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Thursday, April 9, 2015

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Ten Things You Need to Know for Thursday - April 9, 2015

Good Thursday morning!

Lee would beat Matheson in 2016. UTA executives say they hit 13 of 16 goals last year. Human Rights Campaign dings a Mormon apostle for comments he made about same-sex couples.


  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 124
  • Days to the 2015 election - 208
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - 285
  • Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - 292
  • Days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary - 293
  • Days to the 2016 Utah presidential primary - 447
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 580

Thursday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Our latest survey finds Sen. Mike Lee would best Rep. Jim Matheson in a 2016 U.S. Senate contest [Utah Policy].
  2. Miscommunication ended with a low-level employee for a solar power company attending a closed-door meeting with President Obama during his visit to Utah instead of the company's CEO [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Fox 13].
  3. Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker is taking shots from his electoral challengers for jumping the gun on his opposition to the expansion of a federal halfway house in Salt Lake City that actually has no plans to expand [Tribune].
  4. Utah Transit Authority executives say they hit 13 of their 16 goals last year. That will determine what if any, bonuses will be given to employees [Tribune, Deseret News].
  5. A new report says Utah has the second-smallest percentage of students in publicly funded preschool programs [Tribune].
  6. Gov. Herbert and other lawmakers visit a West Jordan middle school for a ceremonial bill signing [Deseret News, ABC 4
  7. The Human Rights Campaign is pushing back against comments made by a Mormon apostle defending "traditional families" and warning against "counterfeit and alternative lifestyles" [Tribune].
  8. An audit says Utah officials need to do a better job keeping sex offenders from having access to children [Tribune, Deseret News].
  9. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is found guilty on all 30 counts relating to his involvement in the Boston Marathon bombing. He could now face the death penalty [Wall Street Journal].
  10. President Obama is set to call for the end to "conversion therapy" for gay and transgender youth [New York Times].

On this day in history:

  • 1413 - Henry V was crowned king of England.
  • 1865 - Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered to General Ulysses S. Grant at the Appomattox Court House in Virginia, ending the Civil War.
  • 1866 - The U.S. Congress passed the Civil Rights Bill of 1866, which granted African-Americans the rights and privileges of U.S. citizenship.
  • 1996 - Former U.S. Rep. Dan Rostenkowski, D-Illinois, pleaded guilty to mail fraud and was sentenced to 17 months in prison.

Today At Utah Policy

Poll: Lee Would Top Matheson in 2016
Sen. Mike Lee would have quite the fight on his hands if he were to face off against former Rep. Jim Matheson in 2016....

Bryan Schott's Political BS: Frontrunners and Late Comers
Sen. Jim Dabakis' entry into the Salt Lake City Mayoral contest changes the landscape in that race dramatically....

Weekly Survey: Who Will Win the GOP and Democratic Nomination in 2016?
The 2016 presidential race is underway as candidates are officially jumping into the race. Who do you think are the most likely candidates to capture the nominations for their respective parties? Vote now....

Mike Lee's Three Best Friends are Running for President
The presidential announcements of Ted Cruz and Rand Paul have put Sen. Mike Lee in an unenviable tight spot of divided loyalties. That spot will get even tighter when Marco Rubio launches his candidacy....

Utah Tops List in ALEC's Latest Economic Rankings
The American Legislative Exchange Council says Utah and its capital, Salt Lake City, stand out as the nation's leader in business and growth....

White House Mix-Up Got Some Random Guy Into a Meeting with President Obama
Whoops! A mix-up in communications with the White House resulted in some guy named Marvin getting into a closed-door meeting with President Obama when he visited Utah last week....

Featured Items

Business Leaders Thank Legislature for Investing in Utah's Future (Video)
Utah’s business leaders expressed sincere appreciation for the work of the State Legislature....

Utah State Tax Commission Sending Letters of Verification
Many Utahns are receiving questionnaires and letters from the State Tax Commission in an effort to verify their identification before tax refunds are sent....

Bob Costas to Give Free Public Lecture in Salt Lake City Saturday, April 18
Bob Costas, Emmy Award-winning Journalist, eight-time National Sportscaster of the Year, and Olympic commentator, will discuss “Journalism’s Role in the Changing Perceptions and Policies in Collegiate and Professional Sports," Saturday, April 18, 2015, ...

Despite Educational Gains in the Past 25 Years, Women in Utah Still Face Higher Rates of Poverty Than Men
According to a new report released today by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, Utah received a C-minus on indicators related to women’s poverty and opportunity, ranking 29th in the United States. ...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Becker opponents pile on after halfway-house goof

UTA gives itself high marks in annual report card

Report: Utah women losing ground in poverty and opportunity

IRS: Budget cuts, reduced staffing mean delays, headaches for taxpayers

Utah trails the nation with public preschool offerings

Audit finds problems monitoring Utah sex offenders' access to children

Deseret News

Dan Liljenquist: Humans impact climate change, but that's no reason to make 'every effort' to reduce population

Editorial: Payday lenders should be required to practice responsible lending

Utah leaders use games to find priorities for the future

Your Utah, Your future: How taking a survey may help shape the state

Former NBA all-star 'KJ' taking notes of SLC innovations

Gov. Herbert visits local middle school for education bill signing

Sex offenders lived in homes that provide child care, state audit says

Poll: Josh Romney would be a tough opponent for Sen. Mike Lee

What are the best states for middle class tax payers?

Atlanta testing scandal may be the tip of the iceberg, critics say


Editorial: Don't build the prison in Fairfield (Daily Herald)

Ogden seeks to speed up east-central revitalization (Standard-Examiner)

Weber County OKs use of eminent domain to complete Little Weber channel (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Rahm the Screwup (Politico)

Moroccan cash flows to Clinton Foundation (Politico)

Mass. Dem: Pelosi should go (The Hill)

Savannah Guthrie fight casts shadow on Rand Paul's debut (The Hill)

Pelosi comes out against Iran bill (The Hill)

Tsarnaev guilty of Boston bombings. Where does trial go from here? (Christian Science Monitor)

Harry Reid's pick for Senate seat to run in Nevada (USA Today)

Rand Paul admits to 'short temper' (CNN)

Ferguson election: Model for other troubled communities? (Christian Science Monitor)

Oklahoma set to join Kansas in banning flashpoint abortion procedure (Reuters)

Fed Rate Hike in September Is 'More Likely Outcome,' Economist Says (TheStreet)


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