Ten Things You Need to Know for Thursday – April 9, 2015

Good Thursday morning!

Lee would beat Matheson in 2016. UTA executives say they hit 13 of 16 goals last year. Human Rights Campaign dings a Mormon apostle for comments he made about same-sex couples.


  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections – 124
  • Days to the 2015 election – 208
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) – 285
  • Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – 292
  • Days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary – 293
  • Days to the 2016 Utah presidential primary – 447
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election – 580

Thursday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Our latest survey finds Sen. Mike Lee would best Rep. Jim Matheson in a 2016 U.S. Senate contest [Utah Policy].
  2. Miscommunication ended with a low-level employee for a solar power company attending a closed-door meeting with President Obama during his visit to Utah instead of the company's CEO [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Fox 13].
  3. Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker is taking shots from his electoral challengers for jumping the gun on his opposition to the expansion of a federal halfway house in Salt Lake City that actually has no plans to expand [Tribune].
  4. Utah Transit Authority executives say they hit 13 of their 16 goals last year. That will determine what if any, bonuses will be given to employees [Tribune, Deseret News].
  5. A new report says Utah has the second-smallest percentage of students in publicly funded preschool programs [Tribune].
  6. Gov. Herbert and other lawmakers visit a West Jordan middle school for a ceremonial bill signing [Deseret News, ABC 4
  7. The Human Rights Campaign is pushing back against comments made by a Mormon apostle defending "traditional families" and warning against "counterfeit and alternative lifestyles" [Tribune].
  8. An audit says Utah officials need to do a better job keeping sex offenders from having access to children [Tribune, Deseret News].
  9. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is found guilty on all 30 counts relating to his involvement in the Boston Marathon bombing. He could now face the death penalty [Wall Street Journal].
  10. President Obama is set to call for the end to "conversion therapy" for gay and transgender youth [New York Times].

On this day in history:

  • 1413 – Henry V was crowned king of England.
  • 1865 – Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered to General Ulysses S. Grant at the Appomattox Court House in Virginia, ending the Civil War.
  • 1866 – The U.S. Congress passed the Civil Rights Bill of 1866, which granted African-Americans the rights and privileges of U.S. citizenship.
  • 1996 – Former U.S. Rep. Dan Rostenkowski, D-Illinois, pleaded guilty to mail fraud and was sentenced to 17 months in prison.