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Friday, August 14, 2015

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Ten Things You Need to Know for Friday - August 14, 2015

Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City. 

A Colorado court rules a bakery cannot discriminate against a same-sex couple because of the owner's religious beliefs. The Utah GOP convention is Saturday. Turnout for this week's vote-by-mail primary exceeded expectations.

The clock:

  • 81 days to the 2015 election - (11/3/2015)
  • 157 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - (1/18/2016)
  • 164 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (1/25/2016)
  • 165 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary - (1/26/2016)
  • 209 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (3/10/2016)
  • 319 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 452 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)

Friday's top-10 headlines:

  1. A Colorado appeals court rules a bakery that refused service to a same-sex couple because of the owner's religious beliefs is guilty of discrimination [Denver Post].
  2. Delegates at Saturday's GOP convention will vote on whether the party will comply with the Count My Vote compromise [Utah Policy, Deseret News].
  3. HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell meets with legislative leaders in Salt Lake City to discuss Utah's plans for Medicaid expansion [Tribune].
  4. Officials are thrilled with the high turnout from this week's vote by mail primary election [Fox 13].
  5. A Lehi City Council candidate may call for a new election after an error counting ballots in this week's election [Daily Herald].
  6. LGBT candidates had some successes in Salt Lake City elections this week [Deseret News].
  7. Salt Lake City officials are exploring every possible option, including a lawsuit, to keep the prison from relocating to a site near the airport [ABC 4].
  8. The Utah State Charter School Board is considering closing two charter schools [Deseret News].
  9. Gov. Gary Herbert is urging parents to let kids walk to school this fall [Deseret News, Tribune].
  10. The Connecticut Supreme Court strikes down that state's death penalty statute as unconstitutional [NBC News].

On this day in history:

  • 1784 - Grigory Shelikhov, a Russian fur trader, founded the first permanent Russian settlement in Alaska on Kodiak Island.
  • 1848 - The Oregon Territory was established.
  • 1935 - Congress passed the Social Security Act and President Franklin D. Roosevelt immediately signed it into law.
  • 1945 - President Harry Truman announced Japan had accepted terms for unconditional surrender. Japan formally surrendered September 2.

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GOP Bylaw Changes Sparking Confusion

Some general confusion – at least by me – on the resolutions to be put forward at Saturday’s state Republican Party convention....

Policy News

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Press Release: Lee Commends FTC On Issuing Section 5 Guidelines, Commits To Active Oversight
Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) today issued the following statement regarding the Federal Trade Commission’s Policy Statement on their use of “stand alone” Section 5 authority under the Federal Trade Commission Act....

Attorney General Reyes Issues Statement Following Briefings with Colorado & New Mexico Attorneys General on Gold King Mine Spill
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Statement from Water Development Commission Senate Chair Margaret Dayton Regarding EPA's Carless Stewardship of Animas River Spill
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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

As election-result uncertainty settles in for a week, lawmaker eyes speeding the process

Biskupski blasts Becker over handling of spokesman controversy

Rolly: Heavy U. traffic prompts city to close street where Salt Lake City's mayor lives

Guv encourages Utah parents to ditch the school carpools in favor of walking

West Jordan City approves big pay hike for manager

HHS head Burwell hears about Utah health reform

Utah educators are whiter than the students they teach

Biskupski blasts Becker over handling of spokesman controversy

Mine spill sediment reaches Lake Powell, but Utah regulators say the water's safe

Deseret News

A. Scott Anderson: Herbert takes on ambitious NGA agenda on federalism

Op-ed: EPA has outgrown its original purpose

Success of voting by mail in S.L. County speaks in favor of continuing, expanding the practice

GOP convention will focus on SB54 compliance

LGBT candidates find favor in Salt Lake City

Utahn-led congressional committees wade into Colorado mine spill

Board proposes closing 2 charter schools, putting school year in jeopardy


Former Lehi candidate considers revote after 2,000 votes miscalculated (Daily Herald)

Davis, Box Elder counties' air quality not as bad as monitors say (Standard-Examiner)

Survey explores Utahns' attitudes about water use (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Bernie Sanders, Progressive Enemy #1 (Politico)

Hillary Clinton email probe turns to Huma (Politico)

Black lawmakers back disruptions of Sanders, Democrats' events (The Hill)

Seven GOP candidates who could drop from '16 race before Iowa (The Hill)

Decades of Politicking by GOP and Democratic Hopefuls at Iowa State Fair (Wall Street Journal)

Kentucky county clerk defies judge over gay marriage (Reuters)

Louisiana, Alabama Told Actions May Violate Federal Law (Associated Press)

Ben Carson's tortured defense of his fetal tissue research (Washington Post)

ISIS uses rape as form of worship: Report (Toronto Sun)

Is Animas River spill leaching into presidential race? (Christian Science Monitor)

Months ago, Colo. town resisted allowing EPA tests that caused toxic disaster (FOX News)


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