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Ten Things You Need to Know Today - Monday, September 21, 2015

Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City. There are 101 days left in 2015.

Ben Carson and Bernie Sanders top their party's presidential fields in Utah. Carson says a Muslim should not be elected president. Count My Vote leaders say the two sides in the lawsuit over SB54 cannot negotiate a settlement that changes the law.

The clock:

  • 43 days to the 2015 election - (11/3/2015)
  • 119 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - (1/18/2016)
  • 126 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (1/25/2016)
  • 129 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary - (1/26/2016)
  • 171 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (3/10/2016)
  • 281 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 414 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)

Monday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Despite trailing in early primary and caucus states, Democrat Hillary Clinton has extended her national lead over Bernie Sanders [CNN].
  2. In Utah, a new poll shows Ben Carson is tops among the GOP field while Sanders and Vice President Joe Biden are the top picks among Democrats [Utah Policy].
  3. So much for not requiring a religious test to hold office. Ben Carson says in an interview that he does not believe a Muslim should be the president [The Hill].
  4. Pope Francis visits Washington, D.C. this week. His liberal views and policies have some Congressional Republicans feeling a bit of heartburn over his visit [CNN].
  5. A judge has ordered the state and Utah GOP to mediate a solution in the lawsuit over SB54. Leaders of the Count My Vote group say that's not legal because the two parties cannot alter existing law [Utah Policy].
  6. Ralph Becker and Jackie Biskupski are laying out their respective visions for Utah's capital city ahead of November's election [Deseret News].
  7. Biskupski wins the endorsement of LGBT leaders in Salt Lake City [Tribune].
  8. The prison relocation could be a potent political issue in the 2015 and 2016 elections [Deseret News].
  9. Utah's job growth was tops for the entire nation in August [Deseret News, Associated Press].
  10. The Utah ACLU is threatening a lawsuit unless the state does better providing legal defense for poor Utahns [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1780 - American Gen. Benedict Arnold gave plans to the British for the surrender of West Point, N.Y. Arnold's name was forever after associated with the word "traitor."
  • 1792 - The French National Convention voted to abolish the monarchy.
  • 1937 - J.R.R. Tolkien published "The Hobbit."
  • 1981 - Sandra Day O'Connor received a unanimous vote in the Senate to become the first female member of the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • 1983 - Interior Secretary James Watt described a special advisory panel as consisting of "a black...a woman, two Jews and a cripple." Watt later apologized and resigned.

Today At Utah Policy

Carson, Sanders Top Picks Among Utahns for 2016

The popularity of Ben Carson and Bernie Sanders is surging among Utahns in the race for 2016....

Judge Orders Both Sides in Lawsuit over SB54 to Mediate. Count My Vote Leaders Say That's Not Legal

A Utah federal judge has asked the two litigants in the SB54 lawsuit to do something they don’t have the power to do – come up with a deal on the candidate reform law without having the authority to make such a deal....

Utah Policy/KSL Insider Survey: Who Won the Second GOP Debate?

Carly Fiorina was the big winner of the second GOP primary debate according to our "Political Insiders" panel....

Policy News

Press Release: Poverty Data Released by Census Shows Mixed Results for Utah's Poor
Despite heavy opposition since it’s passage in 2010, the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) has led to a significant decrease in the uninsured rate in every state, including Utah, since 2013. ...

Press Release: Salt Lake County, Valley Behavioral Health to Open New Facility
Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams will join mental health and substance abuse treatment partners to open a new community facility for adult women leaving incarceration but who need structured support as they seek to reenter the community. ...

Press Release: Sen. Lee Commends DOJ for Rigorous Review of Expedia-Orbitz Merger, Promises Continued Oversight of Competition for Travel Services
Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) today issued the following statement regarding the Department of Justice’s approval of the Expedia-Orbitz merger:...

Press Release: LGBT Community Endowment Fund and the Community Foundation of Utah Host First Annual Grant Award Reception
The LGBT Community Endowment Fund, held at the Community Foundation of Utah, awarded grants of $53,500 to 12 organizations throughout Utah who are addressing the most pressing issues of the LGBTQ community at a reception held in their honor at the new S.J. Quinney College of...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Interim S.L. chief is helping turn corner on downtown crime

Op-ed: We still must rise above our history of scapegoating immigrants

Op-ed: Medicaid expansion is not the Utah way of helping poor

Op-ed: Cutting impact fees helps developers, not SLC residents

Op-ed: Diverse homeless population requires multi-pronged solution

Editorial: Dixie rightfully allows free speech on campus

Millcreek residents turn out to ponder their future

Gov. Herbert visits Hildale, search for last victim to pause Sunday

Most Utahns say public lands should be managed differently, balancing development with preservation

If Utah doesn't provide better legal defense for the poor, ACLU may file lawsuit

LGBT leaders endorse Biskupski for Salt Lake City mayor

Deseret News

Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Second GOP debate highlights some substance, endless entertainment

Op-ed: Medicaid expansion in Utah responsibly helps poor, needy

John Florez: Seems like Salt Lake is being 'Aspenized'

Drew Clark: Improving religious freedom must begin with cultivating society's soil

Op-ed: Provider tax good way to expand Utah's health insurance

Editorial: Consider these principles when improving Utah's public education

Utah high court sides with fired Wal-Mart employees who claimed self-defense

Utah economy operating at 'full employment'

Utahns in U.S. House vote to cut Planned Parenthood funding

Prison relocation still remains issue in political races

Recreation, wildlife, farming dominate public lands concerns

'We are all humbled': Gov. Herbert visits Hildale families, tours flood aftermath

Becker, Biskupski's visions crystalize as election approaches

New campaign urges voters to approve tax hike for transportation


Logan, Providence set for by-mail election (Logan Herald Journal)

Editorial: New water heater rule is worth it (Standard-Examiner)

Utah self-defense laws trump employer policy in Walmart firings (Standard-Examiner)

Dilapidated voting machines may put elections at risk (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Hating on Pope Francis (Politico)

The Carly show hits the road to rave reviews (Politico)

Fiorina jumps to second place in post-debate poll (The Hill)

Tensions rise over women in combat (The Hill)

GOP candidate Carson: Muslim shouldn't be elected president (Associated Press)

In N.H., Hillary Clinton is lacking in the art of contact (Boston Globe)

Civil Rights Commission: Detention centers violate immigrants' constitutional rights (Christian Science Monitor)

Biden's Wife Jill Would Be 'on Board' If the VP Decides to Run for President (ABC News)

Bernie Sanders talks about his brand of socialism (CBS News)

California Republicans confront long odds in race to fill Sen. Barbara Boxer's seat (Los Angeles Times)

Yellen, other Fed officials to ramp up October rate-hike debate (MarketWatch)


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