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Ten Things You Need to Know for Thursday - September 17, 2015

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City. 

GOP presidential hopefuls debate for a second time. Utahns want Sen. Mike Lee to continue defying Republican leadership. Rep. Mia Love prepares for another close race in 2016.

The clock:

  • 47 days to the 2015 election - (11/3/2015)
  • 123 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - (1/18/2016)
  • 130 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (1/25/2016)
  • 131 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary - (1/26/2016)
  • 175 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (3/10/2016)
  • 285 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 418 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)

Thursday's top-10 headlines:

  1. The second GOP Debate took place at the Ronald Reagan Library Wednesday night. While everyone has an opinion on how the participants did one thing is clear - three hours is too long for a debate [CNN].
  2. The other Republican candidates figured out how to keep Donald Trump from dominating the affair [The Hill].
  3. Here are the winners and losers from Wednesday night's debate [Washington Post].
  4. A new poll shows Utahns want Sen. Mike Lee to continue defying Republican leadership in the Senate [Utah Policy].
  5. Rep. Mia Love's bid for a second term in Washington could be another close race in 2016 [Roll Call].
  6. Utah's budget picture improves again [Deseret News].
  7. Utah lawmakers tour the rural part of the state [Deseret News, Associated Press].
  8. The number of Utahns who are without health insurance drops for the fourth straight year [Tribune].
  9. BYU says the number of returned missionaries on campus has jumped 17-percent [Daily Herald].
  10. The Fed meets Thursday to discuss a possible interest rate hike [USA Today].

On this day in history:

  • 1787 - The U.S. Constitution, completed in Philadelphia, was signed by a majority of the 55 delegates to the Constitutional Convention.
  • 1862 - Union forces led by Gen. George McClellan attacked Confederate troops led by Gen. Robert E. Lee near Antietam Creek in Maryland.
  • 1939 - Soviet troops invaded Poland, 16 days after Nazi Germany moved into the country.
  • 1978 - Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin signed the Camp David Accords.
  • 2001 - President George W. Bush said Osama bin Laden, the ringleader in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, was "wanted dead or alive."

Today At Utah Policy

Poll: Utahns Want Mike Lee to Continue to Defy GOP Leadership

Sen. Mike Lee is often at odds with Republican leadership in the U.S. Senate. Most Utahns say they prefer that maverick approach to governing. ...

Weekly Survey: Who Won the Second GOP Debate?

Eleven Republican candidates faced off at the Ronald Reagan Library on Wednesday night. Who do you think won the contest? Vote now in our weekly survey....

Hatch: Iran Deal Makes War More Likely

In a Washington Times op-ed, Sen. Orrin Hatch says Pres. Obama's "catastrophically bad" deal with Iran paves, rather than precludes, the terror-sponsoring regime'spath to nuclear weapons capability....

Game Theory and Politics: What Mario Kart Can Teach Us About 2016

Because video games can analyze – and manipulate – human psychology so well, game theory gets a lot of attention these days – but it’s hardly a new field. Plato is supposed to have said, “You can discover more about a person in an hour of p...

Policy News

Utah's Smart Rulemaking Process
Regulation plays an important role in the economy. Ideally, it is meant to create a level playing field for business while protecting public safety and the environment. A modern, balanced and transparent regulatory system gives businesses the confidence they need to hire, in...

Economic Outlook: Worker Support Needed Along with Free Trade
Free trade has historically been regarded as an ideal pillar of economics—a proverbial tide that lifts all boats. ...

Transportation and Medical Care Prices Cause Dip in Wasatch Front Consumer Price Index
The Zions Bank Wasatch Front Consumer Price Index decreased 0.3 percent from July to August on a non-seasonally adjusted basis. ...

Press Release: New Census Data Show that Utah is Falling behind in Health Insurance Coverage
Census Bureau data released today show historic gains in health insurance coverage across the nation. In contrast, the proportion of Utahns with health insurance coverage improved more modestly, from 14.0% in 2013 to 12.5% in 2014....

Press Release: Hatch Speaks Out on Electronics Communications Privacy Act Reform
Senator Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, former Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and Chairman of the Senate Republican High-Tech Task Force, spoke today at the Media Institute on the Law Enforcement Access to Data Stored Abroad (LEADS) Act, following a Senate Judiciary Committ...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Draper's car-dealer incentive is a real cream puff

Becker courts Republicans; Biskupski grabs support from labor groups

From essays to employment: Utah college awarded for jobs-focused arts, humanities courses

Utah air-quality department opens power-plant permit for review on heels of Sierra Club lawsuit

Hale Centre Theatre shows what's behind the curtain of its future facility

Fewer people are without health insurance - is it the Obamacare effect?

Deseret News

Sen. Orrin Hatch: Strengthening religious liberty by extending opportunities to religious workers

Jay Evensen: How the prison could help Salt Lake City, and why you don't need to breathe to be happy

Op-ed: Say no to Medicaid expansion

Conn Carroll: Another look at Sen. Lee's work

Dan Liljenquist: Testing the 'beneficiaries pay' theory of medicaid expansion

Jay Evensen: Computers aren't helping schools succeed

Editorial: Celebrating a most remarkable document on Constitution Day

Education reports: See Utah's highest and lowest school grades

State revenues exceed projections

Census: Senior women have higher poverty rate than elderly men


Utah County leaders discuss growth trends (Daily Herald)

Op-ed: The facts of our library proposal (Standard-Examiner)

Editorial: Fighting for free speech in Farmington (Standard-Examiner)

Local schools improving, say state and federal reports (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

Lady and the Trump (Politico)

Trump fails to stampede GOP herd (The Hill)

GOP debate winners and losers (The Hill)

Fiorina: 'Shame on us' if Congress funds Planned Parenthood (The Hill)

Leslie Moonves and CBS Staff Heard Dismissing Robert Redford's Dan Rather Movie as 'Half-Truth' (Hollywood Reporter)

Kerry: Russia wants military talks on Syria (Washington Examiner)

Boehner and his allies prepare fall battle with conservative GOP critics (Washington Post)

Jerry Brown Considering Running for President? (Weekly Standard)

Chelsea Clinton on Hillary's struggle with voters: 'I'm a daughter, not a pundit' (TODAY)

Obama Using Business CEOs Meeting to Apply Budget Pressure (Associated Press)

Pats' Brady hopes Trump has what it takes to be president (FOXSports)


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