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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

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Ten Things You Need to Know for Wednesday - September 2, 2015

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City. 

Romney "horrified" by Trump's candidacy. There are some growing pains for Utah's plan to reform the criminal justice system. Utah officials are mulling a digital version of drivers licenses.

The clock:

  • 62 days to the 2015 election - (11/3/2015)
  • 138 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - (1/18/2016)
  • 145 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (1/25/2016)
  • 146 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary - (1/26/2016)
  • 190 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (3/10/2016)
  • 300 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 433 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)

Wednesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Some people close to former GOP nominee Mitt Romney say the former Massachusetts governor is "horrified" by Donald Trump's ascendancy, which is sparking talk Romney might jump into the 2016 field [New York Magazine].
  2. Reps. Rob Bishop and Jason Chaffetz say the Environmental Protection Agency knew there was a risk the Gold King Mine could release toxic sludge into the Animas River, but didn't do anything to stop it [Tribune, Deseret News].
  3. The ambitious criminal justice reform passed by the legislature is causing some confusion amongst those who have to enforce the new standards [Utah Policy].
  4. Utah officials are toying with the idea of establishing a digital drivers license so that citizens don't have to carry a paper version [Fox 13].
  5. The Salt Lake County District Attorney's Office officially takes over the Salt Lake City prosecutor's office [Deseret News, Tribune].
  6. Utahns mostly think the University of Utah will have the best football season of all the local college teams [Utah Policy].
  7. A majority of Republican voters nationwide think President Barack Obama is a Muslim according to a new poll [The Hill].
  8. President Obama is one vote away from an important foreign policy victory. He needs one more Senator to approve his Iran nuclear deal to sustain his veto if Congressional Republicans vote to kill the plan [Huffington Post].
  9. CNN has changed their rules for who will appear on stage at the second GOP debate, clearing the way for Carly Fiorina to get a place in the primetime field [Politico].
  10. Donald Trump will appear on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on Sept. 11 [USA Today].

On this day in history:

  • 1789 - The U.S. Treasury Department was established.
  • 1864 - Union Gen. William T. Sherman's forces occupied Atlanta during the Civil War.
  • 1901 - Vice President Theodore Roosevelt offered the advice, "Speak softly and carry a big stick," in a speech at the Minnesota State Fair.
  • 1945 - Japan signed an unconditional surrender aboard the U.S. battleship Missouri, formally ending World War II.
  • 2005 - President George W. Bush told Michael Brown, head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, "Brownie, you're doing a heck of a job" during a tour Hurricane Katrina damage in Alabama.

Today At Utah Policy

Poll: Utahns Say the Utes Will Have the Best College Football Season

As Utah's college football teams gear up for the 2015 season, most fans in the state expect the University of Utah to have the best season this year....

Criminal Justice Reform Causing Some Confusion

Try changing the whole idea of how criminals are treated under Utah law and there are bound to be some hiccups....

Policy News

Salt Lake County Announces Public Comment Period for the 2014-2015 Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report
Salt Lake County has prepared its annual report to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on the uses and results of its funding to the county for the fiscal year July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015....

University of Utah Announces 100/100 Initiative at Grand Opening of Award-Winning College of Law Building
The University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law announced a new initiative to establish a goal of 100 percent bar passage and 100 percent professional employment placement among its new law school graduates....

Press Release: September 10 World Suicide Prevention Day and September 12 NAMI Utah Walk
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Utah is holding its Annual NAMIWalks on September 12, 2015 at Liberty Park, NE Pavilion in Salt Lake City, Utah. It takes place from 8:30 am to 2:00 pm. ...

Press Release: County Allocates New Round of Funding for Bicycle Transportation Network
Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams and Riverton City Mayor Bill Applegarth took a ride on newly painted bike lanes along 2700 West in Riverton Tuesday, where the city and county are collaborating to improve a bike network to be more connected and safe....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Springdale can survive the arrival of Subway

Warning: Drivers in Salt Lake City, West Valley are worse than average

Dugway to release tons of chlorine gas this week in test

Mormon apostle Ballard to keynote next month's World Congress of Families gathering in Utah

County DA takes over management of Salt Lake City prosecutor's office

Rolly: Where are D.A. Gill's critics now as his office wins conviction in hotly disputed case?

Group prods fellow Mormons to get behind family-friendly immigration reform

WWII put Utah women to work, changed face of the state

Utah's Bishop, Chaffetz say EPA knew mine spill was likely but didn't act

Deseret News

Richard Davis: The choices for president don't excite Utah voters

Jay Evensen: We won't ever keep up with transportation needs

Editorial: SUU's Edge gives just that to undergraduates

Bishop, Chaffetz say EPA knew spill potential at Colorado mine a year ago

Mayors take a ride on new Riverton bike lanes

Commissioners hear support, criticism for bypass route around Vernal

Salt Lake County district attorney takes leadership over city prosecution office


Lt. Gov. Cox visits Springville (Daily Herald)

Editorial: Reform military pension tax policy in Utah (Standard-Examiner)

Most local schools' test scores edge up from last year (Standard-Examiner)

Report: Utah one of the least expensive states for health care (Logan Herald Journal)

Public lands bill being drafted (Park Record)

Summit County man, political newcomer, wants to lead Utah GOP (Park Record)

National Headlines

SEIU battles over Bernie (Politico)

Top Democrat agonizes over Iran deal (Politico)

Inside Clinton's emails: Boehner, 'Parks and Rec' and gefilte fish (The Hill)

Obama on cusp of Iran victory (The Hill)

Kentucky Clerk, a Local Fixture, Suddenly Becomes a National Symbol (New York Times)

San Francisco Sheriff, Feds Sued Over Woman Allegedly Killed By Immigrant (Huffington Post)

How Carly Fiorina earned a spot on the big stage at the GOP debate (Washington Post)

Latest Planned Parenthood video spotlights new company in alleged fetal sale (CNN)

Trumka: Early AFL-CIO endorsement 'conceivable' (Politico)

Donald Trump To Answer Questions at Public Hispanic Chamber Forum Oct. 8 (NBC News)

U.S. Awards Identity-Protection Contract Following OPM Breach (Wall Street Journal)


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