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Wednesday, December 31, 2014
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Ten Things You Need to Know for Wednesday - December 31, 2014
Love distances herself from Scalise. 20 states set to raise their minimum wage. "Super Dell" Schanze makes an insane claim in court.
- Days until the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 26
- Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature - 71
- Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections - 223
- Days to the 2015 election - 307
- Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - 383
- Days until the 2016 presidential election - 678
Wednesday's top-10 headlines:
- House Speaker John Boehner is throwing his support behind Majority Whip Steve Scalise after he admits speaking to a white supremacist group in 2002 [Huffington Post].
- Newly elected Rep. Mia Love wants no part of the controversy surrounding Scalise, issuing a statement that he's been "extremely helpful" to her [Tribune, Deseret News].
- Here are the top-10 Utah political news stories from 2014 as voted on by our readers [Utah Policy].
- 20 states will raise their minimum wage on New Year's Day [Huffington Post].
- Bad weather is hindering the search for more bodies from the crashed AirAsia plane in the Java Sea [CNN].
- "Super Dell" Schanze tells a judge a "human head was thrown through his window" which is a reason he should not have to give up firearms in his home [Deseret News, Tribune].
- Nearly 50,000 Utahns have signed up for Obamacare this year [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune].
- Utah confidence dips a bit but still remains high [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune].
- An Idaho toddler accidentally shoots and kills his mother in a Wal Mart [Washington Post].
- The annual list of words and phrases that should be banished from the English language includes "bae," "polar vortex" and "swag" [Lake Superior State University].
On this day in history:
- 1862 - President Abraham Lincoln signed an act admitting West Virginia to the Union.
- 1879 - Thomas Edison first publicly demonstrated his electric incandescent light.
- 1951 - The Marshall Plan expired after distributing more than $12 billion in foreign aid.
- 1974 - Private U.S. citizens were allowed to buy and own gold for the first time in more than 40 years.
Today At Utah Policy
|Top-10 Utah Political News Stories of 2014 - #2|
The Supreme Court declines to hear Utah's appeal of a ruling striking down the state's ban on same-sex marriage, meaning the practice is now legal in Utah. This is our #2 Utah news story of 2014....
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