Ten Things You Need to Know for Wednesday – November 19, 2014

Democrats lose three seats they thought they had won. Chaffetz named chair of the Oversight Committee. Utah has $2.8 billion in bond debt.

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  • Days until the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature – 68
  • Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature – 113
  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections – 265
  • Days to the 2015 election – 349
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative) – 425
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election – 720

Wednesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Utah Democrats lose three House seats they thought they had won on election night [Utah Policy, Tribune, Deseret News].
  2. Rep. Jason Chaffetz is named chair of the high-profile Government Oversight Committee while Rep. Rob Bishop takes over the House Natural Resources Committee [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune, ABC 4].
  3. A judge may split the cases against John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff into separate prosecutions [Tribune, Deseret News].
  4. Utah lawmakers are grappling with $2.8 billion in bond debt and its impact on the state budget [Utah Policy].
  5. Utah's alcohol consumption is on the the rise while an audit shows high turnover rates and low morale at state liquor stores [Deseret News, Tribune, Daily Herald].
  6. Utah's schools are set to see lower growth over the next few years [Tribune].
  7. The House passes Rep. Chris Stewart's bill that makes changes to the EPA's science advisory board [Tribune].
  8. The U.S. Senate fails to pass a bill authorizing the Keystone XL pipeline [Time].
  9. The Utah Highway Patrol vows to strictly enforce the new 70 mph speed limit on Wasatch Front freeways [Tribune].
  10. Mitt Romney speaks at BYU [Deseret News, Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1863 – President Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address.
  • 1919 – The Senate rejected the Treaty of Versailles.
  • 1985 – President Ronald Reagan and Soviet Leader Mikhail Gorbachev met for the first time as they began a summit in Geneva.
  • 1998 – Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr laid out his evidence against President Bill Clinton during a daylong appearance before the House Judiciary Committee.