Ten Things You Need to Know for Wednesday – April 29, 2015

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is "National Zipper Day" to celebrate the invention of the zipper in 1913.

A curfew in Baltimore helped calm down the civil unrest overnight. The Supreme Court hears arguments on same-sex marriage while advocates on both sides of the issue rally in Salt Lake City. A new poll shows Salt Lake City's new parking meters could be an issue in this year's election.


  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections – 104
  • Days to the 2015 election – 188
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) – 265
  • Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – 272
  • Days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary – 273
  • Days to the 2016 Utah primary election – 427
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election – 560

Wednesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. The streets of Baltimore were mostly quiet overnight as a curfew got most of the protestors off the street [Reuters].
  2. The Supreme Court heard arguments on the constitutionality of same-sex marriage yesterday, but observers say it's hard to predict which way the court will go on the issue [New York Times, ABC 4, Tribune, Deseret News].
  3. Both sides on the same-sex marriage issue rally in Salt Lake City [Deseret News, Tribune, Daily Herald].
  4. Our latest poll shows the much-maligned parking kiosks in Salt Lake City could become a potent political issue in this year's mayoral election [Utah Policy].
  5. Provo Businessman Alex Dunn declines to run against Sen. Mike Lee in 2016 despite being recruited for the race by one of Mitt Romney's former advisors [Tribune, Deseret News].
  6. The Utah Prison Relocation Commission announces a series of three open houses for the public to discuss potential sites for the new facility [Utah Policy, ABC 4, Deseret News, Fox 13].
  7. Rep. Jon Cox says it's time for Utah Republicans to stop the infighting over SB54 [Utah Policy].
  8. Sen. Karen Mayne unloads on the DABC for alleged mistreatment of workers [Tribune, Fox 13].
  9. Reps. Rob Bishop and Chris Stewart launch a group to look at how to transfer control of federal lands to states [Tribune, Deseret News].
  10. Salt Lake City reduces the number of chronic homeless in the city by 91% over the past decade [Tribune, Deseret News].

On this day in history:

  • 1913 – Gideon Sundbach was issued a patent for the zipper.
  • 1945 – U.S. troops liberated 32,000 prisoners at the Dachau concentration camp near Munich, Germany.
  • 1975 – U.S. military helicopters evacuated hundreds of American civilians and military support personnel from Saigon the day before North Vietnamese overran the city.
  • 1992 – Rioting erupted in Los Angeles after a jury acquitted four white police officers of nearly all charges in the videotaped beating of black motorist Rodney King.