Ten Things You Need to Know for Friday – May 29, 2015

Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is "National Paperclip Day." The first patent for the paperclip was issued in 1867.

Hughes says Medicaid expansion talks are ongoing. A poll shows McAdams in good shape to win another term in 2016. Tooele County residents turn out to oppose prison relocation.


  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections – 74
  • Days to the 2015 election – 158
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) – 235
  • Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – 242
  • Days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary – 243
  • Days to the 2016 Utah primary election – 397
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election – 530

Friday's top-10 headlines:

  1. House Speaker Greg Hughes talks about the ongoing Medicaid expansion talks and gives his thoughts on Rep. Justin Miller's legal problems [Utah Policy].
  2. Utah Superintendent Brad Smith urges lawmakers to focus less on throwing more money at education and more on improving student outcomes [Tribune, Deseret News].
  3. A new poll says a majority of Salt Lake County residents think Mayor Ben McAdams deserves another term in office [Utah Policy].
  4. Tooele County resident turn out in opposition to prison relocation during a legislative open house [Deseret News, Tribune, 2 News].
  5. The DABC is running out of beer and wine licenses [Tribune].
  6. The Department of the Interior releases management plans for the greater sage grouse as part of a larger land management proposal [Tribune, Deseret News].
  7. The Wasatch Front Regional Council unveils their 30-year transportation plan for Utah [KUER].
  8. More bad news for Utah's drought situation [Deseret News].
  9. Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert was indicted by the FBI for paying "hush money" to a longtime acquaintance [Chicago Sun Times].
  10. Former Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley is set to launch his bid for the Democratic presidential nomination this weekend [New York Times].

On this day in history:

  • 1765 – Patrick Henry denounced the Stamp Act before Virginia's House of Burgesses, saying, "If this be treason, make the most of it!"
  • 1790 – Rhode Island became the last of the original 13 states to ratify the U.S. Constitution.
  • 1953 – Edmund Hillary of New Zeland and Tenzing Norgay of Nepal became the first men to reach the top of Mount Everest.
  • 2012 – Texas primary election results gave Mitt Romney enough delegates to clinch the Republic presidential nomination.