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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

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Ten Things You Need to Know for Tuesday - March 24, 2015

Good Tuesday morning!

Herbert signs the firing squad bill. Sen. Jim Dabakis looks like he's running for SLC Mayor. Utah's Dems plan to use online voting in the 2016 presidential primary.


  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 143
  • Days to the 2015 election - 227
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - 303
  • Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - 310
  • Days to the 2016 Utah presidential primary - 465
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 598

Tuesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Utah is now the only state with the firing squad as a means of execution after Gov. Gary Herbert signs a bill authorizing the method into law [Tribune, Fox 13, KSL].
  2. It sure looks like Sen. Jim Dabakis is going to run for Salt Lake City Mayor [Utah Policy].
  3. Sen. Mike Lee says he's not going to endorse Sen. Ted Cruz's run for president yet [Deseret News].
  4. The Utah Democratic Party is planning to use online voting in their 2016 presidential primary [Utah Policy].
  5. Lawmakers were unable to come to a compromise over state school board elections meaning the issue is now back in the hands of a federal judge [Deseret News].
  6. Why is there so much animosity between Utah lawmakers and teachers? [Tribune].
  7. State Superintendent Brad Smith apologizes for remarks comparing teachers who rallied at the state capitol to spoiled children on Christmas morning [Tribune].
  8. The evidence phase of Former Attorney General mark Shurtleff's trial is set to begin June 15 [Tribune, Deseret News].
  9. Utah Transit Authority officials won't comment on how, or if, lower gasoline prices are helping their bottom line [Tribune].
  10. The list of maintenance projects needing to be done in Utah's national parks totals nearly $300 million [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1765 - Britain enacted the Quartering Act, requiring American colonists to provide temporary housing to British soldiers.
  • 1883 - Long-distance telephone service was inaugurated between Chicago and New York City.
  • 1989 - The Exxon Valdez hit a reef in the Gulf of Alaska, spilling 11 million gallons of crude oil.
  • 2012 - Former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney underwent heart transplant surgery.

Today At Utah Policy

Utah's Democrats Planning Online Presidential Primary in 2016
When lawmakers failed to pass HB 329, it basically left Utah's Democrats, and other parties, up the creek without a paddle for their 2016 presidential primary....

John Valentine: Public Transit Convert
Public transit ridership is up significantly both nationally and in Utah. But locally elected leaders and Utah Transit Authority officials are working on ways to boost ridership even more....

Dave Hansen Gears Up to Challenge Utah's Popular Governor
In an interview, Dave Hansen tells National Journal why he decided to signon to manage the gubernatorial campaign of chairman Jonathan Johnson, who would have to unseat Gov. Gary Herbert in the GOP primary....

Romney Says He Should Have Communicated Better with Minority Voters in 2012
Mitt Romney says his "biggest mistake" of the 2012 campaign was convincing minority voters to vote Republican....

Dabakis Takes a Giant Step Toward Running for Salt Lake City Mayor
First it was likely he’d run.Then it didn’t look like it.Now state Sen. Jim Dabakis, D-Salt Lake, the former state chair of the Utah Democratic Party, has all but announced his candidacy for non-partisan Salt Lake City mayor’s race this year....

Featured Items

Real Women Run Offers Spring Training for Women Ready to Run for Public Office
On Saturday, March 28, 2015, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Real Women Run is holding a day of education for women planning to run for political office this spring and for those working on their campaigns. ...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Herbert should sign Utah's e-cigarette rules

Central Utah town welcomes prison expansion

Mark Shurtleff evidence hearing set for June 15

Why do Utah lawmakers distrust Utah teachers?

National Park backlog totals $11.49 billion nationwide, $278 million in Utah

Rolly: A ticked Dabakis may run for mayor over last-minute sales-tax deal

Utah governor signs 55 bills into law, brings back firing squad

Utah superintendent apologizes for comparing education ralliers to kid crying on Christmas

Deseret News

Op-ed: Netanyahu's election provides several opportunities having international implications

Op-ed: Adding tests not as effective as reforming curriculum

Editorial: Senate Democrats' filibuster hindering much-needed human trafficking legislation

What's next for State School Board elections?

Sen. Mike Lee not ready to endorse Ted Cruz for president

Shurtleff evidence hearing will begin in June right after Swallow's ends

Herbert's signature finalizes return of Utah's firing squad

National Headlines

Decision time for Dems: Abortion rights or helping the poor? (Politico)

House GOP weighs votes on 2 budgets, winner takes all (Politico)

Clinton tweets 'embrace' of ObamaCare (The Hill)

Cruz announces 2016 campaign with call for conservative uprising (The Hill)

With Ted Cruz officially in, the battle for conservative voters heats up (Washington Post)

George W. Bush to attend Jeb fundraiser (The Hill)

Clinton: US Needs Solutions to Income Inequality (Associated Press)

Wisconsin's voter ID law stands; Supreme Court rejects challenge (Los Angeles Times)

'ISIS Hackers' Googled Their Hit List; Troops' Names Were Already on Public Websites (Daily Beast)

California's push for clean energy has a problem: no place to store it (Los Angeles Times)

Obama touts new efforts to attract foreign investment to US (Associated Press)


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