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Monday, January 26, 2015
Ten Things You Need to Know for Monday - January 26, 2015
Utah Legislature gets underway. Romney reportedly considering a run because of his LDS faith. Utah County GOP opposes Healthy Utah.
- Today is the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature
- Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 45
- Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 197
- Days to the 2015 election - 281
- Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - 357
- Days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - 364
- Days to the 2016 Utah presidential primary - 519
- Days until the 2016 presidential election - 652
Monday's top-10 headlines:
- The Utah Legislature gets underway today. Utahns rank education funding, preparing high school students for the job market and developing energy resources in the state as their top priorities [Utah Policy].
- Dealing with the gasoline tax is expected to be a big battle on the Hill this session [Tribune, Deseret News].
- People close to Mitt Romney say he's considering a third run for president because of his Mormon faith [New York Times].
- GOP presidential hopefuls gather in Iowa to court voters [Wall Street Journal].
- The Utah County GOP votes to oppose Gov. Gary Herbert's Healthy Utah alternative to Medicaid expansion [Tribune].
- Accused fraudster Mark Sessions Jenson claims he paid off an associate of former Attorney General Mark Shurtleff to continue with his access to Shurtleff during a criminal prosecution [Tribune].
- Utah Democrats honor the career of former Rep. Jim Matheson at their annual fundraiser [Deseret News].
- Utah's unemployment rate drops to 3.5% [Utah Policy, Deseret News].
- Rep. Rob Bishop is pushing a measure to allow the U.S. Border Patrol to enforce, or waive, environmental laws within 100 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border [Tribune].
- The east coast, including New York and Boston, is bracing for a massive snow storm that has already caused the cancelation of hundreds of flights [New York Daily News].
On this day in history:
- 1837 - Michigan became the 26th state.
- 1861 - Louisiana seceded from the Union.
- 1870 - Virginia rejoined the Union.
- 1998 - President Bill Clinton denied having an affair with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky, telling reporters, "I did not have sexual relations with that woman."
- 2005 - Condoleezza Rice was sworn in as secretary of state.
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