Ten Things You Need to Know for Wednesday – November 26, 2014

Obama threatens to veto tax deal. Utah agrees to scrap tough immigration law. Is there a tax coming to fund public schools?

Countdown:

  • Days until the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature – 61
  • Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature – 106
  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections – 258
  • Days to the 2015 election – 342
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) – 418
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election – 713

Wednesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson does his first interview following the fatal shooting of a black teenager last summer [CNN].
  2. Barack Obama threatens to veto a $400 billion tax deal because it's too generous to big companies [Politico].
  3. The EPA is set to unveil new regulations to curb ozone emissions [New York Times].
  4. Utah agrees to scrap most of a tough immigration law passed by lawmakers in 2011 [Tribune, Deseret News].
  5. Rep. Jack Draxler is proposing a tax hike to increase funding for public schools [Tribune].
  6. The Salt Lake County Council signs off on most of Mayor Ben McAdams' $1.1 billion budget proposal [Tribune].
  7. Utah will bay $95,000 in legal fees for the plaintiffs in a successful suit to force the state to recognize same-sex marriages [Deseret News].
  8. The Salt Lake City Council makes some changes to city ordinances to better deal with rideshare companies like Lyft and Uber [Tribune].
  9. Salt Lake City Police Chief Chris Burbank vows to end the backlog of rape evidence kits by Christmas [Tribune].
  10. West Valley City Police Chief Lee Russo is in favor of his officers wearing body cameras [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1789 – A day of Thanksgiving was set aside by President George Washington to observe the adoption of the U.S. Constitution.
  • 1942 – President Franklin D. Roosevelt ordered nationwide gasoline rationing.
  • 1950 – China entered the Korean War, launching a counter-offensive against solders from the United Nations, the United States and South Korea.
  • 2000 – Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris certified Republican George W. Bush as the winner over Democrat Al Gore in the state's presidential balloting by 537 votes.