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Ten Things You Need to Know for Tuesday - August 25, 2015

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City. 

Utah's members of Congress want to create a new national monument in Utah before President Obama does it himself. The Outdoor Retailers show will remain in Utah until 2018. The American Legion could be ousted from the Capitol to make room for more lobbyists.

The clock:

  • 70 days to the 2015 election - (11/3/2015)
  • 146 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - (1/18/2016)
  • 153 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (1/25/2016)
  • 154 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary - (1/26/2016)
  • 198 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (3/10/2016)
  • 308 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 441 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)

Tuesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Reps. Jason Chaffetz and Rob Bishop want to turn the Dinosaur Quarry in Emery County into a national monument before President Obama declares a monument elsewhere in Utah [Deseret News, Tribune].
  2. The Outdoor Retailers Expo will remain in Salt Lake City through 2018 [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune, ABC 4, Fox 13].
  3. Most Utahns disapprove of the job performance of the president, Congress and the Supreme Court [Utah Policy].
  4. The American Legion may be ousted from their space in the State Capitol Building, which they've occupied for nearly a century to make room for more lobbyists [Tribune].
  5. Rep. Jason Chaffetz says he was the victim of identity theft when someone falsely filed a tax return using his information [Deseret News].
  6. Rep. Mia Love discusses immigration policy while attending a naturalization ceremony for new citizens [Fox 13, ABC 4, KUER].
  7. Chinese stocks plummet again leading to another bad day on Wall Street in the U.S. [NBC News].
  8. The DABC has just four beer and wine licenses left to give out to restaurants [Tribune].
  9. Jason Mathis, executive director of the Downtown Alliance, discusses why Salt Lake City's economy is booming right now [Utah Policy].
  10. The Ashley Madison hack may be responsible for two suicides [Associated Press].

On this day in history:

  • 1609 - Galileo Galilei exhibited his first telescope in Venice.
  • 1718 - The city of New Orleans was founded.
  • 1916 - The National Park Service was established within the Department of the Interior.
  • 1944 - Paris was liberated by Allied forces after four years of Nazi occupation.
  • 1950 - President Harry S. Truman ordered the Army to seize control of the nation's railroads to avert a strike.


Today At Utah Policy


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House Majority Leader Instagrams Utah Vacation

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Outdoor Retail Expo Commits to SLC Through 2018

The Outdoor Retailer Show extends its contract with Salt Lake City two more years after exhibitors and attendees reveal they prefer Utah over Las Vegas, Chicago, and other proposed relocation cities....

Inside Downtown Salt Lake City's Economic Boom (Video)

Downtown Salt Lake City is booming, but it hasn't always been that way. Jason Mathis, Executive Director of the Downtown Alliance, says when he took the job, he was wondering what he was getting himself into....

Policy News


Hatch, Wyden Press Service Centers on Reporting Tax Information of Federal Employees
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) sent a letter to the four federal shared-service centers asking for clarification on reporting practices for federal employees’ wage and tax statements (Form W-2) to the Social...

City Releases Economic Development Study, Pledges to Capitalize on SLC's Economic Momentum
EnterpriseSLC, a program launched by Mayor Ralph Becker and his economic team and led by associate dean of the David Eccles School of Business Natalie Gochnour to assess and construct improvements to Salt Lake City's economic development policies will be presented to the...

Press Release: Senators Lee and Klobuchar Praise FTC Commissioner Joshua Wright, Thank Him for His Service
Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) today issued the following statement on Commissioner Joshua Wright’s last day at the FTC:...

Press Release: Citizens Fight Development Threat to Mouth of Little Cottonwood Canyon
The Granite Community Council, together with area residents, is opposing the rezoning request of LC Canyon Partners and ROLA V, Ltd. with respect to the properties located at 9361 S. North Little Cottonwood Road and 3801 E. North Little Cottonwood Road....

White House Press Release - Taking Action On The Ground: Progress on the President's Priorities In State and Local Communities
Since taking office, President Obama has recognized that change cannot just happen in Washington, DC, but must take place across the country. ...

Press Release: Utah County's First Health Care Center Designed to Meet the Needs of Homeless Individuals and Families
Mountainlands Community Health Center and the Food and Care Coalition will be hosting the historic opening of Utah County’s first health clinic designed to meet the needs of homeless individuals and families....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Utah County voters should be able to vote once

Rolly: Utah's Bear Lake cops find pursuing crooks into Idaho simply unbearable

UtahPolicy poll: Most Utahns have 'unfavorable' view of Planned Parenthood

DABC running out of beer and wine licenses for Utah restaurants

Utah congresswoman, daughter of immigrants, attends naturalization ceremony

Outdoor Retailer to stay in Utah through 2018

Make way for lobbyists: State board votes to move American Legion out of Utah Capitol

Public-lands proposal seeks to create new national monument in Utah before Obama does

Deseret News

Op-ed: No matter who pays the bill, Medicaid expansion doesn't add up

Derek B. Miller: Utah Global Forum to provide opportunity to learn from Sen. Jeff Flake

2 named to economic development board

Outdoor Retailer show inks new deal with Salt Lake through 2018

Utah A.G Sean Reyes, international leaders collaborate to combat human trafficking

Congressmen have 'Jurassic' plans for new monument, national park in Utah

Stolen identity: Congressman Jason Chaffetz is victim of tax return scam

Utahns want diverse housing, transportation options, survey says

National Headlines

Wall Street to Donald Trump: Don't get too excited (Politico)

The GOP's big-money plan to save the Senate (Politico)

Wall Street rattles Washington (The Hill)

Why Bernie Sanders won't take the gloves off against Hillary (The Hill)

Joe Biden for president? The Hillary Clinton factor looms large. (Christian Science Monitor)

Potential Biden Run Puts White House in a Bind (New York Times)

Jeb Bush on 'anchor babies' immigration flap: Chill out a bit (CBS News)

How Twitter screwed up in shutting down its political tweet archives (Washington Post)

Scott Walker: Obama should show 'some backbone' by canceling Chinese state visit (Washington Post)

Judge rules that criminal case against AG Kathleen Kane can proceed to trial (Inquirer)

Fed's Lockhart sees 2015 rate hike, but reading inflation 'tricky' (Reuters)


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