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Ten Things You Need to Know for Thursday - August 13, 2015

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City. 

Jimmy Carter announces he has cancer. Mia Love's approval ratings show she could be in trouble in 2016. Herbert declares a state of emergency due to pollution in the San Juan River.

The clock:

  • 82 days to the 2015 election - (11/3/2015)
  • 158 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - (1/18/2016)
  • 165 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (1/25/2016)
  • 166 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary - (1/26/2016)
  • 210 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (3/10/2016)
  • 320 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 453 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)

Thursday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Former President Jimmy Carter announces he has cancer [New York Times].
  2. Approval ratings for Utah's members of Congress suggest Rep. Mia Love could be vulnerable in 2016 [Utah Policy].
  3. Gov. Gary Herbert declares a state of emergency due to the plume of toxic waste flowing into the San Juan River [Utah Policy, ABC 4, Fox 13, Tribune].
  4. Salt Lake City could launch a referendum to stop the prison from being relocated there from Draper [Deseret News].
  5. Former spokesperson for Mayor Ralph Becker has been demoted and reassigned due to politically charged comments he posted online [Fox 13, Deseret NewsTribune].
  6. UTA president and CEO Michael Allegra announces he will retire at the end of August [Tribune, Deseret News, ABC 4].
  7. Delegates at Saturday's Utah GOP Convention are expected to approve changes so that the party can become a "qualified political party" under the Count My Vote compromise [Utah Policy].
  8. Utah Transit Authority officials say they won't campaign for a proposed sales tax hike that would benefit the agency [Tribune].
  9. Donald Trump takes the lead among Republicans in Iowa according to a new poll [CNN].
  10. Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura says he would seriously consider becoming Trump's running mate if asked [CBS Minnesota].

On this day in history:

  • 1521 - Spanish conqueror Hernando Cortez captured present-day Mexico City from the Aztecs.
  • 1932 - Adolf Hitler rejected the post of vice-chancellor of Germany, saying he was prepared to hold out for "all or nothing."
  • 1961 - East Germany closed the Brandenburg Gate and prepared to start building the Berlin Wall.
  • 2011 - Republican Rep. Michelle Bachmann won the Iowa Straw poll.

Today At Utah Policy

Poll: Approval Ratings Suggest Love Could be Vulnerable in 2016

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Bryan Schott's Political BS: It Ain't Over by a Long Shot

So, it's down to Jackie Biskupski vs. Ralph Becker in November's election. Buckle up, this one could get nasty....

No SB54 Fight Expected at Saturday's Utah GOP Convention

Those concerned that this Saturday’s state GOP convention delegates may muck with SB54’s petition candidate nomination option can breathe easy – at least for now that won’t be happening....

Gov. Herbert Declares State of Emergency for Gold King Mine Release

Governor Gary R. Herbert issued an executive order Wednesday declaring a State of Emergency in Utah in response to the Gold King Mine release....

Bishop, Chaffetz to Target EPA over Mine Accident

Reps. Rob Bishop and Jason Chaffetzcall forexternal probesinto the Gold King Mine spill, which released a 3 million gallonwastewater plumethat is now flowing down the San Juan Rivertoward Utah....

Weekly Survey: Can Becker Mount a Comeback in November

Jackie Biskupski thumped Ralph Becker in Tuesday's mayoral primary election by a stunning 15-points. Does this spell curtains for Becker in November, or do you think he will be able to score a comeback? Vote now in our weekly survey....

Hatch Endorses Bush

Sen. Orrin Hatch throws his support behind GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush, callingthe former Florida governor "a proven leader" on fiscal issues....

Policy News

Three Facts About Federal Regulations Likely to Impact Utah's Energy Competiveness
On August 3, 2015, the White House announced the release of President Obama’s “Clean Power Plan.” ...

Press Release: Community Champion Retires
Lane Beattie, president and CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber issued the following statement regarding the announcement by Utah Transit Authority (UTA) that Michael Allegra would be retiring, effective August 28:...

Press Release: Hatch Reacts to EPA's Animas Wastewater Spill
Last week, Environmental Protection Agency workers at the Animas River in Colorado accidentally broke through a dam, unleashing 3 million gallons of wastewater into the river. ...

Press Release: Hard Work Turns Hub for Criminal Activity Into a Safe Place for Families and Kids to Play
Historic Bruce Field no longer has a welcome mat out front for criminals thanks to the collaborative efforts of Salt Lake County, Unified Police Department and community members. ...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Salt Lake City can do prison reform right

Editorial: Despite mine plume mistakes, EPA's role is critical

SLC mayor's former spokesman gets demotion, pay cut for online politicking

UTA chief Michael Allegra announces he will retire

Long, rough road ahead for Becker to remain Salt Lake City mayor

Utah lawmaker unveils stable funding plan for embattled liquor agency

UTA says it will 'provide information' on transit tax hike, but not campaign for it

Utah AG hints at legal action over mine spill

Terrorist-attack drill targets UTA TRAX train

Deseret News

Dan Liljenquist: Anticipated result of Obama's Iran nuclear deal seems to be war and no peace

Op-ed: Rural hospitals depend on 340B drug pricing program

Jay Evensen: New prison site scuttles years of dreams by SLC leaders

Editorial: Charles Koch raising corportate welfare issue heading into presidential elections

Sen. Orrin Hatch endorses Jeb Bush for president

Mayor Becker's spokesman demoted for online comments

UTA chief Michael Allegra to retire

Utah declares state of emergency, considers legal action over Colorado mine spill

The 25 Utah cities that are most expensive for taxpayers

Salt Lake City could launch referendum to stop prison move

Mayor Becker faces a formidable fight ahead of fall election


Editorial: Provo No. 1 in disappointing civic involvement (Daily Herald)

Post office delivers 1,270 ballots to Orem day after election (Daily Herald)

American Fork Canyon Vision committee dissolved, now what? (Daily Herald)

Op-ed: Utah: People with disabilities want to work (Standard-Examiner)

Op-ed: When the educated lose their power of reasoning (Standard-Examiner)

Editorial: Trump fated to fail (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Hillary Clinton under fresh attack for email use (Politico)

Obama's anti-ISIL push falls flat on social media (Politico)

Poll: Most want criminal probe of Clinton emails (The Hill)

Outsiders take over GOP (The Hill)

Jimmy Carter says he has cancer, revealed by recent surgery (Associated Press)

Odierno: Embed US troops as direct advisers for Iraqi ground unit (Stars and Stripes)

A few asterisks on that 'Bernie Sanders leads in New Hampshire' poll (Washington Post)

Scott Walker approves spending $250 million on Milwaukee Bucks arena (Washington Post)

New video alleges Planned Parenthood partner does not obtain consent for fetal donations (FOX News)

Ohio to vote on legalizing marijuana (Cincinnati Inquirer)

EPA chief: 'We will be fully accountable' for toxic spill (USA Today)


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