Ten Things You Need to Know for Friday – November 21, 2014

Obama announces executive action on immigration. Utah business leaders call on Congress to reform immigration.


  • Days until the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature – 66
  • Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature – 111
  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections – 263
  • Days to the 2015 election – 347
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses (tentative) – 423
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election – 718

Friday's top-10 headlines:

  1. President Obama announces his executive actions on immigration [Wall Street Journal].
  2. Utah Latinos hail President Obama's plan on immigration [Tribune].
  3. Sen. Mike Lee says Congress will fight back against the president's actions on immigration [Tribune].
  4. A group of Utah business leaders call for Congress to act on immigration reform [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune].
  5. The 2015 Legislature will have the largest Republican majority in 48 years [Utah Data Points].
  6. Half of the Republicans in the Utah House will have 4 years or less of experience on Capitol Hill [Utah Policy].
  7. Sen. Al Jackson, who replaced John Valentine in the Senate, is fighting a $38,000 court judgment from a lawsuit over renovations on a property owned by Jackson that were never paid for [Tribune].
  8. Prosecutors add another felony to the laundry list of charges against former Attorney General John Swallow [Tribune, Deseret News].
  9. New data shows 2014 is on track to be the warmest year on record [Mother Jones].
  10. The Dalai Lama will return to Utah in October of next year [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1789 – North Carolina became the 12th state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.
  • 1877 – Thomas A. Edison unveiled the phonograph.
  • 1922 – Rebecca L. Fenton of Georgia was sworn in as the first woman to serve in the U.S. Senate.
  • 1973 – President Richard Nixon's attorney, J. Fred Buzhardt, revealed the existence of an 18 1/2-minute gap in one of the White House tape recordings related to Watergate.