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Tuesday, January 13, 2015
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Ten Things You Need to Know for Tuesday - January 13, 2015
Obama to meet with Congressional leaders. Lawmakers set to fight over tax hikes and budget cuts. Ryan not running for President.
- Days until the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 13
- Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 58
- Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 210
- Days to the 2015 election - 294
- Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - 370
- Days until the 2016 presidential election - 665
Tuesday's top-10 headlines:
- President Obama is set to meet with Congressional leaders today. It's the first meeting since the GOP took control of both chambers in Congress [PBS Newshour].
- Rep. Paul Ryan, who was Mitt Romney's pick for vice president in 2012, says he will not run for president in 2016 [Bloomberg].
- The 2015 session could see battles over tax hikes and budget cuts [Utah Policy, Deseret News].
- Utah lawmakers are bracing for a big fight over SB 54 during the upcoming session [Utah Policy].
- Sen. Curt Bramble says former House Speaker Becky Lockhart is suffering from an "aggressive disease" [KSL].
- Poll shows Utah Republicans are mostly opposed to a tax hike to provide more money for Utah's schools [Utah Policy].
- Utah residents favor giving tax breaks to companies that convert their truck fleets from diesel fuel to natural gas [Utah Policy]
- Members of Gov. Gary Herbert's committee tasked with reviewing Common Core say the education standards are either equal to or more rigorous than Utah's standards [Tribune].
- A judge separates the criminal cases against former Attorneys General John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff [Tribune].
- Centerville officials are considering making changes to regulations governing political signs [Standard Examiner].
On this day in history:
- 1794 - President George Washington approved a measure adding two stars and two stripes to the American flag following the admission of Vermont and Kentucky to the union.
- 1966 - Robert C. Weaver became the first black Cabinet member as he was appointed Secretary of Housing and Urban Development by President Lyndon B. Johnson.
- 1982 - An Air Florida 737 crashed into the 14th Street Bridge in Washington, D.C., after takeoff and fell into the Potomac River, killing 78 people.
- 1990 - L. Douglas Wilder of Virginia, the nation's first elected black governor, took the oath of office in Richmond.
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