Ten Things You Need to Know for Thursday – April 16, 2015

Good Thursday morning!

Sen. Jim Dabakis drops out of the SLC mayoral contest. A poll shows Mayor Ralph Becker may be vulnerable in his bid for another term. Love raises a bunch of cash in the first quarter of 2015.


  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections – 117
  • Days to the 2015 election – 201
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) – 278
  • Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – 285
  • Days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary – 286
  • Days to the 2016 Utah presidential primary – 440
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election – 573

Thursday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Sen. Jim Dabakis drops out of the race for Salt Lake City mayor after just ten days [Deseret News, Tribune, ABC 4].
  2. Our latest poll, conducted before Dabakis dropped out, showed the Senator in second place behind Mayor Ralph Becker [Utah Policy].
  3. Emails showed Dabakis had offered his full support to Mayor Ralph Becker in December of 2014 before he endorsed rival Jackie Biskupski on Wednesday [Utah Policy].
  4. Rep. Mia Love flexes her fundraising muscles, pulling in more than $400,000 during the first quarter of the year [Tribune].
  5. UDOT and the UTA are hailing tax hikes passed by lawmakers during the 2015 session that will help their bottom lines [Tribune].
  6. Contact lens makers are suing Utah to prevent a new law they say is designed to protect 1-800 Contacts from going into effect [Tribune, Deseret News].
  7. Funeral services for former Gov. Norm Bangerter are set for Saturday [Deseret News, Tribune].
  8. Bob Bernick tells a story about how Bangerter's political tenacity was illustrated by his effort to master a jet ski [Utah Policy].
  9. Wednesday's big snow storm did not make a dent in the state's looming water shortage [Deseret News].
  10. A Mormon couple from Washington State is objecting to being included in a "friend of the court" brief filed with the Supreme Court against legalizing same-sex marriage [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1862 – Congress abolished slavery in the District of Columbia.
  • 1962 – Walter Cronkite succeeded Douglas Edwards as anchorman of "The CBS Evening News."
  • 1963 – Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. wrote "Letter from Birmingham Jail" while imprisoned for protesting segregation.
  • 2007 – A Virginia Tech student killed 27 students and five faculty members during a shooting rampage before killing himself.