Ten Things You Need to Know for Wednesday – April 8, 2015

Good Wednesday morning!

Mike Lee might get a tough nomination fight from Josh Romney in 2016. Becker opposes the expansion of a halfway house, but the owner says they have no expansion plans. Fairfield officials worry the new prison might be coming to their city.


  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections – 125
  • Days to the 2015 election – 209
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) – 286
  • Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – 293
  • Days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary – 294
  • Days to the 2016 Utah presidential primary – 448
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election – 581

Wednesday's top-10 headlines: 

  1. Our latest poll shows Sen. Mike Lee might get a tough fight for the GOP nomination from Josh Romney in 2016 while Utahns want Jim Matheson to run for Senate on the Democratic side [Utah Policy].
  2. Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker holds a press conference to oppose the expansion of a halfway house in Salt Lake City, but the owner says they have no plans to expand [Deseret News, Fox 13, Tribune, ABC 4].
  3. Even though the Prison Relocation Commission has stopped ranking potential sites for the new facility, Fairfield officials worry their city is in the crosshairs [Deseret News].
  4. Mia Love is helping a group of Utah businesses push to repeal a tax on health insurance companies that's part of the Affordable Care Act [Tribune].
  5. Former computer salesman and gubernatorial candidate "Super Dell" Schanze is copping a plea deal in a case accusing him of using a paraglider to harass a migratory bird [Tribune, Fox 13].
  6. Tesla Motors is trying to figure out what to do with the showroom they built in Salt Lake City after the company was denied a license to sell cars due to a state law prohibiting car manufacturers owning dealerships [Associated Press].
  7. A new study shows Mormons tilt toward the Republican Party more than any other religious group [Tribune].
  8. University of Utah students question administrators about rising tuition at that institution [Tribune].
  9. Salt Lake School Board member Michael Clara has been wearing a "bandito" costume to protest the presence of a police officer at meetings [Tribune].
  10. Envision Utah is launching an interactive survey so Utahns can help plan for future development in the state [Tribune, ABC 4].

On this day in history:

  • 1913 – The 17th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was adopted, providing for the popular election of U.S. senators.
  • 1935 – Congress approved the Works Progress Administration, a central part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's "New Deal."
  • 1952 – U.S. President Harry Truman ordered government seizure of the steel industry to avoid a general strike.
  • 2011 – U.S. President Barack Obama and Congressional leaders reached agreement on a federal budget, avoiding a government shutdown with just two hours left before the deadline.