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Ten Things You Need to Know for Monday - August 3, 2015

Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City. 

The first GOP primary debate is coming this week. Biden may run for president next year. Relocating the prison to Salt Lake City might make the most economic sense.

The clock:

  • 8 days to the Utah municipal primary elections - (8/11/2015)
  • 92 days to the 2015 election - (11/3/2015)
  • 168 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - (1/18/2016)
  • 175 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (1/25/2016)
  • 176 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary - (1/26/2016)
  • 220 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (3/10/2016)
  • 330 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 463 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)

Monday's top-10 headlines:

  1. The first GOP primary debate is later this week. Republican presidential hopefuls are preparing to face off against Donald Trump [New York Times].
  2. Trump is trying to downplay expectations for the first debate on Thursday [ABC News].
  3. There are rumblings that Vice President Joe Biden may launch a bid for the White House in 2016 [Politico, MSNBC].
  4. Hillary Clinton releases eight years of tax returns. During that time, she and her husband paid more than $43 million in taxes [Washington Post].
  5. An analysis for the Prison Relocation Commission says Salt Lake City would be the most expensive site to build a new prison facility, but would be the cheapest place to operate the prison in the long-run [Tribune].
  6. Utah Republicans select Derrin Owens from Fountain Green to replace Rep. Jon Cox in the legislature [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News].
  7. The Constitution Party wants a mediator to help them settle their lawsuit against the state over SB 54 [Deseret News, Fox 13].
  8. Forty-two inmates at the Utah State Prison have instigated a hunger strike to get gang leaders released from the maximum-security wing of the prison [Deseret News, Tribune].
  9. The National Park Service is trying to deal with a spike in the number of visitors to national parks inside Utah [Deseret News].
  10. Researchers discover on some days ozone levels over the Great Salt Lake are three-times higher than in neighboring cities [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1492 - Christopher Columbus set sail from Spain, seeking a western route to India, with a convoy of three small ships - the Nina, the Pinta and the Santa Maria. They reached land on an island in the Caribbean in October).
  • 1914 - Germany declared war on France and invaded Belgium. The next day Britain declared war on Germany and World War I was underway.
  • 1948 - Whittaker Chambers, a former Communist, publicly accused former State Department official Alger Hiss of having been a part of a Communist underground, a charge Hiss denied.
  • 1981 - U.S. air traffic controllers went on strike. They were fired within one week.

Today At Utah Policy

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Was the Tribune's Outing of Mayor's Spokesperson Good Journalism or a Double Standard?

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Utah Policy/KSL Insider Survey: The LDS Church and the Boy Scouts

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'From Hack to Flack': Richard Piatt

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Lee, Klobuchar Announce Date For Hearing On Healthcare Insurance Industry Consolidation
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Derrin Owens Selected to Replace Rep. Jon Cox
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Tuesday Harvest Farmers Market Opens Downtown August 4
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Senate Passes Highway Bill, Utah Transportation Heads Rejoice
Today lawmakers in the Senate passed a proposal to provide a long-term extension of the Highway Trust Fund. Called the DRIVE Act, the bill included provisions long sought after by Utah transportation leaders, and which were advanced by Senator Orrin Hatch. The bill...

Kate Kelly to attend Salt Lake Acting Company's Saturday's Voyeur 2015
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On 50th Anniversary, Hatch Pushes for Action to Preserve Medicare & Medicaid
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Hatch: Senate's Bipartisan Long-Term Highway Approach a Win For Everyone
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House, Senate Leaders Introduce Bill to Incentivize and Aid Teachers Through Improved Loan Assistance
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Why Consult When You Can Learn: Build Your Own Global Brand
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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: There is legitimate basis for states' claims to federal lands

Op-ed: Utahns have been taxed enough this year

Op-ed: Patent reform bill would hurt Utah entrepreneurship

Op-ed: Give Utah teachers a tax break to keep them on the job

Op-ed: Recreation on public lands is an uneven economic generator

Editorial: Hatch's time should come to a close

Editorial: Utah tourism is inevitable, and that's good

Editorial: If LDS split from Scouts, Utah camps should be shared

Editor column: Decision to reveal commenter's identity not made lightly

Derrin Owens nominated to fill vacant Utah House seat

Poll: Salt Lakers unhappy with police chief's ouster

On bad day, Great Salt Lake air has 3 times more ozone than Wasatch Front

In new poll, voters say homelessness a 'major problem' in downtown Salt Lake City

Prison relocation: Salt Lake City site most expensive in short term, cheapest in the long run

Salt Lake City spokesman placed on leave during probe of anonymous online political comments

Complaints from Utah inmates on hunger strike began months ago, ACLU says

Deseret News

Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Identifying proper roles of various government levels

Drew Clark: Utah prison volunteers provide a caution against a distant relocation

Op-ed: Moving the prison would present economic opportunity for Utah

Editorial: Poll shows Utahns favor restricting development of prime agricultural land

GOP delegates select Derrin Owens to replace Jon Cox in Utah House

Salt Lake City mayor's spokesman placed on administrative leave after online comments

School technology task force seeks help from California-based firm

Political party seeks settlement in SB54 lawsuit

Expunging criminal records expected to help formerly homeless people get back on their feet

Salt Lake County cities, school districts propose $10 million in property tax hikes

About Utah: He never yelled, but he sure did manage

Recreation, crowds and challenges: What's next for Utah?


Teacher shortage hits local schools (Standard-Examiner)

Teachers worried about state schools plan (Standard-Examiner)

Audit gives Summit County high marks (Park Record)

Winter Olympics 2022: could Park City, Salt Lake have beaten Beijing? (Park Record)

National Headlines

Charles Koch: 'Life or death struggle for our country' (Politico)

Sanders disagrees with Clinton on 'many issues' (The Hill)

Obama doubles down on historic climate rule for power plants (The Hill)

Donald Trump jabs GOPers at Koch brothers retreat (Los Angeles Times)

How 2016 turned into a game for billionaires (CBS News)

Joe Biden adviser says vice president is '90% in' for 2016 run, as party boss says she'd welcome veep into race (New York Daily News)

Hillary Clinton promises to build on Obama climate plan as president, industry and environmental groups weigh in (Washington Post)

Senate to vote Monday to defund Planned Parenthood, first step in renewed battle (FOX News)

Why Mike Huckabee hopes to get attacked at GOP debate (CBS News)

It Could Be Time to Say Bye-Bye to Medicare (FOX Business)

Obama, Elizabeth Warren's new financial oversight agency, CFPB, faces challenge by Democrats (Washington Times)


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