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Ten Things You Need to Know for Wednesday - August 26, 2015

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City. 

Dueling rallies were supporting and protesting Planned Parenthood take place at the Capitol. Jeb Bush visits Utah for a fundraiser. Utahns are not very optimistic about the economy.

The clock:

  • 69 days to the 2015 election - (11/3/2015)
  • 145 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - (1/18/2016)
  • 152 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (1/25/2016)
  • 153 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary - (1/26/2016)
  • 197 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (3/10/2016)
  • 307 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 440 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)

Wednesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Dueling rallies, one supporting Planned Parenthood and one against, take place on Utah's Capitol Hill [Tribune, Deseret News, Fox 13, ABC 4].
  2. Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush visits Utah for a fundraiser where he says Donald Trump's popularity is due to end sooner or later [Deseret News, Tribune].
  3. A BYU poll suggests if Trump were to win the GOP nomination, Utah's steadfast support of Republicans at the top of the ticket could waver [Utah Data Points].
  4. Most Utahns say they expect the economy to either remain the same or worsen over the next year [Utah Policy].
  5. The American Legion agrees to move out of their office space at the State Capitol building into a larger one [Utah Policy, Tribune].
  6. Utah County Officials decide to keep a proposed sales tax hike on the ballot that may necessitate residents voting twice on election day because the question won't appear on vote-by-mail ballots [Deseret News, Tribune].
  7. The state liquor board declines to rule on a request to allow the sale of mini liquor bottles, opting to leave that question up to the legislature [Deseret News].
  8. Federal prosecutors want San Juan County Commissioner Phil Lyman to spend time in jail for illegally riding an ATV into Recapture Canyon [Deseret News, Fox 13].
  9. China's economic woes continue which is leading to more uncertainty in world markets [Reuters].
  10. ESPN suspends baseball analyst Curt Schilling after he sends out a since-deleted tweet comparing Muslims to Nazis [USA Today].

On this day in history:

  • 1920 - Eight days after it was ratified, the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution went into effect - giving women the right to vote.
  • 1978 - Cardinal Albino Luciani of Venice was elected the 246th Pope of the Roman Catholic Church and took the name John Paul I. He died 33 days later.
  • 2005 - Hurricane Katrina struck Florida's Atlantic coast, causing flooding that claimed 11 lives.
  • 2012 - Republican officials announced the party's national convention in Tampa, Florida would be delayed by a day because of Tropical Storm Isaac.

Today At Utah Policy

Utah Grappling with Complicated New Fuel Tax

You may recall that the 2015 Utah Legislature voted to increase the state gasoline tax and make the tax rise automatically over time as fuel prices increase....

Poll: Utah Conservatives Sour on the Economy while Liberals are Bullish

Most Utahns expect the economy to remain the same or worsen over the next year according to the newest survey....

The Impact of International Trade on Utah's Economy (Video)

International exports are responsible for about $12 billion a year and 20% of the jobs in Utah....

If Trump Wins GOP Nomination, Utah Could Become a Swing State

A new survey of Utah voters by BYU's CSEDshows Hillary Clinton running neck and neck with Donald Trump in a hypothetical 2016 presidential match-up....

Policy News

American Legion Agrees to Relocate Office Space
In discussions with the Capitol Preservation Board, the American Legion has agreed to relocate their office space in the Utah State Capitol complex....

Governor's Statement on Passing of Fred S. Ball
Gov. Gary R. Herbert issued the following statement regarding the passing of Fred S. Ball, former president and CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce:...

Utah Loses Business Champion
Lane Beattie, president and CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber, issued the following statement regarding the passing of Fred Ball....

Consumer Attitude Index Jumps as Gasoline Prices Decline and Home Values Rise
The Zions Bank Utah Consumer Attitude Index increased 5.8 points to 111.2 in August....

Press Release: Steve Young to Host Give Salt Lake
Famer Steve Young’s Forever Young Foundation will host GIVE Salt Lake — a first-of-its-kind event that brings together CEOs, community leaders, Corporate Giving Officers, executive directors, granting foundations, students, social entrepreneurs, and change-m...

Hatch Statement on CBO's Long-Term Budget Outlook
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) said today’s Congressional Budget Office’s long-term budget outlook further underscores the need for Congress to take up meaningful structural reforms to the nation’s entitlement programs &nda...

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...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: The Lagoon Two should not be prosecuted

Inflation slows along Wasatch Front in July

Rolly: Salt Lake City sending mixed messages on handicap parking

Judge won't wade into dispute over proposed 90% pay cut for West Jordan mayor

Utah Capitol will have its first tree in 7 years - but a fake

Utah County moves ahead with sales-tax election

After Utah Capitol scuffle, American Legion will move from office - to a bigger one

Salt Lake bar's loss of $50,000 liquor license raises questions about new law

During Utah visit, Bush says Trump will flame out

Hundreds rally at Utah Capitol for Planned Parenthood

Deseret News

Richard Davis: What can Republicans do with Donald Trump?

Connor Boyack: Don't expand Medicaid with a sick tax

Editorial: Security with Clinton's email server is more than merely a political matter

Utahns want diverse housing, transportation options, survey says

State officials debate return of mini bottles to Utah liquor outlets

Utah economy 'running on all cylinders,' expert says

Utah County to proceed with sales-tax election, but many may need to vote twice

Commissioner wants new trial as feds seek prison time for illegal ATV ride

What keeps teachers from staying in the field might surprise you

GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush has 'successful' fundraiser in Utah

Planned Parenthood draws support, protests at Capitol


Commissioners vote against shelving sales tax issue (Daily Herald)

Orem/Provo election canvass reveals official candidates (Daily Herald)

Editorial: Get the Eisenhower Memorial through, Bishop (Standard-Examiner)

Activist wins court case over Ogden campaign records (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

As stock market drops, so do Hillary's chances (Politico)

Obama would face impossible choice between Biden, Clinton (The Hill)

Trump leaving rivals in the dust (The Hill)

White House walks back Obama's 'crazies' comment (Washington Examiner)

Univision anchor ejected from Trump news conference (CNN)

GOP strategist talks to Trump supporters and comes away believing he could win the nomination (Los Angeles Times)

Ted Cruz and Megyn Kelly tangle over immigration (Washington Post)

Ted Cruz's campaign strategy: Can he rally an evangelical voting bloc? (Christian Science Monitor)

U.S. Embassy staff used personal emails for official business (New York Daily News)

Jeb Bush's Emails as Governor Show His Feelings on Same-Sex Marriage (New York Times)

Ex-Perry aide joins Trump's campaign (Dallas Morning News)


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