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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

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Ten Things You Need to Know for Tuesday - March 31, 2015

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Herbert plans to discuss public lands issues with Obama. Two Republicans passed more legislation than all Democrats combined during the 2015 session. Salt Lake City officials hope Google Fiber will bridge the digital divide.


  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 133
  • Days to the 2015 election - 217
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - 294
  • Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - 301
  • Days to the 2016 Utah presidential primary - 456
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 589

Tuesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. When President Obama visits Utah this week, Gov. Gary Herbert plans to discuss public lands issues and healthcare with him [Utah Policy].
  2. An Indianapolis newspaper devotes its entire front page to an editorial blasting that state's controversial new religious liberties law [Indianapolis Star].
  3. Two Republican senators managed to pass more legislation in the 2015 session than all of the Democrats on Utah's Capitol Hill combined [Tribune].
  4. Veterans rally at the capitol against legislation to name part of I-15 after former Speaker Becky Lockhart [Tribune, ABC 4].
  5. Neil Ashdown, Sen. Mike Lee's chief of staff, resigns for family reasons just four months after taking the job [Tribune].
  6. Former Rep. Jim Matheson has been named to the board of directors for Sallie Mae [Tribune].
  7. The co-pilot suspected of intentionally crashing the Germanwings airplane last week was treated for suicidal tendencies [NBC News].
  8. Salt Lake City officials hope Google Fiber will bring internet access to more low-income residents [Tribune].
  9. Utah schools are struggling with a shortage of substitute teachers [Deseret News].
  10. An environmental group is suing the EPA for not forcing two Utah power plants to reduce pollution [Deseret News].

On this day in history:

  • 1492 - King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain issued an edict expelling Jews unwilling to convert to Christianity.
  • 1918 - Daylight saving time went into effect in the United States for the first time.
  • 1968 - President Lyndon B. Johnson made a surprise announcement that he would not run for re-election.

Today At Utah Policy

Herbert Plans to Bend Obama's Ear on Utah Issues
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Private Emails Reveal Ex-Clinton Aide's Secret Spy Network
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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Two GOP senators pass more bills than all Utah Democratic legislators combined

Rolly: Test-bucking Utah English teacher loses last battle for her job

Forest Service takes second look at Utah uranium project

BLM allows old unplugged wells to fester in Utah, former employee's report says

Sen. Mike Lee sees staff changes after chief of staff resigns

Former Utah Rep. Jim Matheson named to board of Sallie Mae

Utah back in charge of Navajo oil, gas royalties seven years after settling mismanagement lawsuit

White House confirms: Obama to visit Utah on Friday

Veterans rally at Capitol for veto of Lockhart highway bill

SLC schools hope Google Fiber will help bridge digital divide between high- and low-income families

Deseret News

Will Coggin: Public lands debate marred by camouflaged activists

Editorial: As federal budgets are proposed, the U.S. can't add to its enormous debt forever with no consequences

About Utah: They're looking for 50,000 voices to help plan for Utah's future

Lawsuit targets EPA in Utah regional haze plan 'failure'

School leaders look for solutions to substitute teacher shortage

President Obama to make first trip to Utah this week as president


Vets protest Lockhart Highway bill (Daily Herald)

Utah celebrates first ever Vietnam Veterans Day at state capitol (Standard-Examiner)

President Obama to visit Hill AFB on Friday (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Hillary's emails: Deleted but not gone (Politico)

Dick Durbin vs. Patty Murray? (Politico)

Warren: Schumer has fought 'on the front lines' with me (The Hill)

Obama faces enormous stakes as Iran talks go down to wire (The Hill)

Rabbi warns Obama against appeasing Iran (The Hill)

Republican 2016 hopefuls back Indiana's 'religious freedom' law (CNN)

Joe Scarborough: Harry Reid Leaving Is A 'Big Trade Up' For America (Western Journalism)

Rubio to announce whether he'll join 2016 race on April 13 (FOX News)

Halperin: Martin O'Malley Could Do 'Serious Damage' To Hillary In Iowa (Daily Caller)

Carter says US policy on Iran-backed forces will hold (Associated Press)

Bernanke, in first blog post, rejects accusation of Fed 'throwing seniors under the bus' (Associated Press)


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