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Tuesday, June 2, 2015

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Ten Things You Need to Know for Tuesday - June 2, 2015

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is "National Leave the Office Early Day," so tell your boss you'll be stepping out early today to enjoy the early summer weather.

A group files a fraud complaint against Rep. Ken Ivory. Mia Love could be vulnerable in her 2016 re-election bid. Sen. Mike Lee says his bill prohibiting the collection of Americans' phone data should get a vote soon.


  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 70
  • Days to the 2015 election - 154
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - 231
  • Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - 238
  • Days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary - 239
  • Days to the 2016 Utah primary election - 393
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 526

Tuesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Trouble brewing for Hillary Clinton? A new survey says more people have an unfavorable view of the Democratic frontrunner now than at any time since 2001 [CNN].
  2. A good government group files fraud complaints in three states against Rep. Ken Ivory alleging he scammed local governments into financially supporting his quest to wrest control of public lands from the federal government [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News, KUER].
  3. A new poll shows Rep. Mia Love could be vulnerable to defeat in a 2016 re-election campaign while Rep. Jason Chaffetz is in good shape for next year [Utah Policy].
  4. Sen. Mike Lee says he expects his bill ending collection of Americans' phone data to get a vote as early as Tuesday [Deseret News].
  5. A female Salt Lake City firefighter alleged gender-based discrimination against Brian Dale before he was appointed as the city's new Fire Chief. That claim was known to Mayor Ralph Becker and some City Council members prior to Dale's promotion [Tribune].
  6. A man sentenced to die for a 1985 murder case is asking for a new trial, claiming lawyers for the LDS Church interfered with a previous trial [Deseret News, Tribune].
  7. A Senate committee approves the appointment of former Sen. Pat Jones to the Utah State Board of Regents. Jones' nomination now moves to the full Senate [Deseret News].
  8. A Koch Brothers backed group, Americans for Prosperity, launches a campaign against Medicaid expansion in Utah [Utah Policy, Deseret News].
  9. A candidate for Midvale City Council wants to make history as the first openly transgender person to win office in Utah [Fox 13].
  10. Amanda Smith, who recently stepped down as the head of Utah's Department of Environmental Quality, takes a job with a law firm with clients in the energy industry [Utah Policy, Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1851 - Maine became the first state to enact a law prohibiting alcohol.
  • 1865 - The Civil War officially came to an end when Confederate Gen. Edmund Kirby Smith, commander of the Confederate forces west of the Mississippi, signed the surrender terms offered by Union negotiators.
  • 1924 - Congress granted U.S. citizenship to all American Indians.
  • 1981 - The Japanese video arcade game "Donkey Kong" made its U.S. debut.
  • 1997 - A federal jury in Denver convicted Timothy McVeigh in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing that killed 168 people. He was sentenced to death.

Today At Utah Policy

Poll Shows Love Could be Vulnerable in 2016
Freshman U.S. Rep. Mia Love, R-Utah, could be vulnerable in her first re-election next year, a new UtahPolicy poll shows....

Republicans' 2016 Silver Lining: The Silver-Haired Candidate Tends To Lose
There is ample cause for Republicans to be concerned about the 2016 race. Hillary Clinton essentially has a lock on her party’s nomination while the Republican “front runners” are in a five-way tie with plenty of challengers behind them. ...

Lee: Last-Minute Lawmaking to Blame for Patriot Act Fiasco
Sen. Mike Leesays the Senate waited too long before it got serious about debating the pros and cons of renewing Patriot Act provisions crucial to national security....

Featured Items

Winning the Political Game: Networking is Crucial
Networking and personal relationships are vitally important in politics. Master networker Keith Ferrazzi has published networking tips in a number of magazine articles and in his book, “Never Eat Alone,” but they’re worth repeating here. ...

Utah Child Population Experiences Rapid Growth
A new edition of Measures of Child Well-Being in Utah by Voices for Utah Children reports that the Utah child population has increased by 24% since 2000, from about 724,000 children in 2000 to almost 900,000 in 2013. ...

Press Release: Finance Committee Announces Markup of Audit & Appeal Fairness, Integrity, and Reforms in Medicare Act of 2015
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) today announced a committee markup of an original bill coauthored with Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) to improve the Medicare audit and appeals process.  The bill, titled the Audit & Appeal Fairness, Integrit...

MWCN Releases 20th Annual Deal Flow Report; Highest Number of Utah Deals in More than Five Years
Utah deals in 2014 significantly increased over past years validating the strong and growing business climate in the state as reported by the 20th annual MountainWest Capital Network Deal Flow Report released Friday at the Utah Deal Flow Event....

Press Release: Fraud Complaints Filed in Western States Against Rep. Ken Ivory for Role in Land Transfer Scheme
Campaign for Accountability filed complaints with the Utah, Arizona and Montana Attorneys General requesting investigations into Utah State Representative Ken Ivory (R-West Jordan) for engaging in an illegal scheme to defraud local government officials out of taxpayer funds....

Americans for Prosperity Utah Launches 'Thank You' Mail Campaign
Americans for Prosperity Utah, the state’s newest organization of free-market advocates, today announced the launch of a new mail campaign thanking legislators for their opposition to the Medicaid expansion plan known as "Healthy Utah."...

Former Executive Director of Utah Department of Environmental Quality Joins Holland & Hart
Amanda Smith, who served for six years as the Executive Director of the Utah Department of Environmental Quality, has joined Holland & Hart. Smith will practice in the Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources practice in the firm’s Salt Lake City office. ...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: This time, Lee is the voice of reason

Rolly: Utah House speaker gets a close-up look at violence the homeless face

Most parents should see their child's SAGE test scores this month, statewide comparisons will come in the fall

Utah's former top environmental regulator takes job at law firm with energy-industry clients

The state prison move: a look at two sites in Utah County

Salt Lake City Council was briefed on harassment allegations against new fire chief before appointing him

South Jordan City pays off $4.6M Mulligans golf-course bond

Utah 'snake oil salesman' Rep. Ken Ivory accused of fraud for hitting up counties in three states for public lands fight donations

Deseret News

Op-ed: Best crime prevention is more visible police

Editorial: Decisions on Salt Lake's homeless services have compelling points of view on all sides of the discussion

Senate committee gives early approval to appoint Patricia Jones to Board of Regents

Sen. Mike Lee expects Senate to pass bill ending phone data collection

Watchdog group accuses Utah lawmaker of fraud in soliciting funds for lands fight

Eagle Mountain mayor wants to avoid contentious debate at prison open house

Transportation plan focuses on mass transit and bicycle expansion, improving air quality

Report examines the needs of Utah's growing youth population

Koch brothers group launches campaign against Healthy Utah


Editorial: Keep sex traffickers rotting in prison (Standard-Examiner)

Summit's special assessment bond carries benefits and risks (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

What's actually in Obama's secret trade deal? (Politico)

Insurers eye ObamaCare hikes (The Hill)

Republicans seek to win over black voters once Obama's gone (The Hill)

What Beau Biden represented in American politics (Christian Science Monitor)

Republicans torch Rand Paul over surveillance lapse (CBS News)

How suspected ex-Nazis reaped $20 million in Social Security benefits (Christian Science Monitor)

5 faith facts about Sen. Lindsey Graham: religious right spear carrier (Washington Post)

Hillary Picks Her 'Kickoff' Spot (NBC News)

Millennials Get Their Political News From Facebook - But Not on Purpose (NBC News)

Supreme Court Sides With Immigrant Caught With Pills In His Sock (NPR)

Black drivers in Ferguson far more likely to be stopped than whites, report finds (Los Angeles Times)


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