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Ten Things You Need to Know for Friday - April 24, 2015

Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City. It's the 40th anniversary of one of the greatest films ever made: Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Utah Republicans are divided on who they will support in 2016 while Democrats back Hillary Clinton. Hatch votes yes on Loretta Lynch's nomination to be Attorney General while Lee votes no.


  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 109
  • Days to the 2015 election - 193
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - 270
  • Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - 277
  • Days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary - 278
  • Days to the 2016 Utah presidential primary - 432
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 565

Friday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Utah Republicans are split on who they want as their nominee in 2016 while Democrats back Hillary Clinton [Utah Policy].
  2. Sen. Orrin Hatch votes yes while Sen. Mike Lee votes no on the nomination of Loretta Lynch to be Attorney General [Tribune, Deseret News].
  3. A CIA drone strike in January accidentally killed two hostages including a kidnaped American contractor [Washington Post].
  4. A federal judge puts some limits on how much digging the Utah GOP can do in their lawsuit to stop SB54 [Fox 13].
  5. Utah Republicans are turning on each other in the legal fight over SB54 [Associated Press].
  6. Rep. Rob Bishop wants the Obama Administration to slow down on new rules that could make it easier for Native American groups to win recognition as tribes [Associated Press].
  7. The number of Utah students opting out of standardized SAGE testing is holding steady [Tribune].
  8. Kate Kelly, the founder of Ordain Women, speaks at the Tribeca Film Festival about her excommunication from the LDS Church [Tribune].
  9. Amanda Smith is stepping down as the head of the Department of Environmental Quality after six years on the job [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune].
  10. The Apple Watch goes on sale today but don't expect to get one at the Apple Store [Reuters].

On this day in history:

  • 1704 - The Boston News-Letter became the first American newspaper to be published on a regular basis.
  • 1800 - The U.S. Congress established the Library of Congress.
  • 1980 - The United States launched an abortive attempt to free the American hostages in Iran. Eight U.S. servicemen died.
  • 2012 - Mitt Romney won Republican presidential primaries in Connecticut, Delaware, New York, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island.

Today At Utah Policy

Utah Republicans Split on 2016 Nominee; Democrats Solidly Behind Hillary
Not surprisingly, Utah Republicans are divided over whom they support in the wide-open 2016 presidential field while Utah's Democrats are solidly behind Hillary Clinton....

Bob Bernick's Notebook: Beehive McCarthyism
It was with incredulity that I wrote a story Tuesday morning about GOP Chairman James Evans’ new idea on how the Utah Republican Party can “vet” candidates who chose the petition gathering route to get on the GOP primary ballot....

Bernick and Schott on Politics - Episode #234
The Utah GOP is starting to look like the Soviet Politburo with their plan to have a committee vet candidates before they get on the ballot. ...

Podcast: Bernick and Schott on Politics - Episode #234
The Utah GOP is starting to look like the Soviet Politburo with their plan to have a committee vet candidates before they get on the ballot. ...

The State of Utah Transportation: Good Times for Highways
Thanks to the Legislature, Utah is nicely positioned, far better than most states, to adequately fund transportation infrastructure -- and to reap the accompanying economic rewards....

Utah Punches Above Its Weight In Congress
Though Utah is the 34th most populous state, it ranks 20th in congressional power,according to Roll Call's latest "Clout Index."...

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....

Featured Items

Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
Outdoor Notes--Tribune: Utah Hike of the Week: Holbrook Canyon Trail in Bountiful --?Tribune: Group calls for release of handsome Utah wild horse that became online sensation --?Tribune:? Judge says Utah public has right to access contested stretch of Weber River -- For the ...

Governor's Head of Environmental Quality to Step Down
After serving six years as executive director of the Department of Environmental Quality, Amanda Smith will leave her post effective on May 22 to pursue opportunities in the private sector....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: EPA program rescues a bit of Midvale

Amanda Smith leaving as head of Utah Department of Environmental Quality to pursue job opportunities in the private sector

Huntsman daughter Gracie star of new documentary on U.S.-China relations

Orrin Hatch votes yes, Mike Lee votes no on confirmation of Loretta Lynch for attorney general

Rolly: Carpe diem - BYU seizes the day and the top Latin prizes, again

Deseret News

A. Scott Anderson: Overregulation hurts bank customers, destroys incentives to engage in banking

Hatch, Lee split on new attorney general

Amanda Smith to step down as head of state environmental agency

Utah GOP leaders going forward with new requirements for candidates

Elder Oaks warns of rising secularism, champions religious freedom


Provo mayor encourages residents to 'ask anything' (Daily Herald)

Roy, North Ogden choose hybrid voting methods (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Hillary Clinton struggles to contain media barrage on foreign cash (Politico)

Rubio tops GOP field in second survey (The Hill)

U.S. strike inadvertently killed U.S., Italian hostages; Obama apologizes (Reuters)

House Benghazi Panel Calls Clinton to Testify (Associated Press)

Petraeus gets probation for leaking secrets to mistress (USA Today)

Loretta Lynch wins confirmation as attorney general (Associated Press)

Ted Cruz's no-show isn't only surprise of Loretta Lynch confirmation vote (Los Angeles Times)

Who are the Koch brothers? (USA Today)

Obama: Liberal trade critics 'don't know what they're talking about' (The Hill)

Obama: Trade deals will help American jobs (Associated Press)


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