Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is "National Say Something Nice Day," so hold your insults until tomorrow.
The Utah GOP cries "uncle" in their fight against SB54. The U.S. Senate lets parts of the PATRIOT Act expire…for now. Voters don't think Reps. Rob Bishop and Chris Stewart deserve another term in office.
- Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections – 71
- Days to the 2015 election – 155
- Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) – 232
- Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – 239
- Days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary – 240
- Days to the 2016 Utah primary election – 394
- Days until the 2016 presidential election – 527
Monday's top-10 headlines:
- The Utah Republican Central Committee votes to comply with SB54 to ensure their place on the ballot in 2016 [Deseret News, Tribune, Fox 13].
- The U.S. Senate lets parts of the PATRIOT Act expire as they fail to extend the NSA's bulk collection of phone metadata [Politico, Washington Post].
- Fewer than half of voters think Reps. Rob Bishop and Chris Stewart deserve another term in Congress, but those numbers may not be as alarming as you might think [Utah Policy].
- Mormon Apostle L. Tom Perry passes away at the age of 92 [Tribune, Deseret News, 2 News].
- Sen. Todd Weiler plans to sponsor legislation in 2016 protecting the rights of adult children to visit ailing parents [Associated Press].
- Candidates for municipal office are filing for this year's races across the state [Tribune, Deseret News].
- Rental rates in Salt Lake City are increasing [Deseret News].
- The Salt Lake Police Association is joining the call for the hiring of more officers [Deseret News].
- The West Jordan City Council approves spending up to $24,000 on a "head hunter" to find a new city manager [Tribune].
- Sen. Lindsey Graham and Ohio Gov. John Kasich are set to join the already crowded Republican presidential field [MSNBC].
On this day in history:
- 1812 – President James Madison warned Congress that war with Britain was imminent. The War of 1812 started 17 days later.
- 1964 – The U.S. Supreme Court banned prayers and Bible teaching in public shools on the constitutional grounds of separation of church and state.
- 1967 – The album "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" by the Beatles was released.
- 1980 – CNN went on the air as TV's first all-news service.