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Monday, May 11, 2015

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Ten Things You Need to Know for Monday - May 11, 2015

Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is "Twilight Zone Day," celebrating the classic sci-fi/horror analogy series. There's a man on the wing!

Jeb Bush says he would have authorized the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Businesses are struggling with Utah's new non-discrimination law. The Utah State School Board approves new teacher evaluations.


  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 92
  • Days to the 2015 election - 176
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - 253
  • Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - 260
  • Days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary - 261
  • Days to the 2016 Utah primary election - 415
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 548

Monday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Presidential candidate Jeb Bush says he, along with nearly every other candidate in the 2016 field, would have authorized the 2003 invasion of Iraq [Fox News].
  2. The debate over the Trans-Pacific Partnership bill begins in earnest this week [Politico].
  3. Utah's businesses are struggling with how to implement Utah's new non-discrimination law [Deseret News].
  4. Utah GOP Chair James Evans urges delegates to participate in the party-sponsored survey about how to proceed in the fight against SB54 [Deseret News].
  5. The Utah State School Board approved a new system tying teacher pay to test scores and other factors [Tribune, Deseret News].
  6. Utah lawmakers debate how to train police officers to de-escalate conflicts that have the potential to turn deadly [Deseret News, Tribune].
  7. In a shock announcement, Miller Motorsports Park will shut down in October of this year [Tribune, KUTV, ABC 4].
  8. The UTA has made great strides in making sure its buses and trains run on time [Tribune].
  9. Drought has become the "new normal" for Utah [Deseret News].
  10. Utah broadcast journalist Louise Degn passes at the age of 68 [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1858 - Minnesota joined the United States as the 32nd state.
  • 1894 - Workers at the Pullman Palace Car Co. went on strike. The action crippled railroad service nationwide before the federal government intervened to end the strike in July.
  • 1910 - Glacier National Park in Montana was created by an act of Congress.
  • 1969 - In one of the bloodiest battles of the Vietnam War, U.S. troops seized "Hamburger Hill."

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Rolly: Utah's future religious-liberty bills will have a new poster boy: cop who balked at Pride Parade duty

Op-ed: Attacks on marriage-brief signers show ugly intolerance of progressive liberals

Op-ed: Women's Leadership Institute lifts everyone by empowering women

Op-ed: Charter schools are public schools serving diverse communities

Op-ed: Utah liquor management is cleaning up a longtime problem

Editorial: Lee and Obama are both right about NSA snooping

Utah police departments moving toward training for defusing situations

County Council pondering the future of Willow Creek

Threat of listing the sage grouse as endangered may be enough to protect the bird

Wrangling continues over what to do with Utah's other 14,000 homeless

UTA pushes on-time rate for buses, trains to 92%, up from 62% in 2006

Deseret News

Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Salt Lake issues heating up in preparation of November mayoral race

Drew Clark: Why the United States, and Utah, needs the two-party system

Rep. Jake Anderegg: Why I voted against Healthy Utah, and why I will likely do so again

Layne Beck: Power struggle continues between Utah's GOP and Count My Vote adherents

Mitt Romney bringing five top GOP presidential contenders to Utah for donor retreat

Lawmakers discuss crisis intervention training for police

State School Board opens revised math, arts standards for public comment

Drought is the 'new normal,' water strategist says

Delegates urged to weigh in on GOP candidate requirements

Morgan vs. Salt Lake County: Data explores how location impacts income mobility

Q-and-A with Kim Burningham, a true elder statesman

Utah businesses trying to understand state's new anti-discrimination, religious rights law


Greg Hughes: Obamacare is not a solution for Utah (Daily Herald)

Utah County expects 120,000 more students by 2050 (Daily Herald)

Editorial: Water projects still crucial (Standard-Examiner)

Davis mayor charges a marrying fee. Will other mayors follow? (Standard-Examiner)

Political power shift to north Davis (Standard-Examiner)

Utah leads way in 'right to bear knives' movement (Standard-Examiner)

Summit County Council: Basin General Plan still needs work (Park Record)

National Headlines

Jeb courts evangelicals in Liberty University address (Politico)

Report: Obama lied about bin Laden raid (The Hill)

Immigration debate roils GOP (The Hill)

Texas bristles at Obama's 'invasion' (Financial Times)

For the Clintons, a big question: What to do with Bill? (Washington Post)

Bernie Sanders's presidential candidacy four decades in the making (Christian Science Monitor)

U.S. presidential candidate Fiorina spins web around interviewer (Reuters)

Amid 2016 appeals to rich donors, middle-class voters, Carson stays focused on poor (FOX News)

GOP senator: U.S. 'certainly vulnerable' to ISIS (CNN)

Capital becomes favorite target of those looking to rule it (New York Times)

Scott Walker Woos South Carolina GOP With Tough Talk on Terror (New York Times)


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