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Thursday, May 28, 2015

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Ten Things You Need to Know for Thursday - May 28, 2015

Good Thursday morning from Utah's capital city. Today is "National Hamburger Day." Let's go grab a patty for lunch!

A poll shows Utahns support Bishop's public lands initiative. The Dugway lab accidentally sent live anthrax samples through the mail to 9 states. All the rain in the last month hasn't done much to cure Utah's drought blues.


  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 75
  • Days to the 2015 election - 159
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - 236
  • Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - 243
  • Days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary - 244
  • Days to the 2016 Utah primary election - 398
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 531

Thursday's top-10 headlines:

  1. A new poll shows Utahns support Rep. Rob Bishop's public lands initiative [Utah Policy].
  2. Whoops! The defense lab in Dugway accidentally sent live Anthrax samples to labs in nine states and South Korea [Wall Street Journal, Deseret News2 News, ABC 4, Fox 13].
  3. It's rained a lot in Utah during the last month, but all that water hasn't made much of a dent in the state's looming drought problem [2 News].
  4. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation is taking public comment on water management strategies in the Colorado River Basin [KUER].
  5. Utah taxpayers could be on the hook for the cost of San Juan County Commissioner Phil Lyman's defense against charges he illegally rode an ATV into Recapture Canyon last year [Tribune].
  6. The fallout from the stunning arrests of FIFA officials continues as soccer's governing body is bracing for the loss of sponsorships in the wake of the corruption scandal [Time].
  7. The bribery scandal surrounding the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics set the stage for the U.S. bringing down the legal hammer on FIFA for corruption and bribery [Deseret News].
  8. Salt Lake City leaders announce $500,000 in grants to fight homelessness [Deseret News, Tribune].
  9. Nebraska became the first conservative state to abolish the death penalty in 40 years [CNN].
  10. Former New York Governor George Pataki is set to announce his bid for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination Thursday [Washington Post].

On this day in history:

  • 1798 - The U.S. Congress empowered President John Adams to recruit an American army of 10,000 volunteers.
  • 1892 - The Sierra Club was founded by naturalist John Muir.
  • 1987 - West German teenager Mathias Rust flew a single-engine plane from Finland and landed beside the Kremlin in Moscow.
  • 2002 - NASA said the Mars Odyssey found evidence of ice on Mars.
  • 2003 - President George W. Bush signed a $350 billion package of tax cuts.

Today At Utah Policy

Poll: Utahns Favor Bishop's Public Lands Initiative
A majority of Utahns favor U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop’s Public Lands Initiative, a new UtahPolicy poll shows....

Bryan Schott's Political BS: We Love Dirty Laundry
As Don Henley sang, "Kick 'em when they're up, kick 'em when they're down."...

Feds on Brink of Controversial Sage Grouse Decision
In what could be the biggest Endangered Species Act decision in history, the Obama administration will decide in September whetherto tie up sage grouse habitat across 165 million acres in the West, including Utah....

Christie Hits Back at Lee over NSA Surveillance
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christiesays the efforts of Sens. Mike Lee and Rand Paul to block the renewal of the Patriot Act put them on the same side as NSA leaker Edward Snowden....

National On-Line Publication Features Utah's Unified Plan
TI News Daily, a publication covering federal, state and local transportation policy and projects, features Utah’s Unified Transportation Plan in a recent article....

Weekly Survey: The McAdams/Miller Scandal
The scandal swirling around Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams and Rep. Justin Miller threatens to do damage to both men's reputations. Do you think the story will do permanent harm to their political careers? Vote now in our weekly survey....

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....

Featured Items

Utah's Education Needs - Planning for the Long-Term
The Education Interim Committee of the Utah Legislature met last week focusing on a statewide plan for education. ...

Hatch Presses IRS for Answers on Heels of Data Breach
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) today sent a letter to Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner John Koskinen pressing the agency for answers after it was revealed a data breach compromised the confidential tax information of more than 100,000 ...

Mayor Becker Announces Major Downtown Public Art Opportunity
Mayor Ralph Becker and the Salt Lake City Arts Council’s Art Design Board announce a call for professional artists and/or artist-led teams based in Utah, nationally and/or internationally for a new public art commission to be installed on Regent Street in downtown Salt...

Salt Lake Chamber Supports Senator Mike Lee's Position as Co-Sponsor on I-Squared Bill
Lane Beattie, president and CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber, issued the following statement regarding Senator Mike Lee’s position S.154, Immigration Innovation Act of 2015 or the I-Squared Act of 2015:...

Winning the Political Game: Favorite Leadership Tips
Importance of Compromise"Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate."- President John F. Kennedy, inaugural address, January 20, 1961Every Prudent Act Founded on Compromise"All governments, indeed every human benefit and enjoym...

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. ...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Wells Fargo gives $500,000 to fight homelessness in Salt Lake City

Utahns cheer, jeer new EPA water rules

Utah taxpayers could foot bill for county commissioner's appeal of ATV protest ride conviction

Deseret News

Op-ed: Why Republicans should support Healthy Utah

Dan Liljenquist: Credit Utah's Sen. Lee as the driving force behind USA Freedom Act

Editorial: Reducing minor drug-crime penalties may help at state prison, but adds to county jail overcrowding

Pentagon: Live anthrax samples mistakenly shipped from Dugway Proving Ground

Salt Lake Olympic scandal 'set a precedent' for U.S. prosecution of FIFA

Salt Lake City leaders announce $500,000 in grants to curb homelessness

National Headlines

Hillary Clinton struggles to escape South Carolina scars (Politico)

Florida primary looking like a bad gamble for much of GOP (Politico)

Legal setback clouds fate of Obama's immigration actions (The Hill)

Nebraska legislature repeals death penalty, overriding governor's veto (Reuters)

Santorum launches 2016 campaign, with focus on 'working families' (FOX News)

Obama Administration Won't Contest Appeals Court's Immigration Ruling (Wall Street Journal)

Defense secretary's warning to China: U.S. military won't change operations (Washington Post)

Obama administration issues new water protection rule (Reuters)

Rick Santorum Slams Rand Paul on ISIS: 'I'd Expect to Hear That From Maybe Bernie Sanders' (ABC News)

Trans-Pacific Trade Pact Highlights the Political Power of the Affluent (New York Times)

Obama Raises Money in Miami for Democratic Party (Associated Press)


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