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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

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Ten Things You Need to Know for Tuesday - June 16, 2015

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City. 

Trump announces his 2016 plans today. Utah House Dems call on Rep. Justin Miller to resign. Former SLC police chief Chris Burbank claims he was the victim of politics.


  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 56
  • Days to the 2015 election - 140
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - 217
  • Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - 224
  • Days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary - 225
  • Days to the 2016 Utah primary election - 379
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 512

Tuesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. The race for the White House: Donald Trump will let us know if he's running for president today [Wall Street Journal]. The size of the crowds turning out to see Democrat Bernie Sanders is raising some concerns among Hillary Clinton supporters [Politico].
  2. Utah House Democrats call for Rep. Justin Miller to resign [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News, Fox 13, ABC 4, KUER].
  3. House Minority Leader Brian King explains how he came to the decision to ask for Miller's resignation [Utah Policy].
  4. Former Salt Lake City police chief Chris Burbank claims he was fired because of politics [Tribune].
  5. The search for Burbank's replacement won't start for at least six months [KSL].
  6. Salt Lake City's interim police chief, Mike Brown, promises "exemplary service" while he heads up the department [Deseret News].
  7. Prosecutors drop bribery charges against former Attorney General Mark Shurtleff while moving forward with other charges [Tribune, Deseret News, ABC 4].
  8. Former Utah National Guard head Gen. Brian Tarbet is retiring from his position as the chief civil deputy in the Attorney General's office [Deseret News].
  9. The public will get their chance to weigh in on the prison relocation issue at a hearing tonight [Deseret News].
  10. Some Utah cities are hoping voters will approve a sales tax hike this year [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1963 - The Soviet Union put the first woman into space, cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova.
  • 1978 - U.S. President Jimmy Carter and Panamanian leader Omar Torrijos exchanged the instruments of ratification for the Panama Canal treaties.
  • 1999 - U.S. Vice President Al Gore announced his candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination.
  • 2009 - U.S. Sen. John Ensign, R-Nevada, acknowledged a nine-month extramarital affair with a former staff member. 
  • 2011 - U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., announced he would resign after admitting he sent sexually suggestive photos on social networks Facebook and Twitter.

Today At Utah Policy

Rep. Brian King Says Rep. Justin Miller Should Resign (Video)
House Minority Leader Rep. Brian King (D-Salt Lake City), says the allegations against Rep. Justin Miller (D-Salt Lake City) are distracting from the business of the legislature, which is why he should resign....

House Democrats Call for Rep. Justin Miller's Resignation
After a month of near silence on the issue, the Utah House Democrats Monday called for the immediate resignation of Rep. Justin Miller....

Outside Conservative Groups Plan to Defend Incumbents This Cycle
With their preferred candidates like Sen. Mike Lee already in office, FreedomWorks and other Tea Party groups plan to focus this election cycle on defeating primary challenges from the left....

Featured Items

Church & State: A No-strings-attached Business Incubator for the Community to Use and Build
Sometimes the seed of a great business idea just needs a place to grow – a soft landing in an ecosystem fertilized by likeminded peers and mentors, with all of the resources necessary to sustain it. One such place is Utah's newest, and likely most unique busin...

Hatch Pushes to Reform Federal Regulations
Lawmakers set their sights on reforming the federal regulatory process during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing titled, “Examining the Federal Regulatory System to Improve Accountability, Transparency, and Integrity.” ...

Winning the Political Game: Politics is More Like Baseball Than Football
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White House Fact Sheet: Supporting Workers, Farmers, and Communities Suffering from Drought
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Hatch, Wyden Welcome Efforts by IRS to Crack Down on Tax Refund Fraud
Following a summit with the tax return preparer industry, the Internal Revenue Service announced new initiatives to improve information sharing and cut down on tax refund fraud. In response, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Ranking Member Ron W...

A Picture Worth 24 Billion Gallons?
The Utah Division of Water Resources says its “Weekly Lawn Watering Guide” could be worth billions of gallons of water if Utahns pay attention to it....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Many Utah cities pushing for election this year to hike sales tax

Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams targets runoff, jail screening

Utah House Democrats ask Rep. Justin Miller to resign amid embezzlement accusation

Utah Latinos celebrate third anniversary of Obama's protection of 'dreamers,' push safeguards for parents

Former SLC police chief Burbank says he handled sexual-harassment allegations responsibly and was a victim of politics; Becker denies that

Study: Utah cities among top in nation for income equality

A breakdown of the tweaked charges against Shurtleff

Mormon populace picks up the pace in Utah

Shurtleff facing fewer charges; attorney says allegations against him are 'business as usual'

Deseret News

Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Utah political leaders ascend to top positions

John Florez: Faith can move education forward

Natalie Gochnour: Utah represented at International Paris Air Show

Op-ed: Utah's wild lands should be kept wild

Drew Clark: Innovation debate between rival visions promotes progress and useful arts

Editorial: Lessons to be learned from Becker-Burbank episode on handling of sexual harrassment claims

Utah House Democrats call for lawmaker's resignation

Interim police chief promises 'exemplary service' in transition from Burbank's departure

Ex-A.G. Mark Shurtleff defers evidence hearing; prosecutors amend charges

Public gets its chance to weigh in on prison relocation


Prison Relocation Commissioners: Who are they? (Daily Herald)

New nepotism policy aimed at council candidate (Standard-Examiner)

Scientists study solving Utah's smog problem (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Jeb Bush makes it official: 'I will run to win' (Politico)

Beyond Benghazi: Hillary, Sid and Libya (Politico)

McConnell: Dems playing 'game of chicken' with military (The Hill)

Two states win approval for ObamaCare backup plans (The Hill)

House GOP has 'options' on trade (The Hill)

Supreme Court Rejects North Carolina's Appeal on Pre-Abortion Ultrasounds (New York Times)

Clinton Seeks 'High Quality Preschool' for All 4-Year-Olds (Associated Press)

The Surest Sign Yet That Hillary Is Taking Bernie's Campaign Seriously (Slate)

Obama's trade agenda in limbo after Clinton, Pelosi leave Obama in lurch (Washington Post)

Mitt Romney, Carly Fiorina diss Hillary Clinton's Roosevelt Island speech (New York Daily News)

Fed on track for September rate hike as economy picks up (Reuters)


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