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Local News Highlights: Daily Briefing

Ten Things You Need to Know for Tuesday - August 11, 2015

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City. 

It's Municipal Primary Election day in Utah. A Salt Lake City councilman says the Utah State Prison is relocating to Utah's capital city. If Jonathan Johnson decides to take on Gov. Gary Herbert in 2016, he might have quite a hill to climb.

The clock:

  • 84 days to the 2015 election - (11/3/2015)
  • 160 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - (1/18/2016)
  • 167 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (1/25/2016)
  • 168 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary - (1/26/2016)
  • 212 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (3/10/2016)
  • 322 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 455 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)

Tuesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Salt Lake City Councilman James Rogers says it's a "done deal" that the Utah State Prison is relocating to Salt Lake City [Tribune].
  2. Overstock.com chairman Jonathan Johnson has a tough road ahead of him if he decides to challenge Gov. Gary Herbert next year due to Herbert's high approval ratings and Johnson's low name ID [Utah Policy].
  3. Election officials say, in some areas, more than 30% of the mail-in ballots for today's primary election have already been returned [Deseret News].
  4. A single donor helped a political action committee pay for polling to help Jackie Biskupski's mayoral bid [Utah Policy].
  5. Gov. Herbert officially appoints Derrin Owens to the Utah House seat vacated by former Rep. Jon Cox [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune, ABC 4].
  6. The Utah State School Board pulls out of the Utah Public Education Coalition [Tribune].
  7. Testing of backlogged rape kits in Utah is revealing new leads in a number of old cases [Tribune].
  8. Utah environmental officials are testing water from the San Juan River trying to detect the toxic waste plume from an abandoned mine [Deseret News, Fox 13].
  9. Former Texas Governor Rick Perry's presidential campaign has stopped paying staffers in South Carolina [National Journal].
  10. Actress Melissa Gilbert of "Little House on the Prairie" fame is running for Congress in Michigan [US News and World Report].

On this day in history:

  • 1934 - The first federal prisoners arrived at the island prison Alcatraz in San Francisco Bay.
  • 1965 - Riots began in the Watts section of Los Angeles. In six days of violence, 34 people were killed.
  • 1984 - In an off-air radio voice check picked up by TV cameras, President Ronald Reagan joked "My fellow Americans, I'm pleased to tell you today that I've signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in 5 minutes." Needless to say, Soviet officials were not amused.
  • 2012 - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney officially picked Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate.
  • 2014 - Oscar-winning actor and comedian Robin Williams took his own life.


Today At Utah Policy


Herbert Enjoying High Approval Ratings; Johnson has a Lot of Ground to Make Up Before 2016

GOP Gov. Gary Herbert is well liked going into his 2016 re-election campaign, and his likely intra-party challenger, Jonathan Johnson, has a clean slate to build upon....

Biskupski Backing PAC Relying on Single Donor for Coordinated Expenditure

A single donor helped a political action committee pay for polling for Jackie Biskupski's campaign, according to a recent financial disclosure form....

Mike Lee: Renegade Republican, Bipartisan Dealmaker

The New York Times profiles Sen. Mike Lee, whose dedication to libertarian principlesmakes him willing toreach across the aisle to work with Democrats on some policy issues, despite his reputation as a conservative firebrand....

Salt Lake City is the Most Expensive City in Utah

An analysis shows Salt Lake City is the most expensive place to live in Utah, but it's cheaper than many other parts of the country....

Salt Lake City Named 'Hot Startup City'

Entrepreneur Magazine says Salt Lake City is one of nine cities where starting a high-tech business is easier and cheaper than meccas like New York or San Francisco....

Governor appoints Derrin Owens to Utah House of Representatives

Gov. Gary R. Herbert has signed the official letter to appoint Derrin Owens to the Utah House of Representatives. Owens will serve in District 58 to replace Jon Cox who resigned in July to become the governor’s communications director....

Policy News


Press Release: Bipartisan IRS Investigative Report - A Look at What They're Saying
Last week, after a two-year investigation into the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) targeting of tax-exempt organizations, the Senate Finance Committee unanimously voted to release a report on its findings with 6103 authority – a Finance Committee first. ...

Press Release: Rep. Mia Love Tours Israel
Representative Mia Love is touring Israel as part of a delegation of members of Congress, who are on a fact-finding tour sponsored by the American Israel Education Fund (AIEF)....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

New by-mail voting could mean election night mystery: Who won?

Rolly: With Shurtleff as his lawyer, pal loses his appeal - on every point

Tar sands protesters on tripods arrested in Uintah County

Jon Huntsman joins board of hotel giant Hilton

South Salt Lake residents sue city over closing streets to make way for car dealership

Utah guv appoints rancher, school counselor Derrin Owens to legislature

State school board draws fire after dropping out of education coalition

Scientists testing San Juan River every 3 hours for mine sludge's arrival in Utah

Prison move to Salt Lake City a 'done deal,' says councilman

Deseret News

Ralph Hancock: The funny thing about Jon Stewart's politics

Editorial: Past planning has helped Utah's parks - with more forethought needed now

Utah environmental officials testing mine sludge in San Juan River

A breakdown of the candidates for Salt Lake City mayor

Protestors opposing mining arrested in Uintah County

The new wave of millennial moms will be educated and married to 'do-it-all' dads

14,000 vote-by-mail ballots return to Salt Lake, Davis counties day before primary election

Gov. Gary Herbert appoints Fountain Green educator to Utah House of Representatives

Other

Op-ed: Relieving the American people of their land (Standard-Examiner)

Editorial: Make Social Security reform a priority (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Bernie Sanders' Black Lives Matter problem (Politico)

Donald Trump, American Demagogue (Politico)

Schumer: Go back and get better Iran deal (The Hill)

Trump's momentum keeps rolling (The Hill)

White House staffer accused of taking officer's gun, firing it during dispute (Washington Post)

Hillary Clinton dismisses Trump campaign: 'It's entertainment' (CNN)

Night of violence prompts state of emergency in Ferguson (CBS News)

Lawmaker apologizes for fake male prostitute email (CNN)

Hillary Clinton unveils $350 billion plan to help reduce student debt (USA Today)

Hillary Clinton swears: I turned over all my required e-mails (Washington Post)

New Jersey man arrested after allegedly traveling to join ISIS (CNN)



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