Ten Things You Need to Know for Friday – May 8, 2015

Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is "Have a Coke Day" celebrating the anniversary of the invention of the flavored syrup used in Coca-Cola.

The Utah GOP is polling their membership on how to move forward in the face of SB54. Conservatives win an unlikely victory in Britain. Romney plans to convene his annual Summit in Park City next month.


  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections – 95
  • Days to the 2015 election – 179
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) – 256
  • Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – 263
  • Days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary – 264
  • Days to the 2016 Utah primary election – 418
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election – 551

Friday's top-10 headlines:

  1. The Utah GOP is polling members on how to proceed in the face of SB54 [Utah Policy, Tribune].
  2. The Conservative Party in Britain defies the odds and is headed toward a majority in Parliament following this week's elections [BBC].
  3. The White House is urging passage of Sen. Mike Lee's bill to prohibit NSA collection of phone data following a court ruling that action is illegal [Tribune].
  4. Mitt Romney plans to convene his annual retreat for potential presidential candidates in Park City next month [Washington Post].
  5. Rep. Merrill Nelson wants an audit of how much the state stands to benefit financially from moving the prison away from its current site in Draper [Deseret News].
  6. Utah's new primary seat belt law goes into effect next week [Deseret News, Tribune, ABC 4].
  7. Salt Lake City Airport officials say the Uber and Lyft rideshare services are operating illegally [Tribune].
  8. A new report says Utah's school-age population will explode by 2050 [Utah Policy, KUTV, Deseret News].
  9. Salt Lake City residents say they are mostly satisfied with city services [Utah Policy].
  10. Sen. Lindsey Graham is reportedly set to announce his bid for the White House on June 1 [Politico].

On this day in history:

  • 1541 – Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto discovered the Mississippi River.
  • 1945 – U.S. President Harry S. Truman officially declared V-E Day, the end of World War II in Europe.
  • 1970 – "Let It Be," the final original album from the Beatles was released.
  • 1987 – Gary Hart, dogged by questions about his personal life, withdrew from the race for the Democratic presidential nomination.