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Ten Things You Need to Know for Monday - June 15, 2015

Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City. 

Jeb Bush is set to join officially the 2016 race. Utah Democrats vote to comply with SB54. Becker defends his decision to fire Burbank.


  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 57
  • Days to the 2015 election - 141
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - 218
  • Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - 225
  • Days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary - 226
  • Days to the 2016 Utah primary election - 380
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 513

Monday's top-10 headlines:

  1. The race for the White House: Jeb Bush makes it official today as he announces his bid for president [Time]. Donald Trump will make some sort of announcement about his 2016 plans on Tuesday [Twitter].
  2. Utah Democrats vote to become a "qualified political party" and comply with SB54 [Tribune, Deseret NewsKUER].
  3. Legislative Democrats plan to address the charges against Rep. Justin Miller at a press conference Monday morning [Utah Policy].
  4. Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker defends his decision to fire Police Chief Chris Burbank [Deseret News].
  5. How much does Becker's ouster of Burbank change the 2015 mayoral race? [Tribune]
  6. Former Attorney General Mark Shurtleff is due in court Monday [Deseret News, Tribune].
  7. Nearly 70% of Utahns agree with Rep. Paul Ray's proposal to make child sex trafficking punishable by the death penalty [Utah Policy]. 
  8. Board of Education member Mark Openshaw and three other members of his family were killed in a plane crash in Missouri [Tribune, Deseret News].
  9. Millard County law enforcement is investigating a series of anti-gay hate crimes [Tribune, Deseret News].
  10. Doug Owens says he's considering a rematch against Mia Love in 2016 [Fox 13].

On this day in history:

  • 1215 - England's King John signed the Magna Carta.
  • 1752 - Benjamin Franklin, in a dangerous experiment, demonstrated the relationship between lightning and electricity by flying a kite during a storm in Philadelphia. An iron key suspended from the kite string attracted a lightning bolt.
  • 1775 - George Washington was appointed the head of the Continental Army.
  • 1992 - Vice President Dan Quayle erroneously instructed a Trenton, N.J. elementary school student to spell potato as "potatoe" during a spelling bee.
  • 1995 - During his murder trial, O.J. Simpson struggled to don a pair of gloves that prosecutors said were worn by the killer of Simpson's ex-wife, Nicole, and her friend, Ronald Goldman.

Today At Utah Policy

Majority of Utahns Think Child Sex Trafficking Should be Punishable by the Death Penalty
Most Utahns agree with Rep. Paul Ray's proposal to make child sex trafficking a capital offense....

Democrats to Address Allegations Against Rep. Justin Miller
After more than a month of silence on the issue, House Democrats plan to address the charges that Rep. Justin Miller (D-Salt Lake City) stole approximately $30,000 from Salt Lake County Ben McAdams' campaign account....

Hatch: One Sentence Can't Fix Health Law
In a FOX News op-ed, Sen. Orrin Hatch says Obamacare is irredeemably broken and mustbe replaced, regardless of how the Supreme Court rules on King v. Burwell....

Chaffetz Demands Answers on OPM Hack
Rep. Jason Chaffetz threatens to subpoenaofficials at the Office of Personnel Managementin the wake of a massive data breach that gavehackers sensitive information for millions of government workers....

Featured Items

Genomics England Selects University of Utah and Omicia Technology for 100,000 Genomes Project
Genomics England announced that it will be using technology co-developed in a partnership between the University of Utah and Omicia, and exclusively commercialized through Omicia, to interpret the DNA of Britons as part of the 100,000 Genomes Project, a national effort to ha...

Chris Burbank Statement about Resignation as Chief of Salt Lake City Police Department
The good in policing is found in human beings and in all that makes us human; empathy, compassion, understanding and love. The highest compliment I have been paid during my career was a comment made by a gentleman following my remarks at the University of Utah, "You are noth...

Utah's Film and Television Industry is Booming
The Utah Film Commission announced today that six film productions, including a new ABC television series “Blood & Oil,” were approved for state incentives by the Governor’s Office of Economic Development board of directors. ...

Governor Herbert Represents the State to EU Ministers
Leading a trade delegation to Europe, Governor Gary R. Herbert, along with members of his trade mission delegation, met with multiple European Union leaders in Brussels, Belgium to discuss how to improve trade between Europe and the United States. ...

