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Speaker Paul Ryan: Republicans 'don't have a vision.' Biskupski, Becker duel it out to the very last minute. Bishop takes flack for blocking renewal of conservation program.

Happy Monday. Newly minted House Speaker Paul Ryan says he knows what's behind the GOP infighting that has impacted the ability of its majority to work together. "We fight over tactics because we don't have a vision," Ryan said on "Fox News Sunday." "We've been too timid on policy; we've been too timid on vision — we have none." Ryan says he will put forward a "robust" agenda and sell it to the country as an alternative to Democrats. [" target="_blank">WaPost]

Topping the news: SLC mayoral candidate Jackie Biskupski is criticizing incumbent Ralph Becker, saying at a Sunday news conference that he cost the city money; he responded that the words are an 11th-hour political attack with no basis. [" target="_blank">KUTV] A recent poll put the two in a virtual tie. [" target="_blank">Fox13] Biskupski is making a last-minute pitch for Republican votes. [" target="_blank">UtahPolicy]

-> Voters in six townships and 39 unincorporated islands will choose a new form of government for their communities, but final votes won't be tallied until Nov. 17. [" target="_blank">Trib]

-> Utah senators were split on the bipartisan budget bill, which was debated and voted on last week. [" target="_blank">ABC4]

-> After receiving criticism for blocking renewal of a land and water fund, Rep. Rob Bishop says he wants to fix the problem, not abandon it. [" target="_blank">Trib]

-> Despite visits from several presidential candidates, Utah Republicans are still searching for their presidential pick. [" target="_blank">DNews]

Tweets of the weekend: From" target="_blank">@JoshDenny: "Hilary Clinton is so inspiring! Proof that women can do anything, as long as they're white, born wealthy, and their husband does it first."

From" target="_blank">@Fact: "President Obama has personally thanked Japan for 'karate, karaoke, manga, anime, and, of course, emojis.'"

Opinion section: Josh Daniels, a policy analyst at the Libertas Institute, believes as political support for Medicaid expansion declines, innovation is the true health-care solution. [" target="_blank">Trib]

-> Mark McLellan, Utah State University's vice president for research and dean of the School of Graduate Studies, says that the university's record-breaking research funding is a win for the whole state. [" target="_blank">Trib]

-> Lynn Stoddard, a retired teacher and principal who advocates for the program "Educating for Human Greatness," explains that Utah needs to nurture creativity and curiosity in order to have a world-class school system. [" target="_blank">Trib]

-> Natalie Gochnour, associate dean in the David Eccles School of Business and director of the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute at the U., and Jon S. Pierpont, executive director of the Utah Department of Workforce Services and chair of the Intergenerational Welfare Reform Commission, give their take on how Utah can lead the nation in ending the poverty cycle. [" target="_blank">Trib]

-> Dr. Cris Cowley, vice president of Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment and chief of Cardiothoracic Anesthesia at Intermountain Medical Center, Robert Macfarlane, a technology company advisor, and Adrian Dybwad, a computer network architect, share their personal views on how the Point of the Mountain gravel pit affects residents' health. [" target="_blank">Trib]

-> Michael Bean, principal deputy assistant secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks in the U.S. Department of the Interior, tells why he feels Congress should renew the Land and Water Conservation Fund. [" target="_blank">Trib]

-> Tim Glenn, a historian, musician and resident of Green River, believes those in rural Utah are open to compromises if politicians would negotiate with them. [" target="_blank">Trib]

-> Marc Weinreich, a court-appointed environmental response trustee for government and industry who oversees the cleanup of hundreds of sites nationwide, says the governor's summit on air and energy failed to remain objective from corporations. [" target="_blank">Trib]

-> Shaun Greene, the founder and CEO of Arches Health, explains why the health care program was innovative, despite being short-lived. [" target="_blank">Trib]

-> David Akramah Cofie, a first-year student in the M.Ed., Education, Culture and Society program at the University of Utah, shares his beliefs on the institutionalization of sexism in Utah. [" target="_blank">Trib]

-> After recent clashes between Salt Lake County and the rural-dominated Utah Association of Counties, Paul Rolly wonders if it's time for the state's most populous county to secede from the state. [" target="_blank">Trib]

-> Pat Bagley shares his view on the liberal media. [" target="_blank">Trib]

-> Frank Pignanelli and LaVarr Webb give their take on anti-establishment trends continuing after the third GOP debate. [" target="_blank">DNews]

Weekend in review: A political handicapper has moved Rep. Mia Love's re-election challenge to "lean Republican" from "likely Republican," saying she hasn't connected with voters. [" target="_blank">Trib]

-> Residents are finding themselves at odds over a plan to buy and preserve land on the hillside of Herriman. [" target="_blank">DNews]

-> Mail-in ballots must be postmarked by today to be counted in the official election. [" target="_blank">Trib] Officials are encouraging voter participation in this year's election with the fate of the transportation tax riding on the turnout. [" target="_blank">DNews] [" target="_blank">ABC4] Voter turnout this year in SLC is expected to reach 60 percent. [" target="_blank">KUER]

-> Staff Sgt. Jesus Soto, an airman at Hill Air Force Base, received the Purple Heart on Friday. [" target="_blank">ABC4]

