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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:

  1. 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].
  2. Utah's Congressional delegation will have a lot of influence in the new Congress when it gets underway [Tribune, Deseret News, Daily Herald].
  3. 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].
  4. Sen. Orrin Hatch says he thinks Mitt Romney would win going away if he were to run again in 2016 [Utah Policy].
  5. Attorney General Sean Reyes takes the oath of office again [Deseret News, Tribune].
  6. Rep. Merrill Nelson is behind a bill to allow the state prison to stay in Draper [Tribune].
  7. The Utah GOP continues their fight again SB 54 [Deseret News].
  8. Utah schools with fewer minority students tended to do outperform those schools that were more diverse [Tribune].
  9. The price of oil drops below $50 a barrel for the first time since 2009 [Bloomberg].
  10. 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.

Today At Utah Policy

Poll: Utahns Would Blame Our Members of Congress for Gridlock
Nearly 3/4 of Utahns say if gridlock continues in Washington, members of our delegation should be held responsible....

A Conversation with Sen. Orrin Hatch (Video)
The 114th Congress gets down to work this week. With the new Republican majority in the Senate, Sen. Orrin Hatch becomes one of the most influental members of that body as the new chair of the Senate Finance Committee and President Pro Tempore....

Hatch: Rebuild the Tax Code
In a National Review op-ed, Sen. Orrin Hatch offers seven guiding principles for comprehensive income-tax reform....

Poll: Utahns are Fed Up With Washington Gridlock
Nearly 80 percent of Utahns want Democratic President Barack Obama and the new GOP-controlled Congress to compromise and solve some of the major issues facing the nation, a new UtahPolicy poll finds....

Featured Items

Washington D.C. Update What to Expect From the New Congress
The 114th Congress will convene on Jan. 6.  With Republicans strengthening their majority in the House and taking control of the Senate, what can we expect from the new congress? ...

Utah Foundation Welcomes 2015 with Addition of Three New Employees
Utah Foundation today announced the addition of three new employees to its growing staff, including Dan Bammes as communications director, and two research analysts, Christopher Collard and Melissa Proctor. ...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Effort to undo SB54 shows why it's needed

Reyes takes A.G. oath a second time, pledges high standards

Mia Love awaits her date with history

McAdams' memories of mom elevate oath ceremony

Utah seeks comments on governor's proposed ban on burning

7 ways religious affiliation will (and won't) change in the new Congress

New bill would allow Utah State Prison to stay in Draper

Black politicians beat odds in Utah

Deseret News

Op-ed: Threat of wood-burning regulations

Editorial: As U.S. combat operations end in Afghanistan, what have we learned?

State GOP promises to fight SB54 on many fronts

Utah ready to punch above its weight in Congress

Sean Reyes sworn in to lead A.G.'s office

Hatch and Love ready for new roles


Pamela Openshaw: We are fighting the 'big boys' for our land (Daily Herald)

Mia Love excited for first day on the job (Daily Herald)

Greg Graves and Bill Lee take their seats on new Utah County Commission (Daily Herald)

New officials added to Davis County government (Standard-Examiner)

'Confidence in your abilities': Cache County elected officials sworn in (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

Why Republicans Are Ready for Hillary (Politico)

Jewish Republicans gird for a fight (Politico)

Gohmert: More than 10 oppose Boehner (The Hill)

The Republicans who will vote against Boehner for Speaker (The Hill)

House to vote on Keystone bill Friday (The Hill)

White House coy on Keystone veto (The Hill)

De Blasio speaks out about NYPD cops' back-turning at officers' funeral: 'They were disrespectful to the families' (New York Daily News)

Obama Faces Stronger Opposition From New Congress (Voice of America)

Feinstein Urges Changes to Avoid Repeat of CIA Torture (Associated Press)

Ex-CBS reporter charges Obama administration hacked her computer (UPI)

'America's Bitter Pill' author Steven Brill on Obamacare (CBS News)

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Lighter Side

Outgoing Congress
"After closing their final session, the outgoing 113th Congress has an approval rating of just 16 percent. To give you some perspective, Cosby is at 17." Seth MeyersPolitical Humor