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Local News Highlights: Daily Briefing

Ten Things You Need to Know for Friday - August 7, 2015

Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City. 

GOP presidential candidates face off in their first debate. Utah GOP Chairman James Evans says Marco Rubio improved his stock the most during the debate. Sen. Mike Lee's approval ratings are higher than Sen. Orrin Hatch.

The clock:

  • 4 days to the Utah municipal primary elections - (8/11/2015)
  • 88 days to the 2015 election - (11/3/2015)
  • 164 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - (1/18/2016)
  • 171 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (1/25/2016)
  • 172 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary - (1/26/2016)
  • 216 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (3/10/2016)
  • 326 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 459 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)

Friday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Who were the winners and losers from the first GOP Primary debate? [Politico].
  2. A post-debate focus group found many Republican voters were turned off by Donald Trump's performance [Fox News].
  3. Utah GOP Chairman James Evans attended the debate and said Florida Senator Marco Rubio improved his stock more than any other candidate [Utah Policy].
  4. A new poll puts Sen. Mike Lee's approval ratings higher than those of Sen. Orrin Hatch [Utah Policy].
  5. A group of Utah business leaders plan to campaign in favor of a proposed sales tax hike to fund transportation needs [Tribune].
  6. The Outdoor Retailers show is close to making a decision about whether the convention will stay in Salt Lake City [Associated Press].
  7. Sen. Curt Bramble becomes the president of the National Conference of State Legislatures [Utah Policy, Tribune].
  8. The Utah State Board of Education move to revise science standards for sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders [Deseret News].
  9. Sen. Chuck Schumer announces he will oppose the nuclear deal with Iran [Medium].
  10. Russian hackers reportedly compromised an unclassified email system at the Pentagon [Slate].

On this day in history:

  • 1782 - The Order of the Purple Heart was established by Gen. George Washington to honor Americans who fought in the Revolutionary War.
  • 1964 - Congress passed the Gulf of Tonkin resolution, giving President Lyndon B. Johnson broad powers to deal with reported North Vietnamese attacks on U.S. forces.
  • 1998 - al-Qaida set off bombs at the U.S. embassies in Nairobi, Kenya and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, killing 224 people.
  • 2005 - Peter Jennings, anchor and senior editor of ABC News World News Tonight, died from lung cancer at the age of 67.
  • 2007 - Barry Bonds became baseball's career home run leader when he hit No. 756, passing Hank Aaron's mark.

Today At Utah Policy

GOP Chairman James Evans Critiques the First GOP Debate

Jeb Bush was the grown-up in the crowd, Marco Rubio’s stock went up, and Donald Trump was. . . Well, Donald Trump....

Bob Bernick's Notebook: Lee's Approval Ratings are Higher than Hatch's

Who would have thought it -- U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch losing some support among the “very conservative” of his state....

Bernick and Schott on Politics - Episode #248

Bob's back and there's a ton to talk about....

Podcast: Bernick and Schott on Politics - Episode #248

Bob's back and there's a ton to talk about....

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? ...

Hillary Clinton Faces Long Season of Congressional Investigations

Rep. Jason Chaffetz and other GOP chairmenplana new series ofprobes into Hillary Clinton's tenure as Secretary of State that could extend all the way up to Election Day 2016....

Policy News

Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
Outdoor Notes-- Utah Hike of the Week: Clark's Trail in Corner Canyon -- For the latest wildlife news and information and the fishing report visit the?DWR websiteWeekend EventsNew Films-- Dark Places: Tribune review -- The Gift: Tribune review -- The Look of Silence: Tribune...

Utah State Senator Curt Bramble to Lead NCSL
Curt Bramble, president pro tem of the Utah Senate, became the 43rd president of the National Conference of State Legislatures at the annual Legislative Summit....

Luncheon with the Consul General of the Republic of Korea
World Trade Center Utah, in partnership with the Governor's Office of Economic Development and the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce, is delighted to welcome The Honorable Dongman Han, Consul General of the Republic of Korea, and Kwangjae Kim,&n...

Utah.Gov Honored as Gold Stevie Award Winner in 2015 American Business Awards
The Utah Department of Technology Services announced Utah.Gov was presented with a Gold Stevie® Award in the Non-Profit Organizations category in The 13th Annual American Business Awards....

Press Release: Finance Committee Releases Bipartisan IRS Report
Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) released the Committee’s bipartisan investigative report detailing their investigation into the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) treatment of organizations applying for tax-exem...

Press Release: Hatch, Carper Introduce Bill Aimed at Ensuring Government Cybersecurity Accountability
Senator Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, the senior Republican in the United States Senate and longest-serving member in the history of the Senate Intelligence Committee, and Senator Tom Carper, D-Del., the most senior Democrat on the Senate Homeland Security and Government Af...

Press Release: Utah Delegation Sends Letter to Interior Secretary Jewell
Rep. Rob Bishop joined with the other members of Utah’s federal delegation in sending a letter to the Department of the Interior Secretary Sally Jewell. In the letter, the delegation informs Secretary Jewell that the creation of a National Monument in Utah would b...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Hatch is an indispensable senator of immense accomplishments

Op-ed: Improve, don't abandon, federal transportation program

Editorial: Utah needs more counseling to secure more Pell grants

Editorial: Vote on transportation sales tax can't wait

Embattled Utah DABC deputy director will retire

Utahns would cut water use, live smaller to save farms, Envision Utah survey says

Rolly: Shelter's answer to Salt Lake City's homeless problem: homes

Utah business leaders form group to campaign for sales-tax hike

Utah senator steps up to lead national lawmakers' group

Bears Ears monument debate is splitting Utah Navajos

St. George businessman Jeremy Johnson faces new indictment

Deseret News

Natalie Gochnour: Too much ego in politics detracts from seriousness of noble callings

Greg Bell: Good-faith communication helps us transcend contention, partisanship

Op-ed: School boards raising property taxes have no one to blame but themselves

Editorial: Beijing's winning of 2022 Games should have Salt Lake proceeding with Olympic-sized caution

Utah State Prison relocation: Everything you need to know

Herbert visits Utah's first utility-scale solar plant

Sen. Curt Bramble new head of national legislatures organization

Interior Secretary Sally Jewel, Mayor Ralph Becker unveil effort to inspire youths, protect public lands

Mayor Becker leads in campaign fundraising with $500,000

Hunger strike at Utah State Prison ends

State School Board moves to 'rewrite' proposed science standards after public comment


Voting deadlines are here in preparation for Tuesday's primary election (Daily Herald)

Hatch says more accountability needed in cybersecurity (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Chuck Schumer will oppose Iran deal (Politico)

Yes, it's the Trump Show (Politico)

Trump doesn't back down in raucous GOP debate (The Hill)

Christie, Paul have epic clash at debate (The Hill)

Democrats set debate schedule (Politico)

Candidates take aim at Trump, Clinton in 'happy hour' debate (USA Today)

O'Malley: Democrats 'hurting ourselves if we try to limit debate' (CNN)

CNN to host first of six Democratic presidential debates. Is it enough? (Christian Science Monitor)

50 years ago today, Voting Rights Act was declared a 'triumph for freedom' (Los Angeles Times)

Ferguson Businesses Struggle To Rebuild Post-Riots (NPR)

Planned Parenthood Clinics Challenge Florida Action Against Them (Wall Street Journal)


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