Ten Things You Need to Know for Wednesday – May 13, 2015

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is national "Apple Pie Day." The first apple pie recipe was published in England way back in 1381.

The Utah GOP is moving toward complying with SB54. It's getting nasty between two top Democrats in Salt Lake County. The Prison Relocation Commission will not take public comment during their upcoming meetings.


  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections – 90
  • Days to the 2015 election – 174
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) – 251
  • Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – 258
  • Days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary – 259
  • Days to the 2016 Utah primary election – 413
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election – 546

Wednesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. The first results from the Utah GOP's survey show Republicans want the party to comply with SB54 [Utah Policy, Tribune].
  2. The new leadership of the Salt Lake County Republican Party are vehemently opposed to SB54 [Utah Policy].
  3. Allegations of wrongdoing are flying between Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams and his former campaign manager Rep. Justin Miller [Tribune].
  4. The Prison Relocation Commission will not take public comment during their upcoming slate of meetings about moving the Utah State Prison [Tribune].
  5. Utah's Libertarian Party becomes the first to reach "qualified" status under SB54 [Tribune].
  6. Presumed GOP frontrunner Jeb Bush announces he will skip the Iowa Straw Poll this summer [Des Moines Register].
  7. The Utah State School Board axes two top managers [Tribune, Deseret News].
  8. The World Congress of Families, labeled as a hate group by some, is planning to hold their national conference in Salt Lake City this October [Tribune, Deseret News, KUER, Fox 13].
  9. Landlords are worried about the effects of Utah's new statewide non-discrimination law that went into effect on Tuesday [Deseret News].
  10. Rocky Mountain Power is resurrecting a plan to put a surcharge on customers who use solar panels to power their homes [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1607 – Jamestown, the first permanent English colony in North America, was founded in present-day Virginia.
  • 1846 – The United States declared war on Mexico.
  • 1981 – Pope John Paull II was shot and wounded in St. Peter's Square by Turkish assailant Mehmet Ali Agca.
  • 1985 – A Philadelphia police helicopter bombed a house controlled by the radical organization MOVE. Eleven people died, and the fire destroyed 53 homes.