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Thursday, July 2, 2015

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Ten Things You Need to Know for Thursday - July 2, 2015

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City. 

Candidates face off in the first televised Salt Lake City Mayoral debate. Clinton rakes in tons of campaign cash. The LDS Church makes an unprecedented donation to the Utah Pride Center.


  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 40
  • Days to the 2015 election - 124
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - 201
  • Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - 208
  • Days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary - 210
  • Days to the 2016 Utah primary election - 363
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 496

Thursday's top-10 headlines:

  1. The five candidates for Salt Lake City Mayor face off in their first televised debate [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News].
  2. Hillary Clinton rakes in an astonishing $45 million during the most recent fundraising quarter, which translates to more than $500,000 per day [Politico].
  3. The LDS Church makes a first-ever donation to the Utah Pride Center to support their program serving food to homeless youth [Tribune, Deseret News, ABC 4, Fox 13].
  4. The Supreme Court's decision on marriage may not have any effect on Utah's appeal over polygamy laws [Fox 13].
  5. Environmental activists slam Rep. Brad Wilson's plan to delay the adoption of the latest residential building codes because they say it will lead to more air pollution [Deseret News].
  6. Gov. Gary Herbert highlights a new law that improves survivor benefits for the families of fallen police officers and firefighters [Tribune, Deseret News, ABC 4].
  7. June was the hottest ever on record in Salt Lake City [KSL].
  8. With all of the attention focused on the Confederate battle flag, some in Utah are raising their eyebrows over the fact that the Flag of the State of Deseret still flies over a park in Salt Lake City [Tribune].
  9. Salt Lake County is investigating the first suspected cases of cholera in Utah in more than a decade [Tribune].
  10. Soccer is a heartbreaking sport. English defender Laura Bassett commits a howler that will haunt her for the rest of her life as she scores an own-goal in the final minutes of regulation that knocks her team out of the World Cup and sends Japan to the final [Deadspin].

On this day in history:

  • 1788 - It was announced in the U.S. Congress that the new Constitution had been ratified by the required nine states, the ninth being New Hampshire.
  • 1881 - President James Garfield was shot by Charles J. Guiteau. Garfield died September 19 and was succeeded by Vice President Chester Arthur.
  • 1937 - Aviator Amelia Earhart and navigator Frederick Noonan were reported lost over the Pacific Ocean. They were never found.
  • 1947 - An object that the Army Air Force later said was a weather balloon crashed near Roswell, N.M. Eyewitness accounts gave rise to speculation it might have been an alien spacecraft.
  • 1964 - The U.S. Civil Rights Act of 1964 became law with the signature of President Lyndon B. Johnson.

Today At Utah Policy

Bob Bernick's Notebook: Political Intrigue and Transparency
I was sitting at home the other day, waiting for the USA Women’s Soccer Team to play its semi-final World Cup match against Germany, when my home phone rang.Being a bit bored, I answered it....

Bernick and Schott on Politics - Episode #243
Marriage equality, Utah might miss the July Medicaid expansion deadline and the Utah GOP's money problems.  Plus, US Women's Soccer in the World Cup! ...

We Drink From Wells That We Did Not Dig
Editor’s Note: Participants in the Lunt Capital Investment Trek recently visited the beaches and cemeteries of Normandy, the site of the greatest amphibious and airborne operation of all time. ...

First Salt Lake City Mayoral Debate Fails to Shake Up the Race
What did we learn from the first televised debate in the Salt Lake City mayoral race? Not a whole heckuva lot....

Montana Polygamists Demand 'Marriage Equality'
A Montana man applies for a marriage license so he can legally marry his second wife, saying he was inspired by last week's Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage....

Paul Meets with Renegade Rancher In Nevada
At a campaign stop in Mesquite, GOP presidential candidate Rand Paul meets withCliven Bundy to discuss,among other things, Rep. Ken Ivory's efforts totransfercontrol of federal land to the states....

