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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

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Ten Things You Need to Know for Wednesday - August 5, 2015

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City. 

The lineup for the first GOP debate is set. The Prison Relocation Commission could announce a new site next week. Becker has a massive cash advantage over his nearest rival.

The clock:

  • 6 days to the Utah municipal primary elections - (8/11/2015)
  • 90 days to the 2015 election - (11/3/2015)
  • 166 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - (1/18/2016)
  • 173 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (1/25/2016)
  • 174 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary - (1/26/2016)
  • 218 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (3/10/2016)
  • 328 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 461 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)

Wednesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Fox News announces the ten candidates who will be on the stage during the first debate Thursday night in Cleveland [Politico].
  2. The Prison Relocation Commission may announce the proposed site for the new correctional facility next week [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News, ABC 4].
  3. Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker has a massive cash advantage over his nearest rival, Jackie Biskupski. The independent PAC formed by a billboard company is spending big in that race according to new financial disclosure forms [Utah Policy].
  4. The Salt Lake County Council votes to put a proposed sales tax hike to fund transportation on November's ballot [Deseret News, Tribune, Fox 13].
  5. The Provo City Council gives the thumbs up to a proposed property tax increase [Daily Herald].
  6. State officials are making recommendations on how best to keep service members safe in the aftermath of the deadly shooting in Chatanooga [ABC 4].
  7. Two Salt Lake City school districts approve property tax hikes. The money raised will mostly pay to help fund charter schools [Tribune].
  8. chairman Jonathan Johnson talks more about his possible challenge to Gov. Gary Herbert next year [Tribune].
  9. Utah State Prison officials are on alert after a drone was sited flying near the facility last month [Deseret News, Tribune, Fox 13].
  10. The LDS Church releases the first-ever photos of the "seer stone" used by founder Joseph Smith to produce the Book of Mormon [Tribune, Deseret News, Fox 13].

On this day in history:

  • 1861 - President Abraham Lincoln approved the first federal income tax. It was rescinded in 1872.
  • 1884 - The cornerstone for the Statue of Liberty was laid on Bedloe's Island in New York Harbor.
  • 1962 - Marilyn Monroe died of an overdose at the age of 35.
  • 1974 - President Richard Nixon admitted ordering the Watergate investigation halted six-days after the break-in. Nixon said he expected to be impeached.

Today At Utah Policy

Becker Has 4-1 Cash Advantage Over His Closest Rival; Billboard PAC Spends Big Money

Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker is sitting on a pile of campaign cash, while the fundraising of his chief rival, Jackie Biskupski, seems to be slowing down....

Weekly Survey: Who Will Win the Salt Lake City Mayoral Primary?

Ballots are due in the Salt Lake City Mayoral primary election next week. The top-two candidates after that vote will advance to the general election. How do you think the five candidates will finish in the primary vote? ...

Prison Relocation Commission to Meet August 11 at 2 p.m.; Will Consider Recommending Site for New Utah State Correctional Facility

The state Legislature’s Prison Relocation Commission will meet August 11th at 2 p.m. to discuss the four finalist sites for a new Utah State Correctional Facility. The PRC may then vote to recommend one of the sites to the Legislature and Governor Herbert's conside...

Hatch Commemorates Passage of ADA

Orrin Hatch celebrates the 25th anniversaryof the American with Disabilities Act, calling his efforts to get the legislation signed back in 1990"one of the most important things that I've everdone in the Senate."...

Policy News

Press Release: Hatch Statement at Finance Hearing on Foster Care Group Homes
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) delivered the following statement during a committee hearing exploring alternatives to help families and children reduce reliance on foster care group homes:...

Press Release: Lee Votes To End Federal Funding For Planned Parenthood
Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) spoke from the Senate floor about his vote for S. 1881, a bill to end taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood. ...

Press Release: Hatch Works to Defund Planned Parenthood
Following a series of disturbing videos documenting Planned Parenthood officials attempting to sell the body parts of aborted babies, the United States Senate held a vote to end federal funding the organization. Senator Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, the senior Republican in the Unite...

Hatch, Grassley and Barrasso Question CMS on Failed Exchanges
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) along with Senators Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), sent a letter to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt asking for the agency’s position on t...

Report: Utah Cities Take $568 Per Person Annually
The Utah Taxpayers Association has released its 2015 Cost of City Governments Report. ...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Address prison issues, but not because of hunger strike

Judge: Attorneys fighting conviction of alleged Utah gang members acted too late

UTA hires new non-police 'fare inspectors'

Commission to pick new Utah prison site Aug. 11

Rolly: Utah's constitutional score: Religious rights 1, school dress code 0

Salt Lake City mayor: Spokesman's online sniping was 'wrong'

Salt Lake County voters will decide on sales-tax hike in November boss planning run for Utah guv says Herbert has paid 'lip service' to conservative causes

Cokie Roberts in SLC: Virulent politics 'infecting' both parties, widening civic discord

Utah school boards approve property tax increases to offset charter funding

Utah prison officials begin disciplining inmates on Day 5 of hunger strike

Deseret News

Richard Davis: Why Joe Biden should run for president

Op-ed: Paying tribute to Americans with Disabilities Act

Editorial: Herbert's chairing of U.S. governors group puts Utah on national stage

Out of time: Judge tosses ACLU lawsuit petitioning reversal of gang injunction charges

Sales tax hike will be up to Salt Lake County voters during November election

New prison site could be recommended next week

Some inmates lose television, spending privileges as prison hunger strike reaches 5th day


Utah County cities all over the board in government costs (Daily Herald)

Countdown to cities' primary elections (Daily Herald)

Provo Council approves property tax increase, finalizes 2016 budget (Daily Herald)

Mountain Accord signed (Park Record)

Summit County GOP ready to listen to Donald Trump and the others (Park Record)

National Headlines

The un-reality show (Politico)

How a Young Joe Biden Turned Liberals Against Integration (Politico)

McConnell's vow: No more government shutdowns (The Hill)

Biden jokes about 2016 run (The Hill)

Hillary Clinton Loses Ground With White Women - WSJ/NBC Poll (Wall Street Journal)

Republicans Step Up Calls to Defund Planned Parenthood After New Video (Wall Street Journal)

How to Make Sense of Donald Trump's Perch Atop the Polls (New York Times)

Why it's so hard for a party to win the White House 3 times in a row, explained in one poll question (Washington Post)

Don't be like a sighing Al Gore. Here are some GOP debate dont's (Los Angeles Times)

Baltimore Police Request Federal Help With Rising Violence (Daily Caller)

Shots fired at soldiers in Mississippi (Clarion-Ledger)


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