Ten Things You Need to Know for Tuesday – April 7, 2015

Good Tuesday morning!

Clinton set to announce presidential bid within two weeks while Rand Paul makes it official today. Rep. Chris Stewart says Harry Reid is still blocking legislation in Congress. Shurtleff is looking for clients.


  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections – 126
  • Days to the 2015 election – 210
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) – 287
  • Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – 294
  • Days to the 2016 Utah presidential primary – 449
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election – 582

Tuesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Hillary Clinton is expected to announce her bid for the White House within the next two weeks [Slate].
  2. Republican Rand Paul makes it official today by unveiling his 2016 presidential campaign [Politico].
  3. Rep. Chris Stewart says Harry Reid's retirement will change the landscape in Congress but, until then, he's still nearly as powerful as he was when Democrats were in the majority [Utah Policy].
  4. Former Attorney General Mark Shurtleff is looking for clients for his law firm [Tribune, Deseret News, Daily Herald].
  5. Reps. Brian King and Patrice Arent discuss their meeting with President Obama during his visit to Utah last week [ABC 4].
  6. The President's meeting with LDS Church leaders was just the latest in a growing trend for the White House to hold important meetings away from the media [Tribune].
  7. Park City school officials are asking unvaccinated students to stay away from school for 21 days to help contain an outbreak of whooping cough [Deseret News].
  8. The Utah Transit Authority is testing a prototype electric-powered bus [Deseret News].
  9. Republican Jeb Bush identified himself as Hispanic on a 2009 voter registration form [Politico].
  10. Chicago voters go to the polls today to vote in the runoff mayoral election between Rahm Emanuel and Chuy Garcia [Chicago Sun Times].

On this day in history:

  • 1862 – Union forces under the command of Gen. Ulysses S. Grant defeated Confederate forces at Shiloh, Tennessee.
  • 1969 – The Supreme Court unanimously struck down laws prohibiting private possession of obscene material.
  • 1990 – Former national security advisor John M. Poindexter was convicted of five counts at his Iran-Contra trial. Those convictions were later overturned by a federal appeals court.
  • 1994 – Civil war erupted in Rwanda.