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Ten Things You Need to Know for Monday - August 24, 2015

Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City. 

A poll shows a majority of Utahns are opposed to Planned Parenthood. Utah government emails found in the Ashley Madison hack. Utah County voters may have to cast two different ballots in November.

The clock:

  • 71 days to the 2015 election - (11/3/2015)
  • 147 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - (1/18/2016)
  • 154 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (1/25/2016)
  • 155 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary - (1/26/2016)
  • 199 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (3/10/2016)
  • 309 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 442 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)

Monday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Our latest poll shows a majority of Utahns oppose Planned Parenthood and using fetal tissue in medical research [Utah Policy].
  2. At least 20 Utah government emails have been found in the data from hacked adultery website Ashley Madison [Tribune].
  3. Some Utah County residents may have to vote twice in November because county officials will not allow cities to put a proposed sales tax hike for transportation funding on mail-in ballots [Daily Herald, Tribune, KUER].
  4. Utahns join a nationwide protest against Planned Parenthood over the weekend [Tribune, Deseret News].
  5. Julian Babbitt, Executive Director of the Utah GOP, is resigning to take a job in California [Utah Policy, Fox 13].
  6. A former advisor to Donald Trump says he hears chatter that Mitt Romney is once again considering a presidential bid in 2016 [Utah Policy].
  7. Vice President Joe Biden met with Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren this weekend to discuss his possible presidential bid [New York Times].
  8. Utah's unemployment numbers jump slightly [Deseret News, Daily Herald, ABC 4].
  9. China's mediocre economy led to last week's dramatic market slowdown, which could continue this week [Reuters].
  10. Salt Lake City plans to turn the old public safety building into mixed-income housing [Deseret News, Tribune, KUER].

On this day in history:

  • 79 - Thousands died, and the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum were buried by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in Italy.
  • 1814 - The British captured Washington and burned the Capitol and White House.
  • 1932 - Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly non-stop across the United States.
  • 1992 - Hurricane Andrew hit Florida causing record amounts of damage and 55 deaths.
  • 2006 - The International Astronomical Union declared that Pluto was no longer a planet, demoting it to the status of a "dwarf planet."

Today At Utah Policy

Poll: Majority of Utahns Oppose Planned Parenthood

Most Utahns have an unfavorable opinion of Planned Parenthood, and most don’t want fetal tissue used in medical research, a new UtahPolicy poll shows....

Utah Policy/KSL Insider Survey: Johnson Challenges Herbert chairman Jonathan Johnson announced he would challenge Gov. Gary Herbert for the 2016 Republican nomination. Our "Political Insiders" think Johnson has a lot of work to do if he's going to win next year....

Threat of Monument Designation Hovers over San Juan County

As Reps. Rob Bishop and Jason Chaffetz prepare to roll out their Public Lands Initiative bill for southeastern Utah, environmentalists push Pres. Obamato ignore the concerns of Utah stakeholdersand use his executive powers to impose a national monument on the region....

Here Comes the Romney 2016 Chatter Again

It's the rumor that won't die - Mitt Romney running for president in 2016. This time, former Donald Trump advisor Roger Stone says Mitt is thinking about getting back into the race....

UTGOP Executive Director Julian Babbitt Resigning

The Utah Republican Party continued its 2016 election cycle preparations at last Saturday's State Organizing Convention by electing new officers and enacting the necessary rule changes that will allow the Party to have Republicans on the ballot n...

Policy News

USTAR Confluence: Where Innovative Ideas Seed, Grow and Thrive
On Sept. 29-30, the Utah Science Technology and Research Agency will hold its second annual two-day research and commercialization workshop, 2015 Confluence: Where innovative ideas seed, grow and thrive, at the James L. Sorenson Molecular Biotechnology Building on the Univer...

Press Release: City Reminds Residents to Exercise Extra Caution as School Resumes
The Salt Lake City Transportation and Engineering Divisions remind residents that ‘back-to-school’ time for the Salt Lake City School District is upon us, with most City schools back in session beginning on Monday, August 24....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Rolly: Tea Party loser back on top again at state convention

Op-ed: Utahns' agrarian dreams can be the reality

Op-ed: Utah teachers have a non-union choice

Op-ed: Refineries are small pollution contributors, and we're getting cleaner

Editorial: Charter schools may fail, and they need a better warning system

Editorial: Stop the school-to-prison pipeline

Residents in some Utah County cities may be asked to vote twice on Nov. 3

Ashley Madison website hack shows at least 20 Utah government emails

Utahns join nationwide protest against Planned Parenthood

Utah colleges brace for first wave of younger, returning Mormon missionaries

For Utahns, abortion is not the main point of Planned Parenthood

Meetings set on unincorporated-area elections

One district to rule them all? Proposal to consolidate land-use planning of Utah canyons hits snag

Deseret News

Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Political persuasion depends on the fundamental message

John Florez: Has Salt Lake City become a house of cards?

Drew Clark: Feeling the refreshing breeze of Washington politics in Aspen

Editorial: With fatality rates on the rise, distracted driving needs to be greater concern

Utah GOP to hire new executive director

In search of a solution for protecting lands: What Utah can learn from Idaho and Nevada

'A war on talent': Jobless rate at 3.6 percent in Utah

Utahns join nationwide protests against Planned Parenthood


Editorial: How to help Utah County's homeless beyond panhandler handouts (Daily Herald)

City leaders perplexed on county's vote-by-mail stance (Daily Herald)

Pro-life protesters in Orem call for defunding of Planned Parenthood (Daily Herald)

Editorial: Keep Planned Parenthood funding (Standard-Examiner)

Box Elder County joins sales tax increase movement (Standard-Examiner)

Utah public school teachers less diverse than student body (Standard-Examiner)

Not 'if,' but 'how': Hyrum prepares for major residential growth (Logan Herald Journal)

Summit County would benefit from sales tax hike for transportation (Park Record)

Sales tax increase tabled (Park Record)

National Headlines

A Tale of Two Rallies: My Summer With Bernie and Trump (Politico)

Chris Christie fades into darkness (Politico)

Fiorina supporters slam 'ludicrous' CNN debate methodology (The Hill)

Left whispers to Warren: It's not too late to run (The Hill)

Obama hails Americans who took down gunman on train in France (Reuters)

More Democrats crack open door for Biden presidential run (Reuters)

Walker appears to take third stance in seven days on birthright citizenship issue (FOX News)

Biden backer says VP has 'swell of support,' but hints he must decide soon (FOX News)

Protesters swarm hundreds of Planned Parenthood sites (Washington Post)

Obama returns from vacation with a full agenda but a ticking clock (Los Angeles Times)

The Last Great Bubble may finally be starting to pop (MarketWatch)


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