Ten Things You Need to Know for Monday – April 6, 2015

Good Monday morning!

Utahns are divided on whether the state's largest homeless shelter should be moved from downtown Salt Lake City. Utah Transit Authority execs took pay cuts. Salt Lake County Dems set to pick new leadership.


  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections – 127
  • Days to the 2015 election – 211
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) – 288
  • Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – 295
  • Days to the 2016 Utah presidential primary – 450
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election – 583

Monday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Sen. Jim Dabakis announces his candidacy for Salt Lake City Mayor [Utah Policy].
  2. Utahns are split on whether the homeless shelter should be moved away from downtown Salt Lake City, but most of them would not welcome such a facility in their neighborhood [Utah Policy].
  3. Sen. Rand Paul has scheduled an announcement for Tuesday, but this teaser video leaves zero doubt he's running for president [YouTube].
  4. President Barack Obama's visit to Utah concluded with a speech touting clean energy at Hill Air Force Base [Deseret News, Tribune].
  5. The top Utah Transit Authority executives took big pay cuts last year [Tribune].
  6. Salt Lake County Democrats are set to choose new leadership on Saturday [Utah Policy].
  7. Here's why Utah's religious freedom law is different from the controversial measures in Indiana and Arkansas [Tribune].
  8. Utah joins 14 other states in asking the Supreme Court to let states make the decision on whether same-sex marriage should be legalized [Deseret News].
  9. A minor controversy erupted at this weekend's LDS General Conference as a group voiced their opposition to sustaining the Church's leadership [Tribune].
  10. Rolling Stone has retracted an article on a rape at the University of Virginia after an investigation had concluded the piece was the result of shoddy journalistic practices [New York Times].

On this day in history:

  • 1830 – The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints was founded in a log cabin in Fayette, N.Y.
  • 1868 – Mormon Church Leader Brigham Young married his 27th, and last, wife.
  • 1917 – The United States declared war on Germany, propelling America into World War I.
  • 1983 – Interior Secretary James Watt banned the Beach Boys from the 4th of July celebration in Washington, saying rock and roll bands attract the "wrong element."