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Friday, June 12, 2015

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Ten Things You Need to Know for Friday - June 12, 2015

Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City. It's "National Peanut Butter Cookie Day." I've got the milk if you bring the cookies.

Becker ousts Burbank as SLC police chief. Is the Utah GOP planning more shenanigans to gut the Count My Vote compromise? Lee calls for the passage religious liberty legislation.


  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 60
  • Days to the 2015 election - 144
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - 221
  • Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - 228
  • Days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary - 229
  • Days to the 2016 Utah primary election - 383
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 516

Friday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker ousts Police Chief Chris Burbank over his handling of a subordinate accused of sexually harassing three female officers [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News, Fox 13, KUER, ABC 4].
  2. Becker's opponents in this year's mayoral race pounce on the decision saying it's too little, too late [Deseret News].
  3. Bob Bernick says the Utah GOP may be ready to pull a fast one to kill effectively an alternative path to the primary ballot that's part of SB54 [Utah Policy].
  4. The White House is frantically trying to rally votes for fast track trade authority [Politico].
  5. GOP hopefuls are meeting with Mitt Romney in Park City this weekend. Romney's son, Tagg, says he thinks his father will remain neutral in the Republican nomination race for now [Tribune].
  6. The Iowa GOP will decide the fate of the Iowa Straw Poll on Friday [Des Moines Register].
  7. Sen. Mike Lee calls for the passage of religious liberty legislation on a nationwide scale [Tribune, Deseret News].
  8. North Carolina legislators pass a law allowing state officials to refuse to perform marriages that violate their religious beliefs [New York Times].
  9. The State Records Committee rules Utah State University must release details of a deal the school made with Maverik over naming rights to their football stadium [Deseret News, Tribune].
  10. Rep. Paul Ray (R-Clearfield) is working on legislation to deal with criminal motorcycle gangs [ABC 4].

On this day in history:

  • 1963 - A sniper killed civil rights leader Medgar Evers in Jackson, Miss.
  • 1967 - The Supreme Court ruled that states couldn't outlaw interracial marriage.
  • 1979 - Bryan Allen pedaled the 70-pound Gossamer Albatross 22 miles on the first human-powered flight across the English Channel.
  • 1987 - During a visit to the divided city of Berlin, President Ronald Reagan publicly challenged Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to "tear down this wall."
  • 1994 - Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman were slashed to death outside her Los Angeles home. Her former husband, football Hall of Famer O.J. Simpson, was later acquitted of the killings in a criminal trial, but held liable in a civil action.

Today At Utah Policy

Bob Bernick's Notebook: The GOP is Not Done with the Fight Against SB54
Oh, the wheels within wheels of politics and power....

Bernick and Schott on Politics - Episode #240
The Utah GOP may have more shenanigans up their sleeve when it comes to SB54....

Podcast: Bernick and Schott on Politics - Episode #240
The Utah GOP may have more shenanigans up their sleeve when it comes to SB54....

Burbank Ousted as Salt Lake Police Chief
Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker has removed Police Chief Chris Burbank over his handling of a sexual harassment complaint involving a deputy police chief....

Hatch: TPA Empowers Congress, Not Obama
Sen. Orrin Hatch says histrade-promotion authority bill, far from being another Obama power grab, actually putsCongress back in control of American trade policy....

Guest Editorial: It's Time to Repeal the Medical Device Tax
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Utah's Business Community Asks House Members to Support TPA
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Gov. Herbert Pens Letter to Encourage States' Authority to Conserve Greater Sage Grouse
Gov. Gary R. Herbert expressed his gratitude to the Utah federal delegation to thank them for their efforts to pass a Congressional bill reaffirming the authority of Utah, and other western states to create and implement a robust conservation measure for the greater sage gro...

The White House and Small Business Administration Launch Startup in a Day Initiative and Prize Competition
Today, the White House and U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), in coordination with the National League of Cities, announced the launch of the Startup in a Day initiative, a partnership with U.S. cities to develop online tools that let entrepreneurs discover and apply&...

Salt Lake Acting Company Presents 37th Annual Saturday's Voyeur
The gods must be crazy. It’s time again for SATURDAY’S VOYEUR – Utah’s biggest summer party – at Salt Lake Acting Company. ...

Rep. Bishop is Chief Sponsor of Bill to Defend 2nd Amendment
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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Who should pay for charter schools?

Mike Lee urges local, federal laws for religious protection in coming gay-rights fights

Expect Mitt to stay neutral in GOP scrum, says son

Utah to give $8 million to TV series

Salt Lake City police Chief Chris Burbank out after ultimatum from Mayor Ralph Becker

Burbank's time as police chief: drug sweeps, shootings and diplomacy with protesters

Deseret News

A. Scott Anderson: New location needed for new prison - and the two key reasons why

Op-ed: Don't let candidates put Iowa's special interests above Utah's

Natalie Gochnour: European Commission meeting reiterates that Utah is small, but has significant reach

Editorial: Teacher retention

Governor's Office of Economic Development announces incentives for job creation

Burbank guided city through protests, shootings, political issues

Sen. Mike Lee: Americans must not leave religious liberty conversation to executive, judicial branch

S.L. joins 11 cities in pledge to cut business licensing process to 1 day

'Too little, too late': Mayoral challengers slam Becker after Burbank resignation

State Records Committee rules contract between Utah State and Maverik is public record

New prison 'would be a question for sure' unless facility moves, corrections official says

Chief Chris Burbank pushed to resign amid 'election politics'


American Fork residents may comment on budget proposal (Daily Herald)

Editorial: Delay sage grouse protection (Standard-Examiner)

State studying Great Salt Lake economy, ecology (Standard-Examiner)

Bishop tells feds: Don't restrict AR-15 ammo (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell escalate their war of words (Politico)

White House tries to save Obama trade package (The Hill)

High drama as trade vote nears (The Hill)

Ron Paul's apocalypse is now (CNN)

Michigan governor signs bills allowing gay-couple adoption refusal (Reuters)

Fed worker union: Hackers got Social Security numbers, personal data on every federal employee (Associated Press)

Judge Who Donated to Dennis Hastert's Campaign Can Stay on Case (NBC News)

Senator's 'Bro' Joke About Lindsey Graham's Bachelorhood Caught on Live Mic (ABC News)

Christie lays out education agenda in Iowa (USA Today)

Senate Rejects Measure to Strengthen Cybersecurity (New York Times)

Democratic Congressman Luis Gutierrez: Why Is Bernie Sanders Quiet On Immigration? (Huffington Post)


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