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Top Things You Need to Know for Wednesday - May 20, 2015

Welcome to Wednesday, the halfway point. Keep the umbrella handy on your handlebars. Today is National Bike to Work Day and Eliza Doolittle Day – so work on your accent. Here are your news highlights:

-Sen. Mike Lee’s poll numbers continue to improve; his “naked re-elect” support is at 47 percent, nearly where he needs to be (Utah Policy).

-LaVarr Webb says it’s dumb to worry about NSA spying (Utah Policy)

-Rep. Rob Bishop says the federal government's upcoming sage grouse listing may threaten Utah jobs (Deseret News,Salt Lake Tribune). 

-A two-day energy summit convened by Gov. Gary Herbert, beginning Wednesday, will feature an international energy panel (Deseret News).

-Utah plans to join Wyoming's legal challenge of new federal fracking rules on public and tribal lands (Salt Lake Tribune). 

-The Salt Lake City Council, Mayor Ralph Becker say they oppose relocating the state prison to Utah's capital (Salt Lake Tribune). 

-A bipartisan panel of Utah leaders gather at Weber State to make their case for legalized marijuana (Deseret News).

Countdown:

  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 83
  • Days to the 2015 election - 167
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - 244
  • Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - 251
  • Days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary - 252
  • Days to the 2016 Utah primary election - 406
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 539


Today At Utah Policy


No Worries About NSA Surveillance
I admit that I worry about a lot of things. But the National Security Agency is not one of them. I have only so much ire, and I can’t waste it on inconsequential things like whether the NSA is spying on me, listening to my phone calls, or reading my email. I prefer to ...

Lee 'Impressed' with Walker after Meeting, but No Endorsement Yet
Likely presidential candidateScott Walker meets one-on-one for a Capitol Hill breakfast with GOP kingmakerSen. Mike Lee, who says he "went in a little doubtful" but "came away impressed" with the Wisconsin governor....

Take the Envision Utah Survey to Have a Voice in Utah's Future
Utahns don’t have a lot of time left to help plan the future of the state.The ambitious Envision Utah initiative to get 50,000 Utahns to take an in-depth survey indicating choices for future growth is scheduled to end in the next few weeks.Utah’s population is pr...

'Does America Need Mitt Romney?'
In an op-ed at The Hill, Bernie Quigley says Mitt Romney should answer the call of fate, re-enter the 2016 presidential fray, and rescue Americans from the grim prospect of yet another Bush or Clinton presidency....

Featured Items


Gov. Herbert Hosts Colorado Governor & Industry Leaders at Energy Summit
The Governor’s Utah Energy Development Summit will be held Wednesday and Thursday this week at the Salt Palace Convention Center. The summit will include keynote remarks from top energy leaders, as well as 12 Breakout Sessions with more than 85 expert speaker...

Sen. Lee's Poll Numbers Show Continued Improvement
Well, Mike Lee is almost there.And who would have thought it just a year ago?A new UtahPolicy poll shows that Utah’s freshman GOP U.S. senator has a 47 percent “naked re-elect” number.That doesn’t mean nearly half of Utah voters want Lee to run again ...

Press Release: Provo Chief Makes Crime Prevention Case to Expand Health Coverage
Provo Police Chief John King on Tuesday called on state policymakers to accept federal funds to extend health insurance coverage to 97,000 Utah residents.His reasoning: expansion of health coverage could prevent future crime and violence and save the state money. A...

Press Release: Chairman Bishop Holds Sage Grouse Hearing
WASHINGTON— Rep. Rob Bishop, Chairman of the House Committee on Natural Resources, held an oversight hearing titled, "Empowering State Management of Greater Sage Grouse.” Bishop said the following during his opening remarks:“Given the chance,...

Lee Leads Group Opposing Reauthorization of Ex-Im Bank
As Congress decides whether to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank, Utah Sen. Mike Lee will join other members of Congress and some conservative groups in a press conference calling on Congress to let the Bank expire on June 30. Members will also address what they call common...

National Railroading Publication Looks at UTA
Progressive Railroading takes an in-depth look at Utah Transit Authority and its accomplishments since UTA in 2008 began its ambitious effort to build 70 miles of new rail. The article covers the big construction projects, which finished $300 million under budget and two yea...

Press Release: UTA Announces Extended Rail and Bus Service, New FAREPAY and Group Pass Offers
UTA has announced a number of service improvements that will take effect onSunday, August 16. These changes include extended hours on TRAX and the S-Line and increased service on select bus routes.“UTA has a long tradition of coming in under budget due to our capable s...

Press Release: Americans for Prosperity Launches Utah Chapter
Americans for Prosperity, an advocacy group for economic freedom, announced the launch of its Utah chapter on Monday. Evelyn Everton, a 22-year Utah resident and long-time advocate for economic freedom, will lead the new chapter. The group will educate Utahns on sound econom...

Utah Shared-Parenting Law is National Model
The National Parents Organization has applauded Utah for being one of the first states in the nation to pass shared parenting – the family court reform highlighted in The Wall Street Journal story, “Big Shift Pushed in Custody Disputes.”Utah’s new law...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Run liquor business like a business

Editorial: Mapleton audit shows need for open records

Becker's big budget projections: Could they lead to a tax increase?

Take a look at the Utah prison relocation site in Salt Lake City

Residents decry plan for water-conserving dry rough at Bonneville up to their backyards

Rolly: Cop who bucked Pride Parade played a bit part in Romney-Holyfield bout

Utah to fight new federal fracking rules in court

U.S. Interior Secretary: Rangeland fire the biggest threat to sage grouse

Utah police cite Medicaid expansion as crime prevention tool

Parents, educators debate new science standards in Salt Lake City

Deseret News

Utah, other Western states decry threatened sage grouse listing

2-day energy summit shines spotlight on Utah

Forum pushes for legalization of medical marijuana

Grant enhancing K-12, higher ed partnership leads to better student outcomes, educators say

Congressional delegation not impressing Utahns, poll shows

S.L. City Council, mayor seek residents' help in opposing prison location

Other

Utah's new shared parenting law in effect (Daily Herald)

Provo employee wage structure part of budget proposal (Daily Herald)

Editorial: No fees for mayors marrying (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Bobby Jindal vows to issue religious-freedom order (Politico)

Conservatives press case for immigration reform (The Hill)

Republicans in showdown over NSA spy program (The Hill)

Los Angeles gives preliminary approval to $15 minimum wage (Reuters)

Hillary Clinton Finally Takes Reporters' Questions in Iowa (National Journal)

Exclusive: U.S. House Benghazi panel subpoenas former Clinton White House aide (Reuters)

Pro-Walker super PAC offers perks to $1 million donors (USA Today)

Boehner, McConnell split over NSA bill (CNN)

As impasse continues, House again extends highway funding in short term (Washington Post)

Boehner: 'Hope Is Not a Strategy' to Defeat Islamic State (Voice of America)

Can GOP keep up with shifting demographics among supporters? (Christian Science Monitor)


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