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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:

  1. Sen. Jim Dabakis drops out of the race for Salt Lake City mayor after just ten days [Deseret News, Tribune, ABC 4].
  2. Our latest poll, conducted before Dabakis dropped out, showed the Senator in second place behind Mayor Ralph Becker [Utah Policy].
  3. 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].
  4. Rep. Mia Love flexes her fundraising muscles, pulling in more than $400,000 during the first quarter of the year [Tribune].
  5. UDOT and the UTA are hailing tax hikes passed by lawmakers during the 2015 session that will help their bottom lines [Tribune].
  6. 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].
  7. Funeral services for former Gov. Norm Bangerter are set for Saturday [Deseret News, Tribune].
  8. Bob Bernick tells a story about how Bangerter's political tenacity was illustrated by his effort to master a jet ski [Utah Policy].
  9. Wednesday's big snow storm did not make a dent in the state's looming water shortage [Deseret News].
  10. 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.

Today At Utah Policy

SLC Mayor Poll: Becker 33%, Dabakis 16%, Biskupski 12%, Garrott 9%
Maybe Jim Dabakis dropped out of the SLC Mayoral contest a little too early....

Email: Dabakis Called Becker a 'Terrific Mayor' Before He Backed Biskupski
Just ten days after announcing his candidacy for Salt Lake City Mayor, Sen. Jim Dabakis dropped out of the race Wednesday, endorsing his one-time rival, Jackie Biskupski....

Chaffetz: How Come So Many Government Workers are Tax Cheats?
In a FOX Newsop-ed, Rep. Jason Chaffetz condemns the "significant number of federal workers" who are responsible for $1 billion in unpaid taxes....

Weekly Survey: Will the Utah GOP Comply with SB 54?
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California Lawmakers Considering Eliminating 'Personal Belief' Exemptions from Vaccination Requirements
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Study: Utah Taxpayers Get Good Return on Investment
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Norm Bangerter and a Jet Ski - A Remembrance
When a former political leader passes away, it is common for media types to have personal remembrances of the senator, governor or mayor....

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Bangerter knew how to build it right

Salt Lake City OKs $3.5M in loans to help revive struggling State Street project

Dabakis drops out of Salt Lake City mayoral race

UDOT, UTA see bright financial future, thanks to new tax-hike law

Contact lens makers suing Utah attorney general to stop enforcement of new law

Mia Love keeps campaign machine humming, raises more than $400,000 so far this year

Flags to be flown at half-mast for former Gov. Norm Bangerter; funeral scheduled

Deseret News

Jay Evensen: Utah's 'grand bargain' stands in sharp contrast to Cliven Bundy's vigilantes

Dan Liljenquist: Will Hillary Clinton benefit from new campaign finance tactics?

Henri Sisneros: Underserved communities reap returns from educational investments

Editorial: Norman H. Bangerter: A governor not worried about his legacy has left a secure one

Jay Evensen: Norm Bangerter was Utah's Harry Truman

Dabakis drops out of Salt Lake mayor's race after just 9 days

Funeral services set for former Gov. Norm Bangerter


Bangerter remembered for contributions to Utah (Daily Herald)

'Keep It in Draper' files writ with Utah Supreme Court (Daily Herald)

Drought disaster declared in Weber and Davis (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Hillary Clinton's Wall Street backers: We get it (Politico)

Copter chaos at Capitol (The Hill)

Republican wants to make Obama's actions on immigration impeachable (The Hill)

Skeptical Climate Scientist Dismantles Dem Lawmaker's Alarmism (Daily Caller)

Japan now largest foreign holder of Treasuries (USA Today)

Campaign staff DROVE 'ordinary' Iowans to Hillary's first campaign stop (Daily Mail)

Hillary Clinton has a new position on same-sex marriage (CNN)

Martin O'Malley Subtley Jabs Hillary Clinton With Marriage Equality Video (Bloomberg)

Court deals Arizona sheriff a defeat in profiling case (Associated Press)

Christie dings Obama in NH town hall (Asbury Park Press)

Boston marks 2 years since Marathon bombings (CBS News)


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