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Wednesday, May 20, 2015
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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).
- 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 ...
|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....
|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: 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: 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...
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