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Monday, June 8, 2015

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Ten Things You Need to Know for Monday - June 8, 2015

Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is "National Best Friends Day" which just highlights how very lonely I am. Who made up this stupid holiday in the first place?

Questions are arising from some of Attorney General Sean Reyes' campaign donations. Biskupski sits down for an interview to talk about the 2015 election. What's next in the prison relocation process?


  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 64
  • Days to the 2015 election - 148
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - 225
  • Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - 232
  • Days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary - 233
  • Days to the 2016 Utah primary election - 387
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 520

Monday's top-10 headlines:

  1. An analysis shows Attorney General Sean Reyes is still accepting donations from groups and individuals who may have business with his office [Tribune].
  2. Salt Lake City mayoral candidate Jackie Biskupski sits down for an extensive interview [Utah Policy].
  3. Gov. Gary Herbert appoints two to the Utah Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News].
  4. What should we make of Utah's last-place standing in per-pupil spending? [Deseret News]
  5. What's next in the prison relocation process? [Daily Herald]
  6. The next court hearings for former Attorneys General John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff have been pushed back [Tribune].
  7. Thousands of Utahns gather in Salt Lake City for the Pride Festival [Tribune, Deseret News, ABC 4, Fox 13].
  8. Rep. Jake Anderegg plans to run legislation next year to crack down on speed traps following a speeding ticket he claims was given to him in error [Fox 13].  
  9. The U.S. Forest Service is conducting a study to determine the effects of climate change on millions of acres of land in the west [Deseret News].
  10. Utah County officials are planning for an expected population boom [Daily Herald].

On this day in history:

  • 1789 - James Madison proposed the Bill of Rights, which led to the first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution.
  • 1982 - In the first speech by an American president to a joint session of the British Parliament, President Ronald Reagan predicted that Marxism-Leninism would wind up "on the ash heap of history."
  • 1987 - Fawn Hall, the secretary to national security aide Oliver North, testified at the Iran-Contra hearings, saying she had helped to shred some documents.
  • 2003 - U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell said he stood by his testimony before the United Nationals that Iraq did have weapons of mass destruction before the war.

Today At Utah Policy

Interview with Salt Lake City Mayoral candidate Jackie Biskupski
Jackie Biskupski sits down with Managing Editor Bryan Schott to talk about the 2015 campaign and why she decided to challenge two-term incumbent Ralph Becker....

Gov. Herbert Makes Appointments to Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control
Gov. Gary R. Herbert has appointed S. Neal Berube and Amanda Smith to the Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission....

Featured Items

Leo After Hours: The Gamification of Healing
On June 16, The Leonardo, in partnership with the Utah Science Technology and Research Initiative, will present the next edition of Leo After Hours. The Gamification of Healing: How Videogames are Changing the Medical World, will focus on the implications of a greater u...

Bipartisan Group of Senators Introduce 'Made in USA' Legislation
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). The bill seeks to make it easier for American manufacturers to use the “Made in USA” label wi...

Western Senators Introduce Defense Authorization Amendment To Protect Training Assets
Senator Mike Lee (R-UT), Senator Dean Heller (R-NV), Senator Steve Daines (R-MT), Senator James Inhofe (R-OK), Senator James Lankford (R-OK), Senator Jerry Moran (R-KS), Senator James Risch (R-ID), Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID) introduced an amendm...

Economic Outlook: New Chapter in U.S.-Cuban Trade Relations
Who doesn’t enjoy relaxing on an idyllic Caribbean beach, being taxied around in retro cars, and taking a break island style? Cuba could be the next big Caribbean island destination if the U.S. continues to soften its decades-long trade embargo with Cuba....

Mayors Becker, de Blasio named as Top 10 Mayors to Watch
Housing Finance names Mayor Becker - alongside Mayors Bill de Blasio (New York City), AnniseParker (Houston), Michael Hancock (Denver), Mitch Landrieu (New Orleans), and others - as Top 10 Mayors to Watch in addressing affordable housing shortages around the nation...

Gov. Herbert Leads Trade Mission to Western Europe
Gov. Gary R. Herbert, along with a team of business executives and government officials, departed for Amsterdam on a trade mission to Western Europe conducted by the Governor’s Office of Economic Development.  ...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Death penalty would do nothing to deter sex trafficking

Rolly: GOP is not out of the Count-My-Vote woods yet

Op-ed: On-the-range fertility control is best solution for wild horses

Op-ed: Salt Lake City shouldn't rush parks bond election to November ballot

Editorial: SLC should look at small, intra-city bus system

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

Deadline on train safety a challenge for UTA

Utah lab that shipped anthrax has a long history with the disease and weapon

Perfect score on ACT just isn't what it used to be as more Utah students rack up 36s

Business as usual? A.G. Reyes' campaign donations raise conflict-of-interest questions

Mormon rivals: Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman move from friendship to bitter feud

Deseret News

Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: For springtime, we stop to smell the political roses

Sen. Mike Lee: Elder L. Tom Perry - booming through the world

John Florez: Ending sexual harassment requires leadership

Op-ed: Incumbency carries incredible advantage in re-election

Editorial: Supreme Court deserves credit for defending religious liberty

EPA: Fracking not source of widespread water contamination

Group seeks term limits on executive branch officeholders, appointees

Lee changing perceptions with bipartisan efforts on spying bill

Virtue and vice: What to make of Utah's lowest-in-nation per-pupil funding rank

What's the impact of climate change on Utah? Study will try to find out


Editorial: Prison decision: Serious decision demands serious action (Daily Herald)

Utah County's estimated 1.1 million by 2040 spurs transportation planning (Daily Herald)

BRT petitioners claim to have received at least 14,000 of 18,000 signatures (Daily Herald)

Lee, Hatch say sage grouse protection will hurt military (Standard-Examiner)

White House report touts benefits of Utah expanding Medicaid (Standard-Examiner)

Questions abound as Mountain Accord discussions continue (Park Record)

Andy Beerman starts City Council re-election bid (Park Record)

National Headlines

Another Bush heads to Europe (Politico)

Boehner caught in Ex-Im crossfire (The Hill)

Republican Walker is leader of 2016 election pack in Iowa (Reuters)

Interpreting the silence of the Speaker (Chicago Sun-Times)

Chinese hackers may be mapping US government (Financial Times)

2016 GOP presidential candidate Lindsey Graham wants Caitlyn Jenner's vote (Associated Press)

Clinton to Roll Out Policy Ideas in Series of Speeches (Wall Street Journal)

Christie aims to revive enforcement of federal marijuana law (Associated Press)

Kansas to cap welfare ATM withdrawals at $25 per day (FOX News)

Ben Carson's Nascent Campaign Faces Personnel Turmoil (New York Times)

European Leaders Voice Frustration With Greece in Debt Crisis (New York Times)


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