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Top Things You Need to Know for Monday - May 18, 2015

Welcome to Monday: International Museum Day, and Visit Your Relatives Day. So go say hi to your grandpa. Here are news highlights for a rainy Monday:

--Envision Utah solicits feedback from Utah residents on how to combat air pollution (Deseret News).

--The Legislature's Prison Relocation Commission looks for a prison site that's isolated but not too remote (Deseret News).

--Mitt Romney and Evander Holyfield go a few rounds in their charity boxing match (Salt Lake Tribune).

--Wastewater from Kennecott Copper may threaten the Great Salt Lake ecosystem (Salt Lake Tribune).

--According to projected growth rates, Utah will take on 50,000 new college students over the next 10 years (Deseret News).

--Pignanelli & Webb discuss a GOP poll, new laws, and comment on Utah’s more moderate image (Deseret News).

--Natalie Gochnour comments on Economist article calling Utah a model for constructive conservatism (Deseret News).

--Rep. Jake Anderegg tells why he voted against Healthy Utah and likely will again (Salt Lake Tribune).


  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 85
  • Days to the 2015 election - 169
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - 246
  • Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - 253
  • Days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary - 254
  • Days to the 2016 Utah primary election - 408
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 541

Today At Utah Policy

Huntsman Says Nation & World are at Inflection Point
Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman returned to Utah on Friday and praised Utah’s collaborative approach to problem-solving. Speaking at the Envision Utah Corporate Friends breakfast, Huntsman also said the world is at an inflection point, but public policy is not keeping up...

Police Chiefs to Hold Press Conference Urging Health Coverage Expansion
Some Utah law enforcement leaders are making a crime prevention case for expanding health coverage.Provo Police Chief John King and Orem Police Chief Gary Giles will hold a press conference on Tuesday, May 19, 11 a.m., at the Provo Policy Department, City Center Building, 48...

Truth Committee Liked by Republicans, but Opposed Overall
A majority of Republican registered voters support the idea of having a “truth” committee interview party candidates. But independent voters oppose the idea, and Utah voters, overall, oppose the idea 48 to 44 percent, according to a new UtahPolicy poll.GOP state ...

Bishop Looks to Overhaul ESA
Rep. Rob Bishop plans to introduce a package of Endangered Species Actreform bills aimed at making the law more transparent....

Chaffetz, Female Staffers, and Avoiding the Appearance of Evil
Rep. Jason Chaffetz is among a minority of male members of Congresswho, as a matter of office policy, try to avoid spending time alonewithfemale staffers....

By 2050, Utah Will Have Almost 1 Million Students
There are more than 600,000 students in the state's public schools. That population is expected to grow 64 percent by 2050, when Utah will have almost a million students in kindergarten through 12th grade. Higher education will experience similarly robust growth.Yet Utah...

Prison Relocation Chairs To Attend Open House, Q&A Sessions
Events Set for Salt Lake, Tooele, and Utah CountiesThe co-chairs of the Legislature's Prison Relocation Commission (PRC) will attend and participate in the three informational meetings hosted by the PRC. Events will be held in Salt Lake, Tooele, and Utah counties, home o...

Businesses Take Challenge to Elevate Women
A new Utah organization, the Women’s Leadership Institute (WLI) got off to a rousing start Thursday afternoon with dozens of major Utah businesses, non-profits, and educational institutions taking the challenge to elevate more women into leadership ranks. Of ...

Bernick and Schott on Politics - Episode #237
Allegations of corruption are flying back and forth between Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams and his former campaign manager Rep. Justin Miller....

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Winning the Political Game: Proper Use of Power
Politicians might not admit it, but one thing that clearly attracts people to politics is POWER.Policymakers who make, execute and interpret laws and ordinances clearly have power. They wield the awesome coercive power of government. They can take my money, regulate my busin...

Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
Outdoor Notes-- Utah Hike of the week: Stansbury Island Interactive Trail -- For the latest wildlife news and information and the fishing report visit the?DWR websiteWeekend EventsNew Films-- Dior and I: Tribune review-- Far From the Madding Crowd: Tribune review-- Gett: The...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Rolly: Schools superintendent is a careful creation of the right wing

Op-ed: Here's why I voted against Healthy Utah and likely will again

Op-ed: LDS Church influence drives mistreatment of wine sellers and consumers

Op-ed: Utah fails to track, disclose police officers' discipline records

Op-ed: DABC management is inadequate all around

Editorial: If not a prison, what should Draper site be?

Editorial: Homeless services need serious reform

Mitt Romney knocks down Evander Holyfield during charity boxing match

Not for the birds: Wastewater threatens Great Salt Lake

Salt Lake County Council draws some flexible boundaries

Deseret News

Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Count My Vote compromise seems to provoke contradicting reactions

Op-ed: Credibility gap exists between supporters, opposers of Healthy Utah

John Florez: Looking at Utah's prison relocation efforts by revisiting my grade-school civics lessons

Natalie Gochnour: Utah is a model of constructive Republicanism

Drew Clark: Utah Ignite exists to find new light bulbs for the Internet age

Op-ed: I-Squared Act good for tech companies, Utah economy

Editorial: Utah to begin mandating some meningitis vaccinations, but more is needed

Editorial: Teacher evaluations a welcome move to enhance consistency in how educations are rated and rewarded

'Are we prepared?' Utah projected to gain 50,000 college students in 10 years

Salt Lake City residents to decide fate of future parks

Prison relocation officials stress remoteness of proposed sites

Utah's air pollution problem: What does the future look like?


Op-ed: Punitive taxes hurt business relying on aviation services (Daily Herald)

Connor Boyack: Ignore the Federal government (Daily Herald)

Mike Lee: Commending Utah's academy nominees from Utah County (Daily Herald)

Council mulls RAP tax options for Provo (Daily Herald)

Public to get detail about five possible Utah State Prison relocation sites (Daily Herald)

Gov. Gary Herbert visits Lincoln Elementary to celebrate academic achievement (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

'Hillary Clinton Sold Her Soul When They Accepted That Money' (Politico)

Scott Walker's Iowa dilemma (Politico)

Top Dem: Trade bill not for big business (The Hill)

Patriot Act on life support (The Hill)

Mixed reaction: Boston Marathon bombing verdict (Chicago Tribune)

California Senate Candidate Caught Ridiculing Native Americans (TIME)

Paul Ryan: House will approve Obama's trade effort (CNN)

Jeb Bush Says Christian Business Owners Can Refuse To Serve Gay Weddings (Huffington Post)

Is the Stephanopoulos controversy like Bill O'Reilly's or Brian Williams's? (Washington Post)

GOP Criticizes Hillary Clinton For Not Talking To Press (Associated Press)

Bernie Sanders to Introduce Bill to Make College Tuition-Free (Bloomberg)


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