Ten Things You Need to Know for Monday – July 6, 2015

Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City. 

The economic crisis in Greece worsens as voters reject a bailout plan. Utahns oppose raising the age for receiving Social Security. Herbert appoints Lockhart to the State School Board.


  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections – 36
  • Days to the 2015 election – 120
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) – 197
  • Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature – 204
  • Days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary – 205
  • Days to the 2016 Utah primary election – 359
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election – 492

Monday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Voters in Greece reject terms of a financial bailout for that country's economic crisis. Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis resigns hours after the referendum [BBC].
  2. Our latest survey finds most Utahns oppose raising the age at which they can start receiving Social Security from 66 to 70 [Utah Policy].
  3. Gov. Gary Herbert appoints tech lobbyist Stan Lockhart to the State Board of Education [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News].
  4. The Utah elections office rules a potential ballot initiative on term limits is unconstitutional [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune, KUER].
  5. Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker has a big campaign cash advantage over his four rivals [Tribune, Fox 13].
  6. LDS Church leader Boyd K. Packer dies at the age of 90 [Tribune, Deseret News, ABC 4, Daily Herald].
  7. Utah Highway Patrol officers have pulled over thousands of drivers for violating the state's new primary seat belt law [Tribune].
  8. Kate Kelly resigns from the leadership of Ordain Women [Tribune].
  9. World Champs! The U.S. Women's National Team destroys Japan en route to winning their first World Cup since 1999 [Deadspin].
  10. Fare thee well! Sonia Manzano, the actress who played Maria on Sesame Street for 44 years, is retiring [NPR].

On this day in history:

  • 1854 – The Republican Party was formally established at a meeting in New York City.
  • 1923 – The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics was formed.
  • 1942 – Diarist Anne Frank and her family took refuge in a secret section of an Amsterdam warehouse where they hid from the Nazis for two years.
  • 1957 – John Lennon and Paul McCartney met for the first time as teenagers at a church in Liverpool, England following a performance by Lennon's band, the Quarrymen.
  • 1958 – Alaska became the 49th U.S. state.