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Thursday, April 23, 2015

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Ten Things You Need to Know for Thursday - April 23, 2015

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City. It's William Shakespeare's birthday. A slim majority of Utahns approve of the property tax hike passed by lawmakers during the 2015 session. Republican leaders vote to move ahead with setting requirements for their candidates to appear on the ballot.


  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 110
  • Days to the 2015 election - 194
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - 271
  • Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - 278
  • Days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary - 279
  • Days to the 2016 Utah presidential primary - 433
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 566

Thursday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Our latest poll shows a slight majority of Utahns are in favor of the property tax hike passed by lawmakers to help equalize school funding [Utah Policy].
  2. Utah GOP leaders vote to keep moving forward on setting new requirements for candidates to appear on the ballot [Deseret News].
  3. The Senate is set to vote finally on the Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch Thursday [New York Times].
  4. Mormon apostle L. Tom Perry was briefly hospitalized on Wednesday due to breathing problems [Tribune, KSL, Fox 13, ABC 4].
  5. Former Rep. Jim Matheson took in exactly $0 in donations during the most recent fundraising quarter [Utah Policy].
  6. Ten of the 13 gay rights activists who were arrested for blocking a legislative hearing in 2014 have accepted a plea deal in the case [Tribune, Fox 13].
  7. An audit finds most Utah high school students are unprepared for college coursework [Deseret News].
  8. The defendants in an illegal ATV ride up Recapture Canyon in southern Utah have rejected a plea deal and will go to trial next week [Tribune].
  9. Watch out, Utah is running out of water [Utah Policy].
  10. The haze hanging in Utah's air is the result of wildfires in Russia [Tribune, ABC 4].

On this day in history:

  • 1564 - This is the accepted birthdate of English poet and dramatist William Shakespeare.
  • 1635 - The first public school in America, the Boston Latin School, was opened.
  • 1985 - The Coca-Cola Co. announced it was changing its secret formula for Coke.
  • 2005 - Co-founder Jawed Karim uploaded the first video to
  • 2010 - Arizona enacted a law requiring local governments and police to crack down on illegal immigrants.

Today At Utah Policy

Poll: Slight Majority of Utahns Favor Property Tax Increase to Equalize School Funding
Most Utahns favor a new $75 million property tax increase the 2015 Legislature passed to equalize funding for school buildings across the 41 school districts, a new UtahPolicy poll shows....

Gov. Herbert Asks 50,000 Citizens to Help Plan Utah's Future
Gov. Gary R. Herbert recently announced the next step in Envision Utah’s “Your Utah, Your Future” campaign, a statewide effort to gather 50,000 Utah voices on 11 key areas to help leaders plan for a population that is anticipated to almost double by 2050. A...

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....

Analysis: Utah On List of States 'Running Out of Water'
While California is grabbing headlines for its severe drought, Utah is also facing some water problems, too....

Matheson Took In No Donations in the First Quarter of 2015
It's looking more and more like former Utah Rep. Jim Matheson is going to sit out the 2016 election cycle, at least on the federal level....

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: GOP Politburo needs to trust its voters

National parks pumped $730M into Utah's economy last year

Recapture Canyon defendants reject plea deal; trial set for next week

Man charged with allegedly torching former Utah mayor's home

Deseret News

Dan Liljenquist: U.S-Iran negotiations are showing us diplomacy in the Twitter age

Jay Evensen: U.S. silence troubling amid worldwide trend of religious persecution

Editorial: In wake of layoffs, IRS workers union shouldn't threaten what it can't do because of cutbacks

Majority of Utahns favor local tax hike for transportation, poll shows

Utah high school students unprepared for college, new state report says

Task force will focus on future of Fairpark

San Juan commissioner, others going to trial in ATV protest ride case

Utah GOP leaders going forward with new requirements for candidates


Provo mayor, council safe after bomb threat at Provo City Center (Daily Herald)

Rep. Chaffetz visits Utah County Republican Women's meeting (Daily Herald)

Editorial: Utah shouldn't forget rainy-day fund (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Hillary Clinton Can't Run for President (Politico)

Democrats' trade spat becomes a full-on brawl (Politico)

After Getting Called Out, Elizabeth Warren Accuses Obama Of Deliberately Hiding Trade Details (Huffington Post)

Senate Republicans seek to preserve NSA power to collect phone data (Los Angeles Times)

GOP bill would block courts on gay marriage (The Hill)

Senate approves anti-trafficking bill, clearing way for Lynch vote (USA Today)

UVA dean denounces Rolling Stone gang-rape story, reacting publicly for the first time (New York Daily News)

Clinton Walking Fine Line on Pacific Trade Deal (Wall Street Journal)

U.S. House passes cyber-threat information bill (Reuters)

Carly Fiorina Is Running For President Even Though There's Already A Woman In The Race (Daily Caller)

Raisin farmers appear poised to win challenge of New Deal-era program (Washington Post)


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