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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

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Ten Things You Need to Know for Wednesday - August 19, 2015

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City. 

Lawmakers meet in special session to consider the prison move. Democrats think the Legislature should deal with Medicaid expansion. Becker pulls a proposed $150 million recreation bond from the ballot.

The clock:

  • 76 days to the 2015 election - (11/3/2015)
  • 152 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - (1/18/2016)
  • 159 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (1/25/2016)
  • 160 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary - (1/26/2016)
  • 204 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (3/10/2016)
  • 314 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 447 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)

Wednesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Lawmakers meet in a special session today to consider moving the prison from Draper to Salt Lake City and four other non-related issues [Tribune, Deseret News].
  2. Utah Democrats are upset that the Legislature is dealing with the prison issue before addressing Medicaid expansion [Deseret News, Tribune, KUER, ABC 4].
  3. Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker pulls a proposed $150 million open space bond from November's ballot [Deseret News, Tribune, ABC 4, Fox 13].
  4. The LDS Church announces women will add women as permanent members of three formerly all-male committees within the Church [Deseret News, Tribune, ABC 4, Fox 13].
  5. A new poll shows most Utahns did not watch the first GOP presidential debate. However, those who did watch say Donald Trump and Marco Rubio were the winners [Utah Policy].
  6. The final vote tally from Salt Lake City's primary election shows Jackie Biskupski with a 15-point win over Ralph Becker. Derek Kitchen and Nate Salazar will face off in Council District 4 [Tribune].
  7. A group pushing term limits files a lawsuit against the state after election officials reject their petition proposal [Tribune, Deseret News].
  8. All three of the counties along the Wasatch front will vote on a sales tax hike to fund transportation this November [Utah Policy, Tribune, Daily Herald].
  9. Two Utah lawmakers claim the federal government may have deliberately released toxic waste into the San Juan River and want Attorney General Sean Reyes to investigate the possibility [Tribune, Deseret News].
  10. The White House appoints its first openly transgender full-time employee [The Guardian].

On this day in history:

  • 1812 - The U.S. Navy frigate Constitution defeated the British ship Guerriere off the coast of Nova Scotia, earning the ship the nickname "Old Ironsides."
  • 1934 - A plebiscite in Germany approved the vesting of sole executive power in Adolf Hitler as Fuhrer.
  • 1960 - U-2 spy plane pilot Francis Gary Powers was convicted in a Moscow court and sentenced to 10 years in prison. He was released 18 months later and exchanged for Soviet spy Rudolf Abel.
  • 2004 - Internet search engine Google went public.
  • 2010 - The last American combat brigade exited Iraq, seven years and five months after the U.S.-led invasion began.

Today At Utah Policy

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Policy News

Press Release: Weber, Davis and Utah County Authorize Local Option Sales Tax
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Press Release: UTGOP Statement on the Democrats' Political Posturing Over Medicaid Expansion
UTGOP Chairman James Evans released the following statement below following the Utah Democrats' latest attempt to play politics with Medicaid expansion:...

Utah Scores Third Straight A+ In Small Business Friendliness
Small business owners gave Utah an A+ in business friendliness for the fourth year in a row, according to Thumbtack’s annual Small Business Friendliness Survey. ...

Consumers Feeling Pretty Good About Economy
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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: SLC right for prison, but not because of economic development

Editorial: Utah GOP's solution to SB54 looks caustic

Utah on path for near-record repeal of gun permits

SLC's $150M parks and trails bond DOA; council says cause of death 'cancer' of golf courses, election

Senate committee recommends confirmation of Utah County businessman, Nu Skin founder to Board of Regents

All Wasatch Front voters will now have a say on sales-tax hike

More states following Utah's lead to license undocumented-immigrant drivers

Utah Dems urge resolution on Medicaid coverage gap with film 'Donut Hole'

Term-limits group sues state over rejected petition drive

Utah school districts 'scramble' to staff classrooms before students return

Lawmakers face choice: Move Utah prison to SLC or keep it in Draper

Official vote tally clears up SLC council race mystery

How much funding should Salt Lake County public arts get?

Utah lawmakers speculate feds might've orchestrated toxic river spill, ask AG to investigate

Deseret News

Richard Davis: What is our society turning to - Bedford Falls or Pottersville?

Jay Evensen: Can Salt Lake really support a convention hotel?

Editorial: Civil, data-driven deliberation and reminder of principles should drive prison relocation decision

Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes to tour Colorado mine as legal action remains on the table

Democratic leaders frustrated prison move, not Medicaid expansion on special session agenda

Group seeking term limits turns to high court

Lawmakers to consider four bills not related to prison at special session

Recreation bond won't be placed on Salt Lake ballot

Sandy marriage therapist Jonathan Swinton to challenge Sen. Mike Lee

Salt Lake City can be 'Great American City,' economist says


County residents to decide on sales tax increase in November (Daily Herald)

Five cities' vote-by-mail put in limbo (Daily Herald)

Davis County commissioners add transportation tax to ballot (Standard-Examiner)

Utah sales tax proposal advances in 3 counties (Standard-Examiner)

Official: Report on Logan high school teachers' pay doesn't tell whole story (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

Hillary Clinton breaks with Obama on Arctic drilling (Politico)

You Can't Shame Donald Trump (Politico)

Clinton pulls plug on testy presser over server questions (The Hill)

Bookmakers favor Bush over Trump (The Hill)

Post-debate, Trump pulls clear of competition (CNN)

Democrat Menendez to Vote Against Iran Deal (Wall Street Journal)

Rep. Chaka Fattah Pleads Not Guilty in Racketeering Case (Wall Street Journal)

Inside Scott Walker's Plan to Replace Obamacare (Reuters)

Why Black Lives Matter activists are arguing with Hillary Clinton (Christian Science Monitor)

White House Hires First Openly Transgender Staff Member (New York Times)

What can Republicans do to stop Donald Trump? (Christian Science Monitor)


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