Ten Things You Need to Know for Tuesday – March 24, 2015

Good Tuesday morning!

Herbert signs the firing squad bill. Sen. Jim Dabakis looks like he's running for SLC Mayor. Utah's Dems plan to use online voting in the 2016 presidential primary.


  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections – 143
  • Days to the 2015 election – 227
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) – 303
  • Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – 310
  • Days to the 2016 Utah presidential primary – 465
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election – 598

Tuesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Utah is now the only state with the firing squad as a means of execution after Gov. Gary Herbert signs a bill authorizing the method into law [Tribune, Fox 13, KSL].
  2. It sure looks like Sen. Jim Dabakis is going to run for Salt Lake City Mayor [Utah Policy].
  3. Sen. Mike Lee says he's not going to endorse Sen. Ted Cruz's run for president yet [Deseret News].
  4. The Utah Democratic Party is planning to use online voting in their 2016 presidential primary [Utah Policy].
  5. Lawmakers were unable to come to a compromise over state school board elections meaning the issue is now back in the hands of a federal judge [Deseret News].
  6. Why is there so much animosity between Utah lawmakers and teachers? [Tribune].
  7. State Superintendent Brad Smith apologizes for remarks comparing teachers who rallied at the state capitol to spoiled children on Christmas morning [Tribune].
  8. The evidence phase of Former Attorney General mark Shurtleff's trial is set to begin June 15 [Tribune, Deseret News].
  9. Utah Transit Authority officials won't comment on how, or if, lower gasoline prices are helping their bottom line [Tribune].
  10. The list of maintenance projects needing to be done in Utah's national parks totals nearly $300 million [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1765 – Britain enacted the Quartering Act, requiring American colonists to provide temporary housing to British soldiers.
  • 1883 – Long-distance telephone service was inaugurated between Chicago and New York City.
  • 1989 – The Exxon Valdez hit a reef in the Gulf of Alaska, spilling 11 million gallons of crude oil.
  • 2012 – Former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney underwent heart transplant surgery.