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Ten Things You Need to Know Today - Monday, September 28, 2015

Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City. There are 94 days left in 2015.

Congress races to avoid a shutdown. Jeb Bush's donors want to see some progress soon. Nearly half of Utahns say the prison should remain in Draper.

The clock:

  • 36 days to the 2015 election - (11/3/2015)
  • 112 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - (1/18/2016)
  • 119 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (1/25/2016)
  • 120 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary - (1/26/2016)
  • 164 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (3/10/2016)
  • 274 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 407 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)

Monday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Congress has three days to avoid another government shutdown [The Hill]. Outgoing House Speaker John Boehner says Congress will be able to pass a spending bill by Wednesday [Washington Post]. Even if lawmakers avoid the shutdown, a bigger fight over spending could happen in December [Politico].
  2. Utah lawmakers react to Boehner's stunning announcement that he will resign at the end of October [Deseret News, Tribune].
  3. Republican frontrunner Donald Trump sits down for a lengthy interview with 60 Minutes [CBS News].
  4. Donors to GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush say he needs to start making gains in the polls, or he may begin to lose support [Washington Post].
  5. Rep. Chris Stewart and Utah House Speaker Greg Hughes say they're backing Florida Senator Marco Rubio for the GOP nomination [Tribune].
  6. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid urges compromise in a speech at the University of Virginia [Tribune].
  7. Nearly half of Utahns say the state prison should remain in Draper according to a new poll [Utah Policy].
  8. Women voters were primarily responsible for keeping former Rep. Jim Matheson in office for 12 years [Tribune].
  9. Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker says his opponent, Jackie Biskupski, is offering nothing but "platitudes" to voters [Utah Policy].
  10. A "who's who" of the LGBT community in Utah say they're backing Becker for a third term [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 490 - The Greeks defeated the Persians at Marathon. A Greek soldier named Phidippides ran more than 26 miles to tell Athenians of the victory and died after his announcement. His feat provided the model for the modern marathon race.
  • 1920 - In baseball's biggest scandal, a grand jury indicted eight Chicago White Sox players for throwing the 1919 World Series.
  • 1928 - Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin.

Today At Utah Policy

Poll: Nearly Half of Utahns Say the Prison Should Stay in Draper

Most Utahns do not agree that a new $550-million prison should be built near the Salt Lake City airport, a new UtahPolicy poll shows....

Ralph Becker Discusses November's Election, Burbank's Ouster and the Media (Video)

Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker sits down with Managing Editor Bryan Schott to discuss his general election matchup with Jackie Biskupski. He also discusses why he's still dealing with the fallout from the ouster of former Police Chief Chris Burbank, why he's not g...

Utah Policy/KSL Insider Survey: Which GOP Presidential Candidate Will Drop Out Next?

The crowded GOP presidential field has already lost two candidates in Rick Perry and Scott Walker. That still leaves 15 in the race. Our "Political Insiders" think former Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore will be the next to drop out....

House Speaker Mia Love?

In an editorial, Investor's Business DailysaysHouse Republicansshould go bold and elect someone unexpected like Mia Love to replace John Boehner as speaker....

Policy News

UTA Begins Search for New President & CEO
The Utah Transit Authority’s Board of Trustees Friday announced it has begun its search for a new president & CEO to lead the transit agency as it transitions from building large rail projects to an increased focus on operations....

Press Release: Utahns Came Out in Droves in Support of the Utah State Fair
Utahns love their Utah State Fair, and the 2015 edition was no exception. Despite a few days of rain, including a downpour on Wednesday, Sept. 16, the 2015 Utah State Fair was a rousing success. ...

Luncheon with the Ambassador of Romania to the United Nations
World Trade Center Utah, in partnership with the Governor's Office of Economic Development is delighted to welcome His Excellency Ion Jinga, the Ambassador of Romania to the United Nations. ...

Hatch Statement on Speaker John Boehner
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) issued the following statement on Speaker John Boehner (R-OH):...

Rep. Bishop Responds to Resignation of Speaker Boehner
Chairman of the House Committee on Natural Resources Rob Bishop (R-UT) made the following statement following the announcement that Speaker John Boehner will resign at the end of October....

Chairman Chaffetz Statement on Speaker Boehner's Resignation
Friday, Speaker John Boehner announced he would resign as Speaker and retire from Congress at the end of October. Following this announcement, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) released the following statement:...

Rep. Mia Love's Statement on Speaker John Boehner's Resignation
Rep. Mia Love issued the following statement after Speaker John Boehner's announcement he would resign at the end of October:...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Becker is best choice for LGBTQ community

Rolly: Women voters kept Jim Matheson in office for 14 years

Op-ed: Mountain Planning District preserves jewel that is the Wasatch

Op-ed: Shutting down the government is no way to lead

Op-ed: Re-electing Becker is a vote for continuing the change

Editorial: Davis school bond is prudent and unavoidable

What Utahns think of Boehner's stunning move to resign

Provo now Utah's No. 2 airport, passing St. George and Wendover

Mormon Sen. Harry Reid calls for compromise, warns against religious extremism

Utah's Stewart, Hughes back Rubio for president

People with disabilities rally for Utah to improve at-home services

Deseret News

Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Pope Francis' visit, Fiorina's rise dominate political spectrums

Op-ed: Honoring Lowell Bennion's lifelong contributions by giving service

Editorial: Proposed increase in sales taxes

Poll: Utah residents are willing to invest in clean air

Utah congressional delegation praises Boehner's conservatism, leadership

Jeremy Johnson: Man in the middle of a tangled web

Addressing homelessness, assisting local businesses rank as top issues in S.L. City Council races

Harvard report: SLC becoming 'poster child' for collaborative student support


Utah Planned Parenthood chief: Cuts affect women's health (Standard-Examiner)

Weber's Ricky Hatch honored as County Clerk of the Year (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Boehner unloads on GOP's 'false prophets' (Politico)

Clinton on email controversy: a 'drip, drip, drip' of revelations (Reuters)

It's make or break time for Jeb Bush (Washington Post)

Ohio Gov. John Kasich says those who criticize Boehner 'ought to look in the mirror' (Los Angeles Times)

Jindal could soon end presidential run, website predicts (Times-Picayune)

Bill Clinton: Global Initiative Has Gotten Results (Associated Press)

Fed up with political power, Oregon man wants eastern Oregon and Washington to join Idaho (New York Daily News)

To Combat A Homelessness 'Emergency,' LA Mayor Announces Spending Plan (NPR)

Jobs report may show continued gains despite overseas gloom (MarketWatch)

Boehner: There will be no government shutdown; select committee will probe Planned Parenthood (Washington Post)

The Fed is worried about inflation, but maybe it shouldn't be (CNBC)


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