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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

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Ten Things You Need to Know for Tuesday - July 7, 2015

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City. 

Hillary Clinton grants her first sit-down interview. South Carolina moves toward removing the Confederate battle flag. Biskupski is raising more cash than Becker, but still has a long way to go to catch up.


  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 35
  • Days to the 2015 election - 119
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - 196
  • Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - 203
  • Days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary - 204
  • Days to the 2016 Utah primary election - 358
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 491

Tuesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Hillary Clinton will give her first nationally televised interview as a presidential candidate today on CNN [Politico].
  2. The South Carolina Senate takes a big step toward removing the Confederate battle flag from the Statehouse grounds [Washington Post].
  3. Challenger Jackie Biskupski is raising more money than incumbent Ralph Becker in the Salt Lake City Mayoral race, but Becker still has more than three times as much cash on hand [Utah Policy, Tribune].
  4. A new survey shows 41% of Utahns think Congress is getting more done under Republican control than in the past [Utah Policy].
  5. A conference at BYU highlights the future of religious liberty legislation following the Supreme Court's ruling on marriage [Deseret News, Fox 13, KUER, ABC 4].
  6. 14 of 16 cities in Salt Lake County are moving to vote-by-mail for their municipal elections [Deseret News, Tribune].
  7. The Dalai Lama will speak at the University of Utah in October [KSL, ABC 4].
  8. The Wasatch Front Regional Council releases their draft transportation plan for the end of the decade [Deseret News].
  9. A Dixie State University faculty member says the school should change its name because of its relationship with the Confederate South [ABC 4].
  10. A new study shows Colorado's schools are serving students much better than their counterparts in Utah [Utah Policy, Fox 13].

On this day in history:

  • 1846 - U.S. Navy Commodore J.D. Sloat proclaimed the annexation of California by the United States.
  • 1898 - President William McKinley signed a joint resolution of Congress authorizing the annexation of Hawaii by the United States.
  • 1930 - Construction began on Boulder Dam on the Colorado River.
  • 1981 - Sandra Day O'Connor was chosen by President Ronald Reagan to become the first woman on the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • 2005 - Terrorists struck the London transit system, setting off explosions in three subway cars and a double-decker bus in coordinated rush-hour attacks. Fifty-two people were killed, and more than 700 injured.


Today At Utah Policy

Utahns Split On Congressional Performance
Perhaps reflecting Utahn’s overall displeasure with the U.S. Congress, even though both the House and Senate are now controlled by Republicans – by far the majority party here – Utahns still don’t think much of the job Congress is doing, a new UtahPol...

Biskupski Outraising Becker, but Still Trails in Money Race
Jackie Biskupski out-raised Mayor Ralph Becker in the most recent campaign finance filings, but Becker still has more than three times as much cash on hand....

How States Are Fighting to Keep Towns From Offering Their Own Broadband
Earlier this year, the Federal Communications Commission voted to ease the way for cities to become Internet service providers. So-called municipal broadband is already a reality in a few towns, often providing Internet access and faster service to rural communities that cab...

Policy News

Colorado Students Benefit from Early Interventions
A new study from the non-partisan Utah Foundation shows students in Colorado are doing better on some broad measures of educational achievement than their counterparts in Utah.  ...

Expand Your Borders, Expand Your Business
Our world is no longer defined by arbitrary borders when it comes to trade. ...

Press Release: Free, Professional Facilitation for Healing Conversations Available to Utah Residents
Following the Supreme Court ruling last week, the divide in Utah and across the nation remains intense. Instead of healing conversations, however, average Americans continue to be inundated with a political discourse full of anger, attacks and growing fear....

Westminster Announces New Center for Veteran and Military Services, Hires Director
Westminster is pleased to announce the creation of the college’s first Center for Veteran and Military Services. To lead the new center, the college has named Sylvia O’Hara, a former U.S. Army National Guard member, as the new director....

White House Fact Sheet: Middle Class Economics Rewarding Hard Work by Restoring Overtime Pay
Middle-class economics means that a hard day’s work should lead to a fair day’s pay.  ...

City Continues to 'Green' its Fleet with New, Zero-Emisisons Electric Vehicles
As seasonal air quality issues once again impact residents of Salt Lake City and the surrounding region, Mayor Ralph Becker and the Sustainability Division remind residents that the City’s efforts to reduce its overall emissions is ongoing....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Without a robust defense, defendants face no justice

Jury's out on Salt Lake County's defense of the indigent

Mail-in votes becoming the rule in Salt Lake County

Utah's growing Latino population attracts national LULAC convention

Biskupski out-raises Becker after ouster of police chief

Vows exchanged in darkened Salt Lake County halls

Deseret News

Op-ed: Campaign finance system is broken

Op-ed: Honest debates are worth the dignity, integrity of Utah and its citizens

Editorial: Declining abortion rates are welcome, but it doesn't mirror Gallup's poll of 'state of moral values'

New plans for Wasatch Front bikers, drivers and commuters

Nation's oldest Latino civil rights organization holds convention in Salt Lake City

14 of 16 Salt Lake County cities choose vote-by-mail for 2015 elections

BYU conference explores what's next for religious freedom

National Headlines

Walker aims to blaze Midwestern trail to White House (Politico)

In letter, Hillary Clinton condemns Israel boycott movement (Politico)

Team Clinton 'worried' about Bernie Sanders campaign (The Hill)

The 10 Republicans most likely to win the GOP's 2016 nod (The Hill)

San Francisco Murder Suspect's Background Sparks Immigration Debate (ABC News)

County court clerks rebel against same-sex marriage ruling (CBS News)

Rick Perry's surprisingly frank speech about Texas' racist past (Washington Post)

Ted Cruz's favorite talking point: money (CNN)

Why Bernie Sanders Is the Left's Ron Paul (Slate)

Wisconsin lawmakers give Walker wins on gun sales, union dues (Bloomberg)

Obama Urged to Convene Crisis Group Over Puerto Rico's Debt (Bloomberg)


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