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Monday, April 27, 2015

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Ten Things You Need to Know for Monday - April 27, 2015

Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City. It's "National Prime Rib" day. Salt Lake City residents say life in the city has remained the same or improved over the last five years. Gov. Gary Herbert heads to Washington for negotiations over Medicaid expansion. A Mitt Romney confidant is trying to find a challenger for Mike Lee in 2016.


  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 106
  • Days to the 2015 election - 190
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - 267
  • Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - 274
  • Days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary - 275
  • Days to the 2016 Utah presidential primary - 429
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 562

Monday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Salt Lake City residents mostly say life in the city is the same or better than it was five years ago [Utah Policy].
  2. Mitt Romney's money man is actively trying to find someone to run against Sen. Mike Lee in 2016 [Deseret News].
  3. Gov. Gary Herbert will meet with Obama administration officials in Washington, D.C. this week for negotiations over Medicaid expansion [Deseret News].
  4. The Hillary Clinton campaign will have a presence in Utah [Tribune, ABC 4].
  5. The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in a same-sex marriage case on Tuesday [Tribune].
  6. Utah residents reach out to survivors of the massive earthquake in Nepal [Tribune, Deseret News, ABC 4].
  7. National Park tourism pumped more than $700 million into Utah's economy last year [Deseret News].
  8. Salt Lake City's Hive Pass offering discounts on mass transit for residents will continue for another year, but not without changes [Tribune].
  9. Utah plans to invest more than $50 million in an Oakland, California port to help the state export coal mined in the Beehive State [Deseret News, Tribune].
  10. A West Jordan City Councilman voted to create a high-paying job in the city's public works department and then resigned his office to take the newly-created position [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1521 - Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan was killed in the Philippines.
  • 1937 - The first Social Security payment was made in the United States.
  • 1965 - Broadcast journalist Edward R. Murrow died at age 57.
  • 2011 - President Barack Obama produced his Hawaii birth certificate to bury the issue of where he was born.

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: GOP leaders continue to undermine one-person-one-vote

Op-ed: By any measure, Clive is the wrong place to put depleted uranium

Rolly: Republican vetting idea is latest act of desperation

Op-ed: Speak now on Mountain Accord

Op-ed: Prison reform requires a new prison

Editorial: Parents, lawmakers should stick with SAGE

From hookers to headlines to hip, Salt Lake City block about to make news again

Salt Lake City's cheap transit pass survives - with major changes

Conflict questions arise for West Jordan councilman hired for $80,000 job he voted to create

Local councils to spread word on county vote

Utah coal: California, here it comes - and not everyone is happy

Deseret News

Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: We can't help but revel in the politico buzz

Op-ed: EPA energy plan bad news for Utah seniors

Ben McAdams, Derek B. Miller: Export-Import Bank is critical to Utah jobs

John Florez: Teach our children the love of learning

Peter Corroon: Generalizations about liberals fail to define members of Democratic Party

Drew Clark: Can the Supreme Court find compromise on same-sex marriage?

Editorial: Marriage definition on Supreme Court docket - don't turn believers into bigots

Envision Utah survey points out tough choices on water use

Utah invests $53 million in California port for coal, other exports

Poll: 'Undecided' tops Utah Republican pick for president

Utah in top 10 for visitor spending at national parks

Former Romney finance chairman courting a challenger to Sen. Mike Lee

Herbert, legislative leaders to talk Medicaid expansion with feds in D.C.

Officials tackling existing, expected transportation problems in northern Utah County


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LDS church joins others in open letter of commitment to marriage (Daily Herald)

What will Layton be in 2050? (Standard-Examiner)

Editorial: City and county should stick with Mountain Accord (Park Record)

In tense exchange, activist confronts Park City about Mountain Accord (Park Record)

National Headlines

In Iowa, GOP field stresses opposition to same-sex marriage (Politico)

Rand who? GOP hawks look past Paul (Politico)

Republicans push Senate Dems toward hard votes on Iran (The Hill)

Clinton Foundation admits 'mistakes' (The Hill)

Clinton Foundation addresses disclosure of $31M Canadian donation, re-filing IRS revenue forms (FOX News)

Jeb Bush: Campaigns Don't Need to Spend $1 Billion to Win in 2016 (Bloomberg)

Gay Marriage Goes Before US Supreme Court (Voice of America)

Peter Schweizer also eyeing Jeb Bush finances (Politico)

Jeb Bush targets Hillary Clinton's comments on women's rights and religious freedom (Washington Post)

McCain Renews Push to End CIA Control of Drone Strikes (Bloomberg)

Christian bakers face $135K fine for refusing to make cake for gay wedding (New York Post)


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