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Ten Things You Need to Know Today - Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City. There are 99 days left in 2015.

Pope Francis arrives in America. Hillary Clinton comes out against Keystone XL. Utahns would prefer Jeb Bush over Donald Trump as the GOP nominee.

The clock:

  • 41 days to the 2015 election - (11/3/2015)
  • 117 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - (1/18/2016)
  • 124 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (1/25/2016)
  • 127 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary - (1/26/2016)
  • 169 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (3/10/2016)
  • 279 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 412 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)

Wednesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Pope Francis arrives in Washington, D.C. for his first visit to America as Pontiff [The Hill].
  2. Hillary Clinton sits down for a lengthy interview in which she says one of the biggest problems facing the country is wage stagnation [Des Moines Register].
  3. Clinton says she opposes the Keystone XL pipeline [USA Today].
  4. If the race for the GOP nomination comes down to Jeb Bush and Donald Trump, Utahns say they would prefer Bush win [Utah Policy].
  5. Utah GOP Chairman James Evans says he's disappointed that Scott Walker dropped out of the presidential race, but he's still holding out hope Mitt Romney jumps into the fray [Utah Policy].
  6. Former Lt. Gov. Greg Bell is tapped to try and negotiate a settlement between the Utah GOP and the state in the lawsuit over SB54 [Deseret News, Tribune].
  7. Salt Lake County officials want to extend a tax hike to "reinvent" the criminal justice system [Deseret News, Tribune, KUER].
  8. Utah Transit Authority officials are offering up specifics for expanded service if a proposed tax hike passes in November [Tribune].
  9. The federal government rejects Utah's conservation plans for the greater sage grouse. The decision is drawing a sharp reaction from Utah leaders [Deseret News].
  10. Mormon Apostle Richard G. Scott passes at the age of 86 [Tribune, Deseret News].

On this day in history:

  • 1779 - American commander John Paul Jones is said to have declared "I have not yet begun to fight!" during a Revolutionary War naval battle.
  • 1806 - Explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark returned to St. Louis on their historic journey from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Coast and back.
  • 1950 - Congress adopted the Internal Security Act, which provided for the registration of communists. It was later ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court.
  • 1952 - Sen. Richard Nixon salvaged his vice-presidential nomination by appearing live on television to refute allegations of improper campaign fundraising. The address became known as the "Checkers" speech because of Nixon's reference to the family dog named "Checkers."

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Policy News

Senator Mike Lee On the Passing of Elder Richard G. Scott, Member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
Today, Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) issued the following statement after hearing that Richard G. Scott, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, had passed away:...

Hatch Statement on the Passing of Elder Richard G. Scott
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Governor Herbert's Statement on Passing of Elder Scott
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Bishop: Interior Department Announcement Changes Nothing
The US Fish and Wildlife service announced that the Greater Sage Grouse does not warrant specific protection under the Endangered Species Act for only the next 5 years. Representative Rob Bishop offered the following statement:...

Gov. Gary Herbert's Statement in Response to Greater Sage-Grouse Decision
Gov. Gary R. Herbert issued the following statement  regarding the greater sage-grouse decision announced today:...

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Press Release: Hatch Receives Briefing on F-35, Shares Positive Outlook for Hill Air Force Base
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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Metro-Township without service district is best choice for Millcreek

Salt Lake County worker comp system was breached

Former Utah Lt. Gov. picked to try to resolve elections lawsuit

Mountain View Corridor about to become longer, safer

UTA offers more specifics on spending that depends on tax hike

Rolly: South Jordan council member says he was offered a bribe to drop out of race

State penalized $200k for non-compliance with prison-rape bill

LGBT rights group condemns Utah governor for scheduled address

Salt Lake County wants tax money for 'reinvention' of justice system

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

Deseret News

Richard Davis: Learning about others' political views: The case of Liberty University

Jay Evensen: Sage grouse controversy has not been settled for good

Sage Grouse not endangered but new battleground emerges

Prosecutors: Ex A.G. Mark Shurtleff told Jeremy Johnson how to 'blow up' plea hearing

Ex Lt. Gov. Greg Bell chosen to mediate SB54 lawsuit

Data breach exposes Salt Lake County employee information honored with 2 national awards

Salt Lake County leaders propose new facility to fix jail's 'revolving door'

Sen. Hatch delivers first of eight floor speeches on religious liberty

Los Angeles' state of emergency over homelessness a clarion call for affordable housing, Utahns say


Western wildfires hamper staffing of Utah federal offices (Standard-Examiner)

Utah politicos and conservationists react to sage grouse decision (Standard-Examiner)

Audit finds waste and abuse in state Office of Education's fleet (Standard-Examiner)

River Heights cancels general election; Millville expected to follow (Logan Herald Journal)

The political season arrives in Park City (Park Record)

National Headlines

Francis fervor hits Washington (Politico)

Clinton laughs off Fiorina's surge (Politico)

Top unions put brakes on Clinton endorsement (Politico)

Judge scolds feds for slow-walking Clinton aide's emails (The Hill)

Pope Francis arrives in U.S. for historic visit (CNN)

Senate GOP takes lead to prevent government shutdown (The Hill)

Decision not to list sage grouse as endangered is called life saver by some, death knell by others (Washington Post)

Walker donors surprised he dropped out (The Hill)

Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis says God is her boss while bearing giant cross (New York Daily News)

Donald Trump's amazing 'cease and desist' letter, annotated (Washington Post)

Hillary Clinton says she opposes Keystone pipeline (Washington Post)


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