Ten Things You Need to Know for Thursday – December 1, 2014

Congress facing a deadline to avoid another government shutdown. Herbert to unveil "Healthy Utah" this week. Becker set to announce his future political plans.


  • Days until the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature – 56
  • Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature – 101
  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections – 253
  • Days to the 2015 election – 337
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) – 413
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election – 708

Monday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Congress resumes work today with a December 11th deadline to avoid another government shutdown [NBC News].
  2. Gov. Herbert is set to unveil his "Healthy Utah" plan on Thursday [Utah Policy].
  3. Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker will announce his future political plans Monday morning [Utah Policy].
  4. Legislators may consider legislation requiring body cameras for police officers [Deseret News, Tribune].
  5. Lawmakers will likely wade into the debate over ridesharing services [Tribune].
  6. Here are the new committee assignments in the Utah Senate [Utah Policy].
  7. Rep. Brian King discusses why Utah lawmakers are so reluctant to pass campaign finance reform measures [Utah Policy].
  8. Salt Lake City Councilmembers Erin Mendenhall and Kyle LaMalfa acknowledge they are in a romantic relationship, but other council members say it is not having an adverse affect on their decision making [Tribune].
  9. Utah's voter turnout was the third-lowest in the nation [Tribune].
  10. Here are this year's best "black Friday" fight videos [Gawker].

On this day in history:

  • 1824 – The House of Representatives decided the presidential election because no candidate received a majority in the Electoral College. John Quincy Adams was eventually declared the winner.
  • 1955 – Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat to a white man on a Montgomery, Alabama bus. Parks was arrested, which sparked a year-long boycott of the buses by blacks.
  • 2004 – Tom Brokaw signed off for the last time as anchor of the "NBC Nightly News."