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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

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Ten Things You Need to Know for Wednesday - June 10, 2015

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City. It's "National Ballpoint Pen Day," celebrating the invention of the writing instrument on this day in 1943.

Becker discusses the sexual harassment suit filed against Salt Lake City. Democrats are still waiting to hear from Rep. Justin Miller over allegations he stole money from Mayor Ben McAdams. The Salt Lake County Council approves building new offices for the district attorney.



  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 62
  • Days to the 2015 election - 146
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - 223
  • Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - 230
  • Days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary - 231
  • Days to the 2016 Utah primary election - 385
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 518

Wednesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Sen. Lindsay Graham, who is a bachelor, says he would have a "rotating first lady" if he wins the presidency [Politico].
  2. Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker discusses his re-election bid and addresses the sexual harassment lawsuit currently rocking the Salt Lake City Police Department [Utah Policy].
  3. Utah Democrats are growing impatient waiting for Rep. Justin Miller to respond to allegations he stole thousands of dollars from Mayor Ben McAdams' re-election campaign [Tribune].
  4. The Salt Lake County Council signs off on constructing two new offices for the district attorney at a cost of $65 million [Tribune, Deseret News].
  5. Massage parlors in 3 counties were raided as part of a crackdown on human trafficking and prostitution from the Attorney General's office [Tribune, Deseret News, Fox 13, ABC 4].
  6. Utah school districts are contemplating tax increases to help pay, in part, for charter schools [Tribune].
  7. Democrats will gather in Park City this weekend for their annual convention [Tribune].
  8. Salt Lake City takes another step forward with plans to redevelop the Rio Grande area of downtown [Tribune].
  9. Garfield County officials are grappling with rapidly declining numbers of students in their schools [Deseret News].
  10. It's not your imagination. Utah gas prices are among the highest in the nation [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1692 - Bridget Bishop was found guilty of the practice of witchcraft and hanged in Salem Village in the Massachusetts Bay Colony. She was the first colonist executed during the Salem witch trials.
  • 1935 - Alcoholics Anonymous was founded in Akron, Ohio.
  • 1964 - The U.S. Senate voted to limit further debate on a proposed civil rights bill, shutting off a filibuster by Southern lawmakers.
  • 2007 - The final episode of "The Sopranos" aired on HBO.
  • 2014 - Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va., the U.S. House majority leader, was defeated by Tea Party challenger David Brat, a college economics professor, in one of the most stunning primary election upsets in congressional history.

Today At Utah Policy

Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker Discusses Re-Election Campaign, Sexual Harassment Suit Against Salt Lake City
Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker sits down with Managing Editor Bryan Schott to discuss his quest for a third term in office....

Provo, Ogden, Salt Lake Ranked Among Nation's Top Industry Hubs
The Brookings Institution places three Utah cities, more than any other state, on its list of the hottest 15 metros for advanced industries....

Featured Items

Utah GOP Letter: Speaker Hughes to Lead Chairman's Circle
In conjunction with the success we had at the State Central Committee Meeting on May 30th, 2015, it is my pleasure to announce that House Speaker Greg Hughes has graciously agreed to lead the Chairman’s Circle, which is our highest donor level. ...

Senate, House Lawmakers Announce Bill to Reaffirm Congress' Role in Welfare Policy
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) along with Finance Committee member Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas), House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Ways & Means Committee member Charles Boustany (R-La.) introduced legislation to preve...

Lori Chillingworth Named Chair of Salt Lake Chamber Board of Governors, Keith McMullin Named Vice Chair
The Salt Lake Chamber has named Lori Chillingworth, executive vice president of Zions Bank, as the 107th person to serve as chair of the Salt Lake Chamber Board of Governors. Chillingworth will begin her one-year term as chair starting on July 1, 2015....

Hatch: By the Numbers, A Closer Look at Healthcare Spending in America
Despite repeated claims that the president’s signature domestic policy, Obamacare, has helped to reduce health spending in the nation, the data tells a different story....

Governor Gary R. Herbert Visits Amsterdam's Impact Hub
Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert, accompanied by his Western European trade mission delegation, visited Impact Hub Amsterdam to explore opportunities for increased collaboration between Salt Lake City and Amsterdam. ...

Hatch, Ryan Call on Treasury to Engage Congress on OECD International Tax Project
In advance of the 2015 Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development conference on Base Erosion and Profit Shifting taking place this week in the nation’s capital, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and House Ways & Means Committee Chair...

Senators Introduce Amendment To Protect Against Indefinite Detention
Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT), Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) introduced the Due Process Guarantee amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act. The amendment is designed to protect Americans from being ...

Championing International Trade, Governor Calls for Extension of Trade Promotion Authority
While Gov. Gary R. Herbert leads a trade mission to five European nations to expand Utah’s international economic ties, he is also calling on Congress to extend long-term Trade Promotion Authority....

Nonstop Amsterdam Flight Opens New Markets For International Tourism To Utah
Gov. Gary R. Herbert, along with a number of business executives and government officials, hosted a reception promoting Utah as a vacation destination and celebrating Delta Air Lines’ newly opened nonstop flight between Amsterdam and Salt Lake City. ...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Shaun Cowley acted properly in shooting Danielle Willard

Editorial: Count My Vote, not term limits, promises political improvements

Herbert lauds SLC flights to Amsterdam

Dems waiting - and waiting - for Justin Miller to respond to Ben McAdams' accusations

Salt Lake County may pull the plug on its computer labs gets a makeover aimed at ease of use

Salt Lake City advances Rio Grande district development plans

Utah school districts eyeing tax increases to cover charter school funding costs

Rolly: Police group took aim at D.A. Sim Gill, but was politics the real trigger?

Democratic agenda: Re-elect Coroon as chairman, rework nomination rules

Deseret News

Op-ed: Make the move to 50th place in per pupil spending

Richard Davis: Ignoring the centrist vote is dangerously narrow campaign strategy

Does Garfield County have a future? Student numbers tell troubled story

Zions Bank executive selected as chairwoman of Salt Lake Chamber board

Medicaid expansion group urged to 'find way out from under Washington, D.C.'s, thumb'

Salt Lake, Utah and Davis counties: Introducing the candidates in this year's municipal elections


BRT petition falls short 3,000 signatures (Daily Herald)

Ogden's mayoral race heats up with new contender (Standard-Examiner)

Four candidates file for election to Logan Municipal Council (Logan Herald Journal)

Park City Council campaign draws a diverse field (Park Record)

National Headlines

Obama and GOP amp up rhetoric as Supreme Court nears Obamacare decision (Politico)

Behind the Jeb Bush campaign shake-up (Politico)

Dems set budget trap for GOP (The Hill)

Obama to send hundreds more advisers to Iraq (The Hill)

Former U.S. House Speaker Hastert pleads not guilty to federal charges (Reuters)

Court Upholds Texas Limits on Abortions (New York Times)

Petition to Recall Ferguson Mayor James Knowles Falls Short (NBC News)

Marijuana legalization divides Christie, Fiorina (Washington Times)

Clinton's hawkish position on Russia troubles both sides of aisle (Washington Times)

Hillary to be honored at Wildlife gala after making $25K donation (New York Post)

House Votes to Permanently Extend Moratorium on Internet-Access Tax (Wall Street Journal)


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