Ten Things You Need to Know for Thursday – November 13, 2014

Proposal floated to reduce penalty for drug possession in Utah. Love makes staff appointments. Lee gets another 2016 endorsement.

Countdown:

  • Days until the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature – 74
  • Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature – 119
  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections – 271
  • Days to the 2015 election – 355
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative) – 431
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election – 726

Thursday's top-10 headlines:

  1. The Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice released a series of proposed reforms which includes making drug possession a misdemeanor [Deseret News, Tribune].
  2. Rep. Nancy Pelosi says the Republican wins on election night were not a wave [Politico].
  3. Mia Love wastes little time building her staff [Utah Policy, Daily Herald].
  4. The Club for Growth endorses Sen. Mike Lee's 2016 re-election bid [Utah Policy].
  5. Utah's voter turnout for the 2014 midterms was a dismal 29% according to a new analysis [Utah Data Points].
  6. Utah officials decry a federal decision to list the Gunnison sage grouse as threatened under the Endangered Species Act [Deseret News, Tribune].
  7. A space probe lands on a comet hurtling through space [CNN].
  8. A new report says it will take multiple generations to get children out of poverty [Tribune].
  9. Transportation officials are looking at an alternative to the proposed West Davis Corridor freeway that uses existing roads instead of building a new highway [Tribune].
  10. Salt Lake City Police Chief Chris Burbank says he would support restrictions on who can obtain certain types of firearms [KSL].

On this day in history:

  • 1956 – The Supreme Court struck down laws calling for racial segregation on public buses.
  • 1982 – The Vietnam Veterans Memorial was dedicated in Washington, D.C.
  • 1998 – President Bill Clinton agreed to pay Paula Jones $850,000 to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit.
  • 2001 – Afghanistan's ruling Taliban abanonded the capital of Kabul allowing U.S.-backed northern alliance fighters to take over the city.