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Monday, March 23, 2015

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Ten Things You Need to Know for Monday - March 23, 2015

Happy Monday!.

It begins - Ted Cruz announces his 2016 presidential campaign. Why is Dave Hansen helping to take down Governor Herbert? Corroon running unopposed for another term as Chairman of Utah's Democratic Party.


  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 144
  • Days to the 2015 election - 228
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - 304
  • Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - 311
  • Days to the 2016 Utah presidential primary - 466
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 599

Monday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Ted Cruz makes it official by announcing he is running for president in 2016 [Wall Street Journal].
  2. Dave Hansen talks about why he is helping Jonathan Johnson run for governor against Gary Herbert in 2016 [National Journal].
  3. Peter Corroon is running unopposed for another term as head of Utah's Democratic Party [Utah Policy].
  4. Gov. Herbert signs a bill allowing officials to opt out of performing same-sex marriages [Fox 13].
  5. Hundreds of Utahns have contacted the governor's office in opposition to a bill bringing back the firing squad as a means of execution. Gov. Herbert says he's leaning toward signing the measure [Associated Press].
  6. Some are worried the controversies surrounding the Utah Transit Authority salaries might hurt efforts to get Utah voters to decide whether to raise sales taxes to fund mass transit [Tribune].
  7. Utah's unemployment rate holds steady while the state added more than 12,000 jobs last month [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News].
  8. While Utah continues to add jobs, the number of people looking to fill them has remained steady over the past two years [Tribune].
  9. A new analysis says the number of Utahns on food stamps is declining, just not as fast as some would expect [Tribune].
  10. Utah's new non-discrimination law provides penalties while others passed by individual cities do not [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1775 - In a speech supporting the arming of the Virginia militia, Patrick Henry declared, "Give me liberty or give me death."
  • 1933 - The German Reichstag adopted the Enabling Act, which effectively granted Adolf Hitler dictatorial powers.
  • 1983 - President Ronald Reagan proposed the "Star Wars" missile defense system.
  • 1983 - Barney Clark, the world's first recipient of a permanent artificial heart, died in a Salt Lake City hospital.
  • 1989 - Dick Clark retired from hosting "American Bandstand" after 33 years.
  • 2010 - President Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law.

Today At Utah Policy

Democratic Party Leadership Elections Set
Peter Corroon is running unopposed for another term as head of Utah's Democratic Party....

'Kill the Gays' Measure One Step Closer to California Ballot
California officials may be forced to allow a group pushing an initiative advocating execution for gays and lesbians to start gathering signatures put the measure on the ballot....

Salt Lake City Tops for Job Creation
Need more proof that Utah's economy is booming? Gallup pegs Salt Lake City as the top job-creating metro in the country....

Featured Items

Workshop Explores Solutions to Transporting Uinta Basin Waxy Crude
The sixth annual Waxy Crude Workshop, presented by the Utah Science Technology and Research Initiative’s Eastern Utah Outreach team, the Utah Division of Oil, Gas and Mining and Integrated Energy Companies will be April 9th at the Uinta Basin Applied Technology College...

Will Utah Come Up With a Plan for Medicaid Expansion?
Utah lawmakers left the Hill at the end of the 2015 session without a plan for expanding Medicaid. Gov. Gary Herbert has set a deadline of July 31 to make a deal....

Winning the Political Game: How to Deal With a Crisis
Almost every political failure is a failure of communications. Dealing with a major crisis is the most difficult of all communications challenges. When a leader or a subordinate in a highly public position does something stupid, illegal, unethical, or even if something ...

Utah Posts Strong Jobs Numbers
Utah’s economy continues to post impressive numbers. New figures released Friday show total job growth of 4.2 percent, while private-sector job growth increased to 4.8 percent....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Rolly: Legislature creates transparency, then takes it away

Op-ed: White-collar crime registry gives Utahns powerful tool to fight fraud

Op-ed: South Salt Lake is proving the value of after-school programs

Op-ed: Water districts' cost projections are justifiable and accurate

Editorial: Governor should veto wood-burning bill

Editorial: UTA has a tough road to public trust

As voters decide sales tax hike, will UTA controversies hurt?

E-cig groups claim Utah bill a gift to Big Tobacco

In new book, Utah's Lee says some elected leaders are 'subverting' Constitution

Utah County group aims to keep development, zoning decisions at local level

James Grey Larkin, former St. George mayor, dies at 77

Utah's anti-bias law has teeth Salt Lake City's does not

Utah sees slow decline in food-stamp recipients

Utah wine store management shake-up stirs controversy

Utah's economy has improved, but the rate of Utahns willing to work has not

Deseret News

Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Intrigue still percolating from Utah legislative session

John Florez: Lawmaking a matter of conscience

Drew Clark: Let's stop reforming, and start disrupting educational habits

Former Utah Sen. Bob Bennett 'optimistic' about pancreatic cancer outlook

Utah economy continues to add jobs

State dollars to expand STEM in southern Utah


Editorial: Moser and Wells: two great leaders leave big shoes to fill (Park Record)

Legislative session a success for local business community (Park Record)

Former commissioner remembered for visionary leadership (Park Record)

Oddities and minutiae of the Utah Legislature (Standard-Examiner)

Willard and Perry make up, mostly behind closed doors (Standard-Examiner)

State school board backs away from veto request (Standard-Examiner)

Holly Richardson: Women can and should be leaders (Daily Herald)

Editorial: Body cameras provide protection, insight (Daily Herald)

Orem mayor: Infrastructure is the physical foundation that keeps our cities operating (Daily Herald)

National Headlines

Sen. John McCain: Loretta Lynch delay has 'nothing to do with race' (Politico)

Iowa's uneasy embrace of Hillary (Politico)

Netanyahu pollster: Obama role in election larger than reported (The Hill)

Dem: I don't need lessons from Steve King on what it is to be Jewish or a Democrat (The Hill)

Ready for Hillary ready to step aside as she prepares campaign (The Hill)

Election 2016: Why Ted Cruz picked Liberty University (CNN)

Powerful New York unions are backing Jesus (Chuy) Garcia's challenge to Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel (New York Daily News)

'Hit list' of 100 US troops: What it says about Islamic State power (Christian Science Monitor)

Supreme Court to hear battle over Confederate license plates (Washington Post)

OPEC won't bear burden of propping up oil price (Reuters)

Will California's drought affect hydroelectric power? (Christian Science Monitor)


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