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Ten Things You Need to Know today - Tuesday, January 5, 2015

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City. There are 361 days left in 2016.

Utahns overwhelmingly support expanding gun background checks. Biskupski officially takes the reins at City Hall. The LDS Church distances itself from the domestic terrorists in Oregon.

The clock:

  • 20 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (1/25/2016)
  • 27 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus - (2/1/2016)
  • 35 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary - (2/9/2016)
  • 65 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (3/10/2016)
  • 77 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic caucus meetings (3/22/2016)
  • 109 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic State Conventions (4/23/2016)
  • 175 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 308 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)

Tuesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. President Barack Obama is set to unveil a series of executive orders designed to crack down on gun sales in America [New York Times, Washington Post].
  2. A poll shows an overwhelming number of Utahns support expanding background checks for gun sales [Utah Policy].
  3. Sen. Orrin Hatch says President Obama is making a "mistake" with his executive actions on guns [Tribune].
  4. Jackie Biskupski takes the oath of office to become Salt Lake City's next mayor [Utah Policy, 2 News, Fox 13, ABC 4, Deseret News, Tribune].
  5. The LDS Church condemns the protesters in Oregon, who say their Mormon faith is a reason have taken control of a government building there [Deseret News, Tribune, 2 News].
  6. First it was Jason Chaffetz, now Josh Romney says he is considering a run for Utah governor in 2020 [Deseret News].
  7. Candidates begin gathering signatures to get on the 2016 primary ballot [Tribune].
  8. Mitt Romney says he's still being asked to run for president this year, including by one current presidential candidate [Deseret News].
  9. The judge who ordered a foster child removed from the care of a gay couple has retired [2 News, KSL, Fox 13, Deseret News].
  10. Donald Trump still leads the GOP field. The latest poll has him with a 17-point lead [The Hill].

On this day in history:

  • 1925 - Nellie Tayloe Ross of Wyoming was sworn in as the first woman governor in the United States.
  • 1933 - Construction began on the Golden Gate Bridge over San Francisco Bay.
  • 1949 - In his State of the Union address, President Harry S. Truman labeled his domestic program the "Fair Deal."
  • 1973 - Bruce Springsteen's debut album, "Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J.," was released.
  • 1996 - The longest government shutdown ended after 21 days when Congress passed a stopgap spending measure.

Today At Utah Policy

Poll: Utahns Overwhelmingly Support Expanded Background Checks for Gun Purchases

Utahns overwhelmingly want background checks on private gun sales that take place over the Internet or at gun shows, a new UtahPolicy poll shows....

Salt Lake City Elected Officials Take Oath of Office

Mayor Jackie Biskupski, re-elected City Council Member Charlie Luke and two new Council Members, Andrew Johnston and Derek Kitchen, were sworn into office at noon on Monday, Jan. 4, 2016 at the Salt Lake City & County Building, 451 South State Street....

Here's Donald Trump's First Campaign Ad

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2016 Candidate Tracker - Utah State Senate (Updated 1/4/2016)

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2016 Candidate Tracker - Utah State House (Updated 1/4/2016)

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'The Spin Room' - A Brave New Election World

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Policy News

Luncheon with the Consul General of Austria
World Trade Center Utah, in partnership with the Governor's Office of Economic Development and the Salt Lake Chamber, is delighted to welcome The Honorable Ulrike Ritzinger, Consul General of Austria to the United States. ...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Hatch: More productive GOP-led Senate makes Utahns better off

Editorial: Feds are right not to get trigger-happy in Oregon

Jackie Biskupski takes reins at City Hall in historic changing of the guard

Bill calls for Utah middle school students to get training on gun safety, gunmen

Utah’s Hatch: Obama is making a ‘mistake’ with executive orders on guns

Regulators to hear public comment on proposed Utah fuel plant — but only after complaint was filed

As signature gathering begins in Utah, pros are taking to the streets

Mormon leaders to Oregon militia: Your religion isn’t with you

Deseret News

Connor Boyack: Federal government tells parents they are inferior

Editorial: Oregon lawbreakers are not friends of liberty

Appellate court rules BLM must conduct inventory of artifacts

Oregon showdown echoes Utah frustration over Western lands fight

Utah officials unveil new state seal in Capitol floor

Biskupski takes office, pledges to build a more 'inclusive' city

Mitt Romney says he's still being asked to run in '16, even by a presidential candidate

Josh Romney 'strongly considering' run for governor in 2020

LDS Church condemns seizure of Oregon federal facilities by militia citing Mormon beliefs


Provo Municipal Council holds private swearing-in ceremony, then adds item to council agenda (Daily Herald)

LDS Church 'strongly condemns' Oregon militia's takeover of federal building (Standard-Examiner)

As SB54 battles rage, candidates still uncertain about how to get on 2016 ballot (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Could the Economy Tank in 2016? (Politico)

White House goes into damage control on Syria peace talks (Politico)

Cruz urges armed protesters in Oregon to 'stand down' (The Hill)

Bill gutting ObamaCare would save half-trillion over a decade, CBO finds (The Hill)

Bill Clinton Flustered When Asked Whether Past Is Fair Game (Weekly Standard)

In Oregon, Law Enforcement Faces Dilemma in Confronting Armed Group (New York Times)

Obama says he'll act on his own in coming days to strengthen gun safety (Los Angeles Times)

Trump embraces Muslim ban in opening TV ads (Washington Post)

Ben Carson Proposes Flat Tax, With Benefits Flowing to the Wealthy (New York Times)

US Markets Post Big Losses in First Trading Day of 2016 (ABC News)

Fed's Mester Shrugs Off Stocks Drop and Says U.S. Economy Sound (Bloomberg)


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