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Ten Things You Need to Know for Friday - May 1, 2015

Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City. "Avengers: Age of Ultron" opens today. It's tremendous! 

More demonstrations are expected in Baltimore today. Most SLC residents say panhandling should be illegal. Why is Utah paying a lobbyist to get wolves off the endangered species list?


  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 102
  • Days to the 2015 election - 186
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - 263
  • Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - 270
  • Days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary - 271
  • Days to the 2016 Utah primary election - 425
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 558

Friday's top-10 headlines:

  1. More demonstrations are expected in Baltimore today as police plan to keep the curfew in effect over the weekend [CNN].
  2. Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders officially enters the 2016 presidential fray as a Democrat [New Yorker]. Here's why Sanders may give Hillary Clinton a run for her money [Rolling Stone].
  3. Most Salt Lake City residents think panhandling should be illegal, but some in the middle class disagree [Utah Policy].
  4. Utah is paying big bucks to a lobbyist to take wolves off the endangered species list despite the fact that there are no wolves in Utah [Fox 13].
  5. Bob Bernick has some ideas how the Utah GOP could get around SB54 [Utah Policy].
  6. Mitt Romney delivers the commencement speech at Utah Valley University [Deseret News, Tribune].
  7. A drinking water shortage has put the brakes on new construction in Weber County [Associated Press].
  8. A conference of public safety officials discuss how body cameras on police could be a valuable tool in domestic violence cases [Tribune].
  9. Utah maintains its AAA bond rating [Utah Policy, Deseret News].
  10. The bird flu outbreak in Iowa is growing [Reuters].

On this day in history:

  • 1931 - The Empire State Building was dedicated in New York City.
  • 1960 - The Soviet Union shot down an American U-2 spy plane flown by Francis Gary Powers, who was captured.
  • 2003 - President George W. Bush speaking from the aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln, declared that major combat operations in Iraq were over, and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld announced the end of major U.S. combat operations in Afghanistan.
  • 2011 - President Barack Obama announced that al-Qaida founder Osama Bid Laden was killed in a U.S. commando raid on his compound in Pakistan.

Today At Utah Policy

Bob Bernick's Notebook: Some Suggestions for the GOP's Fight Against SB54
Ok, you can say I have a devious mind, but......

Poll: Salt Lake City Residents Think Panhandling Should Be Illegal
It's not much of a surprise that most Salt Lake City residents think panhandling should be illegal. But, there are those at some income levels that feel more favorably toward the practice than others....

Bernick and Schott on Politics - Episode #235
The Utah GOP continues their efforts to find a way around SB54. Will they eventually give in?...

Podcast: Bernick and Schott on Politics - Episode #235
The Utah GOP continues their efforts to find a way around SB54. Will they eventually give in?...

Chaffetz Targets EPA Employee Misconduct
House Oversight ChairmanJason Chaffetz launches a bipartisan inquiry into accusations that the Environmental Protection Agencyfailed toterminateemployees guiltyof sexual harassment and watching pornography on the job....

Weekly Survey: Is the Utah GOP's Plan to Vet Candidates a Good Idea?
The latest plan from the Utah GOP to interview candidates who choose to use the signature route to get to the primary ballot instead of the caucus system is causing a lot of infighting among Republicans. Do you like or dislike the proposal? Vote now in our weekly survey....

Featured Items

Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
Outdoor Notes--Tribune: Utah Hike of the Week: Parrish Canyon Trail in Davis County --?Tribune: Boats lifted from Utah's famous Great Salt Lake; water levels too low to support sailing --?Tribune:? Utah's Indian tribes restaking a claim to their homeland with proposed Bears ...

Impact Hub Salt Lake Opens Doors to Social Enterprise in Utah
After more than a year of restoration, the historic building located at 150 South State Street opens as the permanent home of Impact Hub Salt Lake. Lt. Governor Spencer Cox and local civic and business leaders celebrated the grand opening with a ribbon-cutting... Redesign Eliminates Barriers to Government Online
A new study released today shows Utahns feel the state's official website,, is a valuable resource. ...

Utah Maintains AAA Bond Rating
Utah Gov. Gary R. Herbert and Treasurer Richard K. Ellis announced today the closing of two refunding bond sales and the corresponding affirmation of the state’s superior general obligation bond rating by all three rating agencies – Standard & Poor’s (A...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Red state Utah goes blue to help homeless

Bishop: Sage grouse listing would hurt military readiness

Defense calls just one witness in trial of Utah's Recapture Canyon riders; closing arguments Friday

Comments on Mountain Accord - the 'blueprint' for Utah's Wasatch Mountains? Time is running out

Romney tells UVU grads to 'live large,' get married

Deseret News

Op-ed: Successful investigation into worker misclassification is victory for Utahns

Greg Bell: It's time to 'envision' Utah's future once again

Editorial: Revisiting Law Day and remembering the rule of law and its role in society

Salt Lake residents offer opinions on future of homeless service providers

Utah retains top bond rating

Commissioner had permission for ATV ride in closed canyon, lawyer says

Mitt Romney tells UVU grads to 'live a large life'


Romney, Holland send UVU students in pursuit of happiness (Daily Herald)

Op-ed: Obama's failures will haunt next president (Standard-Examiner)

Editorial: Discussion of public land issue has merits (Standard-Examiner)

Layton residents want say in future (Standard-Examiner)

Where are you? Envision Utah asks Weber County (Standard-Examiner)

Blocking A-10 retirement could impact the F-35 at Hill (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Clinton Foundation in campaign tailspin (Politico)

Iran bill in jeopardy after Cotton, Rubio try to force votes (Politico)

White House: Helping families pay ransom not same as paying ransom (The Hill)

Sanders: I'm in this to win (The Hill)

Nearly 100 Baltimore officers hurt in Freddie Gray protests, police say (Los Angeles Times)

Just how left-wing is Bernie Sanders? (Christian Science Monitor)

Bid to end mass collection of phone data advances in Congress (Reuters)

Obama And Democrats Raise Their Minimum Wage Proposal To $12 (Huffington Post)

Gov. Snyder Outlines Plan To Overhaul Troubled Detroit Schools, Eliminate Debt (Associated Press)

Oklahoma allows for use of marijuana derivative in medical trial (Reuters)

Inspector General Says IRS Fixing Problems Over Scrutiny of Nonprofits (Wall Street Journal)


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