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Monday, June 22, 2015

The Utah Headliners Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists recognized with three awards for journalistic excellence.


"Bob Bernick's Notebook" and "Bryan Schott's Political B.S." were each honored in the online category for "Best Overall Blog." Schott also was recognized for "Best Individual Blog Post." was the only exclusively online publication to receive an award in the 2015 Utah contest.


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Ten Things You Need to Know for Monday - June 22, 2015

Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City. Here are today's headlines handcrafted for you with care.

The Supreme Court is set to rule on a number of cases before their term ends. The FEC alleges a St. George businessman illegally funneled campaign donations to Sen. Mike Lee and former Attorney General Mark Shurtleff. Romney calls on South Carolina to remove the Confederate flag.


  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 50
  • Days to the 2015 election - 134
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - 211
  • Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - 218
  • Days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary - 219
  • Days to the 2016 Utah primary election - 373
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 506

Monday's top-10 headlines:

  1. The Supreme Court has just two decision days left in this term. There are 11 rulings left on their docket. Many in Washington are anticipating what will happen when the court weighs in on Obamacare [The Hill]. Others expect the high court to make same-sex marriage legal across the entire country [New York Times].
  2. The Federal Election Commission claims businessman Jeremy Johnson illegally funneled campaign donations to Sens. Mike Lee and Harry Reid as well as former Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff [Associated PressTribune, Deseret News].
  3. Mitt Romney calls on South Carolina to remove the Confederate battle flag from their state Capitol [Politico].
  4. The Utah School Board votes to not support Gov. Gary Herbert's call for a federal law requiring a governor's signature on any plans for spending federal education dollars [Tribune].
  5. The Utah Republican Party is grappling with a six-figure debt [Tribune].
  6. Salt Lake City and County announce a plan to merge their prosecutors offices in a bid to raise efficiency and save cash [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune, Fox 13].
  7. Opponents of moving the Utah State Prison say there's more than enough room to rebuild the facility on the existing site [Deseret News].
  8. Lawmakers consider changes to make it easier for road crews to work on construction projects at night [Tribune].
  9. A jury convicts Marco Diaz, the former chair of the Utah Republican Hispanic Assembly of misdemeanor child abuse [Tribune].
  10. A new poll shows most Utahns are heeding the call for water conservation and plan to reduce their water usage this year [Utah Policy].

On this day in history:

  • 1868 - Arkansas was re-admitted to the Union.
  • 1870 - Congress created the Department of Justice.
  • 1940 - France fell to Germany in World War II.
  • 1941 - Germany invaded the Soviet Union.
  • 1970 - President Richard Nixon signed a measure lowering the voting age to 18.
  • 1977 - Former U.S. Attorney General John Mitchell entered a federal prison for Watergate crimes. He was released for medical reasons 19 months later.

Today At Utah Policy

Utahns Say They Will Reduce Water Usage This Year
An overwhelming number of Utahns say they will heed the call to reduce water usage in the face of shortages this year....

Chaffetz Cracks Down on Renegade Congressman
House Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz strips North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows of his subcommittee chairmanship, days after Meadows buckedleadership on the House floor by voting against a party-line procedural motion....

Utah Ranked Number One in Job Growth for Fourth Consecutive Month
Utah posted the highest job growth rate in the nation for total and private sector job growth for the fourth consecutive month. According to new data released today, the state of Utah ranked first for total job growth at 3.8 percent and first for private sector job growth at...

Mayors Becker, McAdams Propose Collaborative Approach to Prosecution Services
Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker and Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams are pleased to announce a proposal to launch a new pilot effort aimed at combining City and County prosecution services....

Policy News

Utah Policy/KSL Insider Survey: Where Should the Prison Go?
The Prison Relocation Commission is currently considering four locations for a new Utah State Prison. Our "Political Insiders" and readers are split on where they think the new facility should go....

2015 Sam Rich Lecture: A Conversation with Michael Lewis
The University of Utah's Hinckley Institute is thrilled to present the 2015 Sam Rich Lecture, "A Conversation with Michael Lewis" in conjunction with the David Eccles School of Business. ...

