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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

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Ten Things You Need to Know for Wednesday - May 13, 2015

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is national "Apple Pie Day." The first apple pie recipe was published in England way back in 1381.

The Utah GOP is moving toward complying with SB54. It's getting nasty between two top Democrats in Salt Lake County. The Prison Relocation Commission will not take public comment during their upcoming meetings.


  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 90
  • Days to the 2015 election - 174
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - 251
  • Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - 258
  • Days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary - 259
  • Days to the 2016 Utah primary election - 413
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 546

Wednesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. The first results from the Utah GOP's survey show Republicans want the party to comply with SB54 [Utah Policy, Tribune].
  2. The new leadership of the Salt Lake County Republican Party are vehemently opposed to SB54 [Utah Policy].
  3. Allegations of wrongdoing are flying between Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams and his former campaign manager Rep. Justin Miller [Tribune].
  4. The Prison Relocation Commission will not take public comment during their upcoming slate of meetings about moving the Utah State Prison [Tribune].
  5. Utah's Libertarian Party becomes the first to reach "qualified" status under SB54 [Tribune].
  6. Presumed GOP frontrunner Jeb Bush announces he will skip the Iowa Straw Poll this summer [Des Moines Register].
  7. The Utah State School Board axes two top managers [Tribune, Deseret News].
  8. The World Congress of Families, labeled as a hate group by some, is planning to hold their national conference in Salt Lake City this October [Tribune, Deseret News, KUER, Fox 13].
  9. Landlords are worried about the effects of Utah's new statewide non-discrimination law that went into effect on Tuesday [Deseret News].
  10. Rocky Mountain Power is resurrecting a plan to put a surcharge on customers who use solar panels to power their homes [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1607 - Jamestown, the first permanent English colony in North America, was founded in present-day Virginia.
  • 1846 - The United States declared war on Mexico.
  • 1981 - Pope John Paull II was shot and wounded in St. Peter's Square by Turkish assailant Mehmet Ali Agca.
  • 1985 - A Philadelphia police helicopter bombed a house controlled by the radical organization MOVE. Eleven people died, and the fire destroyed 53 homes.

Today At Utah Policy

First Results of GOP Survey Show Republicans Want to Comply with SB54
The first set of results from the Utah GOP's survey of delegates about how to proceed in the face of SB54 show a party struggling to come to terms with a new electoral landscape....

New Salt Lake County GOP Leadership Could Continue the Charge Against Count My Vote
Expect the battle over SB54 and Count My Vote to continue as recent Republican Party county leadership elections have not brought a new, more moderate, crop of chairs and state Central Committee members, a review by UtahPolicy shows....

Mike Lee, Future Supreme Court Justice?
In aninterview with MSNBC, Sen. Mike Lee says he'd be open to serving on the Supreme Court someday, if asked....

What Would Happen if You Tried to Print Out the Entire Internet?
How much paper would it take to print out the entire internet? According to some new calculations, that would be 136 billion sheets of paper....

Featured Items

Hatch to Hold Finance Hearing on Foster Care Group Homes
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) will convene a hearing on Tuesday, May 19, to examine the problems facing foster children in group homes and how Congress can work to achieve better outcomes.  The hearing, titled “No Place...

Lee Leads Colloquy on USA Freedom Act, Receives Support from Lynch, Clapper, White House
Today, Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) led a colloquy regarding the USA Freedom Act on the Senate floor.  ...

Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes to Testify at Congressional Hearing on Human Trafficking in Support of Advancing International Megan's Law
Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes announced today he will testify on Thursday, May 14, 2015 at a Congressional hearing titled A Pathway to Freedom: Rescue and Refuge for Sex Trafficking Victims, which will be held before the House of Representatives Foreign Aff...

Hatch: 11th Hour Demands from Democrats Leave Americans without a Voice on Trade
In a speech on the Senate floor today, Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) expressed disappointment after Senate Democrats voted against starting debate on trade policy, including bipartisan Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation that would reaffirm Congress...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Trade agreements would boost Utah products internationally

Editorial: A good choice for Utah's environment

Utah's Hatch, Obama line up on trade authority agreement

Utah Libertarians become first 'qualified party' under new election law

More criticism for anti-gay marriage brief signers, this time at Utah State University

Utah conference to tout the 'natural family' - LGBT groups plan more inclusive gathering

Prison meetings won't take public comment, designed to sell Utah prison move

IRS Criminal Investigation: A unit that targets financial crimes in Utah

Rolly: So will Utah lawmakers help a sick child left uncovered by their inaction?

Two top Utah school officials fired by state superintendent, school board

U.S. still biggest kid on the block, former British prime minister tells Utah crowd

Utah GOP plans to move toward complying with new election law

Charges fly between two top elected Utah Democrats

Deseret News

Richard Davis: Considering data from recent Pew study, what is the future of organized religion?

Jay Evensen: How many laws do we really need, and should we support the NSA to save local jobs?

Editorial: We welcome an audit showing the true costs, benefits and projections for the Draper prison site

World Congress of Families heading to Salt Lake City in the fall

Former British prime minister in Utah to tout global economic opportunities

U.S. Chamber commercials target Rep. Stewart

Salt Lake councilman giving up seat for relationship with councilwoman

Report: Utah leads nation in high school graduation gains for minorities

New Utah law raises landlord concerns over transgender tenants


Orem tentative budget presented to council for review (Daily Herald)

Utah moves forward with suicide prevention (Standard-Examiner)

Despite $8 million budget, Riverdale city job lost (Standard-Examiner)

Bill overhauls criminal justice system (Park Record)

National Headlines

Obama fails first test on trade (Politico)

Reid offers plan to break trade impasse (Politico)

McConnell slams Dems after failed trade vote (The Hill)

Cruz: 'Of course' Iraq was a mistake (The Hill)

This Boy Wonder Is Building the Conservative in an Illinois Garage (Bloomberg)

The Senate's Trade Killers (Wall Street Journal)

U.S. Hispanics now more fluent in English, speak less Spanish at home (FOX News)

White House endorses passage of USA Freedom Act (USA Today)

Jeb Bush to skip Republicans' Iowa straw poll (Reuters)

The Detail in Seymour Hersh's Bin Laden Story That Rings True (New York Times)

Defense argues to overturn Virginia ex-governor's corruption convictions (Reuters)


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