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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

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Ten Things You Need to Know for Tuesday - September 1, 2015

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City. 

Utahns are not enamored with Donald Trump's candidacy. Carson is tied with Trump in Iowa. Utah students show a big improvement in SAGE testing.

The clock:

  • 63 days to the 2015 election - (11/3/2015)
  • 139 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - (1/18/2016)
  • 146 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (1/25/2016)
  • 147 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary - (1/26/2016)
  • 191 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (3/10/2016)
  • 301 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 434 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)

Tuesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Our latest poll shows Utahns do not support Donald Trump's candidacy and would not support him if he ran as a third-party candidate [Utah Policy].
  2. A new poll out of Iowa has surgeon Ben Carson tied with Trump [The Hill].
  3. Trump pledges to reverse President Barack Obama's decision to rename Mt. McKinley as Denali [The Hill].
  4. Utah students show big improvements in the SAGE standardized testing, most notably in high school math [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News].
  5. Utah County officials come to an agreement on how to handle a proposed sales tax hike on the ballot so that some voters won't have to cast two separate ballots on election day [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News, Daily Herald].
  6. Utah's abortion rate falls to the lowest level ever [Associated Press].
  7. The Utah Department of Health says there has been a marked increase in the number of teenagers who use e-cigs instead of cigarettes [Deseret News, Associated Press, ABC 4, KUER].
  8. The Utah Food Bank warns thousands of donors that their information may have been compromised due to a website breach [Fox 13].
  9. John Huber officially takes the reigns as the U.S. attorney for Utah [Tribune, Deseret News].
  10. The Supreme Court rules a Kentucky county clerk cannot deny marriage licenses to same-sex couples because of her religious beliefs [USA Today].

On this day in history:

  • 1807 - Aaron Burr, who served as vice president under Thomas Jefferson, was acquitted of treason charges growing out of an alleged plot to set up an independent empire in the country's south and west.
  • 1939 - World War II began as Nazi Germany invaded Poland.
  • 1972 - American Bobby Fischer defeated Russian Boris Spassky for the world chess championship.
  • 1983 - A Korean Air Lines Boeing 747 - Flight 007 - strayed into Soviet airspace and was shot down by a Soviet jet fighter. All 269 people on the airliner died.
  • 1985 - Scientists found the wreck of the British luxury liner Titanic in the Atlantic Ocean south of Newfoundland.

Today At Utah Policy

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Policy News

Utah County Officials Simplify Ballot for Upcoming Election
In a discussion today with Lt. Gov. Spencer J. Cox, Utah County officials have agreed to allow all county voters to cast only one ballot in the upcoming November election. Previously, election officials considered requiring voters in the five all vote-by-mail cities to also ...

A Commitment to Manage Explosive Growth
Residential, retail, commercial and industrial developments are happening so fast along the western corridor of Davis and Weber Counties, at least one city within the corridor is taking quick steps to stay ahead of the explosive growth....

Utah Students Improve on Language Arts, Math, Science SAGE Tests
Utah public school students on average improved in language arts, math, and science end-of-level tests known as SAGE (Student Assessment of Growth and Excellence) assessments, according to data released today by the Utah State Office of Education....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Small tax could end long delay

Rolly: After a lightning strike changed his career path, Fred Ball took Utah's business world by storm

The hamlet of Wallsburg hasn't forgotten the 2013 election it didn't hold

New U.S. attorney for Utah formally installed in office

Whew! Utah County residents won't have to vote twice

Lawmaker: Rise in Utah prescription overdose deaths a 'medical emergency'

Deseret News

Op-ed: Utah charter schools experience phenomenal growth, should remain an option for students

Students see 'great growth' in second year of SAGE assessment

Educators expected successes in second year of SAGE

Opponents of coal production say there is a better way

Utah County residents in vote-by-mail cities won't need to cast ballots twice

New U.S. Attorney for Utah John Huber takes oath of office

Plumes of chlorine gas to be released on Dugway testing grounds

E-cigs surpass cigarettes in popularity among Utah teens

Does coal have a future in Utah? Should it?


County officials, city leaders bridge gap over vote-by-mail controversy (Daily Herald)

SAGE results show improvements across board in both districts (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

Who's who in Clinton's email saga (Politico)

Steve Schmidt: Donald Trump 'emasculating' Jeb Bush (Politico)

Fiorina, Christie battle for spot on main debate stage (The Hill)

Will Mitt Romney Jump In? (Observer)

Dow posts worst August decline in 17 years (MarketWatch)

This Ohio GOP congressman is going to fight the Mt. McKinley name change (Washington Post)

Killer unloaded 'entire pistol' into deputy, DA says (CNN)

Carson Surging in Iowa, Tied with Trump at Top of New Poll (NBC News)

Police union official critical of 'disgusting' chant at Black Lives Matter march (Star Tribune)

New batch of Clinton e-mails due Monday, minus 150 deemed classified (Washington Post)

Trump upends GOP message on economy (Washington Post)


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