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Tuesday, January 6, 2015
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Ten Things You Need to Know for Tuesday - January 6, 2015
Congress gets down to work today. 3/4 of Utahns say our own delegation should be held responsible for Congressional dysfunction. Hatch says Romney would win if he runs in 2016.
- Days until the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 20
- Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 65
- Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 217
- Days to the 2015 election - 301
- Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - 377
- Days until the 2016 presidential election - 672
Tuesday's top-10 headlines:
- The new Congress is sworn in today. While it's the most diverse ever, it's makeup is still 80% white, 80% male and 92% Christian [Washington Post].
- Utah's Congressional delegation will have a lot of influence in the new Congress when it gets underway [Tribune, Deseret News, Daily Herald].
- Our latest poll shows 3/4 of Utahns say our own members of Congress should be held responsible if dysfunction continues in Washington [Utah Policy].
- Sen. Orrin Hatch says he thinks Mitt Romney would win going away if he were to run again in 2016 [Utah Policy].
- Attorney General Sean Reyes takes the oath of office again [Deseret News, Tribune].
- Rep. Merrill Nelson is behind a bill to allow the state prison to stay in Draper [Tribune].
- The Utah GOP continues their fight again SB 54 [Deseret News].
- Utah schools with fewer minority students tended to do outperform those schools that were more diverse [Tribune].
- The price of oil drops below $50 a barrel for the first time since 2009 [Bloomberg].
- Tune in alert - Frontline examines how the NRA became a political powerhouse in America [PBS].
On this day in history:
- 1912 - New Mexico became the 47th state.
- 1994 - Figure skater Nancy Kerrigan was clubbed on the right leg in an assault planned by the ex-husband of her rival, Tonya Harding.
- 2001 - Congress certified Republican George W. Bush the winner of the close and bitterly contested 2000 presidential election.
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