Ten Things You Need to Know for Monday – December 8, 2014

Congress races to keep the government running. Herbert welcomes the GOP lawsuit against SB 54. Love raised tons of cash.


  • Days until the opening day of the 2015 Utah Legislature – 49
  • Days to the final day of the 2015 Utah Legislature – 94
  • Days to the 2015 Utah municipal primary elections – 246
  • Days to the 2015 election – 330
  • Days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) – 406
  • Days until the 2016 presidential election – 701

Monday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Congress has until Thursday to pass a funding bill to avoid another government shutdown [Politico].
  2. Gov. Gary Herbert says he welcomes the Utah GOP's lawsuit against SB 54 [Tribune].
  3. Is the Utah GOP playing political games with SB 54? [Utah Policy]
  4. Mia Love raised more than $5 million in her 2014 run for Congress [Deseret News].
  5. Doug Owens suggests he could mount a second campaign against Mia Love in 2016 [Tribune].
  6. Veteran lawmaker Mel Brown does not secure a committee chairmanship in the next legislative session [Utah Policy].
  7. LaVarr Webb wonders if Utah needs to establish a Fair Elections Commission [Utah Policy].
  8. Federal prosecutors want to re-file fraud charges against Rick Koerber [Deseret News, Tribune].
  9. The top leaders of the LDS Church are mostly Republicans [Tribune].
  10. The speed limit will rise to 70 mph along Utah's urban freeways on Monday [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1776 – George Washington's retreating army crossed the Delaware River during the Revolutionary War.
  • 1886 – The American Federation of Labor was founded in Columbus, Ohio.
  • 1941 – The United States entered World War II as Congress declared war against Japan one day after the attack on Pearl Harbor.
  • 1980 – John Lennon was shot to deat outside his New York City apartment building by Mark David Chapman.
  • 1993 – President Bill Clinton signed into law the North American Free Trade Agreement.