-> Jason Perry, the interim director of the U.'s Hinckley Institute of Politics, talks about his goals for the organization. [" target="_blank">UtahPolicy]

-> SLC is hoping for environmentally-friendly industry around the area where the new state prison will be built. [" target="_blank">Trib]

-> A committee of Utah lawmakers killed a new air quality rule Friday after they were told it illegally makes changes to the state building code. [" target="_blank">DNews]

-> The Utah ski industry is plagued with bad air. [" target="_blank">KUTV]

-> Though cold and wet weather approaches, natural gas prices are at the lowest point in more than a decade, and home heating costs will be cheaper this winter. [" target="_blank">DNews]

-> A study says that Utah still has 85,000 uninsured children without Medicaid expansion. [" target="_blank">Trib]

-> Utahns buying their own health insurance will face huge price increases for 2016 as open enrollment begins. [" target="_blank">Trib]

-> A nurse fired from McKay-Dee Hospital last year may have exposed as many as 4,800 patients to hepatitis C, according to the hospital. [" target="_blank">Trib] [" target="_blank">Fox13] [" target="_blank">ABC4]

-> Eight Utah hospitals were among the hundreds nationwide to reach a settlement with the federal government Friday for reportedly violating Medicare coverage requirements while providing implanted cardiac devices to patients. [" target="_blank">DNews]

-> As Utah's population has diversified, new state figures show that its alcohol sales have increased. [" target="_blank">KUTV]

-> In what was marketed less than a decade ago as the Cedar Valley's most desirable up-and-coming community, a fissure has divided residents and ruined their hopes. [" target="_blank">Trib]

-> Debate over a Utah school district bond has become so heated that both supporters and opponents may have broken election laws, and the county attorney's office has stepped in to investigate. [" target="_blank">Trib]

-> Utah's education leaders are designating one day solely for college applications in about 80 Utah high schools, allowing graduating seniors uninterrupted time to learn about scholarships, financial aid and fill out the necessary paperwork. [" target="_blank">Trib]

-> Thousands of low-income students will be eligible for federal Pell Grant money to take college courses while still in high school thanks to an experimental program announced Friday by the Obama administration. [" target="_blank">DNews]

-> A new play at the U. play is based on the famous Steubenville High rape case. [" target="_blank">Trib]

-> A Utah district court judge has reaffirmed the ruling from a justice court earlier this year that police officers can't search driver license records if they aren't investigating a crime. [" target="_blank">Trib]

-> Officials say heroin has become an epidemic for the state in recent years. [" target="_blank">ABC4]

-> A judge presiding over a civil rights lawsuit against polygamous towns on the Arizona-Utah line has ruled that federal authorities can offer evidence at a trial about polygamy, underage marriage and the teachings of the communities' dominant religious sect. [" target="_blank">Trib]

-> Utah Supreme Court supported officers in a case calling into question the seizure drug evidence. [" target="_blank">Trib]

-> Attorneys in the Jeremy Johnson case are asking for a dismissal of criminal charges against him. [" target="_blank">Trib] [" target="_blank">DNews]

-> Negotiations by the Huntsman family to buy The Salt Lake Tribune have broken down. [" target="_blank">Trib]

-> SLC's new Costco is the largest in the world. [" target="_blank">DNews]

-> The Spanish Fork Police Department has created a safe zone to help online sellers and buyers complete their transactions safely. [" target="_blank">DNews]

Nationally: House Speaker Paul Ryan has said he won't work on immigration reform with President Barack Obama. [" target="_blank">NYTimes]

-> Ryan also ruled out a future in the White House, saying if he was going to run, it would have been in 2016. [" target="_blank">CNN]

-> Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders' first campaign ad will air tomorrow, sending messages about his background and civil rights activism. [" target="_blank">NPR]

-> Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus announced Friday that the party was "suspending the partnership with NBC News" for a Feb. 26 debate. [" target="_blank">AlJazeera]

-> The Obama administration and its European allies have intensified their planning and training for a potential conflict on NATO's eastern flank, hoping to send the strongest possible message about Russian aggression. [" target="_blank">Politico]

-> Some 6,600 federal inmates were released this weekend thanks to lower maximum sentences for nonviolent drug offenders. [" target="_blank">CNN]

Where are they?

  • Rep. Jason" target="_blank">Chaffetz returns to Washington, meets with the TSA administrator and votes.
  • Gov. Gary" target="_blank">Herbert sits down for a meeting with Ute Tribal Leaders, participates in Supreme Court interviews and spends the evening at a Utah Technology Council Hall of Fame Gala.
  • Lt. Gov. Spencer" target="_blank">Cox discusses the budget at a meeting and tours the Ronald McDonald House.
  • SL Co. Mayor Ben" target="_blank">McAdams holds meetings with his Cabinet and Riverton City Mayor Bill Applegarth. He also speaks at a news conference.
  • President Barack" target="_blank">Obama receives his daily briefing and travels to New Jersey, where he will highlight the re-entry process of formerly incarcerated individuals who are working to put their lives back on track and earn their second chance during a visit to Integrity House residential facility and at a roundtable discussion. He later makes his way to New York where he delivers remarks and takes questions at a DCCC event in a private residence and at a DNC event in Richard Rodgers Theatre. He then departs New York en route Washington.
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