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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

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Ten Things You Need to Know for Tuesday - April 7, 2015

Good Tuesday morning!

Clinton set to announce presidential bid within two weeks while Rand Paul makes it official today. Rep. Chris Stewart says Harry Reid is still blocking legislation in Congress. Shurtleff is looking for clients.


  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 126
  • Days to the 2015 election - 210
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - 287
  • Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - 294
  • Days to the 2016 Utah presidential primary - 449
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 582

Tuesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Hillary Clinton is expected to announce her bid for the White House within the next two weeks [Slate].
  2. Republican Rand Paul makes it official today by unveiling his 2016 presidential campaign [Politico].
  3. Rep. Chris Stewart says Harry Reid's retirement will change the landscape in Congress but, until then, he's still nearly as powerful as he was when Democrats were in the majority [Utah Policy].
  4. Former Attorney General Mark Shurtleff is looking for clients for his law firm [Tribune, Deseret News, Daily Herald].
  5. Reps. Brian King and Patrice Arent discuss their meeting with President Obama during his visit to Utah last week [ABC 4].
  6. The President's meeting with LDS Church leaders was just the latest in a growing trend for the White House to hold important meetings away from the media [Tribune].
  7. Park City school officials are asking unvaccinated students to stay away from school for 21 days to help contain an outbreak of whooping cough [Deseret News].
  8. The Utah Transit Authority is testing a prototype electric-powered bus [Deseret News].
  9. Republican Jeb Bush identified himself as Hispanic on a 2009 voter registration form [Politico].
  10. Chicago voters go to the polls today to vote in the runoff mayoral election between Rahm Emanuel and Chuy Garcia [Chicago Sun Times].

On this day in history:

  • 1862 - Union forces under the command of Gen. Ulysses S. Grant defeated Confederate forces at Shiloh, Tennessee.
  • 1969 - The Supreme Court unanimously struck down laws prohibiting private possession of obscene material.
  • 1990 - Former national security advisor John M. Poindexter was convicted of five counts at his Iran-Contra trial. Those convictions were later overturned by a federal appeals court.
  • 1994 - Civil war erupted in Rwanda.

Today At Utah Policy

Rep. Chris Stewart on the GOP-Congress, Harry Reid's Retirement and 2016 (Podcast)
Rep. Chris Stewart, R-Utah, sits down with Managing Editor Bryan Schott to discuss whether the GOP controlled Congress will be able to accomplish anything and how the retirement of Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, may change the landscape in Washington....

Obama Ends Utah Visit without Land Grab, Targets Alaska Instead
Utah conservativesbreathe a sigh of relief after Pres. Obama completes his first visit to the Beehive Statewithout turning vast chunks of the southeastern Utahinto a new national monument....

Prolific Pardoner? Obama Grants Clemency to 22 Prisoners This Week, But Has Denied Thousands
President Obama commuted the sentences of 22 people on Tuesday, doubling the number of commutations he has granted during his administration in just one day. ...

Dabakis Announces His Candidacy for Salt Lake City Mayor (Updated)
Sen. Jim Dabakis has announced his candidacy for Salt Lake City Mayor....

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....

Featured Items Founder and CEO Addresses EDCUtah Investors During Quarterly Investor Update Meeting founder and CEO Ethan Anderson spoke to EDCUtah's investors during the economic development organization's Quarterly Investor Update meeting last week at The Leonardo in Salt Lake City, where he said his startup company is happy to have its sales and servi...

Western Energy Alliance Expands Policy Team
Western Energy Alliance announced today that Ryan Streams joined its staff as regulatory affairs analyst with a focus on air and water quality. ...

Vivint Solar Will Be Recruiting Partner In President Obama's Plan To Train 75,000 New Solar Workers
Vivint Solar is a recruiting partner in the national solar energy initiative presented by President Obama April 3 at Utah's Hill Air Force base....

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

Editorial: President sees Utah's renewable future, even if we don't

Environmentalists sue EPA to force state to require Price-area power plants to clean up

Dabakis makes four in race for Salt Lake City mayor

Obama's talk with Mormon leaders is latest in long string of closed-off meetings, media group says

Deseret News

Op-ed: Churches, schools and businesses are not a burden on cities

Editorial: Salt Lake County's budget proposal would break cycle of deferred maintenance

Gov. Herbert hosting annual economic summit

State Sen. Jim Dabakis jumping into crowded S.L. mayor's race


Utah County legislators shine in 2015 Utah Taxpayers Association Legislative Scorecard (Daily Herald)

Sen. Hatch praises Utah County in visit to Daily Herald (Daily Herald)

A few things you should know about the prison relocation (Daily Herald)

Gallup says Provo/Orem scores high in well-being (Daily Herald)

National Headlines

Kentucky's On Board the Rand-Wagon (Politico)

'Cadillac tax' the next big Obamacare battle (Politico)

Iranian deal a 'forever agreement' (The Hill)

Israeli official: 'Military option' still on the table against Iran (The Hill)

Jeb Bush is not Hispanic, despite indicating otherwise in Miami-Dade voter form (Miami Herald)

Fraternity Says It Will 'Pursue All Legal Action' Against Rolling Stone (ABC News)

Clinton to focus on contact with voters at start of 2016 bid (Washington Post)

Rand Paul and the media: No love story (Politico)

Pesky bees invade Obama's Easter egg roll (Times-Picayune)

$100K raised for Wash. florist in gay-marriage case (Washington Times)

Perry lays out president agenda, doesn't commit to '16 run (CBS News)


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