Ten Things You Need to Know for Tuesday – March 31, 2015

Happy Tuesday!

Herbert plans to discuss public lands issues with Obama. Two Republicans passed more legislation than all Democrats combined during the 2015 session. Salt Lake City officials hope Google Fiber will bridge the digital divide.


  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections – 133
  • Days to the 2015 election – 217
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) – 294
  • Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – 301
  • Days to the 2016 Utah presidential primary – 456
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election – 589

Tuesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. When President Obama visits Utah this week, Gov. Gary Herbert plans to discuss public lands issues and healthcare with him [Utah Policy].
  2. An Indianapolis newspaper devotes its entire front page to an editorial blasting that state's controversial new religious liberties law [Indianapolis Star].
  3. Two Republican senators managed to pass more legislation in the 2015 session than all of the Democrats on Utah's Capitol Hill combined [Tribune].
  4. Veterans rally at the capitol against legislation to name part of I-15 after former Speaker Becky Lockhart [Tribune, ABC 4].
  5. Neil Ashdown, Sen. Mike Lee's chief of staff, resigns for family reasons just four months after taking the job [Tribune].
  6. Former Rep. Jim Matheson has been named to the board of directors for Sallie Mae [Tribune].
  7. The co-pilot suspected of intentionally crashing the Germanwings airplane last week was treated for suicidal tendencies [NBC News].
  8. Salt Lake City officials hope Google Fiber will bring internet access to more low-income residents [Tribune].
  9. Utah schools are struggling with a shortage of substitute teachers [Deseret News].
  10. An environmental group is suing the EPA for not forcing two Utah power plants to reduce pollution [Deseret News].

On this day in history:

  • 1492 – King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain issued an edict expelling Jews unwilling to convert to Christianity.
  • 1918 – Daylight saving time went into effect in the United States for the first time.
  • 1968 – President Lyndon B. Johnson made a surprise announcement that he would not run for re-election.