Ten Things You Need to Know for Thursday – November 20, 2014

Obama to announce executive action on immigration. Plan to cut off water to NSA data facility moves ahead. The firing squad could be coming back to Utah.


  • Days until the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature – 67
  • Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature – 112
  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections – 264
  • Days to the 2015 election – 348
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative) – 424
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election – 719

Thursday's top-10 headlines:

  1. President Obama will announce his executive order on immigration during a primetime address Thursday night [Utah Policy, New York Times].
  2. Members of Utah's Congressional delegation slam Obama taking unilateral action on immigration [Deseret News].
  3. A plan to cut off water to the NSA's data facility gains steam on Capitol Hill [Deseret News, Tribune].
  4. State officials are not ready to release a study about the cost and benefit to the state of taking control of public lands [Tribune].
  5. Outgoing House Speaker Becky Lockhart wants to stay involved a proposed land swap with the federal government before she leaves office at the end of the year [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune].
  6. A proposal to bring back the firing squad in Utah moves forward [Deseret News, Tribune].
  7. A legislative committee once again kills a proposal to limit campaign contributions [Tribune].
  8. Some lawmakers worry a change in the way Utah schools are graded might not give an accurate assessment of school performance [Tribune, Deseret News].
  9. House Democrats elect Rep. Brian King as minority leader [Utah Policy].
  10. Prosecutors seek to drop a racketeering charge against former Attorney General Mark Shurtleff [Deseret News, Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1789 – New Jersey became the first state to ratify the Bill of Rights.
  • 1910 – Revolution broke out in Mexico.
  • 1945 – Twenty-four Nazi leaders went on trial before an international war crimes tribunal in Nuremberg, Germany.
  • 1969 – The Nixon administration announced a halt to residential use of the pesticide DDT as part of a total phase-out.