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Thursday, May 14, 2015

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Ten Things You Need to Know for Thursday - May 14, 2015

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is national "Dance Like a Chicken Day" so find an oom-pah band and do the "chicken dance."

The fight between Ben McAdams and his former campaign manager Justin Miller is getting nasty. Voters think Gov. Gary Herbert deserves another term in office. UTA cuts back on some bonuses for executives.


  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 89
  • Days to the 2015 election - 173
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - 250
  • Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - 257
  • Days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary - 258
  • Days to the 2016 Utah primary election - 412
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 545

Thursday's top-10 headlines:

  1. More details emerge in the allegations of corruption and embezzlement between Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams and Rep. Justin Miller [Deseret News, KUTV, Fox 13, Tribune, ABC 4, KUER].
  2. Most Utah voters think Gov. Gary Herbert deserves another term in office [Utah Policy].
  3. Republican leaders say they have a lot of lobbying to do in order get delegates on board with the changes required by the "Count My Vote" compromise that passed the legislature last year [Deseret News].
  4. Utah's Democrats are very close to complying with the provisions in SB54 [Utah Policy].
  5. Utah Transit Authorities are planning improvements for bus and rail service if voters approve a sales-tax hike [Tribune, Deseret News].
  6. The UTA board plans to cut bonuses for top managers because the agency failed to meet goals this past year [Tribune].
  7. Tesoro puts plans to build an oil pipeline across northern Utah on hold for the time being [KUER].
  8. A new report shows Utah is making big gains in graduating Latino students from high school [Tribune].
  9. Former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton will announce whether he's running for president in 2016 on Thursday afternoon [Politico].
  10. Former Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley will make his 2016 bid for the Democratic nomination official on May 30 [Washington Post].

On this day in history:

  • 1787 - Delegates began gathering in Philadelphia for a convention to draw up the U.S. Constitution.
  • 1804 - The Lewis and Clark expedition left St. Louis on a mission to explore the Northwest from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Ocean.
  • 1948 - Jewish Agency Chairman David Ben-Gurion proclaimed the State of Israel, establishing the first Jewish state in 2,000 years.
  • 1973 - The United States launched Skylab 1; its first manned orbiting laboratory.
  • 1998 - The TV Series "Seinfeld" aired its final episode.

Today At Utah Policy

Poll: Utah Voters Say Gov. Gary Herbert Deserves Another Term in 2016
Most Utah voters say Gov. Gary Herbert has done a good enough job to deserve re-election next year....

Utah Democrats Moving Toward Complying with SB54 Requirements
With all of the hubbub surrounding the Utah GOP's fight against SB54, it's worth noting the Utah Democratic Party has a relatively easy path to complying with the new election law....

Utah Breakfast Club Tackles Medicaid Expansion
In a Thursday lunchtime event, top Utah officials join the Utah Breakfast Club to discuss Medicaid expansion....

Featured Items

Governor Orders Flags Lowered for Peace Officers Memorial Day
Gov. Gary R. Herbert has ordered the lowering of the flags of the United States of America and the State of Utah to half-staff on Fri., May 15, 2015 in recognition of Peace Officers Memorial Day....

Lee Commends House Passage of the USA FREEDOM Act of 2015
Today, Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) issued the following statement after a sweeping, bipartisan majority in the House of Representatives voted to approve the USA FREEDOM Act of 2015, a bill that would end the government’s dragnet collection of Americans’ data under Se...

Hatch: Common Sense Prevails as Democrats Agree to Take up Trade Debate
In a speech on the Senate floor today, Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) welcomed an agreement that paves the way for further debate on Trade Promotion Authority.  ...

Hatch Questions IRS's Outsourcing of Taxpayer Examination
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) today sent a letter to Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner John Koskinen asking the agency to explain its decision and justification in hiring a private contractor to conduct an examination of a taxpaye...

White House Press Release: House Republicans Shortchange Critical Domestic Priorities in Utah
This week, House appropriators will consider the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill, one of the first to be considered under the Congressional Republican budget framework. ...

City Residents Invited to Help Shape Future of Parks, Trails and Open Spaces
Salt Lake City Residents are invited to participate in the first of a series of public open houses on Thursday, May 14from 4-7 p.m. at the Sunnyside Park Pavilion, 1735 E. Sunnyside Ave. to share their ideas about how to improve the City’s parks, trails and open space ...

Delta Begins Daily Flights to Amsterdam from Salt Lake City; $1.8 Billion Airport Terminal Redevelopment Program Underway
These are exciting times for travel from the Salt Lake City International Airport and the future couldn't be brighter, says Bianca Shreeve, public relations and marketing manager for the Salt Lake City Department of Airports.This month Delta is launching daily nonstop se...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: PSC should encourage a clean-power future

Consultant: Solving homelessness in Utah requires 24/7 program, not just housing

For missed goals, UTA cuts bonus funding by a fifth

In Utah speech, U.S. immigration chief says system is unjust

Big gains in Latino graduation rates, but Utah still lags nation

If voters approve tax hike, UTA is eyeing improving bus service

Salt Lake County mayor rebuts ethics claims, alleges possible fraud by lawmaker

Deseret News

Ben Aldana: Prison Relocation Commission should consider humane rehab, not just monetary incentives

David Brown: Politics have exaggerated how much human behavior affects environment

Jay Evensen: Airports that want to regulate ride sharing face a tough task

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

'Lot of persuading' yet to be done to sell GOP delegates on SB54 changes

Survey reveals surprising attitudes about fair housing law

Report identifies early steps to deal with projected shortfalls on Colorado River

Salt Lake County mayor accuses former adviser of misusing funds


Orem City Council discusses CARE Tax allocation proposals (Daily Herald)

Who should be responsible for paying for college? (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Scenes from the Democratic meltdown (Politico)

Jeb Bush: Iraq war questions a 'disservice' to troops (The Hill)

Senate GOP launches attack on EPA climate rules (The Hill)

Jeb Bush: 'I'm running for president' (The Hill)

Democrats are starting to look a little like Republicans (when it comes to infighting) (Washington Post)

Senate Leaders Reach Deal to Vote on Trade Authority (New York Times)

House ready to pass bill to end NSA collection of phone records, setting up Senate showdown (Associated Press)

Martin O'Malley Holds Firm Against Trade Deals (New York Times)

Pentagon recommends new Navy, Army chiefs (Associated Press)

Court fight revs up over legality of Chicago pension reforms (Reuters)

UN climate official pans idea of Arctic drilling in subtle slap at Obama administration (Washington Post)


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