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Ten Things You Need to Know Today - Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City. There are 100 days left in 2015.

Walker drops out. Mormons support the LDS Church's decision to stay with the Boy Scouts. Becker and Biskupski spar over educational issues.

The clock:

  • 42 days to the 2015 election - (11/3/2015)
  • 118 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - (1/18/2016)
  • 125 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (1/25/2016)
  • 128 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary - (1/26/2016)
  • 170 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (3/10/2016)
  • 280 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 413 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)

Tuesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is not running for president anymore as he suspends his campaign [Washington Post].
  2. Pope Francis visits Washington, D.C. today, which could bring the city to a virtual standstill [New York Times].
  3. Our new poll shows most Utah Mormons support the LDS Church's decision to maintain their relationship with the Boy Scouts. A month ago, a survey showed they wanted the Church to leave the organization [Utah Policy].
  4. Donald Trump holds a Q&A during a live chat on Twitter [New York Times].
  5. Ralph Becker and Jackie Biskupski tangle over educational issues [Deseret News].
  6. Bernie Sanders supporters crashed our website for a few hours on Monday [Utah Policy].
  7. Sen. Kevin Van Tassell says he thinks a legislative group will recommend a new lease for the Utah State Fair [Deseret News].
  8. Salt Lake City Council candidate Nate Salazar says the top issue he hears from voters is the city's homeless problem [Utah Policy].
  9. Accused fraudster Jeremy Johnson claims former Attorney General Mark Shurtleff advised him to scuttle a plea agreement with federal prosecutors in 2013 [Tribune].
  10. The Davis School District is pushing a $298 million bond to build new schools that will help with the district's overcrowding problem [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1776 - The British hanged American Revolutionary War hero and patriot Nathan Hale. His famous last words were, "I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country."
  • 1862 - President Abraham Lincoln issued the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, declaring all slaves in rebel states free as of January 1, 1863.
  • 1949 - The Soviet Union successfully detonated its first atomic bomb.
  • 1975 - President Gerald Ford escaped a second assassination attempt in 17 days, this one by self-proclaimed revolutionary Sara Jane Moore, who tried to shoot him as he walked from a San Francisco hotel.
  • 1980 - The conflict between Iran and Iraq erupted into full-scale war.

Today At Utah Policy

Poll: Utah Mormons Support LDS Church Keeping Relationship with the Boy Scouts

Now that LDS Church leadership has decided to stay in the Boy Scouts of America, a majority of Utahns who say they are “very active” Mormons have done an about face and now want their church to stay in the scouting program, a new UtahPolicy poll shows....

Editor's Column: How Reddit and Bernie Sanders Crashed Our Website

Behold the power of the internet. It is beautiful and terrifying at the same time....

Utah Ranks Number One for Job Growth

Utah posted the highest job growth rate in the nation for total and private job growth for the seventh consecutive month.  According to new data recently released, Utah posted private job sector growth at 4.6 percent and total sector job growth at 4.0 percent....

Bishop: California Democrats Amplify Effects of Drought

In a National Review op-ed, Rep. Rob Bishop says leftistenvironmental policies have driven the effects of the California drought from bad to catastrophic....

Meet the Candidates: Nate Salazar for Salt Lake City Council District #4 (Video)

Nate Salazar says the top issue among voters he talks to in Salt Lake City Council District #4 is the city's homeless population....

Policy News

Alliance for a Better Utah Names New Executive Director
The Alliance for a Better Utah announced that it has hired veteran Policy Advocate and Citizen Activist, Rob DeBirk, as its new Executive Director.  For the past six years, Rob has worked as a Campaign Strategist and Policy Director for HEAL Utah, one of the state&rsquo...

Press Release: Hatch Works to Repeal Costly 'Waters of the United States' Rule, Urges EPA to Avoid New Power-Grab After Animas Wastewater Spill
Senator Orrin Hatch, the senior Republican in the United States Senate, has joined 46 other Senators in introducing a joint resolution disapproving of the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule submitted by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the A...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: False World Conference of Families portrayals are dishonest and dangerous

Editorial: Utah falls behind on access to health care

Rolly: Holladay walker finds trouble when strolling in Cottonwood Heights

Mountain planning district idea advances after delay

A second chance for Utah women snared by drugs, mental-health issues

As classrooms overflow, Davis district asks for $298M for 3 new schools

Salt Lake County worker comp system was breached

Shurtleff told Jeremy Johnson how to 'blow up' plea hearing, prosecutors say

Deseret News

Derek B. Miller: China's transition to consumer-based economy means good news for Utah

Op-ed: Medicare is the patriotic, prudent, medically vital thing to do

Jenet Erickson: Attendees will benefit, learn timeless values from World Congress of Families IX

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

Editorial: Time to take another approach to campaign finance laws?

Legislator, director say recommendation of Fairpark lease likely

Becker, Biskupski grapple over plans to equalize education

'Western way of life' may hinge on fate of chicken-sized bird

Carson, Sanders are top presidential choices in Utah, poll says


Op-ed: WSU and Ogden city promote citizen participation (Standard-Examiner)

Citizens Academy shines light on workings of Ogden governments (Standard-Examiner)

Mark Saal: Heads or tails? Simple solution to aging voting machines (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Mexico's Favorite Villain: Donald Trump (Politico)

Obama's citizenship push stokes conservative fears (Politico)

US sees 'surprising' spike in border crossings (The Hill)

Dems see Biden entering race - and complicating life for Hillary Clinton (The Hill)

Scott Walker suspends presidential campaign (Washington Post)

Secret Service chief apologizes for how group of cancer-stricken kids was treated (Washington Post)

Plaintiffs Argue Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis Is Again Violating Court's Orders (Wall Street Journal)

Biden: Change in attitudes will improve police relations (Associated Press)

Hecklers interrupt Jeb Bush speech at Latino business convention (FOX News)

Congress could hear from Planned Parenthood on eve of shutdown deadline (Washington Post)

After delay, Yellen faces questions over Fed message on rate hike (Reuters)


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