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Monday, June 1, 2015

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Ten Things You Need to Know for Monday - June 1, 2015

Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is "National Say Something Nice Day," so hold your insults until tomorrow.

The Utah GOP cries "uncle" in their fight against SB54. The U.S. Senate lets parts of the PATRIOT Act expire...for now. Voters don't think Reps. Rob Bishop and Chris Stewart deserve another term in office.


  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 71
  • Days to the 2015 election - 155
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - 232
  • Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - 239
  • Days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary - 240
  • Days to the 2016 Utah primary election - 394
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 527

Monday's top-10 headlines:

  1. The Utah Republican Central Committee votes to comply with SB54 to ensure their place on the ballot in 2016 [Deseret News, Tribune, Fox 13].
  2. The U.S. Senate lets parts of the PATRIOT Act expire as they fail to extend the NSA's bulk collection of phone metadata [Politico, Washington Post].
  3. Fewer than half of voters think Reps. Rob Bishop and Chris Stewart deserve another term in Congress, but those numbers may not be as alarming as you might think [Utah Policy].
  4. Mormon Apostle L. Tom Perry passes away at the age of 92 [Tribune, Deseret News, 2 News].
  5. Sen. Todd Weiler plans to sponsor legislation in 2016 protecting the rights of adult children to visit ailing parents [Associated Press].
  6. Candidates for municipal office are filing for this year's races across the state [Tribune, Deseret News].
  7. Rental rates in Salt Lake City are increasing [Deseret News].
  8. The Salt Lake Police Association is joining the call for the hiring of more officers [Deseret News].
  9. The West Jordan City Council approves spending up to $24,000 on a "head hunter" to find a new city manager [Tribune].
  10. Sen. Lindsey Graham and Ohio Gov. John Kasich are set to join the already crowded Republican presidential field [MSNBC].

On this day in history:

  • 1812 - President James Madison warned Congress that war with Britain was imminent. The War of 1812 started 17 days later.
  • 1964 - The U.S. Supreme Court banned prayers and Bible teaching in public shools on the constitutional grounds of separation of church and state.
  • 1967 - The album "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" by the Beatles was released.
  • 1980 - CNN went on the air as TV's first all-news service.

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Rep. Love: Students should know colleges' success rates before they take out loans

Rolly: Government critics are quick to ask for government handouts

Editorial: DABC audit offers a weak beer of reform

Editorial: Bishop's misguided grousing about the grouse

Critics blast SLC mayor, chief for slow reaction to harassment

West Jordan approves spending $24K on head hunter to find new city manager

Hurry up and wait: City Council must vote to fund S-Line by Tuesday

To get on ballot, Utah GOP takes steps to comply with Count My Vote deal

Election is months away, but city candidates stepping out now

Romney or Huntsman? Which type of Mormon Republican will prevail in future elections?

Utah's Class of 2015 faces difficult odds

Deseret News

Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: What prospective commencement speakers should have said

Drew Clark: Can the state really force religion to change its core beliefs?

John Florez: We broke our promise with the mentally ill - we need to act upon the values that built this valley

Op-ed: Provo-Orem Bus Rapid Transit system is the right investment

Editorial: Anthrax episode reveals danger in government's flawed agent-handling knowledge

GOP leaders vote to comply with SB54 after Gov. Herbert's call to stop infighting

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Salt Lake police union chief joins calls to hire more officers


Editorial: A raise for Brunst is asking for too much (Daily Herald)

Mayor Brunst: Are we there yet? (Daily Herald)

Editorial: Take further liquor reforms (Standard-Examiner)

Senate Armed Services panel wants to mothball Hill's F-16s (Standard-Examiner)

Ogden's ban on backyard chickens irks urban millennials (Standard-Examiner)

Fate of cities and towns turns on finding qualified candidates (Park Record)

National Headlines

GOP senators tear into Paul (Politico)

Paul: Colleagues hoping for an attack to blame on him (The Hill)

Dems in pressure cooker on trade (The Hill)

Senate takes up House bill but fails to avoid spying lapse (Associated Press)

Senate lets NSA spy program lapse, at least for now (Reuters)

Deep GOP divide on security both boosts and limits Rand Paul (Los Angeles Times)

Five things to know about Lindsey Graham (CBS News)

Fiorina defends spot in 2016 race, says it's time to 'take the fight' to Clinton (FOX News)

Dennis Hastert's alma mater removes name from public policy center (USA Today)

Juan Williams: Supreme Court risks healthcare chaos (The Hill)

Michael Barone: Hillary faces key demographic tests (Omaha World-Herald)


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