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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

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Ten Things You Need to Know for Wednesday - April 22, 2015

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is Earth Day. The Utah GOP is considering a way to vet candidates and charging them a fee as a way to get around SB54. Most Utahns say they would vote for a local sales tax increase to fund transportation. Josh Romney says he won't challenge Sen. Mike Lee in 2016.


  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 111
  • Days to the 2015 election - 195
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - 272
  • Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - 279
  • Days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary - 280
  • Days to the 2016 Utah presidential primary - 434
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 567

Wednesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. The Utah GOP is considering screening candidates and a charging them a fee before they can call themselves Republicans as a way to circumvent the "Count My Vote" compromise [Utah Policy, Tribune].
  2. Most Utahns would vote for a local sales tax increase to pay for transportation according to a new survey [Utah Policy].
  3. Josh Romney says he has no plans to challenge Sen. Mike Lee in 2016, but he says he would like to see someone else step up and run against the freshman Senator [KSL].
  4. Salt Lake City International Airport is increasing the number of TSA employees to help speed passengers through security lines following a complaint from Rep. Jason Chaffetz [Tribune].
  5. Sen. Mark Madsen releases a video appealing for his plan to legalize medicinal marijuana by invoking the memory of his grandfather, Ezra Taft Benson [Tribune].
  6. If Sophia Hawes-Tingey wins her race for the Midvale City Council, she will become the first open, transgender office holder in the state [ABC 4].
  7. Utah County officials are proposing a number of transportation projects, including a bridge over Utah Lake, to deal with exploding population growth [Tribune].
  8. Herriman officials are prepping for a wildfire season that's expected to be difficult [Deseret News].
  9. Here's why Utah's weddings are so much cheaper than those in other parts of the country [Tribune].
  10. Salt Lake City announces the lineup for this year's Twilight Concert Series [Tribune, Deseret News].

On this day in history:

  • 1864 - Congress authorized the use of the phrase "In God We Trust" on U.S. coins.
  • 1889 - The Oklahoma Land Rush began as 20,000 homesteaders massed along the border of the Oklahoma Territory.
  • 1994 - Richard Nixon, the 37th U.S. President, died four days after suffering a stroke at the age of 81.
  • 2004 - Former NFL star Pat Tillman was killed in Afghanistan. The U.S. military said later he was a victim of friendly fire.

Today At Utah Policy

Poll: Utahns Favor Sales Tax Hike to Pay for Transportation
Most Utahns say they would vote for a higher local sales tax to help with their road funding, a new UtahPolicy poll shows....

Why Conservatives Should Support Hatch's Trade Bill
At National Review, John Yoosays Sen. Orrin Hatch's fast-track bill has been cleverly written to give Congress real leverage over Pres. Obama in matters of international trade....

Weekly Survey: Will James Evans Get a Challenger for the Utah GOP Chair?
Utah GOP Chairman James Evans is getting some criticism from members of his own party. Is that enough for someone to challenge him for the chairmanship at August's Republican Convention? Vote now in our weekly survey....

Utah GOP Considering Test for Candidates to Circumvent 'Count My Vote' Deal
Oh, boy, here we go....

Why Utah Will Be One of the Last States to Legalize Marijuana
Even though there's an effort afoot in the Utah Legislature to legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes, the Beehive State is expected to be the last state to fully legalize pot....

For the First Time More People Like Obamacare than Dislike It
A new Kaiser Family Foundation poll shows 43% of Americans feel favorable about Obamacare while 42% remain opposed. That's the first time more favor the law than oppose it....

Twitter Takes Steps to Reign In Trolls
Twitter is finally doing something to make it easier to put a curb on abusive users....

Featured Items

Remembering a Dear Friend & Great Governor Norm Bangerter
Tuesday morning, I received the shocking news that my dear friend Norm Bangerter had suffered a severe stroke.  ...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: 'Every Child Achieves' strikes a better federal-state balance

West Jordan ousts city attorney, draws scrutiny from prosecutors

Rolly: Super-PAC ads boost Mike Lee, send message to potential rivals

Bridge over Utah Lake and new freeway among controversial proposals for Utah County

After Chaffetz complaint, TSA to add officers to speed security at SLC airport

U. scientists win U.S. Department of Defense contract to help lock down the country's computers

Utah senator appeals to legacy of his grandpa, a Mormon prophet, in medical marijuana video

Utah GOP considers vetting candidates based on commitment to party's principles

Deseret News

Jay Evensen: Utah plans for floods better than for droughts

Op-ed: Current Provo/Orem Bus Rapid Transit plan has major flaws

Editorial: U.S. prison populations have dropped, but we still have lessons to earn from other countries on incarceration and recidivism

S.L. County approves $320,000 for upcoming community preservation vote

Gov. Gary Herbert resisting Utah GOP efforts for him to testify in SB54 lawsuit

Siberian fires stoke Wasatch Front haze

Josh Romney: I won't run against Sen. Mike Lee, but another Republican should


Commissioners vote 2-1 supporting resolution that outlines BRT bond terms (Daily Herald)

Editorial: Inconvenient hearings on science standards (Standard-Examiner)

GrassRoots: Some Northern Utah Republicans not conservative enough (Standard-Examiner)

Hatch to IRS: Quit buying kazoos and toy footballs (Standard-Examiner)

Summit County's Republican and Democratic parties re-elect chairmen (Park Record)

Former Park City mayor criticizes tunnel vision of Mountain Accord (Park Record)

National Headlines

The GOP front-runner? It's not Jeb Bush (Politico)

President Obama to shun saying 'genocide' on 100th anniversary of Armenian massacres (Politico)

Meet the GOP's unconventional new star (The Hill)

Clinton's Capitol courtship begins (The Hill)

Reid: I'm a 'hell no' on trade bill (The Hill)

Holder: Embattled DEA chief is retiring (CNN)

Obama's attorney general nominee heads for confirmation vote after Senate logjam broken (Associated Press)

Rand Paul calls McCain, Graham 'lapdogs' for Obama (McClatchy)

Obama on Pacific Trade Deal: Opponents Are 'Wrong on This' (NBC News)

Charles Koch: We may back several GOP candidates in primaries (USA Today)

Poland to buy US Patriot missiles amid Russia tensions (BBC News)


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