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Ten Things You Need to Know for Thursday - June 4, 2015

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City. Here are today's news highlights.

Is the prison headed to Salt Lake City? John Swallow moves one step closer to a trial date in July. Governor Herbert issues an executive order to reduce water use at state facilities.


  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 68
  • Days to the 2015 election - 152
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - 229
  • Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - 236
  • Days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary - 237
  • Days to the 2016 Utah primary election - 391
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 524

Thursday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Rep. Jacob Anderegg says there are enough votes in the legislature to relocate the prison to Salt Lake City [Deseret News]. The head of the Prison Relocation Commission says that's not true [Utah Policy, Tribune].
  2. Former Attorney General John Swallow waives a preliminary hearing and is expected to plead not guilty to multiple charges when his trial begins July 20 [Tribune, Deseret News, Fox 13].
  3. Gov. Gary Herbert issues an executive order to reduce water use at state facilities [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune, ABC 4].
  4. Rep. Jason Chaffetz blasts the Obama administration for a lack of transparency because the number of Freedom of Information requests have doubled since he took office in 2009 [Utah Policy, Associated Press].
  5. Sen. Mike Lee says he will sponsor religious freedom legislation if the Supreme Court rules in favor of same-sex marriage this summer [Utah Policy, Deseret News].
  6. Contact lens makers ask a federal court to block a Utah law prohibiting price-fixing in that industry [Associated Press].
  7. Salt Lake City Mayoral candidates appear at a public forum to make their case to voters [Tribune].
  8. A federal court rules in favor of the EPA in a case involving pollution in the Uintah Basin [Deseret News].
  9. State regulators approve an air quality plan to reduce haze at the five national parks in the state but place no new restrictions on coal-fired power plants [Tribune].
  10. A billboard proclaiming "God loves gays" has popped up along I-15 in Utah County [Tribune2 News].

On this day in history:

  • 1896 - Henry Ford wheeled his first car from a shed in Detroit and drove it around darkened streets on a trial run.
  • 1912 - Massachusetts became the first state to adopt a minimum wage law.
  • 1919 - Congress approved the 19th Amendment to the Constitution guaranteeing citizens the right to vote regardless of their gender, and sent it to the states for ratification.
  • 1985 - The U.S. Supreme Court struck down an Alabama minute-of-silence law as fostering classroom prayer.
  • 1989 - In what became known as the Tiananmen Square massacre, hundreds of student-led pro-democracy demonstrators were reported killed and thousands wounded as Chinese troops removed them from the square in Beijing.

Today At Utah Policy

Lee to Introduce Religious Freedom Legislation
Sen. Mike Lee saysCongress willneed toprotect the freedoms of religious institutions if the Supreme Court delivers a pro-gay marriage ruling this summer....

Chaffetz: Obama Administration 'in La-La-Land' on Transparency Policies
The Obama administration promised to be the most transparent in history, but a two-day congressional hearing on FOIA convened by Rep. Jason Chaffetz has produced onlybadreviews of federal agencies by journalists and activists....

Guest Column: WFRC Updates Transportation Plan
Last week the Wasatch Front Regional Council adopted the 2015-2040 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP). The RTP identifies the major roadway, transit and bike projects and services needed over the next 25 years in Salt Lake, Weber, Davis and a portion of Box Elder Counti...

Utah's Land Value is Among the Lowest in the U.S.
A new analysis says, despite being the 11th largest state in the continental United States, the value of the land in Utah is among the lowest in the country....

Weekly Survey: Fraud Charges Against Rep. Ken Ivory
A left-leaning group has leveled fraud charges against Rep. Ken Ivory claiming he scammed local governments into financially supporting his quest to wrest control of public lands from the federal government. Give us your thoughts in our weekly survey....

Featured Items

Policy Buzz: Webb's Random Observations
The Ken Ivory Kerfuffle. The complaint by leftist group Campaign for Accountability against Rep. Ken Ivory is obviously more of a publicity stunt than anything else. It’s a big stretch to allege Ivory is “engaging in an illegal scheme to defraud local officials o...