National Service Agency Announces $218 Million in AmeriCorps Funding
The Corporation for National and Community Service announced $218 million in new grants to put AmeriCorps members on the ground to address critical issues in communities across the U.S. ...

Hatch to Hold Hearing on Financing Options for the Highway Trust Fund
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) will convene a hearing on Thursday, June 25, to examine financing options for the highway trust fund. ...

Hatch: Passage of National Defense Authorization Act Includes Major Wins for Hill AFB and National Security
Lawmakers in the U.S. Senate passed the FY 2016 National Defense Authorization Act today, reauthorizing the U.S. military's programs and funding alongside reforms for the Department of Defense. ...

Utah: One of the Fastest Places in America to Get a Job
Job-hunting? Utah is helping. ...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Rolly: Big debt has some Utah Republicans grumbling

Sen. Garn: Relocating Utah State Prison is long overdue

Op-ed: You can't force religious minority to compromise beliefs

Editorial: On Utah prison move, nobody is listening

Former Utah lawmaker, a 'champion for children,' dies at 77

Hill Air Force Base modifies F-35s for Marine Corps

Chaffetz pushes to plug online sales tax loophole

Feds sue, allege Johnson illegally donated to Mike Lee, Harry Reid and former Utah A.G.

Night road work vs. noise ordinances? Utah lawmakers are all ears

Rolly: Utah's Herriman Days parade features honored black guests and in between - a tribute to Confederate soldiers

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert called for jury duty

'Mormon Rivals' - How a kidnapping changed the Huntsmans forever

Deseret News

Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Brouhaha exploding around Becker's firing of Burbank

Jason Stevenson: Utah's coverage gap hurts families

A. Scott Anderson: Governor's trade mission opens doors in Europe

Jonathan Johnson: Gov. Herbert doesn't need Congress to have role in public education

Editorial: Time to consider local tax increases to enhance transportation infrastructure

Utah unemployment rate grows at 3.5 percent, adds 50,000

State School Board against giving governor veto power over Title I funds

Salt Lake City, County seek to combine prosecution offices

Feds: Jeremy Johnson skirted campaign finance laws in contributions to Shurtleff, Lee, Reid

Opponents of moving state prison say there's room to build on-site

DUI arrests down in Utah, but offenders face tough laws when caught

Salt Lake City residents prefer parks and trails over golf, study says

Groundbreaking ozone study probes pollution, role of Great Salt Lake


Op-ed: Make no mistake: Mexico is in crisis (Daily Herald)

Father at home outweighs father of the city for John Curtis (Daily Herald)

Op-ed: No excuse for security breach (Standard-Examiner)

Editorial: Armor-piercing ammo not needed (Standard-Examiner)

Lawmakers discuss state audit report on water (Standard-Examiner)

Lawmakers talk about improving educator learning (Standard-Examiner)

Utah officials squabble about education governance (Standard-Examiner)

2 ex-councilmen trying to return to office in N. Ogden (Standard-Examiner)

Ogden School District data chief takes state job (Standard-Examiner)

Residents support wilderness designation tied in with Mountain Accord (Park Record)

Park City opts to remain a party to controversial Mountain Accord (Park Record)

Growth expected to continue unabated in Greater Park City (Park Record)

National Headlines

Marco Rubio, Everyman (Politico)

'Liberal' Isn't a Bad Word Anymore (Politico)

Dem Strategist: We Shouldn't Be Surprised if Sanders Beats Clinton in Iowa and New Hampshire (Free Beacon)

Bernie Sanders Wows Hollywood Progressives at Two L.A. Fundraisers (Hollywood Reporter)

Pentagon chief planning for longer-term rift with Russia (Reuters)

Washington whipped into frenzy ahead of ObamaCare ruling (The Hill)

Biggest Health Insurers to Get Even Bigger Under Obamacare (Bloomberg)

Washington fears losing Greece to Moscow (Financial Times)

Charleston victim to gunman: 'Why are you doing this?' (CBS News)

GOP cries foul after Senate blocks defense bill (CBS News)

California Golf Trip Lands Obama in a Water-Use Debate (New York Times)


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