Ten Things You Need to Know for Thursday – April 23, 2015

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City. It's William Shakespeare's birthday. A slim majority of Utahns approve of the property tax hike passed by lawmakers during the 2015 session. Republican leaders vote to move ahead with setting requirements for their candidates to appear on the ballot.


  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections – 110
  • Days to the 2015 election – 194
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) – 271
  • Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – 278
  • Days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary – 279
  • Days to the 2016 Utah presidential primary – 433
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election – 566

Thursday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Our latest poll shows a slight majority of Utahns are in favor of the property tax hike passed by lawmakers to help equalize school funding [Utah Policy].
  2. Utah GOP leaders vote to keep moving forward on setting new requirements for candidates to appear on the ballot [Deseret News].
  3. The Senate is set to vote finally on the Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch Thursday [New York Times].
  4. Mormon apostle L. Tom Perry was briefly hospitalized on Wednesday due to breathing problems [Tribune, KSL, Fox 13, ABC 4].
  5. Former Rep. Jim Matheson took in exactly $0 in donations during the most recent fundraising quarter [Utah Policy].
  6. Ten of the 13 gay rights activists who were arrested for blocking a legislative hearing in 2014 have accepted a plea deal in the case [Tribune, Fox 13].
  7. An audit finds most Utah high school students are unprepared for college coursework [Deseret News].
  8. The defendants in an illegal ATV ride up Recapture Canyon in southern Utah have rejected a plea deal and will go to trial next week [Tribune].
  9. Watch out, Utah is running out of water [Utah Policy].
  10. The haze hanging in Utah's air is the result of wildfires in Russia [Tribune, ABC 4].

On this day in history:

  • 1564 – This is the accepted birthdate of English poet and dramatist William Shakespeare.
  • 1635 – The first public school in America, the Boston Latin School, was opened.
  • 1985 – The Coca-Cola Co. announced it was changing its secret formula for Coke.
  • 2005 – Co-founder Jawed Karim uploaded the first video to YouTube.com.
  • 2010 – Arizona enacted a law requiring local governments and police to crack down on illegal immigrants.