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Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Ten Things You Need to Know For Wednesday - September 24, 2014
Debate season gets underway in Utah. Obama to rally support for fight against ISIL. Lawmakers could consider a record number of bills in 2015.
- Days to the 2014 midterm election - 41
- Days until the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 124
- Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 169
- Days to the 2015 election - 405
- Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative) - 481
- Days until the 2016 presidential election - 776
Wednesday's top-10 headlines:
- Rep. Rob Bishop and Donna McAleer square off in their first televised debate [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune].
- President Barack Obama is set to address the U.N. General Assembly to rally support for the fight against ISIL [NBC News].
- Rep. Chris Stewart says defeating ISIL may take more ground troops [Deseret News].
- Obama calls climate change a "growing and urgent threat" [CNN].
- The number of bill files opened on Utah's Capitol Hill for the upcoming 2015 session points to a potential record amount of legislation ahead for lawmakers [Utah Policy].
- Sen. Mike Lee proposes a tax reform plan to fix problems with the tax code [Utah Policy, Deseret News].
- The cost of putting technology in the hands of every child in Utah's schools could top $400 million [Tribune, Deseret News].
- Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox takes aim at the current state of politics during a speech at Utah Valley University [Tribune].
- Legislative hopefuls Republican Fred Cox and Democrat Mike Lee face off in a debate [Tribune].
- The West Jordan City Council is reconsidering a huge apartment complex planned near Gardner Village [Tribune].
On this day in history:
- 1789 - Congress passed the First Judiciary Act, which provided for an attorney general and a Supreme Court.
- 1869 - Financiers Jay Gould and James Fisk tried to corner the gold market, sending Wall Street into a panic and leaving thousands of investors in financial ruin.
- 1960 - The USS Enterprise, the first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, was launched.
- 1968 - "60 Minutes" premiered on CBS.
- 1991 - Children's author Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, died at age 87.
Today At Utah Policy
||2015 Legislature Could See Record Number of Bills
Just about everyone would agree that the 535 members of the U.S. Congress don’t work very hard, or even if they do, have little to show for it.But now the question must be asked: Are the 104 part-time Utah legislators working too hard, or at least trying to do so?...
||First Bishop/McAleer Debate Underwhelms
The first Utah Debate Commission event, featuring the candidates in Utah's 1st Congressional District was a supremely bland affair that was heavy on soundbites and short on policy discussion....
||Lee Details Tax Reform Plan
In a WSJ op-ed, Sens. Mike Lee and Marco Rubio unveil their "pro-family, pro-growth" taxreform proposal that would create two simple income-tax brackets, end the marriage penalty and increase the child tax credit....
"I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crises. The great point is to bring them the real facts."
Abraham Lincoln Quotations Page
"Bill Clinton gave a speech. . . . He criticized Republicans for spending all their time dissing President Obama. But people from Iowa missed the rest of the speech because they were busy looking up the word 'dissing.'" Jimmy Fallon Political Humor