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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

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Ten Things You Need to Know for Wednesday - May 27, 2015

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is "National Cellophane Tape Day." On this day in 1930, Richard Drew invented what would later become known as scotch tape.

Hughes says lawmakers should not cut taxes next year. Lee would beat Owens in a 2016 matchup for U.S. Senate. Weiler says Utah should embrace the Healthy Utah plan for Medicaid expansion.


  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 76
  • Days to the 2015 election - 160
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - 237
  • Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - 244
  • Days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary - 245
  • Days to the 2016 Utah primary election - 399
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 532

Wednesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Even though Utah has had some big budget surpluses in recent years, House Speaker Greg Hughes says lawmakers should resist the urge to cut taxes [Utah Policy].
  2. Our latest poll suggests Sen. Mike Lee would beat Democrat Doug Owens handily if the two were to face off in 2016 [Utah Policy].
  3. Utah Republicans cheer a federal court's refusal to lift an injunction of President Barack Obama's executive order on immigration [Deseret News].
  4. Sen. Todd Weiler argues Healthy Utah is the state's best option for Medicaid expansion [Tribune].
  5. Rep. Paul Ray is proposing capital punishment for those found guilty of child-sex trafficking [KUTV, Tribune].
  6. The Miller family pulls a plot of land near the Tooele Motorsports Park from the list of potential sites for the new Utah prison [Tribune, Deseret News, Fox 13, ABC 4].
  7. A mine owner is suing Saratoga Springs and some developers, including Josh Romney, over a deal that would hinder his operations and could potentially bring the new prison site to the area [Tribune].
  8. Salt Lake City Mayoral candidate Luke Garrott alleges current Mayor Ralph Becker has done an inadequate job of vetting Brian Dale, who Becker appointed as the city's new fire chief [Deseret News].
  9. A new state audit says DABC needs to make some changes to their accounting system and give upper-level managers more training [Tribune, Deseret News, KUER, Fox 13].
  10. A survey of Salt Lake County employees finds they would like to be paid more, but a generous benefits package keeps them from looking for other jobs [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1647 - Alse Young became the first person executed as a witch in America when she was hanged in Hartford, Conn.
  • 1703 - Czar Peter the Great founded St. Petersburg as the new capital of Russia.
  • 1937 - San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge was opened.
  • 1941 - The German battleship Bismarck sank after attacks by British ships and planes.
  • 2004 - A federal appeals court in San Francisco upheld Oregon's law authorizing doctors to help their terminally ill patients commit suicide.

Today At Utah Policy

Poll: Lee 55%, Owens 36% in Hypothetical U.S. Senate Matchup
If Democrat Doug Owens decides to take on Sen. Mike Lee next year for U.S. Senate, he's got a huge hill to climb....

Despite Big Budget Surpluses, Hughes Says Lawmakers Should Not Cut Taxes Next Year
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Although we are still nearly eighteen months away from the 2016 elections, the race for president is already heating up. ...

Alabama Moves Closer to Getting Rid of Marriage Licenses
Last week the Alabama state Senate overwhelmingly approved legislation to get the state out of the marriage business....

Featured Items

Salt Lake Chamber Supports Senator Mike Lee's Position as Co-Sponsor on I-Squared Bill
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Utahns' Confidence in Present Economic Situation Reaches Record High and Lifts Utah Consumer Attitude Index
The Zions Bank Utah Consumer Attitude Index increased 5.8 points to 111.4 in May. ...

Utah Department of Public Safety Launches New Website
The Department of Public Safety announced the launch of a new website designed to be more intuitive, informative, and simple to use. ...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Common sense, common decency, common good

Editorial: Utah should not try to out-monster the monsters

Salt Lake County volunteer numbers dip as baby boomers go from giving help to needing it

Salt Lake County seeks to shut down Day Reporting Center

Salt Lake County gearing up to decide how to spend $75M for parks and recreation

Take a look at potential Utah prison sites in Tooele County

Utah lawmaker seeks death penalty for sex traffickers

Utah Educational Savings Plan awards elementary schools, offers $25 match for new accounts

Judge gives BLM 3 years to prove ATV trails don't hurt cultural sites

Salt Lake County workers don't think they're paid enough, but stay for benefits, survey says

Utah liquor agency needs to improve decision-making, accounting, audit shows

Mine owner sues over Utah city's deal with developers, including Josh Romney, to keep prison out of area

Deseret News

Hinkins & King: No losers in Utah's Public Lands Initiative: Wilderness is the currency that brings all parties to the table

Richard Davis: Another conflict of interest issue shadows AG Reyes

Jay Evensen: Utah's prosperity is threatened by other states' bad behavior

Editorial: Congressional Demos shouldn't derail president's fast-track trade authority

Consumer confidence in Utah economy rising

Utahns cheer, jeer appeals court's refusal to lift injunction on Obama's executive order on immigration

Utah may be losing out on alcohol tax revenue, state audit shows

Larry H. Miller family pulls Tooele County property from prison relocation list

New Salt Lake fire chief caught in political crossfire of mayoral race


Orem begins researching full-time mayor wage possibility (Daily Herald)

Todd Weiler: Why Republicans should support Healthy Utah (Standard-Examiner)

Leaders consider county-wide sales tax option (Park Record)

Logan to consider resolution urging road tax (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

Federal court blocks Obama's immigration plan (USA Today)

Senate GOP prepared to replace Obamacare subsidies (Politico)

Walker rips Obama over Iran negotiations (The Hill)

Washington is ready to spend (The Hill)

Supreme Court to Weigh Meaning of 'One Person One Vote' (New York Times)

Ann Kirkpatrick to Challenge John McCain for Arizona Senate (New York Times)

Scott Walker may sit out Florida GOP primary (CNN)

Bernie Sanders Campaign Site's 404 Page Is The Most Bernie Sanders Thing Ever (Huffington Post)

US Sen. Thad Cochran Marries Longtime Aide, His Office Says (Associated Press)

Obama: Senate should work through recess on NSA authorization (CNN)

U.S. Accuses Texas Man of Helping Friend Join Islamic State (Wall Street Journal)


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