Policy News

Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
Outdoor Notes-- Utah Hike of the Week: Lisa Falls -- For the latest wildlife news and information and the fishing report visit the?DWR websiteWeekend EventsConcerts-- Concerts in the Park: Firefly, Friday, 7:30 p.m., Brigham Young Historic Park, 50 West North Temple Street, ...

Rising Tuition Costs and the Need for a Talented Workforce
Over the past few years, tuition cost has become a matter of concern for the nation.Economics reporter John W. Schoen of says “since 1971, tuition has risen six percent more than inflation, forcing more and more students to take higher amount of loans. Th...

Pedal to the Mettle: Students Become Problem Solvers at U's Innovation Camp
Some kids spend their summers at the pool. Others? They’re testing their chops at becoming the next great problem solvers at the University of Utah’s Innovation Week at the Lassonde Entpreneur Institute....

Healthinsight Utah Awarded Grant to Improve Health Care Education
HealthInsight Utah, along with Alliance Community Services, Association for Utah Community Health, Utah Health Policy Project and Salt LakeCommunity Action Program – Head Start have been creating a first of its kind health care education program to help meet the growin...

Utahns Against Hunger Launches Double Up Food Bucks
Utahns Against Hunger and 19 farmers markets statewide are preparing to launch Double Up Food Bucks.  ...

Consumer Attitude Index Ticks Upward as Business Conditions in Utah Continue to Thrive
The Zions Bank Utah Consumer Attitude Index increased 0.4 points to 111.8 in June.Consumer sentiment regarding the present situation improved, while expectations for the next six months dropped slightly. The CAI currently sits 13.6 points higher than its level...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Send transit/road tax to the voters this year

The Deseret territorial flag still flies over Salt Lake City

BYU conference to examine religious-freedom issues

New Utah tax commissioner takes the oath

Mayor debate: Becker says police chief's ouster was 'right decision for Salt Lake City'

Council finds enough common ground to move forward with 'preservation' plan for Salt Lake County townships, unincorporated areas

Mormon church makes first-time donation to Utah Pride Center youth program

Deseret News

Dan Liljenquist: Time to relegate the Confederate battle flag to museums and Civil War reenactments

Op-ed: Utah lawmakers can protect minorities from negative impacts of Clean Power Plan

Op-ed: Move the prison for the sake of better prisoner reform

Editorial: Supreme Court ruling for raisin farmer extends Fifth Amendment protections against property seizure

86 Utah cities pushing for 1/4-cent sales tax increases

Latest building codes bill too slow to help air, homeowners critics say

Salt Lake County Council finalizes community preservation maps

Becker, challengers square off in Salt Lake City mayoral debate

LDS Church donates to Utah Pride Center's efforts to feed homeless youths


Op-ed: Standard parroted gun control lobby (Standard-Examiner)

Utah officials discuss progress of child welfare (Standard-Examiner)

Sales tax increase debated but not decided yet (Standard-Examiner)

Additional sales tax has Utah County residents worried, officials say it's needed (Daily Herald)

Country's youngest county needs tools that breed success (Daily Herald)

Mountain Accord agrees to put Utah County planning on hold (Daily Herald)

National Headlines

The 12 Hillary Clinton emails you must read (Politico)

Fundraising at second-quarter pole: All eyes on Bush (Politico)

Clinton raises record $45M for '16 bid (The Hill)

GOP fears Trump hurting brand (The Hill)

Admission of Hillary's classified emails opens door for feds to seize her servers (Washington Times)

Former California state Senator Leland Yee pleads guilty to racketeering (Reuters)

Emails show US officials knew of Clinton's private email address (Christian Science Monitor)

Obama takes health-care victory lap in Tennessee (Washington Post)

A Cannabis Church Tests Indiana's Religious Freedom Law (TIME)

Thousands expected to gather in Madison for latest Sanders rally (Washington Post)

Why supporters like Donald Trump (CNN)


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