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Ten Things You Need to Know for Monday - March 30, 2015

Good Monday morning!.

Obama may visit Utah later this week. Does the LDS throw its weight around on Utah's Capitol Hill? Veterans set to rally against renaming part of I-15 after former Speaker Becky Lockhart.


  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 134
  • Days to the 2015 election - 218
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - 295
  • Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - 302
  • Days to the 2016 Utah presidential primary - 457
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 590

Monday's top-10 headlines:

  1. President Barack Obama may visit Utah later this week [Utah Policy].
  2. Former Utah Rep. Carl Wimmer claims the LDS Church can use a heavy hand when lobbying lawmakers while others recount different experiences [Tribune].
  3. Some lawmakers say they didn't know a sales tax hike was tucked into a prison bill before they voted to approve the legislation [Tribune].
  4. Governor Gary Herbert signs legislation increasing gas and property taxes [Deseret News, Tribune].
  5. A group of Utah veterans plan to rally against a bill renaming part of I-15 for former Speaker Becky Lockhart [Tribune].
  6. Utahns remember Sen. Harry Reid's impact on the political landscape during his tenure in Washington [Deseret News].
  7. The Utah Board of Regents approve a tuition hike at the state's colleges and universities [Tribune, Deseret News].
  8. A former federal water official argues in a new book the U.S. should tear down Glen Canyon Dam [Tribune].
  9. A training session at the University of Utah aims to get more women involved in politics [Fox 13].
  10. Utahns think England is America's greatest ally while Iran is our greatest enemy [Utah Policy].

On this day in history:

  • 1822 - Florida became a U.S. territory.
  • 1867 - U.S. Secretary of State William Seward reached an agreement with Russia for the purchase of Alaska for $7.2 million in gold.
  • 1870 - The 15th Amendment, granting African-American the right to vote, was adopted into the U.S. Constitution.
  • 1981 - President Ronald Reagan was shot by John Hinckley Jr. outside a Washington hotel. White House presss secretary James Brady, a Secret Service agent and a Washington police officer also were wounded.

Today At Utah Policy

Sources: Obama to Visit Utah This Week
A number of credible sources tell that President Barack Obama will visit the Beehive State later this week....

Poll: Utahns Say England is Our Greatest Ally while Iran is America's Greatest Enemy
Utahns say England is America's greatest ally on the world stage while North Korea and Iran are the country's biggest enemies....

Harry Reid: Last of the 'Mormon Democrat' Breed?
It may takeseveral generationsbeforeAmerica sees another LDS Democrat as prominent and powerful asHarry Reid, who's retiring from the Senate in early 2017, reports The Washington Post....

Featured Items

Utah Policy/KSL Insider Survey: Dabakis vs. Becker?
Sen Jim Dabakis is hinting he might jump into the race for Salt Lake City Mayor against incumbent Ralph Becker. Our "Political Insider" panel has mixed feelings about whether he would have a chance in the 2015 election....

Winning the Political Game: How to Work with a News Reporter
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Governor Gary Herbert to Award Science Medals
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Former UK Prime Minister John Major to Keynote Zions Bank's 14th Annual Trade and Business Conference May 12
Business leaders from across the Intermountain West will learn new ways to innovate, compete and grow jobs in an increasingly global environment at the 14th annual Zions Bank Trade and Business Conference on Tuesday, May 12, at the Grand America Hotel. ...

Gov. Signs Comprehensive Transportation Bill
Lane Beattie, president and CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber and David R. Golden, chair of the Utah Transportation Coalition issued the following statement on Gov. Gary R. Herbert signing H.B. 362 Transportation Infrastructure Funding into law:...

Salt Lake City Earns #5 EPA Ranking for Building Energy Efficiency
Salt Lake City has been ranked #25 in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s 2015 list of U.S. metropolitan areas with the most ENERGY STAR certified buildings, coming in at #5 for all mid-size cities on the list. ...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Rolly: Some legislators approved prison 'plums,' didn't know it

Op-ed: Schools, teachers should have received more from 2015 Legislature

Editorial: Utah liquor sales need a shot of private enterprise

Editorial: The numbers argue for immigration reform

Guv signs two bills raising Utah taxes by more than $150 million

In Utah, police learn to defuse conflict but are warned of risks

Utah veterans to rally against naming freeway after Lockhart

Mormon church lobbying in Utah's Capitol - hardball or light touch?

Former federal water manager proposes tearing down Glen Canyon Dam

Deseret News

Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Intriguing developments in city, state and federal politics

John Florez: Lawmakers and the art of punting - the latest time at the expense of education

Op-ed: Reinstating firing squad signifies Utah's faltering moral standing

Editorial: SLC in a sales-tax conundrum, but tying it to a possible prison relocation isn't the answer

Board of Regents approves 3 percent tuition increase, higher student fees

Sen. Harry Reid's retirement recalls his influence on Utah Republicans, Democrats

Intergenerational poverty initiative moves forward, despite stalled bill

Utah taxpayers will pay millions more in wake of 2015 Legislative session

A river runs dry: Water and the future of Washington County


Op-ed: Should school superintendents be certified? (Standard-Examiner)

Urban water past: Crumbling infrastructure needs new funding model (Standard-Examiner)

Are Utah's projected water costs inflated? (Standard-Examiner)

Why is Utah's water so cheap? (Standard-Examiner)

Urban water present: Metered secondary water helps conservation (Standard-Examiner)

Urban water future: Changing climate means changing water (Standard-Examiner)

Utah's public universities see lowest tuition hike since 1999 (Logan Herald Journal)

Editorial: Vail's plan to invest $50M at resorts gives City's spirits an epic boost (Park Record)

National Headlines

The crushing defeat that shaped Scott Walker (Politico)

Who's afraid of Elizabeth Warren? (Politico)

NLRB to weigh in on high-stakes McDonald's labor dispute (The Hill)

72 hours to Iran deadline (The Hill)

Scott Walker's partner in power (The Hill)

Pence: Indiana law on religious freedom 'not about discrimination ... not going to change' (FOX News)

Fiorina says there's 'higher than 90 percent' chance she's running in 2016 (FOX News)

Cruz Grilled on Inexperience: 'I Wasn't A Community Organizer Before I Was Elected' (RealClearPolitics)

Martin O'Malley: Presidency not a 'crown' to be shared by 2 families (Washington Post)

Before leak, NSA mulled ending phone program (Associated Press)

This controversial theory has got Janet Yellen worried (CNBC)


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