Gov. Gary R. Herbert Visits Luxembourg's American Cemetery and Memorial
The Governor’s Office of Economic Development reported today that Gov. Gary R. Herbert, accompanied by Western Europe Trade mission delegates, visited the Luxembourg American Cemetery and Memorial to pay respects to fallen soldiers. The governor’s visit falls les...

Hatch Statement on House TAA and TPA Vote
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) today issued the following statement on the House of Representatives vote on Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) and Trade Promotion Authority (TPA):...

Rep. Mia Love Statement on TPA Vote
Friday, Rep. Mia Love voted with the bi-partisan majority to approve TPA (Trade Promotion Authority), to give the United States-not China-the advantage in our global trading system. It would also level the playing field for American workers and business....

Construction on 1700 South to Begin on Monday
Salt Lake City’s Engineering Division advises residents, commuters and area stakeholders that a reconstruction project at 1700 South from State Street to 700 East is scheduled to begin Monday, June 15, and continue through December 2015....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Keep federal housing credit to put roofs over Utahns' heads

Op-ed: SITLA land sale near Bryce is a win for Utah schoolchildren

Rolly: Democrats working hard to ensure everlasting defeat

Op-ed: Hatch should fix H1-B visa program instead of expand it

Op-ed: Employees know liquor stores in disarray, and help is not on the way

Editorial: Salt Lake City chief deserved better exit

Editorial: Return of TV production a good sign for Utah

At Mitt Romney's Utah retreat, GOP hopefuls look to stand out amid packed field

Is Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker's ouster of Chief Chris Burbank a political game changer?

Ralliers decry proposed closure of Salt Lake City's Glendale Golf Course

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie the standout at Romney's Utah retreat

With Utah summit, Romney seeks to be the 2016 kingmaker

Huntsman fought Romney, then endorsed him - sort of

Utah Democrats stick with Peter Corroon, candidate nominating rules

Rolly: Why Salt Lake City is going to miss Chief Burbank

BLM will dart horses in attempt to control fertility

Deseret News

Editorial: Be cautious, but not overly so, when regulating fracking for oil production

Utah watersheds get multimillion dollar funding boost

Romney not second-guessing decision not to run third time for president

Water system providers worry about aging equipment, weather challenges

Becker, Burbank share blame for city's handling of sexual harassment claims, critics say

GOP 2016 field still 'scattered' after Mitt Romney summit

Utah Democrats adopt changes in compliance with SB54

Former Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff due in court Monday

Farmers get 82 percent of Utah's water; are they wasting or conserving?

Voters across Utah may consider tax increases for roads this fall

Study shows vast potential for cutting water use on farms

S.L. Mayor Ralph Becker defends police chief ouster in letter to residents


Editorial: Term limits should be on ballot (Standard-Examiner)

Salary increases coming for Ogden and Weber teachers (Standard-Examiner)

Why your tax bill will go up for Ogden, Weber schools (Standard-Examiner)

WSU student wins Utah Democratic Party post (Standard-Examiner)

Economy strong in Summit County, but officials say there is plenty of room for growth (Park Record)

Dan Portwood, Park City candidate, targets red tape at City Hall (Park Record)

'What's Next,' for Park City, City Hall asks (Park Record)

Park City: a desirable place or a 'slave to developers?' (Park Record)

Hope Melville, City Council candidate, worries of 'Carmageddon' (Park Record)

In early campaign twist, two Park City Council candidates withdraw (Park Record)

National Headlines

Mitt's new mission (Politico)

5 takeaways from Clinton's relaunch rally (Politico)

Hillary's Sixties Surge (Politico)

Clinton: I never saw Hillary 'study a list of my contributors' (The Hill)

Gun groups denounce push for handgun licenses (The Hill)

The Recurring Themes of Jeb Bush's Campaign Announcements (Bloomberg)

Hillary Clinton backs Nancy Pelosi over Obama on trade (CNN)

Jeb Bush: Will his official White House bid boost a lackluster campaign? (Christian Science Monitor)

NAACP members petition against Rachel Dolezal (USA Today)

Officer said he had 'no choice' but to shoot Tamir Rice (AJC)

Missouri Dem Gets 50K Of Union Cash Right After Killing Right-To-Work Bill (Daily Caller)


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