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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

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Ten Things You Need to Know for Wednesday - June 3, 2015

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is "National Chocolate Macaroons Day." I'm on a diet, so have one for me today.

Obama's approval ratings fall. Big crowds protest a possible prison relocation in Eagle Mountain. Utah's favor term-limits for elected officials.


  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 69
  • Days to the 2015 election - 153
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - 230
  • Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - 237
  • Days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary - 238
  • Days to the 2016 Utah primary election - 392
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 525

Wednesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. President Barack Obama's approval rating has dropped again following a brief uptick last month [CNN].
  2. Big crowds greet officials at the final prison relocation open house in Eagle Mountain [Tribune, Deseret News, ABC 4, Fox 13, Daily Herald].
  3. A new poll finds Utahns favor term limits for elected officials [Utah Policy].
  4. New census numbers show Utah is once-again last in per-pupil spending behind all other states and Washington, D.C. [Tribune, Deseret News].
  5. The U.S. Senate passes Sen. Mike Lee's bill to curb domestic spying by the NSA [Tribune, EFF].
  6. A fourth candidate, retired engineer George Chapman, has entered the race for Salt Lake City Mayor [Tribune].
  7. The Salt Lake City Council votes to put up $6.5 million to tap a $27 million federal matching grant to extend the Sugar House Streetcar line [Tribune, Deseret News].
  8. Salt Lake Police Chief Chris Burbank says despite calls to the contrary, more police officers are not needed in Salt Lake City [Tribune, Deseret News].
  9. Attorneys for Utah argue the state's anti-polygamy law should be upheld because it protects women and children from abuse [Associated Press].
  10. Who woulda thunk it? The United States may be the country that cleans up international soccer as FIFA President Sepp Blatter steps down just days after winning another term [Forbes].

On this day in history:

  • 1621 - The Dutch West India Company received a charter for New Netherlands, present-day New York City.
  • 1888 - The poem "Casey at the Bat" was published in the Sunday edition of the San Francisco Examiner.
  • 1942 - The battle of Midway began. It raged for four days and was the turning point in the U.S. campaign against Japan.
  • 1965 - Gemini IV astronaut Ed White made the first American space walk.
  • 2008 - U.S. Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois clinched the Democratic presidential nomination on the final day of the party's primary season.

Today At Utah Policy

Poll: Utahns Want Term Limits for Elected Offices
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Lessons of the Utah Prairie Dog
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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Ivory's public land pitch is foolish, not criminal

Rolly: Land sakes - complaints against Rep. Ken Ivory keep piling up

Senate passes Utah Sen. Mike Lee's domestic spying reforms

Another Salt Lake City mayoral candidate emerges

Info limited as county residents asked to weigh in on Salt Lake boundary shifts

Contrary to police union, Salt Lake chief says crime down, no need for more cops on street

In close vote, SLC pledges $5.6M to extend Sugar House Streetcar

Utah County residents pack meeting against new prison

Deseret News

Richard Davis: Unforeseen successes, failures remind us we're not in control

Utah prairie dog ruling stokes national conversation about endangered species

Census report: Utah still last in country in per-pupil spending

Salt Lake doesn't need more, just better utilization of officers, deputy chief says

Salt Lake City Council approves bid for federal funding of Sugar House streetcar

Families protest at final prison relocation open house in Eagle Mountain


Op-ed: Users of water must pay for water (Standard-Examiner)

Editorial: Utah still model for immigration reform (Standard-Examiner)

Ogden's rebirth littered with success stories (Standard-Examiner)

Mountain Accord talks planned in Park City, Summit County (Park Record)

National Headlines

Did Elizabeth Warren go too far this time? (Politico)

Obama: Netanyahu undermines Israeli credibility 'as a whole' (The Hill)

House panel moves to block State funding over Benghazi emails (The Hill)

Boston Police Officer Shoots and Kills Terror Suspect (ABC News)

Rand Paul's Stands Begin Attracting Ron Paul's Supporters (New York Times)

Obama Will Give Eulogy for Beau Biden (NBC News)

Scott Walker in Florida: 'We could compete anywhere' (CNN)

Huckabee wishes he could've identified as female in high school gym (CNN)

Lindsey Graham On Education: 4 Things The Presidential Candidate Wants You To Know (Forbes)

SC Gov. Haley predicts workers at planned Volvo plant will drive UAW away (FOX News)


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