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Ten Things You Need to Know for Monday - July 6, 2015

Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City. 

The economic crisis in Greece worsens as voters reject a bailout plan. Utahns oppose raising the age for receiving Social Security. Herbert appoints Lockhart to the State School Board.


  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 36
  • Days to the 2015 election - 120
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - 197
  • Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - 204
  • Days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary - 205
  • Days to the 2016 Utah primary election - 359
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 492

Monday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Voters in Greece reject terms of a financial bailout for that country's economic crisis. Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis resigns hours after the referendum [BBC].
  2. Our latest survey finds most Utahns oppose raising the age at which they can start receiving Social Security from 66 to 70 [Utah Policy].
  3. Gov. Gary Herbert appoints tech lobbyist Stan Lockhart to the State Board of Education [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News].
  4. The Utah elections office rules a potential ballot initiative on term limits is unconstitutional [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune, KUER].
  5. Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker has a big campaign cash advantage over his four rivals [Tribune, Fox 13].
  6. LDS Church leader Boyd K. Packer dies at the age of 90 [Tribune, Deseret News, ABC 4, Daily Herald].
  7. Utah Highway Patrol officers have pulled over thousands of drivers for violating the state's new primary seat belt law [Tribune].
  8. Kate Kelly resigns from the leadership of Ordain Women [Tribune].
  9. World Champs! The U.S. Women's National Team destroys Japan en route to winning their first World Cup since 1999 [Deadspin].
  10. Fare thee well! Sonia Manzano, the actress who played Maria on Sesame Street for 44 years, is retiring [NPR].

On this day in history:

  • 1854 - The Republican Party was formally established at a meeting in New York City.
  • 1923 - The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics was formed.
  • 1942 - Diarist Anne Frank and her family took refuge in a secret section of an Amsterdam warehouse where they hid from the Nazis for two years.
  • 1957 - John Lennon and Paul McCartney met for the first time as teenagers at a church in Liverpool, England following a performance by Lennon's band, the Quarrymen.
  • 1958 - Alaska became the 49th U.S. state.


Today At Utah Policy

Utahns Oppose Raising Age to Receive Social Security
By an almost two-to-one margin, Utahns reject the idea of raising the Social Security retirement benefits age from 66 to 70, a new UtahPolicy poll shows....

State Election Office Rules Term Limits Initiative Unconstitutional
The State Election Office released the following statement in response to a pending initiative application titled “Utah Term Limits for Appointed Executive Officials Act”:...

Governor Appoints Lockhart to State School Board
Gov. Gary R. Herbert has appointed Stan Lockhart to the Utah State Board of Education. Lockhart will fill the seat left vacant when Mark Openshaw perished in a plane crash last month....

Policy News

Lee, Klobuchar Comment on Potential Airline Collusion
U.S. Senators Mike Lee (R-UT) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) today issued the following statements regarding the Department of Justice’s announcement that it was investigating potential collusion among certain airlines. ...

Salt Lake's "Jungle Refugee Scout Troop" To Visit Home for First Time
Boy Scout Troop 1262, affectionately known as Salt Lake’s “Jungle Refugee Scout Troop,” were honored in a congressional ceremony on Thursday. ...

Senator Lee Responds to Passing of Boyd K. Packer
Senator Mike Lee issued the following statement today on the passing of Boyd K. Packer, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints:...

Utah Loses Strong Example of Service and Commitment
Lane Beattie, president and CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber, issued the following statement regarding the passing of President Boyd K. Packer....

Governor Herbert's Statement on Passing of Pres. Packer
Gov. Gary R. Herbert issued this statement following the passing of Pres. Boyd K. Packer of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints:...

Mayor Becker on Passing of LDS President Boyd Packer
Mayor Ralph Becker released the following statement on the passing of LDS Church President Boyd K. Packer:...

UTGOP Statement on the Passing of President Boyd K. Packer
UTGOP Chairman James Evans released the following statement after the announcement of President Boyd K. Packer's passing:...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Utahns talk patriotism, but their military enlistments say otherwise

Rolly: Feds act strangely when Utah A.G.s are probed

Op-ed: States shouldn't have to decide what a marriage is

Op-ed: Here's my three-point plan to get Utah public education back on track

New Utah tax commissioner means one Democrat on panel

Feds may sue Utah over law aimed at protecting prescription drug records

Ted Cruz lavishes praise on Mike Lee in new book

Utah blocks term-limit drive for state appointees

Becker's bucks: How much of an advantage are they?

Rolly: Gov. Herbert complains to Mia Love about campaign manager's double duty

Governor's office steps up review of Utah liquor agency amid complaints

Sugar House's Monument Plaza a success, but what about the rest of the city?

Thousands pulled over for violating Utah's new seat-belt law

Deseret News

Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Things are heating up thanks to Supreme Court decisions

Op-ed: Collaborations on the rise between Utah and French health care systems

Op-ed: Religious freedom is a barometer for measuring other fundamental rights

Natalie Gochnour: Patriotic grace blends gratitude for citizenship, a sense of responsibility and a representation of high ideals

Editorial: Chaffetz's Internet sales tax bill is a good-faith effort

Stan Lockhart appointed to fill State School Board vacancy left by Mark Openshaw

Utah senators seeking support for federal religious freedom legislation

'It's San Diego vs. everyone else' in comic con lawsuit, Utah organizers say

Utah denies proposed ballot initiative imposing term limits

Nation's renewable energy consumption highest since the 1930s


Op-ed: Hatch legislation is good news for Hill Air Force Base (Standard-Examiner)

Layton Citizens Group alive and well (Standard-Examiner)

Mountain Accord shifts focus to environment (Park Record)

Ranchers maintain lifestyle as Summit County grows, changes (Park Record)

National Headlines

Greece votes No (Politico)

The city on the hill(s) for Obama alums (Politico)

Bernie and Hillary's holiday weekend (Politico)

Puerto Rican debt crisis sets off fresh fight in Congress (The Hill)

Kerry: Iran nuke talks 'could go either way' (The Hill)

George Takei Apologizes for Calling Justice Thomas 'a Clown in Blackface' (PJ Media)

Republicans cast into turmoil as Donald Trump rides the populist surge (Telegraph)

'Grassroots' candidate Cruz posts $14.2 million fundraising haul (USA Today)

Christie looks to close book on Bridgegate as he runs for president (Washington Post)

Sanders lauds gay rights ruling, balks at denying exemptions (Associated Press)

Donald Trump has offended Jeb Bush (Boston Globe)


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