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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

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Ten Things You Need to Know for Tuesday - August 4, 2015

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City. 

Utahns want to continue the fight against Obamacare. Fox News will announce the 10 GOP candidates who will participate in the first debate. Gov. Herbert urges President Obama to not establish a new national monument in Utah.

The clock:

  • 7 days to the Utah municipal primary elections - (8/11/2015)
  • 91 days to the 2015 election - (11/3/2015)
  • 167 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - (1/18/2016)
  • 174 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (1/25/2016)
  • 175 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary - (1/26/2016)
  • 219 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (3/10/2016)
  • 329 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 462 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)

Tuesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. A new poll shows Utahns want to continue the fight to overturn or repeal Obamacare [Utah Policy].
  2. Fox News is set to announce which 10 Republican candidates will be on the stage for the first GOP primary debate in Cleveland on Thursday [New York Times].
  3. President Barack Obama announces a sweeping plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from coal-burning power plants [CNN].
  4. A plan to defund Planned Parenthood in the U.S. Senate fails. The issue could return in the fall and could fuel a government shutdown [Christian Science Monitor].
  5. Gov. Gary Herbert sends a letter to President Obama urging him to not create a new national monument in Utah [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune, ABC 4].
  6. Gov. Herbert signs the "Mountain Accord" plan designed to preserve land along the Wasatch Front [Tribune, Deseret News].
  7. A new study says South Salt Lake residents pay more toward government as a percentage of their income than any other city [Deseret News, Tribune].
  8. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is set to make a fundraising stop in Utah on Wednesday [Deseret News].
  9. chairman Jonathan Johnson talks about his plans to challenge Gov. Gary Herbert in 2016 [Fox 13].
  10. The Salt Lake County Council will debate whether to put a proposed sales-tax hike for transportation funding on November's ballot [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1914 - Britain declared war on Germany.
  • 1944 - The Nazi Gestapo captured 15-year-old Jewish diarist Anne Frank and her family in a sealed-off area of an Amsterdam, Netherlands, warehouse.
  • 1987 - The Federal Communications Commission voted to rescind the Fairness Doctrine, which required radio and TV stations to present balanced coverage of controversial issues.
  • 2007 - Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants hit his 755th career home run, tying Hank Aaron's all-time major league record. He broke the record three days later.
  • 2010 - A federal judge struck down the voter-approved same-sex marriage ban in California, calling the law discriminating and unconstitutional.

Today At Utah Policy

Poll: Utahns Want to Continue the Fight Against Obamacare

Most Utahns are not ready to give in to Obamacare or President Barack Obama himself, a new UtahPolicy poll finds....

Editor's Column: 'WhiskeyPete' Was Always Hiding in Plain Sight

I have known that Salt Lake City Mayor's spokesperson, Art Raymond, was posting on local comment boards under the name "WhiskeyPete" for at least a year. That's one-fifth the time that administrators at the Salt Lake Tribune could have had this knowledge....

IRS Chief: No Basis 'At This Time' to Target Religious Schools

Under questioning from Sen. Mike Lee at a hearing Wednesday,IRS Commissioner John Koskinen offers a provisional promise to notgo after the tax-exempt statusofreligious schools that reject gay marriage....

Gov. Herbert Appoints Dr. Miner to Lead Health Department

Gov. Gary R. Herbert has appointed Dr. Joseph Kay Miner, M.D., MSPH to lead the Utah Department of Health. Dr. Miner will replace Dr. David Patton who left the executive director position July 31, 2015 to pursue opportunities in the private sector. Dr. Miner’s confirma...

Trending in DC: The History and Future of Healthcare Reform

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid.  ...

Gov. Herbert Urges Obama to Avoid Unilateral Monument Designation

Gov. Gary R. Herbert sent a letter to President Barack Obama today strongly urging the president to not use unilateral executive authority to designate a national monument in Utah. ...

John Oliver Takes on D.C. Statehood

HBO's John Oliver takes on the issue of statehood for Washington, D.C., and has some harsh words for Rep. Jason Chaffetz....

Policy News

Hatch Reacts to Obama Administration's Latest Unlawful Job-Killing Regulation
The Obama administration drew fire from lawmakers following the finalization of its effort to restructure the energy industry with the aim of reducing carbon emissions through EPA’s new Clean Power Plan. ...

Hatch Statement on TPP Trade Negotiations
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) issued the following statement after chief trade negotiators concluded talks for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement in Hawaii:...

Vivint Solar's Future is Bright
Vivint Solar, Inc., along with the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, announced that the solar energy company will continue to expand its operations in Utah, with the anticipation that over the next 10 years it will generate more than 3,000 jobs in conjunction ...

The Community Foundation of Utah Awards More Scholarships than Ever
Forty-four students planning to attend college in Utah and Idaho have been selected to receive scholarship awards from one of the 14 scholarship funds managed by the Community Foundation of Utah. ...

Leo After Hours Presents Rush Hour: Transportation Solutions for a Sustainable Urban Salt Lake
The Leonardo and The Utah Science Technology and Research Initiative (USTAR) announced the next Leo After Hours will focus on transportation solutions Salt Lake City can expect in the coming years....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Utah's disdain for Native heritage breaks my heart

As record-breaking Outdoor Retailer show opens this week, organizers again talk about moving

Groundbreaking blueprint for protection of Wasatch canyons signed

County expects 'feisty' debate Tuesday over sales tax hike

Residents of Salt Lake City, South Salt Lake pay most in city taxes

Utah County's public health leader to take over top state job

Utah biodiesel plant fined for selling invalid renewable-energy credits

As Utah students forgo Pell grants, college leaders scratch their heads

Herbert to Obama: No monument designations in Utah

Deseret News

Editorial: Outdoor Retailer markets connect enthusiasts with Utah's outdoors

Hillary Clinton making brief fundraising stop in Utah

Governor names Joseph Miner head Utah health department

ACLU supports inmates' hunger strike, says extreme isolation needs to change

Herbert pleads with Obama to stop any new monument designations in Utah

EPA's Clean Power Plan draws Utah criticism and praise

Governor signs plan to balance conservation, economic development in central Wasatch

South Salt Lake ranks as most expensive city in tax watchdog report


Gov. Herbert signs Central Wasatch Mountain Accord (Daily Herald)

Miner appointed to lead state health department (Daily Herald)

Hunger strike at Utah prison reaches day 4 with no resolution (Standard-Examiner)

Envision Utah survey reveals public desire for expanded recreation (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

N.H. forum: GOP candidates make their bids solo (Politico)

Can Sarah Palin sell Donald Trump to 'Joe Six-Pack'? (Politico)

Poll: Clinton's favorability takes a major hit (The Hill)

Shutdown talk creeps into debate over Planned Parenthood funding (The Hill)

Planned Parenthood bill blocked: For GOP, abortion as national issue is tricky (Christian Science Monitor)

Illegal immigration a dominant theme at Republican forum even without Trump (Reuters)

Navy Responds to Reports Sailor Will Be Charged for Returning Fire Against Chattanooga Shooter (TheBlaze)

Lindsey Graham Brings Up Monica Lewinsky Scandal To Attack Hillary Clinton (Huffington Post)

Krauthammer: Biden will likely challenge Clinton for Democratic nomination (FOX News)

Coal States Pledge Not to Cooperate With Emission Regulations (Bloomberg)

Puerto Rico in default after measly payment (USA Today)


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