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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

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Ten Things You Need to Know for Wednesday - April 29, 2015

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is "National Zipper Day" to celebrate the invention of the zipper in 1913.

A curfew in Baltimore helped calm down the civil unrest overnight. The Supreme Court hears arguments on same sex marriage while advocates on both sides of the issue rally in Salt Lake City. A new poll shows Salt Lake City's new parking meters could be an issue in this year's election.


  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 104
  • Days to the 2015 election - 188
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - 265
  • Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - 272
  • Days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary - 273
  • Days to the 2016 Utah primary election - 427
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 560

Wednesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. The streets of Baltimore were mostly quiet overnight as a curfew got most of the protestors off the street [Reuters].
  2. The Supreme Court heard arguments on the constitutionality of same-sex marriage yesterday, but observers say it's hard to predict which way the court will go on the issue [New York Times, ABC 4, Tribune, Deseret News].
  3. Both sides on the same-sex marriage issue rally in Salt Lake City [Deseret News, Tribune, Daily Herald].
  4. Our latest poll shows the much maligned parking kiosks in Salt Lake City could become a potent political issue in this year's mayoral election [Utah Policy].
  5. Provo Businessman Alex Dunn declines to run against Sen. Mike Lee in 2016 despite being recruited for the race by one of Mitt Romney's former advisors [Tribune, Deseret News].
  6. The Utah Prison Relocation Commission announces a series of three open houses for the public to discuss potential sites for the new facility [Utah Policy, ABC 4, Deseret News, Fox 13].
  7. Rep. Jon Cox says it's time for Utah Republicans to stop the infighting over SB54 [Utah Policy].
  8. Sen. Karen Mayne unloads on the DABC for alleged mistreatment of workers [Tribune, Fox 13].
  9. Reps. Rob Bishop and Chris Stewart launch a group to look at how to transfer control of federal lands to states [Tribune, Deseret News].
  10. Salt Lake City reduces the number of chronic homeless in the city by 91% over the past decade [Tribune, Deseret News].

On this day in history:

  • 1913 - Gideon Sundbach was issued a patent for the zipper.
  • 1945 - U.S. troops liberated 32,000 prisoners at the Dachau concentration camp near Munich, Germany.
  • 1975 - U.S. military helicopters evacuated hundreds of American civilians and military support personnel from Saigon the day before North Vietnamese overran the city.
  • 1992 - Rioting erupted in Los Angeles after a jury acquitted four white police officers of nearly all charges in the videotaped beating of black motorist Rodney King.

Today At Utah Policy

Poll: Salt Lake City's Parking Meters Could Become Political Issue
Well, challengers to Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker in his re-election effort this year have their issue: Salt Lake City’s new – and sometimes non-functioning – on-street parking meters....

It's Time to End the Republican Civil War
Right now, I believe the party I love is in crisis. For those of us concerned about the future of the Utah GOP, it’s time to stand up and do something about it.  ...

Utah Prison Relocation Commission to Host Open Houses/Q&A Sessions
Three informational public open houses have been scheduled for citizens to learn about the five potential sites for the new Utah State Correctional Facility.  Events will be held in Salt Lake, Tooele, and Utah counties....

Facebook is Making Politics More Polarized
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Hatch, Bennet Introduce Social Impact Partnership Bill
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Senator Michael Bennet (D-Colo), member of the Senate Finance Committee, today reintroduced the Social Impact Partnership Act, S.1089, legislation that aims to achieve better outcomes in social and public health prog...

Featured Items

Bipartisan Coalition Led By Senators Lee and Leahy Introduce Legislation to Ban Bulk Collection Under Section 215
Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) on Tuesday introduced legislation to restore Americans’ eroded privacy rights by ending the government’s dragnet collection of phone records under Section 215 of the USA...

AARP Utah Volunteers Head to Washington to Push for Better Retirement Investment Advice Standard
Today AARP Utah volunteers and staff dropped off petitions containing more than 26,000 signatures at the U.S. Department of Labor in support of a conflict of interest standard, following the release of a proposed rule earlier this month. ...

Utah Consumer Attitude Index Drops as Gasoline Prices Continue to Rise
The Zions Bank Utah Consumer Attitude Index decreased 8.8 points to 105.6 in April....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Taxpayers shouldn't fund Utah State's athletic arms race

Nashville officials visiting SLC for ideas on transit, planning

Bishop Wester: Immigration reform may require reforming ourselves first

West Jordan Councilman denounces 'abuse of power' in city government

Mike Lee dodges potential challenger with Romney ties

Utah legislator blasts liquor agency leaders over treatment of employees

Utahns react to same-sex marriage arguments at the U.S. Supreme Court

Bishop, Stewart launch action group for states to take over federal lands

Utah's chronic homeless numbers drop from 1,932 to 178 in 10 years

Utahn who organized ATV ride through Recapture Canyon wants to keep mention of guns, militias out of trial

Utahns rally for and against same-sex marriage

Rolly: Utah cop who refused Pride Parade duty finds a home with Sutherland Institute

Deseret News

Richard Davis: State GOP is excluding Utah voters from presidential primary

Editorial: Utah's 'Housing First' decreases chronic homelessness in first decade

Chronic homelessness in Utah down 91 percent under decade-long 'Housing First' initiative

League of Women Voters honors Lockhart, Granite Technical Institute

Nashville looks to Salt Lake City as transit, immigration leader

Provo businessman declines push to run against Sen. Mike Lee

Outcome of same-sex marriage case hard to predict

Stewart, Bishop launch group to take land from feds

Garland mayor fires first woman police chief in Utah, says department was ineffective

Opposing sides of same-sex marriage rally as Supreme Court deliberates


Report: Tourists spend record $7.5 billion in Utah (Daily Herald)

Editorial: Quit trying to undermine SB54 (Standard-Examiner)

Utah groups sue state over Woods Cross refinery permit (Standard-Examiner)

State says Utah chronic homelessness at 'functional zero' (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Budget still blocked by Corker over 'gimmick' (Politico)

Justices rattle both sides on same-sex marriage (Politico)

Thousands of new Lerner emails found (The Hill)

Maryland governor: 'Things are going to be different' in Baltimore (The Hill)

Justices torn on gay marriage (The Hill)

Back in Baltimore, O'Malley seeks healing, could face political fallout (Washington Post)

In Baltimore, Peaceful Protests Resume After Riots (Voice of America)

Bernie Sanders to announce 2016 intentions on Thursday (CNN)

Commission approves policy for Los Angeles police body cameras (Reuters)

US Supreme Court to consider challenge to execution drug (Associated Press)

Boston Marathon bomber's defense lawyers say older brother controlled him (Los Angeles Times)


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