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Monday, April 20, 2015

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Ten Things You Need to Know for Monday - April 20, 2015

It's Monday! Time to start a new work week.

Most Utahns think the LDS Church does not have too much influence on the Legislature. No veto override session in 2015. Utah's unemployment stays low.


  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 113
  • Days to the 2015 election - 197
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - 274
  • Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - 281
  • Days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary - 282
  • Days to the 2016 Utah presidential primary - 436
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 569

Monday's top-10 headlines:

  1. A new poll shows most Utahns think the LDS Church does not have too much influence on the Legislature, but those of other religions feel different [Utah Policy].
  2. Lawmakers won't attempt to override any of Gov. Gary Herbert's five vetoes this year [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune].
  3. County clerks across the state are looking at how to implement a new law allowing those who object to same-sex marriage to opt out of performing the ceremony [Deseret News].
  4. Utah's unemployment rate stays at 3.4 percent, well below the national average [Utah Policy, Deseret News].
  5. Former Utah Governor Norm Bangerter is laid to rest as friends and family remember his legacy [Tribune, Deseret News, ABC 4].
  6. Former State Rep. Craig Frank is elected the new chairman of the Utah County Republican Party [Daily Herald].
  7. Officials say the mild winter means Utah is facing a difficult fire season [Tribune, Fox 13].
  8. Gov. Herbert hosts his annual Utah Economic Summit [Deseret News].
  9. Salt Lake City is set to close three municipal golf courses [Deseret News].
  10. Salt Lake County is rushing to prepare for an election to determine the future of its unincorporated areas [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1871 - Congress passed the Third Force Act, which authorized President Ulysses S. Grant to use military force against the Ku Klux Klan.
  • 1971 - The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the use of busing to achieve racial desegregation in schools.
  • 1999 - Two teenage boys killed 12 students and a teacher at Columbine High School in Colorado before killing themselves.
  • 2010 - An explosion and fire on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico caused the largest U.S. marine oil spill in history.

Today At Utah Policy

How Much Influence Does the LDS Church Have on the Legislature? Depends on Who You Ask
Perhaps you will find no issue reflecting a greater divide among Utahns that whether LDS Church leaders have too much influence in the Utah Legislature....

Sen. Mike Lee Says Vote on Loretta Lynch as Attorney General Coming Soon
Sen. Mike Lee appeared on NBC's "Meet the Press" Sunday where he said President Obama's nominee to replace Attorney General Eric Holder will get a vote in the Senate sometime in "the next few weeks."...

No Veto Override Session in 2015
Legislative leaders announced Friday they do not have enough support in the House and Senate to override any of Governor Herbert's vetoes from the 2015 session....

Featured Items

Utah Policy/KSL Insider Survey: Will the Utah GOP Comply with SB 54?
A federal judge denied the Utah GOP's request for a preliminary injunction to keep SB 54 from going into effect. Party leaders say if they don't make a number of changes, there's a possibility no Republicans will appear on the ballot in 2016....

Winning the Political Game: Look for a Strong News Peg
Dealing with the news media, and promoting oneself via social media, are among the most difficult, interesting, important and scary things that public officials do....

Utah's Labor Force Continues to Expand
Utah’s economy continues on a rapid course of expansion, posting strong numbers for March. New figures released today show total job growth of 4.0 percent while private-sector job growth is 4.8 percent....

Utah Receives CEA Innovation Champion Award
The Governor’s Office of Economic Development is pleased to announce that the state of Utah has been named an “Innovation Champion” by the Consumer Electronics Association. ...

Wasatch Front Consumer Price Index Increases Marginally as Gasoline Prices Continue Upward
The Zions Bank Wasatch Front Consumer Price Index increased 0.1 percent from February to March on a non-seasonally adjusted basis. ...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Rolly: Lee, Love beneficiaries of special interest politics

Op-ed: Utah's K-12 funding can't go on like this

Editorial: Utah in 2050? Let Envision Utah know what you think

House passes Chaffetz bill to get tougher on tax delinquents

Utah road deaths are up, but officials say higher speed limits not the cause

Legislature won't override any of Herbert's five vetoes

Funding plans may make Bangerter Highway, U.S. 89 more like true freeways

Former Utah Gov. Bangerter remembered fondly as hardworking, caring

Salt Lake County has no time to waste in preparing for vote

Utah praised for initiative to end chronic homelessness

New southeastern Utah conservation plan has a distinctly personal motivation - homecoming

At Vernal forum, questions about air pollution, pregnancies, research

Deseret News

Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Long-term effects of Count My Vote on Utah politics

Op-ed: Preparation is key with SAGE testing

Op-ed: Yesterday's public education is quickly disappearing

Op-ed: Utah has an export-import problem

John Florez: America's strength is its liberal education

Op-ed: Utah's new approach to tackling intergenerational poverty

Editorial: Federal Reserve Bank faces crossroads in when and how much to increase interest rates

Utah unemployment rate down to 3.4 percent

Leadership touted at governor's economic summit

Utah lawmakers won't override governor vetoes

Q and A: The business of being Moab

Former Gov. Norm Bangerter remembered as man of family, faith

County clerks in Utah poring over new law on access to marriage ceremonies


Editorial: Water situation dire in Utah County (Daily Herald)

Leaders at Governors Economic Summit encourage others to ascend to the summit (Daily Herald)

Utah County Republican Party elects new party chairman (Daily Herald)

Business leaders motivate at Utah Economic Summit (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

The New Hampshire GOP summit: 6 takeaways (Politico)

Greens face divide over Hillary Clinton and Keystone (Politico)

Graham: 'Snowball's chance in Hell' Congress approves Iran deal (The Hill)

Possible Hillary challenger says voters have 'incumbent fatigue' (The Hill)

Homegrown extremist threat remains 20 years after Oklahoma City bombing (CNN)

Gyrocopter pilot frustrated message isn't getting through (Associated Press)

Bernie Sanders 'making sure' of enough money to challenge Clinton (Politico)

Reagan Shooter Finds Rejection, Indifference in Future Home (Associated Press)

Lindsey Graham readying for presidential run as a problem solver (Washington Times)

Texas House of Representatives votes to allow residents to publicly carry guns in holsters (New York Daily News)

Clinton patches relations with liberals at campaign's outset (Associated Press)


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