Ten Things You Need to Know for Tuesday – April 21, 2015

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City. A new poll shows Gov. Gary Herbert would have no trouble in a potential head-to-head matchup with Rep. Jim Matheson in 2016. The governor's party is trying to depose him in court over the SB54 lawsuit.


  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections – 112
  • Days to the 2015 election – 196
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) – 273
  • Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – 280
  • Days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary – 281
  • Days to the 2016 Utah presidential primary – 435
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election – 568

Tuesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Our new poll shows Governor Gary Herbert would handily beat Rep. Jim Matheson in a head-to-head matchup in 2016 [Utah Policy].
  2. The Utah GOP wants to depose Gov. Herbert in their lawsuit against SB54 [Fox 13].
  3. Bluffdale and Tooele County officials want the state to take over road projects in those respective areas that may be needed if the Utah State Prison is relocated [Tribune].
  4. A new audit slams the Jordanelle water district saying it has been poorly managed, and officials may have tried to obstruct the inquiry [Tribune, Deseret News].
  5. The Midvale slag site has been removed from the EPA Superfund list almost a half-century sooner than expected [Tribune, ABC 4].
  6. Utahns quickly snap up tickets for the "Book of Mormon" musical's run in Salt Lake City later this summer [Fox 13, ABC 4, Deseret News].
  7. A new program will help Utahns fight drought by harvesting rainwater this summer [Utah Policy, Fox 13, Deseret News].
  8. A federal judge will not block a lawsuit brought by ranchers against the federal government demanding the removal of wild horse populations that they claim have become too large [Tribune].
  9. The 2015 Pulitzer Prize winners are announced [Washington Post].
  10. Google is changing the way they deliver search results starting today. The search engine favor websites deemed "mobile friendly" over those that are not [Re/Code].

On this day in history:

  • 1789 – John Adams was sworn in as the first vice president of the United States.
  • 1836 – With the rallying cry "Remember the Alamo!" Texas forces under Sam Houston defeated the army of Mexican General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna at San Jacinto, Texas.
  • 1918 – Manfred von Richthofen, the German World War I ace known as "The Red Baron," was killed by allied fire over Vaux-sur-Somme, France.
  • 2011 – John Ensign, R-Nevada, resigned his U.S. Senate seat amid a growing ethics scandal. Ensign admitted an affair with his former campaign treasurer.