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Local News Highlights: Daily Briefing

Ten Things You Need to Know for Wednesday - August 12, 2015

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City. 

Biskupski beats Becker in SLC's primary election. Lawmakers pick Salt Lake City for the new prison location. Jeb Bush to visit Utah later this month.

The clock:

  • 83 days to the 2015 election - (11/3/2015)
  • 159 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - (1/18/2016)
  • 166 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (1/25/2016)
  • 167 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary - (1/26/2016)
  • 211 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (3/10/2016)
  • 321 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 454 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)

Wednesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Jackie Biskupski races past Ralph Becker for the lead Salt Lake City's primary race. The two are now set to face off in November's general election [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune, ABC 4].
  2. Not a surprise - The Prison Relocation Commission picks a site in Salt Lake City for the new facility [Deseret News, Tribune, Daily Herald].
  3. Here are the political implications from the new Salt Lake City prison [Utah Policy].
  4. Salt Lake City officials say they will continue the fight against the prison, but it may be a futile effort [Deseret News, Tribune].
  5. GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush plans to visit Utah later this month [Utah Policy].
  6. A poll shows Salt Lake City residents want more and better treatment to address the homeless problem around Pioneer Park and the Gateway in downtown [Utah Policy].
  7. Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams pulls out of negotiations over a proposed convention hotel downtown saying the company bidding to build the facility was proposing a bad deal for taxpayers [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News, ABC 4].
  8. Former SLC Mayor Rocky Anderson is threatening a lawsuit over NSA spying on visitors during the 2002 Winter Olympics [Tribune].
  9. Hillary Clinton agrees to turn over her personal email server to the Justice Department after new surfaces that at least two of her emails contain sensitive information [Politico].
  10. Hackers allegedly made millions off the stock market by stealing press releases and selling them to investors before they went public [ABC News].

On this day in history:

  • 1898 - A peace protocol was signed ending the Spanish-American War. The United States acquired Puerto Rico, Guam and the Philippines and annexed Hawaii.
  • 1966 - John Lennon apologized for saying the Beatles were "more popular than Jesus."
  • 1981 - IBM introduced the first personal computer.
  • 1985 - A Japan Air Lines Boeing 747 crashed into a mountain, killing 520 people in the world's worst single-aircraft accident.

Today At Utah Policy

Poll: Salt Lake Residents Want Better Treatment for Homeless Population

Salt Lake City residents say the city should either provide better support for the homeless population around Pioneer Park or increase the law enforcement presence there as the best way to deal with the problem....

Jeb Bush to Visit Utah August 25

The GOP frontrunner in Utah, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, will visit Utah on August 25 for a fundraiser....

Jonathan Johnson's Two Political Missions

Reuters interviewsOverstock chairman Jonathan Johnson about hisupcomingbid tooustUtah Gov. Gary Herbert, and his efforts to lobbyCongressto simplify state laws surrounding the taxation of online sales....

Immigration Crackdown Proposal Splits Senate GOP

A rift opens up between erstwhile Senate allies Ted Cruz and Mike Lee over the question of mandatory minimum jail sentences for foreigners who repeatedly try to enter the country illegally....

Bob Bernick's Notebook: Salt Lake City, Welcome Your New Criminal Neighbors

So, a special Utah legislative committee, controlled by Republicans, spent four years studying where to move the Utah State Prison, with the state to spend more than half a billion dollars on rebuilding it, and came up with the decision Tuesday to move the prison from southe...

Biskupski Holds Big Lead Over Becker in First Primary Election Results

Round one goes to the challenger. Former Rep. Jackie Biskupski scored a big lead over incumbent Mayor Ralph Becker when the first round of mail-in ballots were counted Tuesday night....

No Agreement Reached with Omni on Convention Hotel

Mayor Ben McAdams announced today that he is walking away from a proposed contract with Omni to develop a convention headquarters hotel adjacent to the Salt Palace Convention Center, after nine months of negotiations. McAdams said the company’s proposed financial terms...

Policy News

Salt Lake Chamber Statement on State Correctional Facility Relocation Decision
Lane Beattie, President and CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber, issued the following statement following the Prison Relocation Commission’s recommendation of the I-80/7200 West Salt Lake City site as the location for a new State Prison:...

Press Release: Utah for Bernie Sanders Hosts Climate Activist Tim DeChristopher
Utah for Bernie Sanders, a grassroots organization, is excited to present a night of music and educational discourse of current environmental and climate change issues facing our nation and the world. ...

Press Release: Hatch Acts to Stop Social Security Administration's Backdoor Gun Grab
Lawmakers are pushing back against a new initiative led by the Obama administration to deny certain recipients of Social Security access to firearms. ...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Rape-kit backlog must never happen again

Rolly: Utah County GOP wants purity test for Republican legislators

After arrests at tar sands mine site, environmental activists released from Uintah County jail

Salt Lake City leaders: We're not done fighting prison relocation

Partial election results from Salt Lake County

Kitchen advances but close count obscures his opponent in SLC Council race

Negotiations collapse in effort to build Salt Lake City convention center hotel

Prison panel selects Salt Lake City, Legislature to vote

Rocky Anderson threatens suit over alleged spying during 2002 Olympics

Biskupski tops Becker in primary as two settle in for November face-off

Deseret News

Richard Davis: What it means to me to be pro-life

Jay Evensen: Voting by mail - when did we decide democracy should be low-tech?

Editorial: A caution against over-regulating faith-based charities into irrelevance

Unofficial tallies from municipal primary elections in Utah

Utah supports religious schools' challenge to contraceptives mandate

Salt Lake site recommended for new state prison

Salt Lake County pulls out of negotiations with Omni for convention hotel

Utah, Colorado, New Mexico attorneys general discuss legal action over mine spill

Vote-by-mail is a winner in primary election

Salt Lake City to consider legal options to stop prison relocation

Biskupski gets most votes in Salt Lake City mayoral race, advances to general election


Commission votes unanimously to build new prison in Salt Lake City (Daily Herald)

Provo selects candidates for city-wide and District 3 council seat (Daily Herald)

Gricius leads six who advance in Eagle Mountain (Daily Herald)

Payson votes for change, boots three incumbents (Daily Herald)

Orem's vote-by-mail deemed a success, 20 percent voter turnout (Daily Herald)

Primary election 2015 results for Davis County (Standard-Examiner)

Primary voting results 2015: Weber County and Box Elder County (Standard-Examiner)

Weber school board looks at tax hike, refunding bonds (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Chuck Schumer working the phones on Iran (Politico)

Jeb Bush's attack on Hillary Clinton could backfire (Politico)

Clinton will turn over email server to Justice Department (The Hill)

Poll finds Clinton losing to four Republican candidates in Iowa (The Hill)

Dems rally around Schumer despite Iran stance (The Hill)

'Top Secret' emails found as Clinton probe expands to key aides (McClatchy)

A New Hampshire GOP fixture backs Kasich (Washington Post)

No bail for couple accused of trying to join Islamic State (Washington Post)

Drone Close Encounters Surge as Lawmakers Seek Tighter Rules (Bloomberg)

O'Malley lawyer alleges legal problems with DNC debate plan (Washington Post)

In Michigan, Trump attacks China, critiques auto bailout, and judges Bernie Sanders 'weak' (Washington Post)


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