Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City. There are 29 days left in 2015.
Don’t expect a special session this month to fix election laws. Business leaders launch an effort to improve Utah’s education system. The SLC City Council votes to give Biskupski funding for transition efforts.
- 54 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – (1/25/2016)
- 61 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus – (2/1/2016)
- 69 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary (tentative) – (2/9/2016)
- 100 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – (3/10/2016)
- 111 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic caucus meetings (3/22/2016)
- 143 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic State Conventions (4/23/2016)
- 210 days to the 2016 Utah primary election – (6/28/2016)
- 342 days until the 2016 presidential election – (11/8/2016)
Wednesday’s top-10 headlines:
- It looks like there won’t be a special session in December so lawmakers can fix problems with Utah’s election laws [Utah Policy].
- Sen. Orrin Hatch‘s approval ratings are rebounding, but they’re not as high as Sen. Mike Lee‘s [Utah Policy].
- The Salt Lake City Council reverses course and approves some public money to pay for mayor-elect Jackie Biskupski‘s transition [Tribune, KUER].
- A coalition of businesses leaders is pushing to boost Utah’s education ranking [2 News, ABC 4, Deseret News, Tribune].
- A review of the DABC by Gov. Gary Herbert‘s office recommends restoring $500,000 that was cut from their budget earlier in 2015 [Tribune, Deseret News].
- Sen. Todd Weiler is sponsoring legislation to designate “official hashtags” for the state [2 News].
- Jeb Bush, Donald Trump, Ben Carson and Ted Cruz have all signed up to participate in the Utah Republican presidential caucus in March [Tribune].
- The Utah Department of Health is pushing for new warning labels on e-cigarettes which the industry says will hurt business in the state [2 News, Deseret News].
- Utahns spend less on health care than residents of any other state [Tribune].
- Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg announces he will donate 99% of his stock in the company to charity over his lifetime, which would amount to a staggering $45 billion [Re-Code, Washington Post].
On this day in history:
- 1804 – Napoleon crowned himself emperor of France.
- 1823 – During his annual address to Congress, President James Monroe proclaimed a new U.S. foreign policy that became known as the “Monroe Doctrine.”
- 1942 – Scientists at the University of Chicago demonstrated the first self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction.
- 1954 – The Senate voted 65-22 to condemn Wisconsin Sen. Joseph McCarthy for conduct unbecoming a senator.
- 1982 – Doctors at the University of Utah Medical Center gave retired dentist Barney Clark the first permanent artificial heart. He survived 112 days.