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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

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Ten Things You Need to Know for Tuesday - May 12, 2015

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City. Celebrate some really short story telling as the "Twitter Fiction Festival" gets underway today.  Follow along at #TwitterFiction.

Dan Liljenquist is considering a bid for the Utah GOP Chairmanship. A bunch of new laws go into effect today in Utah. Gov. Gary Herbert taps Alan Matheson to take over the Utah Department of Environmental Quality.


  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 91
  • Days to the 2015 election - 175
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - 252
  • Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - 259
  • Days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary - 260
  • Days to the 2016 Utah primary election - 414
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 547

Tuesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Former state Senator Dan Liljenquist is considering challenging James Evans for GOP Chair [Utah Policy].
  2. Nearly 400 new laws go into effect today in Utah [Tribune, Deseret News, ABC 4].
  3. Gov. Gary Herbert taps his environmental advisor Alan Matheson to head up the Department of Environmental Quality [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News, KUER]. Matheson talks about his top priorities as he moves into the new job [Utah Policy].
  4. Salt Lake City Councilman Kyle LaMalfa is giving up his seat to continue a romantic relationship with fellow council member Erin Mendenhall [Tribune, Fox 13].
  5. Salt Lake County officials are pushing water conservation measures because of the prolonged drought [Deseret News, Tribune, KUER, Fox 13, ABC 4].
  6. Another massive earthquake measuring 7.3 on Richter scale rocks Nepal. 4 were confirmed dead as of Tuesday morning [Voice of America].
  7. Verizon makes a bid to buy AOL in a $4.4 billion deal [Washington Post].
  8. DABC is considering furloughing employees to meet a shrinking budget [Fox 13].
  9. A judge won't block a Utah law banning price fixing among contact lens makers [Tribune, Fox 13].
  10. Sen. Mark Madsen says he will bring his medical marijuana bill back to Utah's Capitol Hill during the 2016 session [Fox 13].

On this day in history:

  • 1937 - King George VI was crowned at Westminster Abbey.
  • 1949 - Soviet authorities announced the end of the Berlin blockade that lasted 328 days. The effects of the action were neutralized by the Allies' Berlin airlift.
  • 2002 - Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter visited Cuba, becoming the first current or former president to visit the country since the communist takeover in 1959.
  • 2003 - Fifty-nine Texas House Democrats fled to Oklahoma to prevent passage of a congressional redistricting bill.

Today At Utah Policy

Liljenquist Mulling a Challenge to Evans for GOP Chair
Former state Sen. Dan Liljenquist told UtahPolicy Monday night that he is “seriously considering” running for state GOP chair later this year....

Herbert Taps Matheson to Head DEQ
Governor Gary Herbert didn't have to go far to find a replacement for Amanda Smith, who is stepping down after six years as head of the Utah Department of Environmental Quality. ...

A Conversation with New DEQ Head Alan Matheson (Video)
We chat for a few minutes with Alan Matheson, who talks about the challenges and opportunities as he prepares to take over the Utah Department of Environmental Quality....

Mike Lee's New Book Seeks to Restore Constitutional Rule of Law
At The American Spectator,Ross Kaminsky posts an in-depth review of Sen. Mike Lee's newly-published book, Our Lost Constitution, calling it required reading "for any American who cares about good government, freedom, and leaving a worthwhile country for our children."...

Featured Items

Grow-a-Row Initiative Connects Gardeners with Local Hunger Relief Organizations
One in six Utah households struggle to afford the food they need. This growing season, Utah’s gardeners can help fight hunger by growing an extra row of produce in their gardens and donating their harvest to hunger relief organizations through Grow-a-Row Share-the-Harv...

Voters Support Energy Development on Public Lands, State Authority
Americans strongly support using resources on public lands to produce energy and giving states more control over regulating those activities. ...

Hatch Press Release: By the Numbers: What Trade Means for America
Breaking down barriers to trade so the United States can sell American goods and services around the world has fueled economic growth and supported better, higher-paying jobs here at home....

Utah Jumps to #5 in 2015 Bicycle Friendly State Ranking
The League of American Bicyclists  released its annual Bicycle Friendly State rankings today and Utah earned the No. 5 position, up from No. 8 in 2014. In addition to moving up into the top five nationwide, Utah is now No. 2 in the western region behind perennial first-...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Hatch trade bill would be good for Utah

Editorial: We want officers who keep the peace

'I want to be with Erin': Salt Lake City Councilman LaMalfa giving up seat to be with Councilwoman Mendenhall

Salt Lake County leaders urge water conservation

Governor names Alan Matheson to lead Utah Department of Environmental Quality

In Republican Utah, big laws taking effect Tuesday have liberal bent

City Creek Center: a mall built to last and to lead, but will it?

Judge won't interfere in 'free competition' for contact lenses in Utah

Utah disappears from Hersh's controversial 'Obama lied, bin Laden died' story

Deseret News

Ralph Hancock: Reason, dignity and the Supreme Court

Op-ed: Seniors, don't be fooled - Clean Power Plan is great deal for all Utahns

Editorial: Upward mobility study ranks Salt Lake City in top 3 metro areas

Salt Lake County poised to adopt water guidelines in face of prolonged drought

Alan Matheson tapped to lead Utah's environmental agency

Bill signing puts the focus on fighting suicide in Utah

389 new Utah laws take effect Tuesday

The bipartisan bill that puts students back in control of their privacy


Two big reasons Lehi leaders aren't worried about street maintenance (Daily Herald)

National Headlines

Wall Street warns Hillary Clinton: Don't be like Ed Miliband (Politico)

U.S. officials fuming over Hersh account of Osama bin Laden raid (Politico)

Mark Halperin apologizes to Ted Cruz for questions about Cuban heritage (The Hill)

Dems turn up heat on eve of trade vote (The Hill)

HHS: Insurers must cover all birth control (The Hill)

Administration Gives Conditional Approval for Shell to Drill in Arctic (New York Times)

Rand Paul Plans To Filibuster Patriot Act (Huffington Post)

Rand Paul Presidential Campaign Staffer Licks Camera of Democratic Tracker (ABC News)

Dean Skelos, New York Senate Leader, Will Vacate Post (New York Times)

After 'DomainGate,' Carly Fiorina Buys ChuckTodd.Org and SethMeyers.Org (Newsweek)

FBI: Number of cops killed on duty rose in 2014 (CBS News)


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