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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:

  1. John Boehner wins another term as Speaker of the U.S. House despite an unusually high number of Republican votes against him [Politico].
  2. A new poll shows Utahns want Congress to focus on issues like immigration reform and the federal debt, but not climate change [Utah Policy].
  3. President Obama would veto the Keystone XL pipeline according to a spokesperson [Washington Post].
  4. Outgoing House Speaker Becky Lockhart is critically ill with an undisclosed illness [Deseret News, Tribune].
  5. President Obama commits to working with Gov. Gary Herbert on finding grounds for compromise during further negotiations over Healthy Utah [Deseret NewsTribune].
  6. Rep. Mia Love officially takes her seat in Congress [Tribune, Deseret News].
  7. Sen. Mike Lee is named to a leadership post by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell [Utah Policy, Tribune].
  8. Radio host Glen Beck freaks out because Rep. Chris Stewart voted to keep Bohener as Speaker [Tribune].
  9. Legislative leaders say taxes to fund transportation projects will be going up this year [Tribune].
  10. 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.

Today At Utah Policy

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Family: Former Speaker Lockhart critically ill with unknown condition

Salt Lake City Council picks Garrott as chairman

Obama commits to compromise on Herbert's Healthy Utah plan

Judge orders Utah anti-fed protest leader Phil Lyman to pay for own defense

California activists charged under Utah's 'ag-gag' law for photographing pig farm

Legislators: Utah tax hikes coming for gas, roads, transit

Hatch now third in line for presidency as Senate president pro tem

Glenn Beck says Utah's Rep. Chris Stewart is losing his soul

Wildlife managers approve plan to kill more bears in Utah

Deseret News

Op-ed: Utah students need better overall preparation for job future

Richard Davis: Take partisan politics out of AG's office

Editorial: Let SB54 take effect and tweak it, rather than repeal it

Orrin Hatch and Mia Love ready for new roles

Jewell issues order on wildfire season to protect sage grouse habitat

U. professor Paul Cassell fires back at Alan Dershowitz, files defamation suit

Utah has no plans to sue Colorado over marijuana 'today,' Herbert says

Hatch, Love attract crowds as congressional session gets underway


Don Porter: State bigshots make too much money (Standard-Examiner)

State of the City: New rec center plan highlights Logan mayor's address (Logan Herald Journal)

Op-ed: Herald Editorial unfair portrayal of county leaders (Daily Herald)

Mike Lee to join national Republican leadership (Daily Herald)

Utah County thoughts on Mia Love as she makes national history (Daily Herald)

From mosquitoes to making history: a brief history of Mia Love's career (Daily Herald)

National Headlines

Majority Rules: A field guide to the new Republican Congress (Politico)

Four centrist Democrats buck Pelosi (The Hill)

The Republicans who voted against Boehner for Speaker (The Hill)

Retribution for Boehner foe? (The Hill)

Ex-Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell gets 2 years for corruption (Associated Press)

Republicans push Keystone bill, White House threatens veto (The Hill)

Boehner elected to 3rd term as House speaker, as GOP takes control of Congress (FOX News)

Jeb Bush And The Return of 'Compassionate Conservatism' (NBC News)

Biden and the kids of Congress steal the show on opening day (USA Today)

Homeland Security Watchdog Recommends Grounding Border Drones (Daily Caller)

Man Claiming to Be Top Kony Aide Surrenders to U.S. Forces in Africa (Wall Street Journal)

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