Ten Things You Need to Know for Friday – August 22, 2014

Lee attacks government regulations. Lockhart eyeing state school superintendent job. Did Dabakis step over the line?


  • 74 days until the 2014 midterm elections
  • 157 days to the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature
  • 438 days until the 2015 elections
  • 514 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative)
  • 809 days to the 2016 presidential election

Friday's Top-10 Headlines:

  • Sen. Mike Lee bemoans the amount of government regulations on businesses that could stifle economic growth [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • Bill Freeze announces he will run a write-in candidate for Utah County Commissioner after it was revealed the GOP nominee had filed for bankruptcy and copped a deal on a charge of theft [Tribune, Daily Herald].
  • Outgoing Speaker Becky Lockhart is angling to become the next state school superintendent [Tribune].
  • The state school board appoints Joel Coleman as interim state superintendent even though his wife has a pending lawsuit against the State Charter School Board [Tribune, Deseret News].
  • Some Utah homeowners may be eligible for paymets through the multi-billion dollar settlement reached with Bank of America [Tribune].
  • South Jordan officials approve a contract to conduct focus groups about the future of the Mulligan's golf course near the Jordan River [Tribune].
  • A group looking to build a nuclear power plant near Green River contracts with Westinghouse to build the reactor for the project [Tribune].
  • Bob Bernick says Sen. Jim Dabakis stepped over the line with some recent criticism of a public opinion poll [Utah Policy].
  • Rep. Paul Ryan says he would love to see Mitt Romney launch another bid for the White House [Fox News].
  • A parody of Salt Lake City tourism highlights the fact that visitors are free to leave any time [The Onion].

On this day in history:

  • 1775 – King George III proclaimed the American colonies to be in open rebellion.
  • 1846 – The United States annexed New Mexico.
  • 1972 – President Richard Nixon was nominated for a second term by the Republican National Convention in Miami Beach.
  • 1996 – President Bill Clinton signed welfare reform into law.
  • 2003 – Alabama's chief justice, Roy Moore, was suspended for his refusal to obey a federal court order to remove his Ten Commandments monument from his courthouse.