Ten Things You Need to Know for Tuesday – December 2, 2014

GOP races to avoid another government shutdown. Study says Utah could manage public lands. Becker announces run for a third term.


  • Days until the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature – 55
  • Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature – 100
  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections – 252
  • Days to the 2015 election – 336
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) – 412
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election – 707

Tuesday's top-10 headlines:

  1. House Republicans meet Tuesday morning to try and avoid another government shutdown [Roll Call].
  2. President Obama says his administration will provide funds to buy body cameras for police officers and tighten standards for police ownership of military style equipment [New York Times].
  3. Attorney General Eric Holder is set to unveil new guidelines to limit racial profiling by federal law enforcement agencies [Reuters].
  4. A new study suggests Utah could profit if it took control of public lands in the state from the feds [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune].
  5. Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker announces he's running for a third term [Utah Policy, Deseret News, ABC 4, Tribune].
  6. The Utah GOP sues to kill the "Count My Vote" compromise [Deseret News, Tribune].
  7. Stericycle agrees to pay a $2.3 million fine which could be cut in half if the company moves its medical incinerator to Tooele County [Tribune, Deseret News].
  8. Regulators are considering cracking down on wood burning stoves along the Wasatch Front [Tribune].
  9. Utah schools are still working to send parents SAGE testing reports to parents [Tribune].
  10. Even though you didn't ask for it, here's Michelle Bachmann rapping "Thrift Shop" [Mediaite].

On this day in history:

  • 1804 – Napoleon was crowned emperor of France.
  • 1823 – President James Monroe outlined his doctrine opposing European expansion in the Western Hemisphere.
  • 1942 – A self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction was demonstrated for the first time at the University of Chicago.
  • 1954 – The Senate voted to condemn Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy for "conduct that tends to bring the Senate into dishonor and disrepute."
  • 1982 – Doctors at the University of Utah Medical Center performed the first implant of a permanent artificial heart in a human. Barney Clark lived 112 days with the device.