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Ten Things You Need to Know for Monday - September 14, 2015

Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City. 

Donald Trump and Ben Carson continue leading the GOP pack nationally. Utahns want campaign finance reform. Utah's open enrollment law could lead to "white flight."

The clock:

  • 50 days to the 2015 election - (11/3/2015)
  • 126 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - (1/18/2016)
  • 133 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (1/25/2016)
  • 134 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary - (1/26/2016)
  • 178 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (3/10/2016)
  • 288 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 421 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)

Monday's top-10 headlines:

  1. A new poll shows Donald Trump and Ben Carson continue to lead the GOP race nationally. Hillary Clinton is still in front of the Democrats, but her support appears to be weakening [Washington Post].
  2. Bernie Sanders has a double-digit lead over Clinton in Iowa [The Hill].
  3. What did we learn from Rick Perry's failed presidential bid? [The Week]
  4. A new poll shows a significant majority of Utahns want an overhaul of the state's campaign finance regulations [Utah Policy].
  5. Critics say the state's open enrollment law for public schools is leading to some "white flight" [Tribune].
  6. The Utah Medical Association is opposed to a proposal that would shift the costs of expanding Medicaid to health care providers [Associated Press].
  7. Former Salt Lake County Councilman David Wilde succumbs to cancer at the age of 59 [Tribune].
  8. Rep. Ed Redd tells a town hall meeting about the benefits of medical cannabis [Herald Journal].
  9. Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin will be in Utah next month to headline a fundraiser for the Pregnancy Resource Center [Deseret News].
  10. California's wildfire season is quickly spreading out of control [Los Angeles Times].

On this day in history:

  • 1814 - Francis Scott Key wrote the lyrics to "The Star-Spangled Banner" after witnessing the British bombardment of Fort McHenry in Maryland during the War of 1812.
  • 1901 - President William McKinley died of wounds inflicted by an assassin eight days earlier. He was succeeded by Vice President Theodore Roosevelt.
  • 1959 - Soviet probe Lunik-2 became the first Earth-launched space vehicle to land on the moon.
  • 1962 - Princess Grace of Monaco - American film actress Grace Kelly - was killed when her car plunged off a mountain road by the Cote D'Azur.

Today At Utah Policy

Poll: Big Majority of Utahns Want Campaign Finance Reform

A big majority of Utahns say the state's virtually non-existent limits on campaign donations need an overhaul....

Utah Policy/KSL Insider Survey: Who Will Get the Blame for Another Government Shutdown?

It appears President Obama and Congress are headed toward another budget impasse in the next few weeks, this time over federal funding for Planned Parenthood. Many are speculating it could lead to another government shutdown. Our "Political Insiders" and readers th...

Rubio Courts the Mormon Vote

POLITICO says presidential contender Marco Rubiois "subtly leveraging" his childhood LDS background to build support amongMormon voters in Nevada....

Herbert Praised for Bipartisan Approach

GOVERNING magazine spotlightsGary Herbert as one of 6 U.S. governors "who choose pragmatism over ideology."...

Generational Politics in 2016: Despite All Their Age Are We Still Just A Rat In A Cage?

So a lot has changed in the presidential race since last I wrote on the subject in June, and it’s making me increasingly optimistic for Republicans....

Policy News

Senator Hatch: What Have We Learned from 9/11?
Senator Orrin Hatch, the senior Republican in the United States Senate, issued the following statement on the 14th anniversary of the September 11th attacks:...

Rep. Bishop Votes 'No' on Iran Deal
Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT) released the following statement following his "no" vote on H.R. 3461. This vote asserts Rep. Bishop’s disapproval of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action relating to the nuclear program of Iran, or ‘The Iran Deal.’...

Utah Democrats Offer Condolences on the Passing of Former Salt Lake County Council Member David Wilde
The Utah Democratic Party offers condolences to the Wilde family upon the passing of former Salt Lake County Council Member David Wilde....

Salt Lake County Mayor, Council Mourn the Passing of Former Councilman David Wilde
Salt Lake County Mayor and County Council Chair Richard Snelgrove issued the following statement upon learning of the death of former County Councilman David Wilde:...

Hatch, Wyden Announce Markup of Bipartisan Bill to Prevent Identity Theft and Tax Refund Fraud
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) announced the Committee will mark up an original bipartisan bill to curb identity theft and tax refund fraud on Wednesday, September 16, in Room 215 of the D...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Post-trial effort that forced out judge in Lyman case is an outrage

Editorial: Another Utah poll shows disconnect between people, lawmakers

Editorial: West Jordan needs to solve spats without courts

Cancer claims David Wilde, former Salt Lake County councilman

GOED offers $1.1M in film incentives

Utah farmers see the sun setting on their lifestyle as water managers plan for homes

Utah's open-enrollment law allows for 'white flight' from troubled schools, some parents say

Deseret News

Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Autumn season means Congress back in action

John Florez: Taxing doctors creates a moral dilemma

Mia Love: Iran nuclear deal is not about partisan politics, but rather American lives

Pat Jones: More women needed in prominent seats at the political table

Op-ed: Hatch reclaims moral high ground on Iran deal

Editorial: Should schools adjust starting times to aid student productivity, sleeping?

Survey: Utahns want targeted funding for education

Sarah Palin coming to Utah to headline Pregnancy Resource Center fundraiser

Lawmakers get glimpse of lives of homeless people, services that help them


Orrin Hatch honors veterans at Salem Hills patriotic program (Daily Herald)

Is free speech being muzzled on university campuses? (Standard-Examiner)

Cache District sees positive strides in SAGE results (Logan Herald Journal)

Rep. Redd talks benefits and risks of medical cannabis (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

Poll: Americans not happy with Obama's handling of Iran (Politico)

Is Trump killing justice reform? (Politico)

Clinton faces trouble in Florida (The Hill)

Obama retaliation could spur China to call off state visit (The Hill)

School districts see teacher shortages after years of cuts (Associated Press)

Calif. lawmakers approve right-to-die measure after emotional debate (Washington Post)

Donald Trump on CEO pay: 'It's disgraceful' (Washington Post)

Bernie Sanders seeks to expand appeal to South Carolina and beyond (USA Today)

Schumer wants to keep drones way from airports, major events (Associated Press)

Congress now turns to spending bill to keep government open, avoid shutdown over Planned Parenthood (FOX News)

Chris Christie: 'Bridgegate' not a 'stain' on my administration - 'Nothing has been proven yet' (New York Daily News)


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