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Monday, August 31, 2015

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Ten Things You Need to Know for Monday - August 31, 2015

Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City. 

What are the top issues facing Utah? Rand Paul visits Utah. Biskupski takes a leave of absence to campaign full-time.

The clock:

  • 64 days to the 2015 election - (11/3/2015)
  • 140 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - (1/18/2016)
  • 147 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (1/25/2016)
  • 148 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary - (1/26/2016)
  • 192 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (3/10/2016)
  • 302 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 435 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)

Monday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Utahns say education, the economy and government overreach are the top issues facing Utah policy makers according to our latest poll [Utah Policy].
  2. GOP presidential candidate Rand Paul visits Utah over the weekend [Deseret News, Tribune, ABC 4].
  3. A federal appeals court rules the plaintiff in a lawsuit against the National Security Agency's bulk data collection does not have the standing to sue [Washington Post].
  4. Jackie Biskupski takes a leave of absence from her job with the Salt Lake County Sheriff office to campaign full-time [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune].
  5. Some lawmakers are floating an idea of raising the sales tax on food to pay for Medicaid expansion, but Gov. Gary Herbert vehemently denies that plan is on the table [Tribune].
  6. Rep. Kraig Powell is working on legislation to replace the so-called "Zion Curtain" with a separate bar or lounge area in restaurants that serve alcohol [Fox 13].
  7. Rick Larsen of "Utah Term Limits Now" discusses his group's efforts to establish term limits for executive branch offices in Utah [Utah Policy].
  8. President Obama is in Alaska on Monday to rename Mt. McKinley as Denali, which will end a decades-long battle between Alaska and Ohio [Los Angeles Times].
  9. Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker tries to get on the "Donald Trump immigration crazy train" by proposing a wall along the Canadian border [Washington Post].
  10. Yawn! Kanye West announces he will run for president in 2020 [The Hollywood Reporter].

On this day in history:

  • 1888 - Mary Ann Nichols, a prostitute, was found murdered in London's East End. She is regarded as the first victim of Jack the Ripper.
  • 1897 - Thomas Edison was awarded a patent for his movie camera, the Kinetograph.
  • 1980 - Poland's Solidarity labor movement was born with an agreement that ended a 17-day strike at the Lenin shipyard in Gdansk.
  • 1992 - White separatist Randy Weaver surrendered to authorities in Naples, Idaho, ending an 11-day siege by federal agents that claimed the lives of Weaver's wife and son and a deputy U.S. marshal.
  • 1997 - Britain's Princess Diana died of injuries a few hours after a car accident in Paris that also killed her companion, Dodi Fayed, and their driver.

Today At Utah Policy

Poll: What are the Most Important Issues Facing Utah?

A note to those Utahns still carping about same-sex marriage: Get over it -- for most Utahns have, a new UtahPolicy poll shows....

Group Aims to Establish Term Limits in Utah (Video)

Rick Larsen of "Utah Term Limits Now" discusses his group's dual efforts to implement term limits for Utah's five elected executive offices and for appointments by the governor....

Utah Policy/KSL Insider Survey: Defunding Planned Parenthood

Gov. Gary Herbert's decision to stop distributing federal funds to Planned Parenthood has our "Political Insiders" split. The Republicans on our panel mostly agree with Herbert while Democrats and our readers think it was a poor choice....

Policy News

Press Release: Mayors Take a Spin on New Bike Route in Riverton
On Tuesday, September 1,Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams and Riverton City Mayor Bill Applegarth will join Riverton cyclists to talk about what new bike lanes along busy 2700 West mean to the safety of residents in the area....

Press Release: Attorney Brent Baker Appointed by Governor to Utah Securities Commission
Governor Gary R. Herbert has appointed Brent R. Baker to serve a second term as a Commissioner on the Utah Securities Commission. He joins four other Utah citizens to support the Utah Division of Securities in setting policy, adopting rules, and adjudicating enforcement acti...

Press Release: ACLU of Utah Launches 'Yes on Six' Campaign
Thursday the ACLU of Utah launched “YES ON SIX,” an education and advocacy campaign to push for significant improvements to Utah’s failing county-by-country public defense system. ...

Press Release: Jackie Biskupski Announces Leave of Absence from Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office
Jackie Biskupski announced a leave of absence from her administrative position with the Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Office and released the following statement:...

Press Release: Chaffetz Statement on WOTUS Injunction
House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) released the following statement in reaction to a federal judge’s ruling granting a preliminary injunction on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Waters of the United States (W...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Mountain Accord's schedule for environmental review is unrealistic

Corroon: Utahns are dying as the 'Gang of Six' dithers

Op-ed: LaSal Mountains are the wrong place to transplant mountain goats

Editorial: 'Grand bargain' lands bill may still need more bargaining

Editorial: Transit plans back on the buses

Biskupski to campaign full-time for SLC mayor

Where people come from when they move to Salt Lake-area, and where they go when they leave

Do Utah's mandated car safety inspections prevent crashes?

Taxing food one option being floated for Utah Medicaid expansion

Prison is leaving Draper, but Corrections bosses stay put

Rand Paul pulls out the red meat for a libertarian audience in Orem

Guv names former Salt Lake City Councilman Carlton Christensen to prison board

Army report describes 2009 death of Utah soldier, doesn't mention Bowe Bergdahl

Deseret News

Op-ed: Utah committed to finding workable solutions to regional haze

Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: As summer concludes, Utahns face national, state issues

Drew Clark: The zeitgeist of modern Provo: Jobs and a good quality of life

Op-ed: Shrinking our new prison while fixing public education

Editorial: Incentives in welfare reform should enhance employment, family and self-sufficiency

Herbert honors centenarians in state's 'most exclusive club'

Becker, Biskupski gearing up for tight mayoral race

Federal judge recuses himself in criminal case against San Juan County Commissioner

Utah coal: A story of families, jobs and America's future

GOP presidential hopeful Rand Paul rallies Utahns, calls Donald Trump mania 'insane'

The battle over coal struggles to find a middle ground

Coal miners' memorial rises from tragedy, honor and community sacrifice


Mayor Curtis: Provo is forever (Daily Herald)

Rand Paul rallies supporters in Orem to 'Stand with Rand' (Daily Herald)

Prop 1 transportation tax gets Weber commissioner's help (Standard-Examiner)

Library bond could become a Weber County political issue (Standard-Examiner)

Utah lawmaker's bill would make military pensions tax-exempt (Standard-Examiner)

Is Rand Paul's visit to Utah an appeal to overlooked voters? (Standard-Examiner)

Envision Utah survey reveals public willingness to conserve water (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

Iowa poll: Sanders closing on Clinton (Politico)

Top Jeb fundraisers leave campaign amid troubling signs (Politico)

Iowa pollster: 'We've seen everything' with Trump (The Hill)

Republicans plot counterattack to Iran nuclear deal filibuster (The Hill)

Gov. Christie wants to track immigrants like FedEx packages (Trentonian)

George H.W. Bush: 'I need your help' (MSNBC)

GOP establishment plans Trump takedown (CNN)

Clerk asks US Supreme Court to intervene in marriage case (Associated Press)

Warren Buffett vs. the greens (Politico)

When the wells run dry: California drought forcing some families to live in 'Third-World-type conditions' (Associated Press)

Fed at Jackson Hole: Gearing Up to Hike Amidst Rocky Terrain (Bloomberg)


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