Non-Discrimination and Religious Freedom Act is Good for Business, Must be Thoughtfully Carried Out by Employers
The Antidiscrimination and Religious Freedom Act, which went into effect on May 12, prohibits workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. It also protects employees who want to express their religious or moral beliefs in the workplace &ld...

Gov. Herbert Signs Executive Order to Conserve Water
Gov. Gary R. Herbert signed an executive order today mandating water conservation for all state-owned and managed facilities....

PRC Co-Chairs Refute Statement that Decision has Already Been Decided on Site of New Prison
“No decision has yet been made on where a new state correctional facility will be located, and statements by Rep. Jake Anderegg that the ‘political will’ exists to build it in Salt Lake City are an unwelcome and damaging intrusion into a long and detailed e...

Hatch, Wyden Praise Committee Passage of the Audit & Appeal Fairness, Integrity, and Reforms in Medicare Act of 2015
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) today applauded committee passage of the Audit & Appeal Fairness, Integrity, and Reforms in Medicare (AFIRM) Act of 2015, an original bill to improve the Medicare audit and appea...

Hatch Statement at Finance Markup of the Audit & Appeal Fairness, Integrity, and Reforms in Medicare Act of 2015
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) today delivered the following opening statement at a committee markup of the Audit & Appeal Fairness, Integrity, and Reforms in Medicare (AFIRM) Act of 2015, an original bill to improve the Medicare audit and appeals...

Press Release: American Lands Council Responds to Allegations Against Ken Ivory
This week a slanderous attack was levied against American Lands Council President Ken Ivory by a mysterious new group seeking to derail our mission of transferring federal public lands to willing states. ...

Press Release: New Public Policy Brief Encourages Opposition to EPA
Libertas Institute has issued a new Public Policy Brief in the wake of the Environmental Protection Agencyfinalizing its highly controversial rule, expanding their authority over intrastate bodies of water—including small streams—inside Utah....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Speedier SAGE test results are more useful

Prison commission chairman blasts Utah County rep for saying most lawmakers want prison in SLC

Swallow waives preliminary hearing; lawyer says no plea deal in works

Questions about sexual harassment at City Hall reveal lack of consistent discipline

Becker added to parks advisory board

State OKs haze plan that imposes no new power plant cuts

Utah governor bans midday watering at state facilities

Community preservation or 'severation'? Salt Lake County residents at odds with plan

Becker touts SLC mayoral record as challengers decry drugs, transportation

Deseret News

Brian Moench: It appears President Obama has not even read TPP trade agreement

Op-ed: Has Utah truly paid for U.S. nuke programs?

Dan Liljenquist: Lessons from Pac-Man: Current health care system is unsustainable

Op-ed: Should prisons be allowed to use inmates for cheap labor?

Op-ed: Many Utahns remain uninsured despite options for health care coverage

Editorial: TSA audit reveals major flaws in security protocols

Lawmaker says 'political will' is to move prison to Salt Lake City

Court backs state, EPA on Uintah Basin's pollution designation

S.L. County residents pan 'community preservation' plan

Swallow opts against evidence hearing; will plead not guilty in July

Herbert issues executive order on water conservation

Sen. Lee says he will introduce legislation to protect religious organizations


Editorial: Boosting graduation rates (Standard-Examiner)

Officials support Utah public lands transfer, but at what cost? (Standard-Examiner)

Davis mayors support West Davis Corridor (Standard-Examiner)

Logan Municipal Council agrees to table proposed sales tax until next year (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

George W. Bush outpolls Barack Obama (Politico)

Jeb Bush's ambassador to millennials: Jeb Jr. (Politico)

Whip List: Obama's trade pitch faces tougher sell in House (The Hill)

Dem: Obama taking trade fight too personally (The Hill)

Boehner: We don't have votes yet on trade (The Hill)

Boston terrorism suspect had planned to attack police officers, FBI says (Washington Post)

The Definitive H&H Lincoln Chafee Scouting Report (Bloomberg)

Supreme Court allows execution of Texas's oldest death row inmate (USA Today)

State Senate advances sweeping climate change legislation (Los Angeles Times)

Six things to know about Rick Perry (USA Today)

Congressman Who Knew Of Dennis Hastert Abuse Rumor Urged Restraint During '06 Scandal (Huffington Post)


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