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Ten Things you Need to Know for Wednesday - September 16, 2015

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City. 

The second GOP primary debate is on tap tonight. Becker and Biskupski trade jabs on the economy. Love wants to avoid another government shutdown.

The clock:

  • 48 days to the 2015 election - (11/3/2015)
  • 124 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - (1/18/2016)
  • 131 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (1/25/2016)
  • 132 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary - (1/26/2016)
  • 176 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (3/10/2016)
  • 286 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 419 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)

Wednesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Let's get ready to rumble! The second GOP presidential primary debate airs tonight on CNN. Candidates will be "encouraged" to confront on another while on stage [New York Times, Washington Post].
  2. A new poll shows more Republicans are beginning to see Donald Trump as having the best chance of winning the presidential election in 2016 [New York Times].
  3. CNN's Anderson Cooper cuts away from live coverage Donald Trump's big speech on foreign policy because Trump failed to offer any specifics during his address [Mediaite].
  4. Ralph Becker and Jackie Biskupski spar over their competing economic plans [Tribune, KUER].
  5. Becker begins subtly reaching out to Republican voters ahead of November's election [Utah Policy].
  6. Republican Jonathan Johnson officially kicks off his gubernatorial campaign [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune].
  7. Rep. Mia Love says she is pushing to avoid a government shutdown over federal funding for Planned Parenthood [Deseret News].
  8. Rep. Jason Chaffetz issues subpoenas to the group that produced undercover videos of Planned Parenthood officials [Utah Policy, Tribune].
  9. U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell says there is no "plan B" if they can't come up with a deal to protect public lands in Utah [Tribune].
  10. More Utah schools improve under the state's school grading system [Tribune, Deseret News].

On this day in history:

  • 1620 - The Mayflower left Plymouth, England, with 102 passengers, bound for America.
  • 1974 - President Gerald Ford offered conditional amnesty to Vietnam draft evaders. He said they could return to the United States if they performed up to two years of public service.
  • 1893 - Hundreds of thousands of settlers took part in a land run in Oklahoma's "Cherokee Strip."
  • 1994 - A U.S. federal court jury in Anchorage, Alaska, ordered Exxon to pay $5 billion in damages in the Exxon Valdez oil spill in 1989.
  • 2008 - The federal government announced an emergency $85 billion loan to rescue AIG, the world's largest insurance company.

Today At Utah Policy

Becker Begins His Courtship of Republican Voters

You have to look close, or you'll miss it, but in one of Salt Lake Mayor Ralph Becker’s new TV ads there stands former GOP Gov. Mike Leavitt with the Democratic mayor....

Dan and Pat Jones Honored by Utah Foundation

How fitting that the first Insight Award given by the Utah Foundation should go to public policy experts and long-time pollsters Dan and Pat Jones....

Chaffetz Subpoenas Unedited Planned Parenthood Footage

House Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz announces legal action overriding theefforts of a San Francisco judge to shieldPlanned Parenthood from more scrutiny over the group's sale of aborted baby parts....

Hatch: Make Unions More Democratic

In a Washington Times op-ed, Sen. Orrin Hatch discusseshis newly introduced Employee Rights Act, which would empower workers to influence howtheir union represents them....

Voting Rights in Focus on Thursday

The right to vote is something Americans take for granted, but it's been one of the most controversial in the nation's history....

Policy News

Press Release: Jonathan Johnson Campaign Kickoff Sees 500+ Attendees
Jonathan Johnson, chairman of, held a kickoff party for his Republican campaign for Utah governor in 2016.  The event started at 6pm and was located near headquarters ...

Governor's Statement on Flash Flood in Zion National Park
Gov. Gary R. Herbert issued the following statement regarding the flash flooding in Keyhole Canyon located in Zion National Park:...

Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams Selects Lori Bays as Deputy Mayor
Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams has chosen Lori Bays as his new Deputy Mayor and Chief Administrative Officer. Bays’ appointment was unanimously approved today by the Salt Lake County Council; she will replace Nichole Dunn, who is moving with her family to Washingto...

Executives Teach Utah Delegation the Ins and Outs of Finding Success in China
World Trade Center Utah is leveraging its network and resources to organize three key events for the Zions Bank State of Utah Trade Mission to Hong Kong and South China: a manufacturing site visit, an executive discussion and a site visit to CBRE.  ...

Hatch Statement on Flooding in Washington County
Senator Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, issued the following statement on the flooding in Washington County: ...

Governor's Statement on Flooding in Washington County
Gov. Gary R. Herbert issued the following statement regarding the flash flooding in Washington County:...

Governor's Head of Technology Services to Step Down
After 32 years of service in state government, Mark VanOrden, executive director of the Department of Technology Services (DTS), will retire leaving his post effective on Nov. 12, 2015....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Utah must offer more help to the mentally ill

Get an email from Jon Huntsman Sr. offering millions? It's a scam

Rolly: Utah Eagle Forum, like the Mormon church, is plagued by impersonators

Three report cards show improvements at Utah public schools

Interior boss hopes sage grouse won't make endangered list

Jewell: No Plan B if 'grand bargain' lands legislation fails

Chaffetz subpoenas anti-abortion group for Planned Parenthood videos

Biskupski rolls out 'business friendly' economic-development plan

Salt Lake County opts for more ballot information

Draper approves tax incentive to lure car dealerships

Former Overstock chief launches campaign at company HQ

Deseret News

Op-ed: Eliminating coal - will things be better?

Richard Davis: Sen. Lee needs to change his approach to legislating

Editorial: Pioneer Park crackdown another 'been there, done that' effort?

Becker, Biskupski lobby for Latino support

Forecast for jobs in Utah trending upward

Grades for Utah schools rise, mirroring growth in SAGE assessment

Federal judge cancels Price coal mine lease for violating financial terms

Republican Jonathan Johnson kicks off campaign for governor

Rep. Love: 'My intention is to keep government running' not shut down over Planned Parenthood


Are Utah County's residents putting money where their mouth is? (Daily Herald)

Utah's 2015 grades released: How did your child's school do? (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Donald Trump's Grand Inquisitor (Politico)

Sen. Cornyn wants special counsel to investigate Clinton email (Politico)

GOP lawmaker urges McConnell to change Senate rules for Iran vote (The Hill)

Obama cyber sanctions could spur Chinese backlash (The Hill)

'You People Are Suffering': Trump Laments Illegal Immigration in Dallas (Associated Press)

Why is Twitter integrating political donations into tweets? It's good business. (Washington Post)

With shutdown looming, staff weighs options (Washington Post)

Kentucky clerk case divides religious liberty advocates (Associated Press)

Online Ad for Jeb Bush Paints Dark Picture of Donald Trump (New York Times)

Wall St. rallies as clock ticks toward Fed decision (Reuters)

White House says does not back U.S. House bill to repeal oil export ban (Reuters)


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