Ten Things You Need to Know for Tuesday – May 12, 2015

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City. Celebrate some really short story telling as the "Twitter Fiction Festival" gets underway today.  Follow along at #TwitterFiction.

Dan Liljenquist is considering a bid for the Utah GOP Chairmanship. A bunch of new laws go into effect today in Utah. Gov. Gary Herbert taps Alan Matheson to take over the Utah Department of Environmental Quality.


  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections – 91
  • Days to the 2015 election – 175
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) – 252
  • Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – 259
  • Days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary – 260
  • Days to the 2016 Utah primary election – 414
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election – 547

Tuesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Former state Senator Dan Liljenquist is considering challenging James Evans for GOP Chair [Utah Policy].
  2. Nearly 400 new laws go into effect today in Utah [Tribune, Deseret News, ABC 4].
  3. Gov. Gary Herbert taps his environmental advisor Alan Matheson to head up the Department of Environmental Quality [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News, KUER]. Matheson talks about his top priorities as he moves into the new job [Utah Policy].
  4. Salt Lake City Councilman Kyle LaMalfa is giving up his seat to continue a romantic relationship with fellow council member Erin Mendenhall [Tribune, Fox 13].
  5. Salt Lake County officials are pushing water conservation measures because of the prolonged drought [Deseret News, Tribune, KUER, Fox 13, ABC 4].
  6. Another massive earthquake measuring 7.3 on Richter scale rocks Nepal. 4 were confirmed dead as of Tuesday morning [Voice of America].
  7. Verizon makes a bid to buy AOL in a $4.4 billion deal [Washington Post].
  8. DABC is considering furloughing employees to meet a shrinking budget [Fox 13].
  9. A judge won't block a Utah law banning price fixing among contact lens makers [Tribune, Fox 13].
  10. Sen. Mark Madsen says he will bring his medical marijuana bill back to Utah's Capitol Hill during the 2016 session [Fox 13].

On this day in history:

  • 1937 – King George VI was crowned at Westminster Abbey.
  • 1949 – Soviet authorities announced the end of the Berlin blockade that lasted 328 days. The effects of the action were neutralized by the Allies' Berlin airlift.
  • 2002 – Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter visited Cuba, becoming the first current or former president to visit the country since the communist takeover in 1959.
  • 2003 – Fifty-nine Texas House Democrats fled to Oklahoma to prevent passage of a congressional redistricting bill.