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Monday, May 4, 2015

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Ten Things You Need to Know for Monday - May 4, 2015

Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City. May the fourth be with you - it's "Star Wars Day."

Salt Lake City residents are split on whether to move the state's largest homeless shelter away from downtown. Two more join the GOP 2016 field. Putting politics aside in the fight over Medicaid expansion.


  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 99
  • Days to the 2015 election - 183
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - 260
  • Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - 267
  • Days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary - 268
  • Days to the 2016 Utah primary election - 422
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 555

Monday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Salt Lake City residents are divided on whether the Road Home shelter and other homeless service providers should be moved away from downtown Salt Lake City [Utah Policy].
  2. Ben Carson and Carly Fiorina are joining the already crowded 2016 GOP presidential field [Fox News].
  3. The LDS Church issues a statement about the health of Mormon leader Thomas S. Monson [Tribune].
  4. The mayor of Baltimore lifts the curfew following the arrest of six police officers in the death of a black man that sparked several days of rioting [Rolling Stone].
  5. Gov. Gary Herbert and legislative leaders are trying to put politics aside in their quest to find a deal on Medicaid expansion [Deseret News].
  6. A Utah LGBT group is asking Utah judges whether they are members of groups that discriminate based on sexual orientation [Tribune].
  7. The city of Mantua is balancing their budget through speeding tickets [KUTV].
  8. Utah residents use a lot of water but they don't pay very much for it [Tribune].
  9. The Salt Lake County Council is planning to live-stream their meetings [Tribune].
  10. Real Salt Lake owner Del Loy Hansen is close to reaching a deal with West Valley City to build a minor-league soccer stadium there [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1494 - On his second expedition to the New World, Columbus discovered Jamaica.
  • 1886 - A labor demonstration for an eight-hour workday at Haymarket Square in Chicago durned into a riot when a bomb exploded.
  • 1904 - Construction began on the Panama Canal.
  • 1970 - National Guardsmen killed four students at Kent State University in Ohio during a demonstration against the Vietnam War.

Today At Utah Policy

Salt Lake City Residents Divided on Whether to Move Homeless Shelters Away from Downtown
Salt Lake City residents are evenly split on whether the Road Home and other homeless service providers should be moved away from the Pioneer Park area....

Hatch Pushes Obama to Rally Democrats for TPP Vote
Sen. Orrin Hatch says he's baffled by Democratic efforts to deny Pres. Obama a political victory on what could be the biggest globaltrade deal in two decades....

Most Republicans Would Attend a Same Sex Wedding
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Utah Policy/KSL Insider Survey: The GOP Proposal to Interview Potential Candidates
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Hatch Applauds Committee Passage of 529 College Savings Bill
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Senators Lee, Hatch, and Vitter Introduce Native Species Protection Act
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U.S. House Armed Services Committee Delays Listing of Greater Sage Grouse
In a decision with potentially sweeping implications for Utah and other western states, theU.S. House Armed Services Committee voted last week to delay a listing decision for greater sage grouse for at least 10 years, allowing Utah’s management plan to continue to demo...

Nominees Announced for 3rd District Juvenile Court Vacancy
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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Rolly: Does chairman's 'Star Chamber' proposal violate GOP by-laws?

Op-ed: Delta Airlines hub is vital to Utah's business climate and quality of life

Op-ed: We need medical incineration, and Stericycle does it safely

Dabakis: Medicaid talks have Utah leaders negotiating for less than our share

Op-ed: Legislative mandates set public schools up for failure

Editorial: Pro-business Utah can't run a quality liquor store

Editorial: Public-lands deal fades as posturing rises

Salt Lake County Council looking to live-stream meetings

Cars talking to cars? UDOT about to launch tests to help development

BLM to begin injecting contraceptives into Utah horses with dart guns

Are Mike Lee and Newt Gingrich 'No Labels' kind of guys?

Deseret News

Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: How do Baltimore riots, Supreme Court rulings impact Utah?

Sen. Orrin Hatch: Misrepresentation against Religious Freedom Restoration Act will not help cause of equality

Sean Reyes: 'One with Courage' initiative protects Utah children, families from abuse

Drew Clark: Empathy for legislators is good, but now we need Healthy Utah

John Florez: Involve the homeless on their own behalf, rather than leave them out of the public policy equation

Cows in the canyons: A battle inside Clinton's monument

Poll: Majority of Salt Lake City residents say panhandling should be illegal

Jury convicts San Juan County commissioner for illegal ATV protest ride

Proposed trade legislation could boost Utah exports, Hatch says

Governor, legislators leave 'baggage' behind in Medicaid expansion

Doug Robinson: Midvale Mayor JoAnn Seghini still going strong at 77


Op-ed: EPA driven by ideology, not common sense (Daily Herald)

Provo mayor No. 1 in nation for government use of social media (Daily Herald)

National Headlines

Hillary Clinton's big-money dilemma (Politico)

Ryan amplifies call for Obama's trade agenda (The Hill)

Baltimore mayor: Rioters will face justice (The Hill)

Baltimore lifts curfew imposed after unrest, relieving many (Reuters)

Boehner: Relations between police and black communities a 'national crisis' (New York Daily News)

Sen. Bernie Sanders Says America Needs 'Political Revolution' in 2016 (ABC News)

Many Democrats turn their backs on free trade (New York Times)

Boehner: Obama needs Clinton on trade (CNN)

For Hillary Clinton, a trust deficit to surmount (Washington Post)

Carson, Fiorina, Huckabee to join 2016 GOP presidential field, adding more depth, diversity (FOX News)

Problems facing poor inch into 2016 presidential race (Associated Press)


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