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Monday, December 29, 2014

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Ten Things You Need to Know for Monday - December 29, 2014

Obama says he will continue to push for immigration reform. Dueling police rallies in Salt Lake City. Matheson says goodbye.


  • Days until the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 28
  • Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 73
  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 225
  • Days to the 2015 election - 309
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - 385
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election - 680

Monday's top-10 headlines:

  1. President Obama says he plans to continue to work on immigration reform during the final two years of his presidency [NPR].
  2. The search for a missing AirAsia plane continues, but officials say the airliner is likely at the bottom of the Java Sea [Fox News].
  3. A Greek ferry en route to Italy caught fire stranding hundreds of passengers on the Adriatic Sea [CNN].
  4. A pro-police rally in downtown Salt Lake City draws a number of counter protesters [Deseret News, Tribune].
  5. The Constitution Party wants to join the Utah GOP's lawsuit against SB 54 [Fox 13].
  6. Rep. Jim Matheson is retiring from Congress, but he may not be finished with politics [Deseret News].
  7. Matheson offers his benediction in an op-ed [Tribune].
  8. Rep. Becky Lockhart reflects on her term as Utah's first woman Speaker of the House [Tribune].
  9. The head of the Crossroads Urban Center says business groups are driving the effort to move the downtown homeless shelter [Tribune].
  10. Sony says their PlayStation Network is getting back online after hackers took the service down over the holidays [Huffington Post].

On this day in history:

  • 1845 - Texas was admitted to the Union as the 28th state.
  • 1916 - Gregory Rasputin, the monk who wielded powerful influence over the Russian court, was murdered by a group of noblemen.
  • 1989 - Vaclav Havel was elected president of Czechoslovakia, becoming the first non-Communist to hold the post in more than four decades.
  • 1999 - The NASDAQ closed above 4,000 for the first time.

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Rolly: Rocky Anderson says presidential debates a fraud

Op-ed: Let health-care industry pay for Healthy Utah

Op-ed: Matheson: Thanks, Utah, for allowing me to serve you

Op-ed: Utah prison movers miss opportunity for real change

Editorial: Time to make the best of prison move juggernaut

Editorial: Who does our attorney general work for?

Editorial: Let 2015 be the year of investing in Utah schools

Business interests pushing homeless shelter relocation, provider says

Rolly: Mike Lee has a new phone buddy: Barack Obama

Keele leaving SL County for U. policy lab

Utah's abortion rate at record low

Foreclosures: Does Utah or Texas law govern here?

Lockhart's Legacy: First female speaker prides herself on collaborative style

Deseret News

Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Our year-end Utah politico awards for 2014

A. Scott Anderson: Peace on earth comes from principled living

Natalie Gochnour: Of 'muddle,' hope, Longfellow and a grandmother's will to sing again

Robert Bennett: Finally, good possibilities with Cuba

John Florez: The people's voices don't count

Editorial: S.L. County finding social impact bonding is well worth a try

Editorial: Keep marriage questions

Groups weigh in on regional haze plan

Doug Robinson: Advocate's plea: Please return to Utah Lake

Utah came first for Rep. Jim Matheson, but what comes next?

About Utah: Jen Seelig came to Utah and made history


North Utah County: 2014 growth causes ripple effect (Daily Herald)

Orem emerges from economic dearth (Daily Herald)

Downs and Rawlings attend last County Commission meeting (Standard-Examiner)

Cache legislators consider options to better maintain roads (Logan Herald Journal)

On the edge: Hopes high as branding effort enters second year (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

The GOP's 2016 slate may be its most diverse ever (Politico)

Giuliani criticizes Obama's 'poster boy for hating the police,' Al Sharpton (The Hill)

Graham: GOP must tackle immigration to win White House (The Hill)

10 senators who could lose reelection in 2016 (The Hill)

Bratton rebukes his N.Y. police officers for turning backs on mayor (Los Angeles Times)

Tensions with New York City police go beyond racial issues: commissioner (Reuters)

GOP puts up a bigger tent for minority challenge (Associated Press)

Christie: Port Authority legislation 'too narrow,' recommendations of panel better (

California Growers Fear Pres. Obama's Executive Action On Immigration Will Intensify Farm Labor Shortage (CBS)

Electronic eavesdropping: NSA reports on its privacy violations (Christian Science Monitor)

5 highlights on Jeb Bush as he considers 2016 presidential election (CNN)

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Wise Words

Apple Fall
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Sleep in Late
"During a recent Q & A with children, first lady Michelle Obama said that what she wants for Christmas is to sleep in late. Which is why this year Biden promised not to jump on her bed when it's time to open presents." Jimmy Fallon Political Humor

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