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Thursday, August 6, 2015

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Local News Highlights: Daily Briefing

Ten Things You Need to Know for Thursday - August 6, 2015

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City. 

The first GOP primary debate takes place tonight. Bill Clinton reportedly advised Donald Trump to get more involved with GOP politics before he launched his presidential bid. Hillary Clinton stops in Utah.

The clock:

  • 5 days to the Utah municipal primary elections - (8/11/2015)
  • 89 days to the 2015 election - (11/3/2015)
  • 165 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - (1/18/2016)
  • 172 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (1/25/2016)
  • 173 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary - (1/26/2016)
  • 217 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (3/10/2016)
  • 327 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 460 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)

Thursday's top-10 headlines:

  1. GOP presidential candidates get ready to rumble as the first primary debate happens tonight [The Week].
  2. Several Utahns are in Cleveland tonight for the first GOP debate and will be watching the proceedings very carefully [Deseret News].
  3. Former President Bill Clinton spoke with Donald Trump via phone before Trump launched his presidential bid. Clinton reportedly urged the businessman to become more involved in Republican politics [Washington Post].
  4. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton makes a fundraising stop in Utah [Deseret News, ABC 4, Tribune].
  5. Speaker Greg Hughes says the forthcoming plan to deal with Medicaid expansion could be groundbreaking [Utah Policy].
  6. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell says there's no sneaky plan to create a new national monument in Utah [Deseret News].
  7. Voters in Salt Lake City and statewide support a sales tax hike to fund transportation [Utah Policy].
  8. An Envision Utah survey finds Utahns generally prefer cleaner sources of energy as long as it's affordable [Deseret News, Tribune].
  9. Two of Utah's top law enforcement officials sign a letter from the National Immigration Forum urging Congress to oppose legislation defund so-called "sanctuary cities" [Tribune, ABC 4].
  10. Jon Stewart officially bids adieu as host of the Daily Show tonight [Huffington Post].

On this day in history:

  • 1890 - The first execution by electric chair was carried out. William Kemmler was put to death at Auburn Prison for the ax murder of his girlfriend.
  • 1914 - Austria-Hungary declared war against Russia, and Serbia declared war against Germany at the outbreak of World War I.
  • 1945 - An atomic bomb was dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. Three days later an atomic bomb hit Nagasaki and Japan soon surrendered, ending World War II.
  • 1965 - President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act into law.
  • 2003 - Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger announced his candidacy for governor of California on NBC's The Tonight Show. He was elected and served two terms.

Today At Utah Policy

Hughes Says Medicaid Solution Could Be Groundbreaking

There will be a special legislative session on Medicaid expansion this fall and most House Republicans will support the final compromise legislation, so believes Utah House Speaker Greg Hughes....

Poll: Utahns Favor Sales Tax Hike to Fund Transportation Needs

Most Salt Lakers and most Utahns favor a small increase in the sales tax to help fund local roads and mass transit, new polls by UtahPolicy show....

Bryan Schott's Political BS: Prison Break

A few months ago I would have bet the farm that the Utah State Prison would be moved to Tooele County. Today, I'm 100% convinced the prison is moving to Salt Lake City....

Hatch: Obama Ordered IRS to Target Conservative Groups

Sen. Orrin Hatch says a new congressional report shows that the IRS "heeded the president'scall" toharass Tea Party groups in the run-up to the 2012 presidential election....

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? ...

Policy News

Salt Lake County Approves Local Transportation Ballot Issue
The Salt Lake County Council has authorized a local option sales tax on the November 2015 ballot. The sales tax option of a quarter-cent, or one penny for every four dollars, would pay for local roads, bus service, trails and sidewalks. ...

Press Release: Hatch Urges No Delay in Reforming the DI Program
In a speech on the Senate floor, Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) outlined legislation he introduced to reform the Social Security Disability Insurance (DI) Program and reiterated the immediate need to address issues facing the DI program....

Press Release: Senators Hatch, Shaeen Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Improve Quality of College Education
Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) introduced bipartisan legislation to improve the quality of college by strengthening the federal standard by which colleges are eligible for federal student aid. ...

SolarCity Powers Utah's Economy with up to 4,000 Jobs
Together with the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, SolarCity announced that it will open a regional corporate headquarters in Utah, resulting in up to 4,000 jobs and $94 million in capital investment over the next 10 years. ...

Press Release: Hatch Touts Utah Child Welfare Success in Senate Finance Committee Hearing
Utah’s low rates of children entering foster care, despite having the highest number of children per capita, is leading lawmakers to ask how to replicate Utah’s success through the rest of the country. ...

Press Release: Hatch Announces Additional Bills to Improve Disability Insurance Program
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) announced another trio of bills designed to improve the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program.  ...

Press Release: Lee & Leahy Press Senate to Protect Email Privacy
As the Senate prepares to take up sweeping cybersecurity information sharing legislation this week, Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) said lawmakers must also work to protect Americans’ emails and other private information stored in the cloud....

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:...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Utah should refuse to submit a Clean Power Plan

Editorial: If Utahns don't act, Obama should protect Utah's amazing places

Two Utah top cops oppose making local police immigration agents

Utah prison officials say hunger strike all but ended

Becker still way ahead in money race for Salt Lake City mayor

Envision Utah survey: Utahns prefer green energy - until it gets expensive

Hillary Clinton praises Becker, Utah Legislature for LGBT protections

A Utah town's 'forgotten' role in the bombing of Hiroshima

Deseret News

Dan Liljenquist: The realities of pension reform for Utah's public sector employees

Op-ed: It could be the beginning of solar boom in Utah

Editorial: State involvement in Lyman case is not a productive posture

All but 2 prison inmates end hunger strike

Poll: Utahns want cleaner, but affordable energy

Utahn hopeful for strong debate performance from Trump

Hillary Clinton makes brief fundraising stop in Utah

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell answers Utah monument fears


Provo mayor speaks to businesses, announces hotel plans (Daily Herald)

How social media has changed Election Day (Daily Herald)

Editorial: Council chooses wisely on transit (Standard-Examiner)

Layton city council candidates discuss growth, recreation (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

What If Trump Wins? (Politico)

Iranian side deals spark lingering bipartisan concern (Politico)

IRS mismanaged Tea Party groups, Senate report finds (The Hill)

O'Malley: Dems tilting race toward Hillary Clinton (The Hill)

Bill Clinton called Trump ahead of his 2016 launch (Washington Post)

Donald Trump's Debate Game Plan: Wing It (ABC News)

Ohio Proposal Seeks to Drug Test Some Welfare Applicants (Associated Press)

Heading into debate, Jeb Bush stumbles again (Washington Post)

Harris DA investigating Planned Parenthood (Houston Chronicle)

Former President George W. Bush shows up for jury duty in Dallas (FOX News)

Appellate Panel Says Texas ID Law Broke US Voting Rights Act (New York Times)


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