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Monday, August 17, 2015

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Ten Things You Need to Know for Monday - August 17, 2015

Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City. 

Johnson announces he's challenging Herbert. Special session on the prison move set for Wednesday. Herbert cuts off funding to Planned Parenthood.

The clock:

  • 78 days to the 2015 election - (11/3/2015)
  • 154 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - (1/18/2016)
  • 161 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (1/25/2016)
  • 162 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary - (1/26/2016)
  • 206 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (3/10/2016)
  • 316 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 449 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)

Monday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Jonathan Johnson officially announces he's challenging Gov. Gary Herbert in 2016 [Utah Policy, Fox 13, Deseret News, Tribune].
  2. Republican delegates approve changes to bring the party in line with SB 54, but the party will still fight the election law compromise [Utah Policy, Tribune].
  3. Gov. Herbert calls a special session for lawmakers to vote on the proposed prison move for Wednesday [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News].
  4. Gov. Herbert orders state agencies to stop distributing federal funds to Planned Parenthood [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News, Fox 13].
  5. Presidential candidate Rand Paul is set to visit Utah at the end of August for a fundraiser and rally [Utah Policy].
  6. A survey finds most Utahns think the state's gun laws are fine and don't need to move in one direction or the other [Utah Policy].
  7. Salt Lake City officials scale back the proposed $150 million bond for recreation to under $100 million [Tribune].
  8. Donald Trump releases a three-point plan to address immigration reform [Donald].
  9. A new poll shows Trump still in the lead nationally, but Ben Carson has surprisingly surged into second place [Fox News].
  10. UDOT releases their long-term plan to address rural transportation [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1896 - A prospecting party discovered gold in Alaska which touched off the Klondike Gold Rush.
  • 1943 - The Allied conquest of Sicily was completed as U.S. and British forces entered Messina.
  • 1996 - The Reform Party nominated Texas businessman Ross Perot for president.
  • 1998 - President Bill Clinton said he had a relationship with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky that was "not appropriate."

Today At Utah Policy

Poll: Majority of Utahns Think the State's Gun Laws are About Right

Most Utahns say the state’s gun control laws are about right – neither too strict nor too lax – and no major changes are needed, a new UtahPolicy poll shows....

Utah Policy/KSL Insider Survey: Can Ralph Becker Make a Comeback?

If our "Political Insider" panel is to be believed, Ralph Becker's chances at a third term as Salt Lake City Mayor are slim to none....

Equality Utah at the 2015 Utah GOP Convention (Video)

Attendees at the Utah State GOP Convention may have been surprised to see a booth occupied by Equality Utah on the convention floor....

Johnson Announces He's Challenging Herbert in 2016

Next year’s Republican governor’s race started Saturday....

Jonathan Johnson Press Availability at the 2015 GOP convention

Jonathan Johnson talks about his candidacy for Utah Governor in 2016....

Gov. Gary Herbert's Press Conference at the 2015 GOP Convention

Gov. Gary Herbert discusses Jonathan Johnson's challenge to his re-election in 2015 and why he decided to cut off funding to Planned Parenthood....

Rand Paul to Visit Utah on August 28 & 29

Presidential candidate Rand Paul will visit the Beehive state for a fundraiser and two public rallies at the end of August....

Policy News

Two HBO Series to Begin Production in Utah: Productions Plan to Spend Over $11 Million in the State
The Utah Film Commission is pleased to announce that the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) Board has approved two new cable series for state film incentives....

KIHOMAC's Expansion to Boost Utah's Aerospace Industry
KIHOMAC, along with the Governor’s Office of Economic Development Board, announced that KIHOMAC will consolidate and expand its aerospace composite and metal manufacturing operations in Utah, generating up to 70 new advanced jobs....

U to Celebrate Grand Opening of Award-Winning S.J. Quinney College of Law Building on Sept.1
The University of Utah on Sept.1 will celebrate the opening of its newest building on campus, a state-of-the-art law school designed to enhance innovation in legal education, bolster community service and provide students with new opportunities for skills training.  ...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Rolly: Utah Democrats lose prison fight, just like 30 years ago

Op-ed: Envision Utah's 'survey' was set up to justify industry's view

Editorial: Mayor should maintain hard line in hotel deal

Editorial: Mayne's DABC reforms are long overdue

Editorial: Is UTA boss throwing himself under the bus?

With 80 mph zones on I-70, real speeds remain about the same

Special session on prison move slated for Wednesday

Proposed Utah railroad clearing environmental hurdle, but how to pay for it?

Utah guv orders state agencies to stop disbursing federal funds to Planned Parenthood

UDOT OKs long-range transportation plan for rural Utah

Salt Lake City leaders slash $150M parks and rec bond

Utah GOP will continue fighting against Count My Vote compromise

Is southern Utah town being stifled by the feds - or by residents' refusal to roll with new industries?

Ron Yengich: For the first time, Utah's Lawyer of the Year is a 'blue-collar' defense attorney

Great Salt Lake, or Salt Lake airport: Utah prison's specific site still unknown

Officials accelerate plans to upgrade Bangerter Highway

Poll: Residents believe Salt Lake City's west side gets shaft

Deseret News

Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Plenty of politics pop

Michael & Jenet Erickson: Organ harvesting controversy deserves our attention, discussion

Drew Clark: Stepping up our game and strategically planning for future growth

Editorial: Animas River pollution emphasizes lack of environmental foresight

Editorial: New state program has potential to turn around 'underperforming schools'

Vote-by-mail increased turnout, but late ballots cloud results

Future of Utah's public lands rests with Bishop, Jewell and Obama

Governor instructs state to stop distributing federal funds to Planned Parenthood

Herbert calls special session on prison relocation; is Medicaid expansion next?

Gov. Herbert gets a challenger as GOP looks to 2016

Doug Robinson: Mike Kennedy - Doctor, lawyer, legislator


Op-ed: Utah's governance in good hands (Daily Herald)

Editorial: State's support for education is just plain sad (Daily Herald)

No surprise: Utah gov. calls special legislative session (Daily Herald)

Op-ed: If schools were restaurants (Standard-Examiner)

Ogden man wins spot on ballot with $0 campaign contributions (Standard-Examiner)

Park City's future: traffic, bad air, more crime, deep-pocketed homebuyers? (Park Record)

Park City School District to seek a $56 million bond (Park Record)

National Headlines

Jeff Flake's 'no' dims Barack Obama's hope of bipartisan support on Iran (Politico)

Trump leads in first post-debate Fox national poll (Politico)

O'Malley: Clinton email server questions 'legitimate' (The Hill)

Sanders blasts Dems' 'abysmal' turnout (The Hill)

Hillary Clinton steals the show at Iowa Democrats meet (Telegraph)

Here's What's in Trump's First Policy Paper (TIME)

Clinton emails should also be reviewed by inspector general - lawmaker (Reuters)

Mike Huckabee Supports Denying Abortion to 10-Year-Old Rape Victim (TIME)

Jeb Bush's super PAC prepares to launch its first TV ad campaign (Washington Post)

Four ways Biden could upend the 2016 race for everyone (USA Today)

Cable networks may cash in on Republican debate ratings (The Hill)


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