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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:

  1. 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].
  2. 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].
  3. Here are the top-10 Utah political news stories from 2014 as voted on by our readers [Utah Policy].
  4. 20 states will raise their minimum wage on New Year's Day [Huffington Post]. 
  5. Bad weather is hindering the search for more bodies from the crashed AirAsia plane in the Java Sea [CNN].
  6. "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].
  7. Nearly 50,000 Utahns have signed up for Obamacare this year [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune].
  8. Utah confidence dips a bit but still remains high [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune].
  9. An Idaho toddler accidentally shoots and kills his mother in a Wal Mart [Washington Post].
  10. 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....

Bryan Schott's Political BS: The Year in Politics (Part 2)
Oh, yeah! That totally happened this year. It's time to finish our look at the big events in Utah politics for the past year....

Your Picks for the Top Utah Political News Stories of 2014
We asked and you answered. Here are your picks for the top Utah political news stories from the past year....

Weekly Survey: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly from 2014
2014 is coming to a close. Give us your thoughts on the "good," the "bad" and the "ugly" in Utah politics from the past year....

Featured Items

49,740 People in Utah Selected 2015 Marketplace Plans in the First Month of Open Enrollment
According to a report released by the Department of Health and Human Services today, 49,740 people in Utah selected plans through the Health Insurance Marketplace leading up to the December 15 deadline for coverage beginning Jan. 1, 2015.  About 89 percent of Utah ...

Utah Consumer Attitude Dips in December as Consumers Ponder Job Prospects
The Zions Bank Utah Consumer Attitude Index declined 7.5 points to 109.3 in December, returning to its September level after significant increases in recent months....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Duchesne sewage case shows the cost of booming

Utah consumer confidence dips, but up for year

Rolly: A speeding lobbyist, a costumed DUI suspect and more quirky stories from 2014

So far, nearly 50,000 Utahns in Obamacare for 2015

Mia Love sidesteps colleague's white supremacist scandal

Deseret News

Op-ed: Prison in Tooele County bad for Utah

Utah consumer index down slightly, still at peak level

Mia Love says House leader who spoke to white supremacist group in 2002 has been 'extremely helpful'


Sheriff questions Utah County Commission for 2015 budget (Daily Herald)

County makes last-minute deal to donate to UVU, purchase Bridal Veil Falls (Daily Herald)

Editorial: IRS cuts will affect us (Standard-Examiner)

Report provides a glimpse of Utah's environment in 2014 (Standard-Examiner)

Layton senators skeptical of road funds availability (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

The Year in Fear (Politico)

14 quotes that drove the news in 2014 (Politico)

More millennials missing out on recovery, living with parents (The Hill)

GOP closes ranks around Scalise (The Hill)

Boos for de Blasio at event (Associated Press)

Officers killed by firearms up 56% in 2014, report says (Seattle Times)

De Blasio's Eventful Rookie Year (Wall Street Journal)

Tensions remain after New York City mayor meets police unions (Reuters)

Steve Scalise distances himself from racially charged politics of the Deep South (Washington Post)

Spokesman: George H.W. Bush released from hospital (Associated Press)

Arkansas One Of 21 States Raising Minimum Wage On January 1 (CNNMoney)

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Wise Words

What Remains
Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school. ~Albert EinsteinQuote Garden

Lighter Side

Cuba Relations
"The U.S. is re-establishing relations with Cuba. But before President Obama can lift the embargo, it will need approval from the Republican-controlled Congress or as Republicans who called Obama said, 'Close, but no cigar.'" Jimmy Fallon Political Humor