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Monday, April 13, 2015

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Ten Things You Need to Know for Monday - April 13, 2015

It's Monday! Let's get going on another week!

Hillary Clinton announces her 2016 campaign. Marco Rubio will jump in the 2016 presidential race today. Herbert and Lee enjoying high approval ratings.


  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 120
  • Days to the 2015 election - 204
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - 281
  • Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - 288
  • Days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary - 289
  • Days to the 2016 Utah presidential primary - 443
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 576

Monday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Hillary Clinton makes it official by announcing her run for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination [Politico].
  2. Florida Senator Marco Rubio will join the 2016 fray today by announcing his bid for the White House [Washington Post].
  3. Gov. Gary Herbert and Sen. Mike Lee are enjoying high approval ratings according to our latest survey [Utah Policy].
  4. Sen. Mike Lee's path to another term in Washington just got a lot easier [Tribune].
  5. A federal judge deals a blow to the Utah GOP's lawsuit against the "Count My Vote" compromise by refusing to grant the party's request for a preliminary injunction [Deseret News, Tribune, Fox 13].
  6. Salt Lake County Democrats meet in their annual convention to pick new leadership [Utah Policy].
  7. Utah leaders warn of the devastation that would follow a big earthquake along the Wasatch Front [Deseret News].
  8. Federal regulators are getting close to approving EnergySolutions' waste disposal facility near Clive that will host thousands of tons of depleted Uranium [Tribune].
  9. Logan officials are considering using crowd funding to pay for needed repairs to city facilities [KSL].
  10. A federal judge blocks a Utah state judge from hearing a lawsuit brought by an environmental group over rural roads in Tooele [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1861 - Fort Sumter in South Carolina fell to Confederate forces at the start of the Civil War.
  • 1943 - The Jefferson Memorial was dedicated in Washington.
  • 1970 - An oxygen tank exploded aboard Apollo 13 as it was on its way to the moon prompting command module pilot Jack Swigert to utter the famous words, "Houston, we've had a problem."

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Rolly: Utah dodged a major bullet in the last legislative session

Op-ed: Mountain Accord is Utahns' chance to shape the future

Op-ed: Federal inertia prevents Utah from serving world's demand for natural gas

Editorial: Utah's changing preschool attitude long overdue

Mike Lee's new challenge: His three best friends are running for president

Federal judge deals Utah Republican Party a blow in its challenge of new election law

Obama aide: Communities need to help disadvantaged youth succeed

Judge says Utah public has right to access contested stretch of Weber River

Mike Lee could be a lock for re-election to Senate

Utah stepping closer to taking 250,000 tons of radioactive waste - forever

Deseret News

Op-ed: STEM grants for two Utah universities should improve program results

Editorial: With austerity as reality, IRS needs more accountability

Sen. Mike Lee hires new communications director

No preliminary injunction for Utah GOP on SB54

Salt Lake County Democrats rally for upcoming issues, elections

What are the best states for middle class taxpayers?


Legislative auditors probing troubled rehab agency (Standard-Examiner)

Utah down 900 IRS jobs since 2011 (Standard-Examiner)

Editorial: Logan mayor may be onto something (Logan Herald Journal)

Herbert vetoes film incentives bill (Park Record)

Six homeowner association bills signed (Park Record)

Summit County partisan parties primed (Park Record)

National Headlines

Castro absolves Obama of fault for U.S.' 'imperialist aggression' (FOX News)

Hillary Clinton's goal: Keep Bill Clinton happy, involved (Politico)

Obamacare's first tax season (Politico)

Hillary Clinton's slow walk to 'yes' (Politico)

Menendez: Obama's Cuba, Iran moves 'misguided' (The Hill)

Clinton focuses on early years in rollout (The Hill)

Dem senator: Iran nuke framework has 'no real specificity' (The Hill)

GOP rivals take aim at Clinton (CNN)

Hillary Clinton Announces 2016 Presidential Bid (New York Times)

Embattled Menendez says he will be 'vindicated' by facts (Associated Press)

Republican presidential hopefuls head to New Hampshire (Associated Press)


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