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Ten Things You Need to Know for Monday - April 6, 2015

Good Monday morning!

Utahns are divided on whether the state's largest homeless shelter should be moved from downtown Salt Lake City. Utah Transit Authority execs took pay cuts. Salt Lake County Dems set to pick new leadership.


  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 127
  • Days to the 2015 election - 211
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - 288
  • Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - 295
  • Days to the 2016 Utah presidential primary - 450
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 583

Monday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Sen. Jim Dabakis announces his candidacy for Salt Lake City Mayor [Utah Policy].
  2. Utahns are split on whether the homeless shelter should be moved away from downtown Salt Lake City, but most of them would not welcome such a facility in their neighborhood [Utah Policy].
  3. Sen. Rand Paul has scheduled an announcement for Tuesday, but this teaser video leaves zero doubt he's running for president [YouTube].
  4. President Barack Obama's visit to Utah concluded with a speech touting clean energy at Hill Air Force Base [Deseret News, Tribune].
  5. The top Utah Transit Authority executives took big pay cuts last year [Tribune].
  6. Salt Lake County Democrats are set to choose new leadership on Saturday [Utah Policy].
  7. Here's why Utah's religious freedom law is different from the controversial measures in Indiana and Arkansas [Tribune].
  8. Utah joins 14 other states in asking the Supreme Court to let states make the decision on whether same-sex marriage should be legalized [Deseret News].
  9. A minor controversy erupted at this weekend's LDS General Conference as a group voiced their opposition to sustaining the Church's leadership [Tribune].
  10. Rolling Stone has retracted an article on a rape at the University of Virginia after an investigation had concluded the piece was the result of shoddy journalistic practices [New York Times].

On this day in history:

  • 1830 - The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints was founded in a log cabin in Fayette, N.Y.
  • 1868 - Mormon Church Leader Brigham Young married his 27th, and last, wife.
  • 1917 - The United States declared war on Germany, propelling America into World War I.
  • 1983 - Interior Secretary James Watt banned the Beach Boys from the 4th of July celebration in Washington, saying rock and roll bands attract the "wrong element."

Today At Utah Policy

Dabakis Announces His Candidacy for Salt Lake City Mayor
Sen. Jim Dabakis has announced his candidacy for Salt Lake City Mayor on his blog....

Poll: Utahns Split on Moving Homeless Shelter from Downtown SLC
Utahns are split over whether the state's largest homeless shelter should move away from downtown Salt Lake City....

Salt Lake County Democrats Set to Choose New Leadership Saturday
Some in Utah argue the Salt Lake County Democratic Party is essentially the state party since most of the state's Democrats live there....

Here's a New Social Media Danger for Politicians
Memo to political candidates: You better start watching what your staffers are posting on social media....

More States Join Call for Constitutional Convention
Utah is one of the 27 states to call for a Constitutional Convention, where states can propose and adopt amendments to the Constitution. Just seven more states need to join the call to reach the two-thirds threshold....

DHS Secretary Apologizes to Chaffetz
Jeh Johnson calls to personally apologizeto Rep. Jason Chaffetz for last week's Secret Service leak revealingthat Chaffetz was rejected for a job at the elite agency in 2003....

Featured Items

Winning the Political Game: Seven Components of a Full-Scale Political Operation
Some businesses, associations and government entities are highly dependent on success in the political realm for their survival. ...

Utah Policy/KSL Insider Survey: Should Utah Encourage More Water Conservation?
Last week California Governor Jerry Brown instituted mandatory water restrictions to deal with that state's historic drought. Our "Political Insiders" mostly think Utah officials also should be doing more to encourage more water conservation....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Orrin Hatch: Here's what president can do to move nation forward

Rolly: The 'bill of bills' had plenty of last-minute gifts for those in charge

Editorial: Legislature should keep working on police reform

Editorial: Oil and gas drillers need to pay for more watchdogs

Secret Service apologizes to Jason Chaffetz over embarrassing leak; probe underway

Who's to blame in Utah's electronics recycling debacle? All of us

Utah undergraduates can question tuition hikes. So why don't they?

Top UTA execs took big pay cuts in 2014

Utah TV dumps turning into an e-waste nightmare, liability for taxpayers

Why Utah's nondiscrimination law differs from Indiana, Arkansas

Deseret News

Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: A colorful political landscape is budding this spring

W. Bradford Wilcox: Decline of marriage is a primary reason for inequality

John Florez: Utah needs leaders with family focus

Editorial: Legislation should not polarize religious liberties, anti-discrimination protections

Editorial: Best option in solving Utah's drought? Remove subsidies, adjust price of water consumption

Alliance formed to establish Utah as commercial drone use hub

Patching the pipeline: Educators, businesses call for Utah tech talent

Utah, 14 states urge Supreme Court to let citizens decide same-sex marriage question


Op-ed: UTOPIA (Daily Herald)

Editorial: Utah to Obama: Next time stay a while (Daily Herald)

Editorial: Utah law becomes an example for the country (Standard-Examiner)

North Ogden may tighten campaign sign rules (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Swing Democrats on Iran bill: 'Yes, but' (Politico)

Gary Hart: Billion-dollar Clinton campaign should 'frighten' Americans (Politico)

Dominance of national security shakes up race for White House (The Hill)

Netanyahu: Iran deal 'absolutely' threatens Israel's survival (The Hill)

Lynch struggles for Republican votes in the Senate (The Hill)

California drought tests history of endless growth (New York Times)

Donations soar for Washington florist who refused gay wedding (Sun Times)

Report: 'Rolling Stone' rape story author to apologize (USA Today)

Santorum on religious freedom laws: 'Tolerance is a 2-way street' (CNN)

Chicago mayoral runoff heads into the last lap (USA Today)

Jobs shocker may show that economy is in real trouble (CNBC)


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