Ten Things You Need to Know for Monday – June 8, 2015

Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is "National Best Friends Day" which just highlights how very lonely I am. Who made up this stupid holiday in the first place?

Questions are arising from some of Attorney General Sean Reyes' campaign donations. Biskupski sits down for an interview to talk about the 2015 election. What's next in the prison relocation process?


  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections – 64
  • Days to the 2015 election – 148
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) – 225
  • Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – 232
  • Days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary – 233
  • Days to the 2016 Utah primary election – 387
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election – 520

Monday's top-10 headlines:

  1. An analysis shows Attorney General Sean Reyes is still accepting donations from groups and individuals who may have business with his office [Tribune].
  2. Salt Lake City mayoral candidate Jackie Biskupski sits down for an extensive interview [Utah Policy].
  3. Gov. Gary Herbert appoints two to the Utah Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News].
  4. What should we make of Utah's last-place standing in per-pupil spending? [Deseret News]
  5. What's next in the prison relocation process? [Daily Herald]
  6. The next court hearings for former Attorneys General John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff have been pushed back [Tribune].
  7. Thousands of Utahns gather in Salt Lake City for the Pride Festival [Tribune, Deseret News, ABC 4, Fox 13].
  8. Rep. Jake Anderegg plans to run legislation next year to crack down on speed traps following a speeding ticket he claims was given to him in error [Fox 13].  
  9. The U.S. Forest Service is conducting a study to determine the effects of climate change on millions of acres of land in the west [Deseret News].
  10. Utah County officials are planning for an expected population boom [Daily Herald].

On this day in history:

  • 1789 – James Madison proposed the Bill of Rights, which led to the first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution.
  • 1982 – In the first speech by an American president to a joint session of the British Parliament, President Ronald Reagan predicted that Marxism-Leninism would wind up "on the ash heap of history."
  • 1987 – Fawn Hall, the secretary to national security aide Oliver North, testified at the Iran-Contra hearings, saying she had helped to shred some documents.
  • 2003 – U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell said he stood by his testimony before the United Nationals that Iraq did have weapons of mass destruction before the war.