Ten Things You Need to Know for Friday – November 7, 2014

Greg Hughes is the new Speaker of the House. Out-of-state group launches campaign against Herbert's "Healthy Utah" plan. Hatch starts to make noise about running for another term.


  • Days until the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature – 80
  • Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature – 125
  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections – 277
  • Days to the 2015 election – 361
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative) – 437
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election – 732

Friday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Utah Republicans pick Greg Hughes as the new Speaker of the House; Wayne Niederhauser wins another term as Senate President [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune].
  2. A Florida-based group is launching a campaign against Gov. Gary Herbert's "Healthy Utah" alternative to Medicaid expansion [Utah Policy].
  3. Despite promising this would be his last term in Washington, Sen. Orrin Hatch is leaving the door open to another run in 2018 [Deseret News].
  4. Mia Love lands on another list of "rising stars" in the Republican party [New York Times].
  5. Rep. Jason Chaffetz warns his fellow Republicans that Americans want results from them now that they control both houses of Congress [Associated Press].
  6. Rep. Chris Stewart says he expects the Republican-controlled Congress to get things done next year [Utah Policy].
  7. The Cedar Hills Recorder wants the city to move to vote by mail to save money [Daily Herald].
  8. Utah state attorneys plan to look at a federal court ruling upholding same-sex marriage bans in four states to see if it has any bearing on Utah's own ban [Tribune].
  9. A group of clergy and advocates are pushing officials to provide more low-income housing [Deseret News].
  10. Pleasant Grove voters reject a $12.7 bond to build a new public safety building by a scant 322 votes [KSL].

On this day in history:

  • 1893 – Passage of a referendum made Colorado the first state to grant women the right to vote.
  • 1916 – Republican Jeannette Rankin of Montana became the first woman elected to Congress.
  • 1917 – Russia's Bolshevik Revolution took place as forces led by Vladimir Ilyich Lenin overthrew the provisional government of Alexander Kerensky.
  • 2009 – The Democratic-controlled House narrowly passed landmark health care legislation to expand coverage to tens of millions who lacked it and placed tough new restrictions on the insurance industry.