Ten Things You Need to Know for Monday – May 11, 2015

Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is "Twilight Zone Day," celebrating the classic sci-fi/horror analogy series. There's a man on the wing!

Jeb Bush says he would have authorized the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Businesses are struggling with Utah's new non-discrimination law. The Utah State School Board approves new teacher evaluations.


  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections – 92
  • Days to the 2015 election – 176
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) – 253
  • Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – 260
  • Days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary – 261
  • Days to the 2016 Utah primary election – 415
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election – 548

Monday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Presidential candidate Jeb Bush says he, along with nearly every other candidate in the 2016 field, would have authorized the 2003 invasion of Iraq [Fox News].
  2. The debate over the Trans-Pacific Partnership bill begins in earnest this week [Politico].
  3. Utah's businesses are struggling with how to implement Utah's new non-discrimination law [Deseret News].
  4. Utah GOP Chair James Evans urges delegates to participate in the party-sponsored survey about how to proceed in the fight against SB54 [Deseret News].
  5. The Utah State School Board approved a new system tying teacher pay to test scores and other factors [Tribune, Deseret News].
  6. Utah lawmakers debate how to train police officers to de-escalate conflicts that have the potential to turn deadly [Deseret News, Tribune].
  7. In a shock announcement, Miller Motorsports Park will shut down in October of this year [Tribune, KUTV, ABC 4].
  8. The UTA has made great strides in making sure its buses and trains run on time [Tribune].
  9. Drought has become the "new normal" for Utah [Deseret News].
  10. Utah broadcast journalist Louise Degn passes at the age of 68 [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1858 – Minnesota joined the United States as the 32nd state.
  • 1894 – Workers at the Pullman Palace Car Co. went on strike. The action crippled railroad service nationwide before the federal government intervened to end the strike in July.
  • 1910 – Glacier National Park in Montana was created by an act of Congress.
  • 1969 – In one of the bloodiest battles of the Vietnam War, U.S. troops seized "Hamburger Hill."