Ten Things You Need to Know for Monday – November 17, 2014

GOP may have used Twitter to share information in violation of campaign finance laws. Hughes previews the 2015 session. Lee says no government shutdown to stop Obama on immigration.


  • Days until the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature – 70
  • Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature – 115
  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections – 267
  • Days to the 2015 election – 351
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative) – 427
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election – 722

Monday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Republicans and outside groups used anonymouse Twitter accounts to share polling data before the midterm elections which may have violated campaign finance laws [CNN].
  2. The State Department shuts down its email system after a hacker attack [CNET].
  3. House Speaker-elect Greg Hughes previews some of the big issues facing the Legislature in 2015 [Utah Policy].
  4. Sen. Mike Lee says there will be no government shutdown to stop President Obama from taking unilateral action on immigration [Utah Policy, TribuneDeseret News].
  5. Al Jackson wins the race to replace Sen. John Valentine by a single vote [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News, Daily Herald].
  6. Rep. Steve Eliason wants to require minors who get a drivers license to pass a final written test which will include questions to demonstrate the consequences of driving under the influence of alcohol [Tribune].
  7. The Division of Consumer Protection will not let the public take a look at complaints about businesses filed with the agency [Tribune].
  8. Freeway speeds along the Wasatch Front are set to rise sometime in December [Tribune, Deseret News].
  9. Mitt Romney will speak at BYU on Tuesday [Deseret News].
  10. Pope Francis announces he will visit the United States in 2015 [ABC News].

On this day in history:

  • 1800 – Congress held its first session in Washington, D.C.
  • 1973 – President Richard Nixon told an Associated Press managing editors meeting in Orlando, Florida, "I'm not a crook."
  • 2003 – Arnold Schwarzenegger was sworn in as governor of California.