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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

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Ten Things You Need to Know for Tuesday - March 17, 2015

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Biskupski and Becker spar over the prison relocation. Utahns think the attorney general should be elected instead of appointed. STD infections are exploding in Utah.


  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 147
  • Days to the 2015 election - 231
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - 307
  • Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - 314
  • Days to the 2016 Utah presidential primary - 469
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 602

Tuesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Challenger Jackie Biskupski comes out swinging against Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker over a provision in prison relocation legislation that would allow the city to raise sales taxes [Tribune, Deseret News].
  2. Utahns overwhelmingly think the state's attorney general should be elected rather than appointed [Utah Policy].
  3. A number of prominent Utahns discuss gay rights and religious liberties as part of a panel in Washington, D.C. [Deseret News].
  4. The Salt Lake County Council wants more audits of governmental agencies [Tribune].
  5. Utah lawmakers were able to provide funds for the construction of new buildings for higher education this year [Tribune].
  6. Greg Miller is stepping down as the head of the Larry H. Miller companies. Gail Miller will still own the company, but day-to-day operations will be up to an outside group [Tribune].
  7. The gonorrhea infection rate in Utah is up 700 percent for women and 300 percent for men [Tribune].
  8. Mitt Romney will participate in a charity boxing match against Evander Holyfield in Utah this May [Tribune].
  9. A New York private-equity firm is negotiating to buy the parent company of the Salt Lake Tribune, but a number of newspapers owned by the company may be excluded from the sale [Tribune].
  10. The number of apartments under construction in Utah is booming [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1762 - New York City staged its first St. Patrick's Day parade. It was led by Irish soldiers serving in the British army.
  • 1776 - The Continental Army under Gen. George Washington forced British troops to evacuate Boston.
  • 1969 - Golda Meir became prime minister of Israel.
  • 2003 - On the brink of war, U.S. President George W. Bush gave Iraqi President Saddam Hussein and his sons 48 hours to leave the country. The ultimatum was rejected.
  • 2009 - The Seattle Post-Intelligencer published its final print edition.

Today At Utah Policy

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Lee Taps Conn Carroll as New Communications Director
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Americans Don't Have a Favorable Opinion of Either Party
Americans do not have a favorable view of either major political party according to a new survey....

Fed Inspector General Reopens Leak Investigation
The Federal Reserve Board's inspector general has reopened an investigation into a two-year-old leak of confidential monetary information amid rising Congressional scrutiny into how the Fed has handled the matter, ProPublica has learned....

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