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Ten Things You Need to Know for Friday - June 5, 2015

Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is "National Doughnut Day" which raises the question, why isn't every day "National Doughnut Day?"

A new campaign seeks term limits for elected offices in Utah. Public hearing set for prison relocation. Utah Millennials are optimistic about their job prospects.


  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 67
  • Days to the 2015 election - 151
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - 228
  • Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - 235
  • Days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary - 236
  • Days to the 2016 Utah primary election - 390
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 523

Friday's top-10 headlines:

  1. A brand new campaign seeks to establish term limits for elected officials in Utah [Utah Policy, Tribune].
  2. A new survey finds nearly 3/4 of Americans support to give undocumented immigrants in the United States legal status [NBC News].
  3. Jeb Bush makes it all but official that he's running for president in 2015 as he will make the announcement on June 15 [New York Times].
  4. Chinese hackers breached a government computer network and stole the personal information of more than 4 million federal employees [Politico].
  5. The Prison Relocation Commission will hold a public hearing on June 16 [Utah Policy].
  6. Utah's five largest school districts spend less per student than the state average, which is already the lowest in the country [Fox 13].
  7. A new study from the Utah Foundation finds millennials in Utah are optimistic about finding good jobs, but worried about paying off student loan debt [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune, KUER].
  8. The Senate Judiciary Committee advanced the nomination of John Huber, a native of Magna, to be the next U.S. attorney for the state of Utah [Tribune].
  9. Brian Dale is sworn in as the new Salt Lake City fire chief [Tribune, ABC 4].
  10. Governor Gary Herbert touts two pieces of legislation passed by the 2015 Legislature designed to increase the number of alternative fuel vehicles on state roads [Utah Policy, Deseret News].

On this day in history:

  • 1933 - U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt signed a bill abolishing the gold standard.
  • 1968 - U.S. Senator Robert Kennedy was shot in Los Angeles by Sirhan Sirhan, a Palestinian immigrant. He died the next day.
  • 1981 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that five homosexuals in Los Angeles had come down with a rare kind of pneumonia; they were the first recognized cases of what became known as AIDS.
  • 2004 - Ronald Reagan, the 40th U.S. president, died at his Los Angeles home at the age of 93 of complications of Alzheimer's disease.
  • 2012 - Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a Republican, became the first governor in U.S. history to survive a recall election.

Today At Utah Policy

Bob Bernick's Notebook: Trouble Brewing for Becker
Salt Lake Mayor Ralph Becker is on the verge of his most difficult political problem in his eight years in office....

Bernick and Schott on Politics - Episode #239
Is the prison move to Salt Lake City a done deal? ...

Gov Signs Natural Gas Incentive Bills
Gov. Gary Herbert on Thursday ceremonially signed two bills designed to help clean up Utah’s air....

Podcast: Bernick and Schott on Politics - Episode #239
Is the prison move to Salt Lake City a done deal? ...

Prison Relocation Commission Sets Date for Public Hearing
A formal public hearing on four potential sites for a new Utah State Correctional Facility will be held Tuesday, June, 16, 2015, at 6 Room 30 of the House Building on Capitol Hill....

Featured Items

Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
Outdoor Notes-- Hike of the Week: Beus Canyon -- For the latest wildlife news and information and the fishing report visit the?DWR websiteWeekend EventsNew Films-- The Cokeville Miracle: Tribune review -- I'll See You in my Dreams: Tribune review -- Insidious 3: Tribune revi...

Bi-partisan Campaign Launched for Statewide Elected Official Term Limits
Thirty-six states have term limits for governor – Utah is not one of those states. In response, an effort is underway to bring term limits to Utah for statewide constitutional elected office holders, including the Governor, and a statewide initiative to limit appointee...

Bipartisan Group of Senators Introduce 'Made in USA' Legislation
Today, Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) Senator King (I-ME), Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) and Senator Deb Fischer (R-NE) introduced the Reinforcing American-Made Products Act (S. 1518). ...

Hatch, Wyden Outline Work to Prevent Stolen Identity Refund Fraud
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) today sent a letter to Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner John Koskinen outlining the Committee’s work on stolen identity refund fraud (SIRF) and asked for the agency ...

Millennials Optimistic About Finding Good Jobs, Worried About Student Loans
Members of Utah’s Millennial generation are concerned about finding job that provide enough income to pay off their student debts.  ...

Utah Democrats Adopt 2016 National Delegate Selection Plan
On Thursday, June 4th, 2015, the Utah State Democratic Party adopted the Utah State Delegate and Affirmative Action Plan for the 2016 Democratic National Convention after a 30-day public comment period. ...

White House Report: Consequences of Medicaid Expansion Decision in Utah
Today, the White House Council of Economic Advisers released estimates of the health and economic benefits if Utah decides to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Paying for Utah schools takes more than faith

Senate panel advances U.S. attorney for Utah nominee

New drive launches to limit terms of Utah officeholders

Salt Lake County awarded $1.6 million grant to fight homelessness

Study: Utahns more optimistic than most about their financial future

Called to serve and seek election? Utah party sees way to get Mormons in office

What do planners see in Utah's future? Bikes, bikes and more bikes

Deseret News

Natalie Gochnour: Combatting global terrors is possible thanks to Little League coaches

Derek Monson: 4 guidelines for getting Medicaid expansion compromise right

Editorial: Should prisons be allowed to use inmates for cheap labor?

Editorial: USA Freedom Act offers more civil liberty protections than Patriot Act ever did

Governor touts merits of new clean-fuel laws

Utahns more optimistic about financial futures than peers nationally, report finds

Salt Lake County receives national grant for homelessness solutions


Editorial: Senator Lee's freedom to lead (Standard-Examiner)

Salary increase for Sunset mayor? Not so fast (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

The campaign to put Julian Castro on Hillary Clinton's VP shortlist (Politico)

Jeb Bush to announce 2016 bid on June 15 (Politico)

Rubio: Hillary 'never did anything' on immigration (The Hill)

Pelosi: 'Not my responsibility' to find votes for Obama trade bill (The Hill)

WikiLeaks releases documents related to controversial US trade pact (Guardian)

Leaked TISA Documents Reveal Privacy Threat (Forbes)

Pamela Geller Calls Allegedly Being Targeted for Beheading by Terror Suspect 'Chilling' (ABC News)

Perry launches 2016 bid for White House (FOX News)

Hillary Clinton Calls for Automatic Voter Registration (Wall Street Journal)

GE looks at leaving Connecticut in response to higher taxes (Washington Times)

Fewer Americans Seek Jobless Aid, and Productivity Decline Deepens (New York Times)


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