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Ten Things You Need to Know Today - Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City. There are 93 days left in 2015.

Biden is eligible to participate in the first Democratic debate. Congress scrambles to avoid a shutdown. Mia Love has an 11-point lead over Doug Owens.

The clock:

  • 35 days to the 2015 election - (11/3/2015)
  • 111 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - (1/18/2016)
  • 118 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (1/25/2016)
  • 119 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary - (1/26/2016)
  • 163 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (3/10/2016)
  • 273 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 406 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)

Tuesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Vice President Joe Biden is eligible to participate in the first Democratic primary debate on October 13 if he files with the FEC as a candidate by the next day [New York Times].
  2. Congress scrambles to pass a spending bill as the government shutdown deadline looms on Wednesday [Reuters].
  3. Members of Congress are tiring of Sen. Ted Cruz's government shutdown rhetoric [New York Magazine].
  4. You can buy Donald Trump's used Iowa tour bus for $15,000 [Des Moines Register].
  5. Republican Rep. Mia Love starts the 2016 election cycle with an 11-point lead over Democrat Doug Owens [Utah Policy].
  6. Utah Planned Parenthood files a lawsuit against Gov. Gary Herbert to stop his order cutting off federal funds for the group from going into effect [Deseret News, Tribune].
  7. Republican lawmakers in Utah are getting hammered by phone calls and emails from groups opposed to Medicaid expansion [Utah Policy].
  8. Ralph Becker claims Jackie Biskupski would kill the Mountain Accord if she were to win the election. Becker also wins the endorsement of the Sierra Club [Deseret News, Tribune].
  9. Prosecutors against former Attorney General Mark Shurtleff say the federal government will not turn over information they have in the case [Tribune, Deseret News].
  10. Rep. Norm Thurston wants to look at possibly eliminating the state's vehicle inspection program [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1789 - The U.S. War Department organized the country's first standing army.
  • 1936 - In the presidential race between Franklin D. Roosevelt and Alf Landon, the Democratic and Republican parties used radio for the first time.
  • 1978 - Pope John Paul I was found dead in his Vatican apartment a little more than one month after becoming head of the Roman Catholic Church.
  • 2005 - John Roberts Jr. won confirmation by the U.S. Senate and was sworn in as chief justice of the Supreme Court.
  • 2008 - The Dow Jones industrial average fell a record 777.68 points after the House defeated a $700 billion emergency rescue plan for the nation's financial system.

Today At Utah Policy

Poll: Mia Love 49%, Doug Owens 38%

The needle hasn't moved much since Mia Love defeated Doug Owens in Utah's 4th Congressional District in 2014. On election night, Love beat Owens by five percentage points. A new poll finds Love with an 11-point lead over Owens in Utah's 4th Congres...

Anti-Medicaid Expansion Groups Bombarding Lawmakers

Utah GOP legislators are getting bombarded with telephone calls and emails opposing any Medicaid expansion, UtahPolicy has learned....

New Endorsements for Becker Should Sting Biskupski

Salt Lake City mayoral candidate Jackie Biskupski is a gay woman.Over the weekend, Salt Lake Mayor Ralph Becker, a straight, married man, decided to go directly after women and gays who may naturally be finding Biskupski an attractive candidate....

Trending in D.C.: The End of the Boehner Era

On Friday morning, Washington was rocked by the news that John Boehner would resign his position as Speaker of the House, as well as resign from the House of Representatives entirely.  Nobody saw this announcement coming, including his close associates in Congress. &nbs...

Policy News

Press Release: Hatch Rejects Shutdown, Calls for Smart Approach to Holding Planned Parenthood Accountable
After Democrats repeatedly blocked votes to defund Planned Parenthood, the U.S. Senate voted on a funding resolution to avoid a government shutdown before current funding expires on October 1. ...

Annual Meeting Metrics: EDCUtah Reports 14,134 Jobs Created, Retained
The results are in and they are great. As reported in EDCUtah's annual meeting Tuesday at the Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City, FY 2014-2015 was highly productive for the nonprofit economic development organization, with 8,402 jobs created and 5,732 jobs retained, f...

White House Fact Sheet: 10 Communities Named Rural IMPACT Demonstration Sites
Over six million Americans in rural areas live in poverty, including about 1.5 million children. And in many of these communities, high rates of poverty have persisted for generations: over 300 rural counties have had poverty rates of over 20 percent in every Census since 19...

WTC Utah to Recognize Southern Utah Businesses Forging the Way in International Business
In anticipation of the upcoming Southern Utah International Business Forum, World Trade Center Utah (WTC Utah) is requesting nominations for the Champion for International Business Award and for the Vanguard in International Business Award.  A successful candidate ...

Press Release: Herbert Declines Debate Invitations from Jonathan Johnson
Village Square of Utah, the Utah Freedom Forum and other groups extended invitations to both the Johnson for Governor and Herbert for Governor campaigns to debate about critical Utah issues for the benefit of voters....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Utah Republicans should make Boehner's sacrifice worth it

Editorial: Measure impact before cutting fees

Rolly: LGBT community flexes its muscles in Salt Lake City races

Lawmaker eyes dumping Utah's vehicle-safety inspection program

As Planned Parenthood sues, Utah guv stands by order to cut off funding

Have a degree, management experience? Apply to be the new UTA president

Poll: Public not behind Utah prison move

On heels of environmental lawsuit, EPA sets deadlines for Utah's haze plan

Becker gets Sierra Club backing, discounts Biskupski's environmentalism

Shurtleff prosecutor says feds balking at turning over information

Deseret News

Op-ed: Utah's time for coverage gap solution is now

Editorial: New education reform proposals

Local analyst challenges Trump tax plan

Becker, Biskupski challenge each other's environmental commitment

Shurtleff prosecutors say feds are stonewalling evidence requests

10th Circuit hears prairie dog case brought by Iron County landowners

Utah Planned Parenthood files lawsuit against Herbert


Op-ed: Proposition 1 will keep us forward thinking (Daily Herald)

National Headlines

Ted Cruz's big moment (Politico)

Obama swipes at Putin, Cheney and Trump in U.N. address (Politico)

McConnell pressures Senate to back spending bill (The Hill)

McCarthy launches Speaker bid (The Hill)

Donald Trump unveils plan to slash taxes for the poor -- and the wealthy (CNN)

Republican debate on illegal immigration is missing the point, study suggests (Christian Science Monitor)

Ex-House Speaker Dennis Hastert in plea negotations (Chicago Sun-Times)

Price picks up key endorsements in House leadership race (Washington Post)

Perry's super PAC head jumps to Bush's campaign (Politico)

U.S. marijuana arrests up despite changing views: pro-pot group (Reuters)

Billionaire investor Carl Icahn warns of 'danger ahead' (USA Today)


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