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Wednesday, January 7, 2015
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Ten Things You Need to Know for Wednesday - January 7, 2015
Boehner re-elected. Former Speaker Lockhart is critically ill. Poll shows what Utahns want Congress to focus on.
- Days until the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 19
- Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 64
- Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 216
- Days to the 2015 election - 300
- Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - 376
- Days until the 2016 presidential election - 671
Wednesday's top-10 headlines:
- John Boehner wins another term as Speaker of the U.S. House despite an unusually high number of Republican votes against him [Politico].
- A new poll shows Utahns want Congress to focus on issues like immigration reform and the federal debt, but not climate change [Utah Policy].
- President Obama would veto the Keystone XL pipeline according to a spokesperson [Washington Post].
- Outgoing House Speaker Becky Lockhart is critically ill with an undisclosed illness [Deseret News, Tribune].
- President Obama commits to working with Gov. Gary Herbert on finding grounds for compromise during further negotiations over Healthy Utah [Deseret News, Tribune].
- Rep. Mia Love officially takes her seat in Congress [Tribune, Deseret News].
- Sen. Mike Lee is named to a leadership post by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell [Utah Policy, Tribune].
- Radio host Glen Beck freaks out because Rep. Chris Stewart voted to keep Bohener as Speaker [Tribune].
- Legislative leaders say taxes to fund transportation projects will be going up this year [Tribune].
- The Salt Lake City Council picks Luke Garrott as their new chairman [Tribune].
On this day in history:
- 1789 - The first U.S. presidential election was held. Americans voted for electors who later chose George Washington to be the nation's first president.
- 1953 - President Harry S. Truman announced in his State of the Union address that the United States had developed the hydrogen bomb.
- 1999 - Presidend Bill Clinton's impeachment trial began in the Senate.
- 2006 - Rep. Tom Delay (R-Texas), facing corruption charges, stepped down as House majority leader.
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