

Provo's Curt Bramble to lead national organization (Daily Herald)

Voters need to know: voters blocs, district candidate systems, other election anomalies (Daily Herald)

Editorial: Find the truth about what happened at the Utah State Prison - and why (Standard-Examiner)

Losing Outdoor Retailer would be a blow to Park City companies (Park Record)

Hillary Clinton wows a Park City crowd (Park Record)

National Headlines

Schumer, White House at war over Iran (Politico)

Bernie Sanders shut down, then addresses big crowd (Politico)

Rand Paul: Trump a 'fake conservative' (The Hill)

Climate fight shifts to courts (The Hill)

Trump Iowa campaigner says 'Bloodgate' attack on Megyn Kelly was 'fair game' (Daily Mail)

Donald Trump Still in the Lead After Debates (NBC News)

Bernie Sanders: Criticism of Hillary Clinton is 'sexist' (CNN)

After caution, slipping polls, Clinton goes on the offense (Washington Post)

How can cities successfully enforce a higher minimum wage? (Christian Science Monitor)

Huckabee brings campaign to Perry (Macon Telegraph)

Republican debate audience on Fox News was 50% bigger than you've heard: CNN host (MarketWatch)



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