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Thursday, January 8, 2015

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Ten Things You Need to Know for Thursday - January 8, 2015

Obama to propose plan to boost housing market. House to vote on Obamacare legislation. Hillyard hopes for no new gun legislation in 2015.


  • Days until the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 18
  • Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 63
  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 215
  • Days to the 2015 election - 299
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - 375
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 670

Thursday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Two of the suspects in the attack on French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo are still at large this Thursday morning. 12 people died in the attack [CNN].
  2. President Obama will unveil a proposal to boost the lagging housing market ahead of his State of the Union address [Politico].
  3. The House is expected to pass a bill establishing a 40-hour workweek instead of the current 30-hour week mandated under Obamacare [The Hill].
  4. Utah leaders react to the news that former House Speaker Becky Lockhart is critically ill [Deseret News].
  5. A preliminary evidentiary hearing in the case against former Attorney General John Swallow is set for June [Tribune, Deseret News].
  6. Sen, Lyle Hillyard says he's hoping there will be no new gun legislation proposed during the 2015 session [Cache Valley Daily].
  7. Utahns overwhelmingly support requiring high school students to pass the U.S. citizenship test in order to graduate [Utah Policy].
  8. House Speaker Greg Hughes hires former Deseret News reporter Chuck Gates to handle communications for the House majority [Utah Policy].
  9. Officials from Tooele and Grantsville sign resolutions opposing the relocation of the Utah State Prison to near their communities [Deseret News].
  10. Four U.S. cities are vying to host the 2024 Summer Olympic Games. The U.S. Olympic Committee is set to pick which one will make the final bid as early as this week [New York Times].

On this day in history:

  • 1964 - President Lyndon B. Johnson declared a war on poverty.
  • 1982 - AT&T settled the Justice Department's antitrust lawsuit against it by agreeing to divest itself of the 22 Bell System companies.
  • 1987 - The Dow Jones industrial average closed above 2,000 for the first time.
  • 2011 - Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was shot and critically wounded when a gunman opened fire as the congresswoman met with constituents in Tucson. Six people were killed and 12 others were injured.

Today At Utah Policy

Poll: Utahns Support Increased Civics Knowledge to Graduate
Utahns really, really like the idea of requiring Utah high school students to pass the U.S. Citizenship test before graduating....

Hughes Hires Gates as Communications Director
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Utahns Want Congress to Prioritize Federal Debt, Social Security
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Bryan Schott's Political BS: The Straight Ticket Conundrum
There’s a reason that nobody is talking about that could be why the Utah GOP has filed a lawsuit to keep SB 54 from going into effect....

Lockhart's Illness Reminds Us What's Important
It is with great sadness that we learn former Utah House Speaker Becky Lockhart is seriously ill....

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: No half-way way to make consumer complaints public

Saratoga Springs investigating possible cyber attack on its website

Evidence hearing set for ex-Utah AG John Swallow

Obama nominee: Utah Supreme Court justice could become 2nd female federal judge

Roy police chief resigns after just two years at the helm

Jet lag sidelines SLC mayor

Grand County bails on eastern Utah infrastructure group

West Valley leaders debate records release in Danielle Willard shooting

Deseret News

Dan Liljenquist: No double-dipping return for state retirees

Jay Evensen: As another inversion creeps in, let's look for real solutions

Editorial: A new Congress, where bickering must turn to brokering

Judge sets 5-day preliminary hearing in June for John Swallow

Obama nominates U. professor to Federal Reserve Board of Governors

Alan Dershowitz responds in legal feud with U. professor Paul Cassell

Educators seek to enhance STEM skills for current and future workforce

Tooele, Grantsville leaders sign resolutions opposing proposed prison site

Utah leaders express concern over former Utah House Speaker Becky Lockhart's 'critical illness'


Editorial: Utah GOP attacks itself (Standard-Examiner)

Students now cover more university costs than state government (Standard-Examiner)

Editorial: Utah politicians have opportunity to make an impact in D.C. (Daily Herald)

Utah's former speaker Becky Lockhart critically ill (Daily Herald)

National Headlines

A Brutal Awakening in France (Politico)

Senate GOP defiant after veto threats (The Hill)

Boehner defends retribution (The Hill)

Paris terrorist attack draws questions about Obama policies (The Hill)

Appeals Court Considers New Texas Abortion Restrictions (CBS News)

Obama, on 3-State Tour, Is Expected to Offer State of the Union 'Spoilers' (New York Times)

Warren: 'The GOP is inventing a Social Security crisis' (MSNBC)

Republicans weigh options on immigration (The Hill)

House rejects bill granting banks more time to comply with Volcker (MarketWatch)

Bill on full-time workweek sets up White House showdown (USA Today)

California high-speed rail: why big-vision projects struggle today (Christian Science Monitor)

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Wise Words

Making Excuses
He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else. ~Benjamin Franklin Quote Garden

Lighter Side

Russian Man of the Year
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