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Thursday, April 16, 2015
Ten Things You Need to Know for Thursday - April 16, 2015
Good Thursday morning!
Sen. Jim Dabakis drops out of the SLC mayoral contest. A poll shows Mayor Ralph Becker may be vulnerable in his bid for another term. Love raises a bunch of cash in the first quarter of 2015.
- Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 117
- Days to the 2015 election - 201
- Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - 278
- Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - 285
- Days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary - 286
- Days to the 2016 Utah presidential primary - 440
- Days until the 2016 presidential election - 573
Thursday's top-10 headlines:
- Sen. Jim Dabakis drops out of the race for Salt Lake City mayor after just ten days [Deseret News, Tribune, ABC 4].
- Our latest poll, conducted before Dabakis dropped out, showed the Senator in second place behind Mayor Ralph Becker [Utah Policy].
- Emails showed Dabakis had offered his full support to Mayor Ralph Becker in December of 2014 before he endorsed rival Jackie Biskupski on Wednesday [Utah Policy].
- Rep. Mia Love flexes her fundraising muscles, pulling in more than $400,000 during the first quarter of the year [Tribune].
- UDOT and the UTA are hailing tax hikes passed by lawmakers during the 2015 session that will help their bottom lines [Tribune].
- Contact lens makers are suing Utah to prevent a new law they say is designed to protect 1-800 Contacts from going into effect [Tribune, Deseret News].
- Funeral services for former Gov. Norm Bangerter are set for Saturday [Deseret News, Tribune].
- Bob Bernick tells a story about how Bangerter's political tenacity was illustrated by his effort to master a jet ski [Utah Policy].
- Wednesday's big snow storm did not make a dent in the state's looming water shortage [Deseret News].
- A Mormon couple from Washington State is objecting to being included in a "friend of the court" brief filed with the Supreme Court against legalizing same-sex marriage [Tribune].
On this day in history:
- 1862 - Congress abolished slavery in the District of Columbia.
- 1962 - Walter Cronkite succeeded Douglas Edwards as anchorman of "The CBS Evening News."
- 1963 - Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. wrote "Letter from Birmingham Jail" while imprisoned for protesting segregation.
- 2007 - A Virginia Tech student killed 27 students and five faculty members during a shooting rampage before killing himself.
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