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Tuesday, May 12, 2015
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Ten Things You Need to Know for Tuesday - May 12, 2015
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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:
- Former state Senator Dan Liljenquist is considering challenging James Evans for GOP Chair [Utah Policy].
- Nearly 400 new laws go into effect today in Utah [Tribune, Deseret News, ABC 4].
- 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].
- 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].
- Salt Lake County officials are pushing water conservation measures because of the prolonged drought [Deseret News, Tribune, KUER, Fox 13, ABC 4].
- Another massive earthquake measuring 7.3 on Richter scale rocks Nepal. 4 were confirmed dead as of Tuesday morning [Voice of America].
- Verizon makes a bid to buy AOL in a $4.4 billion deal [Washington Post].
- DABC is considering furloughing employees to meet a shrinking budget [Fox 13].
- A judge won't block a Utah law banning price fixing among contact lens makers [Tribune, Fox 13].
- 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
|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. ...
|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."...
|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-...
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