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Friday, September 4, 2015

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Ten Things You Need to Know for Friday - September 4, 2015

Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City. 

Trump signs the GOP "loyalty pledge." A new poll shows Republicans prefer Ben Carson over Donald Trump. Mia Love improperly used taxpayer money to attend a social event in Washington.

The clock:

  • 60 days to the 2015 election - (11/3/2015)
  • 136 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - (1/18/2016)
  • 143 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (1/25/2016)
  • 144 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary - (1/26/2016)
  • 188 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (3/10/2016)
  • 298 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 431 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)

Friday's top-10 headlines:

  1. As expected, Republican frontrunner Donald Trump signed a "loyalty pledge" to keep him from running as a third-party candidate if he doesn't win the GOP nomination [The Hill].
  2. A new national poll shows Republican voters prefer retired surgeon Ben Carson over Trump 55-36% [New York Times].
  3. Rep. Mia Love says she will repay money to her congressional account that she improperly used to attend a social function in Washington, D.C. [The Hill, Utah Policy, Deseret News].
  4. Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker reflects on his firing of former Police Chief Chris Burbank, saying he could have handled the situation better [Utah Policy, Deseret NewsKUER].
  5. A conservative group spent a lot more than they initially reported supporting Mia Love's 2014 run for Congress [Utah Policy].
  6. A new report shows Utah spends less on children than the state did before the Great Recession [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News].
  7. SAGE testing scores show some Utah charter schools are among the best, and worst, performing schools in the state [Tribune].
  8. Environmental officials say there's very little impact in Lake Powell from a mine spill that released toxic waste into the Animas River [Deseret News, Tribune].
  9. A Kentucky clerk who was refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples because it was against her religious beliefs is headed to jail [New York Times]. 
  10. Utah's religious liberty law keeps the Kentucky same-sex marriage standoff from repeating itself in the Beehive State [Deseret News].

On this day in history:

  • 1609 - Navigator Henry Hudson discovered the island of Manhattan.
  • 1781 - Los Angeles was founded by Spanish settlers.
  • 1957 - Arkansas Gov. Orval Fabus called out the National Guard to prevent nine African-American students from entering Central High School in Little Rock.
  • 1972 - American swimmer Mark Spitz became the first athlete to win seven gold medals in a single Olympic Games.
  • 2006 - Steve Irwin, Australia's internationally renowned "Crocodile Hunter" TV star, was killed by a stingray barb to the heart while he was filming underwater.

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Conservative Group Spent More than Six Times What Was Originally Reported Backing Mia Love in 2014

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Voices for Utah Children releases Utah Children's Budget Report 2015
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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Chaffetz, Bishop owe us real answers on EPA failure, not another Benghazi

Rolly: South Jordan mayor going OCD on Facebook

Utah spends less on children than it did before Great Recession

EPA says Utah waters normal again after mine spill

Their plan not compliant with ACA, BYU students face making choices

Deseret News

Natalie Gochnour: 2 Utahs and the need for investment

Editorial: SAGE scores - a start in the right direction

Becker says police chief's resignation should have been handled better

Joint education conference focuses on improving long-term student outcomes

Utah spending on children still not reaching pre-recession levels

New law helps Utah avoid marriage license conflict playing out in Kentucky

Mia Love paying back money spent on questioned D.C. trip


StartFEST colliding talent to get Utah's powerful business culture noticed (Daily Herald)

BYU health insurance doesn't meet ACA, students surprised by possible fees (Daily Herald)

What does the F-35 mean for Utah's aerospace industry? (Standard-Examiner)

Nuclear project considered by Utah city power agencies (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Jeb's New Hampshire blues (Politico)

Ben Carson surges in new national poll (Politico)

GOP candidates blast 'absurd' jailing of Kentucky marriage clerk (The Hill)

Trump signs GOP loyalty pledge (The Hill)

Jeb Bush Seeks Middle Ground on Clerk's Same-Sex Marriage Stand (NBC News)

Biden openly ponders whether he has the 'emotional energy to run' for president (Washington Post)

Top Clinton aide says no work-related emails were withheld or destroyed (CNN)

Trump accuses talk-show radio host of 'gotcha' question (Reuters)

GOP's Rubio says 'Minecraft' can prepare kids for future (Associated Press)

Chinese ships headed home after Bering Sea sighting (Reuters)

Cuomo Sets Common Core Review (Wall Street Journal)


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