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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

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Ten Things You Need to Know for Tuesday - April 21, 2015

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City. A new poll shows Gov. Gary Herbert would have no trouble in a potential head-to-head matchup with Rep. Jim Matheson in 2016. The governor's party is trying to depose him in court over the SB54 lawsuit.


  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 112
  • Days to the 2015 election - 196
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - 273
  • Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - 280
  • Days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary - 281
  • Days to the 2016 Utah presidential primary - 435
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 568

Tuesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Our new poll shows Governor Gary Herbert would handily beat Rep. Jim Matheson in a head-to-head matchup in 2016 [Utah Policy].
  2. The Utah GOP wants to depose Gov. Herbert in their lawsuit against SB54 [Fox 13].
  3. Bluffdale and Tooele County officials want the state to take over road projects in those respective areas that may be needed if the Utah State Prison is relocated [Tribune].
  4. A new audit slams the Jordanelle water district saying it has been poorly managed, and officials may have tried to obstruct the inquiry [Tribune, Deseret News].
  5. The Midvale slag site has been removed from the EPA Superfund list almost a half-century sooner than expected [Tribune, ABC 4].
  6. Utahns quickly snap up tickets for the "Book of Mormon" musical's run in Salt Lake City later this summer [Fox 13, ABC 4, Deseret News].
  7. A new program will help Utahns fight drought by harvesting rainwater this summer [Utah Policy, Fox 13, Deseret News].
  8. A federal judge will not block a lawsuit brought by ranchers against the federal government demanding the removal of wild horse populations that they claim have become too large [Tribune].
  9. The 2015 Pulitzer Prize winners are announced [Washington Post].
  10. Google is changing the way they deliver search results starting today. The search engine favor websites deemed "mobile friendly" over those that are not [Re/Code].

On this day in history:

  • 1789 - John Adams was sworn in as the first vice president of the United States.
  • 1836 - With the rallying cry "Remember the Alamo!" Texas forces under Sam Houston defeated the army of Mexican General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna at San Jacinto, Texas.
  • 1918 - Manfred von Richthofen, the German World War I ace known as "The Red Baron," was killed by allied fire over Vaux-sur-Somme, France.
  • 2011 - John Ensign, R-Nevada, resigned his U.S. Senate seat amid a growing ethics scandal. Ensign admitted an affair with his former campaign treasurer.

Today At Utah Policy

Poll: Herbert Would Beat Matheson by Nearly 2-1 Margin
Many Democrats are hoping former Rep. Jim Matheson decides to run for Governor in 2016. They should be careful what they wish for....

Summit County is the 'Most Democratic' in Utah
Even though Salt Lake County is thought of as a Democratic stronghold (if one exists in Utah), it's not the "most Democratic" in the state....

Salt Lake City's Housing Market Among the Best in the Nation
Here's another sign that Utah's economy is roaring. Salt Lake City's housing market is tapped as one of the ten "fastest moving" in the country....

Featured Items

Lassonde Studios: Live. Create. Launch.
There's nothing like it in Utah – or anywhere else. It's the Lassonde Studios, a $45 million building that will house more than 400 unique student residences and 20,000 square feet of "garage" space on the campus of the University of Utah, w...

Utah State Parks Launch New Website
The Utah State Parks announced the launch of a new website designed to be more intuitive, informative, and simple to use. ...

Mayors & Green Groups Launch New Program to Reduce Utah's High Water Use Amid 4th Year of Drought
The Utah Rivers Council is proud to announce a new water conservation program with Salt Lake County, Murray City and the Utah Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council. ...

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

Editorial: Let's be careful out there this summer

Rolly: Mike Lee's super-PAC buddy lands in super-hot water

Mormon political clout in Utah: Republicans say it's about right, but Dems say LDS faith has too much

Prison move prompts Bluffdale, Tooele County to seek state takeover of pricey road projects

Audit blasts Jordanelle water district, questions credit-card use

EPA takes Midvale slag site off the Superfund list - once and for all, and 50 years early

Deseret News

Editorial: Time to separate food stamps from farm bills - it's a move that has many benefits

Jordanelle Special Service District ripe for misconduct, fraud, state audit says

Salt Lake County, Murray launch state's first rain harvesting program

What it takes to be middle class in each state

Poll: LDS Church influence over Legislature 'just about right'


Commissioners to decide on parameters for possible BRT bond (Daily Herald)

Op-ed: Market based solution for water shortages in Utah (Standard-Examiner)

New labor agreement impacting nearly 8,000 civilians signed at Hill AFB (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Marco Rubio's secret weapon (Politico)

Rand Paul soliciting dirt on Clinton Foundation donations (Politico)

The Senate's 'nuclear' fallout (Politico)

Koch brothers want Walker to win (The Hill)

McConnell: Comparing climate skeptics to slaveholders a 'depressing new low' (The Hill)

ObamaCare court fight escalates (The Hill)

Questions, answers about federal anti-radicalization effort (Associated Press)

Clinton Jabs GOP on Campaign Trail: Republicans 'Talking Only About Me' (NBC News)

Iran Charges Washington Post Reporter With Espionage (Wall Street Journal)

Ohio Buckeyes blitz White House (CNN)

Chris Christie's Ratings Hit A New Low In New Jersey (Huffington Post)


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