Top Things You Need to Know for Friday – May 15, 2015

Happy Friday! Another work week done. Have a great weekend. Here are today’s highlights:


  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections – 88
  • Days to the 2015 election – 172
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) – 249
  • Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – 256
  • Days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary – 257
  • Days to the 2016 Utah primary election – 411
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election – 544

Fridayday's top headlines:

— 51 percent of Republicans think GOP Chair James Evans should be re-elected (Utah Policy).

— Gov. Gary Herbert is keeping an open mind on legalizing medical marijuana for medical purposes (Utah PolicyTribuneDeseret News).

— Herbert says the 'civil war' within Utah GOP ranks is unhealthy and needs to be resolved (Associated Press). 

— Herbert says state leaders are on track to have a Medicaid expansion plan in place by this summer(Deseret NewsSalt Lake Tribune). 

— Paul Rolly spotlights the upcoming fight-for-charity between Mitt Romney and Evander Holyfield (Salt Lake Tribune).

— An outside consultant says Salt Lake City's homeless services are disorganized and dysfunctional (Salt Lake TribuneDeseret News). 

— The Utah Women’s Leadership Institute gets off to a rousing start (Utah Policy, Tribune).

— Greg Bell says minority graduation improvements are impressive, but Utah has much work ahead to create education excellence (Deseret News).

On this day in history:

  • 1252 – Pope Innocent IV issued the papal bull ad exstirpanda, authorizing torture of heretics
  • 1869 – National Woman Suffrage Association was founded by Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton
  • 1937 – Madeleine Albright, America’s first female secretary of state, is born Maria Jana Korbelova in Prague, Czechoslovakia
  • 1940 – McDonald's opened its first restaurant, in San Bernardino CA