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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

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Ten Things You Need to Know for Wednesday - April 8, 2015

Good Wednesday morning!

Mike Lee might get a tough nomination fight from Josh Romney in 2016. Becker opposes the expansion of a halfway house, but the owner says they have no expansion plans. Fairfield officials worry the new prison might be coming to their city.


  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 125
  • Days to the 2015 election - 209
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - 286
  • Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - 293
  • Days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary - 294
  • Days to the 2016 Utah presidential primary - 448
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 581

Wednesday's top-10 headlines: 

  1. Our latest poll shows Sen. Mike Lee might get a tough fight for the GOP nomination from Josh Romney in 2016 while Utahns want Jim Matheson to run for Senate on the Democratic side [Utah Policy].
  2. Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker holds a press conference to oppose the expansion of a halfway house in Salt Lake City, but the owner says they have no plans to expand [Deseret News, Fox 13, Tribune, ABC 4].
  3. Even though the Prison Relocation Commission has stopped ranking potential sites for the new facility, Fairfield officials worry their city is in the crosshairs [Deseret News].
  4. Mia Love is helping a group of Utah businesses push to repeal a tax on health insurance companies that's part of the Affordable Care Act [Tribune].
  5. Former computer salesman and gubernatorial candidate "Super Dell" Schanze is copping a plea deal in a case accusing him of using a paraglider to harass a migratory bird [Tribune, Fox 13].
  6. Tesla Motors is trying to figure out what to do with the showroom they built in Salt Lake City after the company was denied a license to sell cars due to a state law prohibiting car manufacturers owning dealerships [Associated Press].
  7. A new study shows Mormons tilt toward the Republican Party more than any other religious group [Tribune].
  8. University of Utah students question administrators about rising tuition at that institution [Tribune].
  9. Salt Lake School Board member Michael Clara has been wearing a "bandito" costume to protest the presence of a police officer at meetings [Tribune].
  10. Envision Utah is launching an interactive survey so Utahns can help plan for future development in the state [Tribune, ABC 4].

On this day in history:

  • 1913 - The 17th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was adopted, providing for the popular election of U.S. senators.
  • 1935 - Congress approved the Works Progress Administration, a central part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's "New Deal."
  • 1952 - U.S. President Harry Truman ordered government seizure of the steel industry to avoid a general strike.
  • 2011 - U.S. President Barack Obama and Congressional leaders reached agreement on a federal budget, avoiding a government shutdown with just two hours left before the deadline.

Today At Utah Policy

Poll: Josh Romney Could Have a Close Race Against Mike Lee; Matheson Clear Leader on Democratic Side
Sen. Mike Lee might face a tough race for the GOP nomination in 2016 from Josh Romney while Jim Matheson is the clear choice among Democrats for their nomination....

Mia Love Spent the Second-Most in Any Congressional Race Without an Incumbent in 2014
According to Federal Election Commission numbers, the $5.2 million spent by Mia Love in 2014 was the second-most in any Congressional race for an open seat....

Sen. Mike Lee Discusses Rand Paul's Presidential Bid (Video)
Sen. Mike Lee was a guest on Fox News Channel where he discussed the commonalities he shares with Sen. Rand Paul and where the two differ politically....

Why Candidates Can't Win By Appealing to Libertarians
Rand Paul may be the Libertarian darling in the 2016 GOP presidential field, but he's going to have to appeal to more mainstream voters in order to win. That's because Libertarians are such a small part of the GOP electorate....

Featured Items

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Seventh Annual Utah Bike Summit to Feature Mountain Bike Legend Gary Fisher
The seventh annual Utah Bike Summit will be held Friday, April 10, and will gather citizens, riders, cycling advocates, government officials, tourism, health representatives, and Utah's bike brands to discuss, plan, and promote efforts to make Utah the most bike-fri...

New Report Shows Greater Need for Access to High-Quality Preschool for Utah's Children
The U.S. Department of Education released a new report today detailing the unmet need across the country for high-quality preschool programs....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Secret Service leaker doesn't know Chaffetz

Mormons are the most reliable Republicans, study shows

Online poll lets Utahns plan this growing state's future

Becker fights plans to expand Salt Lake City halfway house

Letters from Utah Tax Commission requesting personal info are not a scam

Utah business groups, with Mia Love's help, push for repeal of Obamacare tax

Snowden journalist visits U., says goal of the NSA is to 'eliminate all private communications'

Women represented by Utah law professor can't join lawsuit; Prince Andrew allegations stricken

Rolly: Salt Lake City prosecutor is busted after tiff with motorist

Deseret News

Op-ed: Car manufacturers still unable to sell directly to Utah consumers

Op-ed: The future of Utah's children, education are great investments

Editorial: UTA is making strides to improve its reputation

Becker jumps gun in opposition to federal halfway house plans

Immigration officials to conduct lottery among highly skilled visa petitioners

Prison sites no longer ranked, but Fairfield still fearful of being first pick


David Kennard: Washington politicians visit Herald offices (Daily Herald)

Provo council discusses approaches to fees, taxes and budgets (Park Record)

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert sponsoring statewide survey (Park Record)

National Headlines

Rand Paul's strategy: Broaden the base without alienating it (Politico)

The Secret Lives of Hillary and Bill in the White House (Politico)

WH: Iran sales pitch 'has only just begun' (The Hill)

Senate Dems waver on Iran bill (The Hill)

Rand Paul enters 2016 fray: how big money changes GOP calculus (Christian Science Monitor)

How the U.S. thinks Russians hacked the White House (CNN)

Senator John McCain to seek sixth term in Arizona (Reuters)

Senate Panel Leaders Agree on Overhaul of No Child Left Behind Law (Wall Street Journal)

Bush pushes for stronger defense and foreign policy (Associated Press)

Kansas becomes first state to ban a second trimester abortion procedure (Reuters)

If you hated tax day before ObamaCare . . . (New York Post)


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