Ten Things You Need to Know for Monday – April 13, 2015

It's Monday! Let's get going on another week!

Hillary Clinton announces her 2016 campaign. Marco Rubio will jump in the 2016 presidential race today. Herbert and Lee enjoying high approval ratings.


  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections – 120
  • Days to the 2015 election – 204
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) – 281
  • Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – 288
  • Days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary – 289
  • Days to the 2016 Utah presidential primary – 443
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election – 576

Monday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Hillary Clinton makes it official by announcing her run for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination [Politico].
  2. Florida Senator Marco Rubio will join the 2016 fray today by announcing his bid for the White House [Washington Post].
  3. Gov. Gary Herbert and Sen. Mike Lee are enjoying high approval ratings according to our latest survey [Utah Policy].
  4. Sen. Mike Lee's path to another term in Washington just got a lot easier [Tribune].
  5. A federal judge deals a blow to the Utah GOP's lawsuit against the "Count My Vote" compromise by refusing to grant the party's request for a preliminary injunction [Deseret News, Tribune, Fox 13].
  6. Salt Lake County Democrats meet in their annual convention to pick new leadership [Utah Policy].
  7. Utah leaders warn of the devastation that would follow a big earthquake along the Wasatch Front [Deseret News].
  8. Federal regulators are getting close to approving EnergySolutions' waste disposal facility near Clive that will host thousands of tons of depleted Uranium [Tribune].
  9. Logan officials are considering using crowd funding to pay for needed repairs to city facilities [KSL].
  10. A federal judge blocks a Utah state judge from hearing a lawsuit brought by an environmental group over rural roads in Tooele [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1861 – Fort Sumter in South Carolina fell to Confederate forces at the start of the Civil War.
  • 1943 – The Jefferson Memorial was dedicated in Washington.
  • 1970 – An oxygen tank exploded aboard Apollo 13 as it was on its way to the moon prompting command module pilot Jack Swigert to utter the famous words, "Houston, we've had a problem."