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:
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].
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].
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].
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].
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].
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].
A new study shows Mormons tilt toward the Republican Party more than any other religious group [Tribune].
University of Utah students question administrators about rising tuition at that institution [Tribune].
Salt Lake School Board member Michael Clara has been wearing a "bandito" costume to protest the presence of a police officer at meetings [Tribune].
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.