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:
- 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].
- Our latest survey finds most Utahns oppose raising the age at which they can start receiving Social Security from 66 to 70 [Utah Policy].
- Gov. Gary Herbert appoints tech lobbyist Stan Lockhart to the State Board of Education [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News].
- The Utah elections office rules a potential ballot initiative on term limits is unconstitutional [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune, KUER].
- Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker has a big campaign cash advantage over his four rivals [Tribune, Fox 13].
- LDS Church leader Boyd K. Packer dies at the age of 90 [Tribune, Deseret News, ABC 4, Daily Herald].
- Utah Highway Patrol officers have pulled over thousands of drivers for violating the state's new primary seat belt law [Tribune].
- Kate Kelly resigns from the leadership of Ordain Women [Tribune].
- World Champs! The U.S. Women's National Team destroys Japan en route to winning their first World Cup since 1999 [Deadspin].
- 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.