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Ten Things You Need to Know for Tuesday - August 18, 2015

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City. 

More Clinton emails are under scrutiny. Mormons want the LDS Church to leave the Boy Scouts. Gov. Herbert defends his move to defund Planned Parenthood.

The clock:

  • 77 days to the 2015 election - (11/3/2015)
  • 153 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - (1/18/2016)
  • 160 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (1/25/2016)
  • 161 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary - (1/26/2016)
  • 205 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (3/10/2016)
  • 315 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 448 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)

Tuesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. The State Department has flagged another 305 of Hillary Clinton's emails for review to see if they contained classified material [Washington Post].
  2. A new poll shows most Mormons in Utah want the LDS Church to leave the Boy Scouts and form their own group [Utah Policy].
  3. Gov. Gary Herbert says his order to cut off federal funds to Planned Parenthood will not affect programs to reduce teen pregnancy and preventing sexually transmitted diseases [ABC 4Tribune].
  4. Utah GOP Chair James Evans says even though the party changed some membership rules at Saturday's convention, he doesn't see the party moving to expel candidates who forego the caucus system to get on the ballot [Utah Policy].
  5. Salt Lake County Deputy Mayor Nichole Dunn announces she will leave that position and relocate to Washington, D.C. [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune].
  6. Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker is set to unveil a new economic-development plan for Utah's capital city [Tribune].
  7. Democrats on Salt Lake City's West side vow to fight the prison relocation [Deseret News, Fox 13, KUER, ABC 4].
  8. Sen. Mike Lee gets a Democratic challenger for 2016 [Utah Policy, Tribune, KUER].
  9. Sen. Orrin Hatch says the 2016 election is the "most important in history" because the eventual winner may get to make two or three nominees to the Supreme Court [Utah Policy].
  10. The data breach of taxpayer data at the IRS is much bigger than originally thought [Washington Post].

On this day in history:

  • 1227 - Genghis Khan died in camp during a campaign against the Chinese kingdom of Xi Xia.
  • 1587 - Virginia Dare was the first child of English parents to be born in the New World at Roanoke Island, part of what would become North Carolina.
  • 1920 - The 19th Amendment to the Constitution, guaranteeing women the right to vote, was ratified by Tennessee, giving it the two-thirds majority necessary to make it the law of the land. The law took effect eight days later.
  • 1991 - Soviet hard-liners launched a coup aimed at toppling President Mikhail Gorbachev, who was vacationing in the Crimea.

Today At Utah Policy

Could the Utah GOP Actually Kick Out Candidates Who Don't Go Through Caucuses?

Newly-reelected state Republican Party Chairman James Evans tells UtahPolicy that he doesn’t anticipate Saturday’s GOP convention’s changes in party membership powers will result in anyone being kicked out of Utah’s majority party – especially c...

In Utah, Bipartisan Cooperation Yields Comprehensive Transportation Package

T4America Blogtakes an in-depth look at the transportation funding law passed by the legislature inMarch 2015, designed tohelpthe Beehive Statestay ahead of its continuing population boom....

Chaffetz Launches Probe of Planned Parenthood

House Oversight chief Jason Chaffetz demandsto knowwhether federal funding was used by Planned Parenthood in any exchange of fetal tissue....

Salt Lake County Deputy Mayor Nichole Dunn Resigning

Mayor Ben McAdams is announcing that long time county public servant Nichole Dunn will leave her job as Deputy Mayor and Chief Administrative Officer to move with her family to the Washington D.C. area, where her husband has accepted a job offer from Georgetown University. M...

Sen. Orrin Hatch Discusses the 2016 GOP Presidential Field (Video)

Sen. Orrin Hatch minces no words when discussing the 2016 presidential election. "It's the most important election in this nation's history," he says....

Democrat Jonathan Swinton Announces Challenge to GOP Senator Mike Lee in 2016

Sen. Mike Lee has a challenger in next year's election. Democrat Jonathan Swinton declared his candidacy on Monday morning....

Poll: Majority of Utah Mormons Want LDS Church to Leave the Boy Scouts

Nearly two-thirds of “very active” Utah members of the LDS Church believe their church leaders should separate from the Boy Scouts and start a new male youth organization, a UtahPolicy survey shows....

Policy News

Gov. Herbert Appoints State Planning Coordinator
Gov. Gary R. Herbert has appointed Evan Curtis to serve as state planning coordinator in the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget. ...

Press Release: Representative Steve Eliason Presented With 2015 'Katie's Hero' Award
The parents and sister of murder victim Katie Sepich were joined by author James Tillman in presenting Utah State Representative Steve Eliason with the “Katie’s Hero Award”.  ...

Salt Lake County Looking for Lead Agency for Next Pay for Success Project
Mayor Ben McAdams says the county is again looking to the nonprofit community for program ideas that help address homelessness in the community. A third Pay for Success contract request has now been issued and interested groups have until Sept. 8th to apply....

Press Release: Utah Senate Invites Public Comment on Judicial Nominee
The Utah Senate Judicial Confirmation Committee is seeking public comment on Governor Herbert's appointment of Heather Brereton to fill a vacancy on the Third District Court....

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

300 Hillary Clinton emails screened for classified info (Politico)

Donald Trump's gang of misfits (Politico)

Trump excites base, befuddles experts with hard-line immigration plan (The Hill)

Clinton probe tests FBI chief (The Hill)

Donald Trump calls out Mark Zuckerberg on immigration (CNNMoney)

Mississippi flag change? State unlikely to remove Confederate flag soon (Christian Science Monitor)

With a Fist-Bump and Fanfare, Trump Completes Jury Duty (Newsweek)

California Clean Energy Jobs Act Approved In 2012 Has Created Just 1,700 Jobs (Associated Press)

U.S. judge stays order for Kentucky clerk on gay marriage licenses (Reuters)

UN to contact AT&T about report US wiretapped Internet at UN (Associated Press)

Jeb Bush rolls out VA reforms during swing through South Carolina (CNN)


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