Ten Things You Need to Know for Tuesday – June 2, 2015

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is "National Leave the Office Early Day," so tell your boss you'll be stepping out early today to enjoy the early summer weather.

A group files a fraud complaint against Rep. Ken Ivory. Mia Love could be vulnerable in her 2016 re-election bid. Sen. Mike Lee says his bill prohibiting the collection of Americans' phone data should get a vote soon.


  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections – 70
  • Days to the 2015 election – 154
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) – 231
  • Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – 238
  • Days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary – 239
  • Days to the 2016 Utah primary election – 393
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election – 526

Tuesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Trouble brewing for Hillary Clinton? A new survey says more people have an unfavorable view of the Democratic frontrunner now than at any time since 2001 [CNN].
  2. A good government group files fraud complaints in three states against Rep. Ken Ivory alleging he scammed local governments into financially supporting his quest to wrest control of public lands from the federal government [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News, KUER].
  3. A new poll shows Rep. Mia Love could be vulnerable to defeat in a 2016 re-election campaign while Rep. Jason Chaffetz is in good shape for next year [Utah Policy].
  4. Sen. Mike Lee says he expects his bill ending collection of Americans' phone data to get a vote as early as Tuesday [Deseret News].
  5. A female Salt Lake City firefighter alleged gender-based discrimination against Brian Dale before he was appointed as the city's new Fire Chief. That claim was known to Mayor Ralph Becker and some City Council members prior to Dale's promotion [Tribune].
  6. A man sentenced to die for a 1985 murder case is asking for a new trial, claiming lawyers for the LDS Church interfered with a previous trial [Deseret News, Tribune].
  7. A Senate committee approves the appointment of former Sen. Pat Jones to the Utah State Board of Regents. Jones' nomination now moves to the full Senate [Deseret News].
  8. A Koch Brothers backed group, Americans for Prosperity, launches a campaign against Medicaid expansion in Utah [Utah Policy, Deseret News].
  9. A candidate for Midvale City Council wants to make history as the first openly transgender person to win office in Utah [Fox 13].
  10. Amanda Smith, who recently stepped down as the head of Utah's Department of Environmental Quality, takes a job with a law firm with clients in the energy industry [Utah Policy, Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1851 – Maine became the first state to enact a law prohibiting alcohol.
  • 1865 – The Civil War officially came to an end when Confederate Gen. Edmund Kirby Smith, commander of the Confederate forces west of the Mississippi, signed the surrender terms offered by Union negotiators.
  • 1924 – Congress granted U.S. citizenship to all American Indians.
  • 1981 – The Japanese video arcade game "Donkey Kong" made its U.S. debut.
  • 1997 – A federal jury in Denver convicted Timothy McVeigh in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing that killed 168 people. He was sentenced to death.